What is Window Film?
Window film is a mainly polyester film, containing special coatings or treatments, which is professionally applied to existing glazing and helps to address a variety of everyday problems, such as heat, glare, privacy, vandalism, security and safety, fading, bomb-blast or storm protection and glass decoration. When applied to cars, it is more often termed window tinting. Many benefits of the film are not dependent on darkening the glass and clear films may be the solution.
There is a huge variety of films available in different shades, colours, tints, thicknesses, strengths and properties. They all have a hard, scratch resistant surface, which ensures long life and durability, and most are backed by a manufacturer’s 10 year guarantee when fitted by approved installers.
Window film offers many advantages over specialist tinted or treated glass and is used by building designers and architects when planning large scale projects as well as solving problems of fading and excess heat in conservatories, homes and shops. Many people now also realise the benefits of fitting film to their vehicles to give sun protection, accident protection, crime protection and often just to enhance appearance. A professionally fitted vehicle tint looks great on estates, MPVs, 4x4s and even boats.
The benefits of applying window film are many and varied and are adapted to suit individual needs.
- Eliminates 99% of harmful UV rays
- Reduces heat build up and hot spots by up to 75%
- Protects from the sun while allowing the view
- Reduces Glare and reflection
- Increase Safety
- Increase Security
- No Maintenance
- No blinds to clean
- Increases Privacy
- Enhances Appearance
- Reduces heat escaping in winter
- Reduce air conditioning or heating costs
Where Is Window Film Used?
Almost everyone can benefit somehow from installing film and this is only a short list of our main types of customer.
- Shops fronts
- Industrial Buildings
Types of Window Film
Solar Control Film
Reduces heat gain by up to 79%. Eliminates up to 90% of the glare. Save up to 35% of winter heat loss by creating a Low ‘E’ surface. There are many different types of film in various colours and shades; some non-reflective, some highly reflective, some are virtually un-noticeable. Tinted window films also improve the appearance of your building dramatically, improving staff morale and raising your profile. Use of space becomes more efficient as hot spots or cold spots are eliminated. Heating and cooling costs, as well as the efficiency, are improved.
Safety is a prime concern where young, infirm or disabled people are concerned. These films hold glass together in the event of breakage thereby preventing serious injury. The Health and Safety Executive have issued regulations regarding the safety of glass [Document L24 – Regulation 14 – Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare 1992] which affects all glass in ‘critical locations’ and compliance is mandatory. Safety film satisfies this requirement by surpassing BS6206 Classes A, B and C as well as the European standard ‘Cen12600’
Bomb Blast Protective Film
Unfortunately bomb explosions are a real and terrifying possibility in today’s cities. Flying glass within the vicinity is often the cause of major injury. Bomb-blast protective film absorbs the high pressures involved holding the dangerous shards together. There are many grades of film available depending upon the risk. These films can be combined with a ‘frame anchorage’ system.
Glass is the weakest part of a building and is vulnerable to terrorists, vandals and burglars. A range of security films resists impact, forming an invisible barrier to prevent unwanted intrusion. Security films can be combined with solar and glare reducing properties if desired.
Vandalism and graffiti on shops and buildings can be a recurring problem. This film is a transparent sacrificial barrier which is invisible and is applied with a low tack adhesive to the exterior. It can then be removed and replaced if vandalism occurs.
Fade Reducing Film & UV Protection
Exposure to direct sunlight can cause damage to furnishings, floors, stock, coloured or painted materials including works of art. Fading is caused by a combination of ultra-violet light, visible light and infra-red radiation. Indoor lighting, humidity and dye anchorage systems also have a part to play. A range of fade protection window films filters out more than 98% of harmful UV radiation and greatly reduce the infrared radiation with little or no loss of light.
Museums, Shops, Galleries and private homes regularly use these films as well as those suffering from UV related health conditions.
Frosted & Etch Effect and other Privacy Films
When you need the light but not the prying eyes, frost window films are the answer. We can also supply fully opaque films or coloured vinyl, which can be used to hide unsightly utilities or create privacy.
Frost film is often used for combination with computer cut designs.
This range of films is particularly useful in office environments where glass partitioning is used.
Daylight One Way Viewing Film
One way viewing film is often requested but also often misunderstood. There is no such thing as a permanently one way viewing film. The one way effect only works by reflecting light back from whichever side of the film is brightest. Usually during daylight this will be the outside of the film and so those inside can see outside to the bright area, but those outside cannot see into the darker area inside. At night this effect usually reverses when it gets dark outside and lights are put on inside making that the brighter area.
For the same reason these films do not work at their best indoors between two rooms if the rooms are lit to a similar level. However by using a combination of different films and differing light sources we can make the one way effect work in many situations. Please consult us as to your requirements.