Some of the options for privacy with window film are:
- One-way - where you need to be able to see out while others can’t see in (daytime only)
- Frosted - day and night privacy, while letting through most light (i.e translucent)
- Opaque - black / white / coloured vinyl films offer full privacy, day and night, while letting through no or a limited amount of light
One-way - for daytime
Do you have the feeling you are ‘living in a fish-bowl’?
Are you sacrificing your view of the outside by closing your blinds, shades or net curtains?
Window film is a very popular and effective way of providing privacy during the daytime without losing your view.
The appearance of the windows from the outside can be either:
- reflective - from having a slightly shiny appearance (slight sheen) up to having a full mirror look (mirror film)
- low-reflective - having a darkened appearance like limousine windows.
The degree of daytime privacy a window film can offer depends on the size and position of the windows in a room. For many houses window film can offer very good degrees of privacy without having a dark tint or loosing much light from the room.
These films also block 99% of the UV rays.
Frosted - for day & night
Frosted film is used where day and night-time privacy on windows is required where it is important not to cut out light from the outside, and a view to the outside is not essential. It is used extensively in
- offices and meeting rooms with glass panel walls
- entrance doors
The frosted film offers a similar but more cost effective solution to traditional sand-blasted or acid-etched glass. It is also easy to change, allowing you to update your look without replacing your windows.
Opaque - for day & night
A black, white or coloured vinyl film will give both day and night-time privacy. It is commonly used to completely hide objects behind windows.