What Types of Window Films Are There

There is no shortage of options when it comes to window film. The industry has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years thanks to new technology and more demand from consumers. Need window film for your family room that is transparent but will keep your family safe from UV rays? You got it! Want to apply film in your child’s bedroom to block out sunlight? Many options are available. Interested in boosting your green image and keeping employees comfortable in the office? No problem!

Let’s take a look at the different types of window film available so that you can make an informed decision.

Solar Control Film

Solar control film is a general term that is used to describe any type of film that is applied to the window to improve comfort, reduce heat gain and block UV rays. Not all solar films are the same, so it’s important to look at their specifications. For instance, what percentage of UV rays are blocked? How much heat gain is reduced? Does the film protect against fading and glare?

Spectrally Selective Film

Spectrally selective films effectively reduce solar heat gain while retaining daylight and preserving the natural appearance of the glass. These films are ideal when you want the benefits of window film without having to make any compromises. They are ideal for both homes and businesses because they let in plenty of sunlight and don’t obstruct any views.

Decorative Film

Decorative films take it a step further by offering a variety of designs, patterns, textures and colors. These films offer the same benefits as traditional films, so you don’t have to make compromises on this end. They are ideal for rooms that need a visual boost such as  home offices or playrooms. Their high-end appeal can transform basic windows into sophisticated ones.

Safety/Security Film

Safety and security film is ideal for commercial buildings that need to protect their belongings, information, employees and customers. The films block UV rays and reduce heat gain, but they also protect the most vulnerable point of entry: the windows. The film bonds to the inside of windows, keeping the glass neatly intact if it were to be impacted. It can also create an invisible wall that prevents any confidential emissions from being intercepted.

Low-E Coating Film

Low-E window film has a special coating on it that provides the home with year-round savings. In the winter, the film captures heat from the home and directs it back into the room. In the summer, the film reflects solar heat away from the windows so there’s less demand for keeping the room cool. Like other films, low-E film provides the same benefits of reduced fading, glare, UV rays and heat gain.

We hope that this has helped you better understand the various types of window film available. If you have further questions, contact the pros from Arizona Solar Control.