WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF WINDOW FILM OUT THERE?
For a lot of people window film is a new and overwhelming experience, especially when we thought that it was a different type of glass used on a window. The first question that you really need to ask yourself is what do you want the film for? Or rather, why do you want to tint your windows?
Glare is defined as a strong or dazzling light. Similar to sun strike when you are driving; it can be painful or make it difficult to see. This is often one of the reasons that people start looking into window tinting. The other is privacy. Both of these issues are associated with personal comfort. Window film can be used to relieve some of the stresses which can be found in an environment. Amazingly, since a lot of distractions and decreases in productivity are due to people trying to alleviate this discomfort, window film can be used to boost productivity in the workplace!
Window films have come a long way in recent years and the types of films available have diversified significantly. The factors which need to be considered when you are choosing the right film for your situation are:
- Thermal – heat loading issues
- Health – Benefits from removing UV light
- Energy savings
Solar film is what most people think of when they think of window tints. They range from being optically clear to the traditional dark or reflective films. All of these films will cut out the harsh UV rays, coming with its own set of benefits. As well as reducing levels of harsh light entering a room, darker tints can prevent people from looking in. They create a sense of privacy.
Thermal films or Low-E films are relatively new to the market. They act as a thermal blanket, a way of insulating your windows. A staggering 40% of your houses heat is lost through standard single pane windows. By installing a thermal film, it will take you single pane windows up to almost the same standards as double glazing and double glazing up to triple pane standards.
SAFETY AND SECURITY FILM
Health and safety is one of New Zealand’s foremost priorities. When glass can be one of the weakest points in a building, how do you know if they meet the building standards? There are any types of safety and security films ranging from anti graffiti film to films which can hold a pane of broken glass together and prevent further injury.
There is no standard film in terms of shape, colour and function. When it comes to decorative films this world is confined only by your imagination. Manifestation bands are required by New Zealand law for full height glass, they act as a safety measure. This does not mean that you have to have a 50mm band of frosted film though. Get creative! It can be a company logo, a mural or your child’s art. Our skilled team can bring your ideas to life.
DAYLIGHT REDIRECTING FILM
This 3M product is unique in that it is the only product on the market that does what it does. Made up of micro prisms the film allows light to penetrate further into a room or building. This means that you are saving power by not needing the lights on for as much of the day.
Sometimes window film is not a film but a window technology. Casper window technology is a brilliant innovation that means no one on the outside can see the content on your screens. It is the definition of privacy.