The Different Types of Privacy Window Films & Tips for Selecting the Most Suitable One

As our urban communities become increasingly compact, it’s now more important than ever to find new ways to protect your privacy. And one of the most effective methods of safeguarding yourself from prying eyes is by installing a privacy window film.

But with so many different types of privacy window films to choose from, you need to understand the differences between them. Read on to learn about the four main types of privacy window film and how to choose the best option for you.

Solar Window Film

Solar window films, also known as sun control window films or tinted windows, is specially designed to block out the sun’s harmful UV rays. In addition, the darker varieties of solar window film also make it almost impossible for people to peer in from the outside. To achieve optimal privacy with solar window film, aim for a variant with 15% or less visible light transmission (V.L.T.).

  • Pros: Solar film insulates your home against intense heat—a perfect solution for those sweltering Aussie summers. Most solar films have up to 99% UV protection, so you don’t need to worry about getting sunburnt or having your furniture fade over time.
  • Cons: Some of the darker variants of solar films (required to achieve optimal solar rejection) have highly reflective surfaces that look almost like a mirror, which isn’t an ideal aesthetic for some consumers. Solar window film also doesn’t provide complete privacy at night because a light source will partially illuminate the room from behind the glass.

Privacy Window Film

Privacy window film is a one-way film that does what the name implies: you can look through one side of the glass but not the other. Specially designed to enhance privacy and block out sunlight, this popular film type has a range of uses in both the home and office environment. Any time you want people to look out but not in, one-way film is your best bet.

  • Pros: The one-way feature is perfect for office buildings when you want to hide a sensitive area room from view. Much like solar film, one-way film is also great at reflecting the UV rays.
  • Cons: Some one-way glass film looks exactly like a mirror, which some consumers won’t want.

Decorative Window Film

Decorative window film allows you to create a customised pattern with a degree of opacity to provide privacy. There is an extensive range of designs you can choose from; select a design you like, and your installer will apply it to the film. From swirls to checkers and brash company logos, the only limit here is your imagination. A common type of decorative film is frosted film, which is often applied on shower doors to keep the bather out of view.

  • Pros: Decorative windows offer a fully customisable aesthetic, which is perfect for corporate clients and marketing purposes. Frosted film provides near 100% privacy while still letting light flow in.
  • Con: The film is typically more expensive than other types, especially when applying a grand custom design.

Perforated Window Film

This kind of window film comes with a mesh-like material on one side that usually features a corporate logo or graphic. The mesh allows you to peer out from the inside, but it’ll be impossible to see in—picture a one-way film but with a perforated image instead of a mirror. It’s common to see these films on company branded vans and delivery trucks.

  • Pros: Perforated window film is a great way to create privacy while advertising your brand at the same time.
  • Cons: You won’t get much UV protection, and it doesn’t reflect the light.

All these window films provide privacy, and each comes with its distinct pros and cons. Should you need security and privacy at the same time, some can be fitted with safety glass film or security film as well. Get in touch with the professional team at Cleargard Melbourne to discuss the optimal option for you.