Window films can create instant privacy
No one likes that feeling of been watched unless you’re a TV star or you might need to hide valuables from prying eye but the traditional ways by means of a blind or curtain often means you have to loose your view and a lot of or all your natural light.
Hanging material at your windows during the day can all make properties look unwelcoming, untidy and run down and when burglars are casing an area they can often see a pattern when your at home (blind up) and when you’re out (blind down). The uniform appearance of a filmed property makes it look the same all the time as well a looking smarter adding kerb appeal and value.
There are two types of privacy film:
One Way (day light hours only)
Total privacy (day and night)
One Way Privacy
Examples: Conservatories, houses, office windows, security posts
A tinted privacy film will allow more natural light into a room than a material blind or curtain but gives uninterrupted views out whist stopping prying or unwelcome eyes the ability to see the interior of your building. The way the window film works is to create a light difference between the two sides of the glazing and make the glazing more reflective so the outside is reflected onto the window so you are unable to see past the reflections to see inside. However this only works during daylight hours when its brighter outside than in so if you will still need a traditional blind or curtain for night time privacy I’m afraid its physics and applies to privacy glass too not just a retro fitted film. Sometimes this can be cheated by the use of clever outside lighting to make the foreground just in front of the windows brighter than the internal lighting creating the reflections on the exterior surface of the windows.
The gold fish bowel effect of sitting in a conservatory forces people to install blinds at the windows for privacy but then it defeats the entire purpose of the room which is a connection to the outside whilst being sheltered from the elements. Using a window film means you can still see your garden without the feeling of being over looked.
Examples: Toilet, changing room, warehouse, store room windows
If total privacy is required a frosted or opaque film is required but you do loose your view out as well but not necessarily the natural light. For example, a change of use say a dining room was to become a wet room for an elderly relative the clear glass can be frosted to create total privacy under all lighting conditions day or night whilst it still allowing maximum light in so a light isn’t required during the day and the existing window system can be utilised saving the cost of either a new window or glass and no patching up is required after new frames have been installed.