Privacy is an increasingly important part of modern life that is often hard to accommodate in the average home or office. You frequently find yourself needing to compromise between an open environment and one that’s safe and secure. Fortunately, new window film technologies offer opportunities to create private spaces that are still pleasant to live and work in. Here are five of the best types of window films to improve the privacy and security of your office or household.
Frosted Window Film
If you want to block visibility to a room for privacy reasons while still letting in natural light, then frosted window film offers a great choice. Frosted window film diffuses light to obscure the view through the window but still lets most of that light pass through. This can be good for rooms in a house that front onto a street, particularly bedrooms. It’s also a functional option for bathroom windows.
Frosted window film may also be a good choice for internal glass partitions in an office complex where you want privacy between areas while allowing light to penetrate deeply into the building. This helps save on lighting costs while also providing workers with good visibility and a less dingy work environment.
Switchable & Smart Window Film
As perhaps the most advanced privacy film for windows, switchable or “smart” window film allows you to selectively control the visibility of the view through the window. You can set it to an opaque view for privacy and security, or change it to be nearly completely transparent. You can also dim the view to a point in between these two extremes.
Switchable window film is great for interior and exterior office windows where you may normally want to allow an unimpeded view but may occasionally need to obstruct the view when discussing and working on sensitive material. If you find blinds and curtains to be too cumbersome, then this privacy window film provides the perfect alternative.
Mirror Window Film
For a more aesthetically pleasing way to add privacy to a window while also allowing anyone inside to see out, mirror window film is the perfect solution. Mirror window film effectively turns a window into a one-way mirror. It provides an attractive reflective surface on the outside of the window that also blocks UV radiation and heat. On the inside, the view through the window is largely unimpeded with just a tint added to the scenery.
Mirror window film is good for work-spaces where you need to block the view from the outside but still want the building to look pleasant. It’s also a great choice if your window fronts onto greenery that will be reflected in the window and add to the view.
Cloaking Window Film
Security is of paramount importance in many office spaces. A business may have people working with sensitive information that needs to be kept secure but might also need to allow visibility into office spaces for various reasons.
Cloaking window film offers a compromise solution that stops the light from computer displays showing through an office window while still allowing everything else inside to be visible. This ensures that private information on those displays remains private while the workspace still has an open feel to it. When looking through a cloaked window, all that a potential security risk will see on those displays is a black screen.
Blackout Window Film
If you need to obscure the view into an area while allowing those inside to see out, then blackout window film is what you need. This film prevents the light inside a building from being visible outside while allowing anyone inside to see a tinted view of the exterior.
This can be useful for back-room areas of a commercial property where you may not want potential burglars to see the layout of the inside, but still want to keep an eye on what is going on in the back of your building. It can also be useful for windows that get too much sunshine on them, as the blackout tinting also blocks UV radiation.
These five window film solutions all offer different types of privacy and security that should suit most needs. An office or home may have a variety of different problems to solve with the view allowed through windows and partitions, and some of the modern high-tech solutions offered here provide innovative ways to solve those problems. So take a look at your windows and consider whether any of these window films would help solve your privacy issues.
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