Window film generally combines some form of plastic with an adhesive to create a covering for windows. It is available for commercial or residential use, and there are also options made especially for automotive use. The film offers not only different looks and styles, but also different functions. Some films are used to limit sunlight, offering a reflective coating that helps to protect against UV rays, prevent fading of interior furnishings and keep cooling costs down by limiting heat.
In some cases, window film can be a stylish alternative to common window treatments and is offered in many elegant styles that will not only improve the look of windows but help retain a home's privacy. Decorative films may mimics frosted glass, glass block, or stained glass, as well as many other beautiful options. Another excellent use for it is protection against graffiti and vandalism, since these films keep windows from being scratched, painted, or otherwise marked, and make them more difficult to break. This can help save homeowners and business owners a great deal of money, since they will have to replace fewer windows.
Perhaps the most important function of window film is its ability to provide safety for homes and businesses. Some options are specially designed to bond with the glass in the windows and keep them from breaking in extreme conditions, including storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. If the windows do break, they won’t shatter into dangerous shards that fly about. This means greater safety not only for a home or office, but also for family members and employees.
This film can be installed long before it might be needed, just one time, and it is there when it's needed. Some people have it installed professionally, although it is not difficult to install and generally comes with complete instructions. Some kits even provide tools, such as a squeegee, for easy application.