The application of window film dates back to the 1960s, when window tints were used to control sunlight damage and overheating in cars. They are generally categorized by their particular use and the materials from which they’re made. For example, there are window films specifically designed for automotive, marine, and architectural applications.
Since its inception, window film has branched into a wide variety of industries and consumer markets and is used widely in commercial and residential settings. Window privacy film has become increasingly popular because of its ability to provide a private environment without creating an opaque surface on a window that completely disrupts the transfer of natural light.
Some privacy films on the market are available in the form of DIY kits and can be applied in small batches at home or in one’s car. But most commercial window film is handled by professionals, especially when it is being applied in large batches at office parks, public buildings, schools, and universities.
Window privacy film contains and adhesive, so it can be installed to interior or exterior glass surfaces (most privacy films are applied to interior glass to keep them safe from the elements). The films are generally made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or polyester.
Traditional Window Privacy Film
Traditional privacy films are either fully tinted, fully frosted, or tinted or frosted as a gradient. They obscure people’s vision but don’t completely block out natural light. Frosted windows are becoming more and more popular in commercial settings, like offices, as they allow for more natural light to transfer.
However, not all frosted window films are the same, and older styles of frosted film pale in comparison to the rich and innovative window films that can be produced by contemporary adhesive and window film manufacturers.
Today’s window privacy films don’t just create privacy; they are reliable, scratch-resistant, more environmentally-friendly, and can protect against UV light. The most innovative frosted films, like LINTEC of America’s VisionControlFilm, can even block the view from specific angles.
LINTEC of America’s VisionControlFilm
Depending on the way it is applied, VisionControlFilm can block the view from above, below, left, right, or center. It can even control the view from both left and right or above and below, while leaving the center revealed. As the viewing angle changes, so does the opacity of the glass. Where once the glass appeared completely frosted, the world behind it is revealed as the viewer moves from one side of the glass to the next.
This dynamic glass film falls under the category of architectural window film and has a number of applications. It is most widely used in stores, offices, schools, and public buildings, and is best installed by accredited professionals to guarantee effectiveness.
VisionControlFilm can be applied to give a building or internal rooms a unique appearance, to provide more privacy than regular windows alone, and to protect people inside a building from harsh sunlight, all while maintaining part of the view. They can provide privacy during both the daytime and the nighttime, and are durable and long-lasting.