Using adhesive free window films is the best way to decorate, add privacy and to make your home more energy efficient the DIY way. It is easy to apply and can be used on any glass windows, doors and even on your cabinets.
Use as a privacy film and security film for any window
95% UV blocking capability
Makes good heat insulation for the entire home to save on energy
Opaque window film blocks off or obscure unpleasant view
Self adhesive window film - you do not need to mess around with any form of adhesive
Static cling window film can adhere to any smooth glass surface
Great products for DIY window treatments that can be installed in minutes
Removable window film allows storage or usage on other windows
Can withstand heat and moisture - use as privacy window film on bathroom windows and shower doors
May be easily trimmed to fit any window or door size, or customize
3-year limited warranty
Made in the USA
Shipping to USA, Canada and selected parts of the world
The followings are some of the more popular window films designs that home owners love:
When it comes to decorating windows, many home owners love to have etched glass windows. There are numerous ways to create etched glass windows. The most traditional way is to take down the window, and send it to some factory to have the glass etched. This is the most expensive of all the methods. The other way is for you to do it yourself using etching cream. Both these methods are not reversible. Now, there is another much better way – you may use etched glass window films. It is economical, easy to install by yourself and the process is reversible.
The basic idea of having a glass etched is to make it look frosted. There are many reasons for wanting frosted glass. Most owners wanted to make their glass opaque for the purpose of adding privacy. Others simply do it for the purpose of decorating their windows. There are different window film that could fulfill these functions.
Etched glass window films are fast becoming popular mainly due to the high technology employed to produce such films. Many had avoided using these types of vinyl films as they look fake and cheap in the past. Nowadays, it is difficult to tell apart whether a piece of windows is originally etched or if it has been applied with window films. That is why nowadays, not only home owners look for them, even interior decorators and architect uses them widely for their projects too.
Besides, etched window film come in different pattern and designs that suits your every needs. If you wanted to add privacy, then you can use a fully-frosted design or a lightly frosted design. Frost window film makes a window opaque and is popularly applied on shower doors and bathroom windows. The vinyl films can withstand both moisture and heat, making them very suitable in showers. Another benefit of having frosted window film on shower doors and windows is that while it obscure view, natural light can still shine through, meaning that you do not need to spend additional on turning on electrical lights.
Another popular reason for the installation of etched glass window films is for the purpose of improving the aesthetics of windows. The most popular etched glass designs among home owners consist of repeating geometric pattern such as orthogonal block or leaves pattern. You can be very creative when using such patterns. For example, some owners install small leaves pattern on glass doors that open out to their garden.
Specifically, the following designs proved to be the most popular among home owners (in no particular order): Chateau Glass Block, Austin Privacy, Pebble Etched, Monte Carlo and Orleans Decorative. When you install these patterns on your glass window, even the most plain looking window will be instantly transformed to look as if it costs hundreds or thousands of dollars. There are many ways how to make your window design stands out. Try adding decorative accent at the corner or at the middle. Or, try using it as a border.
You may install etched window film entirely by yourself. The product itself is designed as a DIY product.
All window films usually are self-adhesive (adhesive-free) or adhesive-based. We recommend that you purchase self-adhesive types as these are easy to install and to remove. The installation of adhesive film as a DIY project requires few tools and equipments and most of these are bundled as a package when you buy them from a good merchandiser. You will need a utility knife, a spray bottle with soapy solution and a squeegee. Installation on a small window will take less than 15 minutes and for very large glass panes, you may want to work in a group of 2 person to install them in less than 30 minutes.
The following video demonstrates how easy it is to install window film etched glass:
There are many other benefits of installing etched glass window film. The vinyl film is able to resists up to 90% of ultra-violet ray from the sun spectrum and it also rejects heat. Your upholstery can last longer and during the daylight when the weather outside your house is hot, it helps to filter out heat. At night, it will help to retain heat within the house. Similarly, during winter, the window film will help to retain heat within the house and during summer, it will help to keep heat out. This way, you save on both your air-conditioner bill and your heaters bill.
The warantee of etched glass film usually ranges between three to five years, although the life of the product may be twice as long as its warantee. Not all window films are created equal and when purchasing, always check on the reputation of the merchandiser and the manufacturer. There are many ways to purchase window films. These include getting them from home mart, DIY store, hardware store and if you want more convenience, simply purchase them online and have it delivered to your doorsteps.
Of course, besides using window film etched glass, you may also try etching your own glass. Etching a glass on your own may be a simple but not so convenient way. You shall need the following tools to begin. To start you will need a pattern. Try to start your project with one that does not have too many small details. You can get plenty of inspiration from clip art or colouring books. You should also clean the surface of the window thoroughly.
Get a clean or plain contact paper. White contact paper is the best. You can make simple stripes by using masking tape. Use carbon paper to trace your pattern onto the contact paper. You will also need a utility knife to cut out the pattern out of the contact paper. Buy etching cream from local crafts store. Get some foam brush that will be used to apply the etching cream. Etching cream can also be applied using paper towels. Finally, you should work with a pair of latex gloves to protect yourself from the acidic etching cream.
Before you start with your glass etching process, make sure that you wear your latex gloves and long sleeves are also recommended. Note that the etching cream is acidic and will basically etch anything that it comes into contact with. Using a window cleaner, clean your glass thoroughly. Ensure that it is dry and free of all dust.
Prepare and cut a piece of the contact paper to be few inches larger than your pattern. Then, place the contact paper on the glass where you intend to do the etching and smooth out all wrinkles and bubbles. Placing the carbon paper between the contact paper and the pattern, trace your pattern onto the contact paper. You may want to secure the contact paper, the pattern and your carbon paper with small pieces of masking tape. Remove the carbon paper and the pattern when you are finished with the tracing.
Use a sharp utility knife to cut all the details out of the contact paper. Make sure that all edges of contact paper are stuck tightly to the glass. Use the foam brush to spread a thick layer of the etching cream on the exposed sections of the design. You should apply thick layer, otherwise, your etched pattern may look uneven. Let the etching takes effect, this usually means leaving the glass for about 15 minutes. Remove the etching cream by running water. Once the etching cream is washed off, remove the contact paper to reveal your etched glass design.
Compared to etching glass on your own, you will find that applying etched glass window film is a far more easier process. Removing etched glass window film involves no more than simply peeling them off. You may even store it for future usage or use it on other pieces of windows.
Considering the ease of installation, small wonder that so many home owners are installing etched DIY window film on their home windows.