Home owners want to make their windows opaque for various reasons. These include to increase privacy, for protection from the sun and for energy savings. However, to make their window opaque, many owners turned to blinds and shutters.
Both blinds and shutters will not suit everyone. Old shutters can be a constant source of frustration. Even though recently produced spring-loaded mechanism works better, installing roller shades on your windows will totally block out natural lights. No doubt most modern roller shades today comes with high quality cloth covering that enhances the décor of the window, not all owners would like to have their windows to be totally covered.
So, how can you oqaque glass window the easy and cheap way? If blocking intrusion is the your purpose for trying to make your window glass opaque, then, try using opaque film for windows instead. There are many types of window glass films that can make your window totally or semi opaque. There are also many window films that contain decorative accent and is great not only to fulfil its basic function of providing the added privacy that you need, but it is great to decorate your windows.
There are also the reflective window film that you can try. This may not be to the liking of residential owners as it make your house to look very much like a commercial building. Furthermore, at night when the light in the building is switched on, it no longer provide the same degree of privacy. Drapes will still be required.
With the many types of color tint available, you can easily mix and match colour and texture to any glass window, even glass doors too. You can also achieve any hue – diffuse, focus, or block light completely.
You do not need to cover the entire glass with window films. There are many instances where it is sufficient to just cover the windows from bottom up to provide adequate privacy from passer-by, while allowing you to look outside from the top. This is an excellent solution, if you are trying to block unsightly views such as from busy streetscapes.
When installed properly, all window glass films maintain ambient light while keeping you cool and well protected. There are also those films that provide additional security, but all window films, opaque windows film inclusive, act to hold the glasses together in case of shattering of the glass. There are also many other benefits of window glass films. They provide energy savings, reduce glare, provide your house with ultra violet protection, reduce heat during the summer and retain heat during the winter.
Most windows, even though those that comes as high tech dual panes, lose energy. When window films are installed, they acts as an insulating barrier to reduce significantly, the loss of energy. It also improve the overall efficiency of the the windows. This way, your air conditioning need not work that hard. Even normal window films can block up to 92% of glare and reduce up to 76% of solar heat through the window. It also blocks off UV rays that caused furniture and carpet fading.
If you are considering of making your glass door opaque, then why not try patterned window film with etched glass design. There are two types of etched glass films that is suitable for making shower door or bathroom window opaque. One type is the normal frosted window film that makes the glass opaque, the one is the light frost, which is a lighter version. Installing opaque window film will results in translucent glass, which is very nice as it allows privacy while not blocking the light.
Both the etched glass film and the frosted glass film make your windows and glass doors to look like etched glass. There is also unlimited design possibilities with these types of films.
However, with the many number of window glass film product available in the market, you may find yourself confused as to which are the better and more reliable products. The followings may offer some practical guidelines to help you determine and make better choice.
Good window coatings should come with a long warranty. Most manufacturers would be able to provide at least 3 years of warranty although the glass films itself can easily last twice as long as its warrantee. Consider buying adhesive-free window films as it is far easier to remove compared to those with adhesive. Always choose a reputable company.