Before we get into the details about the different type of window films available on the market, we should explain what a window film is. A window film is a thin sheet of laminate that goes on the interior or exterior of the window itself. You can think of a window film as a protective shield for the window and a way to enhance its performance. With that basic explanation of window films out of the way, let’s talk about the different types.
Window films are categorized based on their construction and technical performance. Window films can be dyed, pigmented, metalized, ceramic, or nano. They can enhance privacy, solar control, safety, and/or security. You can see now why it is important to know the different types. Each type serves it’s own purpose and can either add to or take away from what you are trying to accomplish with the style of your home or office.
Metalized Window Film
Let’s go one by one, starting with metalized window films. These are usually made of copper, aluminum, or nickel. The purpose for this type of window film is to deflect the outside heat during the hot summer months and to keep heat in during the winter.
Coloured Window Film
Coloured or dyed films look really cool in large office buildings with a lot of windows. This is a creative way to stand out from the rest of the buildings on the block. If you like the benefits of each of the two types of window films mentioned so far – metalized and dyed – you’re in luck because you can also order hybrid film, which is a combination of the two.
Ceramic Window Film
Ceramic and nano window films are meant to strengthen the glass of the window. This is especially important in windy areas where debris can easily scratch up the surface of your nice, new windows.
Choosing the right Window Film for your Home
There are many things to keep in mind when deciding which type of window film is best for your windows. This is where the knowledge of an expert comes into play. They will be able to tell you which window film is best for you based on your location and personal preferences. Although it may seem like an easy process now, it is important to find a professional window film installation service.
At Absolute Tinting, we have 20 years experience installing all different kinds of home window film and we work with leading residential films brands such as Solard Gard. If you have any questions about window film options or would like a free quote we encourage you to call us at 905-664-3652 or fill out the form on the right side of this page.
Hopefully after reading this article you feel more informed about the main differences between types of window films. There are so many decisions that go into the design of a home or office building, so the more you know ahead of time the better off you will be.