One of the main ethical concerns when running a business or interacting in a professional environment is privacy, both the privacy of customers or clients and the privacy of those within the organization. Lately privacy issues have been in the spotlight mainly with cyber attacks on websites and customer databases, recent popular victims include Target and Neiman Marcus. Privacy is just as important offline as on, and a clear view into a boardroom, office, filing room, or any area of a building where sensitive information is being handled can be a fatal error. With window film, this problem can be resolved while still allowing in natural light and providing an unobstructed view through outward facing windows. When considering film application for privacy you have several options: regular dyed and ceramic films, reflective films, frosted films, patterned films, and textured films. Ceramic and dyed films are traditional films with no reflectivity or design features and are available in a wide range of shades providing different amounts of visible light transmission. For privacy purposes, you would want to select a dark film with a VLT of 30% or lower. These films are excellent for outward facing windows as they reduce heat and... read more.
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What is spectrally selective window film? Spectral selectivity is the quality of having solar/optical properties which vary across the solar spectrum. This means the material allows a high transmission of visible light but a low transmission of solar gains. Spectrally selective window film is any film that reduces the amount of heat entering a building without altering its appearance. Most spectrally selective films are virtually undetectable to the naked eye, as they allow in at least 70% of visible light. What are the advantages to spectrally selective window film? Spectrally selective films block a comparable amount of heat to traditional films without darkening the interior of the building. This eliminates the need for improved lighting which could cancel out any potential energy savings. Traditional films would darken storefront windows, while spectrally selective films would allow passersby to view the merchandise on display. Another advantage of spectrally selective film is that it can be applied to specific areas that receive a lot of sunlight without appearing out of place, whereas traditional films would need to be applied to the whole building for visual consistency. Is spectrally selective window film worth the price? Tinted and reflective films traditionally range in price from four to six... read more.
Frosted window film is a perfect solution for glass-separated office environments where privacy is needed and is a more economic alternative to having frosted glass installed. In this case we have a meeting/conference room that borders a reception area and is separated by large sliding glass doors with equally large sidelight windows. When someone comes through the main entrance into the reception area, the room is immediately to the left and completely visible. Activity in the reception area could be distracting to conference room occupants and anything being displayed in the room would be visible to those outside. Frosted film solves both of these problems while adding an elegant and subtly distinctive look to the glass surfaces and creating a greater sense of separation between the two environments. Frosted films are available in various colors, levels of opacity, and with etched or dusted crystal finishes; they can also be precision cut to create eye-catching designs or logos, giving the look of laser engraved glass for a fraction of the cost. The film applied is from the LLumar iLLusions decorative film series, a collection of frosts, gradients, patterns, and textures sure to offer a solution for your decorative needs. For more... read more.
What are the benefits to tinting the windows of my house? Having window film/window tint applied to the windows of your home can be beneficial in numerous ways. Improved comfort, reduced glare, and skin safety are three of the biggest benefits of tinting your windows. Three types of rays enter your home through the windows; infrared rays, visible light, and ultraviolet rays. Window film/tint rejects infrared (IR) rays which cause heat buildup, effectively reducing the temperature inside your home, eliminating temperature imbalances in front of windows, and providing energy savings by reducing the load on the HVAC system. Low-e insulating window films can help retain thermal energy during the winter months as well, further increasing energy savings. With their dual reflective properties, Low-e films cause single-pane windows to function with the efficiency of a double glazed dual-pane window setup.Window film allows a smaller amount of visible light to pass through, effectively reducing glare off surfaces like TV screens, phones, and computer monitors. Lastly, window film rejects 99.9% of ultraviolet (UV) rays; exposure to UVA and UVB rays has been proven to increase one’s chances of developing cancer, specifically skin cancers such as Melanoma. Another effect of ultraviolet radiation is... read more.