Consumers

What Can Window Film Do For You?

Window film is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to solutions like blinds, shades, shutters and others, which home owners and occupants usually first think of when trying to resolve problem situations they are typically confronted with. Window Film is based on a micro-thin high technology and provides a wide range of options with a variety of properties to meet your particular needs. Below you will find the most common situations where window film can help you.

As there is no need to replace or remove the windows, window films are installed without causing any disruption to the normal functioning of the building or to its occupants. This thereby makes the use and energy saving benefits of the technology more accessible and affordable to all.

What window film can do for you in your house or home, window film can also do for your car both in terms of thermal comfort, safety and security.

Automotive

Window film can help you improve or change the looks, the interior comfort and the security of cars. Window film helps to improve thermal comfort, UV-protection, security, design of the car, privacy and it even can be used for enhanced paint protection. For more information, please read EWFA Fact Sheet

Thermal Comfort

Window film can reduce significantly the effects of solar heating in vehicles. A cooler interior provides more comfort, and reduces the need to use air conditioning systems, thereby extending the vehicle’s life and improving gas mileage.

UV Protection

Window film provides increased protection to eyes and skin from UV rays and the harmful effects of the sun. Window film offers an affordable and safe protection, blocking up to 99% of both UVA rays and UVB rays (those that cause sunburn) all year long to safeguard you, your children and even your pets.

Security

Window film improves the resistance of the vehicle's glass against shattering in accidental or deliberate breakage. It is a suitable solution for those who want to avoid smash and grab attacks to the vehicle, since the glass will break but it will remain together much longer than without film. This means that the time needed to force an entry into the car will be much longer, which will discourage the attacker.

Changing or Improving Design Aspects

Window film is a great tool to enhance the looks of your vehicle. There is a variety of window film products to suit any type of vehicle and are available in a variety of colours and shades, from virtually invisible films to darker colours.

Increasing Privacy

Besides enhancing the design of cars, window film also provides more privacy to the vehicle as darker window films block the insight into the car. In this way people outside cannot see in the car. This also reduces the risk of smash and grab.

Paint Protection

This is a very special application as it is not the traditional window film, but a Paint Protection Film. The film helps protect the most vulnerable areas of vehicles from the most common problems (insect stains and abrasions, scratches, nicks, small road debris damage, winter road salt and sand). Window film preserves the vehicles' paint finish and overall appearance.

Architecture

Window film can help tackle some major challenges that building owners and occupants face in their houses and homes, such as increasing thermal comfort throughout the year, reducing the energy consumption, reducing the fading of the valuables in the home, making the glass safer in case of breakage, and reducing the risk of forced entries through glazes surfaces, among others.

Thermal Comfort

Window film prevents solar energy passing through the glazing of buildings entering the building. This helps control workplace temperatures, improves the thermal comfort inside that supports well-being of you and your family, and reduces the amount of solar energy directly entering your home to more comfortable levels. Download here  case study with an example of how window film can improve thermal comfort.

Energy Consumption

Window film can contribute to a considerable reduction of the energy bill both in summer as in winter time. There are window films on the market that allow improving the thermal insulation of a glazing. These products, generally referred to as low-E films (E stands for emissivity) can improve, when applied professionally, the thermal insulation value of the glazing of a window. The level of improvement depends strongly on the type of glazing of the window. For specific data, it is highly recommended to consult the specification and data sheets of the manufacturer. Read more on EWFA Fact Sheet

UV Protection

Window films provide increased protection to eyes and skin from UV rays and the harmful effects of the sun. Subject to the type of film, this technology can block up to 99% of both UVA rays and UVB rays (those that cause sunburn) all year long.

Fading

Building owners and home owners are often confronted with the fading of carpets, curtains, paint and artwork in their properties. Fading is caused mainly by solar energy (UV, visible light and solar heat). Window films can provide up to 99.9% reduction in the transmission of harmful UV radiation thereby reducing the damage caused to the building interior (paint, wood, furniture) and its contents.

Glare Control

It is impossible to alter glare without altering the light entering through the glazing. Using window film allows you to control excess direct glare. It reduces the solar energy transmitted through the glazing before it enters the building which results in a reduction of the solar heat gain, workplace room temperatures and the rate of temperature change.

Security

Window films delay and deter thieves from entering buildings and homes through the glazing. It constitutes a barrier to forced entry and after breakage. It is also used to protect you and your family against cutting and piercing injuries caused by accidental breakage in homes, schools and public buildings. Thanks to its micro-thin and high technology properties, window film can improve ordinary float glass to perform like a safety glass. See here case study on security Window Film

Safety

Window film technology is developed to absorb some of the energy of each impact and hold shattered glass fragments together. Window film is therefore used to protect both people and property from the dangers of shreds of glass in the case of window breaks:
  • In the case of an explosion: solutions with window film holds the glass together avoiding particles of glass be propelled at high speed and injuring or even killing people.
  • In the case of human impact: window film reduces the risk that broken glass injures people
  • In the case of impact by objects: window film holds glass together reducing considerable the risk of entry through the window
  • See here case study on safety Window Film

Anti-Graffiti

Glass is a very easy target for graffiti. Sacrificial window film protects glass surfaces from accidental and deliberate attacks. When desired, the film is simply removed which means that graffiti and other damage is removed along with the film. Even with the cost of several treatments of sacrificial window film, considerable savings are still achieved when compared to replacing the glass.

Privacy and Design

Window films are manufactured with colour or coloured reflectants which make the windows look alike from the exterior view making what is happening inside the building irrelevant to its appearance. Besides adding privacy to private places, window film can also be used as a decoration tool. There are a variety of colours, textures and patterns available to improve the design and looks of buildings and homes.