Professionals

How Can Window Film Help You Deal With Certain Issues?

Window film can help professionals to deal with a range of challenges, both regarding buildings and means of transport. Building managers, designers, architects and other professionals responsible for one or more aspects of running, maintaining or improving buildings and the way they function, can find in solar and safety window film the ideal solution for problems they are commonly faced with. Problem situations may relate to comfort issues in the work place, cooling costs, glare, safety or security, simple privacy issues or more complex challenges related to environmental, health and safety issues. For each of these challenges window film professionals can help in working out a solution. 

Fleet managers and public transport services also will find that window film can help in tackling challenges such as thermal comfort, UV protection, paint protection, and graffiti protection.

Transport

Window film can help improve or change the security, the interior comfort and the appearance of different means of transport, like trains, trams, metro, busses and others. It can also be used for enhanced paint protection of both individual vehicles and public transport alike.

Safety

Thanks to its micro-thin and high technology properties, window film can improve safety in case glass breaks. The window film absorbs some of the energy of each impact and hold shattered glass fragments together.

Thermal Comfort

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

UV Protection

Window films provide increased protection to eyes and skin from UV rays and the harmful effects of the sun. Window film offers an affordable and safe protection which can block up to 99% of both UVA rays and UVB rays (those that cause sunburn) all year long to safeguard passengers, luggage and animals on-board.

Security

Applied to the windows of any means of transport, window film improves the resistance against smash and grab. The glass is held together in the case of an impact and slows down considerably those who want to force themselves an entry into the vehicle which proves an efficient deterrent or leaves the time to the driver to escape.

Anti-Graffiti 

Glass is a very easy target for graffiti, especially in public transport. Sacrificial window film, typically referred to as anti-graffiti 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.

Increasing privacy

Besides enhancing the design of cars, window film also provides more privacy to the vehicle as darker window films block the insight in 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 protecting the most vulnerable areas of a given mode of transport, be it a vehicle, boat, airplane or train, from the most common problems (insect stains and abrasions, scratches, nicks, small road debris damage, winter road salt and sand). Window film preserves the transportation’s paint finish and overall appearance.

Buildings

The installation of window film can play a major role in improving the performance of the building envelope. Window film can be an appealing retrofit option to increase a building’s overall efficiency due to its ease of implementation and relative low cost.

No matter what the particular goals of a renovation may be, installing window film should be considered from the very beginning. Thus, it can be installed with minimal disruption, allowing people to continue using the space normally. 

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 to improve the thermal insulation of a glazing. These products, generally referred to as low-E films (E standing 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 recomended to consult the specification and data sheets of the manufacturer. Read more on EWFA Fact Sheet

Reduce Carbon Footprint

Installing window film has less of an environmental impact than creating a new window and disposing of the old one. By using this technology, the cooling loads demanded by air conditioned buildings can be substantially decreased, hence achieving savings in energy costs whilst reducing CO2 emissions and the overall building carbon footprint.
Read more on EWFA Fact Sheet

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

Architecture Integrity and Appearance

Using a window film with colour or coloured reflectants allows the windows to look alike from the exterior view, thus restoring the original architectural integrity to the building and making what is happening inside the building irrelevant to its appearance.

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 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

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.

Thermal Comfort

Window film prevents solar energy passing through the glazing of buildings entering the edifice. This helps control workplace temperatures, improves the thermal comfort inside that supports the well-being of building occupants, and reduces the amount of solar energy directly entering the building or home to more comfortable levels. See here case study on solar control Window Film

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 and UVB (those that cause sunburn) all year long. See here case stuy on solar cotrol Window Film

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). Depending on the type, 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 the control of 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. See here case study on glare control with Window Film