Decorative Door & Window Films

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Decorative Door & Window Films
Window film can change the look of an entire room. (stained glass close-up image by Shannon Workman from Fotolia.com)

Window film is a modern-day option to use for window and door treatments. It adds extra privacy, filters out light for the air conditioning season and is pleasing to the eye. The transformation it makes to your windows can change the entire look of the room. It is a quick project and it only takes one person to install.

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Types

The range of film colours and designs allows you to decorate your doors or windows as boldly or subtly as your taste dictates. Window film is offered in designs of stained glass, etched glass, bubbled glass and frosted glass, along with many more options. This film is also available in sheets that depict scenery, which work well for window that have no view.

Window film also comes in borders, which provide a decorative glass look around window edges without obstructing the view.

Considerations

When choosing a door or window film, take into consideration the type of privacy you need and the amount of light you want to let in. Some designs are more transparent than others, but even with the less transparent designs, you can still see a silhouette from outside the window if the lights are on indoors.

Installation and Removal

You do not need any materials or adhesives to add film to your window or door. Cut the film to fit the area, using regular household scissors, and apply it to the window. Static electricity holds the film in place until you are ready to remove it. The film peels off in one sheet, without need for chemicals, scrubbing or scraping.

Cost

Window film is comparable in cost to traditional shades for windows or doors. Because this material is so inexpensive to use, you can change your window film to go with the seasons. Stained glass windows in the winter can be turned into bubble glass for the summer.

Features

Window film has a built-in safety feature: It helps keep glass from flying all over the place if the door or window is broken. It serves the same function as taping a window in advance of a tornado or hurricane, making window film especially suitable to use in areas that are subject to large wind storms.

Depending on the type you purchase, door and window film may keep out up to 95% of the sun's UV rays, which will help protect your furniture and carpets from fading.

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