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The Many Types of Window Film

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Whether you’re shopping for window film for your home or commercial building, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the different types of window film. Along with finding a reliable window film dealer, you then have to select the right product for your application. From varying opacities to vibrant patterns, the sheer amount of options available leaves many prospective customers with decision fatigue. We’re here to help walk you through some of the products we offer at General Solar so you can better understand the different types of window film available. 

Temperature Control Film

Windows are one of the most significant sources of heat gain and loss, which is why many people opt for a window film that improves efficiency. Temperature control window film is designed to reject 79% of solar heat and 97% of infrared rays, reducing hotspots and making it easier to maintain comfortable interior temperatures. Not to mention, it does all this while retaining natural light and lowering your utility bills. 

Decorative & Privacy Films

Where temperature control window film is engineered for heat rejection, decorative film is designed more for aesthetics. Many commercial spaces and even modern homes utilize lots of glass for the abundance of natural light. While plain glass can be aesthetically pleasing, sometimes it might feel stale, dull, or too minimalist. Decorative window film comes in hundreds of styles, colors, and opacities to enhance the design of any space. 

Many decorative films also have the added benefit of enhancing privacy. Privacy films typically consist of frosted films or more opaque tints that blur, partially reduce, or completely reduce visibility. This makes them great additions to conference rooms, lobbies, offices, bathrooms, and anywhere else you might need some added privacy. 

Safety & Security Film 

There are window films designed for energy savings, aesthetics, and privacy, but did you know there is a type of window film made to increase protection? Safety and security film strengthens one of the most vulnerable areas of homes and buildings: the windows. Glass windows, doors, or walls can easily shatter during a break-in, burglary, or natural disaster. Flying shards of glass can cause injury or potentially death, which is why safety and security films hold shattered glass together. By keeping the glass intact, it reduces the risk of injuries and delays intrusion to help keep occupants safe. 

Other Speciality Films

Along with window films that are designed for energy efficiency or privacy, we also carry several specialty films:

  • Anti-Graffiti Film: Protects exterior surfaces against vandalism and makes clean-up easy. 
  • Bird Safety Film: Reduces bird collisions with buildings to protect property and the avian population.
  • Smart Film: Allows transition between tinted and clear glass using a button or switch. 
  • Casper Cloaking Film: Obscures digital screens from the outside looking in to maintain confidentiality.
  • Stained Glass Film: Mimics the look of stained glass for a fraction of the cost. 
  • Dry-Erase Film: Turns glass into dry erase surfaces, fostering collaboration in office spaces. 
  • Distraction Bands: Makes glass more easily visible to reduce the risk of collision and injury. 

Window Film Designed Specifically for You 

Even though there is an abundance of window film options, sometimes finding the perfect product can be challenging. With our custom window film options, our expert designers can work with you to create a solution specific to your needs. Reach out today to receive more information and get a free quote! 

General Solar Company remains one of the most highly regarded window film companies in the Washington DC area since 1969. In that time, we have built a reputation for professionalism, integrity, and exceptional service. We serve clients in Washington DC, Montgomery County, Rockville and Bethesda, Maryland, and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment for a free estimate, give us a call today at 301-231-9500 or contact us using this form.

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