Nowadays, many houses and offices have large windows, both in the exterior walls and in the dividing walls, letting in plenty of light. They improve our living and working conditions considerably, as daylight has a large impact on our health and our moods. Unfortunately, large windows also have a disadvantage, i.e. a lack of privacy. For some areas, such as shower cells, bathrooms and offices, it is preferrable to obstruct visibility from outside. Although you can furnish the room with curtains or Venetian blinds, it is a costly business. A more affordable solution is to apply frosted window film. The advantages of this kind of film compared to traditional window furnishings are: it is easy to order made-to-measure, they are fully translucent and can also accommodate for asymmetrical windows. Frosted glass film creates a matt effect on glass, blocking unwanted views from outside but allowing daylight free reign. There are two varieties of frosted glass film available: self-adhesive frosted window film and static frosted window film. The self-adhesive variety is intended for permanent use. The static variety does not feature a layer of glue, making it ideal for temporary use, such as in rented homes, where the use of privacy control film might not always be permitted.
Frosted glass film emulates the effect of etched glass
Sandblasting glass is an old technique that is used to give a pane a matt appearance. As well as giving the surface of the glass a matt finish, it can also be used to add decoration, perhaps a logo or pretty pattern, to the window. Sandblasting glass is a labour-intensive method of creating a matt finish on glass compared to the use of sandblast film. The manufacture of etched glass by means of sandblasting demands a lot of skill and experience. It is much easier to achieve the effect of etched glass by applying frosted glass film to the glass. In other words, there is no need to treat the glass in any way, as the frosted window film already features the effect of etched glass. All you need to do is to apply the sandblast film to the pane to get an etched-glass effect. That’s why sandblasting is used less and less these days. Frosted window film is designed to make this etched-glass effect obtainable for everyone. There is no visible difference between the matt effect of frosted glass film and actually sandblasted glass. Sandblast film does not have a reflective effect, so frosted privacy window film can be used on all kinds of plate glass. That means that frosted glass film can also be applied to Low E glass (all grades of Low E glass including triple glazing) without the risk of an expansion crack occurring in your Low E glass.
The practical advantages of frosted privacy window film
Here is a brief list of the advantages of frosted window film:
• Frosted window film lets in daylight but keeps out unwanted gazes
• Frosted glass film can be applied to all types of glass
• It is a more affordable choice than replacing the pane with etched glass (matt glass)
• Frosted privacy window film can even be produced in a design of your own
• Sandblast film is easy to apply yourself
It is easy to order cut-to-size sandblast film
Thanks to our unique made-to-measure module, you can order your privacy film cut-to-size, right down to the last millimetre. Enter the measurements of your window into our made-to-measure module. It is best to measure your window from the edge of the rubber or sealant on one side to edge of the rubber or sealant on the other, so the privacy window film will cover the surface exactly between those edges, producing the best results. You do not need to take any margins into account. We will deliver the frosted glass film in exactly the right size. Once your privacy glass film has been delivered, you can immediately get to work to apply the film. Your order always contains clear instructions on how to apply it. The application instructions explain, step by step, how to adhere the privacy film to the glass. Alternatively, if you do not want to order your privacy control film cut-to-size, you can order the film in a series of standard sizes. You will find that option under the tab ‘standard size’ on the product page. Simply select the size that is the closest match in size to your window. Another option is to buy a whole roll of film: it is a good idea if you want to apply the frosted glass film to several windows. We always recommend adding a felt-edged squeegee to your order to make it easier to apply the film.
Create and order your own design frosted window film
Sandblast film, while offering privacy, is often used to display a design too. We can cut the frosted privacy window film in-house with our high-tech cutting machine, so we can crop and manufacture every conceivable design into the sandblast film. The luxurious look of matt glass with your logo cut into it will give your company a more professional appearance. If you would like to have your own design cut into frosted film glass, please get in touch using the page ‘your own design window film’. You can upload .pdf, .ai and .eps files to that page, but if you don’t yet have any digital files with your logo or design, we can help you create digital files with your sketch or idea. We have plenty of know-how in-house and can help you achieve professional-looking results. Private individuals can also commission their own designs in frosted glass film too, which is popular for front doors. The house number or family name is cut into the frosted privacy window film, a personal touch that truly makes your house your home. You can apply your own design frosted glass film yourself; we include specific application instructions with the delivery. If you would like a quotation for sandblast film with your own design, please get in touch with us; there is no obligation to order. Perfect results are achieved by working together!