4 Types Of Commercial Window Tinting Film

In the past, window tinting films tended to bubble and peel, creating an unsightly appearance. Business owners who are familiar with early window tinting may still believe that this is the case, making them reluctant to consider tinting film as an option for improving the windows in their business. But advancements in tinting film technology have improved by leaps and bounds. Tinting films can be applied with almost no visible evidence other than the desired effect. Here are four common types of modern commercial window tinting films and their beneficial uses.

Neutral Tint

One of the main reasons that business owners apply commercial tinting films is to reduce glare and heat from the sun in order to improve comfort and reduce energy costs. However, one major drawback of tinting films used to be that it wasn't possible to reduce glare without also darkening the interior. That's no longer the case. A neutral tint makes it possible to reduce glare without creating any darkening effect in the interior of the building.

Low-e Film

Low-e film, or a low emissivity film, provides multiple levels of protection against the sun by reducing glare and also adding insulating properties. The film is designed to reflect harsh rays in the winter and keep out cold air in the winter to help improve the energy efficiency of the whole building. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a low-e film can reduce heat loss by as much as 30% to 50%. It also lowers the U-factor of the window, a number that measures how well a window insulates. The lower the number, the better its insulation properties.

Anti-Graffiti Film

Another hugely beneficial tinting film to business owners, especially those with businesses located in graffiti-prone areas, is anti-graffiti film. Rather than repeatedly spending hours scrubbing and scraping spray paint off glass, a business owner can simply add anti-graffiti film. When the unwanted graffiti artist comes calling, the film (including the paint on the surface) is easily peeled off the glass and a new film can then be applied for future protection. 

Safety Film

A useful tool for helping to protect a business is safety film. When applied, it strengthens the surface of the glass to eliminate shattering in the event that a window is broken. It's a similar idea to how windshield glass works but applied on the outside rather than in between two sheets of glass-like laminated glass. It's designed to deter break-ins and also keep employees and customers from injury.

For more information about window tinting, contact a company like City  Glass.