Don’t Turn a Blind Eye to Your Windows: Discover an Alternative to Blinds & Drapes

Solar Film • Sep 25, 2018

One of the main reasons you bought your house was for the view from your living room window. You worked for years to earn the corner office so you can see the James River from one direction and the Richmond skyline from the other. So why would you block your view with blinds or drapes? At Solar Film, we understand that there are several challenges associated with windows that would lead you to do so. Fortunately, we have an alternative to blinds that allows you to keep the view and solves your window-related problems.

Window Film as an Alternative to Blinds

You may opt for blinds or drapes for several reasons, including temperature control, privacy, to reduce glare, and to prevent furniture fading. Luckily, maintaining your view and being comfortable is not an either-or situation. Window film solves each of these problems and can actually enhance the view from your windows.

1) Control Interior Temperatures

Heat passes easily through windows. This applies to the summer months when you want to keep the heat out and winter months when you want to keep the warmth inside. While drapes help regulate the amount of heat entering and leaving your space, they also block your view. Window film, on the other hand, reduces the amount of heat transmission through your windows by up to 78% while maintaining the view.

2) Increase Privacy

While blinds and drapes prevent people from seeing into your home or commercial space, they also inhibit you from being able to see out. Many of our clients want an alternative to blinds that reduces passersby visibility. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as “one way film,” as a number of factors play a role in window visibility. Our privacy films do, however, reduce the amount of perceptibility for outsiders through your windows. You may also opt for frosted window film, which allows you to tailor the amount of privacy and natural light to your preferences.

3) Reduce Glare

The sun’s rays cast glare across computer, TV, and mobile device screens, causing eyestrain, headaches, and overall annoyance. Blinds and drapes block natural light from entering your space, which in turn eliminates glare as well. But maybe you prefer natural light to harsh LED. Maybe you like to periodically take a break from staring at your computer screen to soak in nature’s beauty through your office windows. If this resonates with you, window film is the perfect alternative to blinds for your space.

4) Prevent Fading

Overtime, UV rays from the sun fade and damage floors, furniture, and precious keepsakes. You can delay this process by keeping your blinds or drapes closed, but once again, this is to the detriment of your view. Window film with UV protection reduces the amount of UV rays entering your space by 99%, preventing you from needing to refinish your floors and replace your upholstery every few years.

If you find yourself wishing that there was an alternative to blinds to control interior temperatures, increase privacy, reduce glare, and prevent fading, you’re in luck! Window film solves each of these issues and maintains your view.

Locally owned and operated in Richmond, Virginia for over 35 years, Solar Film provides custom window tinting services to homes and businesses in central Virginia, Williamsburg, and the Northern Neck. We use premium quality 3M™ materials for temperature control, glare reduction, UV protection, privacy, and security window film solutions. As a 3M™Authorized Dealer and member of the Prestige Dealer Network, we offer many varieties of window film to improve your workspace. Get in touch with us today for a free quote!

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