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Glass Privacy- White Frost, White Out, and Black Out window films for privacy and more!

Retrofit window films are an excellent solution to add privacy to your space with choices that don’t compromise natural light. White frost, white out, and black out window films are some of the most popular types of privacy window films available, though there are hundreds of privacy and decorative films that can perform the same function. In this article, we'll dive into what these three most basic and popular films are and how they differ.

Note that these films do not offer one-way view through glass. If one way view is desired please see our blog at:

White Frost Window Film

White frost window film is a semi-transparent film that has a frosted appearance. It is perfect for adding privacy to your windows without blocking out natural light. The frosted effect diffuses light much like sandblasted glass, creating a soft and subtle look while preventing prying eyes from seeing into your space. Understand that you could read the newspaper through the typical white frost film if it were laid directly on top, but pull that film away from the surface of the paper six to eight inches and everything would disappear as if lost in fog.

White frost window film is a great option for bathroom windows, glass shower enclosures, and office partitions. It can also be used in conference rooms, reception areas, and waiting rooms to add privacy while still allowing and abundance of natural light to come in.

White Out Window Film

White out window film is a more opaque film than white frost with the approximate appearance of printer paper . It completely blocks the view of the outside world while still allowing some natural light to enter the space. The film has a solid white appearance that provides a clean, modern, and stylish look to any room.

White out window film is a popular choice for commercial spaces, such as storefronts, restaurants, and offices. It can be used to create a barrier between the inside and outside world while still maintaining the appearance of the space.

Black Out Window Film

Black out window film is the most opaque of the three types of window films. It completely blocks out all light and visibility, creating complete privacy for the space. It is often used in bedrooms, media rooms, and home theaters to create a dark environment perfect for sleeping or watching movies.

Black out window film is also a popular choice for commercial spaces, such as photography studios, laboratories, and server rooms, where light and visibility need to be controlled for the specific function of the space.

The installation process for all films mentioned is the same and is an appropriate retrofit for most types of glass. The film is applied with an inoffensive soap solution after a thorough cleaning of the glass substrate. It can be easily removed and/ or replaced as needed without leaving any residue or damage to the glass surface.

Benefits of Window Films

Window films offer several benefits beyond just privacy. They can also reduce glare, protect against UV rays, and even save energy. Here are a few of the benefits of window films:

Privacy: As we've already discussed, window films can add privacy to your space without compromising natural light.

Glare Reduction: Window films can reduce the amount of glare entering the space, making it more comfortable to work or relax.

UV Protection: Most window films block up to 99% of harmful UV rays, protecting your skin, eyes, and furnishings from sun damage.

Energy Savings: Window films can reduce the amount of heat that enters or escapes through your windows, leading to lower energy costs.

Decorative: Window films come in a variety of colors and patterns, allowing you to add a decorative touch to your space.

Security: Window films can make glass more robust and difficult to break. They can also help hold the glass panel in the frame if broken.

White frost, white out, and black out window films are great options for adding privacy to your space while still allowing natural light to enter. Each type of film offers varying degrees of opacity, allowing you to choose the right level of privacy for your needs, and if one of them doesn't serve the purpose there are hundreds of others that would.


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