Before we start, let us clarify one thing: Tinting your windows doesn’t (necessarily) mean a darker office with non-transparent windows – although you do have that option too. But apart from dark shades, you can also choose a crystal-clear tint, as well as red, blue, green, yellow or anything you like. Whether you go with a colourful, dark, or clear option, window tinting has plenty of benefits, such as lower electric bills, increased privacy, or protection from the blaring sunlight.
Now that we know about the benefits of tinting your office windows, let us look at a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right type of tint. When it comes to tinting your windows, the options are endless, and your choice should match your needs. To help you choose, we summarised the different kinds of window films and their effects for you.
1. Decorative Window Films
This type of window tint helps with the aesthetics of your building and is a great way to add a decorative element to your office as well as block curious looks from the outside.
Textured window films, for example, create an opaque look and enhance privacy without blocking out day light. There is a wide range of styles and patterns to choose from to shield certain rooms from unwanted spies.
If you only want certain parts of the window protected, you can also go with gradient window tint, which has a transition from clear to opaque. That way, parts of the window stay clear and allow for day light to get through, while other parts hide what you prefer not to be seen.
How about adding some patterns or colour to your office by using window tint? Here you can let your imagination run free as you choose from bright, dark, subtle, or intense shades. Or maybe you fancy some stripes or polka dots instead? No problem – the options are endless!
2. Reflective Window Films
With this type of films, you can adjust the amount of sunlight that gets in, with the option of being able to control the transparency of your windows. From the outside, your building will look shiny and mirrored, giving your business a classy and exclusive look.
3. Security Film
This type of window tint has a very special purpose; it doesn’t necessarily change the look of your building. Security films protect your windows from breaking easily. It will take a few minutes longer to penetrate your protected windows – and one or two minutes can make a big difference in case of break-ins or shootings. Those few minutes will give your employees some extra time to hide or get to a safe place in emergency situations as the window protection creates an additional obstacle for the intruder. Installing security films makes sense for any windows or glass doors that are easily accessible from the outside, particularly on the ground floor of your building.
4. C-Bond Film
This type of window tint ensures maximum security by making it practically impossible to penetrate your windows. It is patent-protected and many businesses use it to protect their commercial buildings from break-ins.
5. Deluxe Film
The benefits of deluxe film are that it blocks heat and UV rays as well as glaring sunlight that obstructs your employees’ vision and makes it virtually impossible to use a computer screen. This film basically combines all the benefits of dark blinds, but your office space stays nice and bright, and your employees can enjoy a look out the window.
6. Energy-Efficient Films
As we mentioned before, reduced electric bills can also be a benefit of tinted windows. By preventing heat from entering the building, they keep your office space cool in the summer, thus, making your air conditioning more efficient.
7. Neutral Film
If you don’t want to block out day light from your office space, but you do want to protect it from UV rays, a neutral window tint will do the job. As it is completely clear, it won’t change the appearance of your interior or the windows.
As you can see, the options are endless when it comes to tinting your windows. Depending on your needs, you can pick the right window film and customize your windows exactly the way you want them to be. Make sure your window tint suits your business. For example, if you have many customers entering your business, pick a film that will make the interior look bright and welcoming, while also blocking out the summer heat and glaring sun rays. If, on the other hand, you need more privacy, it may be best to opt for a darker version of window tint or even a reflective film. Not only can you prevent unwanted looks from outside, but you can also protect your business against break-ins and provide safety for your employees in the case of an emergency.
When designing your office, some things that at first appear less important turn out to be vital. The same goes for windows and light. It all boils down to small details that later make your office look ergonomic and comfortable.