Glass Film To The Rescue
Glass film is a versatile product that is indispensable for use across a range of interior design and building projects.
Glass film is the most affordable and attractive solution for issues of privacy and safety across domestic and commercial settings. This simple, but tough technology will not only keep you safe and meet building regulations, it may also help keep friendly with neighbours and work colleagues.
Living In A Glass Fish Bowl
Windows are wonderful for letting in light and giving you a view. But sometimes it’s possible to have too much of a god thing. At Apply To Glass we encounter this all the time – even in new buildings. Apartments, houses and offices are built with large windows with lots of light. They look great on the plan, but in reality the people who live and work in the buildings or live next door, can end up being exposed and lacking privacy.
Open plan offices are great for encouraging communication, but sometimes glass partitions and glass offices can make workers feel like they’re inside a fish bowl. It’s a similar situation on balconies and swimming pools. Glass balcony walls encourage a sense of space and provide more visibility, but are no good if they overlook the neighbour’s back garden.
While for some people the glass wall or window in their home or apartment may not be a problem, it’s possible that plans for their new apartment, home or renovation may cause a privacy problem for someone else. This is common with overlooking issues and there are important building regulations that need to be followed when it comes to building and renovating.
Overlooking Regulation 419 states a habitable room, deck, or balcony should avoid looking directly into a secluded, private space or habitable room of an existing dwelling that is within 9 metres.
Overlooking issues happen all the time when apartments and new houses are built in areas that were previously dominated by small, single storey dwellings. Any balcony or window that overlooks a garden or room in an adjacent building may be violating this privacy regulation.
The Superior Qualities Of Glass Film
While in the past, curtains or a range of styles of blind were the only option for creating privacy over windows, today glass film is commonly used in areas that require a more practical solution. Thanks to continual improvements in its technology, glass film is one of the most versatile and practical forms of technology for solving a range of design issues in domestic and commercial settings.
Moisture Resistance: Glass film is made from a tough, moisture resistant vinyl adhesive. This makes it ideal for application in bathrooms and kitchens, where blinds or curtains are never an option.
UV Resistance: Because of improvements in technology glass film now flaunts UV resistance, making it the most practical, long lasting solution to privacy on glass, particularly outside.
Cleaning Superiority: Glass film is really easy to clean, making it more practical than using blinds or curtains to solve privacy problems. Glass film can be cleaned with any regular glass cleaner – a lot easier than dusting or putting the curtains through the wash.
Not All Glass Film Is The Same
There are a range of different types of glass films on the market and it is important to be aware that not all glass films will last as long or will be as easy to work with.
Inferior glass film will peel and bubble and will start to break down and look shabby after only a few years. When using glass film in areas subject to lots of moisture, heat or where it will be exposed to the weather, make sure you use the best quality frosted window film. Brands like 3M, Metamark and Avery produce reliable, high quality glass films. These films should last many years and will require very little maintenance.
Professional Installation Or DIY Glass Film?
For small home projects glass film can be purchased and installed by non professionals. For larger areas, however we recommend a professional glass film installation company, like Apply To Glass. A professional glass film design and installation service can also provide advice on frosted film design options.
Apply To Glass works with architects, builders and designers installing window film in large commercial and residential spaces. If you have a question about your latest privacy window film or decorative window film project, contact us.