Sunlight is important for improving health and productivity. But if the sun’s UV rays are not controlled, they can cause damage to skin, floors and furniture, artwork, wall coverings, and display merchandise.
Some options people can use to help protect themselves are Window Films and Window Shades. So how do you know which one would work better for you? Let’s compare the two – window film and window shades (blinds, etc)
Both products are great at reducing glare in your home and office, but they work in different ways. Window shades can be closed to redirect the glare; however the use of artificial light would be needed in order to keep the space light. Window Film can be used to block the glare while still allowing natural light in.
Solar Heat Gain and Efficiency
Window Films, especially Low-E window films, can give you insulating performance year round. Low-E window films can reduce heat loss in the winter and solar heat gain in the summer. Window shades and blinds can only improve energy performance when they are lowered therefore reducing visibility to the outdoors and loss of natural light.
Window shades and blinds block a large amount of natural light when they are closed. Window films block 99% of UV damaging rays while allowing natural daylight and limited use of artificial lighting which can help reduce energy costs.
Studies show that providing tenants and occupants with exposure to daylight can improve productivity, reduce absenteeism, diminish health complaints, and increase test scores. Click here to read more case studies showing the health benefits of window film.
Clear Home Sun Protection
Arizona has some amazing views, so why block them? Window shades and blinds block the views that we all enjoy. Window Films can provide all of the benefits of window shades and more (UV protection, Energy reduction, Glare reduction), while never obstructing your views.
Blind views vs window film (top)
Amazing AZ View
What is the Best?
This article explained the differences and similarities between window film and window shades. The best for you is what your ultimate goal is: reducing energy costs, reducing glare, looks, views, etc. Window film works great at keeping heat at bay, reducing UV rays, and reducing glare while allowing daytime privacy. Window blinds help with nighttime privacy and the one time of the day when the sun is shining directly in and you need a bit more protection than what film can provide.
Veteran Tinting and Blinds works with Window Film and Window Shades!
We have been in the window film industry for over 26 years; however we have sold and installed blinds and shades for over 20 years. We understand that not everyone wants film or blinds, so we have options for you. Consider purchasing both! If you choose to purchase both window film and window shades you will not only receive all of the protection that window films provide, but also the nighttime privacy and decorative choices that window shades provide. Also, since window films block 99% of UV rays, your window shades will last longer than without any UV protection.
Window Film and Window Shades
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