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Various window treatments in residential homes are more than to show the view. It combines aesthetics and practicality purposes by incorporating curtains, drapes, blinds, shades, or windows film as a crucial part of the overall design scheme. More importantly, it provides a practical use of keeping rooms fresh and safe from the sun’s harmful’s ultraviolet rays.

The perfect window has layers of functionality and is flexible enough to suit a home’s inhabitants’ needs at different times of the day – whether it’s to bathe under the morning light or to cloak the room in complete darkness after hours. To that end, there are two ways you can protect your furniture, reduce energy costs, and help keep the light at bay: blackout curtains and window films.

While both have a similar purpose, each has different functions and provides its unique benefits. Choosing the right one for your taste and needs depends on your preference, but we’re here to make your choice easier by laying down the groundwork on the differences between blackout curtains and window films.

What are Blackout Curtains?

Blackout curtains are typically made from a tightly woven, multi-layered lining that has the capacity to block 99.9% of sunlight passing through your window. The dense and durable material makes it an excellent tool that can reduce thermal energy loss by up to 25%, adequately insulating the temperature and keeping your room warmer or cooler depending on your needs.

Many other brands include noise reduction features in their blackout curtains, which is especially beneficial for homeowners who want constant peace to enhance the quality of sleep. The drawback, however, is that visibility is severely restricted when the blackout curtains are fully closed as it is designed to block light completely. This makes navigating around the room, challenging without the help of artificial lightings such as lamps or nightlights.

What are Window Films?

Window film is made from polyester or PET films, which are applied to glass and glazed over to hold the material together even upon shattering. It can be used to sliding doors, glass panels, and all the windows of a building. It is also available in two options: with or without solar film. Both are 100-micron thick, but the one with the solar film can reduce 70% of heat, glare, and cut back 80% of the UV rays from the sun.

It is available in different types, each having it’s similar and distinct benefits, but all are made to resist scratches using a protective coating. In its differences, some window tints have transparent, multiple layers of PET to improve the window’s durability, while others are tinted with metals, dyes, or pigments to control the transmission of the sun’s UV rays. Other than blocking heat and regulating temperature, it also prevents the degradation of furniture that is overexposed to sunlight.

Which is the Right Choice for Your Home?

The right choice largely depends on your purpose and what benefits you want to reap. For instance, blackout curtains are the perfect solution for homeowners who wish to block off the light during the night and day, and value getting consistent quality sleep. These curtains also come in multiple colour schemes and decor style, making it ideal for those who want a functional and fashionable material.

To that end, homeowners who want to lower cooling costs for both day and night, protect furniture from overexposure to the sun’s UV rays, as well as to increase privacy without compromising your outside view may prefer window films. Window Film also comes with long term warranties and has

FilmTint offers a wide range of films that provide UV protection, privacy, heat gain savings and much more. Contact Film Tint NZ to find out how we can help.

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