Window Film FAQs - The Window Film Company

Your questions about window film, its uses, the types and benefits all answered here

We have a selected some frequently asked questions regarding window film and answered them for your convenience below. If you have any questions about installing window film, then our window film fitting video instructions will help.

If you don't find the answer you are looking for in the information below, then please just give us a call on 01494 794477 or email us at

What is window film?

Window Film can be applied to new or exisiting glass windows in your home, office, school or factory. Window Films are designed to reduce heat, reduce glare, add privacy, provide extra safety, security and to decorate glass.

How does safety glass film for windows work?

Glass is virtually everywhere we look. Windows, shopfronts, glass partitions; it is widely used in both commercial and residential settings. It can also be incredibly delicate. Untreated glass can be at constant risk of either accidental or malicious breakage, creating both a security and health and safety risk. An application of safety glass film for windows can help mitigate these issues. Find our more about how safety glass window film works .

What is self adhesive window film?

The Window Film Company is an industry leader in the supply and installation of high quality, self-adhesive window films. Find out more about uses of, and information about self adhesive window films for glass and windows.

What is anti-glare window film?

Glare can be a serious issue all year round. During the summer months, bright sunlight streams through untreated glass making it difficult to focus on screens or reading without straining. Window film can help and we have written an extensive glare reduction window film Q & A for you. Read on to find out the anti-glare window film answers.

How should I clean my window film?

Window film from The Window Film Company has been specially developed to be as long lasting and durable as possible, meaning that while it is highly effective and provides a beautiful finish, it is also easy to clean, requiring minimal post installation care. Find out how to clean and care for your window film.

What is one way mirror window film?

One way mirror window film is a highly effective solution for a range of issues, including privacy and solar control. Since being founded in 1998, The Window Film Company has forged a reputation as industry leaders in the supply and installation of mirrored films, delivering projects for residential and commercial clients. Find out more about one way mirror window film.

What is an obscure window?

An obscure window is used when privacy is required in the home or workplace. Obscure windows can be created by using special glass, but a more cost efficient and effective method is an application of privacy window film from The Window Film Company. More obscure glass window film info & options.

How do I make my window opaque?

Making a window opaque is easier than you think with window film from The Window Film Company. Easy to apply, long lasting and stylish, window film is the ideal way to turn your window opaque. Learn more about making your windows opaque.

Does opaque glass let light through?

Fully opaque glass will not allow light in. The Window Film Company offers a range of window films that will deliver an opaque finish, along with window films that will deliver privacy without sacrificing natural light. Find out more about opaque glass window films.

What is the difference between frosted glass and obscure glass?

The difference between frosted and obscure glass depends on a number of different factors. Windows can be purchased with an existing frosted effect, designed specifically to obscure the view through the window, or you can use frosted window film on existing clear glass to achieve the same result. See more obscure glass and frosted glass comparisons.

Can you see through frosted glass?

How much privacy does frosted glass film provide? Frostbrite frosted window film from The Window Film Company is designed to deliver a stylish privacy solution. Designed to give glass the appearance of acid etched or sandblasted glazing, once applied, it will ensure that you cannot see through the frosted glass.

Can you see through mirrored window films at night?

When considering a reflective or mirrored window film it’s important to understand how the film works and what it looks like when installed. So, read on to find out if mirrored window film is see through at night

How do I obscure my windows and glass with window film?

Window film to obscure glass can be required in a number of situations and The Window Film Company offers a host of options to ensure you get the privacy solution that suits you. With a number of different products available, it’s possible to obscure glass with window film and style. Rea more about obscure glass window films.

What is commercial privacy glass?

Commercial privacy glass is intended to prevent the view into premises or through internal glazing. This can be achieved quickly, effectively and cost efficiently by installing window film from The Window Film Company. Read more about commercial privacy glass film.

How do you cover glass doors for privacy?

Window film is the ideal product for covering glass doors for privacy. The film is easy to install, long lasting and is available in a range of finishes and styles; suitable for use in both commercial and residential environments. Learn more about covering glass doors for privacy.

How much do shop window graphics cost?

Window graphics cost less than you might imagine, and the impact they can have on your premises can prove to be invaluable. We have years of experience with shopfront window film for retail outlets and graphics for shop windows and internal glass and glazing. Find out more about the cost of shop window graphics.

Are window film graphics removable?

Graphics supplied and installed by The Window Film can take many forms, utilise different materials and be used in a host of different situations, but they all have one thing in common. While designed to stay firmly in place for the duration of their useful life, window film graphics are removable.

What are window graphics?

Window graphics are the ideal way to add a bespoke element of creativity to glass and glazing. Window graphics can take the form of branding, advertising, imagery or text and The Window Film Company have been supplying and installing stunning printed window graphics for a diverse range of clients since 1998. For more information about high quality window graphics, custom window vinyl graphics, decals and window displays, read this article What are window graphics?

Does privacy glass stop the sun?

Privacy glass doesn’t stop the sun – unless you want it to! Applying window film to glass for privacy can be achieved in a number of different ways, with each choice highly effective and long lasting. Find out more about glass, window film and sunlight.


How do you make clear glass into privacy glass?

How do you change clear glass into privacy glass? How to add privacy to your glass, glazing, doors and windows using window film from The Window Film Company.

How do you cover a glass bathroom window?

Privacy can be required throughout the home, but it can be particularly important in the bathroom. Window film from The Window Film Company is designed to be long lasting and durable, making it the perfect way to cover a glass bathroom window. Find out more about covering your glass Bathroom window with window film.

Does solar window film work on windows?

Solar window film is designed specifically to work on windows and standard glazing. The film works by preventing the steady build-up of heat throughout the day, that can end up making your home, office or workplace uncomfortably hot. Read more about how solar film works on windows.

How much does it cost for home window tinting?

The cost of home window tinting is less than you may think. The cost will be determined by the type of window film you choose and the installation method you decide on. Find out more about the cost of tinting the windows in your home.

What is frosted glass film?

Frosted window film gives your glass a frosted look. Frosted glass film is an easy to apply window film that provides privacy by giving glass the appearance of acid-etched or sand blasted glazing – preventing vision from both sides of the window.

Does Conservatory solar film work?

Conservatory solar film from The Window Film Company works by preventing the steady build up of heat, helping to deliver a more enjoyable temperature during warmer weather. Learn more about how Conservatory solar film works.

Do window films reduce heat?

Window films provide a cost effective and long-lasting way to reduce heat. Suitable for use in commercial or residential settings, The Window Film Company have been supplying and installing specialist solar control window films nationwide since 1998. find out more about how window films reduce heat.

Can You See Through Window Film?

The answer to whether or not you can see through window film depends entirely on the type of window film chosen and the solution you need it to deliver. The Window Film Company offers a range of products, each with a different appearance and performance level.

Take a look through some of the main options, see-through and non see through window films, including if you use reflective or mirrored window films.

Can I tint my house windows?

The short answer is Yes!... and an application of tinted window film to your house windows is the ideal way to solve a host of issues including heat, privacy and safety. Read more about tinting house windows.

Does reflective window film reduce heat?

Reflective window film from The Window Film Company reduces heat by rejecting a percentage of solar energy (heat) before it can enter premises. Applied directly to glass, window film is far more effective at reducing heat than curtains or blinds. Read more about heat reflecting window film.

How do you obscure glass?

Obscure your glass with window film for a cost-effective and stylish looking solution. Choose from a wide range of high performance, easy to install window films from The Window Film Company.

How much does solar control window film cost?

Is solar window film expensive? Solar control window film is an affordable and effective way to ensure a manageable internal temperature all year round. With a wide range of films available, each offering a different appearance and performance level, the cost of solar control window film will depend on a number of factors, including the type of film chosen, the quantity required and the chosen installation method. Read on >> How much does solar control window film cost?

What can I put on my windows for privacy?

Installing window film on your window for privacy is an affordable and effective way of obscuring the view into your property. Available in a range of different appearances, there is certain to be a privacy window film that meets your requirements and your style preference. More Info >> What can I put on my windows for privacy?

Can window film be removed and reapplied?

..Or, is window film reusable on another window? Window film is an easy to install product, delivering a cost-effective solution to issues such as solar control, window privacy, safety, security and decoration. The film is designed to be retro-fitted to glass, and while it is long lasting and has an extended useful life, the film cannot be reapplied.

How long has The Window Film Company been established?

The Window Film Company ® was established in 1998. You can use the following link to learn more about The Window Film Company.

How do I get a window film supply and installation quotation?

The best way to get a supply and install quotation is to call us on 01494 794477 and speak to one of our Account Managers. The Window Film Company provide a nationwide window film installation service, with teams of qualified and experienced fitters available to fit film to you premises whatever the size or location. If you want to just purchase the window film for a DIY installation then please visit our DIY Window Film section for the best online price.

How quickly can I get a window film installation quotation?

We are usually able to give you a window film installation quotation the same day. If you know the approx sizes of your windows when you call, we can sometime give you a price there and then over the phone. We will then confirm the cost in writing by email or by post.

Do you need to carry out a site survey?

No, we do not always need to carry out a site survey. When you call, if you know the approx size of the windows, this is enough for us to price from. Most types of window film are usually computer cut at window film HQ, so when on site all our window film installers need to do is double check the sizes when they arrive.

What type of window film will I need?

Frostbrite ® is our own brand of frosted window films.  On our website you can view a wide range of different designs and patterns that you can buy online for DIY installation.  Frosted window films give the appearance of frosted or etched glass at a fraction of the cost.

What is Supertint ® window film?

Supertint ® is the brand name for our solar control conservatory window films.  Conservatories can get really hot and bright during the summer months making them almost impossible to use.  With Supertint ® applied to your glass or polycarbonate roof, the excess temperature can be reduced making it possible to use the room at times of the day and times of the year when normally it would not be possible.  Coolkote window film is recommended for polycarbonate conservatories.

Can window film go on any type of glass?

Not all window films can go onto all glass types. Your Account Manager will make sure that you have the correct window film installed for your glass type.

What areas of the country do you cover?

The Window Film Company ® cover the whole of the UK for supply and installation projects with our professional window film installers from our Head Office just outside London.

Are you able to install in the evening or at weekends?

We do offer an out of hours service if needed, however, to get the best possible application, we cannot install window film in the dark. If you do require your window film installation to be done outside of normal working hours, please tell your Account Manager and they will advise you of any extra cost.

How long will it take to get the work done?

Usually, once you confirm your order, your window film installation can be carried out within 5-10 days.

How is window film installed?

Window Film is installed onto the glass using soapy water and a squeegee after the glass is thoroughly cleaned. If you are interested you can view the installation process by watching our online videos. The videos can be seen by clicking here.

Can I install the window film myself?

Yes you can install the window film yourself. You can buy your window film online by clicking this link buy window film. You can also view video fitting instructions online to see the full installation process. We also provide written instructions with each order.

Do I need to do anything before you come to install?

Please ensure that we have clear access to your windows. This includes moving any desks away from the glass as well as clearing all window sills. Our window film fitters will bring dustsheets to cover any items near to the window, but if you can give clear access, your installation will go smoothly.

How should I clean the windows after the window film is installed?

Please do not touch the film for 30 days after installation. After this you can clean your windows as normal. Please do not use anything abrasive or with harsh chemicals. Warm soapy water is the best. If you have have window film istalled with cut out and patterns, please go careful around these areas.

How long will the window film last?

Most of our internal window films come with a 10-year warranty and would usually last well in excess of that.

Is it possible to remove the window film?

Yes, window film can be removed from your glass, but it cannot be reused. If you already have window film on your windows and you want a strip and replace service, please mention this to your Account Manager. 

Can I get a bespoke design in your frosted window film?

Yes.  The Window Film Company ® can computer cut virtually any design or pattern from the window film.  There would be an artwork charge to digitise your concept to enable us to computer cut the film.  We will advise you what this cost will be before we do any work.

Do you send out samples of the window film?

Samples of all types of window film are available upon request. Please call us on 01494 794477.

Will you install window film I have bought from somewhere else?

No, we will not install window film that you have bought from somewhere else as we cannot be sure of the quality of the product.

Can I come and visit your office?

You are more than welcome to come and visit us here at our offices for a cup of tea or coffee. If you give us advance warning that you are coming, we will make sure we have biscuits.