Can You See Through Window Film?

Information about how window films work and which ones are see through

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. Here, we take you through some of the main options, including if you use reflective or mirrored window films.

Privacy window film

Privacy can be required in a host of locations for a range of reasons in both commercial and residential settings. Window film form The Window Film Company provides a solution in two main ways, one which you can see through from the inside out, and one that you can’t. Some window films are only non see through in the daytime, others also at night time.

Frostbrite frosted film will, once applied, give glazing the classic, contemporary look of acid etched or sandblasted glazing, blocking the view from both sides of the glass while still allowing good levels of natural light to pass through the filmed window. This film is effective and stylish, but not suitable if you are looking for a window film that you are able to see through.

The other main option is a reflective window film. These types of mirror films provide daytime privacy, with the external face of the film appearing mirrored or highly polished during daylight hours – preventing a view into the premises while maintaining the view from the inside out. This one-way privacy film is usually applied to the internal face of glazing to ensure the longest possible effective life, while external grade films are available should an internal fitting not be possible.

Solar Control window film

Excess heat can be a serious issue at home and in the workplace; solar control window film from The Window Film Company is a cost-effective, high-performance solution. The majority of solar control window films have a reflective external appearance and serve to reflect our bounce away a percentage of the sun’s energy before it can enter premises and raise the temperature to unwanted and uncomfortable levels.

The film won’t make your property feel cold; the film is designed to reject a percentage of solar energy – not all of it, while during daylight hours you will also be able to see through it from the inside out. These films are incredibly popular in both residential and commercial settings as they deliver excellent protection from excess heat, while also allowing high levels of natural light transmission and that all important view from the inside out.

Safety and security window film

As with the majority of film types offered by The Window Film Company, safety and security window films are available in a range of grades and finishes. One of the most popular choices is the see through version, available in a range of thicknesses depending on the location and the issue you face, but virtually invisible once installed, allowing for those inside or outside the property to see through the treated glass perfectly.

Safety and security window films can be required for extremely serious situations, so if you have a requirement, please do contact a member of The Window Film Company’s friendly team by calling 01494 794477 or email

UV protection

UV rays are the biggest contributing factor to fading, combining with heat and light to cause damage to upholstery, furniture and flooring. An application of window film can help fight against this damaging process, with “UV clear” window film a popular choice. It’s clear, see-through appearance makes it the ideal solution for those requiring fade protection without obscuring the view through the glass.

Can I install / fit window film myself?

The instructional video below gives you an easy to follow guide to fitting a solar control window film. The video is about two and a half minutes and clearly illustrates the steps you will need to follow to ensure a professional level window film application.

As a DIY product, the installation process is relatively straightforward, but we do urge you to take the time to view the printed instructions included in your order before beginning to fit the film. Also, please do take a look at all of our how to fit window film video instructions.

Written step by step instructions are included with your order, and you will also receive a free plastic squeegee applicator tool for use when installing your film.

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For more details on any of the window films mentioned here, please choose one of the following; Your question is to be likely answered in our window film FAQ's section. If you need a window film installation quote or samples send out to you, please contact a member of the team by calling 01494 794477 or email