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How to Improve Daytime Privacy with Window Film

Lot sizes are shrinking and with it your privacy! According to the NAHB, the median lot size in the U.S. hit an all-time low in 2020 at 8,690 square feet or just .19 acres, compared to 2009 when the median lot was .25 acres or 10,994 square feet. At the same time, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that home sizes are increasing. The median home size in 2020 was 2,261 square feet up from 2009 when it was 2,135. With neighborhoods becoming cozier, window film can help you create some daytime privacy in your home so you can keep your views and let in light while keeping prying eyes out. Good film makes good neighbors! 

What is daytime privacy window film?

Houses Close Together Privacy -Window film is a piece of polyester that is treated with components such as dyes, metals and nano ceramic particles applied to the interior of a window. It is designed to filter visible, ultraviolet and infrared light giving you control over the level of solar energy that enters your home. Daytime privacy film has a reflective quality to it so that when viewing the film from outside the home, the surrounding exterior is reflected back to the viewer, rather than the interior of the home. View the reflectivity performance specifications of all of our film.

How does window film create daytime privacy?

Window films are considered privacy when both the reflective materials and the film darkness combine to create a one-way mirror effect in certain lighting conditions. During the day, when the outside is brighter than the inside of the home, people on the exterior cannot see in, but you can comfortably see out.

While all of ComforTech™ Ceramic Series films offer some measure of daytime privacy, only ComforTech™ 05 and 15 should be considered when privacy is your main concern. Both the 05 and 15 shades offer terrific daytime privacy.  

It’s important to understand that traditional privacy window film does not offer nighttime privacy. This is due to the lighting conditions. At night it is brighter inside the house than outside, and therefore the exterior reflectivity is no longer created. For nighttime privacy, film that obscures the view is the only true solution.

Lighting the outside of your house at night can improve the nighttime reflectivity of the film, but it will still allow some view into the home.

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Daytime Privacy

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Nighttime No Privacy

What is dual reflective technology?

Dual reflective films create two different levels of reflectivity. The exterior reflectivity is higher and provides great daytime privacy, while the interior reflectivity is lower. This prevents the interior surface of your windows from turning into mirrors at night. The dual reflectivity allows you to see out your windows at night. This is desirable for views as well as safety.

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All ComforTech™ Ceramic Series films are all dual reflective, offering the best in daytime privacy while preserving nighttime views. Plus, you get all the other benefits of film: UV protection, solar control, energy efficiency, glare control and fade protection.

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