The Complete Guide to Window Film



Whether you’re seeking to protect your windows, reduce sunlight, or increase privacy, window films can be a great solution for homes, commercial facilities, automobiles and more. Here at Madico®, Inc., we pride ourselves on creating high-quality window film for a variety of applications. But just what is window film? Use this guide to learn about the types, applications, and benefits of window film for residential, commercial, and automotive markets.

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What is Window Film?

Window film is a polyester coating that is applied to glass, most commonly to reduce the amount of sunlight that passes through the glass. When used for this purpose in vehicles, it is often referred to as window tint.

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Light reduction is far from the only application that window film is used for in automotive and architectural applications. In addition to light-reducing window film, there are films used to reduce heat and glare, even prevent storm or vandalism damage. Review the list below to learn more about popular types of window film.

Types of Window Film

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  • Reflective Film: Reflective film is the most common type of window film in residential and commercial settings. This type of film absorbs and reflects the energy from the sun and other light sources that would normally pass through glass.
  • Dual Reflective Film: Dual reflective film works much in the same way that ordinary reflective film does. The primary difference is that this film absorbs the energy passing both ways through the glass. This means that both the amount of light traveling into and out of the applied window is reduced.
  • Neutral Film: This film reduces the amount of heat entering a home without changing the look of windows. This helps to reduce cooling costs without sacrificing the amount of natural light coming into your home.
  • Safety and Security Film:  In addition to films that protect from light and heat, there are also films available to protect from accidental or intentional impact by a foreign object.  While glass may still break after an impact from an object, the film can help to prevent shattering and keep the glass in place. In the event of a storm, this reduces the risk of injury due to flying glass. In the case of a home invasion, criminals may be deterred if a window or glass door does not immediately break.
  • Anti-Graffiti Film: Commercial, industrial, and government facilities can benefit from anti-graffiti film. This film can help reduce the time and resources needed to remove graffiti manually.
  • Decorative Film: These can be used to add patterns to windows, or even increase the privacy of a home or office building. Frosted or colored window tints can provide privacy while also being an appealing addition.
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Common Applications

Despite having a variety of uses, the majority of tinting film installations fall within two categories.

  • Automotive Film: Window tint is a very common addition to many vehicles. The tinted glass is more resistant to damage and reduces the amount of sunlight that enters the vehicle. Not only does limiting the sunlight help to keep occupants more comfortable, but it also minimizes sun damage to the dash, upholstery, and finishes of the vehicle. Windshield protection films are one of the few instances where the film is applied to the exterior of the glass. This placement helps to protect the windshield from damage more effectively.
  • Architectural Film: Architectural films find themselves used in both commercial and residential applications. In these cases, the film is largely used to reduce the amount of sunlight that is coming into the building. However, this is far from the only application. Safety and security film is also a common addition to many homes and businesses. In the event of a storm, specialized window film can help to hold glass together and keep it from shattering and causing potential damage.

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Benefits of Window Films

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Just as there are multiple different uses of window tints, there are many benefits of adding window films to your vehicle, home or office.

  • Scratch and Crack Prevention: One feeling that many drivers know firsthand is the sense of frustration and dread that comes from a cracked windshield. Even something as small as a pebble can put a crack into a windshield. Once a windshield is cracked, it needs to be replaced as the crack will only worsen over time. The quality protective film can help to prevent scratched and damaged windshields. These films are applied to the exterior of the window and can help to absorb the damage of pebbles and other debris.
  • Energy Efficiency: One of the biggest benefits of window tint, particularly in homes or commercial buildings, is energy efficiency. The two times of the year where energy bills skyrocket are typically the height of summer and the dead of winter. While window tint can’t stop the heat or cold, what it can do is reduce the amount of sunlight and energy coming into the building. The film manages to accomplish this by reflecting ultraviolet rays from the sun, which can significantly decrease the interior temperature during the summer months. In the winter, the tint can work to reflect heat back into the building, which can help to reduce the heating costs.
  • Privacy: Another great benefit of window tint is the privacy that it provides. Standard window tints make it harder to see into a building. This inherently increases the privacy of the building. However, there are window tints designed specifically with privacy in mind (frosted windows are a great example of this). The energy-saving benefits of window film are apparent, but the added privacy that tinted windows provide is a reason to consider making the change.
  • Sun damage protection: The sunshine can be a welcome respite after a long winter or an especially turbulent spring storm. However, the sun’s rays can also be harmful to both people and furniture. Tinted windows can help to reduce this damage by blocking the UV rays. Left unchallenged, these rays can cause furniture and upholstery to fade, as well as cause. Not to mention, the damage that the sun can do to unprotected skin including skin cancer.
  • Glare reduction: Improve the visibility of your TV and device screens by reducing glare, and decrease the need for artificial lighting by allowing more natural light in.
  • Return on Investment: In addition to all of the previous benefits listed, adding window films to your home can have a very nice return on investment. Tinted windows can increase the resale value of your home, as they are popular among home buyers. You can also see an ROI by calculating the reduced cost of your utility bills in addition to decreasing the amount of sun damage on your furniture and flooring.

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How to Purchase Madico Window Films

Interested in adding window film to your home or vehicle? Madico window film can be purchased from an authorized dealer.

How to Sell Madico Window Films

Madico’s network of authorized dealers is continually growing. We provide educational resources through Madico U and support for all of our dealers through extensive network of company-owned service centers. Become a Madico window film dealer today!

Window films can make a great addition to any home, commercial building or automobile. These window tints are highly effective at reducing the amount of sunlight passing through the glass and can save you money in the long run. Make the change today!


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