Woman on computer next to window has decided that the best sun control solution for her space is window film, not blinds.

Should You Use Blinds or Window Film? Sun Control Solutions for Homes and Businesses

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Windows are architectural necessities in both homes and offices, allowing natural light to flow in and opening up views of the outdoors. Many dream of an office space with an expansive view or a living room full of natural light. However, people often don’t consider the challenges associated with windows, such as bothersome glare, uncomfortable indoor temperatures, and fading of furnishings. As a result, many look for effective sun control solutions like installing blinds. Keep reading to learn more about how blinds compare to another sun control solution: window film.

The Truth About Blinds for Sun Control

The Good

Blinds are a popular, go-to solution for people when the sun is a problem in their space. Do you experience glare on your technology screens like televisions and computers? Or perhaps you require immediate and total privacy. If so, blinds have you covered.

The Bad

Blinds block natural light and views of the outdoors. Additionally, they can also be tedious to clean and can ruin the aesthetic of your interior if you’re going for an open, spacious feel. Another factor many don’t consider is that blinds may not effectively prevent solar heat gain in your home. Blinds absorb solar heat and act as a conductor to radiate the solar heat into your home. 

In addition to failing to control solar heat gain, blinds may also not adequately protect your space from ultraviolet rays. Did you know UV rays can still harm furnishings, floorings, and even people while indoors? Unfortunately, blinds when open don’t offer the same UV protection that window film does so you sacrifice sun protection with blinds.

When absolute privacy is the end goal, blinds might be your choice. However, if you’re looking for sun control solutions without limitations, you need a comprehensive, effective solution.

Window Film: Let in the Light, Without the Worry

With 3M Window Film, you can welcome natural light into your space without the negative side effects of the sun. 3M Window Film addresses factors such as UV rays, solar heat gain, and glare, all while maintaining the view and aesthetics of your windows. In fact, 3M Prestige Sun Control Window Film reduces glare and rejects up to 97% of the sun’s infrared heat without eliminating natural light. This results in increased occupant comfort as well as lower energy bills!

Additionally,  all 3M Sun Control Window Film rejects 99% of UV rays, which are the leading cause of fading. 3M Sun Control Window Film is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation to protect your skin from harmful UV rays while inside your home. 

When Privacy through Windows is a Concern

If you’re looking for a way to increase privacy but still let in some natural light, 3M Decorative and Privacy Window Film can create subtle privacy. Cover glass with gradients, patterns, or a frosted layer of window film. Keep in mind that decorative and privacy window films can create privacy without eliminating natural light as a whole. The result is slightly different from that of traditional blinds.

When your goal is total privacy for your space, blinds can completely block views. However, if you wish to benefit from heat rejection, UV protection, and lower energy bills, 3M Window Film offers a comprehensive solution. Don’t choose between natural light and protection from the sun. With window film, you can achieve the best of both worlds.

Opt for Window Film from PA Window Tint

If you’ve determined that window film is the best choice for your home or office to block heat, reduce glare, make your space more energy efficient, or create subtle privacy, let the pros at PA Window Tint help you transform your space. With over 30 years of experience in the window film industry, we love helping customers find the best window film solution for their space and installing it with superior service and care.

PA Window Tint Inc. began serving central Pennsylvania in 1993. Over the years, we have extended service across Pennsylvania, helping homes and businesses with 3M Window Film needs. PA Window Tint is a 3M Prestige dealer, which identifies our company as a member of the elite network of dealers in the country which are entrusted with offering 3M’s highest quality products and providing impeccable installations. Give us a call at 1-866-329-0064 or fill out a form online.