Printed window films can be an effective way to infuse color and design into otherwise plain glass windows, partitions, and doors. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, printed films can also be used to add privacy, control light, improve way-finding, and more.
There are a few things to consider when specifying window film, and understanding some of these basics will make the process run smoothly and ensure an outstanding result.
The following basic information will always be required any time window film is specified:
DESIGN / ARTWORK
We offer a variety of window film designs that are standard. These are a good "out- of-the-box" solution as they require little input to specify, and the available samples clearly demonstrate the end product.
Should you specify one of these you'll only need to provide the required information listed here. For all other window film specifications, additional information may be required, as defined in the section "Customizing Window Film" in this guide.
When specifying window film, two sets of dimensions are required.
First, an overall height and width of each main glass unit (window, door, etc.) must be provided. In addition to this however, dimensions for
each individual pane of glass, as well as those of any mullions or dividers must also be provided. These are critical to ensure that the finished film will align continuously across the full section of glass.
Note: Each pane of glass will be printed as a separate window film. These include 2” of bleed and must be trimmed to fit by the installer. The material is available up to 61" in width, so for very wide glass panels, a seam might be necessary. See the section "Measuring for Window Film" in this guide for more details.
FIRST SURFACE VS. SECOND SURFACE
While window film can be applied to either side of a piece of glass, installation is typically done to the side that receives the least amount of and/or exposure to wear. Establishing this surface early on is critical as it dictates how the print file must be created.