Etched glass films are perfect for environments where privacy is important. A major advantage of these films is they allow for light transmission while obscuring views. This is ideal for many office settings, including conference rooms and cubical dividers, or to prevent visitors from seeing a less aesthetically pleasing space like a loading dock, storage area, or waiting area.
Etched glass films are considered a specialty product. They are most commonly used for window applications, such as installing a logo and business hours on a front door. This can be done with a colored polyvinyl chloride (PVC) film or by printing a promotional graphic.
Many etched glass films are excellent for long-term applications. Several constructions are made from cast PVC, and it’s reasonable to expect five to seven years before replacement. Ink compatibility should not be a major concern as there are products in the market that can be printed using solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and latex ink systems. Installation can sometimes prove to be a bit more challenging, especially if only accustomed to applying static cling films to windows. However, installers can improve the likelihood of a successful application by cleaning the glass well and considering installing the film with application fluid.
Don’t feel limited to simply covering a window with an etched glass film. One of the benefits of installing these films is the ability to print logos or to cut unique, geometric shapes and patterns into the film before installation. Etched glass films are a chance to exercise creativity and find new, interesting ways to add flare to any space.