Window Film vs Blinds - What's The Difference?


If you’re in the market for new window treatments, you’ve probably heard “window film” uttered several times. Like most of us, we have a pretty solid understanding of what a window blind is...but what about a window film? And what is the difference between the two?  

Is one better than the other? Is one more effective? How do you know which one will really fit your home, room, and lifestyle?

No worries, Budget Blinds of Snohomish County lays out the facts for both so that you can make an informed decision.


Window Blinds

Let’s start with what we are already familiar with: BlindsWindow Blinds are everywhere. Blinds have been around for a long time, so they give off a more traditional feel to your home or space.

There are many plus sides to blinds, such as affordable, provide complete privacy when needed, reduce visible light, and come in a wide variety of styles to go with any interior. There are valid reasons why you see blinds pretty much everywhere you go, whether it's a home or business.

However, some facts that are usually not mentioned that are worth being aware of in your decision making, are: they can be annoying to clean (unless you love cleaning, then you’ll love them!), they block visible light BUT do not block the solar heat (even in a dark room), and they do not block UV rays.

Don’t get us wrong, they have many plus sides, it just all comes down to your personal goals and preferences. Do you want a more traditional look? Are you concerned about solar heat? Is the option of privacy important to you?

Considering where you live (such as Snohomish, Everett, Mill Creek - there are many areas in Washington that may not need as much privacy as others), and how you live (do you love cleaning?), will help you decide if blinds are the best option for you.

Window Film

Window film is literally what it sounds like - a film that goes over the actual window. This trend is pretty contemporary, and is great for those who want the benefits of a window treatment, without actually having the added style or bulk to go with them.  

Although blinds are affordable, film is even more affordable because it’s such a minimalist approach. The cost is just one of many plus sides, such as window film is extremely energy efficient (rejects up to 78% of the sun’s heat!), and blocks 99% of UV rays.

Window film is virtually maintenance free (doesn’t collect dust!) and is easily applied to the inside of your windows, as well as easily removed without damage. Additionally, the film also provides protection for the actual window.

Think of a phone screen protector; similarly, window film gives higher protection to the class from breaks or shatters. Sounds great, right?! But keep in mind, window film will not provide great privacy, which could be very important depending on your needs.

It also does not provide any decorative options other than the “bare window” look.

Coming back to your preference and goals for space will help you decipher between these two options. If you just can’t choose, remember, you can always use both! We double up on window treatments all the time. This creates a best of both worlds scenario, still without breaking the bank since both are much more affordable than other options.

If this Budget Blinds of Snohomish County article has you wondering how you can upgrade your space by changing your window treatments, we would love to help! Sign up for a Free Consultation, where you will have one on one attention to bring your goals to reality.