What Are The Benefits of using Solar Control Window Film?

We get precious little sunshine here in the UK for most of the year. The summer months can create all kinds of havoc when it does finally pop out from behind the clouds. We all want plenty of light to get into our homes through our windows, but the ultraviolet (UV) element of sunlight has other, less desirable effects. For example, faded furniture, photographs and wallpaper, unbearable indoor heat and even skin problems can all result from too much exposure to the sun. There is a simple solution to all of these problems. Reducing window glare and still letting you enjoy the all-too-short British summer: solar control window film.

Window Film UV Protection

What Are The Benefits of using Solar Control Window Film?

Solar control window film is easily fitted to your existing windows and reduces some undesirable effects of the sun. You can use it to block out as much or as little of the sun’s light as you desire. Making it a flexible, lower-cost alternative to blocking up or replacing the glass in your windows.

Here are some of the main benefits of coloured window film:

UV Protection

A coloured window film with UV protection can save your furnishings, wallpaper and paintwork from fading in the sunlight. There are also a number of health benefits associated with reduced exposure to UV light, which is linked to eye and skin problems. The UV protection window film from Purlfrost can block up to 99.5% of the harmful rays – compared to Low-E glass which stops just 60%.

Heat Rejection Window Film Can Reduce Up To 99% of UV Light

Reduced temperature in summer

At the other end of the spectrum is infrared light – which is the part that causes heat. Heat rejection and window insulation film reduces the excessive build-up of heat on hot sunny days. The film is made of a thin, self-adhesive metallised material that is designed to block the infrared light and preventing it from filtering into your home.

Reduced heating bills in winter

Heat rejection and window insulation film also help to limit heat loss in winter. With the same ultraviolet light protection mechanism allowing it to block heat from entering your home in the summertime. How much money you can save will vary, depending on your home. But, the less you need to use your heating to top up the temperature the more money you will save.

Reduce window glare

Another benefit of solar control window film is that it can reduce window glare. Various grades of the film are available to block out as much or as little light as you require. Tinted window film may help with home office productivity if you get reflections on your monitor screen. Purlfrost solar control film can reduce glare by as much as 90%.

The visual benefits of coloured film

You can add style to one or more windows in your home by using coloured film, reflective films (which also help to prevent a room from turning into a greenhouse) or even blackout films that block all of the light completely. Because the film can be removed later, it is ideal for temporarily creating a darkroom or adding a splash of colour for a sporting event or public celebration.

How hard is it to apply and remove window film?

The self-adhesive window film is ordered in the specific size you need. You apply with a soapy water solution and a squeegee. This makes it simple for even an inexperienced DIY fitter to apply it without bubbles. Full instructions are provided, and there are even videos on the Purlfrost website to show you how easy it is to install. If you decide that you want to remove the window film at a later point in time, this can easily be done (a minimum of four weeks after application) with just a spray bottle of soapy water and a glass scraper. During its life, the film can be cleaned – only soapy water and a squeegee are required as anything abrasive could scratch and damage the film.

How to apply UV Window Film


Purlfrost is a specialist window film provider serving the United Kingdom with high-quality adhesive window products. We have been supplying the UK with window film, window stickers and wall coverings since 2003. The solar film offers a modern alternative to blinds or curtains for homes and offices. Whether you want to protect your privacy with a frosted or reflective window film or add period appeal to your property with a custom-printed stained glass-style door design, our range of premium window film has the solution to your problem. All our products can be delivered directly to your door and they are easily applied in a matter of minutes.


Heritage Patterned Window Film For Period Homes

If you are an owner of a period property, then you will appreciate just how difficult is to make decorative changes that are sympathetic with the character of the building and its existing décor without breaking the bank. The good news is that – at least when it comes to your windows – there is an attractive and low-cost option that can be in-keeping with the house’s character while remaining attractive: Heritage Patterned Window Film.

Heritage Patterned Window Film

Heritage patterns help you to keep the unique style of your period home without having to go to the expense of completely replacing the glazing in your heritage windows. A variety of patterned window film designs are available, and we can also make new patterns to your specification, on request. All you have to do is call us with full details of what you need, and we can prepare a quote.

Sullivan Pattern


If you want to revitalise the bathroom or kitchen in your period home, you can use our heritage patterned window films to give that period look for far lower cost than new glazing. Alternatively, you can retain the existing windows and have the benefits of specialist glass at a fraction of the cost – and because heritage patterned window film is temporary, you can change the look as often as you want without making any permanent changes.


In the kitchen, you might choose to add glass partitions imprinted with an attractive design or add character to any glass-fronted cupboards. For the external windows, you can add partial or complete frosting for privacy or use attractive design elements to improve the look of your property.


In the bathroom, as well as using window film to easily make any glass into privacy glass, you could also use window stickers to add decals or motifs to other glazed areas such as mirrors, glass blocks and shower screens. The possibilities really are limitless when you choose window film from Purlfrost!



One of the main advantages of using patterned window film is the added privacy that it affords you – without having to replace heritage glazing with modern frosted glass, you can ensure that you are not overlooked while keeping the period character of your property and avoiding making any major changes that could be problematic to reverse in the future. You can even use window film instead of blinds or curtains to keep your windows wide and allow plenty of light in without cluttering them up with upholstery!

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There are several different types of window film available for your heritage windows:

Clear film: this kind of film allows you to see out through the window. It can be imprinted with a pattern, such as a criss-crossed “leading” design or even a stained-glass effect if you so desire.

Coloured film: Opaque coloured film offers you complete privacy day and night – but be aware that you will not be able to see out of the window if you completely cover it with one of our solid coloured designs!



Purfrost are specialists in window film, window stickers and wall coverings for the UK. We launched in 2003, and since then we have been offering beautiful window film as an alternative to blinds and curtains for homes. You may wish to add privacy to your windows with a frosted window film or add appeal to your period property with a customised stained glass-style design – whatever you choose, our range of window film products that can be delivered direct to your door and applied in a matter of minutes with astonishing results.