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Custom Window Decals vs Professionally Installed Window Film

Custom Window Decals vs Professionally Installed Window Film


You want to add a new sleek look to your building’s windows and/or doors. The idea of window decals and window film sounds like the best approach. They both can add a professional look to your business, help in your branding efforts and can be removed or replaced if needed. But which one is best?

Should you buy decals for your windows and doors or hire a professional film installation company? In this article, we will discuss both and help you to discover what is the best choice for you.


Custom window decals

Window decals are made from either vinyl or plastic film. They are made widely available online and from many print shops. Customers can choose the size, material and look of their decals. Once delivered, these decals are designed to be installed by the customer. 

There are two main reasons why this option appeals to individuals:

  • Cheap
  • Easy to install

Ordering these types of products provides a simple and easy solution to a business’s need to add professionalism to their storefront or office. 

However, there is a downside to ordering window decals:

  • DIY installation can lead to improper installation
  • Often times the image quality is subpar
  • Limitations to what can be done

Ordering custom decals is an affordable way to decorate your windows and doors. However, with the DIY element, it comes with the risk of lower quality imagery throughout your business.

The last thing you want is shoddy work or a crooked logo on your front door. If you choose to order your graphics this way, make sure to do ample research. 


Window Film

At first glance, window film looks similar to vinyl window decals. This film is actually made with multiple layers of thin polyester and can be treated with reflective coatings. Because they are designed to withstand the elements, they also have a scratch-resistant coating on the outer surface for the longevity of the product. 

There are many reasons why a business may choose to have window film installed: 

  • Higher quality
  • Choice of designs and functionality
  • Professional installation
  • Help in understanding the right size and care

Like custom window decals, you can order custom window films in any custom look. But because of its unique features, it can be designed with varying textures and looks such as etched glass. 

Window film also offers other functional benefits. A business can improve the safety of its establishment with safety film or block intense sunlight with solar film. 

Like with anything, there is a downside to window film:

  • More costly than ordering a custom decal online. 

Having window film installed by a professional will help ensure the best quality of work is done. It also provides additional benefits not found in vinyl window clings. The one downside is the increased cost in the product.


What’s the best choice for your organization?

As a window film installer, we may have a slight bias because we believe in our product and what we do. However, the decision is not ours to make. Ultimately, the choice is up to each individual business and finding a solution that meets their needs. 

Custom decals are cheaper. Hiring a window film installer will ensure your product looks sleek and can provide additional functionality if desired. It’s up to the business to decide what is most important for them. 

If you would like more information on the different options available or are interested in having window film installed, then get in touch. We can help you better understand everything you need to know about adding custom graphics to your windows, doors and walls.