At Ringer Windows, we know it can be challenging to determine whether to use privacy glass in a window and if so, what type. That’s why we’ve written this article with information and ideas to help you make the right decisions for your home.
Does Privacy Glass Really Work?
Conventional belief is that privacy glass in a window allows light to enter a room while still obscuring objects and people on the other side all the time. Regrettably, this is not always true! During daylight hours most types of this glass successfully block viewing under normal usage. At night, however, light from an interior space produces more contrast against the darkness outside potentially making privacy glass less effective.
We Recommend Testing
At Ringer Windows we always counsel clients to make a final “TEST” of the privacy glass in their home after installing new windows, especially in sensitive areas like bathrooms, closets, and bedrooms. We recommend testing during both day and evening hours to see how comfortable they are with the amount of privacy their windows provide.
Which Type is Best for You?
Privacy glass comes in many styles and patterns, each providing a distinct type of image blurring. At Ringer Windows we stock five options in three levels of privacy ranging from minimum to moderate to maximum. However, we also recognize that privacy is very personal and believe clients should determine which glass type and degree of privacy is right for them. For this reason, it’s always best to review our entire selection in person before you buy.
Key Usage Considerations
How much privacy glass you need in your home depends on many factors. To begin, you may want to consider how close the average viewer is or will be to any room you want to keep private. Then make a list of questionable windows and their precise locations. The queries below can also help you determine where privacy may be needed:
- Do you have a neighbor ten feet away with a direct line of sight into your bathroom?
- Or perhaps a bathroom or bedroom in the front of your house facing a busy street?
- In general, is your home close to a street or road or far away?
- Is any window in question in a bedroom, bathroom, shower, or perhaps a child’s room?
- How close will inhabitants be to a questionable window when inside your home? Directly in front as in a shower? Or is the window in a closet, over a tub, or somewhere no one will be close by?
- Window height matters as well. Do you have a floor to ceiling window or perhaps a small shower window high on a wall where only heads and shoulders are exposed?
We know that every situation where privacy glass could be used is different. That’s why your Ringer Windows consultant is trained to guide you in making the best decisions for your needs!
Supplementing with Blinds or Drapes
There are all sorts of things to consider when determining if privacy glass is a good choice for a window. That’s why we often advise clients to incorporate blinds or draperies into a privacy solution if they’re unsure about what to do. During daylight hours privacy glass works very well so it’s a safe bet you can open the blinds and enjoy a secure, private setting. However, if you’re concerned about confidentiality at night blinds or drapes provide no doubt that your privacy will be protected!
Half Privacy Glass in Single Hung Windows
The last idea we’d like to offer is using privacy glass in the bottom half of a vertical single-hung window. Most people don’t realize we can install privacy glass in the bottom sash of these windows and clear glass in the top. This option provides concealment in the lower end where it may be needed and a lot of natural light and great viewing above. We don’t stock this window variant but it’s easy to custom make and incorporate into your home.
Contact us today for a personalized consultation!