Buying Guide for Decorative Window Film

Serving Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa and Surrounding Idaho Areas

Renovating the windows or glass in your home doesn’t mean you need to spend thousands of dollars and time to upgrade. Thanks to innovative 3M window film products, Meridian Window Tint can transform the appearance of your house in a matter of hours. Decorative window films maintain a level of natural light while simultaneously giving the space a new look, added privacy, and increased security. As an added bonus, decorative window film can protect your furniture and other belongings from damaging UV rays.

If you’re considering getting one of our decorative window films installed, but have found yourself with a list of questions, don’t fret. As the window film experts in the Treasure Valley, Meridian Window Tint can help guide you through making a decision on what application is right for your needs.

What Are Some of the Most Popular Designs or Patterns for Decorative Window Film?

As you consider how to add your personal design flair on a space, decorative window films are an easy and cost-effective solution. We have several different patterns available, allowing you to find something truly unique to your vision.

  • By far, our most popular decorative window film is the 3M™ Fasara™ Decorative Films. This film comes in several different designs and patterns. These include films that look frosted, geometric, or have fun gradients.
  • Another popular option is the SimGlas which is designed to simulate the look of high-end glass, but with unique and elegant patterns that offer added privacy.
  • Popular for bathroom windows, Rice Paper allows natural light to filter in, but keeps visibility into the space obscure. You can trust the privacy and beauty of this specific window film.
  • Specialty designed frosted window film is cost-effective and is immensely popular. At a fraction of the cost of etched glass, it can also come in different shades and maintains natural light and provides exceptional privacy.
  • Patterned window films work well on windows, shower doors and glass cabinets. As the name suggests, they come in different patterns to match your home or business’ design style.
  • If you’d like to create something personalized, our custom film resources allow you to share a photo or logo as the design with us. These are the best way to let your identity or branding shine through, while also gaining privacy and security.

No matter which type of design you prefer, these decorative window films are by far the easiest way to update your windows, doors, and glass surfaces quickly.

How Does Decorative Window Film Affect the Amount of Light That Passes Through a Window?

Decorative window films give any space enhanced privacy from peeking eyes and attractive styling that looks modern without sacrificing outside light that fills the room normally. This is thanks to the careful design process by 3M to ensure you never have to sacrifice day light for beauty and privacy. The difference in light is minimal, and in most cases, is hardly noticeable. We can provide full details on which films might decrease the natural light during the estimation process.

Can Decorative Window Film Provide UV Protection For Furniture and Other Items Inside a Home or Business?

Like other window films for homes and businesses, decorative applications offer a similar amount of UV-protection. They are designed to keep harmful rays off your furniture, walls, floors, and other belongings which can be irreparably damaged by the sun.

Decorative window films offer around 70 to 90% protection from UV, but if your space receives hours of direct sunlight, it might be worth considering one of our solar control films that can offer up to 99% UV protection. The two films can be combined to give you the greatest solution for enhanced appearance, better privacy, increased security and protection from UV rays.

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How Does Decorative Window Film Compare to Traditional Window Treatments Like Curtains or Blinds?

Depending on your space's situation, window films can offer greater protection, aesthetics and cost savings compared to curtains and blinds. If your windows are constantly battling the south facing sun, it can be expensive to equip them with sun blocking shades, which still sacrifices the natural light. And they also don’t guarantee to still allow some of the hot summer air to permeate into the room.

Alternatively, the decorative window films provide privacy from outside eyes, UV protection from the sun, and can help to lower the cost of utility bills. The difference in cooling costs alone will allow the window films to pay for themselves in a matter of a couple years.

Home additions like stained glass or etched windows can be timeless and beautiful enhancements, but can be costly and permanent. If you are someone who likes to stay on trend, and renovate frequently, decorative window films are an easy way to get the window appearance you desire, save money, and not feel guilty about removing once your home is ready for its next design phase.

What Are Some of the Most Common Uses For Decorative Window Film in Commercial & Residential Buildings?


  • Conference room windows
  • Office windows
  • Glass partitions
  • Waiting rooms
  • Exam rooms
  • Dressing rooms
  • Storefronts
  • Vestibules
  • Bathrooms
  • Building wraps
  • School windows and doors


  • Home office
  • Windows
  • Glass doors
  • Pantry
  • Bathroom windows
  • Decorative glass pieces
  • Sliding or patio doors

Can I Install Decorative Window Film Myself, or Do I Need to Hire a Professional?

While it is possible to install decorative window film on your own, hiring a professional team like Meridian Window Tint is recommended for the best results. Our team has undergone extensive training and we are here to manage the entire installation process from beginning to end.

We know the possible cost-savings of doing the installation yourself can seem tempting, it’s important to weigh the possible risks and downsides of not working with a professional. Poorly installed films can bubble, peel or, in some cases, damage the window itself. When you hire Meridian window tint, you can feel confident that your decorative window film will be installed quickly, with minimal disruption to your home, and last for several years.

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Are There Any Specific Warranties or Guarantees That Come With Decorative Window Film, and What Do They Cover?

The workmanship and products of Meridian Window Tint is backed by our manufacturer's window film warranty. This provides our customers with an extra layer of protection and peace of mind in the small chance something with the installation or product goes wrong.

As professionals, we only work with the best products from the leading brand in adhesive window films - 3M. The 3M Window Film - Residential Limited Lifetime Product Warranty for decorative window films extends through us, and covers potential defects in the material or issues with the workmanship (for homeowners). In addition to this coverage, decorative designer films have a 1-5 year warranty, which fixes any defects like discoloration, peeling, and cracking.

Contact Meridian Window Tint Now for a Free Quote

Meridian Window Tint is the leading window tinting service in the Treasure Valley area. Our team of experienced technicians has the expertise and equipment to handle any size window tinting project. We use the latest technology and high-quality materials to ensure that your project is done right the first time.

We deliver solutions for all residential homes and commercial buildings in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Nampa, Star, Caldwell, Middleton, Kuna, and Garden City. Whether you need to tint a few windows or an entire building, we're ready to get the job done right. Contact us now for a free quote, and let us help you find the perfect tinting solution for your 3M window film needs.