Etched glass is incredibly beautiful and can be a welcome addition to any home. What makes etched glass so impressive, how is it created, and can you really get the same amazing effect with a cheaper alternative? The answer is yes.
Etched glass has been used for centuries to provide decoration on otherwise plain glass, to create a motif that can be extended to the rest of the room or home, and to even provide some modicum of privacy by virtue of the carefully etched design, whether it be geometric or more specific.
Application and Effect. Etched glass starts with an artist’s design being projected onto a large sheet of paper the size of the glass. The drawing is traced and cleaned up and then the image is ready for transfer to the glass. The design can be a geometric pattern, flowers, wild animals, or really anything that can be drawn and then recreated by etching on the glass. The effect that the design has on the surface of the glass will be determined by both the design and the manufacture process.
Manufacture. Glass can be etched in three ways – with a mold, which forms the design when the pane is created, with acid that burns into the glass, or by sandblasting. Of these three, sandblasting is the most common. The image is adhered to the glass, and the areas to be blasted are cut away in layers according to the artist’s plan.
Expense. Etched window glass can be extremely expensive, even for “mass produced” panes, and custom etched glass is even more expensive. Luckily there is a low cost alternative which can provide the same look without the cost.
Etched glass window film can be cut to fit any window, is easy to apply and remove, and provides the same incredible look as etched glass.
Application and Effect. Etched glass window film is PVC (vinyl) window material that has been carefully cut on the surface to create an etched effect. This process is usually done at the same factory that produces the window film, and the sheets are then cut to varying sizes and either rolled or stacked as oblong shapes. The static cling nature of the film makes application easy.
Original Designs. The possibilities are endless when it comes to etched window film. Since the process is so simple, hundreds of different permutations are possible and the film can be ordered or readily cut to fit any window – even curved windows or unusual shapes.
Cost-efficient. Unlike etched glass, which must be ordered, designed, etched, and then shipped and installed, window film can be ordered and delivered then quickly applied either by a professional or with a DIY method.
Instead of spending a fortune on etched window glass panes and the associated installation and upkeep (plus having to find replacements if a pane ever breaks), choose etched window film and rest assured that your windows will look amazing for years to come at minimal cost. You’ll get the same great look for much less and be able to change the design as your whim dictates!