Chemical Etching vs Decorative Films – Which One to Choose to Transform Glass

While glass is commonly used in the construction of buildings and retrofitting older ones, its use isn’t limited to windows only. Examples of other applications of glass include partitioning offices and creating stairways.

 

Glass is primarily used to allow light, especially from the outside, to flow naturally throughout the building. Using glass also helps eliminate any visual barriers and creates the illusion that rooms are much bigger than they are. However, when it comes to enhancing the aesthetics of glass in your building, the challenge of figuring out how to do so can be a lot harder than you may expect.

 

Fortunately, there are two ways to go about etching your glass: chemicals and decorative films. Let’s compare chemical etching versus decorative films to help you decide which one to choose in glass transformation:

 

  1. Pricing

 

Etching glass is much more expensive because of the added labour, materials, shipping, and other factors. Once the glass is made, the design cannot be changed as well without incurring extra costs. If that glass becomes broken, it’ll most likely have to be made from scratch once more.

 

Decorative films, on the other hand, costs next to nothing compared to etched glass, thanks to the much less labour needed to create such a glass. Only the films need to be shipped and not the glass itself, meaning that shipping costs are kept to a minimum by cutting down weight and size.

 

Pricing-wise, decorative films are much cheaper.

 

  1. Customizability in Design

 

In designing a decorative film, you’re only limited to your imagination. You can pretty much use any design you want, and you’ll be able to tweak the colour, opacity, and other factors. You’ll be able to see the results on-screen so that you’re given a chance to make any more adjustments before it is printed out.

 

In etching, however, designing a piece of glass is complicated. Often, you’ll be stuck with an existing design that you can utilize to etch the glass. If you wanted to make your own design, you’ll either need to be skilled in the craft or hire an artist that’s an expert in glass-etching to create the designs for you.

 

As you can see, it is much easier for you to design glass with decorative films.

 

  1. Maintenance

 

Etched glass is prone to grime, grease, stains, fingerprints, and so on. That’s because the glass isn’t smooth. Rather, the etching creates small grooves in the glass that catch the dirt and make it quite tough to clean as well. You need special cleaners and equipment to ensure effective cleaning.

 

Decorative films are much less prone to getting dirty. It is also durable and easy to clean. Plus, they don’t require any special equipment or technique to have the glass cleaned. Simple use of soap and water will do.

 

With that said, decorative films are much easier to maintain and are more durable compared to etched glass.

 

The Takeaway

 

It seems that decorative films are pretty much winning every factor here. They’re more customizable, more affordable, easier to install, and easier to maintain. The only time you might ever want to use etched glass is if you were designing a luxury room. The etched glass, then, will act as expensive pieces that add to the overall aesthetics of the room.

 

With that said, though, if you’re a standard homeowner or anyone wanting to design glass without breaking the bank, decorative films are the way to go.

 

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