Vinyl decals create the classic look of sandblasting designs | WindowArt

Sandblasting designs have long been popular with interior decorators and homeowners for their chic, creative look.

However, while sandblasting designs are beautiful to look at, they do unfortunately come with certain downfalls. For instance, they’re a pain to install. Because the sandblasting process requires the use of dangerous chemicals and machinery, glass must be treated in a factory. This means removing, treating and then reinstalling your windows or glass doors.

Once installed, sandblasting designs result in weakened glass. This is due to the fact that the sandblasting process takes up to 2mm off the surface of your glass. Sandblasted glass is not only weaker, it’s also difficult to keep clean. The tiny pores created by the sandblasting process trap grease, dirt and oils, resulting in glass marred by ugly smudges and fingerprints.

In addition, sandblasting permanently changes your glass. This means that if you grow tired of your sandblasting designs, you’ll be forced to buy a new pane of glass to replace your sandblasted one.

Thankfully, we now have access to contemporary alternatives to traditional sandblasting designs, such as frosted window vinyl.

In the image featured above, vinyl decals have been used to achieve the same classic look of sandblasting designs. Vinyl decals are an excellent option for decorative glass frosting; decals can be as simple or detailed as you like. Check out our gallery <hyperlink to gallery> for some beautiful examples of frosted vinyl decals designs.

This particular installation is both decorative and functional. Your home’s front entrance is an opportunity to give guests and visitors a good first impression. We think this frosted decal does just that. The potted tree motif adds lovely detail while the frosted effect radiates elegance. Importantly, this vinyl decal has been designed with the purpose of blocking outsiders’ view in to the home. Being able to enjoy a comfortable level of privacy at home is important, especially on the ground floor where passersby can see into your windows.

It’s worth noting that while vinyl decals achieve the same timeless look of sandblasting designs, they are more affordable and don’t entail the same drawbacks. Frosted vinyl decals, for instance, can be removed should you decide to change your decal design. Removing vinyl decals doesn’t result in any damage to your glass at all. Vinyl decals are quick and easy to install onsite, too – no dangerous chemicals or machinery are used in the process. Also, because vinyl decals don’t alter the state of your glass, they don’t weaken it. In fact, the application of frosted vinyl makes glass shatterproof. Finally, keeping vinyl decals clean is easy. A simple wipe with water and ordinary window cleaner is all that is needed.

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