Static Cling Vs. Adhesive-backed Window Film

Static Cling Versus Adhesive-backed Window Film

Window film is an excellent way to add style and privacy to any glass. So many options are available, and there are many different types of window film. Frost, etched, colored, textured, stained glass, repeating patterns – the different styles of decorative film is endless. One of the first options to consider though is whether to go with static cling or adhesive-backed window film.

There are many factors to consider when deciding which film to go to, such as longevity, re-usability, location and price. In this article, we’ll cover the differences between adhesive-free static clings and adhesive-backed window films to help you choose the one that is right for your next project.

Let’s start with the pros and cons of static cling:


  • Reusable and repositionable
  • Easier to handle and install
  • Lower price
  • Cleaner and simpler removal


  • Less permanent. ”Stickiness” deteriorates over time
  • Not weather resistant
  • May be more difficult to print and die cut
  • Shorter shelf life

Now let’s look at adhesive-backed window film:


  • More permanent and weather resistant
  • Longer shelf life
  • Easier to print on and die cut
  • Sticks to more surfaces


  • Higher price
  • More difficult to install and remove
  • Not reusable or repositionable
  • Easily damaged before installation

If longevity is important, and you are confident in the skill of the installer, adhesive-backed film is the way to go. It is highly recommended in commercial spaces or any high traffic area. If you want something temporary and easy to install, go with a static cling. Static cling also works well for more permanent installations in residential settings, since there aren’t as many environmental factors that will cause the stickiness to deteriorate. Plus, it is reusable when removed and stored properly.

Whether you decide on adhesive-backed or static cling, adding decorative film to your glass is the easiest, most cost efficient way to enhance your space. For more info on static cling window film, check out our article “What is Static Cling Window Film.” Thanks for reading, and good luck on your next project!

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