Custom Window Decals vs. Window Clings

Custom Vinyl Window Decals & Window Cling Vinyl

One of the areas of printed advertising that improved the most during recent years has been window graphics. More efficient techniques were created, enhancing the quality of the final product. Both window advertising decals and window clings are among the most accessible resources. They look fantastic and are highly competent to catch everyone's attention. The only problem is that they look similar, so the line to difference both is thin. Most people cannot conceptualize the many distinctions between these window graphics. At FoamCorePrint, we want all our customers to know what exactly they have at hand to make their projects a reality.

What are Window Decals, and What is a Decal?

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We must begin with the window stickers, which are usually vinyl window stickers, which are the most popular type of window graphics out there. In simple terms, these are adhesives graphics, glued directly to the glass and other similar surfaces. They serve well as removable car window decals or even car window clings.

Window Decals vs Window Stickers

Also known as window stickers, decals are high-quality materials with excellent printing options. There is technically no difference between decals and vinyl (vynal) window stickers - they are the same and often used interchangeably. However, some argue that there is a difference with stickers vs decals. Stickers tend to be removed from a (paper) backing and then put on another surface while decals are TRANSFERRED from backing to another surface, making decals more reusable for the purpose of this article though they will be used interchangeably. Transparent window decals for cars or any type of windows are installed either inside or outside, depending on the client's preferences. Either way, window decal printing is a great investment because our decals are entirely resistant to water and direct sunlight, which is part of what makes them so popular. Most of the time, the main worry is the residue left by removable window decals when they are taken off. Truth be told, only companies that work with low-quality materials suffer from this. At FoamCorePrint, we use the best materials in town, so no adhesive elements remain on the glass after the removal. Before talking about window clings for cars, it's necessary to mention that there are two predominant types of window decals: clear window graphics and custom vinyl stickers, and you can print them both. Clear window graphics are a large sticker with the graphics printed on a background, which is usually transparent. On the other hand, custom vinyl stickers have no background, enjoying a more impressive, high-end appearance with eye-catching detailing. Perforated window films are good options as well that allows one-way visibility. We compare perforated window films with decals here. While they're good options, they don't have the same flexibility as clear or transparent decals.

What are Window Clings?

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While they seem alike, window clings are very different from the removable window stickers we addressed before. A clear window cling sticker is a high-quality printed material that doesn't use adhesive to stay adhered to the glass. Instead, window clings use static electricity. They are also referred to as static cling decals, which are great for all types of windows, including automobile, truck, and car decals. Static Window cling materials consist of vinyl plastic and ink - it's a simple, but a powerful marketing tool. Window clings are cut exactly according to the shape of the printed advertising and are installed in seconds, without the hassle of the adhesive. Because of this, they can be removed and installed again for an infinite number of times - a big reason why car window cling printing is becoming more and more popular. The removal, as expected, is even cleaner in comparison with custom vinyl stickers, which leave minimal residue in some rare cases. Cricut window clings, or Cricut car decals are an option, but not recommended as they tend not to be worth the price.

The Bottom Line

Now you know both window graphics, you can make a smarter, well-informed decision. At FoamCorePrint, we don't go exclusively with either, because both are excellent and provide superb results. It is fair to say that window clings have a small advantage over window stickers /decals: the former can be removed and installed multiple times without any issue. This is important for clients on the run or having ongoing adjustments in their strategies. Of course, this is not always good. Because window clings are easy to remove, they can be victims of vandalism. Nevertheless, FoamCorePrint invites you to include these fantastic resources in your campaign.

11 Comments
  1. Max Jones

    I'm glad that you pointed out that the only time people suffer from window residue from decals is when they use low quality materials. I've been looking to get a state decal for my car, so I think that making sure I'm getting something that is high quality is going to be the best option to reduce residue. Hopefully I can find some good quality state decal stickers, and not have to worry about the residue problems! Thanks for the info!

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    • David

      What about installation? Window decals go up with a soap/water mix and if saturated enough you can maneuver them very easily. Once a decal is up its up, even if its not positioned right. Plus decals tend to stretch during instillation making ot almost impossible to install 100% to size. I personally recommend clings over decals any day.

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      • Carl Smith

        Thanks for differentiating the difference between window decals over clings. Knowing which is which will help you make an informed decision when purchasing one.

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        • Kathryn Pell

          I’m making a office directory on a sheet of glass and I’m not sure if clings or decals will hold up better. It appears some lettering has pulled away from my previous lettering, but I can’t remember which material was used. Suggestions??

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          • Foam Core Print

            Kathrine I would suggest a window decal because a window cling is removable. If you like the decals to be semi permeant you should for sure go with a custom decal.Use this link to find our high adhesive decals http://www.foamcoreprint.com/window-decals Let us know if you have any other questions at all!

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        • marco

          I guess their is a lot of factors to consider here: Duration of the stickers Budget of the client We may give the best and performing stickers, but do clients can afford it? Between window decal and window clings, our clients would always prefer decal as they are removable, given their are China brands floating ever in the sticker niche. Clings are ok too but given we have limited distribution of it in our area, clients would opt in for window decals anytime of the day

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            • Bob Newton

              It's awesome that you elaborate on how vinyl window decals can be a great way to advertise your business. I'm thinking about opening up a business in the near future, so I'd like to have someone make some custom window decals for me. I'm going to search for a good business in my area that can sell me some custom vinyl window decals.

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              • Jayne Hamer

                Hi, What is the right product to use on bedroom and lounge room sliding glass doors for good privacy and to stop the hash sun fading funiture. Regards Jane

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                • Braden Bills

                  My friend wants to advertise his business with his car, but he's not sure what method to use. I'll make sure that he knows that you can make custom window decals! He could definitely put some on the windows of his car.

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                  • Cherie

                    I have a very small scale project. My vacation rental shower was plumbed backward and I was wondering if a vinyl sticker could be applied to the tap to let guests know without unnecessary frustration. Do you think this would be a possible application and what would be the best material and design site for a project of this nature?

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