The Benefits of Lining Your Windows With Sun Protective Film  

Clearly, sunlight is a crucial part of life. It gives off a lovely warmth and light that we need to flourish. Windows are a way to enjoy sunlight, even indoors. That being said, it does not come without its downsides – at times, we have to deal with terrible heat, damaged possessions, and even physical […]

Pacific Fair - 3M Prestige Window Film

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre – 3M Prestige

At Cooltone we really enjoy taking on challenging jobs and Pacific Fair at the Gold Coast was no exception.

We recently were tasked with fitting 3M Prestige 40 to their glass sky-lighting throughout the centre.

The Challenge

We were tasked with fitting 3M Prestige 40 to the sky lights through out Pacific Fair shopping centre. The problem was that fitting window film you need to make full contact with the glass surface in its entirety however this is quite dangerous with sky-lighting you need to ensure you are not applying too much weight to the glass surface in case it breaks.

We designed a custom made rig to allow our installers to sit about the glass surface without having to make contact to the glass and allowing us to adequately install the window film safely.

To ensure there was absolutely no risk to the public we completed the job outside or regular hours of the Pacific Fair.


About the Product – 3M Prestige 40

3M Prestige 40 is a premium range window film from 3M it is only available to exclusive installers and suppliers.

There are a multitude of films available in market designed to reject heat, however many of these films are tinted dark, highly reflective and contain metallic particles to block out the sun.  3M Prestige uses a non-metallised multilayer optical film that is designed to maximise heat reduction, with minimal reflection and interference.

Because 3M Prestige is Non-Metallised there is little to no reflectivity, there is no interference with electronic device wireless signals and are not susceptible to corrosion.

3M Prestige are the leading films in Sun Control, reducing up to 40% of the harmful UV rays from the Sun, 3M invest in highly regarded independent scientific testing to determine the maximum potential of their products.

All 3M Products are backed with a lifetime warranty and the 3M promise.


Want to know more?

Cooltone Sun Control specialise in complex and difficult window film installations, and have worked on some of Queensland and Brisbane’s most iconic and well known buildings.

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Low E Window Films – Slash Energy Costs

Some of the latest innovation in window film technology can significantly help you save money on your energy costs.

There are many film solutions out on the market which can help save energy costs but Low E films have been specifically designed to push the energy saving attributes to the limits.

According to data from the Australian government’s Energy Efficiency Exchange, electricity usage related to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) typically accounts for approximately 40 per cent of total building energy consumption and 70 per cent of base building (landlord) energy consumption.

HVAC plays a major role in peak energy usage as well and has dramatic impacts on the buildings and dwellings energy consumption during peak times, which reflects in owner/occupier billing.

On overage since the year 2000 Australian household energy prices have risen on average 9% annually based on the Australian Bureau of Statics Energy Pricing Index.

HVAC makes up such a large portion of these associated costs for Energy consumption, that low cost solutions to help reduce expenditure on HVAC are highly sought after.

Low E window films are just that, data acquired from the Australian Department of Environment and Energy shows that windows with inadequate coatings lead to on average 25 to 30% of all energy wasted from commercial buildings.

There are many options in the market for improving window energy efficiency, from Double Glazed glass to Smart-Window Technologies – however these can be very costly and particularly for Retrofitting.

Low E Films provide a cost effective Retrofit solution capable of ease of install at a marginal cost compared with Glazing and smart-window Technologies.

3M and Avery Dennison both have scientifically backed data to show that Low E Films can reduce Solar Heat Gains in Summer by up to 72% and in cooler months retain heat by up to 24%.

Low E or Low Emissivity Films have a 2-fold gain in terms of heat retention in the cooler months and blocking out heat in the warmer months.

Installation can be simple quick and seamless as the films can be fitted as a clear finish to not change the ascetics of the building.  These new types of Low E films which are clear do not impact on or cause any light lost when passing through the film.

This ensures the window retains its natural function without being negatively impacted by the Low E window film, Low E Films work exceptionally well are targeting infrared radiation and other electromagnetic energies – this is where most heat transmissions occur as opposed to visible light, Low E films are so specific in their light targeting, they o not even impede on natural plat life growth in rooms which contain Low E films.

If your Interested in finding out more about Low E Films, or would like a quote, contact the team at Cooltone 1300 302 212.




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3M Home Window Solutions – Summer Campaign

How does $1,000 in cool cash sound?

Queensland Summers are hot and harsh but there is no where else we would rather live, so while you’re thinking about how much it’s going to cost you to keep the air-con running for the next 4 months, 3M™ are thinking of ways to help keep you cool without having to even switch on the air-con.

3M™ Films are capable of rejecting 78% of the suns excessive heat, keeping you and your family cooler through the summer months. Cutting back on the air-con will definitely help your hip-pocket but not only are 3M™ working on ways to cut back energy costs, they are also giving away $1000  to a lucky set of winners.

To enter the draw, have a 3M™ film installed and click the link to fill in the details and go into the draw. Click Here

3M™ have a wide range to choose from and Cooltone stock and install one of the widest ranges of 3M™ Films in the country. Our experienced and skilled team have been working 3M™ for over 25 years and are part of an exclusive network of dealers and installers in the country.

If you would like to arrange a free quote, contact us here


Storm Safe - Cooltone

Safety Films for Storm Season

With storm season just around the corner, Queenslander’s around the state are getting storm ready. As the state government urges residence throughout the state to invest in measures to be ready for a variety of circumstance from flooding, strong winds, power outages and more, Cooltone are 100% behind the state governments push to be storm ready, you can view the state governments main site here.

Protecting your family through this time is a major concern for a lot Queenslander’s and taking the right measures are important one of the most effective safety measures you can take is using a high quality safety film, applied to the flat glass window surfaces throughout your home, safety films minimise breakage and shattering of glass windows and doors. Protecting you and your family from injuries that can be cause by glass being smashed from, storm debris, hail and strong winds.

An added benefit of safety glass if the additional security provided to your home, safety glass is much more difficult to break and can prevent or even stop intruders from being able to enter your home in the event of a attempted break in.

Cooltone have a variety of safety films available in several brands, we recommend 3M™ for a superior film, the patented technology of interwoven micro layers of polyesters within the film, is a design which is unique to 3M™.  The design of the film minimises the effects of storm damage to glass windows by holding the shattered glass together, this maintains the integrity of the glass during a storm to storm the wind and additional debris from entering the window.

We have a variety of 3M™ Safety films, some which include solar and UV minimising properties and have clear finishes to darker tint.

If you would like to contact Cooltone to arrange a free onsite quote click here

If you would like to find more about Cooltone Safety Films click here



How to stay warm in winter and cool in summer with 3M Thinsulate

As we all know, the Australian climate is one of extremes and, as a result, our energy use can vary wildly, peaking in most states during our hot summers, as we struggle to keep homes and work spaces at a comfortable temperature. And, of course, the result of turning up the air con for both businesses and home owners is higher energy bills.

The issue is that, in Australia and New Zealand, 30% of the energy used to cool or heat a building goes straight out the window, something that cannot be prevented even with the use of blinds or shutters. Of course, double- or triple-glazing glass dramatically reduces this energy loss, but the cost of retro-fitting homes or offices is prohibitive.

An economical and effective solution is in reach, however, with the application of 3M’s ThinsulateTM Climate Control Window Film. This remarkable product works in two ways — it not only has Low Emissivity (‘Low E’), which means it is designed to reflect radiant heat away from windows, rather than allowing the glass to absorb it, ThinsulateTM also prevents radiant heat from transferring from one side of the glass to another, keeping hot air outside in summer and warm air inside in winter.

In fact, applying ThinsulateTM to a single-pane window improves its insulation value to close to that of a double-pane, and improves a double-pane close to a triple-pane, which represents a significant reduction in energy loss, and the associated reduction in the cost of your energy bills.

Another huge advantage of 3M’s ThinsulateTM is that it blocks up to 99% of the sun’s UV rays from penetrating your windows, which increases personal comfort and prevents fading of carpets, curtains, upholstery and timber floors, preserving the value and appearance of your interior. And the window film doesn’t change the view from your windows, as it is virtually invisible.

Overall, 3M’s ThinsulateTM Climate Control Window Film is one of the most cost-effective ways you can transform your home or office that is not only comfortable all year round, but is energy efficient and saves you money.

Find out more about 3M ThinsulateTM and the other solar control window films available from Cooltone here or call us on 1300 302 212.

Download 3M’s Brochure on ThinsulateTM for Residential Applications here.

Download 3M’s Brochure on ThinsulateTM for Commercial Applications here.


UniTab Head Office, Albion QLD

With larger than usual plate glass windows and a requirement for high solar energy rejection, the refurbishment of the Unitab Head Office posed a unique challenge for Cooltone.


Unitab’s priority was finding a solution to their soaring energy costs, with 2100m2 of window coverage and deteriorating venetian blinds a major contributor to the increase in energy usage. To meet the client’s needs, Cooltone had to identify a product that had a conservative Solar Absorption performance, while at the same time maintaining a high rate of Solar Energy Rejection.


Cooltone settled on SolargardTM ST20 Neutral as the answer to Unitab’s problem, as it rejects a massive 75% of Solar Energy on 6mm glass. Then, using site-specific data in the Demand Analyser, Cooltone was able to demonstrate that the initial investment in ST20 would be paid off in two years; after that, the client would make significant annual savings on energy costs.


An additional benefit of using the ST20 was in terms of window quality — Glare Rejection at 74% and UV Reduction at 99% — which improved access to the panoramic views and reduced the heavy glare on computer screens. And, while the Unitab Head Office had begun to look a bit dilapidated due to age, application of the ST20 film has now given it the appearance of an up-to-date architecturally-designed building.


Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Herston QLD

When solar glare started to interfere with the vital research undertaken at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR), Cooltone came up with a solution.


Now one of Australia’s preeminent medical research facilities, QIMR started life in 1945, in temporary buildings that had previously housed US armed forces. Since then, with significant philanthropic support, QIMR has expanded across three state-of-the-art buildings within the grounds of the Royal Brisbane Hospital.


In 2006, Cooltone was approached to retrofit the Clive Berghofer Cancer Research Centre building with tinted film, to reduce the glare that was getting in the way of the research being carried out at the centre.


As the original windows were green body tinted laminated glass, Cooltone needed to be sensitive to the amount of thermal activity created once a film was applied. This meant there was a limitation on the number of films that could be used.


To find the best solution for the client, Cooltone undertook an energy audit using Bekaert’s Demand Analyser. As a result, SolargardTM True Grey 20 was identified as the best product for the job, reducing glare while maintaining sufficient light levels for the important research to continue unhindered.