With the average Australian household paying more attention to the way it handles the effects of the increasingly intense sun, the need to invest in window films is greater than ever before. 

Due to the effects of global warming, climate change, and the overall geography of the country, it has become increasingly difficult to stay cool and comfortable even in the comfort of our own homes. Even with your AC unit on full blast and only a layer or two of clothing to keep you from overheating and melting, it seems like you can never get away from the heat until you start coating your windows.

If you haven’t purchased any tinting solution before, then you may have done the necessary research on which type of film you’d like to use. As you shift between light-tint options to reflective dark-tint ones and back again, you’ll eventually pick up on the type of qualities you’re looking for in the “ideal product.”

Amid all the fanfare and the overwhelming daydreams of being comfortable at home, you will eventually arrive at one question before making your purchase: Is window film compatible with dual-pane windows?


An unexpected problem

If your house has been recently built or recently remodelled, then the chances are that it has dual-pane windows. 

Over the years, dual-pane set-ups have become popular because of their promised benefits to provide control over sunlight-generated heat and glare as much as possible. Although these advancements in window technology have become impactful in terms of improving the overall insulation of a home in the rising temperatures of Australian weather, the fact is they aren’t enough by themselves. 

By now, you’ve probably become aware that the low-E (or low emissivity) coatings in your dual-pane windows are a key part of your setup because of how much they help manage the temperature. However, these coatings have become the topic of much debate in the window film industry because of its suspected incompatibility with window film due to its surface. 


Answering the question

Generally, the main reasons many end up believing that window film isn’t compatible with dual-pane windows lies in three key factors:

  1. The aforementioned low-emissivity coatings
  2. The amount of space between the two pieces used to create a double layer of glass
  3. The mix of argon and krypton gas pumped in the space between both panes of glass 


Admittedly, all the three factors mentioned can come off as significant deterrents to the ability of window film to cling onto a dual-pane window because of condensation or surface slipperiness. The truth about the compatibility of window film and dual-pane windows is that the former can be applied to the latter without any troubles because the three reasons don’t make a difference. 

You see, the dual-layer nature of the windows you have at home are actually capable of working with window film because the usability of the film itself heavily depends on the way it’s applied. Thankfully, entrusting your window film application needs in the hands of an expert, such as with Cooltone’s professionals, will allow you to enjoy protected dual-pane windows for a lifetime! 



With the Australian heat bearing down on your home’s interior and making it more uncomfortable to be in, it’s important to ensure that your windows are compatible with a solid coat of window film. If you have dual-pane windows and fear that they may not work well with your choice of tinting, then there’s no need to worry because you only need to ensure the right installation!

Cooltone is a leading supplier of residential window tinting in Brisbane to enhance your home’s security, style, and safety. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our services!

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