FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are some of the benefits of window film?
- Window film reduces internal heat. It is extremely efficient at controlling the effects of solar energy. Window Tinting can provide up to 81% heat reduction when applied to untreated glass.
- Window film blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays. This reduction combined with solar heat and glare reductions helps to protect your valuable interior furnishings from fading.
- Window film cuts glare. Whatever the cause – direct sunlight, or reflections from buildings, water or surrounding windows – there is a perfect window film solution to help reduce annoying glare.
- Window film can save you money on your energy bill. Areas of extreme sun or shade can cause interior temperature imbalances and climate control issues. Window film can remedy this problem and significantly reduce air conditioning costs.
- Window film increases safety. Acts of vandalism, environmental hazards and unforeseen accidents can cause glass to shatter and become very dangerous. Window film, and specifically safety film, can act as a “safety net” by holding shattered glass together.
- Window film can enhance your property’s appearance. Whether it’s a contemporary look or a uniform design, there are a variety of window film products that can aesthetically complement the appearance of a home or office building.
- Window film is fast and easy. Professional window film installation is quick and simple. There’s minimal disruption to your daily lifestyle or work schedule.
Will window film reduce my energy bill?
- The more windows there are in your home or building, the greater the benefits of installing window tinting. That is because window film does much more than simply control heat gain or loss; it also improves the safety, security, energy efficiency, and appearance of your building – all at a fraction of the cost of installing special glass.
- Unlike drapes and blinds, window film rejects up to 81% of the heat that would otherwise come through the window. That can translate into a savings of about one ton of air conditioning for every 9 square meters of glass exposed to sunlight.
- Window tinting blocks out 98% – 99.9% of UV light, thus protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays and significantly reducing fabric and furniture fade. They also reduce glare to improve your indoor visibility, especially with respect to computer monitors and televisions.
Will window film reduce my energy costs?
Yes. The amount of money saved depends upon the type of window film chosen and certain property-specific variables (location, climate, existing energy costs, etc). After obtaining some basic energy unit costs for a given building, we can conduct an ‘energy audit’ to estimate the annual dollars saved by different film types – such a saving is generally known as a ‘pay back period’.
Will window films stop all interior fading?
No. Window tinting will not completely eliminate interior fading. However, depending on the type of window film that is applied, tinting your windows can reduce fading by up to 90%. It’s important to note there are multiple causes for fading. Window film combats numerous causes, including UV rays, solar heat and visible light.
Will window film damage my residential dual pane windows?
As long as your professional installer uses the right type of window film, your dual pane windows should not be affected. Generally, window film manufacturers provide support to Licensed Installers on how to avoid glass breakage – this is a guide only.
Does security film prevent glass from breaking?
No. Security film cannot prevent glass from breaking if it comes in contact with severe force (e.g. hurricane, baseball bat blow). Security film, however, does an excellent job of holding broken glass together, thereby reducing the risks associated with broken glass.
How is window film applied?
Different polyesters are transformed during the manufacturing process to produce a thin, transparent window film that adheres to glass when a pressure sensitive or dry adhesive is activated by a mild solution of dishwashing detergent and water.
Is window film installed on the inside or outside of my glass?
Window film is typically installed on the interior side of a window. As it is a finishing product, it is best installed after all other nearby construction is complete. If access to the interior side of the window is difficult to obtain, an exterior application can be performed.
How is window film installed?
The individual installation steps, assuming a typical interior application, are as follows:
- Prepare window area by removing nearby furniture and ensuring fair and reasonable access to the glass
- Thorough clean of the interior side of the glass pane and gaskets with a mild solution of dishwashing detergent and water to remove dirt and other residue
- Wet glass with solution
- Place film against glass
- Squeegee to remove excess solution between glass and film
- Trim film to gasket (rubber or timber glazing bead)
- Re-squeegee film edges to ensure film lies flat
- Wipe film to ensure clean finished product
- Replace furniture to original positions
Can window film be applied to acrylic (plastic) sheet?
It can be, but this is not recommended. Window film uses a specially designed adhesive, which is not designed to adhere to acrylic. However it can still be applied in some instances. Applications on acrylic do not include a warranty.
Can window film be applied to tinted/low-e glass?
Yes. You will notice enhanced energy performance from your tinted/low-e glass windows after installation.
What is the life expectancy of window film?
The life expectancy of window film is dependent upon multiple variables (climate, exposure to sun, etc). The average life expectancy is ten years and beyond; and, many customers have had window film on their windows for over twenty years.
Will my furniture fade be reduced?
Yes. Furniture/fabric fade is caused by multiple factors. 10% of fading is caused by miscellaneous factors (i.e. fabric color, material, etc). 25% is caused by heat. 25% is caused by visible light. And the remaining 40% is caused by UV rays. Window tinting can mitigate 90% of the factors that cause furniture/fabric fade giving a performance up to 83% reduction depending on film selection.
How do I clean the filmed surface after installation?
Window films may be washed with common washing solutions (no ammonia-based products) thirty days after installation. Abrasive cleaning agents and bristle brushes which would scratch the film can not be used. Synthetic sponges, squeegees, or soft cloths are recommended in addition to the cleaning solution. To maintain your warranty, do not use tape or other adhesive products on the film.