Residential Window Film FAQs
Why should I have solar control window film installed on my home?
How do Solar Control window films work?
Is window film applied to the inside or outside of the glass?
What are the benefits of window film?
Will solar control window film protect glass against breakage during an earthquake?
What is the average energy pay back for solar control window films?
How do you attach the film to my windows?
Can window tinting help reduce the glare on my TV screen and/or computer monitor?
Should I have film put on all of my windows or only those facing the sun?
Will window film stop my interior and furnishings from fading?
Will window film kill my house plants?
Will my windows be darker after you put the film on?
Is there window film available that reduces heat and glare without causing a reflective look on my windows?
How long will film last?
What kind of warranty do you give?
Can I put film on dual-paned windows?
Can window film be used on low E windows?
Will window film cause glass to break?
How many people will be in my house during the installation?
How long will it take to finish my house?
How long does it take for window film to dry?
How do I clean the windows after the film is installed?
What happens if I scratch the film?
Can I buy the film from you and install it myself?
Q. Why should I have solar control window film installed on my home?
A: Solar control window film commonly referred to as window tint, is designed to reject the sun’s harsh solar energy. It keeps you and your home cooler in summer, warmer in winter and saves money and energy. It reduces glare and UV rays entering your home through the windows and provides outstanding daytime privacy.
Q: How do solar control window films work?
A: Solar control window films work by reducing the amount of solar heat energy transmitted through the window glass by increasing the solar reflecting and absorbing properties of the window.
Q: Is window film applied to the inside or outside of the glass?
A: For nearly all residential installations window film is applied to the interior surface of the glass. There are some films, mostly used in commercial applications, which are designed to be installed on the exterior surface of the window.
Q: What are the benefits of window film?
A: Solar control window film reduces solar heat gain and improves interior comfort. It reduces air conditioning costs by reducing usage, wear and tear and maintenance costs. Window film reduces glare which improves the view to the outside and enhances daytime privacy. It is an attractive accent to home and business windows. It lowers energy usage and energy costs. Solar control window films virtually eliminate Ultraviolet (UV) light from entering a building through the windows. UV radiation is linked to certain cancers and is harmful to human eyes. Reducing UV rays helps reduce fading of interior furnishings like carpet, draperies, wood, artwork and merchandise. Window film improves the shatter resistance of glass giving increased safety for your family, friends or tenants and offering you peace of mind. Security and safety films offer added protection from disasters and accidents: earthquake, high winds, acts of vandalism, smash & grab robberies and terrorist attacks. Anti-graffiti film acts as a barrier against scratching, spray paint and etched graffiti. It can be installed on exterior windows, restroom mirrors, elevator doors, glass, and other similar flat/smooth surface.
Q: Will solar control window film protect glass against breakage during an earthquake?
A: There are solar safety films available that are designed to provide protection against shattered glass. Any film is better than no film, but not all films are specifically designed for this protection. If shattered glass due to vandalism or natural disaster is a concern consider installing solar safety film.
Q: What is the average energy pay back for solar control window films?
A: Paybacks typically range in the 2-5 year period. The return on investment depends on many factors: the amount of sunlit glass exposure, the type of glass, film type applied, the cost of fuel, and the cost of application.
Q: How do you attach the film to my windows?
A: Window films are designed to be applied directly to the surface of glass. Before the film can be applied the window and frames must be cleaned using a soap and water cleaning solution and razor blade scraper. After cleaning the window is sprayed with water based mounting solution. The film is placed in position and a squeegee is used to remove excess water. The edges are trimmed to within 1/8th inch around the edge of the frame and a final squeegee pass is used to remove water and dry the edges.
Q: Can window tinting help reduce the glare on my TV screen and/or computer monitor?
A: Yes. Window film is an excellent solution for reducing glare on TV screens and computer monitors.
Q: Should I have film put on all of my windows or only those facing the sun?
A: For maximum benefit all sun-facing windows should be treated. If some windows receive less direct sun a lighter film can be applied for protection and uniformity. Glare that wasn’t noticed before becomes more apparent when adjacent window are not treated. All windows let in UV rays. Reflected light enters windows producing glare and allowing heat gain whether they directly face the sun or not. If fading is a concern you should apply window film on all the windows.
Q: Will window film stop my interior and furnishings from fading?
A: Window film reduces the main causes of fading: ultra violet light, visible light, and solar heat. Nothing does a better job to reduce fading, but nothing completely stops fading. Depending on the type of window film you choose you can reduce the causes of interior fading by as much as 70%.
Q. Will window film kill my house plants?
A: In most cases if a house plant is already receiving adequate light the use of window film will not harm it. New growth or flowering may be delayed, and a plant may go into shock for a while as it adjusts to the light change, but some plants may do better with film on the windows. To determine if window film will have an effect on a plant move the plant to an area with less sunlight for a few days.
Q: Will my windows be darker after you put the film on?
A: Yes. You can expect your home’s interior to be more shaded and less sun drenched. The primary goal of window film is to cut heat and glare. This is accomplished by reducing the amount of solar energy in the form of light and heat entering your home. The amount of shading will depend on the amount of visible light transmission (VLT) of the film you choose. The greater the visible light reduction the greater the heat and glare reduction, the darker the interior. High windows often require the use of a film with a lower visible light transmission because of the intense heat and glare entering through them. Light films will have little effect on the amount of interior light and also have less effect on heat gain.
Q: Are there window film available that reduce heat and glare without making my windows look reflective?
A: The best films for reducing heat and glare will have reflectance. Some films reflect less than others but usually perform less well too. If you want to remove heat and glare, save money and energy, and increase privacy and safety, some reflectance is a necessary trade off.
Q: How long will film last?
A: Window films can last more than 20 years and still look good and work well. Your window film was designed to outlast the manufacturer’s warranty. By the time your window film needs replaced it will have paid for itself many times over in money savings from lower utility costs.
Q: What kind of warranty do you give?
A: Our window films come with comprehensive warranties direct from the manufacturers. Our manufacturers warranty their films against color change, peeling, cracking, crazing, adhesive failure and delaminating. Our residential customers receive a limited lifetime warranty and commercial installations have up to 12 years warranty. This warranty assures that you will be fully satisfied with our products for as long as you live in your home. There is absolutely no charge to you if the product is under warranty and needs to be replaced. All labor and materials are covered.
Q: Can I put film on dual-paned windows?
A: Yes. There are many excellent films available for dual pane windows: However, not all window films are approved for dual pane windows. As long as the right type of window film is used window film is safe on dual pane windows.
Q: Can window film be used on low E windows?
A: Yes, but careful consideration must be taken prior to determining film type. Most low E windows consist of dual pane glass where the low E surface faces the air space between the panes. Window film can be installed on this type window. The type of window film you choose for low E glass or any window requires careful consideration before making a final decision.
Q: Will window film cause glass to break?
A: There are five types of stress which may cause glass to break, but there is only one which film affects: Thermal stress fractures can result from a window’s absorption of solar radiation. Window films increase the thermal absorption on sunlit glass. There are many factors which increase thermal stress on a glazing system: Partial shading of windows from overhangs, tightly fitting drapes or blinds, signs or decals on windows, heating and cooling vents directed at glass. If a glass cracks from window film application it already had a flaw and the additional heat absorption from the film increases pressure on the susceptible point. This is a rare occurrence and if it happens your glass will be replaced. We do not warranty glass breakage for black out film applications. We will warranty the film replacement and labor on black out.
Q: How many people will be in my house during the installation?
A: This depending on the size of the job. Usually one or two installers are needed to install your home.
Q: How long will it take to finish my house?
A: Most residential installations are completed in one day. If you have a large installation or many French windows, it may take slightly longer. We will evaluate your job and estimate the amount of time required for installation. Larger jobs may require more installers and additional days. Residential applications are usually completed in one day. Your installation will be schedule at your convenience and we will make every effort to complete your job within the time frame promised.
Q: How long does it take for window film to dry?
A: Allow thirty days for the film to fully dry and cure. During the curing process, your film may have a hazy appearance or small water pockets usually not seen unless you are looking for it. These will vanish as the film dries. Depending on the type of film and weather conditions drying may take as little as a few days or as much as 45 days.
Q: How do I clean the windows after the film is installed?
A: After thirty days you can clean your windows with any household strength window cleaning solution. Soap and water solution with a soft cloth and squeegee are best. The film’s surface comes with a special hard coat cover to protect it from scratches and allow for easy cleaning. Abrasive products which could scratch or damage the film should not be used.
Q: What happens if I scratch the film?
A: Minor scratches do not require replacement of the Film. Deep scratches that damage the film may make it is necessary to replace it. The Film can be removed and replaced quite easily and at minimal cost.
Q: Can I buy the film from you and install it myself?
A: Film installation is a skilled trade. It would be wise to have your window film installed professionally. Why leave it to chance? We service all of Southern California and we are available to furnish the products and professionally install your job for you. Whether you buy from us or someone else you will do yourself a favor by having your window film professionally installed.