Window Tint FAQs
We’ve compiled a few of the most frequently asked questions about window tinting, glazing films, and custom vinyl graphics. Not finding the answers you’re looking for? You can always get in touch and speak with an expert.
What is window film?
Window film is a polyester substrate coated in various metals and dyes to achieve a wide range of shades, heat rejection levels, and performance capabilities. One surface of the film features a mounting adhesive that secures the film to glass. The opposite side features a scratch-resistant coating to facilitate easy cleaning. Window films can be applied to residential, commercial, and automotive glass, primarily to filter ultraviolet light, heat, and glare, which in turn protects people and furnishings.
Why would I need window film on my glass?
Window film helps combat problems associated with sun penetrating glass, including heat, glare, and fading. Darker films add uniformity to the aesthetics of homes, buildings, and automobiles.
How long does window film last?
In accelerated testing, higher technology films have gone 28 years or more, but most films last 10 to 15 years on average. Our professionally-installed window films come with a lifetime warranty against cracking, peeling, demetallizing, delaminating, and adhesive failure, which can be transferred if you sell your home. If you ever notice an issue with a window film we’ve installed, simply call and we’ll make it right.
Is window film necessary if I have window treatments already?
Solar film helps protect all furnishings from premature fading, including window treatments. Window film stops heat at the window surface before it enters the space, while drapes and blinds only trap the sun’s energy once it has already passed through the window. This reduces the burden on your air conditioning and heating systems.
Is window film applied to the inside or outside of the glass?
Both. Our expert technicians will typically apply window film to the interior surface of your windows. Under rare circumstances, exterior films may be suggested by our sales team due to non-compatibility with the glass or the installation technicians’ inability to access the glass to be tinted.
Can window film be installed on odd-shaped windows?
Yes! Window film is cut on site by our installation technicians and professionally installed to fit virtually any size or shape of glass.
Will window film help reduce glare on television and computer screens?
Absolutely. Window film can filter up to 95% of light passing through a window to reduce light reflection on screens. Learn more about our Anti-Glare Window Film.
Does window film help control temperatures in my home?
Yes! Window films block up to 85% of the sun’s energy that would otherwise pass directly through your glass. Our Solar Control Window Films regulate excessive heat gain in summer, heat loss in winter, damage from UV exposure, and excessive direct sunlight.
How do I clean my window film?
Window films are cleaned just like regular glass using standard window cleaners. Use a soft, clean cloth or squeegee along with light soapy water or a nonabrasive window cleaner. Regular, gentle cleaning will keep your tinted windows looking great for years to come.
What happens if one of my windows gets damaged or broken?
If a window breaks, the window film should hold the glass in place, thus reducing the chance of injury, intrusion, or damage to your interiors. Find out more about Shatter-Resistant Window Films.
Will window film darken the interior of my home or business?
It depends on the film you select, the intensity of the tinting, and whether you have existing blinds or shades in place. We work with you to select an appropriate film to address the sun issues in your space, so closing blinds and windows becomes less necessary during daylight hours. The result? Most often you have more natural light coming into your space, without the harsh glare or heat effects.