How does the window film work?
Window film is a self-adhesive polyester film that is applied to glass surfaces. It is used as a "retrofit" application for existing and new glass on homes and commercial buildings in order to upgrade solar control, safety and appearance. Solar radiation from the sun is divided into 3 components: visible light we can see, infrared we feel as heat and ultraviolet rays, which are invisible. As solar radiation strikes a piece of glass, window film acts as a "sunscreen" to block harmful UV rays as well as regulate the levels of heat and light passing through the glass. The amount of heat and light rejected is dependent upon the type of window film selected.
How do I clean my windows after the film has been installed?
Once the film is dry and cured, it is then safe for the film to be cleaned. The best cleaner is a simple solution of water and a small amount of soap. Clean the window and then squeegee dry with overlapping strokes in the same way you would clean the outside of your car windows. You may also clean the film surface with any normal strength glass cleaner. Products with ammonia will not damage the film if used in reasonable quantities and if the film is not left to soak in it. Do not use any abrasive cleaners, industrial strength glass cleaners and/or any other window cleaning tools that may scratch the window film. Remember, the surface of the film is coated with a scratch resistant not scratchproof coating.
How long does window film take to ‘dry’ once applied?
Depending on the time of year and aspect of the window, it can take between a week (summer) to one or more months (winter) for all moisture to completely evaporate.
Will window film ruin my view?
Although a dark or reflective film may reduce the view from the outside looking into a home or office, the same is not true when looking from the inside out. This is due to Visual Acuity where the human eye adjusts to the amount of light it is receiving, enabling you to see outside, even when the light transmission has been reduced.
Can anyone install window film?
Installing window film may look relatively easy but there are many circumstances that could lead to an unprofessional installation. It is very easy for the film to become contaminated with dirt, dust or hair, thus ruining the film and creating dissatisfaction. A professional installer is experienced with proper preparation and application techniques to prevent contamination or other problems with the film, and ensure a quality installation.
Which film is best to use?
One of the advantages of your free home consultation is that we can discuss options to suit your needs. There are many windows films available with varying degrees of performance. Some films are highly reflective whilst other are not. Colours can vary from deep blue/grey, shades of grey through to silver and bronze.
How long does the window film last and can it be removed?
Most window films are designed to last from ten years to a lifetime. Window films are designed and manufactured to specifications that guarantee that they will not peel off from your glass. However, if desired, they can be removed by a professional and your glass will be left in its original condition.
Can window films help to reduce glare on TV screens and monitors?
Yes, Window film substantially reduces glare.
How does window film help to save on my energy bills?
A micro-thin material which allows adequate sunlight with less heat and UV rays. When applied to the interior of your windows or glass, the film acts as a ‘shield’ that rejects the sun’s heat. In summer, this keeps your home cooler whilst in winter, window film helps to retain heat.
How are flat glass film different to automotive films?
Residential and commercial films are made to withstand different conditions. Most films used for residential/commercial applications are metallised and do not significantly change in appearance over time.