FAQ

The Truth About Window Film

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What are the main causes of fading?

Heat 25%, Light 25% and Ultraviolet rays 40%. The 10% balance is humidity and contaminants in the air.

Does Window Film stop fading?

Not completely. Over time fading will still occur but the fading process is slowed considerably. The color fastness of the dye or stain will ultimately determine the rate of fading or discoloring.

Does window film make the glass shatter proof?

The thicker films designed to strengthen glass for safety and security can make a tremendous difference to keep shattered glass in the frame where it belongs. 

Does fading occur in winter?

Yes! The low southern sun does more damage than other times of the year. Many homeowners choose to leave windows open because the sun feels good. That is also when damage occurs because you are letting in ultraviolet light.

Will window film ever bubble and peel?

No! These films are made differently than auto tint. Professional quality architectural films designed for the right application will not. Our films’ warranty will cover that, should this happen.

Will window film make a room darker?

Not necessarily. Today’s films can stop heat without a noticeable difference in appearance. If glare reduction is important, then a darker film will reduce visible light entering the room. 

Does window film have to be reflective to stop the heat?

No. Today’s advanced films can reduce the heat without a reflective appearance.

Can window film reduce my air conditioning bills?

Yes. All high-performance films can reduce solar heat gain lowering A/C costs. Naturally it’s a question of what direction the glass is facing and the window treatment.

Is window film easily cleaned & maintained?

Absolutely. No additional care is necessary. Soft cloth, paper towel and mild window cleaners like Windex or Glass Plus are fine.

Can window film be installed to dual pane glass?

Yes, but not all films. With the correct film applied, it is covered under warranty and acceptable. 

What causes window film to turn purple and bubble?

The dye in many automotive tints turn purple with ultraviolet rays. The adhesive bubble is a problem when the adhesive breaks down. It has nothing to do with the installation but rather a fault of the product. In a residential or commercial application this will never occur if the correct film is used. 

Will window film give me privacy?

Yes. If the right film is used, but only in the daytime. There are films that offer complete privacy, like for bathroom glass. These films are frosted so you lose visibility on both sides but it still lets light in.

Will window film prevent someone from breaking into my home?

No. The film is designed to keep glass from shattering and a deterrent to slow down the intruder. The thicker the film, the stronger it is and the better the job of keeping glass in its place.

What is covered under the warranty?

Today most window film manufacturers  have a Limited Lifetime Warranty. The warranty covers peeling, chipping, bubbling, cracking, tearing and delaminating. In many cases, the glass is also covered from thermal shock and seal failure fro a number of years. 

How long will film last?

A good residential film should last 20 to 25 years. The industry continues to improve adhesive quality, and that is the key to longevity. 

Do all window film businesses offer the same products and services?

Unfortunately no. Check practical experience and credentials. There is no substitute for trust and confidence.

Please direct any questions to:

John Holleman
TAMU ’76
owner/installer
979-691-8468

John@SunshadeWindowFilm.com

Hot Texas summers are a big problem for sun facing windows. After consulting with John, we came up with a solution by tinting our store front windows with a high grade window film. Since then, we have drastically reduced glare and most importantly our cooling bills have been reduced by one third.  Jarrad McLeod ~The Sleep Station

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