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FAQ Window Film | We’re Answering Your Biggest Questions

Q. What is window film?

A. Window film is a thin, multi-layered polyester material that incorporates the many different layers to control different properties, including Ultra-Violet (UV) light, heat, glare, and privacy. Window film comes in a variety of performance levels and shades.

What are the benefits of window film?

A. The many benefits of window film include eye comfort, UV protection, aesthetics, and increased safety, privacy, and energy savings. Here are some additional Window Tinting Benefits for Large or Small Commercial Buildings.

Q. Does window film actually work?

A. Modern solar films can block as much as 55 percent of the outdoor heat. An insulating window film applied over a window can help the window retain up to 55 percent more heat in winter, potentially reducing your heating costs up to 30 percent. These films are less effective at reducing summer heat gain, though.

What do the different levels of film mean?

A. Film percentages stand for light transmission, or the amount of light that is allowed through the film. The lower the percentage, the darker the film.

Q. What is “One-Way Film”?

A. “One-Way Film” is based on lighting, not the film itself. The side that is the brightest is the side that you can see. During the day when it is bright outside, you can see outside. At night, if you have lights on inside and no lighting outside, then it reverses.

Q. Is the tint applied on the outside of the window?

A. No. In most cases, window film is installed on the inside of the glass. This allows for maximum durability. On vehicles, the window tint is hand-cut on the outside of the glass, then installed on the interior of the glass.

Q. Can window film be applied to any surface?

A. No. The adhesive is meant to adhere to glass only. Window film should only be applied to glass surfaces that have a smooth finish. Plastics, Plexiglas, or Lexan contain too much oil for the film to adhere properly for a long period of time.

Q. How does window film improve year-round comfort?

A. Window film creates a more comfortable environment through consistent climate control by eliminating “cold wall” and “hot wall” problems. Rooms stay more comfortable in the summer and winter, be reducing “hot spots”, no matter where the sun is shining.

Q. How does window film lower energy costs?

Q. In summer, window film reflects the hot sun, reducing heat gain and lowering air conditioning costs. In winter, window film retains heat — up to 15% — to reduce heating costs. This year-after-year reduction in energy costs can yield an impressive return on investment. Related Article: Window Tint Will Save Energy and Money

Q. Does blocking UV rays help prevent fading and deterioration?

A. Yes. The same sun that brightens a room’s interior can be detrimental to fabrics, furnishings, artwork, and rugs. Ultraviolet rays are the main cause of both fade and deterioration. Window films can screen out 99% of the damaging UV rays that can fade richly colored furniture, tapestries, and artwork. Heat and light also play a part in fading, but using window film to block nearly 100% of UV rays will increase the life of your personal property for years.

Q. What should I use to clean my windows after I’ve had them tinted?

A. After window film installation, wait a week before cleaning the inside of the window where the film was installed. After a week, use a window cleaner without ammonia and a soft cloth or rubber squeegee. We recommend foam cleaners because they do not streak, and are usually ammonia-free. Never scrape the film with any type of blade or clean your tinted windows with anything abrasive, as it will scratch the film.

Q. If my window film is damaged, can it be fixed?

A. Damaged window film cannot be repaired, but the damaged piece of film can be removed and the glass can be re-tinted.


We hope we were able to answer your questions with our FAQ Window Film — if not, give us a call!

Whether your goals are to reduce utility bills, UV ray exposure, increase privacy, or increase the look and feel of your office space, home, or automobile, window tinting offers a wonderful solution for you.

To get a free estimate for your home, give us a call at (916) 852-8468.

As a family owned and operated business, Tintmaster prides themselves on professional installation, high-quality materials, and unparalleled customer service. They have been serving the Sacramento area since 1989 and have built a reputation for excellence. If you need automotiveresidential, or commercial window tinting, give the specialists at Tintmaster a call at 916-852-8468.

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