Frequently Asked Questions about Residential and Commercial Window Film

Below are some of the most common questions we are asked. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please call our office or contact us online.

  • Q: What is window film?
  • A: Window film is a thin multi-layered polyester material that incorporates many different layers to control different properties, including ultra-violet rays, heat, glare, and privacy. Window film comes in a variety of performance levels and shades.
  • Q: 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.
  • Q: 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: Is the tint applied on the outside of the window?

  • A: 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: Why do your newly tinted windows have a hazy, streaky and blotchy appearance?
  • A: After installing the window film, there some moisture will remain trapped between the film and the glass. It can take several days for the moisture to evaporate and the adhesive/film to completely cure. This is very dependent on outside temperatures and sunshine. Once the moisture evaporates completely, your windows should have excellent clarity.
  • Q: Can damaged window film be repaired?
  • A: Damaged window film cannot be repaired, but the damaged piece of film can be removed and new film installed.
  • 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: Does window film prevent glass from breaking?
  • A: Window film does not prevent glass from breaking. Window film does, however, increase the safety of the glass; due to the very aggressive adhesive, the film helps to hold the pieces of the broken glass together. In the event the glass breaks, due to an accident, someone running into the glass, or an attempted break-in, the glass will break or shatter, but in most instances, the film will help keep the glass intact.
  • Q: Can window film increase safety and security?
  • A: Window film does add a degree of shatter resistance to the glass in your home, building, or vehicle. These film bond to glass and help hold dangerous glass fragments in place, should breakage occur due to accident, natural disaster, or illegal entry.
  • Q: Does blocking UV rays help prevent fading and deterioration?
  • A: Ultraviolet rays are the main cause of both fade and deterioration. Window films can screen out 99% of the damaging UV rays that can cause fading in furniture, tapestries, artwork, window coverings, flooring, and upholstery. This helps increase the life of your personal property for years.
  • 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: 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: Can window film reduce glare?

  • A: Yes. Glare can cause eye fatigue, plus washes out your interior and exterior colors. Drawing curtains or closing blinds can make a room feel darker and smaller. This also increases utility bills due to artificial lighting. Window films allow light, but reduces the glare and helps to maintain a more “open” feeling.
  • Q: Does window film help with privacy?
  • A: Window films give you a clear view to the outside. Depending on the degree of privacy desired, heavier films will help prevent others from seeing in during the daytime.