Q: What is window tinting?
A: It is the process of installing solar film to control different properties, including Ultra-Violet (UV) light, heat, glare, and privacy. It comes in a variety of performance levels and shades. It can be to the windows in your home or office or vehicle.
Q: What are the benefits of window tint?
A: The many benefits of window tint include eye comfort, UV protection, aesthetics, and increased safety, privacy, and energy savings.
Q: What do the different percentages (%) of film mean?
A: Film percentages stand for light transmission or the amount of light that is allowed through the film. The higher the percentage, the darker the film.
Q: Is the tint applied on the outside of the window?
A: No. Window film is installed on the inside of the glass to allow 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: How long does it take to tint my vehicle?
A: The amount of time it would take to tint your vehicle depends on the vehicle type. A complete car can take anywhere from two to four hours. If your vehicle has an old film that needs to be removed, this process adds about two to four additional hours to the film installation. These time estimates are for ideal situations; as with anything, things may happen that can extend window film installation time. Please keep this in mind when making your appointment.
Q: I just had my windows tinted, why do they look hazy?
A: The moisture that remains between the film and the glass after installation can cause a hazy, streaky, blotchy appearance. It takes several days for the adhesive/film to completely cure. The remaining moisture will evaporate through the film; depending on the type of film, this process may take a couple of days or even a couple of months. When the water evaporates completely, your windows should have excellent clarity.
Q: Can I put down my windows down right away after I’ve had film installed?
A: We recommend that you keep your windows rolled up for at least 48 hours after the window film installation. This allows the film to cure and adhere to the glass before the window is moved.
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: What if my window already has an old film on the windows? Will it need to be removed before I have my windows tinted?
A: Old film needs to be removed before the installation of the new window film. It is always best to have the old film removed by a professional, to avoid damaging your property. The process adds about two to four hours to the window film installation process.
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 retinted.
Q: Does window film prevent the glass from breaking?
A: No, window film does not prevent the glass from breaking. Window film does increase the safety of the glass; due to a very aggressive adhesive, the film helps to hold the pieces of broken glass together. In the event the glass breaks, due to an auto accident, a person running into it, or an attempted break-in, the glass will shatter, but in most instances, the film will help keep the glass together.
Q: Can window film increase safety and security?
A: Yes, window film adds a degree of shatter resistance to the glass areas of your home, building, or vehicle. These films 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: 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. Our 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: Can window film be applied to any surface?
A: No. Window film should only be applied to glass surfaces that have a smooth finish since the adhesive is meant to adhere to glass only.
Q: How does window film lower energy costs?
A: In summer, window film reflects the heat caused by the sun, reducing heat gain and lowering air conditioning costs.
Q: Can window film reduce glare?
A: Yes. Glare not only causes eye fatigue, but it can also be dangerous when driving. Drawing curtains or closing blinds can make a room feel darker and smaller, and it can increase utility bills due to artificial lighting. Window films allow light through but not glare, and it helps maintain an “open” feeling. Glare can be dangerous when driving as well; window film can reduce glare, allowing for a much safer driving experience.
Q: Can window film help with privacy?
A: Yes. Window films give a clear view to the outside. Depending on the degree of privacy desired, you can select films that prevent others from looking in during the daytime.