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 I just had my windows tinted and now it's all hazy. It's been several days and it hasn't gone away.
Thanks for the great job you guys did on my windows. How do I clean my windows to ensure it lasts as long as possible?
I have dual pane windows. Can they be tinted?
What is seal failure?
Why do insulating glass unit seals break?
Does window film cause seal failure?
How Do Window Films Work?
Why Do Commercial Customers Have Film Applied in their buildings?
What is the Typical Energy Pay Back for Window Films?
How is the Window Film Applied?
How Long Does Window Film Last?
Will Window Film Stop My Furnishings From Fading?
Does the Ultraviolet Protection Lose Its Effectiveness Over Time?
How Do Safety and Security Window Films Work?
Will window film make a difference with excessive heat?
Will my window film bubble, peel or turn purple?
Will window film make my house seem dark inside?
How do I clean my windows after film is installed?
I cannot see my TV because the glare is too heavy. Can I eliminate annoying glare?
Isn't Window Film Expensive?
How long will it last?
Can window film make glass become a one way mirror?
Can I wash it?
Can it come off?
Will window tint destroy my plants?
Will window film break my glass?
Will window film STOP my furnishings from fading?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just had my windows tinted and now it's all hazy. It's been several days and it hasn't gone away.
You must have had a metalized film applied to your windows. Metalized film has a much slower drying time. Under normal drying conditions such as hot summer days it will take 1-2 weeks, but in the winter time the drying time usually takes 30 days. Also, drying time depends on how much sun exposure the windows receive during the day, the more sun the faster the drying.

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Thanks for the great job you guys did on my windows. How do I clean my windows to ensure it lasts as long as possible?
We recommend a non-ammonia cleaner and a soft cloth, such as a baby diaper or T-shirt. You can use vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 10 parts water), or Windex with vinegar available at any store. Be sure to read the label that it does not contain ammonia. If you use a professional window cleaner, let them know which windows are tinted.

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I have dual pane windows. Can they be tinted?
Dual pane windows are very common in homes these days. Dual pane or thermal pane have two pieces about 1/2" apart with gas sealed in-between. The answer is yes! Your windows can be tinted but certain guidelines need to be followed, because dual panes are more vulnerable to stress than single pane windows.

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What is seal failure?
Seal failure occurs when the sealant between the two lites of glass breaks, subjecting the airspace to the surrounding environment.  Since the sealant acts as the moisture barrier, if the seal breaks, condensation can develop in the airspace of the insulating glass window.

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  Why do insulating glass unit seals break?
The environment inside an insulating glass unit can be affected by its external environment such as temperature and air pressure. Changes in temperature and air pressure put additional stress on the insulating glass unit's seals.   The use of resilient sealants in the construction of the insulating glass unit can also cause the seals to fail.

Most manufacturers, however, design and test their products to withstand significant changes in air pressure and temperature, thereby reducing the chance of failures.   Nevertheless, seal failure does continue to occur simply because of the way in which insulated units are manufactured, shipped and installed.  In fact, the insulating glass manufacturers association (SIGMA) has found normal seal failure to be at a rate of 1.5% of the installed units.

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  Does window film cause seal failure?
 Our product has never been shown to be the cause of seal failure.  Manufacturers continuously analyzed how window films affect temperature and pressure within the airspace of an insulating glass unit.  Results indicate that on a clear insulating unit, even our most popular residential film 35 neutral only increases the summertime airspace temperature by no more than 22 degrees, a pressure increase of only .55psi (pounds per square inch).  Put into perspective, most manufacturers of insulating glass units design their products to withstand a pressure change of 3.30 psi, over six times the film's potential pressure increase!

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Questions About  Films

How Do Window Films Work?
Sun Control Films are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat transmission through window glass by increasing the solar reflection (not necessarily visible reflection) and solar absorption of the glass. Typical colored or dyed films work primarily through increased absorption. The color absorbs the solar energy at the glass, thus reducing the direct transmission into the room. These films only offer marginal performance when compared to reflective films. Reflective films are films that have been precision coated with metals. These metallic films are designed to increase the solar energy reflection of the glass and some of the absorption. reflective films range from moderate to excellent in solar performance (heat gain reduction). All Sun Control Films are protected with our patented Abrasion Resistant coating for long term durability and maintained appearance.

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Why Do Commercial Customers Have Film Applied in their buildings?

  • Improved Tenant Comfort
  • Lower Heating and Cooling Operating Costs
  • Lower Utility Demand Costs
  • Utility Rebates
  • Improved Aesthetics, Uniform Appearance
  • Improved Safety and Security
  • Extended A/C Equipment Life
  • Valued Alternative to adding more A/C Equipment And more.
Most often, our commercial customers will purchase  Window Films for tenant comfort and justify the purchase on Energy Cost Savings.

What is the Typical Energy Pay Back for Window Films?
Simple pay backs will vary depending upon the amount of sunlit glass exposure, the type of film, the type of glass, cost of fuel, cost of application, and other variables. However, we have seen pay backs often range in the 2-5 year period, with some reported to be even less than 6 months.

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How is the Window Film Applied?
Films are professionally applied by skilled, well-trained  personnel. Almost all of our films are designed to be applied to the inside of your glass. The first step is to prepare the window area for the application; placing drop cloths on the floor, protecting and/or moving furniture where necessary. Next, the window glass is cleaned using simple cleaning solutions (often water and baby shampoo) and razor blade scrapers. Then, the film is sprayed with a slip solution (baby shampoo and water) for proper positioning, and applied to the window glass. Using a professional grade squeegee and following proper techniques, the application is completed by removing excess water, trimming the edges, and a final squeegee technique to dry the edges.

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How Long Does Window Film Last?
Window Films are made durable to last for many years; just how long may depend upon the type of film applied, type of glass it is applied to, and the particular climate in which it is applied. Most applications last upwards of 10 years and beyond, and several applications are still performing after 15 years. All applications have a minimum warranty period of five years (except exterior applications which are 2 years), and several films carry a 10 year commercial warranty, and even a lifetime residential warranty (lifetime for as long as original purchaser owns their home).

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Will Window Film Stop My Furnishings From Fading?
Nothing stops fading. our films are designed to reduce the major causes of fading (ultraviolet light, visible light, and solar heat), thus prolonging the life of your furnishings, perhaps as much as two to five times. Keep in mind the articles to be protected; if they have a typical life of 5 years then they may last 10 years to much longer depending on the performance of the film selected. However, if the typical life is only 2-3 weeks, then the expectation should be expressed in terms of months. As a general rule of thumb, ultraviolet (UV) is approximately 40% of the cause, visible light is about 25%, and heat about 25%. The remaining 10% can be attributed to humidity, pollutants, interior lights, dye anchorage, and more.

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Does the Ultraviolet Protection Lose Its Effectiveness Over Time?
No, the ultraviolet (UV) protection that we use in our proprietary adhesive system is indefinite. It does not lose its effectiveness over time. In fact, we tested an actual glass sample from The Atlanta History Center, Atlanta GA. This was a ten-year old application and the ultraviolet transmission still measured < 1%!

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How Do Safety and Security Window Films Work?
Security Window Films are designed to make glass shatter-resistant by holding the glass pieces together when broken. Different from standard window film, Security Window Films are made with thicker polyester and a much thicker, more aggressive adhesive system.

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Will window film make a difference with excessive heat?
Yes. Depending on what option a customer chooses. Heat reflection on glass can be reduced drastically. Our window films are designed to stop glare, block heat and decrease the likelihood of peeling or deteriorating.

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Will my window film bubble, peel or turn purple?
No. Expert installation by certified installers will reduce the chances of your window film bubbling, peeling or turning purple. In the unlikely event that this happened after our installation, we will replace your window film at no charge to you in a timely manner.

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Will window film make my house seem dark inside?
Our window film will allow you to enjoy virtually clear, crisp, un-tinted and non-reflective glass with all the fading and heat protection offered by darker, reflective films. Our films will not change the look of your home’s interior or exterior and will block much of the sun’s infrared heat and UV rays that cause fading.

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How do I clean my windows after film is installed?
Windows with film applied are easily cleaned without damage to their appearance as long as a few guidelines are followed:

  • Use a soft clean cloth, soft paper towel, or clean synthetic sponge.
  • Use a soft cloth or squeegee for drying the window.
  • Use any normal glass cleaning solution which contains no abrasive materials.
  • Be sure to se only products that DO NOT contain Amonia.
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I cannot see my TV because the glare is too heavy. Can I eliminate annoying glare?
Our window films can eliminate annoying glare up to 75% for residential applications and the window film is still inconspicuous.

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Isn't Window Film Expensive?
The average installation costs less than most other window treatments. Actually, your investment in window film will return dividends in the form of reduced air conditioning and protection against vandals.

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How long will it last?
The effective life of window tint will vary by type of film, type of glass, window construction, compass orientation of glass, and in which part of the world. There are documented cases of film lasting 12 - 18 years or more in some instances. Quality window film for residential and commercial use and is warranted by the manufacturer for a minimum of 10 years, and in residential settings, for the lifetime of that glass.

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Can window film make glass become a one way mirror?
It is a misconception that window film can do this. Window film is subject to the same laws of physics as glass. Whichever side is more lighted, is the side that you will be able to see into.

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Can I wash it?
New window film, glass coating has about a 30 day curing time, in which it is recommended NOT to wash it. After that curing period, you may clean your filmed glass the way that you wash unfilmed glass. You can use Windex, GlassPlus or any non ammonia based product. You must use a SOFT cloth or paper towel, or a rubber squeegee. You CAN NOT use any abrasive or razor blades.

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Can it come off?
Most window films are designed and manufactured to specifications that guarantee that they will not peel off from your glass. However, it can be removed with large razor blades and a fair amount of elbow grease; and it will leave your glass unblemished after its proper removal


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Will window tint destroy my plants?
In most cases, if a house plant is already receiving adequate light, the use of window film will not harm it. New growth MAY be retarded, and for a FEW days, a plant may go through an acclamation period while it adjusts to the light change. If a particular plant normally wilts by the end of a sunny day, it will actually thrive better with the film installed.

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Will window film break my glass?
If the incorrect film is applied to a particular glass situation, there is a potential for the glass to crack because of thermal stress. However, our estimators are trained to be aware of these situations. And for further confidence in our product, there is a factory warranty that covers glass breakage.

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Will window film STOP my furnishings from fading?
Nothing will completely stop the fading of your furnishings because fading factors such as humidity, other visible light, color fastness of fabrics, and other factors also contribute to fading. But you can reduce fading anywhere from 40% to 75% depending on the film that you choose and still have a beautiful view out of that glass.

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