Hear are some of the most frequent asked question for both residential and commercial window film…
“It is shiny stuff.”
As window film technology evolves, new and improved film is developed, and more film selections are available, as a matter of fact the latest-state-of-the-art technology is inconspicuous, and barely can be noticed by the naked eye.
Our most popular films are neutral and are almost invisible to the naked eye.
“It will scratch.”
Special scratch-resistance coating on the films we use stand up well to normal every day wear & tear, making cleaning and maintenance trouble free.
“It won’t last.”
SunScreen has been supplying and installing window film since the day it was introduced on the market over 40 years ago, we pioneered the techniques for window film installation, and we are one of a very unique companies in north America that have film installation still in existence for over 25 years.
“It is not clear.”
We use state-of-the-market window film with optimum optical clarity, reduces glare while sharpening the view to the outside.
“It will bubble.”
Professionally installed quality window films by certified and highly experienced technician, can provide you a peace of mind and you will have No Bubble, No Trouble for many years to come. . Although a 30-day “drying period” is usually required, the final results should be smooth and clear without any major imperfections.
“It will discolor.”
There are no dyes or colour pigmentation ever used during the manufacturing process of our window film, therefore it does not discolor and it keeps its brilliant appearance year after year.
Myth – Anyone can install window film
Reality: Window film installation may look relatively easy but there are many circumstances that could lead to a poor installation. It’s very easy for the film to become contaminated, thus ruining the film and creating dissatisfaction. A professional installer is experienced with many techniques to prevent problems with the film, and ensure a proper and quality installation.
If I have Low-E windows, do I still need to use window film to protect my furnishings?
Yes. Although Low-E glass does an excellent job of retaining your home interior heat, it does very little to keep out the sun’s harmful UV rays and glare. A quality window film will screen out 99% of the UV rays as well as tone down glare and unwanted heat gain.
Is window film safe to use on thermal pane glass?
Yes. While there are some situations where dark films can cause problems for thermal pane glass, most neutral films are completely safe and pose no significant risk to the glass or seal. A knowledgeable window film dealer will always be able to guide you toward a product that is appropriate for your particular window type.
Will window film really stop my furnishings from fading?
No. There is not a product that will completely stop the fading of fabric, floors, and other furnishings. What window film does is reduce the dramatic “bleaching” effect that most homeowners will notice after a short period of direct sun exposure through unprotected glass. By eliminating the UV light, the main factor in fading, you can expect your fabric and furniture to age more uniformly and naturally. Window films will not completely eliminate the deteriorating effects of the sun, especially over a long period of time. However, window film is significantly better at stopping fading in comparison to untreated glass.
Can window film be installed on odd shaped windows?
Yes. An experienced window tinter can custom install window film to any window regardless of its size or shape.
How do I clean the window after the film has been installed?
Advancements in the scratch resistant coatings that are now found on the best products allow for the window to be cleaned as if there is nothing there. The average everyday glass cleaner is completely safe to use on window film, although a mild dish detergent and water is usually the best option.
Will window film distort my view to the outdoors?
Actually, the opposite is true. A quality window film will make your view to the outdoors much clearer by softening the harsh glare that is created by the sun. Colors and shades are always more vivid when viewed through a window that has had window film installed to it.
How long does window film usually last?
Window film has been known to last in some cases for 25 or more years. While the level of product quality is the major factor in how long the film will last, such things as directional exposure and climate are determining factors as well. However, window film can always be safely removed and replaced if needed.
Does security film prevent the glass from breaking?
No. Security film does an excellent job at holding broken glass together but it cannot prevent the window from breaking if it comes in contact with a severe force (e.g. hurricane, baseball bat blow, sledge hammer).
Will the window film kill my house plants?
In most cases, if the plant is already receiving adequate light, the use of window film will not harm it. New growth or flowering may be retarded, and for a few days, the plant may go into a state of shock while it adjusts to the light change. If a particular plant would normally wilt by the end of a sunny day, it will actually thrive better with the film installed. . Actually, most plants do better with window film because they don’t burn on sunny day. There is a simple test which can be done prior to film installation; that is, merely move the plant to an area with less sunlight for a few days. In addition, most nurseries or local agriculture agencies can advise you whether a particular plant needs to be closer to maximal or minimal light.
Should I have film put on all of my windows or only those facing the sun?
It is recommended that all sun-facing windows be treated. If some windows receive less direct sun, we can apply a lighter film to those windows. All windows transmit UV, regardless of whether they face direct sun or not. If fading protection is the primary concern and there are delicate furnishings or artwork that need protection, then use of film is strongly recommended.
How does Low-E glass work?
Heat energy is comprised of long and short wave radiation. Low-emissivity coatings help reflect the long wave heat energy back towards its source. The primary purpose of Low-E glass is to improve the insulating value (u-value).