Frequently Asked Questions
Can Safety and Security film keep my glass from breaking?
With any degree of certainty this is difficult to answer. Glass varies in strength from piece to piece and each cause of breakage varies. So, if a protected window were impacted, yet, failed to break, It would be difficult to determine if the glass alone, the film alone, or the film and glass together resisted the breakage. Although safety film will hold shards and broken glass together acting like laminated glass.
Why do we need window films?
Glass is a major feature of building design However, glass can bring certain problems. An increased amount of Solar Heat enters a building. This often results in discomfort and the need for alternative cooling, This is costly both financially and environmentally.
Glass is aesthetically pleasing but becomes a safety threat when shattered. Glass cannot provide privacy, without losing light or visibility. Solar Glare is a problem, especially for screen users.
Why do commercial clients have film installed?
• Improved tenant comfort Improved heating and cooling costs
• Improved aesthetics, uniform appearance
• Improved safety and security
• Extended Air Conditioning equipment
Most often, our commercial customers will purchase window films for tenant comfort and justify the purchase on energy cost savings.
How long does it take for window film to dry?
We suggest allowing thirty days for the film to fully dry and cure. During this curing process, occasionally there may be small water bubbles and/or a hazing milkiness appearance. These will disappear as the film dries; depending upon the film type and weather conditions, drying may take as much as 30 days or longer, dependent on ambient and building temperature. Once dried, it will look great and perform for many years to come.
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. On average window film has a 5 to 10 year warranty.
How do Solar Control films work?
Solar Control films are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat transmission through window glass by increasing the solar rejection and solar absorption through the glass.
Typical coloured or dyed films work primarily through increased absorption. The colour 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 metallised 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.