Popular Questions Asked About Window Films

What Is Window Film?

Most window films are constructed with several layers, the main layer being a high quality polyester. Depending on the type of film, most of our window films are metallised using sputtering technology. This process imbeds metal particles such as silver, stainless steel, copper, gold, titanium and chromium into a polyester film. Finally the films are coated using special adhesives, ultraviolet inhibitors and then protected by a scratch resistant coating. This ensures a long lasting colour and excellent solar performance.

How is window film applied?

Clean the glass. Measure the glass panel and cut the window film oversize. Remove the backing sheet from the film. Spray the glass and adhesive side of the film using a mild soapy water solution. Using a squeegee apply the film on to the glass to remove the excess water and bubbles. Trim the excess edges of the film using a sharp utility knife and dry with a soft lint free cloth.
Please see our DIY instruction or You Tube video

Whilst small applications are possible by any keen DIYer or tradesman, we would certainly recommend employing a professional company for larger applications or areas where a quality finish is vital. Contact us for a quote.

How long does window film last?

The exact lifespan depends on the type of film, glass and the environment in which it is fitted. Most types of window films have a warranty of 10 years, life expectancy can be much longer, maybe 15 years and in some cases over 20 years.

What are the advantages of window film compared with ‘indoor’ solar protection methods?

Indoor solar protection methods, such as blinds or curtains, prevent visible light from getting into a room and block the view looking outside. Additionally, infrared heat accumulates between the solar protection and the window. Eventually radiating heat into the room. Air conditioning is one solution, but installing and running a system to maintain a constant indoor climate can be expensive. Whereas window film reflects the solar radiation away before it enters the room.

Does window film make a room cooler?

Yes. Window film rejects levels of solar heat to provide a cooler, more comfortable climate.

Will window film reduce heat and glare?

Solar Control films are designed to reduce the sun’s solar heat, glare and ultra violet (UV). They are available in many or tints, offering various levels of performance. Solar films can be virtually invisible or totally transform a building by giving it a uniform colour and hiding untidy looking office environments- such as the backs of work desks, wiring, etc.

Can window film reduce my energy bills?

Demand for creating a better environment, has never been so high. Many companies have made a corporate pledge to reduce energy consumption and the carbon footprint, others driven by increasing energy costs and the impact on profits.

With the proven heat-rejection properties of window film, you can eliminate “hot spots” and extreme peaks in air conditioning demands at certain times of the day. Interior temperatures are more controllable and stable, allowing cooling systems to work within capacity and consume less energy. Investing in our films offers a quick payback, with a 25% reduction in energy costs.

Can window film reduce heat loss out through my windows?

Most of a building’s heat can be lost through its glazing, increasing winter heating costs. Low-E insulation film applied to your existing windows, will reflect radiated heat back into your room, increasing comfort and reducing fuel heating bills.

What effect does window film have on visibility though the windows? From the inside looking out? From the outside looking in?

Most window films maintain visibility looking out through the windows, some films are practically invisible once installed, allowing lots of natural visible light to enter a room. From the outside, it complements the exterior of any building. We have a range of films from virtually invisible to soft, neutral hues and darker films for privacy stopping passers-by from outside looking in.

Can I clean the window after a film is applied?

Yes, using a soft, clean cloth or paper towel to clean and the same or a rubber squeegee to dry. Use mild detergent or every-day glass cleaning solutions. Basically, avoid using abrasive tools/cleaners and chemicals.

What happens if I want it removed?

Easy. The film itself can be pulled from the glass which will generally leave adhesive residue on the glass. This is removed by spraying with soapy water and using a razor-scraper. No need for any over-powering adhesive removers.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. We would be happy to help

Call us on 01428 751004 or email us at sales@windowfilmsuk.com

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