Window Film FAQ

Q: What effects will window film have on my indoor plants?

A: Solar film blocks ultraviolet rays which does not have any negative effect on the natural growth of plants. Plants require chlorophyll which comes from the absorption of the visible light where it converts the light to energy (food). With Solar film you are merely filtering the direct light, removing the harmful UV rays, and leaving behind the light spectrum for plant/vegetation growth.

Q: Do all window films have a metallic shine to them? I live in a strata where we are not permitted to change the exterior appearance of our windows – what options are available to me?

A: 3M™ Prestige series is an ideal solution for those in strata properties. Our Prestige 70 is optically clear, provides 22% glare reduction, rejects 50% of the total solar energy and has an interior & exterior visible light reflection of 9%. What does this all mean? It means that there is no noticeable change between you or your neighbors – except for the fact that you are reaping the rewards of keeping cool during the summer and warm during the winter.

Q: Will window film break my windows?

A: The leading cause of glass breakage is caused by stress

Thermal Stress - from absorption of solar radiation.

Tensile Stress - from the weight of the glass itself.

Mechanical Flexing Stress - from wind.

Impact Stress - from flying objects.

Twisting Stress - from building or window frame sagging or settling.

The first type, thermal stress, is the only one which film may affect. The use of window films will increase the thermal stress on sunlit glass. However, there are also other factors which will increase thermal stress such as: partial shading of windows from overhangs, tightly fitting drapes or blinds, signs or decals on windows, heating and cooling vents directed at glass. In addition, different types of glass (annealed versus tempered, clear versus tinted) have different solar absorption rates and will withstand different degrees of thermal stress.

Q: Is there a window film that will give me day & night privacy while still allowing me to see through it?

A: Metallic reflection is what creates Daytime privacy otherwise known as the One-way mirror effect. When a metallic film is installed on exterior facing glass and the sun shines on it the mirror effect occurs. This allows the people on the inside to see out but the people outside unable to see in. When the roles are reversed and it is dark outside but lit inside, those outside will be able to see in and those inside will see a reflection of themselves.

There is no film on the market today that will allow for clear visibility through the interior side of the glass during both the day and night.

Q: Will security film stop my window from breaking?

A: No – 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films make glass harder to penetrate and holds shattered pieces in place, helping keep both people and property safe from dangers posed by intruders, severe weather and broken glass. For an even higher level of protection, the 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment System securely fixes the filmed window to the frame, turning your window into a robust shield capable of withstanding forced entry, earthquakes and even bomb blasts.

Q: How do I stop fading

A: Fading is caused by Solar Heat, UV Rays (Both UVA & UVB), visible light. To reduce fading, you need to block the exposure. The best solution is to do this by using Solar Films. Solar Films not only block 99.9% of the harsh UV rays but can also block up to 79% of the total solar energy.

Q: What are the benefits of applying window film?

A: Window films are a type of window treatment applied to windows and glass surfaces, designed to reduce the amount of solar heat transmitted through the glass and increase safety and security. The films help increase solar reflectivity, reject solar heat, and reduce incoming ultraviolet light, resulting in a wide range of benefits:

  • Improves comfort
  • Improves energy savings
  • Increases privacy
  • Increases fade protection
  • Reduces glare
  • Increases safety and security

All of this can be achieved with one film!

3M Window Films reject up to 79% of the suns heat to help keep rooms at more even, moderate temperatures.

Q: How do I care for my window film after install?

A:  A simple solution of ½ oz liquid dish soap to 1 quart of water in a spray bottle is all that is need to clean your window film. IMPORTANT: Avoid using alcohol and ammonia-based cleaners

  • A soft clean microfiber cloth or sponge is recommended to wash and dry your windows. Avoid using paper towel, newspaper, bristle brushes and scrub pads as they may contain abrasives that can scratch and damage your window film.
  • It is recommended that you avoid the use of strong adhesive tapes on glass where window films have been installed as it may cause damage when you later remove it. If ever you encounter adhesive or sticky residue left behind on the glass our suggestion would be to remove it using a soft cloth and rubbing alcohol.
  • Avoid pooling water at the bottom of windowsills by ensuring the weep holes are kept clean and clear of debris. It is important that all water used during cleaning or in some cases excessive condensation be wiped away from the windows to ensure no water seeps in and behind the window film which can cause it to lift.

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