Window Tinting Questions
Window tint for residential and commercial buildings is a thin film applied directly to the window. It is typically made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a thermoplastic polymer resin. This material is used due to its stability, durability, and strength.
Window tints can be designed with various features, including reducing glare, enhancing aesthetics through creative signage and decals, improving privacy, and reducing thermal heating of the inside of your building from the sun. Window tints for commercial businesses can also be designed to prevent break-ins, reduce glass shattering from storms or accidents and prevent graffiti.
Yes! We use 3M window films for commercial and residential buildings for their durability, longevity, and range of options. Depending on the type of 3M window film, it can reduce glare, improve heating and cooling efficiency by reducing thermal heating, reduce the shatter ability of the glass and prevent flying glass from accidents, storms, and potential break-ins.
Window tint is designed to be permanent and to last up to twenty years. However, how long it lasts depends on the type of window tint, whether or not it was professionally installed, and the climate conditions.
While window tint is designed to be permanent, it can be removed if it becomes damaged or has to be removed due to a condition in your commercial lease that requires it prior to your move-out. Window tints designed to keep graffiti off your glass can be removed and replaced quickly.It’s important to note that window tint must be removed by a professional to prevent damage to the glass.
Security window film is a durable glass applique designed to make it harder to shatter your glass. It can help prevent smash-and-grab break-ins and protect customers from flying glass if broken due to a storm or accident.
Most window films and tints are designed to be applied to the inside of the glass. This ensures that the tint does not prematurely degrade due to direct rain, moisture, and wind. The exception is an anti-graffiti film applied to the outside or the side of the glass that is most likely to be spray-painted by vandals.
The window tint should be left to cure for a week before the windows are cleaned. After the curing week, windows that have been tinted should be cleaned with a non-abrasive window cleaner that does not contain alcohol or ammonia. The cleaner should be wiped off using a window squeegee or a microfiber cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals, scrubbing brushes, or paper towels.
Decorative window film is a great way to improve privacy while still allowing in natural light. There are many different films to choose from, so you can find the perfect one to match your aesthetic. Decorative window tint for businesses is also a great way to promote your brand. Using vinyl window film, you can share your business logos, store hours, or weekly specials. Additionally, decorative window film is a great way to show personality in your office or store. Add an extra touch of personality with vinyl lettering or glass imaging.
Window tint reduces the heat transmitted through your windows, decreasing the strain on air conditioning systems. This can improve energy efficiency and save money on your monthly utility bills.
The type of tint and its darkness can affect the amount of Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) coming into your building. VLT is measured on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being no light transmittance and 100 being completely clear with no tint. Darker tints can reduce the light coming into your building, while lighter tints may only slightly reduce glare or heat. Discuss your light preferences with a professional tint installer to find the right balance for your needs.
Emissivity measures how well a surface emits absorbed heat and determines how much heat will be radiated back into a room. Low emissivity window film is ideal for cold climates, as it reflects a significant amount of heat into the room. This helps to maintain a comfortable temperature, even during winter. In addition, low emissivity window film can also help to reduce energy costs by keeping heat from escaping through the window. As a result, those who live in cold climates would be wise to consider window film with low emissivity.
While window treatments can help improve the look of your home or business, you may need more protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Window film, on the other hand, can provide additional protection by blocking out up to 99% of UV rays. In addition, window film can also help to reduce glare and heat build-up in your home or office, making it more comfortable towork in. As a result, combining window film with your existing window treatments can provide the ultimate combination of style and function.
Our Why Window Film blog contains more information about the various types of window tint and film options that we offer and their benefits for residential and commercial buildings. We also offer free consultations to discuss the best options for your property and needs. Feel free to contact us with questions or to schedule a free consultation.