Residential FAQs
Steve's Professional SolCal Window Tinting What Is Window Film? Window film is a low-cost, high-return energy conservation measure made of micro-thin layers of film combined with high performance coatings that bond to the glass surface. Film can be clear, colored, or patterned to blend with various design schemes. Various thicknesses are available for solar, safety, or security applications. How Does Window Film Work? Solar radiation from the sun is divided into three components: visible light we can see, infrared we can feel, and ultraviolet rays which cause fading. As solar radiation strikes a piece of glass, window film blocks harmful UV rays and regulates the levels of heat and light passing through the glass. The amount of heat and light rejected is all dependent on the type of window film selected. Why Do I Need Window Film On My Windows? Adding solar window film upgrades your existing windows by improving energy efficiency, cutting glare, and reducing damage to furnishings, carpets and draperies due to fading. Is Window Film Necessary If I Have Drapes Or Bilnds On My Windows? Absolutely! The sun will damage your window treatments and you won’t be able to keep your window coverings open without having all the harmful rays entering through the glass. Will Window Film Darken The Interior Of My Home Or Distort My View? No. It will not darken the interior of a room. Instead, window film softens the light and, since you can leave your window coverings open, film allows more light to come in. Professionally installed window films are virtually undetectable and are extremely optically clear after the installation and curing period. Most users will agree that visual acuity is often increased with window film because glare is reduced, greatly reducing eyestrain. How Will Window Film Keep My House Cooler? Window film will reduce up to 79% of the heat entering a room from the outdoors. This reduction saves you money by lowering your air conditioning costs. What Level Of Energy Savings Can I Expect With Window Film? Solar Control window films improve the insulating properties of windows – offering increased cooling season savings and the added advantage of heating season savings. The energy savings depends on many factors, such as the existing type of glass, existence of overhangs, your location (climate), and energy rates in your area. However, for most buildings, high-performance window films can reduce energy costs from 5 to 15%. Take the "One Minute Challenge" to estimate your savings. Can You Apply Film To Dual Pane Windows? Yes. We carry a complete line of film that is recommended by the manufacturer to be used on dual pane windows. We will provide you with a glass-breakage warranty that will cover the glass on the dual pane unit. The chances of anything like this happening are very minimal. Can I Clean My Window Film? Window film is very durable and has a scratch-resistant coating to protect it. You can clean window film using any non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth or squeegee. Do I Have To Choose A Silver Reflective Film To Reduce Heat? We do not recommend using silver films on your home due to the “aluminum foil” look that would result. Silver films are more appropriately used in office buildings. All of our residential films use metals such as titanium which are significantly less reflective. These residential films are more aesthetically pleasing while still maintaining high levels of heat and glare reduction. Is Window Film Applied To The Inside Or Outside Of The Window? Window film is almost always applied to the inside of the window. We do carry exterior films that can be applied to the outside of the glass if this is necessary. Of course, this film comes with the full warranty we provide on all our products. Will Window Film Cause Glass Breakage or Seal Failure? The installation of window films is very safe. Plus, we provide warranties against glass breakage and seal failure. (Some restrictions and limitations apply. Please contact Sol Cal Window Tinting for details.) Can Skylights Be Tinted? Yes, skylights can be tinted as long as they are made out of glass. Film will reduce the heat and glare, but still allow natural light to shine through. Can I Install Window Film Myself? Window films must be installed by a professional installer using highly specialized equipment and techniques. With a professional installation, you are assured that you are using the correct film backed by a written manufacturer's warranty. What Kind of Warranties Do Your Residential Products Carry? Sol Cal Window Tinting offers a huge selection of window films from top manufacturers. We work with the best companies, the best materials and the best technicians. By using our services, you are receiving the highest quality products that carry lifetime warranties for all labor and materials.