FAQs – Architectural

What is Window Film and Window Tinting?

It is a very thin sheet of polyester film which is applied to existing glass. It is usually termed tinting when applied to vehicles, but it does not always have a shaded appearance as there are many clear films which have benefits also.

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Does it go on the inside or outside?

Window film is installed inside in the majority of situations, although in some circumstances it is possible to go on the exterior.

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How does it stick on?

A clear adhesive is applied to the film during manufacture this is covered by a protective backing sheet which is removed just prior to installation. The only chemical used in the installation is a mild detergent.

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Will Window Film stop my furnishings from fading?

Window film is the best solution to reduce fading, however nothing completely stops fading.
Solar films are designed to help reduce the major causes of fading (ultra violet light, visible light, and solar heat) thus greatly prolonging the life of your furnishings, perhaps as much as two to five times.

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Will it make the room darker?

Window Film will normally reduce the excess glare, but will not make your room dark on a sunny day. It will depend on the degree of tint on the film chosen. Even completely clear films still provide a 99% plus Ultra Violet filter. Some solar control films may affect light levels but as your eyes automatically adjust to different light levels, the degree is generally much less than expected.

We have modern films that will not effect the natural light levels.

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Which type of window film do I need?

We have a wide range of window films for all glass related problems. Let us know what you are trying to achieve and we will advise the best film for the situation.

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I have a Polycarbonate Conservatory roof. Will window film stick to this?

Yes, but you must have CoolKote installed. It has been specially development for application onto plastics. If you have a glass roof, we recommend that you have reflective silver window film installed. Both have very good solar heat/ glare reduction qualities whilst still allowing natural light to pass through.

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Will the window tint spoil my view?

Unlike many preconceived notions, most residential window film is very lightly tinted. This is because it is not the colour or darkness of the film that offers you most of your benefits, but rather the films technical properties that perform the work. In fact, having window film installed will often enhance your view. However privacy films can be chosen particularly to change the appearance.

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Will window film make my conservatory cold?

No, it will not make your conservatory feel cold. It will reduce the temperature down to a more comfortable level.

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How do I clean my window film?

After 30 days, you may clean Solar Guard films as normal using soap and water with a soft lint-free cloth or household glass cleaning solutions, excluding ammonia-based products. You may also use a squeegee to clean the films. Abrasive products, which would scratch or damage the film, must not be used.

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Will it bubble, peel, or change colour?

No, so long as a quality film is used and installed to the standards the manufacturers specify. We are accredited dealers and provide manufacturer’s warranties.

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Is it suitable for bathrooms?

You can use the film in a bathroom, but not where the film will come into direct contact with water, such as the inside of a shower door. Condensation is not a problem.

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Can I get customised decorative window films?

Specialty designs can be computer generated to give the appearance of etched glass.

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How long does it take for window films to dry?

The film adheres almost immediately and then takes between 30 and 100 days for the film to fully dry and cure. The amount of time depends on the thickness and type of film applied and the temperature and weather conditions. During this curing process, occasionally there may be small water bubbles and/or a hazing appearance, but these will disappear as the film dries.

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How much does it cost to have window film installed?

The cost does depend on individual glass sizes, film type and location. It is usually considerably cheaper than using blinds to stop sunlight and has more benefits. If you give us the main details over the phone we should be able to give you a rough estimate. However our no obligation survey will determines these facts fully, and once we have this information we can provide you with a written quotation.

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How long does window film last?

Window films are made durable to last for many years; just how long depends upon the type of film applied, type of glass it is applied to and the particular climate in which it is applied. Most interior applications are guaranteed for 12 years but may last up to 15 years and beyond. Some applications are still performing after 20 years. Warranties vary according to film type; please contact us for a answer pertinent to your situation.

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Do window films cause glass to break?

No, window films alone do not cause glass to break. However, we do understand that the application of some films will increase the temperature of your sunlit glass, which in turn will increase the stress on the glass edges. The quality of those glass edges, are out with our control, and several other factors (external shading, interior shading, glass history, type of film, type / size and shape of glass, indoor-outdoor temperature) all contribute to the potential risk of glass breakage. Combined with Solar Gard’s years of experience, in applying window films to different types of glass, enables us to make proper judgments and a full risk assessment before installation. Only after this will we advise the correct film to be used and guarantee its suitability, this minimises the potential for glass breakage.

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Does window film cause seal failure when applied to double glazed windows?

No, window films do not cause seal failure. Many millions of square feet of film have been added to double glazed windows for years without incident. When recommended films are applied to the inside pane of a double glazed unit, there will be some absorption of the suns energy, which will increase the temperature of the glass pane. Some of this heat will transmit to the airspace, slightly raising the airspace temperature. However, even a 7°C increase (unusual for most films) will result in a less than 3% change in air pressure, whereas properly made units are designed and tested to withstand 22% changes in air pressure. Risk of seal failure is determined by the quality of workmanship and the quality of the materials that go into manufacture of the double glazed units. The best protection against seal failure is to purchase well made units from reputable window manufacturers that have solid experience with double glazed units.

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Are Armorcoat films storm proof, bullet proof, burglar proof, and bomb/explosion proof?

No, they are designed to make the window glass more shatter resistant. These films can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury from flying shards of glass due to blasts or other accidents or extreme weather conditions.
Armorcoat will offer a degree of security against ‘smash and grab’ crime, the tough, shatter resistant qualities of the film can hold the window glass together even if a brick (or similar object) were actually to pass through the glass. The thief must now make a choice; continue to attack this window, try another window, or move on. Time is short, and often they move on. However, if they are determined to gain entry, they will get in.

Armorcoat films protect adults and children from the potentially lethal effects of accidental impact into non safety glazing.

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How do Armorcoat Safety and Security window films work?

Armorcoat safety and security window films are designed to make glass shatter-resistant by holding the glass pieces together when broken. Different from standard window film, Armorcoat films are made with thicker polyester and a more aggressive adhesive system. For further protection an attachment system can be used to the window frame.

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How can I get a quote?

You can contact us by phone or email. If you have glass sizes ready when you call we can give you an estimate but a no obligation written quote is only available after a site survey.

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Can I get a site survey?

Yes. We carry out full site surveys and risk assessments.

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Do I need to do any preparation work before you come to site?

Please ensure that we have clear access to the glass. You do not need to clean the glass. Our applicators will do this before the film is installed. Furnishings & electrical items should all be removed from the installation area.

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How long will installation take?

Most conservatories can be completed within 1 day. We ask that you make sure that the area is clear for our fitters to work in.

Who backs the warranty?

Our combined warranty is backed by our own, Reflecta, satisfaction guaranteed on the installation and a manufacturer’s product guarantee.

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If I scratch the film, is there free replacement under your guarantee?

Sorry no, although all the films have a durable scratch resistant coating they can still be damaged by impacts from sharp or abrasive objects. If damage does occur please contact us for a quote and appointment time to replace any damaged film.

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What areas of the country do you cover?

We are based in Keswick, which is ideally placed centrally to service the whole of Cumbria and the Borders.
We are always willing to travel to other areas if you request our services.

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