January 26, 2024

Unlocking Solar Window Film: Your Top Questions Answered

Solar window film, both for homes and businesses, offers more than just an aesthetic upgrade. It brings a range of benefits and solutions to common issues faced by property owners. In this blog, we’ll answer the most pressing questions about solar film (a.k.a. window tinting), helping you make an informed decision for your property.

What Are the Benefits of Solar Window Tinting?

Window tinting is a multipurpose solution. It enhances privacy by making it harder for outsiders to peer in. It significantly reduces glare, making spaces more comfortable. UV protection is another key benefit, as window tints can block up to 99% of harmful UV rays, protecting your skin and helps furniture from fading prematurely. Additionally, it improves energy efficiency by keeping interiors cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

How Much Does Solar Window Tinting Cost?

The cost of window tinting varies widely based on factors like the type of tint, the number of windows, and the complexity of the job. Generally, residential window tinting can range from $6 to $15 per square foot, and commercial tinting can be slightly lower. Go to our commercial & residential window tinting price page for more information. We also go into detail on how to figure out the square footage of any window film project so you can be prepared when discussing this with your local dealer. An educated customer is our best customer, it’s a saying here at CSI.

What Types of Window Film Are Available?

There’s a variety to choose from:

Solar Film

Reduces heat and glare, while providing UV protection. Reflective solar films also provides daytime privacy by reflecting the sun’s light.

Decorative Film

Adds style with patterns, textures, colors and variety of opaqueness. Frosted films and an unlimited plethora of options also provide complete or semi privacy.

Security Film

Thicker and helps keep glass in place when broken. Can be installed together with attachment systems for maximum security. Aggressive adhesive.

Graffiti Film

A.K.A Anti Grafitti Film is always clear, thicker and helps prevent glass from vandalism and accidental damage. Less aggressive adhesive.

Is Window Film Durable?

High-quality window films are very durable. They can last up to 20 years or more, depending on the type of film and exposure to direct sunlight. They are designed to resist peeling, bubbling, and discoloring.

How is Solar Film Installed?

Professional window film installation is recommended for the best results. The process involves cleaning the windows with soapy water, cutting the film to size, and applying it with specialized hard squeegees to remove as much of the soapy water solution. It typically takes a few hours, but will vary depending on the number of windows.

Can Window Tinting Be Removed?

Yes, all types of window film can be removed. The process simply involves scraping off the film with a soapy water solution.  

How Does Window Tinting Affect Indoor Plants?

Most houseplants can thrive with window tinting as they require indirect light. However, some plants needing more sunlight might need to be placed in a brighter spot. It’s important to monitor your plants and adjust their location if needed.

What Is the Maintenance for Tinted Windows?

Tinted windows require little maintenance. You can clean them with a clean soft cloth and a non-ammonia-based cleaner. Abrasive tools or cleaners can scratch the film if you are not careful, so it’s important to be gentle. The manufacturer recommends you wait at least 30 days before you clean your treated glass to allow proper curing.

How Does Solar Film Impact Energy Bills?

Solar film can positively impact energy bills by providing additional insulation. It keeps heat out during summer and special low-e window films can retain warmth in winter, reducing the need for air conditioning and heating. This energy efficiency can lead to noticeable savings in your energy bills.

What more can you tell me about Solar Film 

Solar Film a.k.a. window tinting is a valuable investment for both homes and businesses. It offers not only aesthetic improvements but also functional benefits like energy savings, UV protection, and enhanced privacy. By understanding the types, costs, and technologies of solar window film, you can make a more informed decision that adds comfort, style, and efficiency to your space for many years to come. Our window films come with a lifetime residential warranty and up to 16 year commercial warranty directly from the manufacturer.

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