Window Tint FAQ
Do Window Films Cause Seal Failure When Applied To Insulated (Double-Pane, Thermopane) Windows?
No, window films do not cause seal failure.
When recommended films are applied to the inside pane of an insulated glass unit, there will be some absorption (except with clear safety films) of the sun's energy, which will increase the temperature of the glass pane. Some of this heat will transmit to the airspace, slightly raising the airspace temperature. Even a 20 degree F 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 greatly determined by the quality of workmanship and the quality of materials that go into building the insulated glass units. The best guard against seal failure is to purchase well-made units from reputable window manufacturers that have solid experience and histories with insulated units.
How Long Will Film Last?
The effective life of window film will vary by the type of film, type of glass, window construction, compass orientation of glass, and in which part of the world the building is located. There are documented cases of film lasting 12 to 22 years or more in some instances. This should not, however, be assumed to be the normal expected life.
How Am I Supposed To Clean My Windows After The Film Is Applied?
Windows with film applied are easy to clean without damage to their appearance as long as a few guidelines are followed:
1. Use a soft, clean cloth, soft paper towel, or clean synthetic sponge.
2. Use a soft cloth or squeegee for drying the window.
3. Use normal glass cleaning solutions which do not contain abrasive materials.
Will Window Films Cause Glass To Break?
No, window films do not cause glass to break. However, we do understand that the application of window film will increase the temperature of your sunlit glass which will increase the stress of the glass edges. The quality of those glass edges and several other factors (external shading, interior shading, glass history, type of film, size/shape of glass, indoor/outdoor temperature) all contribute to the potential risk of glass breakage.
The window film manufacturers have recommended film-to-glass tables for use by factory trained dealer installers. If a consumer is ever in doubt, they should request a copy of such guidelines. Listed below are some types of glass or conditions where the use of a solar control (not clear safety) type of film is not recommended without extreme caution.
SINGLE PANE GLASS LARGER THAN 100 SQUARE FEET
DOUBLE PANE GLASS LARGER THAN 40 SQUARE FEET
CLEAR GLASS THICKER THAN 3/8 INCH
TINTED GLASS THICKER THAN 1/4 INCH
WINDOW FRAMING SYSTEMS OF CONCRETE, SOLID ALUMINUM, OR SOLID STEEL
GLASS WHERE SEALANT OR GLAZING COMPOUND HAS HARDENED VISIBLY
CHIPPED, CRACKED OR OTHERWISE DAMAGED GLASS
REFLECTIVE, WIRED, TEXTURED OR PATTERNED GLASS
TRIPLE PANE GLASS
LAMINATED GLASS WINDOWS
Does my window film installation qualify for a MID rebate?
A $0.40 to $0.50 per square foot rebate is available to qualifying installations.
Offer limited to customers with a valid MID home, commercial, industrial, or agricultural electric account number.
The Modesto Irrigation District's (MID) POWER SAVER PLUS program is available in the MID electrical territory. You may contact The Tint Shop for further information.
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