Browse through our frequently asked questions to learn more about your window tinting options.
Q: What is window film?
A: Window film can be an alternative to traditional window treatments by reducing the heat and glare and is offered in many aesthetically pleasing styles that will not only improve the look of your windows, but also help in retaining your privacy and security without blocking your view. We offer a wide variety of window film for any situation to include 2M White Matte, Frost, Black Out, One-Way Mirror, 10% Low Reflectance and 4M and 6M Anti-Graffiti clear film. Click here for detailed information.
Q: How does window film work?
A: Architectural window film combines two layers of a polyester coating, with an adhesive backed solution on the binding side and a durable scratch-resistant coating on the exposed side, to create a protective covering for windows. Between the two are many layers of dyed film or sputtered metals to absorb, reflect or in some cases a combination of the two to reduce the amount of solar energy passing through the glass. Window film is also effective in blocking annoying glare, 99% of harmful UV and acts as an insulator in the winter with a high Winter-U value that retains heat.
Q: I have Low-E windows. Can they be tinted for maximum efficiency?
A: Yes. Tinted, dual-pane and Low-E glass are backed with a manufacturer’s warranty, while increasing the performance specifications of the windows. Detailed competitors manufacturers comparisons can be viewed here.
Q: Does window film cause seal failure and condensation?
A: Film manufacturers continuously analyze temperature and pressure changes within the airspace of a dual pane insulating glass unit. Most windows are designed to withstand five times the film’s calculated pressure increase. If in the rare case seal fail occurs, DFW Window Tinting will work on your behalf with the manufacturer to replace and re-tint the pane, at no cost to you, minus a small manufacturer’s warranty deductible ($25 Residential, $100 Commercial).
Q: What is seal failure?
A: Seal failure occurs when the sealant between dual pane glass fails, exposing external air to the internal environment. Since the sealants acts as the moisture barrier, condensation may develop in the airspace of the insulating windows, causing it to fog. If seal failure is evident, the window should be replaced before film is applied. We work with a few great glass companies in the area. Call for details if you need quality glass replacement at an affordable price.
Q: How long does window film last?
A: On residential applications, our film carries a non-transferable manufacturer’s lifetime warranty on both the product and installation. Commercial applications carry up to a 15 year manufacturer’s warranty on both the film and installation.
Q: How should windows with film be cleaned?
A: We recommend a non-ammonia cleaner with a soft cloth one month after the installation, or as needed. Our film is dust-resistant and maintenance-free.
Q: A day after the installation, my larger windows are a little hazy with a few small bubbles, is this normal?
A: Under normal conditions, two weeks is the normal drying time for the sputtered metallic film. A thin layer of bonding compound between the film and glass needs time to evaporate and cure. Optimal conditions are dependent upon sun exposure, temperature and humidity. Small bubbles, if any, will gradually diminish.
Q: What are the energy savings by having my windows tinted?
A: Savings depend upon the amount of glass exposure of the sun, type of film, type and thickness of the window pane, installation specs, along with other variables. Average savings on a home are from a two-to four-year return on investment, with additional savings year after year.
Q: How is window film installed?
A: Film is professionally installed on the interior glass using distilled water and an environmental friendly, Ph-balanced bonding compound. There is no need for you to clean your interior windows, remove window treatments or move furniture prior to the installation; our installers are experienced, insured and professionally trained.
Q: Do you install solar screens?
A: In our opinion, solar screens may seem like a good value at a great price, but unfortunately, are over-rated. Eventually you get what you pay for.
With screens, you can expect to replace them after several years to continually maintain their appearance and performance.
Window film remains maintenance-free and is backed with the industry’s strongest warranty by both the manufacturer and DFW Window Tinting. The choice is clear, don’t settle for a temporary solution with a promise of reduced savings.
Q: What areas do you service?
A: We service the DFW Metroplex and surrounding areas to include: Dallas, Ft. Worth, Plano, Richardson, Garland, McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Murphy, Wylie, Sachse, Rockwall, Rowlett, Mesquite, Irving, Grand Prairie, Arlington, North Richland Hills, Bedford, Euless, Hurst, Colleyville, Grapevine, Coppell, Valley Ranch, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Farmers Branch and Carrollton. For more information about service in your area, or if your community isn’t listed, contact us here.