Content copied from Solargard website FAQ page
How is window film applied?
Professional installers clean the glass using special cleaning solutions and razor blade scrapers – this process removes the smallest pieces of dirt. A piece of film is cut roughly to the size of your window and the release liner is removed. The film and glass are sprayed with a slip solution, positioned and applied to the glass using a professional grade squeegee. Excess solution is removed and the edges trimmed with special stainless cutting blades.
Can I install window film myself?
No, window films do require professional installation. Our films are installed by experienced, highly trained, authorized dealers. They are dedicated to providing quality service and you will have the peace of mind with a Solar Gard warranty.
How long will window film last?
Solar Gard window films are made to last for many years; many outlast the warranty period. The length of time really depends on the type of film applied, type of glass it was applied to, window orientation and the climate in which it is applied.
Does window film require special care or cleaning?
No, after the dry-out process is completed (we recommend 30 days), clean your filmed window with a normal household cleaner or ammonia based products (Windex) using a soft, lint-free cloth. Do not use rough or abrasive products as they will scratch or damage the film.
How long does it take for window film to dry?
Installers use a special soapy solution during installation. Some of this solution will become trapped between the glass and film (small bubbles or a hazy appearance) but this will disappear as the film dries. The dry-out or curing time is necessary for the film adhesive to properly bond to the glass. How long it takes depends upon the type of film applied and weather conditions during and after the installation. Ask your professional dealer what to expect.
Will window film stop furnishings from fading?
Solar Gard window film block 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays so our films will significantly reduce the amount of fading. Fade reduction depends on the type of film selected, the quality of the items being protected and the environment. It is nearly impossible to eliminate all risk of fading.
Will window film distort my vision while looking out?
As they are optically clear window films are virtually undetectable after installation. Most architectural films are manufactured using a “CDF” mounting adhesive, which means ‘clear, distortion free.”
Can window films be installed on odd shaped windows?
Yes, our authorised dealers can install on virtually any size or shape of window.
Does window film really reduce glare?
Yes, they help to eliminate glare and as a result reduces eyestrain.
What is the best time to install window film?
Window film can be applied year round but we recommend applying film to cool glass, avoiding direct sunlight.
Can window film be applied to any surface?
No, it is designed to be installed on smooth window glass.
How does window film increase energy efficiency?
Solar Gard window films help you consume less energy by keeping interior temperatures more controllable and stable – lowering the need for air-conditioning, reducing extreme peaks in usage and allowing your cooling system to operate more efficiently and effectively.
How do safety and security window films work?
When glass without window film is broken, it shatters and having no support can fall out completely. In some cases the glass shards can be airborne leading to human injury. When safety and security window film is applied, it bonds to the window and prevents it from separating easily. Safety and security film are much thicker than conventional window films and provides a barrier against break-ins, bomb blasts, looting and interior damage.