Most solar film is installed on the interior of windows in both residential and commercial settings. In fact, the majority of the products are made for interior installation. However, exterior window tints are available for both residential and commercial settings. Exterior window film is commonly used for large buildings or double pane glass that is easily accessible to reach from the exterior. Building wraps are a great example of when Solar Art uses exterior window film. Speak with a sales representative to see if interior window film or exterior window film is right for you!
The installation process itself isn’t very loud. However, if you are having old window film removed, it maybe a little loud during the removal process. Our installers work very efficiently and are mindful of the noise and try to get the window film off as quickly as possible. If you are concerned about the noise, work speak with our operations manager to come up with a time that works best for you!
Nope! Our installers use drop cloths to protect your floors, walls and furniture from the soap and water solution we use during the installation process. We clean up all trash we generate from the installation and leave your space looking exactly how we found it. If you have concerns regarding your space and the installation process, speak with an operations manager to learn more!
Solar Art does not recommend solar film be applied to plexiglass. Solar film is not intended for plexiglass. For optimal use, solar film should be applied to glass.
The drying process can sometimes take up to 60 days. If your newly installed window film shows evidence of water bubbles, don't panic, that is very normal and actually part of the drying process. The moisture gets trapped under the film and will evaporate as the film cures to the window over the drying period time. It is important to not touch of press on these bubbles as it will prolong the drying process and damage the film. Take a look at Solar Art's care instructions or speak with a representative to learn more!
Window film prices vary based on manufacturer, tier of tint and the type of film that is being installed. Pricing is generally based on the square footage of glass. On average, having solar film installed can cost anywhere between $6/sqft and $18/sqft. Speak with a sales representative or operations manager to discuss pricing or request a free quote!
When it comes to warranties on solar film, each manufacturer is different. They do however have similar warranties. Warranties also differ based on the type of film that is being installed. For solar films, most residential interior installations have a lifetime limited warranty. Most commercial interior installations have a 10-15 year limited warranty. Most exterior installations have a 5-7 year limited warranty. To learn what a lifetime limited warranty entails and specific film warranties speak with a Solar Art representative!
It is very common for the newly installed solar window film to show evidence of water bubbles as it is part of the drying process. Don’t be alarmed, this is simply residual moisture trapped under the film that evaporates as the film cures to this window over the drying period mentioned below. It can sometimes take up to 60 days for all the moisture to evaporate. It is important to not touch or press on these bubbles as it will prolong the drying process and damage the film. Take a look at Solar Art’s care instructions or speak with a representative to learn more!
All types of window film whether it’s solar film, security window film, anti graffiti film, decorative window film, window graphics and exterior window film are removable. Window film can be removed but isn’t easily removable in the sense that you need to worry about it falling off over time. If you are looking to have the window film removed, it is best to contact a professional company like Solar Art to ensure there is no damage done to the glass.
There are many different shades of solar window film to choose from that will dictate the performance of the film. All window film manufacturers make products that work the same but have different hues of color. Some solar films can be more brown, gray, blue, or green in color and all reject heat differently. Speak with a sales representative to figure out which window film will work best for you.
Solar film can be cleaned with non abrasive materials such as a micro-fiber cloth and ammonia free liquid solutions. It can take up to 60 days for window film to fully dry, so be sure to wait that amount of time before trying to clean your windows. For more tips check out this blog on how to keep window film clean and clear.
For both residential and commercial installations you could qualify for a rebate through your utility company. Check our our rebates page to learn more!
Yes you can! You can earn up to 9 LEED points with window film. Check out our page to learn more!
Solar film, decorative window film, anti graffiti film, security window film and custom graphics all reduce heat, but different window films reduce different amounts of heat. Solar film can reduce up to 75% of the heat coming through your windows. Generally, the darker shade of window tint you choose to have installed, the more heat the window film will block. However, ceramic films contain no metal or dye, meaning they are optically clear, and they can also reject up to 75% of heat. Speak with a sales representative to learn more and figure out which window film will work best for you!
Window films that don’t contain any dye won’t turn purple. New technology in the industry have eliminated the need to have dyed materials and has allowed most window films to be made with metals and ceramic metals instead of dye. Speak with a representative to learn which window film will work best for you!
You can get daytime privacy with solar window film but the current window tint products that are available do not allow for night time privacy if the lights are on. You can use a decorative window film such as a frosted to achieve night time privacy, however, you will not be able to see in or out of that window during the day or night. Talk with a sales representative to learn which window film will work best for you!
If you don’t install the proper film for your glass type, the glass may crack due to the film absorbing too much heat. Our expert sales team will make sure to know your glass type and recommend a safe film that won’t make your glass crack.
Depending on the solar window film you go with, it could darken a room. For example, there are some dual reflective films that can darken a room if applied. If you don’t want your room darkened and you want to keep the aesthetics the same, you can install ceramic window film. Ceramic window tint contains no metal or dye and is optically clear while still providing the same benefits as other solar films
Window film can last several years depending on the location and surface to which it is applied. Interior window film will last longer than exterior window film due to weather and harsher environments. Speak with a sales representative to learn the lifespan of specific films!
Yes! Solar Art offers several window films that will not only reduce glare, but reduce heat and blocks 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Solar film blocks over 75% of of visible light that comes through your windows and will help with employee productivity when the afternoon sun hits. Speak with a representative to learn more!
Solar film generally lasts several years without fading. The location of the window film does play a factor. If you are in sunny locations like San Diego or Los Angeles, the window film might fade quicker than if you are in San Francisco or Seattle. The direction of the windows could also play a factor. If the windows are in direct sunlight the whole day, the window tint might fade quicker. Speak with a representative to learn more!