Kansas Window Tinting Commercial & Residential

Kansas Window Tinting Commercial & Residential

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What is window film?

A micro-thin material which allows adequate sunlight with less heat and UV rays. When applied to the interior of your windows, the film acts as an “invisible shield” that rejects up to 80% of the sun’s heat. In the summertime, your home is cooler and more comfortable. In the wintertime, window films contain heat for year-round comfort. In the end, you save on energy bills.

 

How will it protect from fading?

Actually, nothing will completely stop colors from fading. However, the new window films installed byKansas Window Tinting willl stop 99.9% of the damaging UV rays and slow down the fading process.

 

Is window film expensive?

No. In fact, the average installation costs less than most other window treatments. Window film will enable a return on investment by means of reduced utility costs and longevity of your possessions.

 

Will it reduce heat coming in through windows?

Yes. Window film reduces the amount of heat entering your home by up to 80%.

 

Will it reduce glare on my TV or monitor?

Yes. Window films dramatically reduce glare caused by sunlight on television screens and computer monitors.

 

Will it harm my house plants?

No. Window films let visible light in while blocking heat.

 

Is window film hard to clean?

No. Window film is practically maintenance free! It has a scratch-resistant coating that may be cleaned with any home cleaning products, including ammonia-based cleaners such as Windex or Glass Plus. .

 

Is window film safe for dual-pane or insulated windows?

Yes. Our entire line of window films is thermal safe and manufactured specifically for all types of windows.

 

Can window film make glass become a one way mirror?

It is possible, under certain conditions, to make regular glass appear as though it is a one way mirror. With the application of reflective film, in conjunction with proper light levels, glass can be seen through from one direction and give the appearance of a mirror, from the other direction.

 

How long will it last?

All of our 3M films come with a LIFE TIME Warranty on residential applications

 

Can I wash it?

New window film, glass coating has about a 30 day curing time, in which it is recommended NOT to wash it. After that curing period, you may clean your filmed glass the way that you wash unfilmed glass. You can use Windex, GlassPlus or any ammonia based product. You must use a SOFT cloth or paper towel, or a rubber squeegee. You CAN NOT use any abrasive or razor blades.

 

Is it like car tint?

There are many different kinds of window film, each with a specific purpose. The darkness that you see on car tinting is due to the kind of tint that automobiles must use. With the many selections of film that we offer, you will almost definitely find the one that will fit even the most discriminating taste.

 

Can it come off?

Most window tints are manufactured to specifications that guarantee that they will not peel off from your glass. However, it can be removed with large razor blades and a fair amount of elbow grease; and it will leave your glass unblemished after its proper removal.

 

How is it applied?

The process in which our films are applied by factory certified installers is: The glass is scraped very clean (internal surface only). The film is applied with water and a small amount of baby shampoo. The film is cut to the width and height of the glass. The excess water is squeegeed from under the film. Area is left as if nobody was there.

 

Will window tint destroy my plants?

In most cases, if a house plant is already receiving adequate light, the use of window film will not harm it. New growth MAY be retarded, and for a FEW days, a plant may go through an acclamation period while it adjusts to the light change. If a particular plant normally wilts by the end of a sunny day, it will actually thrive better with the film installed. Though there are no guarantees that your plant

 

Is it shiny or mirror-like?

Unless someone requests a highly reflective film, most films that we install for residential and small commercial applications are designed with very low reflectivity. Even clear, unfilmed glass has a certain amount of reflectivity and window film reacts the same way. However, there are some applications that demand a reflective film in order to not damage the glass.

 

What does it do in the winter?

Any window film will act as another insulating factor to keep the heat in and the cold out. Some films are more efficient than others at this. But you would see more energy savings by reducing incoming heat in the summer (air-conditioning savings) than heat retention in the winter (heating costs).

 

Will window film break my glass?

If the incorrect film is applied to a particular glass situation, there is a potential for the glass to crack because of thermal stress. However, our estimators are trained to be aware of these situations. And for further confidence in our product, there is a factory warranty that covers glass breakage for three years.

 

Will window film STOP my furnishings from fading?

Nothing will completely stop the fading of your furnishings because fading factors such as humidity, other visible light, color fastness of fabrics, and other factors also contribute to fading. But you can reduce fading anywhere from 40% to 75% depending on the film that you choose and still have a beautiful view out of that glass. .

 

How do typical window films work to control sunlight and heat?

Typically, the window films that we apply are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat transmission through window glass by increasing the solar reflection (not necessarily visible reflection) and solar absorption through the glass. Typical colored or dyed films work primarily through increased absorption. The color absorbs the solar energy at the glass, thus reducing the direct transmission into the room. These films are not as effective as reflective films for reducing heat. Reflective films are films that have been precision coated with metals. These metallized films are designed to increase the solar energy reflection of the glass. Reflective films range from moderate to excellent in solar performance (heat gain reduction).

 

Why do commercial customers have window film applied to their buildings?

Lower heating and cooling operating costs Lower utility demand costs Utility rebates Improved tenant comfort Improved aesthetics, uniform appearance Improved safety and security Extended A/C equipment life Alternative to adding more A/C equipment Most often, our commercial customers will purchase window films for tenant comfort and justify the purchase through energy cost savings.

 

What is the typical energy pay back for installing window film?

Simple paybacks will vary depending upon the amount of sunlit glass exposure, the type of film, the type of glass, cost of fuel, cost of application, and other variables. However, we have seen paybacks often range in the 2-5 year period, with some reported to be even less than 6 months.

 

How is window film applied?

Quality window films are professionally applied by skilled, well-trained installed. Almost all of the films offered by Kansas Window Tinting are designed to be applied to the inside of your glass. The first step is to prepare the window area for the application; placing drop cloths on the floor protecting and/or moving furniture where necessary. The window glass is cleaned using a simple cleaning solution and razor blade scrapers. Then the film is sprayed with a slip solution (detergent and water) for proper positioning, and applied to the window glass. Using a professional grade squeegee and following proper techniques, the application is completed by removing excess water, trimming the edges, and a final squeegee technique to dry the edges.

 

How do I clean my window film?

After thirty (30) days, you may clean your window films using normal household cleaning solutions, including ammonia based products: e.g., Windex, and a soft, lint-free cloth or towel. You may also use a squeegee to clean the films. Abrasive products which would scratch or damage the film should not be used.

 

Do window film applications cause glass to break?

The application of window film will increase the temperature of your sunlit glass which will increase the stress on 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. Eclipse Film Installation’s 20+ years of experience installing window films to different types of glass enables us to make proper film/glass recommendations and minimize the potential for glass breakage.

 

Does installation of window films cause seal failure when applied to insulated (double-pane, Thermopane™) windows?

No, our window films do not cause seal failure. We’ve been applying window films to insulated windows for many years. 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. However, even a 20 F degree 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 the 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.

 

Will window films stop my furnishings from fading?

Nothing completely stops fading. Window films are designed to help reduce the major causes of fading (ultra violet light, visible light, and solar heat), thus prolonging the life of your furnishings, perhaps as much as two to five times. Keep in mind the article(s) to be protected; if they have a typical life of five (5) years then they may last ten (10) years to much longer depending on the performance of the film selected. However, if the typical life is only 2-3 weeks, then the expectation should be expressed in terms of months. As a general rule of thumb, ultra violet (UV) is approximately 40% of the cause, visible light is about 25%, and heat about 25%. The remaining 10% can be attributed to humidity, pollutants, interior lights, dye stability, and more.

 

Does the Ultra Violet protection lose its effectiveness over time?

No, the ultra-violet (UV) protection that is used is indefinite. It does not loose its effectiveness over time.

 

How do safety/security/hurricane window films work?

Safety/security window films are designed to make glass shatter-resistant by holding the glass pieces together when broken. Compared to standard window films, safety/security films are made with thicker polyester and a much thicker, more aggressive adhesive. Safety/Security/Hurricane window films are applied using one of three types of attachment processes: Daylight Attachment - Film is cut out exactly to the measurements of the window Wet Attachment - Film is bonded to the window frame with a specialty caulk manufactured by Dow-Corning Metal attachment - film is mounted to the window frame using a two or four-sided metal base/cap combination

 

Are safety/security films burglar-proof? Storm-proof? Bullet-proof?

No, safety/security films are not burglar-proof, storm-proof, earthquake-proof bullet-proof, bomb-proof, nor burglar-proof. Again, they are designed to make the window glass more shatter-resistant. Safety/security films are a low profile, high performance measure of security in the battle against ‘smash and grab’ crime. The tough, shatter-resistant qualities of the film can hold the window glass together even if a brick (or similar object) were actually to pass through the glass. The thief must now make a choice; continue to attack this window, try another window, or move on. Time is short, and often they move on. However, if they are determined to gain entry, they will get in. In the event of a hurricane or windstorm, these films may have significant safety and security value. They can reduce the risk of injury from flying shards of broken glass, and possibly help prevent debris and water penetration through the window depending on the severity of the storm (and the type of glass, framing system, size and velocity of objects, and more). In an earthquake, these films can reduce the risk of serious injury from flying shards of broken glass, and possible prevent glass from falling out of a home or building. Again, much may depend upon the severity of the quake (and the type of glass, framing system, and more, too). Bullets: these films are not designed to stop bullets. Safety/security films were originally developed to address international concerns and needs for improved safety and security against terrorist acts of bombings. These films can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury from flying shards of glass due to blasts, however, much depends upon the severity of the blast and the proximity of the window glass to the blast (and glass type, framing system, and more too).

 

Will safety/security window film keep my glass from breaking?

This is difficult to answer with any degree of certainty because it is difficult to test for this. Window glass varies in strength from piece to piece, and lot to lot. So, if a window protected with safety/security film were impacted, yet, failed to break, it would be difficult to determine if the glass alone, the film alone, or the film and glass together resisted the breakage. When glass breaks, safety/security window films demonstrate their best performance!