Window Film Frequently Asked Questions
What is window film?
Window film is optical grade polyester sheeting with
embedded colored dye and/or metal particles that helps reduce
the transmission of solar heat, light, and ultraviolet rays through
What are some of the benefits of window
Window film reduces glare, lowers utility costs, blocks UV rays,
enhances privacy, prevents shattering glass in the event of a home invasions and theft.
Why 3M window films?
3M is the world leader in window film technologies with
the best performing films and professional warranties.
Is window film better than tinted glass?
Window film provides more benefits than tinted glass including
additional solar heat and ultraviolet rejection. Window film also
helps protect occupants from flying shards of broken glass in
the event of accidental breakage and home invasions.
Can window film save on my energy bill?
Once installed Global window film helps reduce the amount of solar
heat energy coming through a pane of glass. This makes it easier
to cool a room or the interior of a car, resulting in lower energy
consumption. The extent of savings will depend on the type of
film selected and the geographic location where the film is used.
What is meant by "Curing" and
how long does it take?
All window film installers use a special soapy solution during
installation. It is normal for some of this solution to become
trapped between the glass and the film, requiring time to "dry-out".
The curing or dry-out time is necessary for window film adhesive
to properly bond to the glass. How long it takes depends on factors
such as the film type and climate during and after installation
completion. Your professional installer will tell you what to
What do I need to know about maintenance?
After the dry-out process is complete your window film will not
need any special care. Cleaning window film can be done safely
with mild soapy water and a soft cloth or soft paper towel. Do
not use any rough or abrasive materials for cleaning the film
side of the glass. Always use cloths that are free of contamination
or dirt particles.