Removable Windows Tint
Window film goes on the inside surface, the majority of the time.
Does window film ever go on the outside?
In rare cases; Hiding old films where a wall is built and the existing film has failed(bubbled).
The film requested can’t go on the inside of glass due to the texture of the inside surface. This is very common in front doors of newer homes.
Can I see some homes/businesses that have window film already installed?
Yes, but we will have to know what kind of glass you have especially for homes. If your home was built prior to the year 2002 you most likely have clear insulated windows or single pane. All residential windows in homes built after 2002 in the state of Texas are mandated to have low E glass. We will gladly give you a few addresses, in return we ask you not bother the homeowner.
When do you do film installations?
Our crew of employee’s will install your window film Tuesday – Saturday (with the exception of holidays) with a normal start time 9:30 – 10:00am. We will make exceptions to this start time only if absolutely necessary(ie. Restaurants, banks, security sensitive buildings). Installations on Monday’s by special request only.
When do you do quotes/estimates?
Estimate will be done at your convenience Monday-Saturday – preferably during daylight hours. We gladly do evening appointments Monday through Thursday.
Isn’t 3M Window Film Hard to Maintain and Clean?
Window film is virtually maintenance-free Cleaning is easy. After thirty days, you may clean 3M Window films
using normal household cleaning solutions, including ammonia based products, e.g. Windex, and a soft, lint-free cloth or towel. In most cases, a soft-clean cloth and soapy water are all you need to keep your windows sparkling clean.
You may also use a squeegee to clean the film. Abrasive products, which could scratch or damage the film, should not be used.
- Care must taken not to scratch the film, do not use bristle brushes or abrasive cleaning materials.
- Household window cleaning solutions are fine. We highly recommend a product called SprayWay
- A soft cloth or clean synthetic sponge is recommended for washing. Do not use the same towel or sponge for wiping sills or frames. Paper towels or newspapers are not recommended.
- A soft squeegee is recommended for removal of cleaning solution from the film.
- Do not apply heavy pressure in any cleaning operation.
- Additional caution is recommended when cleaning spliced areas. Clean in the direction of the splice.
- Do not leave the film wet.
- Make sure you use a different sponge, cleaning cloth and water bucket for cleaning the outside and the inside of the windows.
- Use a little more soap for cleaning 3M window film—it gives more ease to squeegeeing.
How Long Can I Expect My Window Film to Last?
3M, Llumar, Madico, and Hanita Window Films that we install are composed of the most advanced polymers and are extremely durable. They’re backed by a manufacturer’s lifetime written warranty for as long as you own your home. In commercial situation, films are warrantied for 5 to 15 years depending on product type. Realistically window film will last 14 to 20 plus years.
Can I Receive the Benefits of 3M Window Film Without Having to Choose a “color”?
Yes! Window film offers a wide palette of styles and hues for you to choose from, as well as different light reductions and heat reductions. We at Home Window Tinting will help you choose the film that best suits your needs.
Isn’t 3M Window Film Expensive?
This depends on your opinion and what each persons perceived value is. The average installation can cost less than most medium priced window treatments. Actually, your investment in Window Film will return dividends in the form of reduced air conditioning and heating cost. It also gives you protection against costly fading of your floors, drapes and even artwork or priceless photos. Window film can even prevent injury or damage to the interior of your home or office due to flying glass from storms or impacts from golf balls, hail etc. by holding the glass together. You can get an idea of cost by visiting our Project Calculator.
What is the Typical Energy Pay Back for 3M Window Films?
Simple pay backs 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 pay backs often range in 2-6 year period, with some reported to be even less than 6 months, depending on film choice and exposure.
Can 3M Window Film Really Reduce Sun Damage in my Home?
Yes! 3M Window film screens out up to 99% of damaging ultraviolet rays to help protect your fabrics, furniture, rugs and artwork against costly fading, but visible light and infrared (IR) are other major causes of fading.
Does the Protection from Ultraviolet Rays Diminish Over Time?
No. The ultraviolet (UV) protection of 3M Scotchtint™ window film is indefinite. It does not lose its effectiveness over time.
How do 3M Window Films Work?
3M Sun/heat Control window films are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat transmission through window glass by increasing the solar reflection (not necessarily visible light reflection) and solar absorption of 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 only offer marginal performance when compared to reflective films.
Reflective films are films that have been precision coated with metals. These metallic films are designed to increase the solar energy reflection of the glass and some of the absorption. 3M Scotchtint™ reflective films range from moderate to excellent in solar performance (heat gain reduction).