With such a selection on offer we appreciate that finding the help you need can be difficult. Here we have a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we get about window film - and the answers to those questions!
Can I install window Film myself?
Although it is possible for a practical person to install the standard range of window films it is recommended that an experienced installation technician should be utilised. Apart from ensuring an acceptable aesthetic finish it will mean that a full warranty (typically 10 years) can be obtained.
Why use a GGF Member?
The use of a GGF member will ensure that the installation will meet all the stringent industry standards applicable. These cover all aspects of the installation from visible appearance through to thermal compatibility to make sure the installation does not cause any detriment to the glazing system.
What is Window Film?
Window film is a base of clear polyester which is either then dyed or metallised to produce a product that can reduce heat and glare from the sun while reducing energy use. There are also films that increase privacy, or safety films that improve the integrity of the glass.
Will Window Film stop my Conservatory Overheating?
The use of a high performance window film will dramatically reduce conservatory overheating making the space much more comfortable.
Do I need Planning Permission?
Planning permission for film is not normally required.
How is film maintained once installed?
A huge benefit of window film compared to blinds is that it is very low maintenence. Once installed window film should be cleaned in a similar way to glass and a soapy water solution and squeegee are ideal. However, abrasives of any type should be avoided.
What are window films for?
Films can broadly be divided into 4 types: solar control, safety/security, automotive and privacy. Advances in manufacturing techniques now allows for 2 or more of these types to be combined into one film.
Solar Control films are designed to reduce incoming solar heat, glare and ultra violet (UV). They are available in many colours and tend to have 3 or 4 ‘strengths’ per range- from high-reflective to very light. Solar films can totally transform a building by giving it a uniform colour and hiding untidy looking office environments- such as the backs of work desks, wiring, etc. Many buildings can benefit financially from an application of solar control film in the form of reduced air-conditioning costs.
Safety/Security films range from 50 microns to 350 microns and more. They are extremely tough and hold glass together in the event of accidental or malicious impact. Safety/security films are used extensively in commercial buildings to bring glazing up to current British and European safety standards. The heavier gauge films are often specified in high-risk areas such as banks and government buildings. They resist unwanted entry and protect occupants from terrorist and accidental explosions.
From totally opaque to a light sand-blasted appearance and available in every colour imaginable, Privacy films offer an attractive, cost effective solution for creating privacy or hiding areas of a building. Typical applications include cloakroom privacy, hiding curtain-walling behind large panes of glass and creating private areas within office environments.
How long will it last?
Window films are extremely durable and typically last 5-10 years or more, depending on where they are applied.
What happens if I want it removed?
The film itself can be pulled from the glass which will generally leave adhesive residue. This is removed by spraying with soapy water and using a razor-scraper. We would recommend using a professional to remove the film, as this will minimise the risk of damaging the glass.
Can I clean the window after a film is applied?
Yes, using a soft, clean cloth or paper towel to clean, and the same or a rubber squeegee to dry. Use mild detergent or every-day glass cleaning solutions. Basically, avoid using abrasive tools and chemicals.
If you have any more queries that aren't answered here. please check out the documents linked below, or feel free to contact us and ask. Our team aims to offer free, no obligation advice, so that you know what you're getting and are pleased with the result.