3M Window Film /window tinting vs. Solar Screens
Causes of Heat
53% from Infrared 44% from visible light
3% from Ultraviolet light
Causes of Fading
40% from Ultraviolet light
25% Infrared light, 25% visible light
10% Miscellaneous (quality of dye anchorage, humidity, etc.)
If you are considering solar screens, you probably will not after reading this!
For starters, solar screens fail on 2 major fronts. Ultra violet rays and infrared rays, they are the major cause of fading and the major cause of heat. So just like water passes through a colander so does ultra violet rays and infrared rays pass through a solar screen. This is not an opinion but pure fact.
SOLAR SCREENS VOID YOUR WARRANTY ON NEW OR VINYL WINDOWS AND ACTUALLY DAMAGE THE FRAME, BUT THEY WON’T TELL YOU THAT. Window film also voids the warranty, but we take the warranty over for you and replace the film on the new window.
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Solar screens do an okay job at cutting 80 or 90 percent of the visible light (44% cause of heat) but varies by the angle of sun, they fail miserably on infrared (the 53% cause of heat). Their UV protection is also inferior. There are many holes in their theory (pun intended) of 80 or 90% heat reduction. Window film is always working to keep the heat out, even when the sun is not on the window. Example: The energy reflected off your driveway, your neighbors house and even your lawn. You must choose the correct film for your needs. Home Window Tinting & Commercial Inc. will help you make the right choice.
Some solar screen companies lie (they know who they are) others are just misinformed when they say that window film causes seal failure (foggy windows) or they say it damages the hermetic seal of a double paned window. These statements are completely false!!! Ask anyone to produce the documented evidence. IT DOES NOT EXIST.
Independent studies have been done. They all come up with the same results. Insulated windows fail at the same rate with or without window film. Read more about Seal Failure in this report from the International Window Film Association on the use of window films on insulating glass windows.
Window film – NFRC rated product (National Fenestration Rating Council) click here to learn more about the NFRC Solar Screens – not a recognized NFRC product
There are two statements made about window film that may seem negative. The first one is window film voids your window warranty. (Have you read your warranty?!) If you have a warranty in place 3M and Home Window Tinting & Commercial Inc. covers that warranty. The second is window film can crack your windows. This occurs very rarely and occurs because there is an exsisting defect in the glass, if this occurs it is covered by 3M and Tim’s Window Tinting Inc. for 5 years after the film is installed up to $500.00 per window. The window, the film, labor and materials.
All we ask the solar screen companies to do is sell their products on there own merits; oh, they don’t have many. Home Window Tinting & Commercial Inc. actually obtained a “cease and desist” letter against a major DFW area solar screen company for placing false information about window film on their website. We do not wish to post this letter on our website, but will show it to any customer upon request. Please see film vs. solar screens in FAQ.