Film vs Solar Screens

3M Window Film /window tinting vs. Solar Screens

window tinting vs. Solar ScreensTo understand the difference between the two you must first know the causes of heat and fading.

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, ultraviolet 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.


For more information, please give us a call at 972-539-2989.


Solar screens do a decent job at cutting up to 80% or 90% 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 that 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 conclude in 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 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 only when there is an existing defect in the glass. If  and when this occurs, it is covered by 3M and Home Window Tinting Inc. for 5 years after the film is installed up to $500.00 per window. This total covers the cost of the window, film, labor and materials.


All we ask of solar screen companies is to sell their products on there own merits. 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.