FIVE COMMON WINDOW TINT MYTHS
Today, our dollars must go farther and that is a simple truth. We are all looking for ways to get more out of what we spend. We still preserve a lifestyle we have worked so hard achieve. The purchases we make seem to have more meaning because we are all the more conscious of the work behind the dollars we spend. The result is that today’s consumer is savvier than ever before.
Here at A-1 Window Tint, we like savvy customers because we are confident we have the highest quality products at competitive prices. Here some common myths about window film that we have encountered while visiting with our customers.
- “You can’t put Window Film on dual pane or Low E glass”—False. Certain window films are made especially for Dual Pane or Low-E glass. Not all types of window film are compatible with all types of glass. Installing a non-compatible film can cause thermal stress damage to the seals or glass. We use a manufacturer’s glass compatibility chart to determine what’s safe for the customer’s needs.
- “Window Film doesn’t help on Low-E glass”—False. Low-E glass just changes the type of window film that is best for your application. Having Low-E glass allows you to install lighter and clearer films which can nearly double the performance. Adding window film also allows you to gain the U/V protection and Glare Reductions that only film can add.
- “Installing Window Film will void my window warranty”—True…in part. There are many inferior films in home centers and the aforementioned film to glass compatibility concerns, most glass manufacturers will void warranty on the glass if film is installed. However, this is on the glass only, not the entire window. Additionally, you should never lose your warranty; the party standing behind should simply transfer. To make sure this happens, ask your window film consultant if their product warranty extends to the glass the film is applied to.
- “All Window Film is the same, just shop the lowest price”—False. Film constructions today range from the old faithful Dual Reflective technologies to Ceramic Nano Technologies as well as Low-E films that can make single pane glass equal to a modern Energy Star rated dual pane window. Some of our window films are even used to strengthen glass where bomb blast or ballistics resistance ratings are required. Choosing the right film for your application is all about deciding what is important to you. It’s about balancing price, heat, light, glare, U/V , privacy, security, and exterior aesthetics.
- “As long as it has a Lifetime Warranty it doesn’t matter who you buy from”—False. First, not all Lifetime Warranties are the same. You need to make sure it extends to the glass and make sure fading or deterioration are also covered. Second, though warranties may be from the manufacturer they are issued through the installing vendor; which makes any warranty is only as good as the company who installs it.