FAQ - Pro Tint of MN

Frequently Asked Questions About Window Tinting

What is Window Film?
Window film is optical grade polyester sheeting with colored dye and/or metal particles embedded into its surface to reduce the transmission of solar heat, light, and ultraviolet rays through a pane of glass, simultaneously reducing glare. 

What Is The Difference Between Window Film And Window Tint?
There is no difference; we use the word “film” because not all films are “tinted.” However, not all cheap DO-IT-YOURSELF window tint sufficiently blocks UV rays.  There is however a difference between window film that is applied to flat glass and that applied to vehicles. They are not interchangeable.  Choosing the right product is key.

How Is Window Film Applied To Glass?
The film has a powerful adhesive on one side that is kept clean by a protective liner which is removed at time of installation. We completely clean and prep the glass prior to installation. Using a special mounting solution, squeegee and stainless cutting blades, we prepare, fit and secure the film to the glass.  

Can Window Film Be Applied To Any Surface?
NO. The products we use is designed for application to smooth window glass only. It is not recommended for use on any non-smooth surfaces or polycarbonates.

To What Extent Can Window Film Reduce Heat?
Heat rejection properties of our window films vary from one product to another. Some films can reject as much as 78 percent of total solar energy.

How Long Does Window Film Last Once Applied To Glass?
The life of our window film depends on factors that include the application of the film, orientation of the window and geographic location. When properly installed, it is not uncommon for window film to remain attractive and effective for as long as 30 years or more.

What About Warranties?
Our suppliers provides limited lifetime warranty coverage for a number of our automotive and residential films (as long as they are in compliance with local laws). Other products are backed by varying degrees of warranty coverage, depending on the film and application. Ask and we can provide a copy of the specific warranty for your film selection.

Is There A Window Film You Can't See Through?
We carry the industry's finest Black Out film which completely blocks all light and obstructs visibility from both sides.

How Will Window Film Effect My View?
Window film does not deter view, it enhances it.

Why Is Window Film A Better Choice Than Tinted Glass?
Window films provide numerous benefits including solar heat and ultraviolet rejection and they can be easily fitted to most existing glass which makes them less costly than replacing windows with tinted glass. They also help protect occupants from flying shards of broken glass in the event of accidental breakage.

Can Window Film Stop Fading?
Window film is constructed with ultraviolet-stabilized, dyed polyester which blocks up to 99 percent of the ultraviolet energy that is harmful to humans and damaging to fabrics and furnishings. However, ultraviolet energy is only one of the factors that contribute to fading. It is estimated that ultraviolet is responsible for roughly 40 to 60 percent of fading. Solar heat and light energy also contribute to fading, as do humidity, moisture, abuse and the quality of some types of dyes used in fabrics. Since these factors vary for different types of films and materials, the benefit will also vary depending on the type of film selected, the quality of hte products being protected, and the environment.

Can Window Film Save On My Energy Bill?
Once installed our window film products helps reduce the amount of solar heat energy coming through a pane of glass. This makes it easier to cool a room or the interior of a car, resulting in lower energy consumption. The extent of savings will depend on the type of film selected and the geographic location where the film is used.

Can I Install The Film Myself?
Our window films are designed exclusively for professional installation.  To ensure the project is complete correctly the first time, it is recommended to seek the advice of a professional installer instead of the cheap Do IT YOURSELF packets.

Are There Different Types Of Window Films?
Our window film line up includes product solutions for just about any solar control, safety or security need. 

Does Window Film Reduce The Chance Of Glass Breakage?
Standard solar control window films can help hold broken glass together in the event of accidental breakage. However, these films do not strengthen the glass enough to provide shatter-proofing, or reduce the chance of glass breakage.

How Long Does It Take To Install Window Film?
The amount of time it takes to install window film depends on the site of the application, access to the glass and the experience level of your selected installer. We are very skilled at what we do.

What Is Meant By "Curing" And How Long Does It Take?
We use a special soapy solution during installation. It is normal for some of this solution to become trapped between the glass and the film, requiring time to "dry-out". The curing or dry-out time is necessary for window film adhesive to properly bond to the glass. How long it takes depends on factors such as the film type and climate during and after installation completion.

What Do I Need To Know About Maintenance?
After the dry-out process is complete your Global window film will not need any special care. Cleaning window film can be done safely with mild soapy water and a soft cloth or soft paper towel. Do not use any rough or abrasive materials for cleaning the film side of the glass. Always use cloths that are free of contamination or dirt particles.

Can The Film Be Scratched During Cleaning?
Proper care and cleaning are critical to maintaining the beautiful appearance of window film. All window film products are susceptible to scratching and damage if they are not properly maintained. To help prevent minor scratches that can occur with cleaning, our window films come standard with a very tough, scratch-resistant coating. Still, it is important to follow the care and cleaning instructions provided by your dealer to ensure a long service life from your window film product.  One such tip would be to use a specially designed window film cleaner or any other cleaner except ammonia.

Can I Replace My Existing Window Film With Another?
A major benefit of window film is that you can remove and replace it whenever you want. Your professional Installer will be happy to discuss this with you.

Are You Up To Date With The State Laws?
We are familiar with the local tint laws and promise to not put you and your vehicle at risk by tinting your windows more than allowed (without a disclaimer). 

Where Can I Find This Years Tax Credit Information?
Consult with your local IRS tax professional, or the department of energy to inquire about this years tax credit for commercial and residential window film and glass tinting services.
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