Frequently Asked Questions
Learn More About Window Films and Their Uses
Arctic can answer all of your questions and can explain the benefits and differences between our state-of-the-art window films. Don't hesitate to call for a convenient in-home or business consultation. To help you understand more about window films and the installation process we have listed our most asked questions with answers.
A. Yes. Fading is primarily caused by heat, UV rays, and visible light, all of which are mitigated by the right window film. While nothing can completely eliminate fading, we have films that can reduce fading by up to 85%, thereby far extending the life and appearance of your possessions, fabrics, and save you on high replacement costs.
Q. Will my energy costs decrease if I use window films?
A. Yes they will. Up to 50% in some cases. The amount of savings that you will experience depends upon the type of window film and the general characteristics of your home, office, or retail space. Factors such as climate, sun exposure, existing energy costs, and the efficiency of air conditioning and heating systems all contribute to how much you will actually save.
Q. Will window film obstruct my view?
A. Not at all. Because our high quality window films reduce uncomfortable glare, you will actually have a clearer view through your windows and can more easily enjoy your surroundings. For more information on this topic see our special feature in the Benefits of Window Film section.
Q. Will films change the appearance of my windows or cause excessive reflections?
A. Many of our films are virtually undetectable and most people will not be aware of any changes to your home, office, or retail space. In addition, some of our films are actually less reflective than ordinary window glass.
Q. Can window film offer privacy and prevent people from seeing inside my home or place of business?
A. Select solar films can provide daytime privacy, while decorative films can provide full daytime and night time privacy, and many of our window films are virtually undetectable, offering no additional privacy. It all depends on your needs and your preferences.
Q. How much do window films cost?
A. We have films that fit virtually every application and every budget. Our professional and highly experienced sales staff can help determine your needs and provide you with a film to fit your budget. Call us at 301-332-5300 to arrange an in-home or on-site consultation and no obligation free written estimate.
A. All the films we recommend carry an impressive near 0% failure rate and come with a lifetime residential warranty for both materials and labor. In addition, no deductible or pro-rating ever apply!
Q. How are window films installed?
A. The first step in the installation process is actually one of the most important and consists of a professional evaluation of your individual needs. Then, for each of your windows, our professional installers will protect the area, thoroughly clean the interior surface of your windows, and apply the film using a mild solution of baby shampoo and water.
Q. How long does it take to install window films?
A. Depending on your purchase, our on-time professional technicians can install your films in a single day or less, with minimal disruption to your schedule or lifestyle.
Q. Is the film applied to the inside or the outside of the windows?
A. Window films are applied to the interior side of your windows, facing the room.
Q. How do I clean my windows once film is installed?
A. After 60 days from the date of installation, all of our window films can be washed with common window cleaning solutions (including ammonia-based products) using synthetic or natural sponges, squeegees, and/or soft clothes. Never use abrasive cleansers or bristle brushes that could scratch the films.
Q. Is the film safe on double-paned windows?
A. Yes, all of our window films are safe for use on double-paned windows.
Q. Can window films be applied to tinted Low-E glass?
A. Absolutely. Window films will actually enhance the energy performance of tinted Low-E glass windows.
Q. Can window films be applied to Plexiglass
A. No. Unfortunately window films are not compatible with Plexiglass.
Q. Can window film be installed on curved dome skylights?
A. No. Because window film is manufactured in flat sheets, it cannot conform to curved surfaces or plastic surfaces.
Q. Do you install films on vehicles?
A. No. Arctic Window Tinting only provides window films for residential and commercial applications.