Congratulations on choosing Mid America as your experts on window films in Kansas City. We know you have questions about our premium products. If you are new to window films, glance through a few common questions customers ask—and let us clarify who we are and what we do!
Q: What is window film?
A: Generally, window film provides specific personal and property protection from the effects of the sun as well as added safety and security in the events that result in broken glass.
Q: Will window film kill my house plants?
A: In most cases if a house plant is already receiving adequate light the use of window film will not harm it. New growth or flowering may be retarded, and, for a few days, a plant may go into a state of shock while it adjusts to the light change. If a particular plant normally wilts by the end of a sunny day, it will actually thrive better with film installed. Although there are some obvious guidelines in determining what, if any, effect window film will have on a plant (for instance, dark green plants need less light than lighter colored ones), there is one sample test which can be done prior to film installation: merely move the plant to an area with less sunlight for a few days. In addition, most nurseries or local agriculture agencies can advise you whether a particular plant needs closer to maximal or minimal light.
Q: How long will film last?
A:The effective life of window film will vary by the type of film, type of glass, window construction, compass orientation of glass, and in which part of the world the building is located. There are documented cases of film lasting 12 to 22 years or more in some instances. This should not, however, be assumed to be the normal expected life. All quality window films for residential and commercial use are warranted by the film manufacturers for a minimum of five years (certain products may have extended coverage). The warranty includes an address to contact the manufacturer directly should any questions arise either before or after the installation of the window film.
Q: How should I clean my windows after film is applied?
A:Windows with film applied are easily cleaned without damage to their appearance as long as a few common-sense guidelines are followed:
- Use a soft clean cloth, soft paper towel, or clean synthetic sponge.
- Use a soft cloth or squeegee for drying the window.
- Use any normal glass cleaning solution which contains no abrasive materials.
The availability of scratch resistant coatings as a standard feature of quality films has virtually eliminated the need for extra special precautions in cleaning.
Q: What causes fading of fabrics?
A: There are six factors affecting fabric fading:
- Ultraviolet Light
- Visible Light
- Heat and Humidity
- Chemical Vapors (including ozone)
- Age of Fabric
- Dye Fastness
Clear single pane glass (1/8″ to 1/4″) will reject 23-28% of the ultraviolet light from the sun. Insulated glass is slightly better, rejecting 36-41%. Window films installed on glass reject 95-99% of solar ultraviolet light. Different types of clear glass and window systems will reject 13-29% of the solar heat. With window films, 80% solar heat rejection can be obtained. No window film can eliminate fading. It can, however, offer maximum protection from fading due to solar ultraviolet light and solar heat.
Q: Is applying window film safe for my windows? Won’t it cause glass breakage or seal failure?
A: The installation of window films is very safe. We provide our installers with a list of recommended applications and are confident that the applications are safe when the recommendations are followed. Plus, we provide warranties against glass breakage and seal failure. (Some restrictions and limitations apply. Please contact Mid America Window Tint Specialist for details.)
Q: Is window film disruptive to install?
A: Most windows can be filmed in 15 minutes with minimal or no disruption to building occupants.
Q: Can I receive the benefits of window film without having to choose a “color?”
A: Yes. Our products offer a wide palette of styles and hues for you to choose from. We even offer natural tones that deliver all the desired benefits, yet remain virtually invisible on your windows and glass doors.
Q: How do you attach the film to my windows? Will it be messy?
A: We carefully apply our film directly to the glass. The first step is to thoroughly clean the glass and frames. The film has an adhesive already applied at the factory, protected by a liner, which we remove prior to the application. There are no odors or chemicals used. A very small amount of common dish washing soap is used in the water. This “releases” the adhesive, which binds the film to the glass. When installed properly, there are no bubbles or any distortion. The film is cut into the window, leaving a very thin (usually less than 1/8th of an inch) and virtually imperceptible margin.
Our technicians are careful to protect your surroundings with towels and drop cloths during installation, although water use is minimal. If drapes or other sensitive materials need additional protection, we tape plastic sheeting over the area. Most window treatments are not affected and usually can remain in place. Upon completion of tinting, we make sure all your areas look the way they did prior to our arrival.
Q: Does the building have to be vacated during the installation?
A: Installing window film involves no odors or chemicals and can be completed during normal business hours with minimal interruption of daily routine. If there is a concern, special arrangements can be made for evening and weekend installations. We do ask that three to five feet of space be cleared in front of the window so that our crew can thoroughly clean the windows and apply the film.
Have further questions for us? Email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 913.381.3533.