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  • Sol Control is a UV - stabilized dyed window film that when applied on window glass drastically reduces the amount of heat and radiation caused by the sun's rays, While coloured films reduce the amount of heat by absorbing solar energy, Sol Control reflective films reflect solar energy from the glass. Reflective films are coated with a thin layer of metal, and are more effective in reducing the amount of heat that's let in through the glass.
  • Our Sol Control Window Films have adhesive on one side that is covered with liner. Removing the liner exposes the adhesive, which can be activated by spraying a soap solution on it. It is then affixed on the inside of the glass and the excess water squeezed out with the help of a squeegee. Check out our window tinting do it yourself instructions.

  • Sol Control WIndow Films are best suited for plain glass. It is not recommneded for non-smooth surfaces or even smooth surfaces other than glass. It might stick to cetain smooth plastics like polycarbonate and acrylic, but the film may not last as long.
  •  The amount of heat and light that's let in depends on the type of film used. We have a range of products to suit needs. For instance, the Sol Control Reflective Films reject heat up to 80%.

  • There is no such a film that provides one-way visibility at all times. However, Sol Control Reflective Films prevent visibility from outside (area of greater light intensity) during the day and vice-versa during the night. 
  • Yes, We have a Blackout or White out Film that completely blocks light, thus preventing visibility from both sides.
  •  It has many other advantages as well, not only does applying film on plain glass work out much cheaper. It has superior heat rejection properties, stop harmful UV-Rays (upto 98%) and offers protection from flying splinters if the glass breaks. Hence its far superior to tinted glass.
  •  UV-Rays pose a health risk, since excesssive exposure can cause skin cancer, pre-mature ageing of the skin, cataracts and other eye problems. They also cause furniture and upholstery to fade. Sol Control is a UV-Stabilized dyed polyster film that can cut out up to 98% of UV-Rays. However, it should be noted that UV-Rays is just one of the components in the solar energy spectrum. Other components such as Heat, Infra-Red Radiations and light also cause fading. The degree of protection offered differs from film to film, so the extent of fading will depend on the type used.
  •  Sol Control film reduces the amount of heat let in through the windows, rendering the air-conditioning more effective and keeping the interiors cool. The air-conditioners don't have to work as hard to keep the temperature down and need less energy. This also extends the life of the air-conditioners. The extent of power saved will depend on the type of film used since different films have different heat rejection properties.
  •  Installation is fairly easy and you can do it yourself by following the steps shown in one our site features-- DO-IT-YORSELF http://solcontrol.ca/doit_yourself.php instructions. However, it's better to use the services of trained installers to prevent bubbles from appearing, damage to the film or wastage.
  •  The Sol Control range includes Reflective Film, Non-Reflective Film, High Performance Film, Gradation Film, Privacy, Designer, Safety & Security Window Films.
  •  The Sol Control range is available with Scratch-Resistant Coating (SRC). This is very useful, especially in cases where the glass needs to be in pristine condition, like shopfronts, restaurant windows, display cases etc. The windows can be cleaned on a regular basis without concerns about unsightly scratches.
  •  The time taken to affix the film depends upon various factors, like the place of application, access to the galss, the installer's efficiency, type of film, time of appliction etc. Normally, it takes one to three hours to affix the film on a car (without removing the window glasses), depending on the model.
  •  The curing time for the window film adhesive applied on the glass depends on the film type, time of the day the film is applied etc. The recommended curing time for ordinary window film is at least a week from the day of applicatio.
  •  One of the advantages of Sol Control Film is that it doesn't need special care after installtion. Windows can be cleaned using a soft cloth and water. Mild detergents can be used if needed. Do not use rough or abrasive material to clean the side of the glass where the film has been affixed.
  •  The advantages of window film is that you can change it whenever you want. Here's how you go about removing the existing film and preparing it for Sol Control:
    Step 1: Peel off the film from all corners with the help of cutter or blade.
    Step 2: Spray water on the adhesive sticking to the window glass.
    Step 3: Scrap off the adhesive on the glass with the help of a scraper.
    Step 4: Wipe the cleaned glass with a cloth.
    Step 5: Spray solution on the glass.
    Step 6: Take the liner off and apply the adhesive side on window glass.
    Step 7: Squeeze the excessive water with the help of squeegee.

  •  Window film does not deter view, it enhances it. You may choose the appropriate film for your environment to allow the use of your windows without covering them up with window treatments and to allow the desired lighting while eliminating glare.
  •  Yes. Window film blocks out ultra violet rays, visible light and heat. It virtually eliminates all premature fading. There are many diffrent factors involved in fading. The main reason is ultra-violet rays.Other factors include visible light, heat, natural aging, interior lighting and more. Because of all these factors no one can technically guarantee "no fading." But a quality window film will stop 99% of ultra-violet rays and a large portion of visible light and heat depending upon which film you choose. But regardless, 99% of U.V. will be eliminated.
  •  Yes. Window film is the fastest payback of any building product you can put in a house or building. Window film can cut up to two thirds of the heat load of your air conditioner, thus cutting down on the run time, the amount of heat that has to overcome, reduces utilitiy bills and adds years to the life of your air conditioner.
  •  Window film has a scratch resistant coating. It can be cleaned with any window cleaner except thoses cleaners which have ammonia in them.
  •  On scale, commercial buildings are larger and they have more glass, so they have much larger problems in general than residential customers. Employers are limited as far as location and what they can do to compensate for heat, glare and fading. More window space means more heat and high utility bills. Window film also helps to keep intruders from easily entering a building by breaking the glass and entering.
  •  In general, the payback of energy savings is about 2 years. Howerver, energy savings are determined by a lot of diffrent factors, such as, construction of buildings, insulation, amount of exposure, amount and efficiency of air conditioning and heating equipment, energy waste such as the number of times a door is opened and closed.
  •  Security Films work in the same manner as conventional window films work, except they are much thicker. When glass without film is broken it has no support and can fall completely out. This is a major fault as far as security and safety. When any window film is applied, it bonds to windows and prevents it from separating easily. Depending upon the severity of the problem, window film comes in thickness from 4mil up to 12mil. In addition, lock down systems can be applied to secure the film to the frame of the window. Window security Films can either eliminate entry or considerably slow intruders down so police response from alarms can work. Without window films, an intruder can break and enter through a window, grab a computer and be out the window in 15- seconds. This renders sophisticated alarm systems useless. Security Film can be purchased clear or with the added benifits of heat and visible light reductions just as conventional Films. While solving your security problems, you can eliminate other problems at the same time.
  •  This is very important to know which film is safe on Dual Pane Glass, because if you choose wrong film, it may break your glass or seal between them. Double pane windows are just that: two panes of glass that are sealed with a space in between, usually filled with a gas. These windows are beneficial for heat insulation, but adding window film to them can alter the solar properties and potentially damage the glass.
           All films absorb a certain percentage of heat. If this added heat absorption gets trapped in between the two panes of glass, it can cause the seal to break, or even worse, the glass to shatter.
          
    The biggest factor here is heat absorbance. As a general rule, any film that has a Solar Heat Absorbance rating of 53% or greater is NOT safe on dual pane glass. Be sure to double check this rating on any film you use if you are tinting insulated glass. Sol Control Window Film always provide the VLT Description Chart with each kind of film. So its better to read it carefully.
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