Frequently Asked Questions
At Spectra Light, our team of professional window installers can help you make the right choice for your window film needs. After determining your needs, we’ll suggest the right product. And if you require samples to see what choices are available, we have a selection of window film examples for your viewing.
Yes! We’ve completed countless window film projects, installing almost every type of window and glass.
Not when professional window film installers perform the installation. At Spectra Light, our team is known for fast and careful work. We treat your property with the utmost respect when installing your window film. And whether the property is residential or commercial, we exercise care during installation.
Not when you account for the energy savings, UV ray protection, and material quality used to increase security. Once you factor in these considerations, window film becomes an excellent investment. Many customers have experienced exceptional savings on their energy bills alone.
It fluctuates on a case-by-case basis; however, a typical window film installation can be completed in a day. When booking an appointment, ensure you mention any possible time constraints. A skilled installer will respect your needs and modify the job to match your schedule as best as they can.
Yes, you can! Even though professional window film installation is designed for permanence, its removal can be performed without resulting in damage. You may want to remove your window film for many reasons, such as moving to a new home or relocating to a new office space.
Yes, it will! This issue is among the primary reasons home and business owners purchase window film. It is uniquely designed to filter out those annoying, unwanted UV rays, allowing only good light to enter your home or office space.
Our services include Residential and Commercial Window Film and Printed Graphic Coverings.
Residential Window Film
Yes, it has many residential applications. In fact, residential customers use window film for numerous purposes, similar to commercial customers. For instance, it helps reduce heating and cooling costs and improve inside comfort. It also offers privacy and enhances your property’s aesthetics by creating a uniform appearance.
Residential Window film bolsters your window’s insulating capabilities and, as a result, keeps the freezing winter air where it belongs—outside. Applying window film turns single-pane windows into double-pane windows. This enhanced insulation lets your home stay warm and welcoming during cold Canadian winters.
You can remove your window film using a heat source to melt the film glue. For instance, you can use a heat gun or even a hairdryer. Heat the window film beginning at the glass corners. Ensure you’ve grabbed at the corner and started to peel it from the window first. Once the film begins peeling, heat new spots of the adhesive for easy removal.
Generally, residential window film costs between $5-$8 per square foot. This figure is based on film quality and the window’s height and design. However, that doesn’t include installation. If you hire a professional to install the window film, that price averages between $320 to $840.
Commercial Window Film
Absolutely! Commercial customers use window film for many reasons similar to residential customers. For example, it lowers utility costs and helps improve workplace comfort at the office. It also provides privacy and improves your business’s appearance aesthetically.
Spectra Light offers services to numerous types of commercial properties. For example, we install film on:
- Retail stores
- Commercial office spaces
- And any other buildings or facilities
Spectra Light offers commercial window films for every budget and application. Let us help determine your needs and provide you with a window film solution to fit your budget. Call us at 403-250-3829 to arrange an on-site consultation and estimate.
We use the highest-quality, industry-standard window film products. Moreover, warranties are available for up to 10 years. However, because each commercial project is unique, you must contact one of our representatives for exact warranty specifications.
Privacy Window Film
Window film offers impeccable daytime privacy; however, current market window tint products don’t enable nighttime privacy. But luckily, a decorative window film such as a frosted window film can help you attain nighttime privacy. However, your vision will be obstructed through that window during both day and night times.
Your window film lifespan depends on the quality of materials used in its construction. But generally, most high-quality window films can last between 10 to 20 years. This timeframe can be lengthened or shortened based on the degree of stress the film endures.
The answer is both! Window film installation can be applied to both the interior and exterior of windows.
If done correctly, peeling the film is fairly easy. However, if wrongly performed, tiny film remnants may remain on your window, causing you to spend time peeling and scraping to remove them fully. Ideally, you want to pull the film off in large segments.
A reflective film reduces the UV light that seeps through, resulting in less colour fade. And as a bonus, it also reduces glaring light many homeowners find irritating.
Solar Window Film
Solar window film is a self-adhesive film that is easily applied to windows, doors, or glass panes. A thin polyester layer, the film is tinted and may be reflective in nature. Moreover, It’s designed as a reflective agent and protects against the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun. Solar window film helps lower energy costs, reducing solar heat gain and safeguarding furniture while also helping regulate interior temperatures.
Modern window film is exceptionally effective in resolving the typical problems caused by the sun’s damaging effects. Today’s window film (unlike those installed in the 80s and 90s) is almost unnoticeable in certain circumstances but consistently delivers the solar protection customers want and need.
Solar window film is very effective. And when applied to your home or business, you can save big on energy costs. Solar Film can discard up to 78% of the heat that it encounters and can help lower air conditioning costs by reducing heat gain. And the film does all of this while allowing natural light to flow in your space, illuminating your home or business.
It depends on whether we’re talking about an interior or exterior film. Interior window film is designed and warranted for permanence, or at least as long as you remain in your home. Conversely, exterior solar film offers a 3-year warranty. Commercial warranties vary depending on the type of installation.
Window film bolsters your window’s insulative properties, keeping the chilly winter air outside. By applying solar window film, you’re essentially converting a single-pane window to a double-pane. This enhanced insulation helps keep your home warm during winter.
Home Window Tint
Most solar film is installed on a window’s interior in both residential and commercial settings. In fact, most window film products are designed for interior applications. However, exterior window tints are available for residential properties. Contact us today to see if an interior or exterior window film is best for you!
The installation begins by prepping the windows, clearing the area, and thoroughly cleaning the windows. Next, you cut the film to the window’s size and then spray the window with water. After that, you place the film on the window and cut it to size again to ensure it’s a proper fit. You then squeegee the water out and give the film 60 days to dry fully. We recommend having a professional company do the installation to ensure the best results.
If it’s brighter outside, you’ll see through the film from the inside out. If it’s brighter inside (usually at night when lights are on in the home), then you will see through the window film at night from outside in.
Consider using the window tint percentage spectrum; it’s easy to understand! The higher the VLT, the more light can enter your home. The lower the VLT percentage, the darker your room will be. So if you are looking for a completely dark space, consider choosing a lower VLT window tint.