FAQ 2018-11-27T05:28:26+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

Window film is applied to the interior surface of a window. Particles in the film, usually consisting of metal, reflect much of the sun’s radiation. Infra-red radiation, heat energy is reflected. 99% of Ultra Violet radiation, responsible for furniture fade, is blocked.

By letting in natural light without the associated heat, you can reduce your air-conditioning and other cooling costs during the summer.

In Winter, Window film prevents some of the heat energy generated from inside sources from escaping, helping to reduce your energy costs.

Safety and Security films are applied to the exterior and interior surfaces of a window. The film’s adhesive helps keep the glass pieces together in the event of strong impact, where it would otherwise shatter.

Installation Considerations

AUTOMOTIVE FILM
  •  Ambulances
  •  Buses
  •  Cars
  •  Caravans
  •  Boats
  •  Earth Movers
  •  Trucks
  •  Tractors
  •  Utilities
  •  Trains
  •  Vans
HOME, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, RESIDENTIAL & SECURITY FILM
  •  Child care centres
  •  Churches
  •  Factories
  •  Schools
  •  Shops
  •  High-rise buildings
  •  Homes
  •  Nursing homes
  •  Offices
  •  Restaurants
RADIO AND TV ANTENNAE IN THE GLASS

A number of vehicles have radio, TV and mobile phone antennas built into or applied on the inside of the glass, usually the rear screen, but also the side rear glass in vehicles such as the Subaru Forrester, Mazda 6 and Honda Accord amongst others.
Other vehicles have keyless locks and GPS systems and it appears that some types of film can cause interference to reception (or transmission) in such vehicles. From our experience, Tint Works films have not been shown to interfere in these vehicles, however, it may be prudent to use a non-metallised film such as Carbon if you are in doubt.
Carbon’s non-metal construction makes it the perfect film to avoid signal disruption. Manufactured with the newest color-stable technology in dyed films, Carbon is durable, long lasting and provides enhanced UV radiation protection.

APPLICATIONS OF FILM TO PLASTICS

Window film should not be applied to acrylic or polycarbonate windows, unless it is specifically designed for that purpose. These are plastic sheeting products and they all have the potential to out-gas. Heat and visible light form the sun cause “out-gassing” which is the release of chemical components and or moisture absorbed by the plastic. This out-gassing interferes with the window film’s adhesive system and results in bubbling between the plastic sheet and the film. It should also be noted that many window film adhesive systems, when applied to plastics will create a permanents bond, and in the event that the film should have to be removed, it will be almost impossible to do without damaging the surface of the plastic sheet.

Wired Glass

Solar control window film should not be applied to the interior surface of wired glass. The wire contained within the glass absorbs heat and if film is installed on the interior surface, the heat reflected out of the film greatly increases the heat absorption of the wire, leading to a high rate of expansion. The wire expands to a point that the glass can no longer withstand, resulting in spontaneous glass breakage. In cases where it is necessary to install solar control window film wired glass, the film should be applied to the exterior surface of the glass, using exterior window film.

Tinted Glass

Tinted glass is a major absorber of heat, and leads to a great deal of stress within the glass. Window film itself absorbs a certain amount of heat and if the combined absorption of the window film and tinted glass is very high, this can result in the glass cracking as a result of thermal stress. Thermal stress may occur if the sheet of glass has not been installed with the appropriate amount of care, i.e. the setting blocks have been omitted or the edge of the glass is damaged. In cases where tinted glass is tempered the application of window film is unlikely to result in the glass cracking or fracturing.

Patterned or Textured Glass

Patterned or textured surfaces will not allow film adhesive to form an adequate or appropriately strong bond to the glass surface. Obviously, the type and degree of texture or pattern will influence this. In some cases, if the texture is minimal, it may be possible to install window film, but this is not recommended, as the adhesive bond will probably be inadequate. In most cases, this type of glass is installed with the smooth side facing the exterior of the building, and if this is the case, there is no reason why exterior window film can not be installed on that surface.

Glass Thickness

It should be noted that the thickness of the glass does increase its absorption, and subsequently must add stresses. The amount of stress induced will depend on the glass type, thickness, and the film type selected. If failure is to occur, the stress in the glass must exceed the available edge strength of that glass.

Homes & Buildings under Renovations

Window film should generally be installed in new or renovated buildings only when all other work has been concluded. There are many reasons for this. There is little sense in applying window film to windows that have frames that may need to be painted; leading to paint splatters on the film itself. Other reasons could be the potential for damage to the film due to the high amount of activity in a construction environment. Also, in many cases, there is a high level of dust and particles such as carpet fibers in construction areas that could become trapped between the glass and the window.

Skylights

The application of window film to skylights is much more restricted versus vertical glazing systems. If the film is installed on the outside surface of the skylight, it may have a shorter life span. This is due to the fact that most skylights accumulate moisture as the result of rain, snow or humidity. This moisture, either in standing from or as a result of condensation, is likely to lead to a rapid breakdown of the film’s construction, and in the case of metallised film, subsequent demetallisation.

Energy Efficiency

Tint Works films comply with the Window Energy Rated Scheme (WERS); which enables windows were the film has being installed to be rated and labeled for their annual energy impact on a whole house, in any climate in Australia.

The WERS scheme operates on three levels to convey information about the energy performance of custom-rated windows and skylights–

  •  Star ratings for heating and cooling
  •  Indicative % reduction in heating and cooling needs and interior fading damage
  •  Thermal, solar and optical performance data

The WERS scheme allows manufacturers to assist energy raters, window specifiers and consumers in the selection of the most energy efficient Windows for a home and support those who need to know if the window will enhance or degrade the house in energy and comfort terms. Energy efficient windows offer significant benefits to house owners and occupants. In addition to reducing energy costs and green house gas emissions, a properly selected window plays an important role in improving a homeowner’s comfort and well being.

That’s why Tint Works films can improve your window ratings by reducing the glare and heat transmittance in summer and maintain the house heating in winter. Consult your Tint Works dealer now and get your windows tinted today!

UV Index

This page presents current UV levels for major population centres in Australia, adjusted for daylight saving if applicable. The UV data is collected continuously by detectors that respond to UV in a similar manner to human skin. This web page is updated with the latest measured UV levels every minute between 6AM and 8PM.

The blue numbers are the current UV levels for each city. The green numbers represent the maximum UV levels recorded so far for the day. The colour of each city changes to show the current UV level at that location. Refer to the colour key below. UV levels depend on lattitude, time of year, ozone levels and local atmospheric conditions. There is a self-refreshing version of this page that displays the map only.

What the UV levels mean

The UV level can be related to ultraviolet radiation exposure as follows:

V LevelExposure RiskColour CodeSun Protection Measures
2 or lessLowgreen.jpgYou can safely stay outdoors with minimal protection.
3 to 5Moderateyellow.jpgWear sun protective clothing, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and seek shady areas
6 to 7Highorange.jpgAs above
8 to 10Very Highred.jpgAs above
11 or higherExtremepurple.jpgAs above

More information and current UV data can be found on the ARPANSA website.

State Tinting Laws

Please check your local state laws. Note that regulations may be different for commercial vehicles.

ACT

NSW

NT

  •  Northern Territory Vehicle Standards
  •  Window Tinting Bulletin

SA

  •  Road Traffic Rules

QLD

TAS

VIC

WA

Safe driving requires the driver to have the best possible vision of the road users. Any reduction in driver visibility particularly in poor light conditions will lead to a reduction in safety.

Safe driving requires the driver to have the best possible vision of the road users. Any reduction in driver visibility particularly in poor light conditions will lead to a reduction in safety.

Tinted windows may reduce driver vision if not applied accordingly to state and territory regulations. Therefore it is desirable that the light transmittance of windows on a motor vehicle is not reduced below 35%*.

A tinted or opaque band across the top of the windscreen is permitted providing it is no lower than 10% of the height of the windscreen & is above the portion of the windscreen swept by the wipers. Tinted film must not be reflective or mirror like as it can dazzle other drivers by relecting sunlight or headlight beams.

Most new vehicles are fitted with tinted window glass. This tint is very light and glass may at first appear to be clear. To check, hold a piece of white paper on the opposite side of the glass. If it has a slight gray, green or brown colour when viewed through the glass, then the glass is tinted.

Special grades of film may be applied to factory tinted windows. When these films are applied to tinted glass, the combination of tints must still allow 35% visual light transmittance**.

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