Below are the most often asked questions concerning our window film. if they are any questions that have not been answered then please contact us either by:
just had my windows tinted and now it's all hazy.
How do I clean my windows to ensure it lasts as long as possible?
I have dual pane windows. Can they be tinted?
What is seal failure?
Why do insulating glass unit seals break?
Does window film cause seal failure?
How Do Madico Window Films Work?
Why Do Commercial Customers Have Madico Film Applied in their Buildings?
What is the Typical Energy Pay Back for Madico Window Films?
How is the Madico Window Film Applied?
How Long Does Madico Window Film Last?
Will Madico Window Film Stop My Furnishings From Fading?
Does the Ultraviolet Protection Lose Its Effectiveness Over Time?
How Do Madico Protekt Safety and Security Window Films Work?
A: You must have had a metalized film applied to your windows. Metalized film has a much slower drying time. Under normal drying conditions such as hot summer days it will take 1-2 weeks, but in the winter time the drying time usually takes 30 days. Also, drying time depends on how much sun exposure the windows receive during the day, the more sun the faster the drying.
A: We recommend a non-ammonia cleaner and a soft cloth, such as a cotton cloth. You can use vinegar and water (1 part vinegar to 10 parts water), or a shop bought cleaner with vinegar available at any store. Be sure to read the label that it does not contain ammonia. If you use a professional window cleaner, let them know which windows are tinted.
A: Double glazed windows are very common in homes these days. Double glazed windows have two pieces of glass about 1/2" apart with gas sealed in-between. The answer is yes! Your windows can be tinted but certain guidelines need to be followed, because double glazed windows are more vulnerable to stress than single pane windows. this applies if the window film is applied internally.
A: Seal failure occurs when the sealant between the two lites of glass breaks, subjecting the airspace to the surrounding environment. Since the sealant acts as the moisture barrier, if the seal breaks, condensation can develop in the airspace of the insulating glass window.
A: The environment inside an insulating glass unit can be affected by its external environment such as temperature and air pressure. Changes in temperature and air pressure put additional stress on the insulating glass unit's seals. The use of resilient sealants in the construction of the insulating glass unit can also cause the seals to fail.
Most manufacturers, however, design and test their products to withstand significant changes in air pressure and temperature, thereby reducing the chance of failures. Nevertheless, seal failure does will continue to occur simply because of the way in which insulated units are manufactured, shipped and installed. In fact, the insulating glass manufacturers association (SIGMA) has found normal seal failure to be at a rate of 1.5% of the installed units.
A: Madico window films have been applied to millions of square feet of insulating glass units throughout the world for over 25 years. Our product has never been shown to be the cause of seal failure. During this time, Madico has continuously analyzed how window films affect temperature and pressure within the airspace of an insulating glass unit. Results indicate that on a clear insulating unit, even our most popular residential film (RS440) only increases the summertime airspace temperature by no more than 22 degrees, a pressure increase of only .55psi (pounds per square inch). Put into perspective, most manufacturers of insulating glass units design their products to withstand a pressure change of 3.30 psi, over six times the film's potential pressure increase!
Questions About Madico Films
A: Madico Sun Control Films are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat transmission through window glass by increasing the solar reflection (not necessarily visible reflection) and solar absorption of the glass. Typical colored or dyed films work primarily through increased absorption. The color absorbs the solar energy at the glass, thus reducing the direct transmission into the room. These films only offer marginal performance when compared to reflective films. Reflective films are films that have been precision coated with metals. These metallic films are designed to increase the solar energy reflection of the glass and some of the absorption. Madico reflective films range from moderate to excellent in solar performance (heat gain reduction). All Madico Sun Control Films are protected with our patented Scratch Resistant coating for long term durability and maintained appearance.
Most often, our commercial customers will purchase Madico Window Films for tenant comfort and justify the purchase on Energy Cost Savings.
A: Simple pay backs will vary depending upon the amount of sunlit glass exposure, the type of film, the type of glass, cost of fuel, cost of application, and other variables. However, we have seen pay backs often range in the 2-5 year period, with some reported to be even less than 6 months.... read more>
A: Madico Films are professionally applied by skilled, well-trained Authorized Madico Dealer personnel. Almost all of our films are designed to be applied to the inside of your glass. The first step is to prepare the window area for the application; placing drop cloths on the floor, protecting and/or moving furniture where necessary. Next, the window glass is cleaned using simple cleaning solutions (often water and detergent) and razor blade scrapers. Then, the film is sprayed with a slip solution (detergent and water) for proper positioning, and applied to the window glass. Using a professional grade squeegee and following proper techniques, the application is completed by removing excess water, trimming the edges, and a final squeegee technique to dry the edges.
A: Madico Window Films are made durable to last for many years; just how long may depend upon the type of film applied, type of glass it is applied to, and the particular climate in which it is applied. Most applications last upwards of 10 years and beyond, and several applications are still performing after 15 years. All applications have a minimum warranty period of five years (except exterior applications which are 2 years), and several films carry a 10 year commercial warranty, and even a lifetime residential warranty (lifetime for as long as original purchaser owns their home).
A: Nothing stops fading. Madico films are designed to reduce the major causes of fading (ultraviolet light, visible light, and solar heat), thus prolonging the life of your furnishings, perhaps as much as two to five times. Keep in mind the articles to be protected; if they have a typical life of 5 years then they may last 10 years to much longer depending on the performance of the film selected. However, if the typical life is only 2-3 weeks, then the expectation should be expressed in terms of months. As a general rule of thumb, ultraviolet (UV) is approximately 40% of the cause, visible light is about 25%, and heat about 25%. The remaining 10% can be attributed to humidity, pollutants, interior lights, dye anchorage, and more.
A: No, the ultraviolet (UV) protection that we use in our proprietary adhesive system is indefinite. It does not lose its effectiveness over time.
A: Madico Protekt Safety and Security Window Films are designed to make glass shatter-resistant by holding the glass pieces together when broken. Different from Madico normal window film, Madico Protekt Window Films are made with thicker polyester and a much thicker, more aggressive adhesive system. The Protekt Films are unique in the industry; they are built using a special micro-layered polyester technology which increases the films tear resistance significantly. Pound for pound, the impact and tear-resistance of Madico Protekt Films outperform all other films of similar thickness.