Frequently Asked Questions

My office to too bright and far too hot. What can tinting do for me?

Window film can reflect up to 78% of solar heat and reduce up to 95% of glare coming through clear glass. This heat reduction makes the hottest office comfortable, even on a summers day. In addition, the reduction of glare and filtering of uncontrolled sun light allows easy use of computers on bright sunny days.

How long will my window film last?

With due care, your film will look great indefinitely. Our Film Suppliers guarantee their products for between five and ten years for commercial applications.

Can you stop the stock in our display window suffering sun damage?

A completely clear U/V filter drastically reduces the effects of sun damage particularly on packaging. See Fade Protection.

Our building has older windows that aren’t safety glass. Can you help?

Certainly. We have a range of clear and tinted safety/security films to strengthen existing glass against human impact, vandalism and theft. See Safety Film.

I want to improve privacy in my street-facing office windows. Is window film for me?

Privacy is greatly dependent on your lighting situation and window layout. Our consultant can give you good advice on how much privacy can be achieved while maintaining good light levels. Often windows can be made completely one way. See Privacy.

We have glass that we want to obscure completely. What can you do?

We have access to a full range of sand blast effect films, patterned films and coloured vinyls to provide privacy, match or enhance existing colours or totally obscure glass to suit your needs. See Decorative.

Can our cleaners clean window film like glass?

Window film is easier to clean than glass, as it doesn’t streak. Just a little dishwashing detergent in water with a window mop and squeegee is all that is required.

What happens if our film is damaged or we break a window?

It is no problem to remove damaged film from the glass or match existing film.

Our glass is already tinted. Can window film help?

There are some restrictions on what film can be applied to tinted glass but we can substantially reduce your incoming heat and glare.

I’ve seen some film that looks terrible. Why is that?

Window film is a totally visual item and the eye is a hard taskmaster. Just like paint, carpet or anything else that has colour, window film is constantly open to close scrutiny. A really old, poorly applied or badly maintained job will show it’s bad side. Additionally some jobs are more than 30 years old. Solar Film was not nearly as good 30 years ago as it is today. Ask yourself this. For the occasional bad job you notice, how many great jobs have you missed because you think they are tinted glass? Bare in mind we apply 5– 6 thousand square meters of film in and around Christchurch every year. That’s a lot of great jobs!

If for any reason we want to remove our window film, can you do it?

Yes we can. We can remove old, damaged or unwanted film to return your glass to its original state.

Our windows are double-glazed. Can I have film applied to these?

Certainly. There are some restrictions but tinting doubled glazed units is no problem. Generally, heavily tinted and strongly heat reflective films are unsuitable for double-glazing. However there are some materials suited to this glazing system.

How much does solar window film cost?

The cost is dependant on the total size of the job, window frame type, accessibility, location, actual pane sizes (we have to fit these into our material sizes) etc. It is difficult to make a meaningful estimate by phone. We prefer to visit the site and see the job. This allows us to give an accurate and fixed price. This also gives our client a chance to see a range of appropriate materials to choose from.

Where is Solar Control Ltd. Located and what are your hours?

Solar Control Ltd. is located at 41 Sandyford St, Sydenham, Christchurch. We are open 8am until 5pm Monday to Friday. However when we are working on buildings we are not in our workshop. Therefore, if you want to visit us, please phone 03 365 0595 first to make sure someone is in to help you. If you happen to be going past, feel free to drop in. Our phone is always answered during business hours.