FAQS - Provided by WFAANZ

Window film - also known as ‘window tint’ - is an ultra-thin polyester-based material that can be applied to any glass surface. It’s commonly used to…

  • Reduce energy bills
  • Control temperature
  • Improve safety and security
  • Minimise glare
  • Enhance comfort
  • Block UV radiation
  • Protect furnishings, carpets, etc.
  • Maximise space within a room
  • Create a uniform external façade
  • Increase privacy
  • Provide signage and decoration

1. What is solar control film?

A thin polyester-based material is attached to glass. Polyester offers crystal clarity and can be pre-treated to accept different types of coatings, like adhesives. The material can be metalised and easily laminated to other layers of film. It can be dyed or metalised to produce a variety of colored and spectrally selective films.

2. How does it work?

When sunlight strikes glass:

  • The energy can pass through the glass (transmittance)

  • It can be reflected away from the glass (reflectance)

  • It can be absorbed by the glass (absorption)

Solar film reduces the amount of visible light transmitted through glass, reducing glare and increasing privacy. The reflective qualities of solar window film are well known and absorption rates are low.

3. How will I know what product to use to meet compliance?

Depending on your particular circumstances, many different products may be suitable. The first step is to contact your nearest WFAANZ member, who will guide you through the Australian Building Codes Board requirements and determine the Climate Zone you live in, to select what level of solar protection you need.

4. What is the cost comparison?

Costs of standard solar control films compare favorably against more traditional treatment types, such as shading devices. Installed costs of solar films typically lie between $60 to $100 per square metre depending on performance needed and film type. Shading devices can be anything from $150+ per square metre.

5. Some old films looked ugly and at night you could not see outside. Has this problem been fixed?

Technological advances have improved both the appearance and performance of window film, ensuring both aesthetic quality and daytime privacy. Today's window films are available with a low reflective internal coating to enhance night-time visibility.

6. What about a warranty?

All WFAANZ members warranty their window film products. Warranties for film cover most potential defects such as demetalisation, peeling, bubbling, delaminating and color change. Further warranty information can be obtained by consulting each manufacturer directly.