Solar Window Film
Looking for solar window film? Lux Window Films carries a complete selection of solar window film. Need protection from heat? Want to reduce glare or eye strain? Looking for privacy from peering neighbors without blinds or reducing your view? We sell and install more than 40 different solar window films for privacy, heat, glare reduction and architectural purposes. We have the right window film that will solve your problems and enhance your home, office or retail space. We have you covered – literally.
Lux Window Films has been installing across Greater Montreal and South Shore area since 2008. We’re here to answer any questions or concerns you may have making your window film selection the right one. The films we install are all professional grade films that come with a comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty. On top of the manufacturer’s warranty we guarantee our work and your job will be competed without bubbles, dry spots or other defects. We’ve completed projects at the Ritz-Carlton condominiums, Ogilvy’s, H&M Clothing, Westmount Square as well as hundreds of homes and businesses across Greater Montreal, the South Shore and West Island.
Lux Window Films doesn’t just sell film, we provide a solution for your window film needs. We’re here to answer any questions or concerns. We recognize that your time is valuable and limited, so we’re available from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday – we even answer emails and calls and can install on the weekend.
Our goal is to solve your problem. We work with our clients to ensure the correct film for the application is chosen. Our professional films and installation are backed by a comprehensive lifetime warranty for residential and up to 15-year warranty for commercial applications.
FAQ (Frequently asked questions)
Do solar window films reduce glare?
Our tinted and reflective window films not only change the look of your windows, they can also reduce glare, solar heat and block out more than 99% of UV light. An additional benefit of our solar films is protection from the sun’s damaging rays. Save your furnishings and flooring from unwanted fading. If glare is a problem you’re looking to solve, many of our films can reduce glare from 30 to 80 percent.
Are there solar films that are Condominium by-law compliant?
Most condominiums have by-laws which state that the external appearance of windows cannot be changed. There’s good reason for this, as building uniformity is an issue that everyone is concerned with. Fortunately we have films that are specifically aimed at applications where being compliant with by-laws is a concern. We’ve installed clear and spectral selective window films in condominiums across the Greater Montreal area in projects like Westmount Square, Rockabella and at the Ritz Carlton.
How do solar window films work?
Window film is a self-adhesive polyester film that is applied to glass surfaces additionally decorative films can be made out of vinyl. It is used as a “retrofit” application for existing glass on homes and commercial buildings in order to upgrade solar control, safety and appearance.
Solar radiation from the sun is divided into 3 components: visible light we can see, infrared we feel as heat and ultraviolet rays, which are invisible. As solar radiation strikes a piece of glass, window film acts as a “sunscreen” to block harmful UV rays as well as regulate the levels of heat and light passing through the glass. The amount of heat and light rejected is dependent upon the type of window film selected.
Can you put solar window film on exterior windows?
Not all films are designed to be installed on the exterior (outside) of glass windows. Window films are generally installed on the inside, especially in Canada where we experience harsh cold and wind. The addition of particulates and dust in the air can have a deleterious effect on film. In addition, depending upon the way that the film is constructed, installation on the exterior can greatly reduce its life as the UV coating on window film is usually in the adhesive layer. If the only surface that the film can be installed on is exterior a second protective exterior weatherable film can be used.
How is solar window film installed?
Installing solar window film requires the right tools for window preparation, installation and finishing. The process of preparation involves scraping the glass with a stainless blade, cleaning with a grease/dust removing spray and finally squeegeeing and wiping the removed dirt, dust and any other particulates from the glass surface. 90% of a good window film installation is good preparation.
Once the window has been cleaned it’s then time to cut the film for installation. It’s best to cut the film larger than the glass surface and then trim the film once in window. If the window is wood framed, its better to pre-cut the film to exact size, as wood frames tend to “shed” particulate when wet.
At this stage the liner that covers the adhesive needs to be removed. A small piece of painter’s tape can be used to lift a corner. Once the liner is removed the film and glass is sprayed with a water based solution which contains a slip agent to keep the film from sticking too soon. The film is then applied to the glass and using a squeegee and other tools, the water is removed. Once the film is “stuck” a stainless steel blade is used to trim and finish the installation.
Can I install film myself?
The above instructions show how film is installed, however, there is both skill and experience required to obtain a top-quality installation. Window film is a very unforgiving product, unlike paint or woodwork once installed, it can’t be fixed, the film needs to be removed and the whole process has to be started again. Lux Window Films can often save you money and time as we have the experience to get the job done to the highest quality the first time. We recommend professional installation for the best results and a comprehensive warranty.
Please note: Many of our solar window films can only be sold on an installed basis.
Are the films you install the same as I can buy from Amazon, Uline or Home Depot?
Solar window films can be bought online, are they the same as professionals use? Not always. Many manufacturers only sell to certified installers to ensure correct installation methods are adhered to. Films from Gila and other manufacturers are made overseas and may not be of the same quality as the window films we use. It’s best to use films manufactured in North America as they are better quality, use adhesives and other materials that are made to last. All films look the same when first installed, however professional grade films look great years later. They won’t fade, yellow, crack or bubble. The last thing you want is to have to replace your film in a year or so.
If you have any questions about our films, or any film you’re thinking of buying, call or email, we’re here to help, even if you don’t choose us to do your job.