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SUN CONTROL & SHATTER PROOF SAFETY WINDOW FILMS FOR BUILDINGS, HOME & VEHICLES
ALOKA GENERAL TRADING DIRECTLY IMPORTS, DISTRIBUTES & INSTALLS 7 INTERNATIONAL BRANDS OF SUN CONTROL & SHATTER PROOF SAFETY WINDOW FILMS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, GENERAL OVERVIEW & BENEFITS OF SUNCONTROL WINDOW FILM
There is a lot of misconceptions and false information floating around on the subject of Suncontrol Window Film, to the point that many building professionals have collectively begun to shun the product all together. Talking to a reputed company is one way of getting over this. This scenario is unfortunately the creation and work of several roadside pundits who solely survive by selling cheap pieces of plastic which unfortunately is being allowed into the country without check as real Suncontrol film; don't be mislead by price and smooth talk, read on if you really need to get the basics on Suncontrol Film right or talk to us or any other reputed direct importing firm who sells Suncontrol film to get a clear technical view of what its capabilities are and how you could benefit from it.  

The basic FAQ below should clear up most misconceptions but we advise you to have a full free technical evaluation of your site to get the right product which is most suited for your particular location, buildings interior and exterior conditions and other factors which may be overlooked or considered unimportant.

• What is Suncontrol film?
Suncontrol film is a UV-stabilized dyed window film that when applied on glass window panes drastically reduces the amount of heat and radiation caused by the sun’s rays. Colored Suncontrol films reduce the amount of heat by absorbing solar energy, Suncontrol reflective films reflect solar energy from the glass. Reflective films are coated with a thin layer of metal, and are more effective in reducing the amount of heat energy that’s let in through the glass.

• How is the film applied on glass?
Suncontrol window films have adhesive on one side that is covered with a liner. Removing the liner exposes the adhesive, which can be activated by spraying a soap solution on it. It is then affixed on the inside of the glass pane and the excess water squeezed out with the help of a squeegee. This is best done by a professional but there are do it yourself instructions available, please call us we will be glad to assist you with this.

• Can Suncontrol film be applied on any surface?
Solar control window films are best suited for plain glass. It is not recommended for non-smooth surfaces or even smooth surfaces other than glass. It might stick to certain smooth plastics such as polycarbonate or acrylic artificial glass, but the film may not last as long as oposed to use on real glass panes. 

• To what extent does Suncontrol film reduce the amount of heat let in through the windows?
The amount of heat and light that’s let in depends on the type of solar control film used. We have a range of products to suit varying needs. For instance, the Suncontrol reflective films reject heat up to 80%.

• How long does Suncontrol film last after it is applied on glass?
The life span of the film depends on various factors like how it’s applied, orientation of the window, location etc. There have been cases of film lasting for more than 10 years if installed and cared for correctly.

• Is there a Suncontrol window film that provides one-way visibility at all times of the day or night?
NO! There is no film that provides 100% one-way visibility at all times. However, Suncontrol reflective films prevent visibility from outside owing to its reflective properties during the day and vice-versa during the night. Usually reflectance works where greater light intensity is applied or faces the reflective side. To achieve a near one way visibility factor; as in when the outside is darker than the inside, you would have to have a brighter light source placed on the outside in a reflective angle to achieve almost nil visibility from outside in.

• Is there a film with both ways zero visibility?
Yes, Blackout film completely blocks light, thus preventing visibility from both sides, this film is ideally suited for applications where zero light has to be maintained particularly in lab environments or for dark rooms for film processing etc.

• How is Suncontrol window film better than tinted glass?
Not only does applying of suncontrol window film on plain glass work out to be much cheaper, it has many other advantages as well. It has superior heat rejection properties compared to tinted glass panes, stops harmful UV rays (up to 99%) and offers protection from flying shards or splinters of glass through accidental breakage. Hence its far more superior and versatile in many ways compared to tinted glass panes.

• How is blocking of UV rays helpful?
UV rays pose serious health risks, excessive exposure can cause skin cancer, premature ageing of the skin, cataracts and other eye problems. They also cause furniture and upholstery to fade. Suncontrol is a UV-stabilised dyed polyester film that can cut out up to 99% of UV rays. However, it should be noted that UV rays are just one of the components in the solar energy spectrum. Other components such as heat, infra-red radiation and light also cause fading. The degree of protection offered differs from film to film, so the extent of fading will depend on the type used.

• How does Suncontrol Film save energy?
Suncontrol film reduces the amount of heat let in through glass panes, rendering the air-conditioning more effective and keeping the interiors cool. The air-conditioners don’t have to work as hard constantly to keep the temperature down and therefore need less energy. This also extends the life of the air-conditioners. The extent of power saved (varying from 10% to 40%) will depend on the type of film used since different films have different heat rejection properties. 

• Can I install the film myself?
Yes you can. Installation is fairly easy but is risky nevertheless as even experienced installers do have problems with dust particles and bubbles. It’s therefore best left to a professionally trained installer to do the job, thus preventing dust particles or bubbles from appearing between the glass and the adhesive of the film when installing. If you however still want to install film on your own, do give us a call, we will guide you.

• What kinds of film are available?
The Range of Suncontrol film stocked by us includes reflective film, non-reflective film, high-performance film, gradation film, privacy, designer, safety & security window film. 

• Is Suncontrol films scratch resistant?
No Suncontrol film is fully scratch resistant. Even glass tends to get scratched or scraped if not cared for properly. Most films we offer are however scratch resistant in varying levels, some are with scratch-resistant coating (SRC) which are specially useful in cases where the glass needs to be in pristine condition, like shopfronts, restaurant windows, display cases etc. These windows can be cleaned on a regular basis without concerns about scratches. If proper care is given to prevent scratching of the surface after installation of suncontrol film, you can have great looking window panes year after year without any problem.

• Do the films prevent glass panes from breaking?
While the film does not prevent glass panes from breaking, it does prevent them from splintering and sending out dangerous glass shards. This is an invaluable safety feature. For instance, during storms and cyclones or on accidental impact, it can prevent sharp shards of glass flying around and causing serious injury. It also provides safety during earthquakes. During terrorist attacks, a lot of injuries are caused by flying glass shards or splinters. Suncontrol films prevent this from happening. The films also offer a certain amount of protection against theft, because of their shatter-resistant properties. Thieves cannot make a hole in the glass in one go by smashing it to get at the goods inside, thus offering some time to prevent a theft. Most Suncontrol Films for Building are 100 micron or 2 mil in thickness, for additional safety against shattering glass panes, it is advisable to use a safety film first as a base layer before using a Suncontrol film, this is particularly invaluable for shop windows, displays and large public areas that require clear glass panes. Shatter proof Safety film comes in varying thicknesses starting from 2mil to 15 mil and for special applications, safety film can be manufactured in even 18 mil if required.

• Do Suncontrol Films come in thicknesses above 100 micron or 2 mil?
Yes, Suncontrol Films are available as Safety Suncontrol Film which are affixed as one single layer. Not all shades of Suncontrol Film come in the Safety Suncontrol film category though. Do call us to find out more on this.

• How long does it take to apply the film?
The time taken to affix the film depends upon various factors, like the place of application, access to the glass, the installer's efficiency, type of film, time of application etc. Normally, it takes between 5 to 10 minutes to apply film on an area of one square meter and about three hours to affix film on a car (without removing the window glasses), this again depends on the experience level of the installer and on the model if its a vehicle.

• What is the normal curing time for Suncontrol films adhesive to fully bond once its applied on glass?
The curing time for the window film adhesive to fully bond to a glass pane depends on the film type, time of the day the film is applied etc. The recommended curing time for standard window film is a week from the day of application, however light and gentle cleaning can commence 24 hours after application if windows have been exposed to direct sun (from exterior) for at least 8 hours.

• Does the film require any special care after installation of Suncontrol window films? How should I clean the film-protected glass?
One of the advantages of Suncontrol film is that it doesn’t need special care after installation. Windows can be cleaned using a soft cloth and water with a mild detergent if needed. Do not use rough or abrasive material such as newspaper or rough cloth to clean the side of the glass where the film has been affixed, this could leave scratches. The best way to clean and care for your glass panes after installation of Suncontrol film is to spray on liquid window cleaner or a mild solution of baby or ph balanced shampoo with water (1 part shampoo to 35 parts water or 1 liquid ounce shampoo to 1 litre water) and squeegee off gently with a rubber squeegee toward one bottom end of the glass pane. Gently dab off the squeegeed water solution with a soft cloth and your windows would look nice and clean.  

• How do I replace my existing window film with new Suncontrol Film?
The advantage of window film is that you can change it whenever you want unlike permanently tinted glass. This is best done by a professional, but if you are confident and feel upto it; here’s how you get about removing the existing layer of film and preparing your glass panes for a new color or shade of Suncontrol Film:
Step1: Peel off the film from all corners with the help of a cutter blade, be careful not scrape or scratch the glass.
Step2: Spray water on the adhesive sticking to the glass pane, window cleaning liquid could also be used.
Step3: Scrape off the sticky adhesive on the glass with the help of a scraper, ventilate the area as the adhesive could emanate gasses that irritate the eyes or skin. Careful with the scraper as if its held wrong it could lead to scraping of the glass.
Step4: Wipe the cleaned glass with a cloth which is lint free, discard of the sticky adhesive carefully without getting it on clothing or carpets etc.

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