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Question DetailsAsked on 5/21/2011

Is it true that a good quality window film will reduce heat gain and eliminate fading rays?

Is Madico a good brand? What is ceramic film?

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Most companies claim their products block 98 percent or more of the sun’s UV rays. The reduction of heat gain depends on the film’s thickness. They work, but not without flaw. The thicker the film, the less visibility your window will have. Ceramic film boasts the highest visibility and greatest heat reduction. For normal film, you should stick with Luminar, Solar Gard or 3M.

Answered 9 years ago by Angie's List


I take issue with the answer provided. To answer the original question, yes, absolutely, a good quality window film can significantly reduce heat gain and it also reduce the causes of fading of furnishings due to sun damage. Sun damage is caused by a combination of UV radiation, heat and visible light, all of which can be controlled by window film. Different window films offer different levels of performance and protection, different looks and are made for different types of glass. Ceramic is one of various components of window films that give a film it's specific performance abilities. Most residential customers select a film that is designed to reduce heat gain and the causes of sun damage, while maintaining the view and light so you can reduce the bad things while still enjoying the good things.

However, film thickness has nothing to do with the heat gain reduction. Ceramic has nothing to do with "highest visibility" as there are light, medium and dark shades of ceramic films, just as there are light, medium and dark shades of films that use materials other than ceramic. Additionally, ceramic films do not offer the "greatest heat reduction". I would be very wary of any window film dealer who is steering you to a film using a "buzzword" such a ceramic. What you want to know is:

What is the performance?
What does it look like?
How long will it last (performance and appearance) and what is specific to a particular film to make sure it will last? This is where the biggest difference will be. If you go with a cheaper film, it may not be the best value if it doesn't last.

Work with a knowlegable, reputable and experienced dealer to get the right film selected and it's equally important to make sure it's installed by a skilled installer with attention to detail.


Answered 8 years ago by Sun Control

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