We are well aware of the benefits of tinting office windows. From maintaining a comfortable office temperature to blocking harmful UV rays to increasing energy efficiency, the benefits really speak for themselves.
Now, let’s take a look into the installation process, and what is required for its removal once it’s exceeded its lifetime.
How To Commercial Window Tinting
How to Install Office Window Tint
Once the proper window tinting film has been chosen for your office building, the installation process can begin. The process is a lot like hanging wall paper.
- Clean the windows
First and foremost, the windows the tints are being applied to must be thoroughly cleaned. Any particles left behind will stick to the window tinting film and can cause unwanted bumps beneath the film. And once the film is installed, there is no way to remove any smudges or debris trapped beneath.
- Measure the windows
Though a common sense task, it doesn’t make it any less important. Leave an additional ¾ to 1 inches on all sides of the film. This makes installation much easier.
- Expose adhesive coating
This step is much easier if you have a partner to help you out. Otherwise, if you’re not careful, the film could attach to itself making that piece worthless.
- Apply film to window
Once the adhesive is removed, most films are then sprayed with water or another solution to activate the adhesive. The film is then attached to the inside of the window. Having a partner for this step as well is highly recommended.
- Remove bubbles
Just like when you adhere a bumper sticker to your car, pesky bubbles tend to pop up when installing window tinting film. Many recommend using a squeegee during this process. Spraying additional water on the film, or whatever solution was used to originally adhere the film, can help create a uniform look when using the squeegee as well.
- Trim excess film
Once all the bubbles have been removed, it’s time to remove the extra window film. This is also a good time to remove any excess water that may have accumulated during the process.
- Allow windows to cure
While curing, moisture trapped during installation may cause small water puddles to accumulate, or a cloudy haze may appear. Don’t panic – this is perfectly normal and will eventually dissipate. Depending on the current weather and other environmental factors, the curing stage can take anywhere from a couple of days to over a month.
How to Remove Office Window Tint
The average office window tinting film has a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years. Once this time has passed, it’s time to remove the old large window tint and replace it with new in order to keep benefiting from its advantages.
There are many ways to remove commercial window tint, but one of the easiest may be by using a steamer. Simply turn on the steamer and slowly run it over the side of the window where the tint was initially installed. After running the steamer over the tint for a while, the adhesive will begin to melt. At this point the tint will be able to easily peel off. The final step is to clean the window with an adhesive removing cleaner.
Consider Hiring a Professional for Your Commercial Window Tinting
As you can see, installing commercial window tinting is an involved task. Because of the complex process, required knowledge, and necessary tools, you will save time and money by hiring a professional to install your office window tinting film.
If you’re not certain hiring a professional will fit into your budget, call one today any way! Most are willing to come to your office to provide you with a free quote. They are also willing to work with you to find the best solution for you and your building.