What is Exterior Film?
Exterior film is an exterior window tint application designed to go on the outside of the window and sealed on all four edges. The first layer has a durable, hard coat with UV blockers and solar control, such as a ceramic or metalized layer. In situations where indoor films either should not or can not be applied, exterior films deliver the highest heat reduction possible. It is the first layer of protection on the exterior of glazing in commercial or residential projects.
Why choose exterior film for your home tinting project?
Exterior film is gaining popularity in residential projects. Instead of reflecting light, an exterior ceramic window tint absorbs heat. This is incredibly beneficial in homes with artificial turf installed since reflected light from a Low-E coating can melt the turf.
Exterior window tint is also commonly installed on new constructions with inaccessible windows, such as a false dormer or attic window. These types of architectural design limits make applying interior window tint nearly impossible. Not only does the tint provide excellent heat reduction and privacy, but it can also improve the aesthetics of your home.
Why choose exterior film for your commercial project?
The windows are the first thing you see in many commercial buildings. A building with multiple tenants may have different colors of glass installed throughout the building. In these situations, you may find seal failure or old glass showing imperfections. By adding exterior film, the building will have a crisp, uniform look from the outside.
When commercial buildings add walls to change their layout, they often build walls in front of windows, making them inaccessible. Instead of doing an interior window tint, an exterior film application can offer privacy by hiding the wall addition or anything else the company needs.
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Exterior Film Brands That We Love and Carry
LLumar, Vista, and Avery are the main brands that we carry. Avery offers a variety of exterior films that are available in the desired transmitted visible light that other manufacturers don’t make yet. At Ultimate Film Pros, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our customers. If you have a specific brand and type of exterior solar film you want to use for your project, give us a call and we will do everything we can to make that happen.
Popular Exterior film types
Reflective Exterior Film
Reflective window films offer high heat reduction while giving the building a nice, uniform look. There are many dark shades available which provide the highest glare reduction. This film is great for providing privacy and fade reduction. If you have personal belongings you want to protect from fading, this tint will reduce 99% of the UV coming in.
High Heat Reduction
UV & Glare Reduction
Lower Energy Costs
Ceramic Exterior Film
The benefit of ceramic lies in its ability to absorb, then dissipate heat. Unlike neutral or reflective window tints, it is not designed to redirect the heat. This makes it a great option when reflectivity is a concern, such as with lawn burning problems. A reflective window tint could melt anything, such as plastics or turf, while the ceramic tint does not. If you need heat reduction and UV protection, and you can’t access the inside of the windows, an exterior ceramic film is great for that.
Low Reflective Sheen
Better Vision At Night
Neutral Exterior Film
Neutral exterior films are great because they do not have a high-reflective look. They have a neutral color and neutral reflectivity, which helps them to blend well. The window tint will have a medium grade reflectivity instead of the high grade, shiny reflectivity of many other tinting products. Even though it is less reflective, it still offers a significantly high heat reduction rate.
No Reflective Sheen
Exterior Film Tinting FAQ
How does exterior solar control film differ from solar film?
Exterior solar control film is designed to be applied to the outside of the window, rather than the inside. Its durability allows it to stand up to the elements due to its special, hard coating. Since it is your first line of defense, you also get more heat reduction. The sun is redirected as it hits the exterior tint without coming through the window.
With the application of interior film, the sun comes through the panes of glass, whether dual pane or single pane, before being redirected by the film on the inside. Interior window tint is still very effective in offering heat reduction, however, exterior window tint offers superior results.
Does exterior film reduce glare?
Exterior film reduces glare, depending on the shade. It also provides many of the same properties as interior tint.
How long does the film last?
Since exterior film is constantly exposed to harsh outdoor elements, it has an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years.
Does exterior film scratch easily?
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