Compare Very Lightly Tinted Solar Films

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Performance AssessmentSilverGoldSilverBronze
Best ValueLeast ReflectiveLeast Reflective
Second highest heat rejection and low priceHighest heat reduction and best for insulation
COMPANYASWFSolar GardSolar GardHanita ASWF3MASWFASWF JWFJWFSuntek 3MSunTekSolar Gard3M
FILM 3mm clear glassLegacy 40Stirling 40Sterling 50 Optitune 40Legacy 50CM 50 CeramicNature 50Nature 40Scenic View 50Daylight Natural DN50IDS 50 Neutral 50 ULVDS 50 Stainless Steel 50CM40 Ceramic
WERS rated (1)YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
VLT % (2)89%45%41%49%41%51%53%49%43%50%49%44%52%54%48%44%
VLR % (3)8%Internal 12% External 13%Internal 30% External 33%Internal 24% External 26%Internal 18% External 21%Internal 10% External 12%Internal 10% External 12%Internal 12% External 14%Internal 14% External 17%Internal 12% External 16%Internal 11% External 14%best    Internal 11% External 12%best    Internal 11% External 12%Internal 13% External 14%Internal 11% External 13%Internal 12% External 14%
UV block % (4)25% UVa99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%
U-Value (5)5.9nabest    5.45.55.9na5.8na6%6.06.16.05.86.16.05.8
SHGC (6)0.80.440.370.440.460.510.530.600.500.560.610.560.560.470.570.47
TSER % (76) (Heat)14%56%best    63%56%54%49%47%40%50%44%39%44%44%53%43%53%
Sales Rep Price $M2$54.22$70.73$70.73$61.03$54.22$74.19$47.94$47.94$55.32$55.32$59.15$63.03$66.42$70.73$74.19
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WebQuote Price$46.09$60.13$60.13$51.89best    $40.76$63.07best    $40.76$40.76$47.03$47.03$50.28$53.59$56.46$60.13$63.07
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Glossary of Terms
  1. WERS - Windows Energy Rating Scheme - performance data has been independently tested and verified
  2. VLT % - Visible Light Transmission - % of visible light that passes through the film. Usually more is better
  3. VLR % - Visible Light Reflected - % of visible light that is reflected by the film. Clear glass has a VLR of 8%. The higher the VLR the more shiny (mirrored) the film appears. A personal preference but usually less is better
  4. UV Blocked % - UltraViolet Light Blocked - % of UV light blocked by the film. UV causes sun damage and fading, so more blocked the better
  5. U-Value - A measure of the flow of heat through a window (glass and frame): the lower the U-value, the better the insulating ability of the window - warmer in winter
  6. TSER % - Total Solar Energy Rejected - % of solar energy (Visible Light + UV Light + InfraRed Light) blocked by the film. All three forms of solar energy will convert to heat energy. Higher % blocked is better but should compare films with similar VLT. Blocking more visible light will improve TSER but make a room feel darker.