Frequently Asked Questions
What are the most
common installation problems?
The most common mistake is placing the tape on a frame that is too narrow. The tape supplied is 15 mm wide. Frames must provide a flat surface at least 15mm wide (30mm for large windows) in order to provide sufficient area for adhesion when the membrane is under tension after shrinking with the hair-dryer
Some enthusiasts neglected to adequately clean window
frames which had acquired a greasy surface over the years.
Others applied the tape directly to unpainted wooden frames,
not realizing the timber had been treated with an oil
or wax protective coating.
Frames painted long ago should be cleaned with a solvent
such as methylated spirits. Oiled or waxed frames, and
rough-sawn timber surfaces, must be sanded down to reveal
fresh, smooth timber in a 'Dressed And Ready' condition
before applying the double-sided tape.
See: Window frames treated with oil, wax, or in poor condition
How do I clean
The membrane is easily cleaned - just wipe over the surface
using a soft cloth dipped in warm water only. Add a few
drops of detergent to the water if the surface marks are
greasy and then rinse off with clean water. DO NOT use
chemical cleaners or abrasive cloths.
It looks like it
is very thin - how easily is it damaged? What happens
when you bump it? What about children poking it?
Yes, the membrane is very thin (25 microns) but very tough
and tear-resistant. It will bounce back if poked, pushed,
bashed - even if you break the glass behind it.
However, it can be damaged by slashing with a very sharp
object such as a razor blade, and will melt if a naked
flame is applied to it (however, it is not flammable).
See: How it works.
Can you come to
my house to install it?
We are not able to visit your home to offer assistance.
However, installation instructions are provided with the
kit and are found on our web site. Unless you are dealing
with specific types of window, such as sliding aluminium
windows, it is a remarkably simple operation. If you have
a problem, we can offer telephone support. For more information
see Do it yourself.
do you provide?
ClearComfort is covered by normal guarantees, that is,
that the product will do what we say it will do. Our products
have served our customers well for more than a decade
in Australia, and are guaranteed against deterioration.
However because the installation is done by the customer,
we cannot guarantee workmanship.
How much is noise
reduced after installation of your product?
The ClearComfort system is highly effective in reducing
heat transmission but does not provide sound insulation.
See: How it works.
Is there ever any
problem with condensation in the sealed air gap?
This can occur but is preventable.
To avoid condensation in the sealed air gap we recommend
applying the membrane system when the air humidity is
low. You should also check that there is no moisture trapped
between the glass and the frame, that windows fit properly
into the frames, that timber is well seasoned, and that
any paintwork or silicon sealant is thoroughly cured.
If you discover condensation between the membrane and
the glass, it can be removed by carefully lifting a small
area of one corner of membrane to allow air movement.
Wait for a day when the humidity is low, and then re-seal
the membrane to the corner.
Is it suitable
for sliding windows with older-style extruded aluminium
Please see Aluminium windows on our Do it yourself
Do you have a showroom
where I can see your product installed?
We sell by mail order so we do not have showrooms. This
ensures the price of our product is as low as possible.
We have many photographs of our product on our website,
showing windows with the intelligent insulation system
already installed, and photographs of the simple installation
steps being followed.
If you would like a sample of the membrane, just email
us your street address and we will send out a sample.
See: Do it yourself.
Can it be used
on the outside of a window?
Ideally you should place the membrane on the INSIDE frame
of the existing window, however in a protected position
(e.g. under the eave and perhaps behind an insect screen)
it will perform almost as well as on the inside.
I'm no handyman.
How difficult is it to install?
We assume that the person applying the product has basic
household skills. For example, people who are competent
in simple hobbies such as basic sewing or fixing simple
things around the house should have no difficulty in applying
the materials. Basic carpentry skills are required for
some window types (e.g., sliding aluminium windows). Installation
instructions are provided with the kit and are found on
our Do it yourself page.
Can I remove it
once it has been installed?
The tape is designed for permanent use. Removal requires
solvents and/or abrasive materials.
If you intend to remove the installation you should use
temporary tape, which is the double-sided tape typically
supplied by hardware and stationery stores. The tape we
supply is designed for permanent installation and is difficult
to remove. We supply temporary tape in 30 metre rolls,
but you must specify TEMPORARY TAPE in your order.
See: Prices, orders, contacts.
IF YOU HAVE A FURTHER QUESTION - please send us