WINDOW FILM, AN ENERGY EFFICIENT INVESTMENT FOR HOMES AND COMMERCIAL SPACES

By | Residential Window Film

Professionally installed window film is a prudent investment to improve a home’s energy efficiency or commercial space. The technology of window film has evolved in recent years beyond the basic window tint on a car into a high-performance product. Modern window film is nearly transparent on the glass and can be retrofitted to most existing windows, a versatility of design and function that surpasses window replacement in cost-effectiveness.

An informative article on Builder Online elaborated that: “Energy Commission creates a “loading order” that ranks products on energy efficiency by cost-effectiveness. Window film is near the top of those products, beating even blown-in ceiling insulation.” Check out the entire article HERE

Here are the ways that window film can improve a home or commercial space:

Cut Cooling Costs by Up To 50%

The EPA Energy Star Buildings Manual is the authority on energy in the US. It has been found that approximately half of a home’s utility bills are wasted by loss of heat and heat gain through untreated windows. This is a tremendous opportunity for window film installation, saving up to 50 percent on overall cooling costs. The improvement in energy efficiency can be attributed to window film being a thin, virtually invisible, yet powerful addition to existing windows.

Minimize Hot Spots and Irritating Glare

Window films made with ultra-clear, distortion-free materials are nearly invisible to the naked eye. It’s time to open your blinds, shades, or draperies and let the sunlight in. Forget the days of annoying glare preventing you from working or watching TV during the day. These high-performance window treatments reduce glare by up to 87%, block heat, and deliver an at-home experience full of light and comfort.

Protection from Harmful UV rays

Visible light contains UV rays harmful to fabrics, furnishings, and artwork, a process that promotes fading and deteriorating of materials through an untreated window. Window film rescues by blocking up to 99.9 percent of all UVA and UVB rays. A substantial benefit to the occupants of the space and lifespan of interior fixtures which inhabit your home or commercial space.

Control Temperature Across a Space

Window films are great for temperature control and can eliminate hot and cold spots within a space. The film reduces heat gain from the glass in hot areas and preserves heat from escaping in cooler temperatures. The effect is a balance in temperature and a reduction in the air conditioning load.

Cost Effective Alternative to Window Replacement

Professionally installed window film is an affordable alternative to window replacement, an energy-efficient solution that is about one-tenth the cost of replacement windows. You will enjoy the benefits of window film for years in the home or commercial space, with a return on investment in as little as three years.

If you would like to learn more about why window film is an energy-efficient investment for your home or commercial space, contact us with questions and to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate.

 

Window tinting

REDUCE HARMFUL UV RAY IMPACT WITH WINDOW TINT FOR YOUR VEHICLE

By | Car Window Tint

Window tinting on your vehicle is a protective layer that can preserve more than just your vision on the road. Driving comes with a lot of awareness and concerns. Checking the time, changing the radio, adjusting the seats, watching the road, and keeping an eye on other drivers are all factors. But did you know that you should also be careful about UV rays and their potential damage?

UV rays can harm not just you but also your vehicle’s interior. Fading, leather deterioration, extreme heat, and cracked dashes can all result from UV rays damaging the interior. 

In addition to your vehicle, UV rays also cause damage to you, your eyesight, and your skin. UV rays have been directly linked to skin cancer when the skin is exposed to the sun for not periods. 

Our window films can be an effective and affordable solution to this problem! Our films reject up to 97% of the sun’s infrared light and 60% of the heat through your windows. This reduces the UV ray’s impact and protects you and your vehicle. In addition, window tinting also strengthens and extends the life of your vehicle’s glass, making it more resilient and less likely to need replacing anytime soon. 

  • Tinting the windows of your vehicle come with many advantages, such as:
  • Safety – holds tempered glass together
  • Security – prevents smash-n-grabs
  • Keeps vehicle cooler in summer
  • Keeps vehicle warmer in winter
  • Protects interior against fading
  • Increases resale value
  • Reduces brightness
  • Increases privacy
  • Reduces cancer-causing UV rays by up to 99.9%

Because we use 3M window films, you will also receive an offer for a lifetime warranty against damages such as bubbling, peeling, fading, cracking, and any deterioration of the adhesives. 

If you are ready to install long-lasting, strong, and protective window film on your vehicle, contact us today for more information!

Window Films to Protect Your Home and Health

Window Films to Protect Your Home and Health

By | Residential Window Film

In southern states where the sun is brighter and hotter, window film does a lot to protect your interior furnishings from sun damage and fading. These window films have various benefits, including protection, stronger windows, and perhaps the most valuable benefit: protecting your health. 

In the summer, we take extra measures to protect ourselves from the sun. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and more protect us from ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet rays (UV rays) are a type of electromagnetic radiation that is always present in sunlight. 80% of UV rays can penetrate right through clouds. This is why you should wear the necessary protective wear when it’s cloudy. 

UV rays are the primary cause of conditions like sunburn, eye damage, premature aging, melanoma, and skin cancer. Many think that inside their home, they are safe from these harmful rays; however, that couldn’t be further from the truth. UV rays can penetrate your windows and cause the same conditions inside as they do out. 

The obvious solution would be keeping the blinds closed, but it limits the natural sunlight coming into your home. Another ridiculous solution would be wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and more indoors. Neither of these options is very practical or convenient. We have the most ideal solution for you and your windows. 

Investing in window film installation can initially seem expensive, but the benefits vastly outweigh the cost. Not only does it protect your home and health, but it can also add to the aesthetics of your home. Window film can block up to 99% of harmful radiation while preserving the look of your home and the view of the outdoors. 

Window replacement is much more expensive than window film installation. Instead of full replacement, you can vastly change your windows, look, and function without the cost and headaches. 

With all of these benefits, it’s obvious that window film installation is a worthy investment. If you want to learn more about our services, window films, and packages, contact us today!

 

Shatter-Resistant Window

The Importance of Shatter-Resistant Window Film

By | Residential Window Film

The Value of Shatter-Resistant Window Film

Dogs are lovingly known as man’s best friend, and they offer many benefits to your home and family dynamic. For starters, they are entertaining, spark joy, are loving, affectionate, and can be as close as your best friend. They also add a layer of protection to your home. Dogs bark to protect their loved ones and territory, and many are willing to attack an intruder which means doing harm. This serves as a deterrent when it comes to home intruders and thieves. 

Unfortunately, owning a dog also comes with its fair share of responsibilities and drawbacks. One of which is the risk of damage to your property. Dogs tend to dig up gardens, chew at furniture, go after laundry or shoes, and scratch at walls or windows. 

They don’t mean to purposely cause this damage; it’s just a natural instinct they come with. That doesn’t mean you have to put up with these damages, though. Windows in particular tend to sustain a lot of this damage. They either weaken from the weight and pressure from scratching, or they become too damaged to see through. Either way, it calls for window replacement which can be very expensive. Especially when these damages happen very frequently. 

Thankfully, we have a much cheaper solution to this issue. Window film can protect your windows from damage occurring in the first place and are a fraction of the cost of full replacement. Window film acts as a barrier between your window and your dog, ensuring that your window won’t sustain damage from their scratching. 

Big dogs, in particular, come with their own set of issues. Pitbulls, German Shepherds, Great Danes, and other large breeds can cause more than just damage. Their weight and pressure can completely shatter the window if proper precautions are not taken. 

Installing a thick, shatter-resistant window film can add additional strength and resistance to your windows allowing them to sustain the extra weight. In the chance that your window does break, it will not shatter. This prevents your dog or yourself from sustaining glass-related injuries. 

There are numerous issues window film can resolve, and various window films for each need. If you would like to learn more about our services, window films, or prices, contact us today!

 

car window tint

Why You Should Have Your Car Windows Tinted

By | Car Window Tint

Why You Should Have Your Car Windows Tinted

Your car is a big part of your life. It is an investment in your future, yourself, and your family. It is very likely you spend more time in your car than you do at home! Because of this, it’s important to invest in your car to ensure it is a comfortable and safe place. 

Getting the oil changed, checking your breaks, and maintaining your tires are some basic maintenance when it comes to caring for your vehicle. But one of the big ways a vehicle can get overlooked is their windows. Specifically the tinting on your windows. Most cars come directly from the factory with tint already on the windows, so oftentimes there isn’t really a reason to give it much thought. 

In this article, we are going to go over the many reasons why your car’s window tint is important, and how it can enhance your driving experience. 

  1. Protection for your car’s interior 

The sun is a beautiful but destructive part of nature. Exposure to the sun for long periods can cause damage to pretty much anything, including the interior of your vehicle. Faded upholstery, cracked leather, and more are just some of the expensive damages a car can sustain from the sun. 

Tinted windows drastically extend the life of your vehicle’s interior by filtering out the sunlight. Not only does this protect your interior from fading or cracking, but it can also maintain the value of the vehicle making it easier to sell down the road. 

  1. Glare reduction

A driver can become distracted or hindered on the road in many ways, but glare from the sun in their faces can be the most annoying. The safety issues it brings alone can be reason enough to tint your windows. Hindering your view of the road, squinting in order to see, and not allowing you to see the full view of the road ahead can cause life changing or threatening consequences for you and others on the road. 

In addition, this glare can cause headaches after long periods of time. Unless you are wearing high quality sunglasses every time you hit the road, you will likely arrive at your destination with a pounding headache and lost focus. All of this can be prevented with a good layer of window tint. 

  1. Temperature control

Not only does reducing the amount of sun coming through your windows cut down on glare and interior damage, but it also helps keep the interior at a comfortable temperature. This can be especially important on hot summer days when the interior of a car can reach life threatening temperatures. 

  1. Increased privacy and security

We’ve all been caught at a stoplight singing along loudly to the music playing in the car. It can be embarrassing, especially if it’s someone we know. Having your windows tinted can prevent this humiliation by offering you more privacy in your vehicle without hindering your view to the outside. In addition, this can protect your car from potential burglary as it effectively hides whatever valuables you may have in your car. 

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of tinting your car windows, or if you would like to learn about our window tinting services, contact us today!

 

3M Safety and Security Window Films

3M Safety and Security Window Films

By | Commercial Window Tint

3M Safety and Security Window Films

Owning and operating a retail store can be both exciting and nerve-racking. Protecting your store, employees, customers, and merchandise is a top priority. Investing in this protection is essential, but did you know there is an affordable way to protect your retail space?

Investing in and installing 3M Safety and Security Window Films can enhance the safety and security of your retail store without changing the aesthetics or taking a chunk out of your budget. 

These window films can prevent smash-and-grab burglaries by strengthening your windows and preventing break-ins. This can protect your vulnerable entry points as well as preserve your merchandise. 

Defense against vandalism and graffiti is another benefit to 3M Window Film investment. Graffiti and other forms of vandalism can destroy the overall appearance of your store front. This vandalism can force you to spend thousands on removal of the damage or even replacement of your windows completely. 

By installing 3M window films, you can create an invisible barrier between the damage and the window, meaning you can remove and replace the film instead of a full window replacement. 

3M Window Films can also reinforce your windows. Even if your window is broken, the glass pieces will stay together instead of shattering, preventing any broken glass-related injuries that could occur. 

Natural sunlight can be a beautiful way to light your store, making it warm and inviting. However, prolonged sun exposure can cause damage to your store’s interior as well as products you are selling. Sun damage can cause fading a breakage to your floors, carpets, furniture, art pieces, and inventory. Installing 3M window films can reduce up to 99% of the UV rays coming into the store. Natural sunlight can also cause glare in your store, making it an uncomfortable environment for both employees and customers. 3M Window Films can block up to 78% of window glare. 

If you would like to learn more about how 3M Safety and Security Window Film can protect your store, or if you would like to learn more about our installation services, contact us today for more information!

Does Dark Tint Equal More Heat Rejection?

Does Dark Tint Equal More Heat Rejection?

By | Car Window Tint

A common question tint companies receive daily is “how dark will my window tint need to be to block out heat”? There are many layers to understand to answer this question. To start, there are three main components to heat: Ultraviolet rays (UV), infrared heat (IR), and visible light that you can see with the naked eye. Window films are designed to block either some or all of each of those, reducing the heat that comes into your home or vehicle. 

More traditional films will have darker shades with higher heat rejection. These films will only block the UV and visible light to reduce the heat coming in. Dyes are also added to the film during production to block more light and give a darker appearance. You can get really good heat rejection with these classic films; they are reliable and have been on the market for years. 

However, as technology grows, we see more and more films hit the market that offer much more variety to your options. These new films for starters, come with an additional layer of an IR-blocking coat. With this new coating built into them, the films can now block more than just UV rays and visible light, but IR. This not only allows for better heat protection but it also allows you to get films that aren’t as dark. 

These newer films can come in the traditional darker shades as well as virtually clear films that will block just as much if not more as the traditional films. An IR-coated film, a standard 35 shade of film will gain you an additional 10-20% overall heat-blocking rating compared to a good quality traditional film of a similar shade. This means you can maintain your aesthetic while gaining more protection. 

Clear films are usually used by car enthusiasts who want to preserve their vehicle’s aesthetic while protecting the interior from heat and UV damage. 

If you would like to learn more about window tints, or would like to learn more about our services, contact us today. 

3M Privacy Window Films

3M Privacy Window Films

By | Commercial Window Tint

Being the landlord to commercial buildings, or the owner of a booming business can become a long and exhausting job. It becomes even harder when you run into privacy and security issues. Investing in new windows, higher security, and alarm systems can certainly be the way to go. But before pulling that trigger, we suggest a cheaper and easier solution to try first.

3M Privacy Window Films can be quite the investment themselves. But in comparison to other security measures, and with their list of benefits, it makes sense for business owners and landlords to install the window films on their buildings and in their offices. Here are four reasons you should consider investing in 3M Privacy Window Films. 

To start, it provides extra layers of security without the hassle of other security measures. It is much harder to try and steal what you cannot see from the beginning. A burglar will very rarely take the risk of breaking into a property without knowing they will reap the benefits of stealing high-value items. This is why it is advised to hide your valuables in your vehicles. Installing a 3M Privacy Window Film prevents a potential burglar’s view into your building. In addition, if you do have a security guard you allow them to safely hide behind the film while keeping an eye on the outside or into other rooms. 

Another benefit to investing in 3M Privacy Window Film is how quickly and cost effectively you can update the aesthetics of a room without full window or glass wall replacement. The subtlety of the 3M White Matte Privacy Translucent Window Film, or the boldness of the 3M Mirror Privacy Film can drastically update the look of a room or office without making any major design changes. 

Privacy is yet another benefit to these amazing window films. Offices, banks, hospitals, and large retailers require privacy in order to guard their employees and clients. 3M Privacy Window Films can do this quickly and cost-effectively so you don’t have to halt productivity for long or at all. 

And finally, investing in 3M Privacy Window Films can assist you in hiding certain rooms and areas of your building or business from the public eye. Meeting rooms where extra privacy is invaluable, or storage rooms where your chaotic and disorganized supplies hides away, these rooms can be hidden from public view and allow you to continue conducting your business with professionalism and class. 

If you want to hear more about 3M Privacy Window Films, or if you want to learn more about our installation services available, contact us today! 

 

3M Decorative Films For Commercial Installation

3M Decorative Films

By | Commercial Window Tint

3M Decorative Films

Flipping a commercial property to prepare for a new tenant can be time-consuming and expensive. Because of this, property managers have mastered the skill of making the transition process as quick and efficient as possible. The sooner the tenant starts their lease, the sooner they begin to pay rent and cover those expenses.

There are three main factors that create the amount of work it takes to transition from one tenant to the next:

How long the previous tenant was there – Even if their lease was only a few years, design trends tend to fluctuate frequently. This will require a space refresh since the last tenant started their lease.

How well the previous tenant maintained the space – How well the previous tenant cared for the space will impact how long it will take to update the space before the next tenant moves in.

How customized the space was for the previous tenant – In commercial properties, many tenants will represent their brand throughout the space. This branding will need to be removed and likely updated for the new tenant. This can be time-consuming and expensive.

Thankfully, 3M has designed many different kinds of films for various surfaces that can efficiently update a space without making a huge dent in your budget.

3M Decorative Films can bring a fresh design to older surfaces. Instead of replacing furniture like old desks, cubicle partitions, or doors, you can apply a decorative film to these existing surfaces. In addition to saving you time and money, it is also a fantastically sustainable option by reducing waste and repurposing what you already have. You can choose from hundreds of different finishes to these films.

Dated property can be unappealing, but damaged property can be even worse. Renters simply don’t care for rented properties like they do for properties they own. Because of this, damage to furniture or walls can be a frustrating aspect to tenant transition. Tenants will expect these damages to be addressed before their lease begins. 3M Architectural Finishes can conceal damaged surfaces and make them look fresh and new.

3M Decorative Films For Commercial Installation

Commercial spaces are bound to have tenants brand the space for their business. The company name and hours on the glass storefront, a custom wall graphic in a boardroom, or company logos on the walls are all branding tools that can be left behind when a tenant leaves. Incoming tenants will likely want their own brand so the branding change can be expensive but necessary. Thankfully, 3M decorative films can make this transition more accessible and cheaper. 3M authorized dealers can remove the only branding without damaging the surface and quickly replace it with the new branding.

Transitioning from tenant to tenant doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive any longer. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how they can assist you with your property.

3M window film benefits an office

How 3M window film benefits an office

By | Commercial Window Tint

How 3M window film benefits an office

According to a recent Gallup poll, the average American works 8.8 hours a day or 44 hours a week. That’s a lot of time spent in the workplace; therefore American offices are getting more energy efficient, stylish, safe and conscious about workplace productivity. The 3M window film is a cutting-edge product that can help with all these workplace concerns while benefitting the bottom line. In fact, in 2011, the Department of Energy recognized 3M window films as a top efficiency upgrade with a high probability of success with a return on investment within 2 to 3 years.

So, what makes 3M window film such a smart investment for commercial buildings?

One of the most outstanding benefits of 3M window film is its energy efficiency. Whether using sun control films to decrease energy consumption or light redirecting films to deepen the reach of natural light, the savings are hot. The decrease in carbon emissions and dependence on artificial light is as good for the environment as it is for the bottom line. The US Department of Energy estimates that as much as 75% of existing windows are not energy efficient; when tinted with 3M window film translates into annual energy savings of 15%. The breakdown of 3M window film capabilities is as follows: up to 85% reduction of heat from the sun, 99 % rejection of UV light and a reduction of up to 95% of glare. The energy savings make up for the cost of window film in under 3 years which is a great deal for any commercial property.

How the windows look in a commercial property reflects the business and its reputation. Decorative window films are a cost-efficient way to spruce up the aesthetics of a building. Window tinting can be a stylistic feature that is a fraction of the cost of etched glass. Whether a mural or picturesque view, 3M window film can add style to any business.  Better-looking windows will add to workplace productivity by being more attractive. It has also been found that reducing glares, hot spots, temperature fluctuations, and natural light adds to employee retention. Workplaces with better energy management have happier employees with fewer sick days and absenteeism and clients who buy more from the business.

3M window films are a great security feature as well. Window glass is fragile and often vulnerable to break-ins and crime. In most businesses, it takes as little as a softball to shatter through a window pane. Specialized commercial safety and security window films serve as a shield to protect fragile glass from severe weather, crimes, bombs, and vandalism. The business will be better protected from elements of disaster with 3M window films.

Commercial 3M window film is gaining popularity in offices across America for its myriad benefits. From energy efficiency to aesthetics and security to a boost in workplace productivity, the 3M window film is essential for every office.