Pre cut window film is an excellent way for both beginners and experts to tint a vehicle and achieve professional looking results. Before manufacturers began cutting tinting to fit different makes and models of vehicles, the best way to install tinting was to remove the entire window from the automobile. Since professional installers and auto enthusiasts were the only ones who knew how to do this, do-it-yourself consumers would apply the tint a different way. What they would do is either try to make an exact template of it or cut the excess tinting from around the window. As one can imagine, either the template would be skewed, or the person would accidentally slice through the tinting sheet. In the end, the DIY customer would be so frustrated they would often end up taking the car to a professional. Now that a manufacturer will pre cut the window film to specification, application is easier for novice installers. Experts love the precut tint because it has made the process faster to accomplish and easier to do.
Novice installers are certainly capable of applying auto tinting to their vehicles, but DIY auto tinting requires time, some skill, and patience. Do-it-yourself installers should research their state tint laws before purchasing any film. This information can be found online, though it might not be up-to-date. Local law enforcement is the best resource for a state’s tint laws. Although a beginner can do auto tinting, many still choose a professional for the installation. Auto tinting is a great way to upgrade a vehicle’s look, and the precut tint kits have made the process simpler for both experts and beginners.
Looking for high quality residential window films? Want to know what makes it different than tinting used for automobiles? What makes it a good addition to any glass surface?
One of the most common questions consumers ask is about the differences between automobile and structural tints. They utilize similar technologies to produce the same results, but it is not suggested to use auto tint on homes or to use home tints on automobiles.
The environments encountered by the different types of tints differ a great deal. Auto tinting, for example, must withstand high winds, flying debris, and extreme conditions. It also has a natural curve to it, so that it adheres naturally to the curvature of the glass surface.
High quality glass tinting designed for buildings is thinner than previous generations, but provides significantly more protection. It is easier to handle and maintain, but easier to care for. While ammonia should never be used to clean treated glass, just about any other cleaner is safe.
Installation of residential window films is easier and less costly than ever before. Professional installation is fast, and a high quality installer guarantees the completed project. Installation and the product are also up to 90% less expensive than complete window replacement.
Additional savings are available because of hefty tax credits, so the consumer saves more money. The project, once completed, will also save the consumer money on utilities and prevent the destruction of personal property caused by harmful UV rays.
Regular, untreated glass does not offer the same level of protection found in the newest tinting technologies. A professional installer can help the homeowner save money while improving the value of the property. Of course, the first step in obtaining these benefits is to contact a professional installer that specializes in high quality residential window films.
Window tints designed for cars have come a long way since they were introduced in the mid-20th century. In the last ten (10) years, technology has increased the products’ durability and effectiveness immensely. At first, these products were confined to simple polyester films. These materials are still available today, though they are of a much higher quality than they were just five years ago. Metal and ceramic films are becoming increasingly popular because they significantly reduce solar heat and glare as well as being extremely durable.
The original dyed polyester sheets were darkly pigmented, allowing the material to absorb light as it passed through. While this was effective at reducing glare, it also dimmed the interior significantly, impairing vision, and had only modest heat reduction benefits. Now, most tints made for cars include small amounts of metal or ceramic to improve their solar reduction properties.
Metalized film consists of multiple layers of polyester with tiny amounts of metal deposited on them. This metal is usually nickel-chromium, aluminum or copper, though about twenty-five (25) metals are compatible with the process. Metal films have a high light-to-solar-gain ratio, or LSG. This material is specific in what parts of the light spectrum it filters out. Today’s manufacturer can now produce films that selectively block out only the most troublesome of the solar rays such as UV radiation. The result is a highly reflective material that transmits little heat into the interior.
Ceramic films are another popular development over the last decade or so. Ceramic is one of the best insulators available, so it is the perfect material for keeping out summer heat. Like metalized films, ceramic products are also extremely durable and can last for years.
The earliest known examples of windowtint on cars happened on customized hot rods not long after World War II. The first known example was at an auto show in the Detroit area, which was the birthplace of American car concepts at that time. These were just colorized glass for the sake of appearance and were not mass marketed until a few years later. In the 1960’s, there was a movement that made the concept more popular for the rest of the United States. This was at first the idea of tempered glass for the sake of safety as cars became faster, but soon grew into a way to add color to windows of automobiles.
By the end of the 1970’s, most limousines had dark glass for privacy and luxury. This practice began to grow with other auto enthusiasts. Since this practice also affected the vision of the drivers, state laws were soon written to govern the filtering of light that is allowed. Now there are many levels of filtration, ranging from 5% that let in much light, to 70% that block most light. Generally the states with more heat and glare and less traffic allow for more darkness in the car windows.
Today, windowtint offers more than a stylish look to cars. The new coatings offer UV protection that blocks the heat and glare from the sun, while preserving or increasing the vision of a driver. The new coatings have different degrees of reflectivity that can offer either a shiny look or a dark, dull look. There are colors and many degrees of shading. There are options for materials and ingredients, including metallic, ceramic, and chemicals that offer various benefits.
Adding tint to your car windows can be beneficial for many reasons. It not only improves the look of many vehicles, it also offers protection against exterior elements, and prevents premature deterioration of the interior. One of the best films on the market today is ceramic tint. It is highly durable and will not turn purple or fade. Similar to metal or dyed films, ceramic film is made with the tiniest ceramic particles to block UV rays and infrared heat. When this kind of film was first made, it was not very pliable or easy to install on any glass surface. However, with technology advancements, it is one of the most sought after vehicle films available. It can be applied by the do-it-yourself person, but for the most accurate fit, it is best to trust the installation to a professional.
Using ceramic tint on your car windows offers many benefits. Because there are no dyes or metals, this film will not interfere with satellite radios, GPS or cell phones. The reduction rate of infrared rays can be as high as 80 percent. This is highly beneficial to vehicle owners that want to save on gas mileage and strain on the car’s battery. The infrared rays are what cause the heat. So the fewer that get into the vehicle, the less the AC has to work. It also blocks up to 59 percent of solar energy. About 99 percent of UV rays are refracted as well. This means less exposure to harmful rays for the occupants, avoids untimely aging of the car’s interior, and may increase gas mileage.
Placing window tint on a home offers many advantages such as lowering cooling costs, added privacy, and glass protection. A large window is a huge selling point when it comes to looking for a home; however it also adds disadvantages when it comes to safety and privacy. How can a family have both the luxuries of a beautiful window without the down side of safety and privacy? Adding a protective layer to it provides such an answer.
There are four types of popular window tint for a home that can add protection and safety to its windows. The most common include ceramic, dyed, metallized, and reflective film. Reflective and metallized are similar, both having metal filaments embedded into their films allowing for a mirror like finish. Dyed films are a darker colored plastic sheet that is similar to automotive tinting. Ceramic is the best of all worlds, it is created to be thicker than the other films and offer more protection from the sun’s harmful rays. All four of these films can be useful in providing protection from the sun, scratch resistance, offer more privacy, and can lower cooling costs in the warmer summer months. Which tint is used is up to the needs of the customer.
Small jobs can be done by the homeowner. These can usually be done with kits that include squeegees, hard cards, razors, and sheets of film. Larger pieces of glass or multiple panes should be done by a professional. The equipment used is higher quality and the film that would be used is precut to fit the exact measurements of the glass being tinted, allowing for a professional and higher quality look.
Here is a question I received by email that might interest a lot of folks. It refers to an RV, but actually applies to nearly every vhicle on the road.
QUESTION: Will the clear automotive window film (museum film) cut reflection on the side windows of an RV. With the large areas of glass at the windshield and side windows, it is extremely hard to see when it is sunny. Would this kind of auto window tinting help in my case?
ANSWER: First of all, thank you for your interest in our window films.
Though all films will reduce “reflection,” to cut “glare” when it is sunny & hard to see, the “darker” the film, the more glare is reduced. However, different states have different laws on the window tints that can be used on vehicles, differing according to window locations on the vehicle. Whether hiring someone else or doing the tinting yourself, looking up the appropriate laws at your local DPS or Department of Transportation is always a good idea.
The museum film mentioned in the email is great to stop the UV and some of the heat (36% of the heat) but it only stops 15% of the glare.
For the windshield: Crystal Clear 85% (Museum film) window film is the safest auto window tinting to use to maintain visibility for driving safety. However, 70% Ceramic auto tint will reduce more of the glare and is still very clear.
For the side windows, move to a darker film shade such as a 35% film. The more “light” is stopped, the less “glare” comes through.
Please give us a call at (832) 667-8822 if you have specific questions.
Designer window film is a wonderful way to decorate a space, while giving privacy and increasing energy efficiency. There are so many choices with the new products available.
With many buildings today there can be times when privacy is important. A bathroom window could be transformed into a source of light that gives total privacy, without curtains or blinds that are hard to clean. The design options for this covering include the frosted look, a glass block look – with countless varieties of geometric appearance, a stained glass look, colorful glass beaded look or a gradient look that still lets in light, or an eyelevel view that is clear.
The benefits of this kind of window treatment go far beyond the design and visual effects it gives. As in the case of bathrooms, entryways or living areas, privacy is important. The adhesive free vinyl variety can be easily removed and reused in another location. This type of treatment costs far less than actual etched glass, curtains or blinds, but has many of the same benefits. This product can also save energy if the proper type is installed. Installation is easy with some suppliers precutting the film to the measurements specified by the homeowner. Or it can be professionally installed to ensure the utmost accuracy.
Designer window film can also protect a room from harmful UV light that can rot curtains, fade rugs, and give glare into a room making it uncomfortable and harder to cool. The diffused light gives a restful effect. The window with this type of treatment applied can be transformed from an eyesore into a beautiful focal point that will benefit the home in several different ways.
There are always improvements or upgrades to be made on both the exterior and interior of a home or office, such as installing a mirrored window film on outside panes. This type of product has several beneficial qualities. One attribute to this product is that it decreases the visibility from the outside looking in, and thus provides additional privacy. The concealment provided by this type of glass film gives the opportunity to have privacy without necessarily needing to close curtains or blinds. Another key feature is that it has the ability to reflect ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. UV rays emitted from the sun can be potentially harmful to the occupants of a home or office if faced with prolonged exposure. In addition, the UV rays can cause the premature fading of fixtures within a home or office such as furniture, carpets, or pictures. Also, blocking the UV rays can aid in controlling indoor temperatures.
These treatments can be purchased easily online and can be installed by a technician. For those that prefer to do it themselves, this treatment can be purchased, along with tools and instructions needed for installing the product properly. As much of a worthwhile endeavor as this appears, there are some considerations to be made. Warranties of the existing windows should be examined in order to ensure applying the product is not a violation. Also, depending on how dark the tint is, it may create a dependency or less of a need for indoor lighting. There are many upgrades available to a home or office, but not many have as immediate an impact as mirrored window film.
Metal film has been the standard for solar protection for a while, but the benefits of ceramic auto tint make it the new champion in the industry. It is only slightly more expensive than metal film, but it offers twice the protection of dyed and hybrid materials. Ceramics are a unique substance capable of withstanding more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit of heat, even though it contains no metal. This extremely high heat resistance gives it excellent insulating qualities, which pays off for the vehicle owner.
Once installed, the material will turn the vehicle into a thermos on wheels. It will keep heat out during hot summer days, and keep heat in on chilly winter days. It conducts heat slowly, so it’s easier to maintain a comfortable interior temperature.
This film blocks out most visible and invisible solar radiation, including UV radiation. It can filter out more than 99 percent of UV rays, protecting people and upholstery from radiation damage. It is available in several visible light transmission, or VLT, levels, ensuring there is a product for everyone. No matter the VLT, one of the biggest benefits of ceramic auto tint is its superb transparency. Unlike lower quality films, this material does not affect a driver’s ability to see through the windshield. Coupled with the product’s ability to reduce glare, drivers behind this film have a perfectly clear view of the road.
While excellent solar protection is a good thing to have, it doesn’t mean much if the material breaks down quickly. Fortunately, these products are made to last, and often outlive the car they are installed on. They come with a scratch resistant coating that maintains the material’s integrity and look, and it can last for years, even when exposed to the harsh sun every day.