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blog home tint7 thing you need to know about home window tinting!

Push aside the misconceptions… Here are 7 facts about home window film that every homeowner should know.  This information is what you need to know when considering window film as a home improvement.

We have been involved in the home window film industry for over 25 years.  During these years we have seen programmable thermostats and Energy Star appliances become energy saving staples in homes.   The benefits of window film are on par with these aforementioned products, yet window film has not gained the popularity it deserves.

Many home owners have heard of residential window tinting.  This has proven to be a positive and negative factor in the industry.  There are so many preconceived notions that are simply not true about home window film.  This misinformation keeps many away from this amazing product.  There are also an equally high number of amazing benefits that homeowners realize when they have the correct window film installed in their home.  The word of mouth communications from “in the know” homeowners are keeping this underserved industry alive.  This is the positive side that keeps us going in this industry.

Please put aside the misinformation, myths, rumors, preconceived notions, and uninformed statements you may have heard, read, or experienced regarding home window tinting.  Here is the information that will put you “in the know” so you too can reap the vast benefits home window film provides.

1.  Home window tinting is a relatively low cost investment.  Yes, window film is an investment because window film pays… just like any good investment.  Many home window films have a 100% ROI (return on investement) in 24 months or less!  An average single hung window can be tinted with a quality film starting around $60.  Certainly more can be spent on “exotic” material type window films, but it is not necessary to reap the benefits.  There are home window tints available for every budget.

2.  Residential window tinting lowers electric bills.  It is absolutely true that window film lowers heat gain and heat loss enabling your HVAC system to work less to provide you the same or increased level of home comfort.  If your AC or heater runs less to keep a moderate temperature, that means they use of less energy.  Using less energy means lower electric bills.  Hello ROI!

3.  Home window film filters over 99% of the harmful UV radiation.  UV rays are what cause fade damage to furniture, flooring, rugs, art, photos, window treatments, etc.  This is the same radiation which causes skin cancers and other health issues.  How can anyone dismiss the importance of keeping UV rays out of the home?

4.  Home window films do not limit the light transmitting through your windows and make your rooms dark.  Clear home window films filter 99%+ UV and lower heat gain and heat loss WITHOUT limiting the visible light transmitted.  Most people close the interior window treatments to fight the effects of untreated windows regarding sun damage and high energy bills.  With window film you can confidently open your blinds and enjoy the view, without risk of fade damage or high energy bills!

5.  Home window tinting will not bubble or look ugly over time.  Modern films installed by industry approved techniques will last a lifetime.  Quality home window films have a lifetime warranty and some are even transferable when you sell your home.  Some of my early installs look just as good as the day they were installed 20+ years ago.  Modern materials and space age technology guarantee these results.

6.  Residential window films will not damage your windows in any way.  Major window film manufacturers are so confident based on decades of product testing and real world applications that they warranty the actual window glass on which the film is applied.  If an issue happens to arise in the window glass on which the film is applied, respected film makers will cover the repairs to the window glass.  This is completely spelled out in window film manufacturers warranties that are available for your review.   Do not let an off the cuff statement by an uninformed individual sway your decision to dramatically improve your home.  The information is readily available for your own due diligence.

7.  Most window film applications are performed in one day or less and there is no mess.  Installing window film is not rocket science, but care and attention to detail is a prerequisite of the best installers.  There are no power tools needed, there is little to no noise created, and even really high windows are easily tinted.  The only liquid solutions needed are water and a few drops of a special solution, and there are no sticky adhesives used to apply the film.  Drop clothes are standard equipment for home window tinters. Some window treatments may have to be moved to access the glass, but that is routine in most applications.  Quick, quiet, and clean window film application is the goal of most reputable installation companies.

We hope this blog has been helpful in shedding light on the ‘real story’ of home window tinting.  WSR is committed to provide you with the information and resources to aid you in making a great decision for you, your family, and home.

 

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Are your windows looking foggy?

Do you have FOGGY Windows?

WHAT are foggy windows, and WHY have your windows lost their seal?

Do you have one or more windows in your home that have a FOGGED up appearance? Maybe it is worse than just ‘fogged up’ and you actually have lots of moisture/water in between the double pane window glass? Have you tried to clean the window to get rid of this appearance only to discover that you can’t… because it is ‘inside’ the window? You are not alone! This is a common issue facing countless home owners all across North Texas.

The Window Seal May Be the Issue

Insulated glass, or double pane glass, was invented in the 1930’s in an effort to make window glass perform better and increase interior building comfort. Insulated glass is two (or more) panes of glass glued together around the edge to create a sealed airspace between the two (or more) panes. This airtight airspace increases the insulation properties of the window by making it more difficult for heat and cold to transfer across this airspace and into a building’s interior.

The ‘glue’ and edge spacer make up the insulating ‘seal’ and it is located around the perimeter edge of the window glass. The seal consists of a butyl rubber compound that is applied with a ‘hot glue gun’ device around the edge spacer when the glass unit is made. This process ‘glues’ the two panes together to form an Insulated Glass Unit (IGU). Since the edge of window glass is mounted inside the window frame, the seal is usually not visible. This ‘seal’ is what makes the space in between the double pane glass airtight and gives the unit its intended performance.

replacementsmallFOGGY window is an insulated window glass pane where the insulating window seal has failed. The IGU is no longer airtight. In the window industry this is known as Seal Failure. Once the seal fails, outside air containing humidity and moisture is now allowed to breach the airspace of the window. Once moisture is inside the IGU, it fogs up and condenses over and over until it finally stains the glass and leaves an ugly residue. Even though the seal failure process has been evolving in a particular IGU, this fogged appearance is when most homeowners discover they have a window glass issue.

There are many reasons windows have Seal Failure. The vast majority of homes in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas were (and are now) built using low end builder grade windows. Low priced windows are directly related to low cost components and the window seal is no exception this rule. These low cost components have a difficult time standing up to the continued stresses of the North Texas climate. Getting ten years of FOG FREE usage from builder grade windows is doing pretty darned good. Cold and Hot, Dry and Humid, Sun and Wind… these all hitting windows and pool sweeps spraying chlorinated water on the glass (which runs down into the sealed edge of the glass) are big contributors as well.contribute to the stresses on window seals because all of these tend to degrade the butyl rubber compound over time. Eventually this compromised butyl rubber seal separates away from the glass. Now you have seal failure. 

Fixing Your Foggy Window

Now you know exactly WHAT is going on with your foggy windows and you have a good idea of WHY it has happened. The standard solution to repairing this issue is replacing the glass within your existing window frames. This is typically called Insulated Glass Replacement.

You will find an array of resources available here on this website to aid you in getting your foggy windows repaired by a qualified professional.

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photo19Retail Window Issue of the Month - Too Much Sun Can Hurt Your Business

Sun, Heat and Glare in Retail Windows

Retail store owners can encounter significant heat, glare and merchandise fading in their store fronts. This is due to the typically large amount of glass found in retail locations designed to provide maximum visibility into and out of the store.

Commercial Window Film and Retail Windows

Commercial window film can be an effective solution for these issues. A typical window film application can reduce up to 85% of the heat, 85% of the glare and 99% plus of harmful UV rays. Commercial window film is applied to the inside of the glass and typically provides for a 10 year film warranty. A commercial window tint can incorporate the levels of interior and exterior visibility or privacy desired for each individual circumstance.

When a retail store owner considers this approach we recommend they consult with a professional Window film dealer that will assess and recommend the following:

    • Customer expectations regarding the appearance from the outside i.e. reflection and visibility into the store. The appearance can be vary based on glass type: clear, low-e or glass with a color on the outside pane.
    • Glass type and approved film applications that will not harm the glass. There are specific films that are designed to be applied to single pane vs. dual pane glass and annealed vs. tempered glass.
    • Film selection that will produce the desired appearance, heat reduction, glare reduction and fade protection.
    • The installation of window film on a retail store front is an excellent option for those stores with an East, South, or West exposure. Window film can allow for the required level of visibility from the outside and does not require losing visibility inside looking out as experienced with blinds and roller shades.

Retail/Commercial window tint is a proven solution for many retail store owners in the Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex that are experiencing the enhanced comfort, reduced eye strain and merchandise fade protection afforded by a professional installation of window tint on their store front and office space.

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