Thursday, September 29, 2022

What Should I Consider When Getting Tinted Windows?

Window tinting was first introduced in the 1960s and has since become associated primarily with young car drivers. But window tinting has grown up since those early day and now services a huge market with a wide range of colors and uses. There are two basic types of tinting film - metal film and non-reflective film. Tinted windows are available in a wide array of colors, and the most common are silver, gold and basic black. Tinted windows play a very important role in protecting yourself and your car against the harmful rays of the sun, vandalism as well as added protection in a crash.

The benefits are enormous when it comes to tinted windows. The film used for tinting car windows is a high-strength plastic with a scratch-resistant coating on one side and a transparent adhesive on the reverse. The tinting is treated with chemical blockers which can block 65% of the sun's heat and 99% of ultraviolet (UV) rays. It not only protects the interior of the vehicle, but also protects your eyes from glare as well as your skin from sun damage. Window film also enhances the strength your vehicle's glass by holding shattered glass in place.

When you begin to look at your window tinting options, you should first research what is legal in your area. Each U.S. state has separate laws governing tinted windows. Most professional companies specializing in tinted windows should be familiar with the law in your city and can give you a certificate of compliance in case you are pulled over. Fines for all tinted windows can run anywhere from $50 to $500 depending on the local enforcement protocols as well as what aspects of your tinting are not up to scratch.

Some states allow the tint on each window of the car if you have side mirrors, while others prohibit tinting the windshield and two front windows. The color is also legislated and the most common prohibited colors are red and amber. The darkness or opacity of the tint is also a factor in many local laws. This is measured by what we call visible light (VLT%), defined as the percentage of visible light that is through the tint. Many states make exceptions for medical conditions that require heavy protection against the sun. Once you have researched what is legal, you can look at the options and choose the one that best fits your car while still within the legal limits.

While tinting is a job some people elect to do on their own, it's worth considering having it done professionally. It not only looks better, but it will last longer and comes with a guarantee. Although tinted windows can done for yourself, a professional touch will always result in a smoother finish as well as a job with a guarantee. They have the tools and experience to get the job done right the first time.

Generally speaking, window tinting is a wonderful aftermarket enhancement when applied correctly and professionally. Tinted windows can even make your car a more attractive option on the secondhand market should you choose to sell it down the road. Always keep any paperwork associated with aftermarket or maintenance work you have had done to your vehicle so that prospective buyers can see what you've had done and, in the case of tinting, can be sure that the tint meet legal requirements. Going through the time it takes to both research the laws as well as finding a quality tinting shop will ensure your window tint remains a benefit and not a liability.

Kelly is a freelance website content author, in her free time she enjoys shopping and is an avid reader.

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Get to Know Solar Gard

Take a closer look at the manufacturer leading the window film and surface protection industries for more than 40 years.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

byDESIGN Modern Bird Strike Series

 Did You Know?

Window collisions are one of the leading direct human causes of bird mortality. A 2014 study by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Smithsonian Institution estimated that between 365 million to one billion birds are killed annually by building collisions in the U.S.

Source: National Audubon Society

Cities across North America are taking action to make their buildings bird-friendly, and the Bird Safe Building Act was recently reintroduced to the U.S. Congress.

The new Modern Bird Strike film, a key addition to the byDESIGN Decorative Film Series from Solar Gard, allows building owners and property managers to cost-effectively distinguish their glass to birds, preventing deadly collisions and promoting sustainability.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Friday, September 16, 2022

Window Film - Energy Efficient Window Covering - Energy.Gov



Window films (applied to the glazing surface) help block against solar heat gain and protect against glare and ultraviolet exposure. They are best used in climates with long cooling seasons, because they also block the sun's heat in the winter.

They can be useful for homeowners who don’t want to block views with other window treatments, but who have issues with glare and solar heat gain. They can also be a good choice on windows that are difficult to fit with other window treatments, or in places where artwork, furniture, or carpeting could be faded by UV exposure.

Films typically have three layers: an adhesive layer that sits against the glass, a polyester film layer, and a scratch-resistant coating. You may also choose options such as tints, UV blockers, or thicker films that offer security. Low-e films are also emerging as an energy-saving option.

Window films are rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), which also created window labeling and ratings for consumers. The NFRC’s Window Film Energy Performance Label looks like this:


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

What is Solar Gard?

We are way more than window film!

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Solar Gard: What Matters Most to You..We're On It!

Solar Gard creates the world's best window films and surface protection solutions for your family, home, business and car. Solar Gard products increase security, safety, comfort and energy savings. What matters most to you..We’re On it! Learn more about Solar Gard at

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

What do these cars all have in common?

They're all protected with next-gen XenithIR Ceramic window film from Solar Gard!

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Monday, September 5, 2022

Solar Gard® Armorcoat® Safety Film: School Intruder Test

This Solar Gard® Armorcoat® Safety and Security Window Film test shows how an armed intruder’s attempt to gain access through an entryway was delayed. The armed intruder was Larry Adams of S2 Safety and Intelligence Institute, a trained expert on breaching entrances in buildings. Entry without Armorcoat took 10 seconds, while glass filmed with Armorcoat helped delay the intruder by over a minute and a half – buying 90 valuable seconds for help to arrive.

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Friday, September 2, 2022

5 Home Energy Hacks – You May Not Know About

Whether the sun is entering a Grand Solar Minimum casting us into a mini ice age or Global Warming will have us wearing shorts in January, there are some practical and innovative ways you can save energy and money to help save the environment and your pocketbook.

The advancement in technology gives rise to energy-saving products and devices. Here are a few energy savings hacks you may not have known can help you and the environment.

Going Low-E

Low-E window film applied to your home’s windows helps to keep the heat inside in the winter and keeps it cooler in the winter. It pays for its self in 2 to 6 years and can help you dramatically lessen your energy consumption.

E-space Heaters

 If you only have to heat a room or two and cringe thinking about turning on a heater that will make the whole house or apartment toasty, there are several high-efficiency wall-mounted heaters that have a low-profile barely bulging out of a wall power socket.

 Put the sun to work

The solar heaters are energy-saving devices that can provide heat for both space and water. Depending on the type of solar heater that is used (be it a part of the structure of the home or one that engages the use of a mechanical device), solar heaters are a definite money saver. It is easy on the environment too. Greenpeace should love this one.

Be Your Own Big Brother

Knowledge is power and can help you save a ton of it. Devices like Sense Energy Monitor help you figure out what home appliances are the energy hogs, how you can reduce their usage and so much more. Testimonials online have these devices saving several hundred dollars a year.

Get “Smart” with Your Thermostat

Many utilities and even insurance companies offer rebates on smart thermostats. Smart thermostats can increase awareness of your energy habits and help you make small adjustments to save big while staying warm.

Finally, there are energy-saving light bulbs, lamps, appliances, and other gizmos and gadgets. But the fact remains that saving energy is fast becoming the order of the day taking into account the current realities. So, if all the energy-saving devices out there will still not suffice, the “use less and save more” principle will still add a good deal to your savings.

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