Friday, February 24th, 2017
If you own a residence, or manage or own a building with glass. It could be at risk of being attacked by people or the elements (Hail, debris from high winds etc.) then security window films is an ideal solution!
Security window film is a coating designed to keep glass intact when shattered in the event that it’s broken. Available in a variety of strengths, it is typically retrofitted to existing windows, forming an invisible protective membrane on the interior side of the glass.
If the sole purpose of installing security and safety window films is to keep intruders out, remember it must be attached to the frame.
The film is used to protect glass from shattering under extraordinary circumstances including earthquakes, hurricanes, and even bomb blasts – and it’s also commonly used at retail locations vulnerable to forced entry or vandalism. From hotels and commercial offices — to schools, universities, government buildings, healthcare facilities, airports and more — security window film can play a key part as the first line of defense!
As a building manager or owner, you have many important responsibilities. But none is more vital than keeping tenants and occupants safe – as well as all interior assets.
Help stay protected with security window film!
Friday, August 8th, 2014
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW THE SCREEN IS GONE –
……………… THANKS WINDOW FILM !!!
About the NFRC
NFRC is a non-profit organization that administers the only uniform, independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and attachment products. Our goal is to provide fair, accurate, and reliable energy performance ratings so that:
- Architects, builders, code officials, contractors, homeowners, and others can compare different products and make informed product choices.
- Building officials, state government employees, and others involved in code development and enforcement can determine if products meet local codes.
- Government- and utility-run energy efficiency programs can establish performance requirements and standards.
- Manufacturers have a fair and level playing field to compare products and an accurate method of showing the
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) was formed in response to the energy crises of the 1970s.
To address concerns about energy consumption, the fenestration industry developed a host of new energy efficient technologies, including low-e coatings, low-conductance spacers, and gas fills.
Unfortunately, in advertising these new technologies some manufacturers made outlandish claims about the performance of their products. Consumers complained, and the federal government began to investigate.
By the late 1980s, industry stakeholders staved off confusion, federal intervention, and perhaps costly litigation by coming together in 1989 and founding NFRC to provide independent verification of product performance. Reed more about them at www.nfrc.org/about.aspx
Window Film or Solar Screens
Solar screen manufactures need to stop their spread of false heat reducing numbers. The public needs to be informed about the real statistics, the real numbers are public and easily found on the National Fenestration Rating Council’s website.
You can find the ratings for all our products there on the NFRC site at www.nfrc.org but what you won’t find is anything on solar screens as they are not considered a viable product by the NFRC.
HERE”S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW – The solar screen industry will show you heat reducing numbers that look incredible and that is because they are just that – uncreditable, these numbers have not been validated by the NFRC and are false.
Solar screens actually do cut 80 to 90 % of the visible light but what you see is not always what you get. Visible light is only 44% of the heat coming through your window. What you are left with after applying solar screens is 56% of that heat still coming through. 53% of the heat from infrared and 3% of the heat from ultraviolet light is still coming right through that window heating up your home.
Heat is not your only concern
The damage from fading can be costly and even devastating if we are talking about family heirlooms. You thought you were protecting your valuables by blocking the visible light using solar screens but again what you see is not always what you get.
Visible light only causes 25% of the damaging rays coming through a window. Ultraviolet light causes 40% of the fading as well as 25% caused by infrared light.
When using solar screens you are still allowing 65% of the damage that you were trying to avoid to continue.
Window film actually cuts the infrared and ultraviolet light that solar screens do not. Take a look at the numbers from one of our films. The Prestige Series window film is one of the best window films manufactured by 3M. This film blocks 97% of the infrared light and 99.9% of the ultraviolet light and comes in a variety so you can choose how much visible light you want to block.
Don’t listen to the false clams being made by the solar screen industry; it will cost more in the end. Take a look at our site www.hometint.com and the ratings for our products on www.nfrc.org Make an informed decision before investing in any type of window coverings.
Thursday, May 15th, 2014
There is a myth making the rounds that window film causes seal failure in multi-pane insulated glass window units. At first glance, the myth makes sense. It’s based on two truths. However, for the myth to not fall apart you must ignore two other truths and never actually research to see if anyone has put the myth to the test.
For a myth to gain a foothold, it has to have some internal logic. If it doesn’t make sense, no one would believe it. This myth begins with two true statements.
1. When applying window film to insulated windows, the film goes on the interior side of the unit. 2. As the weather warms up, the film reflects heat back through the unit.
Based on this, the myth then says that the interior gasses trapped in the unit will expand and contract as the temperature rises and falls, causing the unit to swell and constrict, breaking the seals and causing the unit to fail. Unfortunately for the myth, this ignores two facts.
First, even without window film reflecting heat back, the units warm and cool as the weather changes – and the gasses inside expand and contract. This is how they were designed. Second, even a 20-22 F degree increase (unusual for most films) will result in a less than 3% change in air pressure, whereas properly made units are designed and tested to withstand 22% changes in air pressure*.
For some, this simple math is enough to explain why in over 30 years of observation** we have never witnessed an increase in failure rates for units with film versus units without. But why stop there, when we can find out once and for all?
The Window Film Committee of the Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) commissioned A. William Lingnell, P.L., a technical consultant to SIGMA, to conduct the standard ASTM tests (E773 and F774) on standard sealed units with and without window film.
These test were conducted by A. William Lingnell (B.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Engineering Science) of Lingnell Consulting Services, the technical consultant to the Sealed Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association (SIGMA). He has over 30 years of experience in the technical field of glass and architectural products and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in the field. He is a member of American Architectural Manufacturers Association; American Association for Wind Engineering; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers; American Society for Testing and Materials; American Welding Society; Association of Construction Inspectors, Building Officials and Code Inspectors; Construction Specifications Institute; International Conference of Building Officials; National Fenestration Rating Council; National Fire Protection Association; National Glass Association; National Society of Professional Engineers; and Southern Building Code Congress International.
Conclusion: Based on the testing conducted on these units, window film had no observable effect on the performance of high quality manufactured insulated units.
Read more about it @ http://www.iwfa.com
All dual pane windows will suffer from seal failure at some point, with the cheaper windows failing sooner than better quality ones. The likelihood and frequency of seal failure is primarily determined by the quality of workmanship and the materials used to build the insulated glass units. Your best protection against seal failure is to buy well-made units from a reputable window manufacturer***.
If you are the orginal homeowner and you are still under your window manufacturer’s window warranty, 3M will automatically give you 40 months of seal failure protection from the date of installation, not to exceed any window manufacturers warranty. If your warranty goes beyond the 40 months an extended warranty is available @ .35 cents per sqft. which covers your window manufacturer’s warranty.
*Results indicate that residential film only increases the summertime airspace temperature by no more than 22 degrees, a pressure increase of only .55psi (pounds per square inch). Put into perspective, most manufacturers of insulating glass units design their products to withstand a pressure change of 3.30 psi, over six times the film’s potential pressure increase! Source: http://www.spokanesunscreen.com/faqs.html
**A longevity study conducted by SIGMA which started in 1980, found that sealed unit designs which passed the highest level of performance testing failed at a rate of approximately 4% over 15 years. Units passing lower levels of performance failed at a rate of approximately 10% over 15 years. Sealed unit design has improved significantly since 1980 and SIGMA estimates that current high performance units may have a failure rate as low as 1% if all three of the major reasons for seal failure are eliminated. While 1% may seem like a low number it still means 1 in every 100 sealed units will fail before the warranty period. Source: Click here
***Source: Click here
Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Heat & Glare Reduction
Everyone loves the windows on their home and enjoys the light that they bring to their homes, but no one likes the heat and glares associated with them. The sun that gets in your home raises the temperature “heat” and causes your Air conditioning unit to work hard, thus raising your electric bill. The glare from the sun through your windows can also cause irritation when reading, watching television, etc… and can cause you to want to shade your windows, thus darkening the room and taking away the natural light. At HomeTint we offer solutions for you to fix this problem and get the light you want without the added energy cost and annoying glare!
Keeping your home cool during the Texas Summer heat is always an expensive and difficult task. The sun that heats your home enters through your non protected windows and causes the temperature to rise. These are just 3 of the things that cause heat and glare: 44% from visible light, 53% from infrared light (invisible light), 3% from UV. 3M Night Vision Series reduces over 70% of infrared light and 65-85% of visible light (not as dark as it sounds) with 99% UV. Solar screens effectiveness varies with the angle of the sun. 3M window film is constantly effective. Some people have gone the route of using solar screens which claim to help reduce the added heat but fail to do so. Solar screens are just an added darker screen to your home which do not look attractive to the eye and are hard to see out of. Also with Solar screens you must take them off in order to clean your windows, which is just a pain no one wants to deal with! At HomeTint we utilize 3M Window Film.
3M Window Film is a high quality film that comes in a variety of shades and colors and WILL reduce heat and glare in your home. 3M Window Film is applied to your window and customized to fit it. Where solar screens only reduce heat at certain times of the day, 3M Window Film is constantly working! 3M Window Film will dramatically reduce your energy bill and help keep the heat and glare away. The 3M Window Film comes with a lifetime labor and materials warranty from 3M Company.
So just as a review here is a comparison between the 3M window Films and Solar screens:
3M Window Film
- Enhances the beauty of your home.
- Reduces more heat.
- Clear view out.
- Applied to inside of glass and can be cleaned even with ammonia base products. 30 days after installation.
- Our products are completely safe for dual-paned glass, including Low-E. Guaranteed!
- Our product comes with a lifetime labor and materials warranty from 3M Company.
- Not what they claim; 80% / 90%. That is an up to number.
- Distorted view out. A screen is a screen is a screen.
- Must be removed to clean your windows. Professional window cleaners charge extra to remove them.
- Collects dirt and bugs. When water from rain gets on them, say good-bye to your already distorted view.
- Their lifetime warranty is only on the screen material, not the cost to rescreen.
As you can see heat and glare reduction in your home should be a priority for many reasons, not only does it look good… but it reduces your energy costs and annoying glares. Give HomeTint a call and we will get you a free quote for your home today!
REQUEST FREE ESTIMATE!
972-539-2989 or 817-421-3911
Friday, February 28th, 2014
When it comes to tint both the Night Vision Series and Prestige Series will do wonders for your home or business. They both offer heat and glare reduction, and they come in several different colors. But there are some differences in them.
Night Vision Series films will give you a lessened exterior glare reduction with an high interior reduction as well.
The 3 colors available are:
- NV15 the darkest,
- NV25 medium
- NV35 is the lightest
The Prestige Series Film are considered great for heat and glare reduction. They are known for completely eliminating reflection. They are best referred to as high heat and high glare reducers. It has a less interior reflection then the glass itself.
So as you can see both series are great tint for your home or business. It comes down to the color and reflectiveness of both of these tints to make the main difference.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
When it comes to your home or business you want it to stand out from the rest. One way in which we can help is to provide you with beautiful decorative window tint. Home Tint offers the best decorative film around and can be customized to your liking.
• Solar Heat Reduction: 28%
• Glare Reduction: 29%
• UV Block: 98%
• Total Solar Energy Rejection: 28%
• Reduces air conditioning costs
• Stay cooler by reducing excessive heat in warmer months
• Reduce glare and eye discomfort
• Increases personal safety from flying glass
Our decorative tint can be customized to incorporate logos or other designs that you would like on your windows. Not only does decorative provide a majestic feel to your windows, but also reduces energy costs, provides glare reduction, increases privacy, and much more.
Check out our gallery of some of our recent decorative film jobs and contact us today to get your decorative film installed! http://www.hometint.com/residential/decorative-films/
Friday, December 27th, 2013
Safety and Security films help hold the glass (windows/doors) together when it is broken due to any impact, whether it be a burglar (smash and grab attempt), hail, high winds, flying objects or even a bomb blast. These can come in handy for any type of business that desires extra security! Pawnshops, banks, federal offices, car dealerships, etc.. could all benefit from these great security films. Not only will Security film protect your business and assets it will also look good on your windows and doors!
Because of special attachment systems broken glass stays in the frame which is held together by the film. The film comes in a variety of strengths and tints for our customers specific wants and needs!
Some of the films are thicker than others but that does not mean they are stronger or better! It really just depends on what you want for your business and we will help you out! Give us a call today and we will make sure your business is safe and secure!
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Tim’s Window Tinting Inc. is now DBA as Home Window Tinting. The quality of our installations, products and personnel is still 2nd to none. The reason for this change is simple, over 70% of homeowners do not even know our product exists (even though window film for your home is the #1 thing a person can install to save on energy dollar for dollar) the other 30% either think it’s bad for the double pane glass. Window film can be said to be the best investment made for your home or office. Please visit our website www.hometint.com or just give us a call at 972 539 2989
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
Anyone wanting to see with their own eyes the affordability of window tinting need to go no further than our Project Calculator, which can be located on the left hand column of this web page. Once you click it, you’ll be able to select from one of our four quality films and then just enter in your measurements for the window or windows you’re looking to have done, after you’ve done this you’ll just press the “Result” button at the bottom of the page and immediately receive an estimate.
Here is a simple and easy way to get your measurements correct for your windows: Once you have your retractable metal tape measure in hand, you’re ready to measure the window. Start by measuring the width of the window. Place the end of the tape measure along the inside edge of the molding (if there is any) of the window, and measure to the opposite inside molding edge of the window.
Go ahead and give it a go! Once you see window film is affordable, you can contact us for a face to face consultation. We’ll be looking forward to hearing from you.
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
Attention. Builders, Superintendents, Warranty walk-through personnel, Project Managers and the misinformed.
We at Home Window Tinting understand that the application of window film to insulate glass voids the manufacturer’s warranty. However, it doesn’t harm the sealed unit, contrary to popular belief. The Window Film Committee of the Association of Industrialized Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators commissioned testing be done on standard sealed units with and with-out window film. Based on testing conducted on these units, window film had no observable effect on the performance of high quality manufactured insulated units. 3M and Hanita in conjunction with Home Window Tinting covers the warranty for the customer and relieves the builder and the window manufacturer from any liability for seal failure.
Another myth is that window film will crack all of your glass. Thermal fractures do occur very rarely and here at Home Window Tinting, we want you to be confident in our business and services, so all window film manufacturers that we use cover against thermal fractures for 5 years after installation. Most builders and glass manufacturers only cover against stress or thermal fracture for one year.
650 East Highway 121 Business, Suite 310, Lewisville, Texas 75057