It is amazing news. After over a year of consideration, Canada is the second country in the world to legalize marijuana for all purposes, medicinal and recreational. It is a huge step in the world’s progress toward legalizing and regulating the sale of marijuana. Moreover, the United States is likely to soon follow Canada’s lead. With approximately 9 states legalizing marijuana outright, and about 30 states permitting medical marijuana, the United States is moving in the same direction as Canada. With the experience of some limited growing operations in Canada, and in U.S. states like Colorado, it is clear that security is the main concern for marijuana growers.
On October 17, 2018, Canada’s new law legalizing marijuana will come into effect. Many Canadians, including the Prime Minister, believe that legalizing marijuana will actually take marijuana out of the hands of young people, and limit (if not eliminate) the black market for the drug.
In many public statements, Canadian policymakers are extolling the virtues of the law, noting that under the current law of criminalizing marijuana – the use of the drug has been prevalent in young adults with all of the profits going to traffickers on the black market. Legalizing the drug will bring the market out into the light, it will allow the government to regulate its use – protecting young people – and allow the government and legal businesses to reap the rewards of the newly legalized product.
Of course, with any major shift in public policy there will be unintended consequences. One of those consequences is the security danger facing marijuana growing operations. Now that there will be more operations in existence in Canada, security risks must be considered. And that is where commercial window film – security window tint to be specific – will become important.
Security Window Film Necessary for Growing Operations
Marijuana growing is typically a cash-heavy business that creates a product that is illegal in other jurisdictions. In places where marijuana is not legal, the price for the drug is generally twice as high compared to jurisdictions where it is legal, thereby creating a strong incentive to not only take cash, but take plants for resale on the black market elsewhere. The result of those factors is that marijuana growing operations are considered “very soft targets” for burglaries and robberies.
Accordingly, marijuana growing operations employ a variety of security strategies to protect against those criminals who are drawn to places that store a lot of cash and have a product considered contraband elsewhere. The operations’ measures go anywhere from alarm systems to armed security guards.
One important piece of the security arsenal for a marijuana growing operation is the use of security window tint on an establishment’s windows. The technology available today in the commercial window film industry is truly remarkable. Security window tint, either reflective or dark tinted, has a host of benefits regarding protection from UV rays, and insulating against the outside elements.
Yet, one of the best features of security window film is privacy. Ensuring people do not know what is going on behind a window is a sure-fire way to keep criminals away from your operation. While security guards are helpful to known growing operations. Such measures are not necessary if people do not even know that your building is a growing operation.
Benefits of Security Window Tint
Because security window tint is a important arrow in your quiver when trying to protect your marijuana growing operation, let’s take a moment to discuss the benefits of security window tint in detail.
Visibility. First and foremost, keeping prying eyes from seeing into your business is the way to keep your growing operation protected. Security window tint can provide a mirror-like appearance to the outside world, to make sure that you can look out, but others cannot see in. As noted, the first avenue for protecting a business like a marijuana growing operation is to make sure that your business is not obvious to the outside world. If your establishment simply looks like another office building there is a far greater chance that it will not become a target for those wishing to steal.
Strength. With any home or office exterior, glass is the weakest point. Even tempered glass can be broken with only a little force. Security window tint, however, provides another layer of protection, and is a powerful tool for making glass harder to breach. Would-be robbers who attempt to break security window tint glass must put a lot more force to try to break it. The added noise that results from the effort needed to break glass treated with security window tint could also alert those inside your business as well as the neighbors.
Safety. Security window tint simply makes glass stronger. Providing a type of adhesive, elastic, razor-thin, layer of protection makes that even if a window treated with security window tint does break, the window film will prevent small pieces of dangerous glass from hurting others inside the building. That added layer of protection will also serve as another obstacle to anyone trying to get through the window. Slowing down a would-be intruder could be just the time needed to get the police to your business.
Aesthetics. Not only does security window tint provide additional privacy and security, but also it enhances the look of a commercial building. The technicians at Tint Tech of Calgary have a number of options to make sure that the security window tint you choose for your operation matches your taste and style.
Tint Tech, the Calgary window tinting professionals, understands the needs of marijuana growing operations, and the need for privacy will be that much more important with Canada’s new law in place. We have already helped many growing operations with their security window tint needs. Tint Tech can provide you will the best options, best customer service, and best price when you are looking for security window film. Call us and speak to a Tint Tech expert today at 403-968-8468.
Back in the day, you could change your own oil, replace the spark plugs, change headlights and taillights, fix fuses, and rotate your own tires with relative ease. With a little bit of know-how and interest, a car owner could essentially maintain his or her own vehicle without having to go to the shop very often.
Today, however, the amount of electronics in your car will make maintenance of your vehicle daunting even to the most diligent of do-it-yourselfers. That, coupled with the fact that car leasing has largely taken over the notion of car ownership (where the dealership would prefer, and makes it easy, to maintain the leased car for you) means that do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are harder and harder to come by when it comes to your beloved ride.
Well, there still is one project that still lends itself to a DIY treatment if you are so inclined – window tinting. Those who are handy, have the time, and have the patience may relish the idea of diving into a project that can result in a great new look for your car. We at Calgary’s Tint Tech, the window tinting professionals, sell many DIY window tint kits.
In fact, there are many different types of DIY kits that will allow you to apply window tint film to your vehicle, even if you are a first-timer. So, you should feel comfortable in the knowledge that there certainly are DIY window tint kits for beginners.
While you can tint your own car windows, the bigger question is whether you should do it, in lieu of having a professional auto tinting shop do it for you. This article will discuss the pros and cons of using DIY tinting kits.
The Benefits of DIY
Plenty of options. The really great thing about deciding to use a DIY kit to tint car windows is the number of options available to you. There are DIY kits made for people ranging from the absolute beginner to those with tons of experience. They also range in cost, from surprisingly inexpensive to rivaling the prices of the professional auto tinting shops. Here is where you need to be careful, however. The adage “you get what you pay for,” holds particularly true here. Cheaper car tint kits can contain poor quality window film that may look ok when first installed, but may turn purple or bubble in a short period of time.
Precut and Full-Sheet Kits.
Speaking of options, DIY window tinting kits come with window film that is either cut to fit your vehicle or comes in full sheets so you can fit the film on your windows yourself. You may think that being able to cut the film to your car would be the better option, but in fact the precut kits are far more precise than kits in the past. With precuts for literally hundreds of models of cars, trucks, and SUVs, precut DIY kits make the tinting project much easier. The precision-measured sheets will fit your vehicle right out of the box. Moreover, the materials are more user-friendly than kits in the past. You will be pleased with the amount of time saved by not having to cut a full sheet of film to fit your window while trying to avoid a mess or marring the trim around your window.
Great on your wallet. Of course, one of the best benefits of doing it yourself is saving samolians! While you have to put in your own elbow grease, the advantage in not having to pay the expensive labor cost that many auto shops charge is huge. So, never underestimate the benefit of saving money by doing the window tint installation yourself.
Pride in craftsmanship. The other big plus to a DIY project is the very fact that you did it yourself. Once you get the window tint placement just right, you get to stand back and marvel at your own work. The kind of pride that comes with tackling a challenging project all by yourself is its own reward.
The Drawbacks to DIY
Window tinting is not for the faint of heart. Applying window film to a car’s windows can be tricky, requires lots of patience, and can be very difficult. Though not impossible, applying window film evenly and without visible flaws on the window can be a real challenge. Unlike a lot of repairs that could be made to today’s cars, applying window tint needs a lighter touch, and should be applied with some TLC.
Dust-free environment. Another issue to confront with doing it yourself is that you need to avoid a dusty environment when installing the window film. If you want to have the window tint look its best, then you want to avoid getting unwanted dust particles between the window film and the window surface. Having trouble finding a clean, low-dust workspace? Then DIY application may be more difficult.
Legality of window tint. Each state or province has different rules with regard to the extent of tint (the VLT percentage) and which windows on your auto can and cannot be tinted. If you are going for a DIY window tint package, you may be at a loss with regard to the type, and location, of window tint that is legal in your area. Working with a professional window tint establishment, like Tint Tech of Calgary, would allow you to learn from experts as to what is and what is not legal. Accordingly, the determination of the legal parameters of tinting can be a drawback to getting a DIY kit.
This piece is meant to get you to start thinking about whether a DIY window tint kit is for you. If you are ready for a challenge, have some time, and have some persistence, sprucing up the look of your ride with some window tint film will be a fulfilling project. However, be sure to do a little research about the legality of window tinting to make sure that you are not forced to remove a window tint that you beautifully installed.
We at Tint Tech, the premier Calgary window tint specialists, not only provide window tinting services, but also we sell DIY kits right from our office. Don’t be afraid to come on into Tint Tech to ask questions of our tinting professionals, and get some guidance as you embark on your next DIY project.
At Tint Tech, Calgary’s leading window tinting shop, we keep up to speed on the latest trends and changes in window tint technology. It’s our job to be the most informed tint technology specialists, so we can best serve our customers.
Make no mistake, window tinting film is not just a roll of dyed plastic film for windows. Rather, window film is truly a real-world application of nanotechnology, which is the manipulation of particles at the molecular and atomic level. Indeed, the price of a roll of window film reflects the kind of science that has gone into the film’s manufacture. That is why we call ourselves Tint Tech – because we are the experts in the technology of window tint.
In fact, the technology has become so sophisticated that our professionals must keep up with industry training to understand the products that are out today. Some window films still use dyes to create the desired effect, but those are less expensive options on the market.
The real technology – and real benefit – comes in window films that employ tiny metallic particles, or a transparent layer of advanced ceramics. Those elements provide the kind of ultraviolet, infrared, solar rejection, and glare protection that is the mark of the latest trends in window tint technology.
So, let’s take a look at how window tinting is trending into the future, and discuss one of the big players on the window tint stage – Hanita Coating.
Don’t Go to the Dark Side – Window Tinting is No Longer About Dark Windows
The world of window tinting has entered a new era, with a whole new demographic of customers. Back in the day, the thrust of window tint was to darken your windows. The aesthetics of dark windows in your car – or for your home or office – were the main drivers for consumers.
In short, it was all about the look – particularly with cars. We understand. There really is something to be said for pulling up to the hottest club in the city with a sports car that has beautifully tinted windows, adding mystique and style to your ride.
However, over time, tinting technology improved to such a great degree that consumers who have no interest in dark-tinted windows see the huge benefits to window tint – particularly clear or neutral window tinting film.
As we have discussed at length in our previous blogs, window tinting has enormous benefits for you and your car, home, or office. Here is a quick summary of some of those benefits:
- Ultraviolet light protection: High-quality window tinting film – like the metallic and ceramic films mentioned earlier – block out about 99% of harmful UV rays from the sun. That means less UV radiation on your skin, and on your dashboard and upholstery that could easily fade.
- Solar heat reflection: Not only does a good window tint keep UV rays out, but also it can actually keep most of the sun’s heat from coming into your car, home, or office. Keeping the heat out will do wonders for your pocketbook – since you no longer have to put your air conditioning at full blast.
- Shatter reduction: By virtue of having a window tint film covering your auto or home windows, a window becomes more shatter proof. Stated differently, when a bad guy tries to break in your car or home by breaking a window, it will be far more difficult for him to get through. The film holds the shattered pieces of glass together, adding one more barrier for a burglar to get through, and minimizing dangerous shards of glass from flying all over the place.
- Glare reduction: Window tint also has the benefit of cutting down on sun glare. Particularly when driving, sun glare can be just annoying or can be very dangerous. Having a window tint cut out the glare makes driving less stressful.
Notably, the benefits mentioned above come with clear, or virtually clear, window tint films. When the window tint also darkens your windows, then you also get the benefits of privacy, and the ability to keep valuable items away from prying eyes.
Hanita Coating – A Quality Window Film Product
Hanita Coatings is a company that began in Israel. For over 30 years, Hanita served the label, print, appliance, and glass security industries with specialized films and laminates. Hanita then, about 10 years ago, focused its resources on eco-friendly film and coating technology. The innovative solutions developed by Hanita had amazing results in increasing energy efficiency and lowering the carbon footprint of buildings.
The big news for Hanita came in 2017, when Hanita Coatings was acquired by global adhesives powerhouse Avery Dennison, creating a company called Avery Dennison Hanita. Avery Dennison Hanita now specializes in coated, laminated, metallized films for many industrial and commercial applications.
Specifically with regard to the Hanita window films that we use at Tint Tech, Calgary’s top window tinting professionals, Hanita provides automotive window tint film, SolarZone window film, and SafetyZone window film.
With regard to Hanita’s automotive film – which go under the names Cold Steel, SolarZone, PerLite, or Solar Steel – Hanita’s approach to auto window film emphasizes the following aspects:
- Keeping the sun’s heat out, with 73% solar energy rejection.
- Keeping UV rays out, eliminating 99% of UV radiation, which is the equivalent of 1000 SPF sunscreen.
- Keeping a window safer by helping to bond glass fragments in the cases of accidents, stones hitting the windshield, or burglars trying to get in.
- Keeping glare to a minimum.
Hanita also specializes in “non-reflective” automotive films, which are intended specifically for the front cabin of your car. That is, the front side windows and windshield. Hanita’s Sigma Pro uses the nanotechnology we discussed earlier to provide high performance, great handling for ease of application, and no interference with electronic appliances or devices.
Further, Hanita’s IR 75 Automotive is a clear filter for the front cabin that filters heat out while retaining the visual clarity so your tint will not run afoul of the law.
In sum, we at Tint Tech of Calgary are happy to use Hanita window films for our customers because it provides the kind of long-lasting protection that our customers have come to expect.
To learn more about Tint Tech’s expertise for customers in Calgary and the surrounding region, we invite you to give us a call today at 403-968-8468. When it comes to being in touch with the latest trends and best products in window tint, look no farther than Tint Tech.
When you drive past a window tinting shop – like Calgary’s window tinting specialists, Tint Tech – you probably immediately think of a place that focuses on making your car windows as dark as possible, in order to get that sleek, sports-car look. Then you decide to drive right past because may not be a fan of dark tinted windows, or you may be daunted by the worry that windows that are too dark might be illegal in your state or province.
Well, you might want to give window tinting a second look. It is not just about making your windows dark. In fact, many, many customers put window film on their windows without any darkening tint.
We at Tint Tech want to tell you about a window film that really has nothing to do with making your car (or home) windows as dark as possible. Rather, Tint Tech can provide you with clear, or virtually clear, window film that carries with it a host of other benefits.
As a company dedicated to knowing all that there is to know about the world of window tint, we at Tint Tech have taken notice of an interesting shift in our clientele. Rather than serving customers solely looking for a darker window film to enhance the look of their vehicles, we are getting more and more customers who want window film that is clear, or virtually clear.
Specifically, they are coming to us because they know that window film on your car or home windows results in energy efficiency, improved health, and increased safety. Indeed, beyond just aesthetic improvement, window film has a larger purpose!
So, to those of you who think that window film is just for those who want to own a car that looks like a hot rod – think again. Window film for your car and home has such practical, money saving, and health saving benefits, that you should consider whether putting window film on your car or home windows is the smart choice for you and your budget.
Here is a breakdown of some of the major benefits to window film for your car or home that have nothing to do with making your windows darker.
Benefit #1: UV protection
Did you know that a regular car or home window does not block ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun? UV rays can be harmful to our skin if we are exposed for too long. In fact, UV rays are one of the major causes of skin cancer. So, when you are in your car, or close to a window with the sun shining in at home, you are being exposed to UV rays.
The beauty of window tinting film, even the window film that is clear or virtually clear, is that it blocks 99% of harmful UV rays. That is significant. When you install window film in your car or home, you are protecting your skin, and your family’s skin from the negative health effects of UV rays. When you look at it that way, you have to ask yourself why more people aren’t installing window film on their car and home windows.
Benefit #2: Minimize fading
You take a lot of time and energy picking out your car with just the right interior. The fabrics, the colors, the surfaces, all matter in making your car exactly what you want it to be. That is doubly true for the furnishing in your home. You take pains to make sure that your furniture, your draperies, and your artwork is ‘just so.’ The light and UV rays that can be harmful to your skin are also harmful to your upholstery and other surfaces in your car and home. It is a shame to spend so much time picking out the right environment, only to have it fade prematurely because your windows let in too much UV light.
Window film can save the day. Again, clear or virtually clear window film (with no darkening tint) can take away the UV light that would otherwise prematurely fade the upholstery, dashboard, and other surfaces in your car, or the upholstery, furnishings, and artwork in your home. To keep your car and home furnishings looking new, consider going to Tint Tech, Calgary’s window tinting experts, and having the professionals treat your car and home windows today.
Benefit #3: Reduce glare
Sunny days are great, except when you are driving westward home, and the road you are on looks like it is driving directly into the setting sun. Your sun visor doesn’t go low enough to protect your eyes, so you are in the unenviable place of essentially trying to drive while staring into the sun, with traffic slowing down.
What could be a remedy? You guessed it – window tint film. Of course, most if not all states and provinces do not allow you to darken your windshield with window tint. However, clear window tint for your windshield and front side windows can significantly reduce glare. After installing a clear film on your windshield, you immediately find that you can enjoy those sunny days without having to worry about the glare from the sun.
Benefit #4: Shatter protection
No one ever wants to get into an accident, certainly not one where glass shatters in your car. By the same token, having a window broken in your home – from a tree branch during a storm, or from an errant baseball – is also not something that is a pleasant experience. Yet, when those kinds of accidents happen, the pieces of shattered glass can pose additional hazards on top of the initial accident.
Window tint film is the answer for the shatter problem as well. Window film is like an extra elastic-type sheet that covers your window. In the event of a window shattering, the film will be able to hold the window together much better than an unprotected window. Accordingly, window film can help avoid having to deal with flying pieces of glass following an accident.
Benefit #5: Save Energy
The final major benefit to window film is the energy savings, which translates directly into cost savings for you. Window film, including clear or virtually clear film, keeps the heat in during the winter, and keeps the heat out during the summer. So, if you have the sun hitting your car or home windows, window film provides a barrier that keeps the sun’s heat out, so your air conditioner does not have to work so hard. Similarly, in the winter, the heat generated by your heater will not leak out as easily. So, if you want to save money, and save energy – two noble goals – consider getting that clear window tint film on your car and home windows today.
Tint Tech is Calgary’s window tinting expert. Contact us today to learn more about clear window tint technology. Our professionals are happy to assist you. Call 403-968-8468 today.