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    What Goes into Being a Window Tinting Specialist?

    Did you know that there is a shortage of window tinting specialists? It is true. The job of tinting windows is both a skill and an art. There is no one, cookie-cutter, way to tint a window. Every tint job, every project, every vehicle is different and presents unique challenges.  

    Tinting is Both an Art and a Skill

    If you thought that adding a tint to the windows of your car was simply a matter of applying the film to the glass, like putting on the wallpaper, think again. Dealing with auto window tinting film, as well as residential and commercial tinting film can be rather complicated. It requires a facility for dealing with chemicals, in addition to being skilled with your hands.  

    Given the nuances of window tinting, it becomes clear that there is a wide range of quality among those who provide window tinting services. Some may talk a good game, but at the end of the day, if their tinting people are not certified, have not had the proper training, or simply learned by doing at the shop, then you could end up spending money on a tinting project that needs to be completely redone.  

    That is why Tint Tech is so proud of its window tinting specialists. Our tinting professionals are certified, have become pros by having training on many different products and learning many different scenarios. That, coupled with the years of on-the-job experience, and you will find that our window tinting specialists at Tint Tech are second to none.  

    If, after reading this article you have additional questions about window tinting for your car, home, or business, then look no further than window tinting specialists in Calgary, Tint Tech. We make sure that your tinting installation is done right, and we will help you protect your most important investment long into the future. Call Tint Tech, the best window tint shop in the area, for more information today at 403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

    In this article, we will take the time to discuss what it takes to know all there is to know about professional window tinting.  We will go into what window tinting specialists have to learn in order to truly be specialists.  

    1. Differences in Window Film

    To the uninitiated, you might not realize that there are many different types of window film. Given that the technology has advanced so dramatically in the last few years, window tinting specialists have to stay up on all of the latest technology.  

    Some of the differences that a specialist needs to know include differences between window film used for curved glass surfaces like car windows, compared to window film for flat glass surfaces, which is used for residential and commercial windows.  

    Beyond film that is purposed to adhere to flat or curved surfaces, each window film product can come in different thicknesses, with different chemical compounds inside. For example, some window films use metal to create the required tinting effect, while others employ tiny particles of ceramic to tint the window, while also providing heat rejection and UV-protection elements.

    In sum, a true window tinting specialist understands the different types and compositions of various window film products. In addition, the specialist will know what installation tricks to use with certain films and not others.

    2. Different Shades of Film

    All tinting is not the same shade. Rather, window tint film is measured by the amount of light that goes through a window. You can, in case you did not realize, get different shades of tint, all the way to “clear” tint.  (Those customers who get clear tint want to film for their windows to enjoy the UV-protection, and heat-prevention that window film provides).

    But, when you are considering how dark to tint your window, you need to know about VLT – Visual Light Transmission. The higher the VLT percentage, the lighter the shade of tint. It may sound counter-intuitive, but a window film with 70% VLT, means that it allows 70% of light to get in. That film will be a lighter shade than a window tint film with 30% VLT, which only allows 30% of light in.  

    Of course, window tinting specialists need to know all about VLT to guide you, the customer, as to what is best for you.

    3. Tinting Laws

    Another thing a window tinting specialist needs to understand is what the local tinting laws are. Indeed, each province (and sometimes specific municipalities) have different guides for how much VLT is legal. So window tinting specialist can accurately advise their customers as to what is permissible where they live, they must know and keep up to date on the laws with regard to what tinting is legal.

    In short, this blog merely scratches the surface as to the specialized knowledge required of someone who installs window tint film. There are all types of necessary skills regarding the mounting film, from how to prep and cut the film to how to remove window film. Suffice it to say that you can rely on Tint Tech to employ only well-trained, certified window tinting specialists to make sure that your job is done right.  

    Tint Tech for the Top Window Tinting Specialists

    We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your tinting job. We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving and safety protections for your office with a wide selection of state-of-the-art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

    We at Tint Tech take pride in the work we do. We treat every car and home window as if it is our own. That’s what sets us apart from the competition. With our state-of-the-art protective film technology, we can protect your vehicle from sun and heat damage, and from chips and scuffs on your vehicle’s paint. We also increase the security of your glass and add privacy for car and home windows. And we can do it all for less money than you think.

    Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish. With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction. Call today to learn more at 403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

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    Is It Worth it to Tint the Windows in Your Home?

    Let’s be honest, the windows of your home identify the look of your house. Yes, different architectural styles are important, but even so, the windows of a home are an integral part of those architectural styles.

    In addition, there is little question that your home’s windows are the most important feature of your home. Why is that? Your windows give the exterior of your house a certain “look,” and inside serve to brighten your home, take away the feeling of being enclosed and detached from the world, and provide you with fresh air.

    Why Windows Are Vital to Your Home’s Value 

    In short, your windows are arguably the most important part of your home both functionally and aesthetically.

    That said, your home windows present a significant challenge for homeowners. They are the thinnest, most fragile, barrier between the interior of your home and the outside world. You can line your walls with insulation, but windows of course cannot be insulated in the same way. So, your windows end up being the points at which warm air escapes in the winter, and cool air escapes in the summer.

    Indeed, many homeowners like yourself go through a great deal of frustration trying to keep your windows as sealed off from the elements as possible. That is because your gas and electric bill can get prohibitively expensive if you do not keep your windows sealed.  

    So, what can you do to insulate those windows, and save money on energy? Residential window tinting of course. In this article, we will discuss the pros and cons of getting your home windows treated with residential window tinting film.   

    If, after reading this article you have additional questions about window tint for your home, then look no farther than the best window tint shop in Calgary, Tint TechWe make sure that your tinting installation is done right, and we will help you protect your most important investment long into the future. Call Tint Tech, the best window tint shop in the area, for more information today at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

    What is Residential Window Tinting?

    You have most likely heard of window tinting for cars. Well, residential window tinting is the same thing, except it is a window film that is manufactured specifically for flat home windows. What is great about residential window tinting is that it has all of the same energy-saving benefits as auto window tint.

    The residential window film itself is a very thin, mostly plastic film (similar to a thin, clear screen guard for your smart phone), that is installed on the inside of your windows. 

    Does Having Tint on My Home Windows Mean that They Have to Be Dark?

    No, residential window tinting does not mean that you need to have a “tint” on your windows. It is a common misconception that all “tinted” windows are dark. While the term “tint” implies a darkened window – because that was traditionally the purpose – the window films of today come in a variety of shades – including clear.

    That means that you can have an insulating barrier on your home windows that is virtually invisible to people inside your home, and that allows you to enjoy the sunlight while saving energy.

    What is the Energy Savings that Come with Residential Window Tinting?

    If properly installed, window film in your home will reduce the heat of the sun coming through your windows, will reduce the glare from the sun (especially during certain times of the day when the sun can be particularly strong), and ultimately will reduce your energy costs. 

    1. Save Energy in the Winter. Properly installed window film on your home’s windows will do something that windows have a tough time doing – keeping in the heat.  Of course, the goal during the cold winter days is to keep the heat inside your home.  Window film does an amazing job in that department, so much so that you will see a decrease in your heating bill by installing window film on your home windows.

    2. Save Energy in the Summer.  We all know that an air conditioner – whether it is in your window or is a central air system – uses a great deal of electricity. It is probably the main electricity drain for your home in the summer. Because window film blocks up to 99% of UV rays, and up to 80% of the heat that comes into your home because of the sun, you will significantly reduce the amount of time your air conditioner needs to run. As a result, you save money and energy.  

    3. Affordable.  Window film for your home is not an investment that will break the bank. In fact, it is a relatively low-cost way to gain lots of long-term energy-saving benefits. In fact, having an energy-efficient window film installed on your home’s windows will eventually pay for itself. Over the course of a few years, the reduction in your gas and electric bill will most likely pay for – several times over – the money you spent to install the window film.

    Tint Tech is the Best Window Tint Shop for Residential Window Film Installation

    Consider getting your home window film with Tint Tech. Tint Tech, Calgary’s best window tint shop, is focused on making sure that you have an easy installation, done right the first time.

    We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your tinting job.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving and safety protections for your office with a wide selection of state-of-the-art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

    We at Tint Tech take pride in the work we do.  We treat every car and home window as if it is our own. That’s what sets us apart from the competition. With our state-of-the-art protective film technology, we can protect your vehicle from sun and heat damage, and from chips and scuffs on your vehicle’s paint. We also increase the security of your glass and add privacy for car and home windows. And we can do it all for less money than you think.

    Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish. With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction. Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

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    How to Care for Your Newly Tinted Car Windows

    If you love your car – and we know that you do – then keeping your car clean and pristine looking is a labor of love.  What better way to show off the quality and style of your ride than to keep it looking clean and new.

    If you have also invested in car tinted windows to enhance your vehicle’s looks, then you need to be a little careful when it comes to cleaning those windows treated with window tinting film. In this blog, we will cover the things you need to consider when caring for your newly tinted car windows. We will discuss the kinds of cleaning products you should use, and the ones you should avoid. We will also give a few tips on the best way for your car’s tinted windows to look great longer.

    If you are considering tinting your car windows, or have additional questions about maintaining your installed window tint, then look no farther than the professionals at Calgary’s top auto-tint shop, Tint Tech. We make sure that your car tinting installation is done right, and we will help you protect that investment long into the future. Call us for more information today at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

    What to Do, and What Not to Do, with Tinted Windows

    1. Do not touch within a month of installation.

    First and foremost, if your car was newly tinted – meaning that the tint was installed within the last 30 days – then you should not try to wash the windows, or even roll them down. That is because window film right after installation needs time to cure. The curing process, during which the adhesive clings to the window’s surface and dries into place, can take somewhere between seven and 30 days, depending upon the climate and time of year.  

    In fact, during the curing process, you can expect some hazing or even water pockets. Those conditions are normal early on and should not be a cause of worry for you.

    In sum, within the first month of installation of window film, it is best to avoid touching the film altogether.  

    2. Do use products that will keep the window film intact.

    Once you are past that curing period and want to clean your car’s tinted windows, you need to make sure to avoid certain chemicals that can harm the window film.

    Any product that has ammonia or other harsh chemicals is a definite ‘no-no.’ Ammonia in particular will discolor your window tint film and may even break down the composition of the film, making it susceptible to tearing or cracking.  

    Paper towels are also a ‘no-no’ when it comes to window film. While it is pretty common to clean our windows, inside and out, with Windex and some paper towels, avoid that urge when your car has tinted windows. Paper towels are remarkably scratchy for delicate surfaces like window film.  

    Knowing what is bad practice when cleaning tinted windows, let us now turn to what is good practice:

    1. Ammonia-free products.  Use cleaning products that specifically state that they do not contain ammonia.
    2. Simple soap and water.  You can never go wrong with regular mild soap and water to clean your windows. The mixture should be warm water with just a drop of dish soap can do the trick.
    3. Soft, microfiber cloth.  Rather than paper towels, use a soft microfiber cloth to wipe and dry the window after applying soap.  Be sure to wipe the window in one direction to minimize the chances of scratching or tearing the window film.
    4. A small squeegee.  We all know that microfiber cloths don’t always pick up all of the water on a window. That is when you can use a small squeegee to wipe the remaining moisture from the window’s surface.
    5. A shady spot.  You do not want the heat of the sun to dry your windows too quickly while you are cleaning them with soap or other mild cleaning products. Accordingly, be sure to clean your car’s windows indoors or in the shade. It will make it that much easier to clean tinted windows while not jeopardizing the integrity of the car’s tinted windows.

    3. Do remove the excess adhesive from your window.

    Whenever you have window tint installed, there is a good chance that there will be a little residual glue from the film, or adhesive from items that were taped to the window during installation. The way to get rid of that residual adhesive is by using acetone.  

    Fortunately, acetone will not harm the tint film, but works like magic on glues and adhesives. So, simply dab a cotton cloth with acetone to remove the adhesive, and the glue should remove easily.

    One final point. Any time you clean your car’s tinted windows, be careful around the edge of the tint. It is fairly easy to catch the edge when wiping down the window. If you do, you run the risk of peeling the tint.  So, take special care around the edges of the window tint.   

    Tint Tech is the Expert in Window Tint Installation and Repair

    Consider getting your car tinted with Tint TechTint Tech, Calgary’s most popular auto film specialist, is focused on making sure that you do not have imperfections on your window tint.  

    We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your tinting job.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety protections for your home and office with a wide selection of state-of-the-art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

    Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality, while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction. Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

    How to Get the Bubbles Out of Car Window Tint

    How to Get the Bubbles Out of Car Window Tint

    Car window tint is a great look.  Let’s face it, darkened windows give your ride that sleek presentation that will turn heads when cruising down main street.  It naturally follows, then, that you want the car window tint to look as flawless as possible.  

    Unfortunately, there is an issue with window tint that is relatively common.  That issue is air getting trapped between the surface of the glass and the car window tint film, causing bubbles in the tint.  That is, in fact, one of the greatest problems that do-it-yourselfers face when applying car window tint on their own.  

    Of course, if you are going for a flawless darkened window, then bubbles are the last thing you want to see.  In addition, bubbles in your window tint can even become a distraction when you are driving.  

    So, what do you do if you find that your car window tint has bubbles?  Do you remove the tint and start over? Not yet. There is a very good chance you can get that window tint looking like new if you take a little time and have a few simple tools at your disposal.      

    This article will take you through the steps about bubbles out of your car window tint.  Remember, if you need some professional assistance with your car window tint, we invite you to call us at Tint Tech.  With decades of auto window tint experience, we can help you ensure that your vehicle looks its absolute best.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

    Now, on to the five easy steps to remove the bubbles from your window tint.

    #1 – See if You Can Get It Redone for Free

    For free, you say?  Yes, most every window tint film product comes with a warranty.  Also, many tint shops (if you had your tinting done professionally) will provide a warranty for their work.  So, before even going after those pesky bubbles yourself, see if the window tint film is still under warranty.  

    Typically, there will be a very limited warranty, or none at all, for do-it-yourself products.  However, if you paid a professional, then it is likely that some warranty may apply. If it does, then you can have that tint shop repair or replace the car window tint.  Without question, if you are given the car tint option, you may as well get it replaced.

    #2 – Can You Do It Yourself?

    Even if a warranty does not apply, you still face the choice of whether to fix the bubble issue yourself, or have it done by a professional.  In that regard, the considerations are very similar to the considerations surrounding whether to get tint through a do-it-yourself kit or have it done by a tint shop.  Those considerations include cost, time, expertise, and your patience level.

    #3 – Set the Scene to Fix Those Bubbles

    Assuming that you have checked the warranty, considered your options, and made the decision to fix the bubbles yourself, the first thing you need to do is make sure that you have the right environment to do the job.

    What you need is a warm setting in which to repair the tint, ideally around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you do not have a heated garage, then wait for a warm, sunny day. Leave your vehicle out in the sun for a few hours. 

    Why is that?  The window tint is much easier to work with if the adhesive is slightly warmer and more malleable.  Also, letting the vehicle sit out for a time will ensure that the interior will also get warm, again to help in working with the car window tint. 

    If you don’t get a lot of sun where you are, then using a hair dryer to warm up both sides of the window will do the trick.    

    #4 – Get the Windows Moist

    Working with a dry window tint, particularly in a warm setting, is not a good idea.  Get a spray bottle with water and apply a fine mist to the window tint surface. The water should be cold because the cold water hitting the warm/hot surface of the window tint will slightly loosen. The adhesive just enough to effectively work with it to get the bubbles out.

    #5 – The Main Event – Removing the Air Bubbles

    To remove the air bubbles in the tint, you actually have a choice.  You can either release the air by pushing it out to the edge of the window, or you can pop the bubble with a pin.  We recommend you try to push the bubbles to the edge before resorting to popping the bubbles.  

    With regard to pushing the bubbles out of the tint, use a squeegee or a flat card like a library card.  You can use a credit card, but be sure that it is not a card that you plan to use again. Be gentle when pushing the bubbles out of the tint.  Once the air is released, the bubble should disappear.

    With regard to popping the bubbles, simply make a small hole with a safety pin.  Do not do more than put a tiny hole in the tint. Moving the pin around is not necessary and may cause additional damage to the tint.  

    Once you have popped a bubble, smooth out the area with a squeegee (or card), being careful to hold the tool at a 45-degree angle.  Use long strokes with medium pressure, so as not to rip the tint. You should not worry about the tiny hole in the tint in the long term because the car window tint film is of such a quality that the tint should close up the hole after the air is out.  

    Be sure to reapply the water mist as you work so that you are not dealing with a totally dry tint film.

    That’s it!  You have successfully removed bubbles from your window tint. 

    Tint Tech is the Expert in Window Tint Installation and Repair

    It is great to be able to fix something yourself.  But, if you are concerned with making the tint film worse when trying to remove bubbles, then leave it to the pros.  Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular auto film specialist, is focused on making sure that you do not have imperfections on your window tint.  

    We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your tinting job.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety protections for your home and office with a wide selection of state-of-the-art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

    Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary is a professional tint installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality, while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

    What You Should Know Before You Get Your Windows Tinted

    What You Should Know Before You Get Your Windows Tinted

    Getting window tinting is a big decision.  There are myriad benefits to tinting windows of your car, but it is not a decision to take lightly.  Your ride is important to you, and you want to make sure that you are doing the right thing.  

    So, this blog is here to discuss some of the factors you should consider before taking the plunge and tinting your windows.  Most any consumer choice can benefit from a little research, so the following points will help you on your way to arriving at the tinting decision that is best for you. 

    Once you have read this blog, you may have more questions that are specific to your own vehicle.  If that is true, we invite you to contact the professionals at Tint Tech.  With decades of auto window tint experience, we can help you ensure that your vehicle looks its absolute best.   Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

    Now, on to the window tinting factors to consider.

    Factor #1 – Looks or Performance?

    The first item to consider is your ultimate goal with window tint.  This is honesty time. Do you want window tinting to save on energy, reduce glare, or protect from ultraviolet (UV) light?  Or, are you really looking to make sure that your windows are tinted dark because – let’s be real – they look awesome?  

    No judgments here, but it is important to know what you are ultimately going for.  That will inform the type of window tint you have installed.  

    There are different window tint products for all budgets, but you will likely be able to save a little money if you do not need a window tint film that has other qualities, like energy savings.  That said, if you are less interested in aesthetics and more interested in privacy or UV protection, then you will would focus on a different set of products.  

    If you have seen other blogs on this site, you will know that the latest window tint film products are amazing with regard to UV, heat rejection, and other benefits.  In fact, beyond good looking windows, here is a quick bullet list of some of the phenomenal advantages to window tint for your vehicle:

    1. Glare Reduction.  The sun can really be a problem for drivers, especially when driving directly into the sun.  Of course, most 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. 

    2. Protect Against Harmful UV Rays.  Regular car windows do not block UV rays, and they can be dangerous to our skin.  In fact, UV rays are one of the leading causes of skin cancer. Window tint film can block up to 99 percent or harmful UV rays. 

    3. Save Energy.  Window tint keeps the heat in during the winter, and keeps the heat out during the summer.  Thus, certain types of window film with heat reduction qualities can save you money by not having your car’s air conditioning work so hard.

    4. Reduce Interior Fading.  The light and UV rays that can be harmful to your skin are, as you would expect, also harmful to your dashboard, fabrics, and other surfaces in your car as well.  Window film can take away the UV light that would otherwise prematurely fade the upholstery, dashboard, and other surfaces in your car.  

    5. Shatterproof the Windows a Bit.  Window tint 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.

    6. Privacy.  With darkened window tint, you can ensure that valuables in your car, such as bags, phones, and laptops are out of sight.

    In sum, take stock and consider whether you are looking for the performance benefits above, or if you just want that impressive dark, tinted look.  Knowing that will help you on what tint to choose.

    Factor #2 – Warranties on the Product

    Because warranties can vary, it is important that you consider what is in the warranty for window tint before buying.  Of course, the last thing you want to think about when purchasing that new high-tech refrigerator, that new hot rod, or auto tinting for the new hot rod is the fine print in a warranty agreement.  We understand. But be sure to look before you leap, because your window tint will be with your car for a long time.

    Should a warranty be in writing?  Absolutely. Anytime a salesperson makes an oral promise to you, like repairs are free, you should get that promise in writing.  Warranties are difficult to enforce if it is just your word against the salesperson.  

    You should keep a special eye out for things like the length of a warranty, the contact person on the product, and whether the warranty guarantees repair or replacement, rather than just a refund.

    Accordingly, if a tinting shop does not tell you what brand of window tint is being installed, or provide you with a warranty card, you may want to look elsewhere for tinting service.

    Factor #3Experience of the Installer

    Finally, you should figure out the background of the tint shop that may be doing the installation of your window tint.  Not all window tint shops are made alike. An experienced installer can be the difference between a phenomenal tint job and one that will start peeling as soon as you drive out of the shop.  Indeed, even when working with a lower cost product, an expert installer can make the most out of the film to keep your vehicle looking great.

    Tint Tech is the Expert in Window Tint Installation in Calgary

    Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular auto film specialist, is focused on making sure that you know all the options available so you can make an informed choice.  We also provide the best quality installation in the region – such that you will not be able to see any bubbling, cracking, or other imperfections on your window tint.  

    We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your tinting job.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety protections for your home and office with a wide selection of state-of-the-art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

    Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality, while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form