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Decorative Window Film: 5 FAQs on the Latest Trend

Our specialists at Tint Tech have gotten a number of inquiries with regard to decorative window film in the last few months.  All the buzz got us thinking.  Maybe it is time to do a blog on this latest development in the window film market.  Certainly, we have seen an uptick in not only interest, but installation, of this fabulous new facet of window film.  So, if you are thinking about installing decorative film yourself, if you wonder if decorative film may enhance your business, or if you are just curious to learn more, you have come to the right place.

In this article we will discuss the 5 most frequently asked questions about decorative window film.  It bears noting that window treatments have really progressed over the years.  Back in the day, the only window treatment around was a regular window with curtains.  Decades ago, the only type of decorative windows you may have come across were the stained glass windows in your hometown church or chapel.

Now, however, decorative window film is taking the business world by storm.  Decorative window film has so many applications – office windows, storefront windows, bank windows, mall store windows, restaurants, gyms – the possibilities are endless.  In short, decorative window film has now become a way to get more privacy, or to have your storefront become a canvas for amazing art.

At Tint Tech, Calgary’s top window film specialists, we are able to supply you with the best in decorative window films, and install the film for you as well at reasonable costs.  To get the decorative window film conversation started, call us at 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.  Our professionals are standing by to answer your questions.

FAQ #1 – What is Decorative Window Film?

Simple window film is a thin layer of film, usually made of polyester or vinyl.  The film is applied to a window’s surface, generally the film is self-adhesive, and it acts like a second skin for the window surface.  You can check out our other blogs for great information on the many benefits of window film for your home and office.

When it comes to decorative window film, that is window film that takes it to the next level.  As the title suggests, decorative window film is a functional way to bring a little more privacy to your office, to brighten your storefront, and to bring artwork to your windows.  In short, the window film decorates your office space.  It could be a cool color, an intriguing pattern, a work of art, or something that carries your business’ logo.

When it comes to decorative window film, the sky is the limit.  Frosted windows, which allow natural light in but ensure privacy by keeping prying eyes out, is one type of decorative window film.  Yet, it can be any window film that ads color, art, or spice to your office or store space.

FAQ #2 – Why Install Decorative Window Film?

Offices, restaurants, storefronts, or office spaces of any type can benefit from decorative window film mainly because it provides privacy day or night, while not sacrificing on natural light.

Indeed, now that you are a little more aware of decorative window film, take a look at your local bank, health club, hotel foyer, conference room, and office partitions.  You will see that decorative window film is used a lot – mostly with tasteful frosting that brings a little more privacy.  Utilizing natural light and frosted window partitions in an office space is aesthetically pleasing and brings the illusion of more space.  Something that opaque dividers and surfaces do not do.

FAQ #3 – How is Decorative Window Film Installed?

There are actually two primary ways to install decorative window film.  More accurately stated, there are two ways that the window film adheres to the window surface – adhesive and static cling.

You would want to use a decorative window film with adhesive if you want a more permanent window solution.  The way it works is that the film itself has an adhesive layer on one side.  You simply peel the paper that covers the adhesive on the film and carefully apply the sticky side to the window.  As long as you apply the film carefully, you will get a marvelous look that can last a long time.

The other option is static cling window film.  You read that right.  There is decorative window film that sticks to the window surface merely with static.  What is great about this type of film is that you are not dealing with sticky adhesive, it can be used many times over in different places, and therefore it can be removed and re-installed with ease.  If done properly, the static cling film looks just as good as the self-adhesive kind!

FAQ #4 – Can I Install the Decorative Window Film Myself?

Yes, you can.  Installing decorative window film – either the static cling or self-adhesive – is a great do-it-yourself project.  You will need tools to clean the glass, cut the film, flatten the film to the glass, and spray a soap and water solution as you apply.  It is not a lot, but tool kits are available through Tint Tech.  In addition, you can also get a professional at Tint Tech to install the decorative window film for you, just so you make sure that the end result looks great.

FAQ #5 – What are the Best Surfaces for Decorative Window Film?

To properly install decorative window film, you need a totally flat and smooth window.  Therefore, any window that has some texture to it would not be a good candidate for window film.  Otherwise, most films can be installed on glass, Plexiglas, double or triple pane windows, plate glass, and gas-filled windows.  They even will work in damp environments like bathroom windows.

Of course, it is advisable to make sure that the film is installed on the inside of the glass.  While films can be installed on the outside, it will likely not last as long due to constant exposure to the elements.

To conclude, decorative window film is now all the rage.  It really has wonderful benefits if you are trying to gain more privacy for your employees, or provide something to catch the eye of a customer walking past your business.  Tint Tech is your connection to get you started on your decorative window film journey.   Call us at 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form to get started today.

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Auto Window Tint, and the Many Gifts It Brings

We have just finished with the wonderful season of gift giving.  It’s a time when we not only show appreciation to friends and loved ones by giving gifts, but also a time that we hope Santa gets us some good gifts as well.  We at Tint Tech, still aglow with the spirit of the season, want to plant the seed of an idea for a gift in the future, whether it is for an upcoming birthday, for next year’s holiday celebrations, or a gift to yourself . . . just because.  We recommend the gift of auto window tinting.

Auto window tinting?  How can that fit on under the tree or around the gift table?  Funny you should ask.  At Tint Tech, we have begun to recognize an interesting trend.  As auto window tinting has become more popular in general, people are coming into our shop to ask for auto-window-tinting gift certificates.

That’s right.  Tint Tech provides gift certificates for any person who wants to get a friend or loved one the installation of auto window tint, done by Calgary’s window tinting specialists – the professionals at Tint Tech.  To learn more about the details of how to get a gift certificate and all the auto window tinting options that are available to you, call Tint Tech today at 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.  That gift-giving spirit will be happy you did.

One amazing thing about the gift of auto window tint is that it is actually many gifts wrapped into one.  Here is just a short list of the types of gifts you are giving when getting auto window tint for that special, car-loving, someone.

Giving the Gift of Good Looks

It may be vain and superficial to say, but let’s be honest, we all want to look good.  And that does not stop with our own style.  That translates to our favorite rides as well.  Whether you are driving the latest sports car, pocket rocket, huge pickup truck, massive SUV, or eco-friendly electric car, you want it to look good.  Auto window tint is the way to achieve that.

From the get-go, auto window tint was about an aesthetically attractive look for your vehicle.  Darkened windows simply seem to finish the look of any car, and accentuate the pleasing curves and/or angles that the makers of the car emphasized in their design.  Why not complete “the look” for your friend’s vehicle as well.  So, when thinking about gifts down the road, think about giving the gift of good looks.

Giving a Present Filled with Privacy

The next benefit that comes with auto window tint is the gift of privacy.  When you are driving about town, you don’t necessarily want everyone knowing your business.

For most of us auto lovers, our car is our sanctuary.  It is the place to unwind after a hard day’s work, it is a place to relax and drive some stress away, and it is a place to sing “Don’t Stop Believin’” at the top of your lungs without anyone being the wiser.

So, when you receive the invitation to the next birthday party or holiday event for someone close to you, think about how much fun it will be to give a pal the marvelous gift of privacy.

Giving a Whole Bucketful of Health

“Giving health” may sound a bit strange, but bear with us here.  There is no question that harmful ultraviolet light from the sun (UV rays) go right through regular windows.  There is also no question that extended exposure to UV rays on your skin could cause, or exacerbate a condition of, skin cancer.

If you know of someone who drives a lot, then that person is likely more vulnerable to the harmful effects of UV rays, particularly on their left side – the driver’s side.  In fact, studies have shown that there is an overall higher percentage of skin cancer on the left side of people’s bodies because of driving.

Given that information, auto window tint will come to the rescue.  Auto window tint film has properties – and the technology is getting better all the time – that block out 99% of harmful UV rays.  That means that giving a gift certificate for auto window tint installation by the experts at Tint Tech is not only a gift of great taste, but one that can protect someone from the risk of skin cancer.

Giving a Sackful of Security

Another marvelous benefit of auto window tint is increased security of your car and any items inside it.  Check any municipal police blotter online and you will read about case after case of the theft of items from people’s parked cars.  Many times, people make the mistake of leaving their cars unlocked when they park them overnight.  That mistake can be rather costly if it results in a laptop or other expensive item being taken from the back seat.

Burglars are not stupid.  They weigh risks.  Being able to see inside a car – to see that it is unlocked and with a laptop or laptop case inside – makes that car a very good, very low risk, burglary target.  However, if a would-be burglar cannot see whether a car is locked or if there is anything worth taking inside the car, then the equation changes.  The burglar won’t take the risk of a car alarm or difficulty getting into a car, particularly if there is possibly of nothing to take.

Auto window tint is the thing that changes that equation for criminals.  It conceals the contents of your car and forces would-be burglars to decide that touching your car is not worth the risk.

Tint Tech is the Santa Claus of Auto Window Tint Cheer

We could go on and on about the many gifts that come with an auto window tint gift certificate, but we invite you to come to our shop and see the possibilities for yourself.  For decades, Tint Tech has provided Calgary and the surrounding areas with top-quality auto window tinting solutions accompanied by expert auto window tint installations.  Contact us today to learn more about how you can become the best gift-giver ever.  You can call 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.  We look forward to hearing from you, and Happy New Year!

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Commercial Window Tint Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution

Make It Your New Year’s Resolution to Improve the Look and Feel of Your Business

It’s New Year’s Resolution time!  That means that it’s time to make that list of all the things that you want to accomplish during the new year.  Indeed, this time of year always presents the perfect opportunity to assess where you are in life and in business.  You have the chance to take a moment to reflect on what you need to do, what you want to do, and what matters most.

We at Tint Tech, Calgary’s premier window tinting business, will bet you ‘dollars to donuts’ that somewhere on your 2019 New Year’s Resolution list there is at least one item that points to improving your business.  Whether you have a storefront business, a law firm, or a business that takes up a whole office building, it is virtually certain that you want to do something to improve business in the new year.

We have many Tint Tech clients who come to us with stories of how the commercial window tint that we installed has made such a difference in their business’ bottom line.  In fact, many clients who only think that we at Tint Tech handle auto window tinting are surprised and pleased to learn that we specialize in commercial window tint products and installation as well.

Commercial window tint, we know from experience, is a great investment in the future health of your business.  If you would like to learn more about installing commercial window tint at your business, give us a call.  We can be reached at 1-403-968-8468.  Our commercial window tint specialists are always ready to chat with you about giving your business a look that sets you apart from the rest.

In this blog, we’ll make our own list of New Year’s Resolutions for you.  This list, made just for you, will cover just a few of the many reasons why your storefront or office building will greatly improve with commercial window tint.  Remember though, this blog merely scratches the surface, so to speak.  Contact us if you want all the details on how commercial window tint will help you.

New Year’s Resolution #1 – Save Money on Energy Costs

Commercial window tint can save you money, literally.  The sun’s rays coming into your workspace and store are remarkably strong, so much so that they will heat the inside of your business quickly.  Of course, the most common response is to pump up the air conditioning to offset the increased heat inside, and the next thing you know your electric bill is through the roof.

With commercial window tint, however, you keep a great deal of the sun’s heat outside.  At the same time, your air conditioner does not have to work as hard to keep the inside of your business cool.  It’s a win-win.  You save on energy costs, and your employees and customers are happier in the cool interior.

New Year’s Resolution #2 – Protect My Customers from Harmful UV Rays

Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause your interior furnishings and flooring to fade over time.  In addition, UV rays are harmful to your skin.  In fact, UV rays are known to contribute to skin cancer to those who are exposed to UV light for an extended period of time.  If your employees work close to windows regularly, UV light could become a real problem.

Windows actually do not block out UV rays, but windows with commercial window tint do.  Properly installed commercial window tint film will block up to 99% of the harmful UV rays that come through your business’ windows.  Protect the interior of your business and the people in it by installing commercial window tint.

New Year’s Resolution #3 – Make My Business More Safe and Secure

Commercial window tint will discourage a person from breaking into your business.  Simply put, when someone cannot see expensive equipment or shop items, they won’t try to steal it.  A break in can be truly harmful to your business, particularly if you have computers and printers in the office, if you keep a great deal of inventory on site, or if you sell high-end products.

In order to dissuade a would-be burglar from even considering your business as a target, commercial window tint is the answer.  In the evening, commercial window tint will make it virtually impossible to see inside your business.  Anyone with nefarious motives would have a hard time justifying the risk of a break in when they do not even know if there is anything behind those tinted windows.

New Year’s Resolution #4 – Increase Privacy for My Employees

Particularly when your business is street level, privacy for your employees can be an issue.  Passers-by can’t help but look into windows, and that is distracting for employees.  Let commercial window tint come to the rescue.  The window tint is subtle yet effective.  The commercial window tint does not shut out all light, or make the window opaque.  But, it is tinted enough to dissuade casual onlookers from being drawn to looking inside.  The result is distraction-free privacy for your employees.

New Year’s Resolution #5 – Control the Glare Coming into the Business

Depending upon the time of year, the sun can come into your business at a certain angle that causes all kinds of glare.  The glare can make it tough for employees and customers in your storefront business, or can make it impossible to look at a computer screen.

Commercial window tint does a masterful job reducing sun glare considerably.  You may think glare comes and goes.  However, if you have an office building that is all windows, or if your storefront is lined with windows, glare can be an issue that impacts your business for hours.

Think Commercial Window Tint for the New Year

Without question, getting commercial window tint for your business is a smart business decision.  It provides financial benefits while enhancing and improving the look and feel of your business.  Let Tint Tech help you make the right business decision with commercial window tint.  Call today at 1-403-968-8468.


Clear Bra or Full Wrap? The Extent of Your Paint Protection Film – Some Things to Think About

The title of today’s article would certainly be a puzzle for those not familiar with paint protection film for your car or truck.  But, to all my car enthusiasts out there, you know that this article is not about intriguing undergarments or lunch specials.  The gist of today’s discussion has to do with how much paint protection film you think you need for your car.

Getting paint protection film for your vehicle is really a personal choice.  We at Tint Tech, Calgary’s paint protection film professionals, have had the discussion with many of our clients regarding how much protection is enough, or too much.

This article will cover some of the fundamentals on what to keep in mind with paint protection film.  However, there is nothing better than talking to someone who knows paint protection film issues inside and out.  We at Tint Tech regularly install paint protection film for our customers.  So, our Tint Tech specialists are rockstars in giving you the best advice on paint protection film.  After you have read this article, give us a call at 1-403-968-8468.  We’d be happy to speak with you.

Paint Protection Film:  Some of the Basics

As you likely know since you are researching information on paint protection film, paint protection film is a thin film of urethane that bonds to the painted portions of your vehicle once installed.  It protects those portions of your car from all kinds of road debris and items that might scuff, scratch, or scrape your car’s surface.

In fact, the technology of today’s paint protection film is fascinating.  The film has a self-healing quality whereby most scratches to a film-covered surface will vanish with just a little exposure to heat.  You should definitely check out our other blogs on the self-healing properties of paint protection film.  The film is so innovative, you may feel that you are reading a sci-fi novel.

As you also likely know, paint protection film can be installed on all of the painted surfaces of your car – i.e., the “full wrap” – or you can get it installed on only parts of your car, such as the front bumper, hood, rocker panels, fenders, etc.

In fact, the majority of drivers who choose to install paint protection film do so only on certain areas, which are those areas most prone to chips and other damage from road debris.  However, some owners want the peace of mind of having the “full wrap” so they know that their entire car is protected.

That being said, let’s take a look at some reasons why you may want the “full wrap” for your car.

5 Reasons Why You May Be In for the “Full Wrap”

#1       You Can’t Predict Where Those Rock Chips Might Go

Just the other day, we had a customer come in with a side-view mirror that had a huge hole in it.  How did it happen?  Well, a pretty sizable rock got kicked up on the highway, and it blew right through the side view mirror.  Thank goodness it did not go into the windshield instead.  From the hole in the front of the mirror casing, it seemed to be a rock that could do some damage.

That is all to say that road debris does not always focus itself on your car’s “bra” area or rear wheel arch.  Passing cars can kick up some rocks or debris that might hit any part of the side of your vehicle.  So, why not make sure that your front and rear side doors have the protection of paint protection film as well?

#2       Birds Will Go in the Darndest Places

While there is some way to predict what parts of your car might get the brunt of road debris, it literally is a “crap-shoot” when it comes to bird droppings.  The real problem there is that it is easy to underestimate the issues that bird droppings present.  You may think that cleaning it off is a simple matter.  However, that is not always the case.

Bird droppings, if left for a while particularly in sunlight, could permanently damage the clear coat on your car.  Those chemical stains could greatly impact the appearance of your car.  Moreover, while the hood of your car may not have to deal with road debris as much as the front fender, paint protection film for the hood and roof of your car are essential in the battle against our winged friends, who may be hanging out on the nearest electrical line.

#3       Tree Sap – Nature’s Unfriendly Car Adhesive

Similar to bird droppings, tree sap can go anywhere on your car’s surface (depending on where you park) and can leave a nasty problem for your clear coat if not removed immediately.  Tree sap is somewhat acidic, which could etch into your car’s paint job and will be very difficult if not impossible to remove.

#4       The Sun Always Shines on TV, and On Your Car

While it may take a long time to become noticeable, the UV rays emitted by the sun will eventually have an impact on your car’s paint job.  Paint will slowly oxidize under the heat of the sun’s UV rays, thereby giving your car a matte or faded look.  If you only install paint protection film on part of your car, it is possible that the unprotected portions will fade faster than those parts that have the extra layer of film.

#5       The Careless Parking Lot Driver or Out-of-Control Shopping Cart

One customer came in last week with a typical story.  He just got his new car.  He loved it and loved how it looked.  Within a week of buying the car, he was in the parking lot of his local supermarket.  Call it Murphy’s Law, but of course a thoughtless driver who parked too close to his new ride opened his or her car door just a little too far.  Our customer comes out some time later only to see his perfect new car with a small scrape in the passenger door.  We’ve all been there.  Hopefully, somewhere the car gods are giving the stink-eye to the thoughtless driver in that story.

To sum up, you now have five new things to keep in mind when you make the decision whether to protect parts of your car with paint protection film, or go for the “full wrap.”  If you have more questions, call us at 1-403-968-8468.  When it comes to paint protection film, we know it all – without acting like a “know-it-all.”  We at Tint Tech hope to chat with you soon!

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Just Get a Ticket for Your Auto Window Tint? Let Tint Tech Help You Avoid Any More Tickets

We always love to hear from, and chat with, our customers.  It is a great way to know how our products are doing with day-to-day driving.  It also helps us keep up to date on what is on the minds of drivers who use after-market products like auto window tint, and paint protection film – two of the many services that Tint Tech provides.

Just the other day, a customer came into our Tint Tech shop with a story we hear all too often.  She has been driving her car for years now.  She bought it used, and it already had tinting on the windows.  The window tint job was fairly well done, so there was no fading, peeling, or discoloration.  But, after years of driving with it, she suddenly got pulled over a few days ago by the police for having illegal tinting on her windows.

While the fine was not too bad relatively speaking, she never knew that the window tinting job was darker than the legal limit.  In addition, in her case, she had tinting on the front driver’s and passenger’s side windows – which is illegal in many provinces and states.  She was completely surprised that all this time she was driving with illegal tinting.

We were happy to help her with replacing the window tinting on her car, making sure it was within the legal limits.  She could not be happier with our Tint Tech service, and she was also able to drive away with the peace of mind that she wouldn’t have deal with a ticket again.

This story got us thinking.  It is a perfect opportunity to discuss with you a little more about legal and illegal tinting limits, and familiarize you with all of the important terminology that goes into auto window tinting.  So, if you are ready to stop “living outside of the law” – you mavericks out there – then read on for a little primer on how the police view window tinting.

Why Are There Legal Limits on Window Tinting in the First Place?

Safety is the touchstone of why Canada, the United States, and many other countries have limits on the darkness of tinting on a car’s windows.  While legal limits can be a real bummer when you want your awesome ride to look sleek with nice dark-tinted windows, there needs to be a balance between good looks and safety.  The safety concerns, in fact, are in two different places.

Police Safety.  First and foremost, very dark windows present a real safety concern for police officers.  Every time a police officer stops a car for speeding or some other traffic infraction, he or she has to come up to the driver’s side window of the car.  If the windows are tinted such at the officer cannot see the person, or the person’s hands, in the car, then the officer is at greater risk.  When an officer can see the movements of the person inside a car, then the officer can more appropriately assess any risk.

In addition, police are charged with ensuring that people wear seat belts, don’t use hand-held devices while driving, and are not engaged in any other activity that distracts from the task of driving.  If a dark-tinted window blocks the officer’s view, then the officer cannot enforce the rules that make other drivers safer.

Driver Safety.  As cool as tinted windows look, they also can make life difficult for a driver who is driving at night.  Tinted windows dramatically reduce visibility for those driving at night, making turns more difficult to navigate or making distances harder to judge.

What Are Some of the Important Terms Related to Window Tinting?

When it comes to knowing the legal parameters of window tinting, it helps to understand the terminology the laws regarding window tinting use.  In fact, most often, the degree of darkness of a window’s tint is measured in VLT%.  So, let’s start with that term.

  • Visible Light Transmission Percentage (VLT%).  This is the way in which law enforcement measures the darkness of automotive window tint.  As the name suggests, VLT% is the percentage of visible light that can pass through a tinted window.  So, while it may be a little counter-intuitive, the lower the VLT% number then the higher the darkness of the tint.  So, for example, a 32% VLT means that of the 100% of light that can come through a window, the window tint film only allows 32% of the light in.  That is a fairly dark tint compared to a VLT that is 70%.
  • Front-side windows.  The front-side windows denote the side windows closest to the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat.
  • Rear-side windows.  These are the side windows closest to the passengers in a car’s back seat.
  • Rear window.  That is the back window that faces out to the back of the car.
  • Windshield.  As you would expect, that is the window that faces the front of the car.
  • Color.  Tinting comes in different colors.  Fun fact – the laws, depending on the province, may prohibit certain colors, including reflective/mirror tints.
  • AS-1 Line.  This is the line from the letters AS-1 (found on most car windshields) to the top of the windshield itself.

Now, when you look up a province or state’s law on window tint, you will understand the different measurements that matter.  If a province, for example allows 70% on “front sides,” 40% tint on “rear sides,” 30% tint on a “rear window,” and AS-1 on the windshield.  You know the limits for each type of window, and that any tint you have can only go to the AS-1 line on the windshield.

Things to Remember

There are some exceptions to tinting limits for medical reasons, such as people who have special light sensitivity.  Therefore, you can have darker tint than the law allows provided that you have a doctor’s note.  Also, some tinting laws can be somewhat ambiguous to give law enforcement some leeway.  For you, the driver, try to be conservative in your tinting to avoid issues.  Finally, you should be aware that most vehicles already have factory tint on windows, usually at 70-80% VLT.  Keep that in mind when adding tint to your car.

Overall, window tinting is awesome for your car’s looks, but can be a little tricky when it comes to law enforcement.  Be sure to check the laws in your local jurisdiction, and then feel free to reach out to Tint Tech, Calgary’s number one auto tinting specialists, for more details.  Call us at 403-968-8468.