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Does Auto Window Tint Protect You from Skin Damage?

Did you know that in the United States more patients are diagnosed with skin cancer every year than all other cancers combined?  As finish out May, which is National Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness Month, we thought it would be a good time to talk about how you can protect yourself from skin cancer.

Some Important Stats . . .

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five people in the United States will develop skin cancer before they reach the age of 70.  Men are twice as likely to get skin cancer as women.   Notably, even though African-Americans, Latin-Americans, and Asian-Americans are less susceptible, skin cancer is still a serious risk to those groups.

Treating skin cancer in the U.S. costs about $8.1 billion annually.  That includes about $3.3 billion for melanoma skin cancers and $4.8 billion for non-melanoma cancers.  Also, between 1994 and 2004, diagnoses of non-melanoma skin cancers has increased by 77%.

The primary cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.  In fact, more than 90% of skin cancer cases are caused by UV exposure.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

The best way to protect yourself, says the Skin Cancer Foundation, is to use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, and staying in the shade when possible.  Yet, when it comes to skin protection, we often do not think about protecting our skin when driving in our cars.

We often forget that regular window glass does not block UV rays from coming through.  So, if you are driving for long periods, even with the window closed, you are exposed to UV rays that could be harmful.  AAA notes that Americans are largely exposed to the sun because they are traveling in their cars.  Americans spend, on average, 290 hours on the road every year.  Regular glass, and even the majority of factory glass in cars, does not typically protect against UV rays.  Also, it would be impractical to put on sunscreen every time you went for a drive.

So, auto window tinting is a phenomenal way to protect yourself from UV rays.  Indeed, window tinting and skin cancer prevention are more and more connected because window tinting is so effective in blocking UV rays.

The Two Types of UV Rays – UVA and UVB

To begin, there are two types of UV rays:  UVA and UVB.  About 90% of skin cancer cases are caused by UVA rays.  UVB rays are more rare, but very dangerous.

UVA rays typically penetrate deep into your skin and accelerate the aging process.  That means that, over time, UVA rays will result in wrinkles, age lines, and eventually skin cancer.  The damage that comes from UVA rays are not immediately noticeable but accumulate over time.

UVB rays are so harmful that they will cause immediate effects like burns or blisters.  But unlike UVA rays that have a cumulative effect, your skin can heal after being burned from UVB rays.

Blocking UV Rays in Your Car

When it comes to dangerous UVB rays, window glass normally blocks those rays.  Also, vehicle manufacturers typically treat windshields to block UVA rays.  However, the rest of the windows in your vehicle are not at all effective in blocking UVA rays.

That is when auto window tint film comes into play. Experts agree that auto window tinting is an effective way to protect yourself from skin cancer.  A quality, high-performance window tint will block up to 99% of UV rays, and therefore protect you each and every time you take a drive.

Of course, you do not need to have dark window tint to protect yourself.  The technology is such that now there is a great selection of clear window tints to choose from.  Thus, for a complete solution to skin cancer prevention when spending all of those hours in the car is auto window tint.

Now, you might think that we at Tint Tech are advocating that you get auto window tint because we are one of Calgary’s premier auto window tint shops.  However, you do not need to take our work for it.

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s first recommendation for skin cancer prevention in your vehicle is – yes, you guessed it – auto window tint.  So, you do not need to take it from us, but take the advice of the Skin Cancer Foundation.  Auto window tint is very effective in protecting you and your family from skin cancer.

Darkened windows can be an appealing look.  As noted, however, clear window tint is available if you prefer to keep your car’s look as is, rather than having your windows darkened.  Of course, for those of you who love to have a sleek, darkened window look for your ride, then getting auto window tint is a win-win.  You get great looks coupled with very practical safety for your skin by installing auto window tint.

Talk to a Tint Tech Specialist to Learn More About Auto Window Tint Options.

Given that it was just National Skin Cancer/Melanoma Awareness Month, it is a good time to reflect on how best to protect ourselves from skin cancer where we can.  Significantly, auto window tint is a marvelous way to protect yourself and your family from the risks of UV rays when driving.

Further, the professional experience of the technicians at Tint Tech can help you choose the right auto window tint for you.  Tint Tech, Calgary’s premier window film shop, can give you the choices you need to make an informed decision based on quality, features, and price.

Tint Tech prides itself on doing professional installations on time and at a reasonable price.  We care about our customers, and care about the end result they want for their vehicles.  That is why our specialists treat every car as if it is our own.  So, we can ensure that you get a quality installation, every time, that will last for the life of your vehicle.

We welcome you to call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

Residential Window Film

Keeping Things Cool While Still Letting “The Sun Shine In”

Do you have a room with a lot of windows and a lot of natural light?  Better yet, did you install a sunroom in your home because you enjoy natural light so much?  If so, you understand the power and comfort that comes from tons of natural light beaming into your home.  No artificial light can compare to the beauty of a room filled with natural light.  It can invigorate you, make you feel a little less cooped up inside your house, and even save on electric bills because you do not need to turn your indoor lights on.  You may even be the type to want to sing, from time to time, the familiar refrain from the song “Let the Sun Shine In.”

All that being said, there can be some drawbacks to a sun room, or even a sun-filled room.  The sun is hot!  It brings a lot of heat into your home, which can be great during the winter months, but is not so good when your air conditioning system is working overtime in the summer to combat the heat that is pouring into your home.

There are, however, some great and easy ways to enjoy that sun-filled room while still keeping your electric bills in check.  This blog will countdown the top 5 ways you can find that balance.

Of course, if you want to learn more from a specialist, then we invite you to call us at Tint Tech, Calgary’s premier residential window film and window tinting business.  We can provide you with a number of cost-saving options to handle the sun’s heat, whether it is for residential window film or for window tint for your car.  Call us today at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

Now, here is a countdown of the top 5 ways to tackle the heat in those rooms that let in a lot of sun.

Tip #5 – Put up Blinds or Curtains

Now, at first blush, you might think that installing blinds and/or curtains would defeat the entire purpose of having natural light in a room – particularly a sun room.  But, think again.  Blinds and curtains actually give you control over when you want to enjoy the natural light.  Most times, you will likely not be at home to enjoy the natural light, and you do not want that air conditioner running just to cool an empty sun room.

Blinds and curtains to the rescue!  When you are not in a room, pull the blinds or curtains and keep that room cool.  Conversely, when you want to enjoy the sun room for the sun, open those blinds and curtains and enjoy.  Blinds and curtains even give you the control to bring some needed shade when the sun is at its peak.

Tip #4 – Plant Some Trees

 By placing plants and trees just outside your window, you can employ a natural way to provide a little shade in a room without taking away all of the room’s natural light.  By cutting down on the natural light, and having some areas of shade, you therefore can cut down on the heat coming into the room.  Yet, you have not completely taken away the reason for a sun room in the first place – enjoying the natural light.  Rather, the trees can just give a way to block a little of the direct sunlight.

Tip #3 – Replace your Windows

Old or poorly insulated windows are the main culprit when it comes to letting cool air escape a home or be beaten by the sun’s rays.  The technology of windows today is, by and far, better than it was in days past.  With double- or triple-pane windows, you can really improve the insulation in your home.  Of course, windows will always be the weakest point of any home when it comes to losing warm or cold air to the elements, but buying new windows can make a big difference in your heating and air conditioning bills.

Tip #2 – Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans have been around for centuries, yet they still work like a charm.  As you would expect, ceiling fans continuously circulate air and will create a gentle breeze that can make 78 degrees feel like 75 degrees.  When a ceiling fan runs counterclockwise, it pushes the cool air down to the floor.  That cool air then makes you feel cooler than what the air conditioning dial might say.

So, another way to keep a sun-filled room cooler is to do it the old-fashioned way – use a ceiling fan.

With the latest technology in residential window film, you can enjoy your sun room without curtains, blinds, trees, or new windows.  In fact, residential window film has the best of both worlds.  You can enjoy a full window that lets in all of the natural light, but affirmatively blocks out all of the UV and infrared rays of the sun that bring the heat into your home.  Regular glass does not stop the sun’s heat from getting through.  A clear window film, however, will.  It will stop the sun’s heat right in its tracks, while still letting the light in.

It may sound too good to be true, but you will change your mind once you have experienced it for yourself.  Therefore, take a moment to consider whether you want to spend money on costly windows or window treatments that will take away natural light; or whether you want to enjoy every bit of natural light while still keeping your room cool.  Residential window films – that range from clear to dark tint – are definitely worth a look.

Tint Tech Will Help You “Let the Sun Shine In”

The professional experience of the technicians at Tint Tech can help you choose the right residential window tint for your home.  Tint Tech, Calgary’s premier window film shop, can give you the choices you need to make an informed decision based on quality, features, and price.

We welcome you to call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

Calgary’s premier auto tint shop

Auto Window Tint – You Have Choices

There is a sweet spot when it comes to choices in life.  When we have too few choices, then life is not ideal.  For example, airline flights.  Given the state of things, we only have something like four major airlines left that handle almost all of the flying for us. Of course, given fewer choices, we have to compromise and accept higher prices, baggage fees, and a half of a can of soda – no bueno.

On the other hand, if we have too many choices then we get overwhelmed.  A great example of way too many choices is Netflix. Can you count the number of times that you and your partner sat down to a movie, only to spend the good part of an hour just trying to decide which movie to watch?  And then, once you finally pick a movie that neither of you are both that crazy about, you fall asleep a half hour into the movie!

What would be perfect – like Goldilocks and the Three Bears – is to find a market where the number of choices was “just right.”  Now, we at Tint Tech can confidently say that the market for auto window tint is “just right.”  There are plenty of varied products with varying types of technology, features and price points to choose from.  Yet, there are no so many choices that it becomes overwhelming just to try to choose.

History of Auto Window Tinting

The time of “just the right number of choices” was not always the case in the auto window tint world.  Back in the day, all that was available was the basic dyed polyester film.

The dyed polyester film was normally inexpensive and was really only for good looks.  There were no other performance aspects to the film.  Just a nice appearance.

Of course, as you likely know, the dyed films had a limited lifespan.  After about three to five years of sun exposure, the film would begin to turn purple.  And worse yet, dryness from the sun, or general wear and tear, also may have resulted in cracking, peeling, or bubbling, which really messed up the appearance.

Accordingly, with dyed polyester, you could generally expect three to five years of a really cool appearance, but the issues would about from fading on up after that.

The only other option, back in the day, was a metalized film.  This film had a thin layer of metal attached to the dyed polyester.  That type of film would have some heat rejection qualities while still giving the car the desired tinted look.

The metalized films cost more than the regular dyed polyester, and were viewed as an upgrade for most auto window film tint shops out there.  That was largely because the performance of the film was better and it generally lasted longer than simple dyed polyester.

The metalized film, however, came with some significant drawbacks.  First, the sheen caused by the metal layer in the film made the tinted film not be a great match for the tinted glass that automatically came from the factory with SUVs, trucks, and minivans.  Thus, you had a bit of a “two-tone” look on your windows if you owned an SUV, truck or minivan.

The second drawback was that the metal layer in the film would interfere with the electronics in the car.  Thus, you might have a cell phone or GPS system that would not function properly because of the metal in the window film.

For many years, those were the only choices for auto window tint film – kinda like a half a can of sode, right?

It’s A New Day for Auto Window Tint Choices

Today, there are a number of new auto window tint options that are both attractive and high tech – and they don’t interfere with your cell reception.  These new batch of window tint film products do not purple after three years, and can reject heat without the window being almost blacked out.  Let’s talk a bit about the new choices out there.

First, the window tint is variable all the way to clear.  Of course, we still care about the aesthetics, and thus want to make sure that our cars have that cool tinted look.  But, at the same time, the gradations of tint are refined, and really span the range from very dark to virtually clear.

Now why would anyone want to “tint” their windows with a clear film.  Well, that leads to the second benefit of the new batch of window films – heat blocking. The technology in the new auto window films is geared towards keeping the heat out, and allowing your car’s air conditioning system to work a little less.  Accordingly, some customers only want the heat blocking benefits and do not care as much about the dark-window look.  They will go out and purchase the almost-clear or clear window tint.

Next, the new window tint products provide UV protection – about 99% of the UVs stay outside the car.  Now, regular glass has no UV protection.  So, your skin as vulnerable just sitting in your car.  And for those who drive a considerable amount, that exposure to UV rays can be hazardous for your skin.  Window tint to the rescue.  The new window tints block 99% of UV rays.  Thus, your skin is protected.

Ask a Tint Tech Specialist About the Best Choice For You

With a nice panoply of choices for auto window tint films out there – but not too many choices – it cannot hurt to get a little guidance on which window film might be best for your vehicle.  That is where the professional experience of the technicians at Tint Tech can help.

Remember, not all auto window tint products are created equal.  Tint Tech, Calgary’s premier auto tint shop, can give you the choices you need to make an informed decision based on quality, features, and price.

Tint Tech professionals will help you make the right choice in the new exciting market of great auto window tint film choices.  We welcome you to call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

Car Paint Protection Professional Calgary

5 Paint Protection Films to Consider for Your Car

We at Tint Tech have seen many vehicle maintenance products come and go.  We have seen the technology in auto window tinting film dramatically improve over the decades, and particularly in the last few years.  We have seen many types of products to protect a car’s front end from chips, scratches, and nicks.  And over the years we have come to learn that one of the best investments for your car is paint protection film.

Paint protection film, that thin layer of protection that you use to “wrap” your car, protects the paint job on your car, makes minor scratches and scrapes easy to remove, and therefore really helps your car hold its value.  That is especially true if you have a high-end car that you want to keep in pristine condition, but still drive around.

Do-It-Yourself Paint Protection Film?

We now live in a world where do-it-yourself (DIY) is the name of the game.  On YouTube, you can learn how to tackle a plumbing job in your home, cook the most exciting meal of your dreams, or even learn how to sing.  That ability has encouraged many people to try to save a little money, use their own elbow grease, and take on a project they would not normally do themselves.

The same is true of paint protection film.  As the technology has improved, the DIY options for paint protection film have improved as well.

As specialists on paint protection films and other types of auto films, we at Tint Tech are eager to give you our take on some of the best paint protection film products out there.  Whether you are thinking about doing it yourself, or you want a professional to install the film for you, these products that we discuss below are great options for you.

So, we will devote this blog to our thoughts on some of the products available to you in the market.  If you want more information on these, or other products, we invite you to give us a call at Tint Tech.  Because our paint protection film professionals have worked with so many different products in the market, we can help you make the right choice for your vehicle and your budget.

Here is the good, the bad, and the last word on some of today’s paint protection film options.

5 Recommended Paint Protection Films

  1. Vinyl Wrap Film from Karlor

To begin, Karlor’s Vinyl Wrap film is the choice if you are a strict budget.  Of the five products on this list, Karlor Vinyl Wrap Film is the least expensive but is still a good product.

Given that it is less pricey, you will not get the same quality as some of the more expensive films.  But, you need to see what works for your budget.  Vinyl Wrap Film has an acrylic-based adhesive that is not so sticky that you have trouble readjusting the film during installation.  The manufacturer represents that the film should last 4-7 years outdoors and 10 years indoors.

The good – it is inexpensive and easy to install.  The bad – it is likely less durable than other, pricier, options.  Overall, if you are looking paint protection film that does not break the bank, Vinyl Wrap from Karlor might be your choice.

  1. Clear Paint Protection Film from VVIVID

This slightly less-known company has a product that, like Karlor’s Vinyl Wrap, is a less expensive option, while still giving you solid protection for your car’s surface.  Also, like Vinyl Wrap, it has acrylic-based adhesive that makes repositioning during installation easy.  Clear Paint Protection Film from VVIVVID is not expensive and easy to apply, but lacks the quality of other better-known brands.

  1. 3M Scotchgard

3M has been an adhesive product leader for many years and, not surprisingly, its Scotchgard paint protection film is the gold-standard.  Its product is a long-lasting, clear paint protection film that is only .0008” (or .08 mm) thick, which is far thinner than the other two films mentioned above, both at .17 mm thick.

It is a polyurethane film that is relatively easy to apply but can be tricky if you have never applied paint protection film before.  If you are trying to do it yourself, you may want to purchase more film than you think you will need so there is some left over to fix any mistakes the first time around.  What is so great about Scotchgard is that it is so thin you will not see it once applied.

  1. XPEL Clear Paint Protection Film

XPEL has a strong line of vehicle maintenance products, and its clear paint protection film rivals 3M’s Scotchgard.  Also, at .08 mm thick, XPEL’s film is nearly invisible once it is applied, yet it is not as durable as 3M’s Scotchgard, and it is actually slightly more expensive than 3M’s product.

In addition, XPEL makes a great quality “door sill clear film guard” that protects door sills and rocker panels from scratches or other damage.

  1. SunTek Top Coated Paint Protection Film

SunTek’s paint protection film is typically sold in larger quantities, which allows for you to have lots of extra film to cover more than just the front end (“bra”) part of your car.  Also, SunTek’s film has fascinating “self-healing” technology in its polyurethane film, where any scratch or swirl will disappear with the application of hot water or hot air on the surface of the film.

SunTek also has a matte film in addition to the normal gloss film.  The matte film is perfect for matte paint jobs, which are increasing in popularity these days.  SunTek is pricey, but the self-healing properties of its film sets it apart from 3M’s Scotchgard.

Look to Tint Tech for Guidance on Paint Protection Film

The technology of paint protection film has progressed in the last few years.  Tint Tech specialists, the paint protection film professionals in Calgary, would be happy to discuss with you the details about what is out there when it comes to paint protection film options in Calgary today.

Tint Tech professionals will help you make the right choice when it comes to paint protection film.  Again, we welcome you to call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

Paint Protection Film Specialist

To Drive or Not To Drive? That is the Paint Protection Question

When it all comes down to it, what are your options to avoid scratches, dings, road debris, brake runoff, flying rocks, and bird droppings from marring the beautiful surface of your beautiful car?  As far as we can deduce here at Tint Tech there are really only three options.  Of those three options one is kind of unsatisfactory, one is not very practical, and one is both immensely practical and a smart investment.

So, what are those options:

  1. Always stand 10-feet away from your car,
  2. Never drive your car, or
  3. Invest in Paint Protection Film.

Let us chat a bit about each option.  First, why stand 10-feet away from your car?  Well, that approach takes advantage of the optical illusion that your car does not have scratches on it when you look at it from far away.  Yes, we understand.  When you drive a lot, you are bound to have small scratches and dings find their way onto the surface of your car.  That is kind of the “cost of doing business” when you drive on roads with gravel, debris, and other things that could kick up and hit your car’s surface.

Remarkably, though, when you stand about 10-feet away from your car, especially right after you have your car washed, you really do not notice the scratches that much.  If you have bad eyesight, you can take off your glasses and the scratches and imperfections on your car vanish that much more quickly.   Of course, we are being a bit ‘tongue-in-cheek’ here.  This option is, as we noted, unsatisfactory to real car lovers, to say the least.

Second, not driving is a great way to avoid getting scratches and dings on your car.  Really, it is very much the 100% solution to keeping your car in perfect condition.  That, however, defeats the whole purpose of having a car though, right?  We love our cars, and those of you who indulge in the world of high-end, luxury vehicles may be inclined to keep that gorgeous piece of machinery in the garage to avoid injuring such a marvel of art and engineering.

Yet, cars are meant to be driven!  And if you are proud of your latest luxury liner, or pocket rocket, then you most likely want to show it off a little.  So, option two is not terribly practical.  It’s the minimal-paint-damage but minimal-enjoyment option for sure.

Third, and finally, the option that can keep your car virtually free of scratches and dings, yet lets you enjoy the ride is none other than paint protection film.  If you have not heard of paint protection film, then you should consider it as the ‘thing to do’ right after your next auto purchase.  If you have heard of paint protection film but have heard horror stories of yellowing, bubbling, and sticky residue, then you should look into the latest technology in paint protection film.

The technology of paint protection film has progressed leaps and bounds in the last few years.  So, it is worth your while to take a second look at the product.  Tint Tech specialists, the paint protection film professionals in Calgary, would be happy to discuss with you the details about what is out there when it comes to paint protection film options in Calgary today.   Call us at 1-403-968-8468.

What Is Paint Protection Film?

It is often called “clear bra” or a “wrap,” but paint protection film is essentially a thin, flexible layer of latex-type material that is carefully placed over the body of a vehicle to protect it from all the things that could harm a car’s surface or paint job.  The film has the ability to save your car’s paint from things ranging from low-speed scrapes to potential damage from light hail.

Paint protection film is great for any vehicle, but it is particularly popular with those who own expensive vehicles.  That is because paint protection film is truly an investment in your car’s future.  We all know that a car depreciates rapidly after it drives off the lot.  Paint protection film is one of those products that can keep a car’s resale value as high as possible.

What Paint Protection Film Options Are Out There?

Paint protection film can be applied to the entire car or it can be only applied to certain parts of the car that bear the brunt of road debris and other things that can easily scratch your car’s surface.  That is actually why paint protection film is often called “clear bra.”  That is because it is film that can only be applied to the “bra” area of your car, which is the front fender and around the headlights, typically.

Protecting only parts of your vehicle is the way to go if you want to keep costs down.  Wrapping, or applying paint protection film, to your entire vehicle will cost more than just certain areas, as you would expect.  Yet, paint protection film over your whole car will give you complete peace of mind.

Does It Protect Matte Finishes?

The matte finish is becoming very popular these days.  That is because a matte finish looks both cool and beautiful on a car.  Yet, matte finishes are very, very delicate.  A scratch on a matte finish can be obvious and hard to fix.

In fact, if you try to rub out a scratch on a matte finish, you will likely create a shiny part right in the middle of your gorgeous matte panel.  Thus, not only does paint protection film protect matte finishes, but is highly recommended if you go the matte route.

Think About Paint Protection Film in Calgary

In sum, paint protection film gives your car an extra layer of protection against chips and scrapes.  Maintain the beauty of your car, while eliminating the stress level of getting scratches, by investing in paint protection film.

The professionals at Tint Tech, the paint protection film specialists in Calgary, will help you make the right choice when it comes to paint protection film.  We welcome you to call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.