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History of Window Tint

History of Window Tinting

Millions of people every year get their car and or homes tinted. But have you ever wondered how or when window tinting got started?

Window tinting can be dated back to the 1960’s. It was then that the first window films were being installed on tempered automotive glass windows. When the first window films were designed they were making them as transparent as possible, but it didn’t take long for people to want tinted films.

Window tinting on a limoSo if tinted films is what people wanted, tinted films is what they got. In a relatively short period of time, towards the end of the 1970’s, limousines all over the United States had dark tinted films installed to give privacy to those riding in them. These darker tints, sometimes well over 80%, made it difficult to see out and unfortunately many accidents occurred.

This being the case, by the 1980’s almost every state had developed their own laws regarding tinted films and how dark was too dark. There was a wide range of window films, from 5% to 70% or more, and different colors as well.

In time more and more advanced window films came to the marketplace, by the mid 1990’s we started seeing some pretty high tech window films. Today the most popular and effective window films are the Professionally installed home window film.ceramic based films. These window films are able to block the harmful UV rays from the sun while at the same time allowing the light from the sun to shine through the window. These ceramic based films also have the ability to reflect the heat from the sun, thus keeping your home or car cooler during the summer months.

The tinting industry has really come a long way over the years. As time goes on window film is becoming more and more high-tech. There’s even a polarized film which rather than block the light, it intensifies certain bandwidths of the visible light spectrum. It really is totally amazing what they are accomplishing with window film. They even have window film that protects your windows from graffiti and security films that keeps your windows in place in case of glass breakage.

If you live in the Denver area and you’re looking to get window tint installed on your home or office, give us a call today! 303-278-3456.

You can take a look at our home window film images page to see what film looks like installed.

By | 2017-10-16T12:00:32+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Glare Control

Control The Glare And Keep Your View

Before Solar Shade Installation

After Solar Shade Installation

Did you know the average human eye can see a single candle flame in the dark as far as 1.7 miles away. Crazy isn’t it? Light is a very powerful force, if you have too much, it can wash out color, be hard on your eyes and actually decrease how much you can see. That’s why both where we live and where we work needs to have glare control. This is even more the case if you have lots of windows or your windows are large, especially if you live in the Denver area because we receive so much sunlight year around.

Solar shades are a near-miracle of science for controlling glare. Compare the pictures to the right and left of your screen to see an example of this near-miracle. However, to get the results you desire the fabric, visible light transmittance, openness, color and exposure all needs to be taken into account.

Solar Shade Openness and Color

Visible light transmittance is the measure of the percentage of the visual light allowed to pass through the shade and glass together. Fabric openness and color determine the visible light transmittance value.

The openness of a fabric’s weave determines how much sunlight passes through the space between the yarns. The color of the fabric’s yarns makes up the rest of the visible light transmittance. The light that passes through light colored fabric is diffused. So if you have a space with smaller windows lighter fabric might be a nice option. However, if you have medium to large windows it can make a room too bright to be comfortable. Darker colored fabric absorbs more light so it doesn’t enter the room, making the visible light transmittance in an area with larger windows more comfortable.

Window Exposure

Solar Screen Shade in Living Room

The direction a room’s window faces is another important fabric choice consideration. Western exposures can be a huge glare problem in late afternoon.

Window Size

If you have small window then dark fabric may keep out too much light. Lighter fabric on smaller windows might be the better choice and for larger windows consider a tighter weave and/or darker colored fabrics.

As you can see, when choosing what solar shade is best for you, there are a lot of things to take into consideration. If you live in the Denver area and would a free in-home consultation, give us a call today at 303-278-3456. When we come out to your house we’ll bring fabric samples so you can pick the exact one that’s right for your personalized needs.

 

 

 

By | 2017-10-03T10:57:25+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Professional Window Film Installation

Is Professional Installation Better?

Professionally installed home window film.We all love to save money. Sometimes that means making a project a DIY. However, sometimes saving money means having a professional do it for you. Now that might sound like an oxymoron, but in the long run, sometimes spending the money to have a professional do a job actually saves you money. That can certainly be the case with home window film and commercial window film.

Professionally installed films not only look better longer (or right from the start) but they are usually more likely to perform to the specifications of the warranty. What I mean by that is, there are many things to take into consideration when installing a window film. For example, what altitude do you live at? Is the window being partly shaded or mostly shaded by a tree or something else? Believe it or not but that matters. These and so many other things need to be considered when installing window film. A professional has knowledge of all of this and can recommend a film that fits your circumstances and needs.

Something else to think about is the warranty. There is always a chance something could go wrong with the film or the window, either during the install process or in the weeks to months after the film has been installed. Most professional installers will cover the cost of the replacement film, the removal of old film and the replacement of the window with a small deductible. If you install it yourself, most of that will not be covered.

I remember a case where one of our installers had installed the film on a window and was pushing the water out from behind the film and the window totally shattered. Obviously there was a defect in the window. If the homeowner had been installing that himself he would have had to replace the window himself and eat the cost. However, because he had us installing it we totally replaced the window at no cost to him. That can be a significant savings!

So yes we all want to save money, but sometimes spending money will save you money in the long run.

If you live in the Denver area and would like a free in-home consultation on home or commercial window film, give us a call today at 303-278-3456!

By | 2017-09-18T09:05:18+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Professional Window Film Installation

Things To Know About The Eclipse

solar eclipse

After months of anticipation it’s finally here! The solar eclipse will happen today. Depending on where you are it may have already started. The totality path will run from Oregon to South Carolina, and a partial eclipse for those outside the path.

It’s going to be a spectacular sight! So what do we need to know about the solar eclipse?

What You Need To Know About The Solar Eclipse

 

First thing you want to know is when will the eclipse start where you’re at. To find out you can go to Eclipse2017.org.

If you miss the live eclipse, you can view it online at NASA’s website. They will have a livestream and another one that is taken from Carbondale, Illinois.

Be sure to watch the solar eclipse safely. Never look directly at the sun during an eclipse. You will need to wear solar eclipse viewers. Don’t think your sunglasses will do the trick, they won’t. If you don’t wear the proper viewers you can become blind.

Interesting Fact About the Eclipse

 

Why does it move from West to East? The moon actually orbits our earth from West to East, so during the solar eclipse the moon’s shadow follows the moon’s path.

So for all you solar eclipse viewers out there, enjoy this beautiful event and please view safely.

 

By | 2017-08-21T09:04:33+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Things To Know About The Eclipse

Window Film Helping PTSD and TBI

Window Film Helping With PTSD

Women coping with PTSDWhat is PTSD and how does window film help with PTSD? PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health condition that people can develop after experiencing or perhaps just witnessing a life-threatening event. This event can include but is not limited to a car accident, natural disaster, combat or sexual assault.

Symptoms of PTSD

There are four basic types of symptoms. Please keep in mind that everyone is different. People experience symptoms in their own way.

  1. Reliving the event. Sometimes referred to as flashbacks. This is where you feel like your experiencing the event all over again. You might even have nightmares of the event.
  2. Avoiding situations that remind you of the event. This can include situations or people that might trigger memories of the event.
  3. Having more negative beliefs and feelings. You might find that the way you think about yourself or others has changed because of the trauma. You also might lose interest in activities you once enjoyed. You might find yourself feeling numb, or find it hard to feel happy.
  4. Feeling keyed up. You feel jittery, alert, on the lookout all the time. You can have a hard time concentrating or sleeping.

For a more comprehensive list, please visit the PTSD official website.

Window Film Can Help People With PTSD

before and after residential window tintingThere are different treatments out there for PTSD. Let me make it very clear that window film does not treat PTSD but rather it helps with some of the symptoms. That being said, how does window film help with PTSD?

One of the symptoms is hypersensitivity to light accompanied by severe anxiety. Solar control window film helps relieve the discomfort that’s caused by intense sunlight and glare. The best thing to do is match the right window film with each persons needs.

Each window film offers differing percentages of light and/or glare blockage. So depending on the severity of light sensitivity, the person with PTSD would need either a lighter or darker film.

If you live in the Denver area and would like a free quote on solar control window film, give us a call today at 303-278-3456. Or go to our website and submit an on-line request.

 

 

By | 2017-07-31T09:15:05+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Window Film Helping PTSD and TBI

Designing Spaces Features Window Film

Window Film to be Featured on Designing Spaces

Designing Spaces TV Show logoI don’t know about you but, I love all these home improvement shows on tv. I became a homeowner about 12 years ago. One thing I really enjoy doing is working on my home, adding things that make it better and saves me money. Maybe you feel the same way.

One of the home improvement shows I enjoy is, Designing Spaces on the Lifetime network. Maybe you’ve had a chance to watch it, it’s on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 a.m. If that’s a little early for you maybe record it and watch it later. This show literally touches on EVERYTHING home improvement.

Showing a box of Vista Home Window Tinting

This picture shows two windows, one has window tint installed and the other doesn't. Home window tinting.That being said, we are so excited to announce that home window film is going to be featured on their July 21st and July 28th episodes! It’s specifically going to feature Vista by Llumar window film.

The shows are going to focus on the Llumar.com website and how easy it is to find a dealer in your area. It will also discuss the many benefits of home window film and how it can solve so many issues. For example, glare reduction, heat and fading. The show will educate you on how window film is a clever solution to the issues so many people are having. In addition, the show will discuss the skill and care Llumar SelectPro professionally-trained installers use in the installation process.

If you would like to learn more about home window film, go to our website at Precisionfilm.com. If you live in the Denver area and would like a free in-home consultation, give us a call today at 303-278-3456. 

By | 2017-07-18T10:23:35+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Designing Spaces Features Window Film

Theodore Roosevelt and Window Film?

If it’s good enough for Theodore Roosevelt, it’s good enough for you

Image result for theodore roosevelt homeThe windows on the home of President Theodore Roosevelt needed to be retrofitted so that the interior furnishings would be protected from sun damage. This would be tricky because it’s a historic site. That being the case, the product would need to offer protection from the sun but at the same time not alter the look of the building. 

So what product did the National Park Service feel would be the best fit for this historic site? NoneVista window tint other than Vista’s Soft Horizon window film. The National Park Service knew this product would not only solve the sun’s damaging effects of UV rays coming in through the windows but that it’s also almost impossible to see once installed on the windows. Offering the perfect solution to their problem.

If you live in the Denver area and are suffering from intense heat coming in through your windows, give us a call today at 303-278-3456. In addition to reducing the heat, window tint also helps cut down on glare and blocks the damaging effects of UV Rays, it will also help in reducing your energy bills.

 

By | 2017-06-27T10:42:14+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Theodore Roosevelt and Window Film?

High UV Index | What It Means For You

What A High UV Index Means For You

I’m not sure if you have noticed but the UV index here in Denver has been in the High range for the last several days. A lot of people don’t pay attention to this, however, today I will tell you why it’s a good idea to.

The UV scale measures how high the ultra-violet rays are at any given time. Ultra-violet rays is the damaging rays coming from the sun. UV rays can cause skin cancer and cataracts, if you’re not fully protected. The scale ranges from 0 to 11+. Here are the measurements for each category:

  • 0-2: Low
  • 3-5: Moderate
  • 6-7: High
  • 8-10: Very High
  • 11+: Extreme

In Denver the UV index has been at 9, which means we are in the Very High range and are at high risk of harm for unprotected eyes and skin. A couple of things to keep in mind in the Very High range is; try to stay inside between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you need to be outdoors try and stay in the shade and wear protective clothing such as a wide brimmed hat and UV blocking sunglasses. There are a lot of clothing now that has SPF in the material. Be sure to apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours. If you’re swimming reapply after you have dried off, even if it hasn’t been 2 hours.

Some people think because you can’t see UV rays it won’t hurt you, unfortunately that’s just not the case. Be kind to your skin, you only get one set of skin and believe me when I tell you, you’ll thank yourself as you get older.

To read more about the ranges on the UV index go to the United States Environmental Protection Agency website.

By | 2017-06-27T10:37:36+00:00 June 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on High UV Index | What It Means For You

Why Precision Film’s Patio Shades Are The Best

Why We Can Say Our Patio Shades Are The Best

Sun solar patio shades are an excellent way to shield the sun and provide you with shade. As this picture shows.A lot of business people make the claim that their products are better than anyone else’s, and that’s OK as long as you can provide proof to back up that claim.
That’s why I say our patio shades are the best on the market and today I’m going to tell you why I say that. It really comes down to seven different reasons. Let’s go through these one by one.
1. Our patio shades come with a fully enclosed aluminum head-box which protects fabric when retracted
2. The specialized fabrics for exterior solar shades range from 3% to 14% openness to control varying degrees of sun exposure.
3. You can choose either a 110 volt AC tubular motor or crank and gear operator
4. Our shades come with a reinforced bracket that’s designed for large patio installations
5. The fabric has reinforced, welded edges that provide increased fabric durability
You have a choice of either track or cable guide system to secure fabric:
6. Cable Guide & Hem Bar – which is fabric wrapped teardrop-shaped aluminum hem bar (Cable guide system features a stainless steel aircraft cable with UV coating)
7. Track Guide – Aluminum side channel with vinyl insert to increase durability
You can see why we say we have the best patio solar shades, we can say it and we can back it up!
To read more about the many benefits of patio shades, please click here.
Call Precision today to get a free quote on patio shades or interior solar shades! 303-278-3456

By | 2017-06-27T10:40:51+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why Precision Film’s Patio Shades Are The Best

What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer

Skin Cancer Awareness Ribbon

What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer

May is the national skin cancer detection and prevention month. That being the case I thought we would focus on skin cancer and what you need to know.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States and melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. How do we get skin cancer?

The main cause of skin cancer comes from Ultraviolet UV radiation from the sun. It can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The good news is, when skin cancer is detected and treated early, it’s almost always curable. 

What You Can Do To Prevent Skin Cancer

We have all heard it many times, when you’re going to be outside, put sunscreen on. Well I don’t mean to beat a dead horse but, applying sunscreen is the best defence against skin cancer. Something most people don’t think about though is, you don’t have to be outside to get UV exposure. UV rays comes through our windows and into our cars and homes. That is why one of the new trends is to install window film on all your windows, home windows and your car windows. 

vista home window tint by llumar window tintVista window film is an excellent option for your home windows. It will block 99.9% of UV rays coming into your home and has one of the best warranties on the market. If you live in the Denver area, then you really need to consider window film as an option. Denver being a mile high we get exposed to more UV rays than most other cities. If you live in the Denver area and would like a free in-home consultation, give us a call today! 303-278-3456.

By | 2017-06-27T10:44:56+00:00 May 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What You Need To Know About Skin Cancer