Window Film Protection in Stormy Weather

Professionally installed home window film.During the 2017 hurricane season, there were at least 18 major hurricanes. With our weather patterns and climate changing, it seems like there are more and more devastating hurricanes each year. These storms come with high winds that can cause much damage to your home, cars and office. Did you know that having window film installed on your windows offers a host of safety benefits, including but not limited to protection from shattered windows and flying glass shards?

Window film is a thin sheet of coating professionally installed directly onto the window. Window film has several benefits, such as, UV protection, glare reduction, better climate control by blocking the heat in the summer and containing the heat in the winter. Window film also has great safety and security benefits that include protection from shattered glass caused by flying debris. Safety and security films add a thin membrane to the window that holds the shards in place in case of shattered glass.

The performance of window film has been proven, and has gone through rigorous third party testing to certify its products. Window films adhere to many safety guidelines and proven performance standards.

One of the great benefits to window film is that it doesn’t change the appearance of your windows, unless you would like it to. The film comes in many different shades from totally clear, to medium or dark shades. In addition to the other great benefits is that window film requires no upkeep.

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

 

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History of Blinds

What’s The History Of Window Blinds?

Sun solar shades DenverYou walk into your local coffee shop, bagel shop, doctors office or just about anywhere else and you’ll see blinds. If you go to a hardware store you’ll see there are many many blinds on the market. Blinds are great for keeping the heat and sun out and they work great for providing privacy.

But where did blinds come from? How long have they been around? The invention of blinds actually goes back a long way. In fact, back in ancient Egypt they would string reeds together that would form blinds. The Chinese in ancient times would use bamboo. These ancient blinds worked so well that they would stay around for thousands of years.

Have you ever heard of Venetian blinds? The Persians brought blinds to Venice the “Venetian” blind was born and it spread fast. In fact, the first patent for Venetian blinds was awarded in 1769 to Edward Bevan. Edward placed wooden slats in a frame and manipulated them so you could let light into a room. In 1841 John Hampson added the ability to change the angle of the slats, leading to the many of the blinds we see today.

Today we have lots of options for blinds. We have aluminum blinds, wood blinds, bamboo blinds and plastic blinds. They come in vertical or horizontal directions. You can have them either manaul or motorized.

Today blinds have come a long way. We have solar shade blinds that helps to block the heat but allows for view through. They are also great for cutting down on glare and UV. And because they block so much of the heat, they help in lowering your utility bills.

If you live in the Denver area and would like a free in-home consultation for solar shade or patio shade blinds, give us a call at 303-278-3456.

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5 Signs You Need Home Window Film

5 Signs You Need To Get Window Film

To get window film installed or not? Is this the debate around your house? Here are 5 signs that you need to get window film.

  1. It’s hard to regulate the temperature in your home – Did you know, installing window film helps to eliminate hot and cool spots, allowing for nice even temperature throughout your home?
  2. You would like to save money on your energy bill – Who wouldn’t right? Depending on the window film you choose you can save from 35-50% on your energy savings throughout the year. Did you know getting your windows tinted is one of the best, easiest and cheapest ways to lower your energy bills?
  3. Fading hardwood floorsYour artwork, furniture, floors, etc. are fading – Do you have hardwood floors? Have you pulled back an area rug only to find the hardwood floors under the rug looks way more vibrant than the rest of the floor? Maybe it looks something like the picture on the right.
  4. You have glare issues – Do you ever feel like you need to wear sunglasses inside? We have a lot of sunny days here in Colorado, as much as we love the sun it can be very hard on our eyes. Window film acts like sunglasses for your windows, taming harsh glare.
  5. Are you concerned about the dangers of UV ray induced skin diseases? The cold hard fact is, every person that doesn’t have window film installed on their home windows, should be wearing sunscreen, even inside. This is especially the case when you’re living at a mile above sea level. Vista window film actually blocks 99.9% of all UV rays coming in through your windows.

If any of the above areas rings true with you and you live in the Denver area, give us a call today for a free in-home consultation. We’ll bring free window film samples so you can see what it looks like. 303-278-3456

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Insolroll Elements – Simply the Best

Why Roller Shades?

Sun solar shades DenverWe find more and more of our consumers wanting a simple, clean, modern look for their windows. They also want easy, convenient operation, with less dusting.  Our supplier company, Insolroll, offers all of the above as well as options for privacy, view-through, light filtering and room darkening. To put it quite simply, whatever your needs are, Insolroll’s Elements line has you covered.

The Elements line from Insolroll also offers beautiful design no matter your decor. They also bring texture, warmth and color to your room’s design. Roller shades are excellent for layered window treatments, for example, a roller shade paired with simple or ornate drapes.

Insolroll Elements – Different than the Rest

The Elements fabric line was created with style, color, texture and pattern choices you won’t find in other designer product lines. Another great benefit is the shades come in extra wide fabrics, so even the larger windows can be accommodated.

Elements Antigua Solar Screen Ginger solar shadeAnother wonderful benefit to the roller shades from Insolroll are the operators. Whether you want a manual or motorized shade, Insolroll offers durable, real life, reliable solutions. If you’re looking for motorized options, we got you covered. You can choose from battery operated to hard-wired and everything in-between. Insolroll also offers control options that will match and complement your customer’s lifestyle. We also do whole home automation systems featuring sensors and voice control.

When deciding which roller shade company to go with, remember, not all shades are created equal. Insolroll partners with the most respected component manufacturers in the industry, including Somfy and rollease, to produce high quality, dependable, durable shades.

We are also proud to say that all the roller shades we install is made right here in Louisville, Colorado.

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

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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. 

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