How Long Will Window Film Last on My Home’s Windows?

Architectural window film can solve an array of issues for homeowners. From excessive heat gain and glare to energy savings and added security. However, how long will window film last and continue to maintain its performance?

Manufacturer’s Warranty

If you select a quality, professionally installed window film from a reputable manufacturer like Madico it will often come with a lifetime warranty for as long as you own your home. The warranty covers issues from peeling and bubbling to cracking and demetallization. This means that you can experience the benefits of your home’s window film for decades!

New Home but Old Film?

However, if you are buying a home that already has film on its windows it can be beneficial to consult with a professional film installer to evaluate the integrity of the film. As a new owner of the home, it’s important to learn if the film used on the windows is a quality, professionally installed product or an inferior DIY product. In addition, film installed on windows that receive direct sunlight, such as skylights, may need to be replaced more frequently than other windows in a home.

Consult a Professional Installer

Madico’s professional film installers can provide you with valuable information on your window and film performance. Before investing in costly window treatments that obscure your view, locate a film dealer near you to see if your film may need to be replaced in order to achieve the performance you desire.  

   

Professional Window Film Installation vs. DIY

Homeowners experiencing excessive heat gain and annoying glare shining through their homes’ windows often consider window film as an obvious solution. However, the decision to hire a professional or install the window film themselves leaves some homeowners feeling confused and overwhelmed.

Window film is available at most home improvement stores and even through online retailers. And while it’s true that someone with average “handyman” skills can often complete an installation themselves, saving some money in the process, there are many other important factors to consider.  

Glass Type

Not all windows and window glass are the same. There are insulated glass units, argon gas filled units, low-e coatings, reflective coatings, and spectrally selective coatings.

It is important to select a film that will work with specific window types. If the incorrect film is installed, the window can be damaged and potentially cause glass breakage and or seal failure in multi-pane window units. This can result in the costly replacement of the entire window. Most DIYers have neither the experience nor the access to information necessary to appropriately select the correct film for their glass type.

Window Film Quality

Home improvement stores often sell the most affordable versions of window films available on the market, resulting in a selection of low-quality products. When you call a film professional for an estimate, you’ll learn that most reputable installers have strong relationships with a manufacturer of the highest-quality window films available. Professional installers will also be able to offer a much wider selection of shades, colors and film types.

The window films shown to you by the pros will carry a Manufacturer’s Warranty, protecting you from film failures. Purchase and install window film yourself and you’ll likely only be covered for the cost of the film should a product or installation defect occur.

Installation Skills

Like most skilled trades, professionally installed window film looks better, lasts longer and performs as intended on the glass surface to which it’s applied. Professional installers also invest in quality installation tools to ensure the best installation possible. Most DIY homeowners are not willing to make the investment in high quality installation tools, which is often reflected in the quality of the installation.

Locate a professional window film installer using the Madico Dealer Locater.

   

Automotive Tint Laws in Your State

Knowing and understanding your state’s tint laws is important before having film applied to your vehicle. There is no federal standard for window tint so each state has its own unique laws, making it a bit tricky to navigate!

While state laws do vary, there are some general guidelines that you as a consumer can familiarize yourself with to better understand these regulations. Understanding these guidelines will help to ensure that your vehicle’s tint is compliant with the laws in your particular state.

Visible Light Transmission (VLT) – States measure the legal amount of tint on a car window by its VLT — the amount of light that can pass through the window. The lower the number, the darker the film.

NET VLT – The majority of states measure the VLT in terms of the combined light transmittance of both the film and the glass itself. This is important to note since auto manufacturers do often factory tint the glass of many of their vehicles.

Front Side Windows – Generally must be lighter than the rear windows and no darker than 20% VLT, with most states requiring at least a 35% VLT. A high VLT is necessary for the driver to be able to properly see the road as well as his or her side mirrors.

Back and Rear Windows – The VLT permitted is often different for sedans then it is for SUVs and vans (MPVs). In many states, there are actually no VLT restrictions on SUVs and vans back and rear windows.

Windshield – Many states allow a non-reflective tint, but usually only to a specific point on the windshield such as the A1 line. Windshield protection films such as ClearPlex are permitted since they are optically clear.

Reflectance – Some tints contains metallic elements that help in reflecting incoming light and reducing the glare and heat generated by visible light. The laws surrounding reflectance vary greatly, with some states allowing only a certain percentage of reflectivity and others simply not allowing a mirrored appearance or any film that increases reflectivity.

Tint Colors – The laws surrounding tint colors such as red, amber, yellow, and blue vary greatly from state to state.  Some do not specify any color restrictions while others limit it only to colors such as red and amber.

Medical Exemptions – Most states do allow for medical exemptions when it comes to window tint.

Professional window film dealers are aware of the tint laws in their state of business and can advise you on the tint product that will best meet your needs while still adhering to state laws. It is illegal for dealers to sell and install tint that does not comply with state laws.

However, it is ultimately up to the consumer to ensure that their tint is legal. Download a comprehensive State Window Tinting Rules & Laws chart that was created by the International Window Film Association (IWFA).

   

Madico Diamond Sponsor of International Window Film Conference & Tint-Off

Madico is a Diamond Sponsor of this year’s International Window Film Conference & Tint-Off (WFCT) taking place in Indianapolis, Indiana, September 4-6.

Madico is proud to be a sponsor of this important event that brings together all segments of the window film and paint protection film industries under one roof for quality education, business-building and nail-biting competitions.

Join us for a “Tint Talk”

Join Madico’s director of window film sales, Jim Black, for a “Tint Talk” on Wednesday, September 4 at 8:45 am. Launched in 2018, these short “Ted-Talk” like powerful sessions are designed to impart wisdom to attendees and both inspire and challenge. Don’t miss it!

Madico Automotive Film Demonstration on Tesla Model 3

Teslas are showing up on the road more and more often these days. Learn tips and tricks for installing automotive film on a Tesla Model 3 on Thursday, September 5 at 4:30 pm with Madico dealer Caleb Silkett from Midwest Tinting, The demonstration will be focused on the vehicle’s backlite.

Meet the 8 Madico Sponsored Contestants

This year the Tint-Off competitions will be fierce with so many Madico sponsored contestants participating! Learn more about each of our talented contestants!

Complimentary Show Floor Passes!

The Madico team looks forward to seeing many of our valued dealers at this event! Stop by and visit us at Booth #500. As a Diamond Sponsor we are able to offer complimentary show floor passes. Download yours here!

   

Madico® Inc. Acquires Canadian Distributors

Opening two new service centers to offer factory direct distribution in Canada

Pinellas Park, Fla. – Aug. 6, 2019 – Madico, Inc., a market leader in the manufacturing and distribution of quality window films, announced the acquisition of its two Canadian distributors,  Courage Distributing, Inc. and Window Film Systems and the formation of a new entity,  Madico Canada. The company will operate both former Courage distribution locations in Oakville, Ontario, and Richmond, British Columbia, to serve the market.

Owned and operated by brothers Todd and Trent Courage, Courage Distributing has been a successful wholesale distribution company selling window film, paint protection film, and accessories since it was founded in 1993. The Courage brothers were inducted into the Window Film Hall of Fame in 2015, receiving the Award of Excellence for their dealer service and support as well as philanthropic endeavors.

All current Courage employees will become part of Madico Canada with both Courage brothers joining Madico in operations and sales leadership roles to ensure continuity and high-quality service to customers throughout the country.

In 2018, Window Film Systems celebrated its 40th year distributing and installing Madico window films. Owner Peter Yates will continue to liaise with valued dealers of Madico Canada. Window Film Systems will maintain its long-standing relationship with Madico in their successful film installation division. The company is known throughout Canada as a leader in the decorative films market and has completed many notable architectural installations.

“Both Window Film Systems and Courage have been outstanding partners and successful distributors for decades,” said Jim Black, Director of Window Film Sales. “We are so pleased that this approach will allow Madico, our partners, and our customers to all benefit from this dynamic new entity. We intend to support the Canadian market like never before with enhancements such as a fuller range of products and significantly increased marketing support.”

With the addition of the two Canadian locations, Madico is the only window film manufacturer to provide 100% factory direct service to all customers in North America with a total of 9 Service Centers strategically located throughout the United States and Canada.

About Madico Inc. –

Headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida, Madico, Inc. innovates, manufactures, and distributes a broad range of protective, functional and decorative materials-based solutions including films, coatings and laminates for various industries worldwide from automotive and architecture to healthcare and aerospace. Since 1903, Madico has pioneered industry-first products with an unrivaled commitment to quality and dedication to its customers. Madico is a fully-owned subsidiary of Lintec USA Holdings, Inc. For more information, visit www.madico.com.

   

Staying Cool this Summer with Window Film

Summer is here and temperatures are rising! Everyone is looking for ways to manage the heat and stay cool.

Do you find yourself cranking down the air conditioning and longing to escape the sun for a summer afternoon movie marathon? Well, this can be a challenge both to your wallet and your television screen due to awful glare.

The application of professional window film on your home will combat these issues along with many others!

How does window film work?

Window film rejects heat and cuts glare through reflection, absorption, or a combination of both. The sun’s rays are composed of three types of energy: visible light, and infrared and ultraviolet energy that we can’t see, but can only feel.

Depending on its construction, window film allows most or all visible light to pass through the glass to which it’s applied while reflecting and/or absorbing most of the heat from the sun before you can feel it. Reflective window films bounce much of the sun’s infrared (IR) rays back into the atmosphere. And non-reflective or dyed films simply absorb or block the IR rays.

Finally, installing window film slows fading of furnishings and carpet, and significantly reduces cooling costs. This results in savings on your energy bills and your impact on the environment!

Which window film is right for me?

Contact your local, professional film dealer for assistance in selecting the best film for your home, office or vehicle. Before making the call, discover 5 Questions to Ask Before Considering Window Film for Home or Business.

   

Window Film Magazine – Guest Column “Selling Green Benefits”

Window Film Magazine recently invited Jim Black, Madico’s Director of Window Film Sales, to contribute to a guest column for their May/June 2019 issue.

Jim chose to focus his column on the “green” or energy saving benefits of window film and tips on how dealers can communicate these benefits to their customers.

An industry veteran, Jim began working with window film in 1988 as a dealer installer. He has served in various positions for major manufacturers in the film industry, the AIMCAL Window Film Committee, and the International Window Film Association (IWFA) Board. He currently serves as the IWFA board of directors as chair for the Communication and Education Committee.

Read the full article “Selling Green Benefits” in Window Film Magazine.

   

Federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program Includes Safety & Security Window Films

For more than 40 years, FEMA has helped people before, during and after disasters. FEMA is committed to building and developing a culture of preparedness across the country.

In support of FEMA’s mission, the organization is responsible for the administration of Federal funds to deliver numerous disaster and non-disaster financial assistance programs. One of these programs is the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The NSGP provides funding support for hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack.

Safety & Security Film for Physical Security

One of the allowable costs under the program is equipment, specifically safety and security window film. Funding can be used for “the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization, specifically in prevention of and/or protection against the risk of a terrorist attack.”

As a professional window film dealer and installer, this program presents an opportunity to help secure nonprofit institutions that may have otherwise not been able to afford Madico safety and security film. Safety and security films offer numerous benefits to these nonprofits such as 24/7 passive protection from flying glass shards if a window is impacted, bomb blast mitigation, intrusion resistance and more.

Many nonprofits, such as local places of worship, are unaware that this program exists. Reaching out to the property managers at these nonprofits, armed with information about this grant, is a great way to make them aware and introduce them to the benefits of Madico safety and security film.

Federal Funds Available

For 2019, the total amount of funds under this nonprofit security grant program is $60 million. Individual nonprofits can qualify for an award of up to $100,000.

The two allowable prevention and protection categories and equipment standards for the NSGP are listed on DHS AEL located on the DHS/FEMA site at http://www.fema.gov/authorized-equipment-list.

For more information regarding property management standards for equipment, please reference 2 C.F.R. Part 200, including but not limited to 2 C.F.R. §§ 200.310, 200.313, and 200.316.

NSGP Resources:

There are a variety of resources available to address programmatic, technical, and financial questions, which can assist with NSGP:

  • For additional program-specific information, please contact the Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID) help line at (800) 368-6498 or AskCSID@fema.gov. CSID hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
  • For support regarding financial grant management and budgetary technical assistance, applicants may contact the DHS/FEMA Grant Operations Help Desk, via e-mail at ASK-GMD@fema.gov.

   

Protekt® Paint Protection Film Keeps Vehicle’s Finish Looking Newer, Longer

The road can be a hazardous place, especially for your prized vehicle. Vehicles encounter a lot on the road including bugs, bird droppings, gravel, sand and salt, all at high speeds!


We all know the feeling of coming home after a long road trip with a vehicle desperately in need of a wash. But did you know that substances as innocent as dead bugs can eat away at paint and finishes? We often do not have time to thoroughly clean the outside of our car as regularly as we would like which contributes to long-term damage to the finish. In addition to threats to the finish, gravel and sand that is kicked up while driving often cause rock chips in the paint on the front end of the vehicle. Salted roads in the wintertime can cause similar damage.


Paint protection film, such as Protekt® PPF, is a good option for protecting vehicles from road hazards. Not only does it offer protection from debris, it also guards against scratches in commonly damaged areas such as bumpers, door handle wells and edges.


Protekt PPF is optically clear and won’t discolor over time. It is also self-healing, which means minor scratches will resolve themselves. PPF is installed by professional dealers who understand the best way to utilize the product to achieve the desired protection level. In the end, drivers save time and money on costly repainting and repairs.


Are you ready to protect your vehicle with Protekt PPF? Visit the Madico Dealer Directory to locate an installer near you.


Are you a dealer interested in selling Protekt PPF? Learn more in the Madico Dealer Portal.

   

The unseen benefits of specialty films

Steven Sorrentino, Director of Specialty Films, recently contributed to Aircraft Interiors International. His piece entitled “The unseen benefits of specialty films” explores the recent developments in the film industry that have resulted in advanced film and coating solutions for aircraft.


Aircraft Interiors International enjoys international acclaim as the best, most readable quarterly magazine ever produced on the latest trends and developments in aircraft interior design, cabin brand development and completion.