Have It Made in the Shade: Shopping Tips for Auto Tint

If you’re considering tinting your car windows, you probably know about some of the many benefits, such as reduction of heat and glare. But where do you begin when it comes to choosing the right auto window film and installer?

 

 

Choosing Window Film

 

Choosing Window FilmYou may want to start with the window film and then choose your installer, because different installers carry different types of window film. Window film that blocks damaging UV rays is a popular choice and it can actually help you lower your carbon footprint. Another thing to look for in window film is if it’s covered under a warranty. This speaks to the quality of the film and if something does go wrong, you won’t lose any money. All of Madico’s window films are covered by a warranty and many are covered by a lifetime warranty. You’ll also want to choose a shade. Today’s technology has delivered a range of shade choices from dark to extremely light, while still delivering all of the benefits. Take a look at this tint simulator to visualize how dark or light you can go. You’ll also want to know the window tinting laws in your state, but a good installer should also be familiar with these rules.

 

 

Choosing an Installer

 

Choosing an InstallerLike choosing any business, one of the best ways to make your decision is by asking others who they recommend. You can also view online referrals and rankings on various sites. Once you’ve identified some credible options, ask the installer how long he or she has been in business at their current location. The longer the better as longevity is a sign that they offer good quality and service at fair prices. You’ll also want to see samples of their work. This article has detailed illustrations that show you what to look for.

 

 

Don’t DIY

 

Don’t DIYYou may be tempted to save some money and try a do-it-yourself kit, but there are several reasons why it’s smart to go with a professional window tinting company. Check out this article on Angie’s List that explains why.

 

 

To find a Madico Window Films dealer in your area, call 888-887-2022 or email windowfilm@madicomain.wpengine.com.

   

The Benefits of Decorative Window Film

Glass has become a major design trend for renovating office space, and with good reason. Replacing interior walls with glass for offices, conference rooms, and lobbies can redirect natural light from windows up to 40 feet deeper into a building, reducing dependency on artificial lighting and cutting energy costs. But does glass create a lack of privacy that outweighs your energy savings? Decorative window film addresses this concern and boasts other benefits to augment the return on your energy savings investment.

 

 

Privacy Benefits of Decorative Window Film

 

Privacy Benefits of Decorative Window FilmInstalling decorative window film to glass provides discretion when confidentiality of information or privacy for employees is an issue. You can install frosted, tinted, or colored window film at various opacity levels to get the privacy you need without sacrificing natural light.

 

The Flexibility Factor

The Flexibility FactorWindow film enhances the sophistication factor of glass as well. You can select decorative film to customize your space with unique designs, prints, or patterns, including styles that resemble cut or texturized glass. Window film is easy to clean and durable over time, but because the film can be applied and removed easily and inexpensively without damaging glass, you have the flexibility to change the look of your space at little cost.

 

 

Let the Sun Shine In

Let the Sun Shine InBoosting natural light in the workplace has been linked to increased employee productivity and morale. Direct sunlight can cause glare on computer screens though, forcing employees to rely on blinds and overhead lighting to tackle the problem. Decorative window film reduces the transmission of light through glass to diminish glares, making employees more comfortable

while reaping the benefits of sunlight.

 

Window film provides the additional benefit of filtering up to 99% of harmful UV rays, which protects employees from skin damage that can cause skin cancer, and office furnishings and flooring from fading.

If you plan to renovate your office space with glass partitions and walls, you get to enjoy more natural light while reducing your energy consumption. Enhancing glass with decorative window film can further customize your space and provide the added benefits of privacy and protection for employees.

   

Stay Warmer This Winter with Window Film

When you think about how window film works, the fact that it keeps harmful UV rays and heat out of your home makes logical sense, but did you know that window film also retains heat inside of your home? Considering that the average home loses about one-third of its heat through windows and doors, window film can go a long way toward conserving energy and keeping your winter heating costs down.

 

Keeping Your Money from Going Out the Window

Keeping Your Money from Going Out the WindowHeat is attracted to cold, so hot air will flow to cold windows. But with window film that absorbs the sunshine, windows are kept warm. This keeps the warm air within the room and requires less heat from the heater to maintain a comfortable temperature.

 

Protection from a Closer Winter Sun

Protection from a Closer Winter SunThe sun is closer to the earth during the winter, which means even more exposure to its damaging UV rays. But window film lets you enjoy the natural light and views while protecting your furnishings. Window film also reduces glare, which may be more of a problem in the winter when UV rays reflect upward off of the bright snow.

 

Learn More About Window Film

Learn More About Window FilmTo learn more about window film protection, check out this informative guide, “Beauty Inside & Out,” from the International Window Film Association – you’ll be surprised at what you’ll learn. Here’s just one fact to consider:

 

“UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface and although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent, and go through glass, making sun protection necessary inside as well as outside.”

 

Or if you’re more of a visual person, check out this infographic that explains all of the benefits of window film. From UV protection to energy conservation, it’s helping people in your community live better lives in many ways.

   

Benefits of Window Film in Hospitals

Aesthetics, energy efficiency, safety, and heat reduction are some of the many benefits that both homeowners and business owners receive from window film. But it is not just limited to houses and cars. Hospitals and health care facilities, like Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas, have installed window film as a means for both protection and energy efficiency.

 

 

Safety & Security Window Films

 

Safety & Security Window FilmsSafety, care, and protection are all major objectives that hospitals try to achieve with every patient. To further this commitment, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center installed Madico’s safety & security window films earlier this year. With its location relative to the Gulf Coast, it was prone to harsh weather conditions resulting in severe damages. The 850-bed health and surgical facility, made up of an extensive number of windows, needed an additional layer of security to account for serious weather damages. Window film was the plausible solution for this issue, and now there is a sense of “greater safety and peace of mind” among the patients and the St. Luke’s team.

 

 

Protection from Natural Disasters and Crime

 

Protection from Natural Disasters and CrimeIn the case of a natural disaster, medical facilities need to have a plan for their patients’ safety. Specially designed window films reduce the risk of damages by helping shattered glass hold together, preventing flying shards of glass and protecting the patients and the valuable medical equipment. Glass windows and doors are highly susceptible to weather damages and burglary. Shattered glass can expose a hospital building or hospital rooms, along with expensive medical equipment to intruders and theft. While window film doesn’t prevent intrusions, it does make it much more difficult for thieves to get inside.

 

 

Sun Protection & Energy Efficiency

 

Sun Protection & Energy EfficiencyAdditionally, window film rejects 99% of harmful UV rays that cause skin cancer, providing another form of protection for hospital patients. It can also block up to 86% of the sun’s heat, making a medical facility more comfortable for those being treated. The significant reduction of the sun’s heat aids in the building’s energy efficiency as less energy is needed from the HVAC cooling systems and can save up to 30% of a building’s cooling costs.

 

With window film installed, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center’s team and patients share relief to know they are in a place that is both comfortable, and more importantly, safe. Click here to read the full story.

   

Window Film for Your Vehicle (Infographic)

Madico Adds New Infographic

 

As seen in the “Window Film in Your Community” animated video and infographic, there are multiple uses for window film.

 

Tinting your vehicle’s windows can block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and reject up to 92% of the solar heat that builds up in your car. It also adds an extra level of protection in case of an accident, holding shattered glass together.

 

Whether you’re considering window film for safety, heat reduction, or aesthetic purposes, this new “Window Film for Your Vehicle” infographic explains how window film can benefit your vehicle.

 

Window-Film-For-Your-Vehicle-Infographic

 

Window film is an unsung protector of your car, and while it might not always be noticeable, know that it is working. Staying cool, protecting yourself and the passengers in your car, as well as giving your vehicle a unique customized style are just some of the many benefits associated with window film for your vehicle.

 

Download the “Window Film for Your Vehicle” infographic PDF here.

   

Window Film Fights Skin Cancer

Since 1979, The Skin Cancer Foundation has continually been working toward educating the public and the medical profession about the risks associated with skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, diagnosing more than 13 million cases each year. To increase awareness of this issue further, May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. During this month we are frequently reminded of what skin cancer is and how it can be prevented.

 

 

General Precautions

 

General PrecautionsThere are several precautions you can take to decrease your chances of getting skin cancer. The number of cases can drop dramatically with some behavior modifications, which is why this cancer is considered a lifestyle disease. You can reduce the risk of skin cancer by avoiding long exposure to intense sunlight. By covering up your body with protective clothing, wearing a hat and sunglasses, as well as using sunscreen, you can minimize the threat of skin damage from high UV exposure.

 

 

Window Exposure

 

Window ExposureWhile most associate skin cancer with being outside and exposed to the sun’s rays, it is important to note that you can be in your car, at work or at home, and still be a victim of the sun’s damaging UV rays. Approximately 53% of skin cancers in the U.S. occur on the left side of your body – that is the drivers’ side of the body. Your car’s side and back windows expose you to more than 60 percent of UVA rays, however this can be prevented.

 

 

Window Film as a Protector

 

Window Film as a ProtectorWindow film, sometimes referred to as window tint, is not only a better, more cost effective way to save on your energy bills, but it also helps reduce the amount of UV exposure passing through your windows. Professionally installed window film will help block damaging UVA and UVB rays that cause skin cancer. When window film is properly installed, up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays are blocked from passing through the window. Window film is a great form of protection because it lessens the risk of premature aging and skin cancer while still letting in visible light.

 

 

Take Action

 

Take ActionSkin Cancer Awareness Month is a good reminder to all of us to take the necessary actions to protect ourselves from the sun’s UV rays year round. Even when the sun is covered by clouds, you are still exposed to the UVA and UVB rays. Don’t overlook the effectiveness of sun protection! Consider having window film professionally installed to your windows to protect yourself and your loved ones.

   

Window Film Delivers Energy Savings for Apartment Complexes

If you’re the owner or property manager of an apartment complex, just juggling day-to-day repairs can keep you busy. But investing in a plan to upgrade your building’s energy efficiency will save you time and money in the long run.

 

The first building improvements that come to mind may be replacing old air conditioning units, installing extra insulation, or installing a new roof. But if window film isn’t at the top of that list, it needs to be.

 

 

Reduces Solar Heat Gain

 

Reduces Solar Heat GainMany apartment complexes have large windows and sliding glass doors which allow in direct sunlight. When the sun shines in, it heats up living spaces and runs up utility bills—both for the owner and the tenants. Having quality window film professionally installed can reduce unwanted solar heat gain by more than 80%, and cut cooling costs by as much as 30%, according to the International Window Film Association (IWFA).

 

 

Cost Effective Solution

 

Cost Effective SolutionWindow film installation can be three times more cost effective than replacing an air conditioner. In fact, window film can extend the life of HVAC systems by reducing maintenance and strains on the system.

 

Window film also costs less than replacing windows and sliding glass doors— allowing you to make other upgrades to the units. Plus, it offers other energy-saving benefits including:

 

· Reduces glare
· Offers UV protection
· Minimizes fading of furnishings, flooring, and décor
· Increases daytime privacy
· Improves building aesthetics

 

 

Energy Saving Rebates Available

 

Energy Saving Rebates AvailableThere are also a wide range of window film rebate programs available to commercial property owners. The rebates vary greatly from state to state, so it’s important to research your local utility company’s rules and regulations.

   

Skin Cancer Awareness Tips from the International Window Film Association

Washington, D.C. – May 10, 2017 – The International Window Film Association (IWFA), a nonprofit trade association representing leading manufacturers, distributors and dealers, is proud to support Skin Cancer Awareness Month this May by providing education and awareness on the UV ray protection provided by professionally installed window film.

 

According to SkinCancer.org, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, and each year over 5.4 million cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3 million people in the U.S. While these numbers are startling, there is hope. Skin cancer can be drastically reduced by the use of window film.

 

“Many people don’t think about the sun damage that can be coming through their windows when sitting by a window at home, at work, or while driving,” says Darrell Smith, Executive Director of the IWFA. “Professionally installed window film offers a high-tech and cost-effective way to help protect both skin and eyes.”

 

Sunlight streaming through your home, work and car windows can be beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. Deep-penetrating Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays from the sun pass through ordinary glass and account for 90 percent of the sun’s most damaging rays. In fact, a recent study published by JAMA Ophthalmology found that the average side-window of a vehicle may only block about 70% of dangerous UV rays. By blocking up to 99 percent of UV rays from passing through your unprotected windows, professionally installed window film can help keep your skin and eyes healthier and more protected than window glass alone.

 

“Limiting sun exposure is the most important measures one can take in preventing skin cancer,” says American Society for Dermatologic Surgery President Thomas E. Rohrer, MD. “Both direct and indirect UV rays damage the skin and can lead to skin cancer and signs of aging. Window film provides protection by limiting harmful UV rays whether at home, work or on the road.”

 

To learn more about how to better protect yourself from the sun in your home, at work, or while driving, be sure to read the IWFA’s Beauty Inside & Out e-Booklet and Consumer Guide to Automotive Window Film e-Booklet. To find professionally accredited window film installers near you, visit the IWFA’s Find An Installer; for more information on NWFD, visit IWFA website.

 

About the International Window Film Association
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) (www.iwfa.com) is a unified industry body of window film dealers, distributors, and manufacturers that facilitates the growth of the window film industry though the use of education, research, advocacy and consumer awareness.  The organization builds alliances with trade associations, utilities and government agencies to advance dealers’ and distributors’ businesses and provide value to their customers.

   

5 Ways Window Film Can Protect Your Facilities

once again invited a representative from Madico to contribute to their publication on the topic of window film. Jeffrey Plummer, Madico’s Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, chose to explore the “5 Ways Window Film Can Protect Your Facilities.”

 

You can read his full article on the Facility Executive website.

 

Facility Executive is a one-stop source for information on quality operation, design and maintenance of facilities. It offers a shared community of facility management experts who explore and analyze issues that affect your facility and its environment.

   

How Window Film Reduces Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse gases (a combination of vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and ozone) are in the earth’s atmosphere and act as a giant blanket that makes the earth warmer, referred to as the greenhouse effect. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by nearly 40% since pre-industrial times – the current level is higher than it’s been in the last 800,000 years.

 

Window film is applied to glass to provide solar protection and increase energy efficiency by helping to reject heat in the summer and retain heat in the winter. This helps to reduce greenhouse gases in the following ways:

 

  • Less electricity and natural gas are used for heating and cooling
  • Fewer fossil fuels are burned
  • Less carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere

 

Vicious Cycle

 

Vicious CycleStudies show that electricity (which is used for heating and cooling homes and businesses) is the biggest culprit for producing greenhouse gas emissions, which causes global warming, which causes climate change. One obvious result of this cycle is warmer temperatures. According to the First Biennial Report of the United States of America, 2012 was the hottest year ever in the United States, and the 12 hottest years globally all happened in the last 15 years. Not surprisingly, greenhouse gas emissions from electricity use by homes and businesses went up 28% in the last 15 years.

 

 

Window Film to the Rescue

 

Now for some more encouraging facts from the International Window Film Association:

 

  • Buildings account for 40% of all U.S. energy used
  • Windows are responsible for 25% of a building’s consumed energy
  • 40% of commercial buildings and 33% of residential buildings have single pane glass

So there is vast potential for window film to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s a look at just one example: the Safeco Plaza in Seattle, Washington, was ahead of its time and installed window film in 1996. Not only did they reduce their carbon emissions each year, they also enjoyed annual savings of $200,000 – not to mention the government incentives and rebates they received. And with the way the U.S. government has been strengthening its charge to stop global warming as of late, those incentives will no doubt only get better.