Did You Know That Window Film Helps House Plants?

Like other common misconceptions about window film, many people think it’s harmful to house plants. But that’s not the case. Just as window film can help conserve energy, it can also help your house plants.

 

 

A Green Thumbs Up

 

A Green Thumbs UpSolar control window film only blocks UV rays – not the red and blue rays that your plants need to grow and flower. And some plants will actually do better with window film, such as those that require less light (which are usually a dark green color). Delicate plants will also do better with window film because it provides a more stable temperature. So, for example, if you live in a hot climate during the summer, areas near sunny windows can get very hot and be harmful to delicate plants. Or even in normal circumstances, do you have certain plants that always seem to dry out or wilt on sunny days? Window film will help your plants retain moisture better. Just remember that all plants – especially fussy ones – need time to adjust to a new environment, so if you see wilting or color loss after installing window film, don’t panic. These issues should disappear after a few days.

 

 

Other Benefits of Window Film

 

Other Benefits of Window FilmBy rejecting the sun’s solar energy, window film maintains a more comfortable temperature in your home, reduces air-conditioning costs, and conserves energy. By blocking up to 99% of damaging UV rays, it protects your skin and offers significant fade protection for furniture, carpets, woodwork, and other interior furnishings. It also reduces glare to improve visibility, especially for computer and TV screens. All in all, window film makes your home more comfortable and inviting, letting you enjoy the outdoor views without any negative consequences.

 

 

If you’re interested in enjoying the many benefits of window film, from protecting your plants to lowering your energy bills, we invite you to find a dealer of Madico’s premium line of architectural window film, Sunscape.

   

Infographic: Benefits of Window Film for Your Home

Have you ever moved your couch or some other piece of furniture and noticed your carpeting that was once one shade of gray is now two different shades? Or perhaps you’ve had to close your blinds or curtains to avoid that annoying sun glare on the TV? Well if either scenario sounds familiar, window film can help resolve these issues.

 

Professionally installed window film can block up to 99% of UV rays and reduce the fading of your home’s interior and upholstery. Ultraviolet light and the sun’s visible light are the main causes of interior fading (65%), followed by the heat from the sun (25%). Window film can also reject heat rays up to 92%, cutting cooling costs by as much as 30%. This infographic shows how professionally installed window film can make a beneficial difference to your home’s interior.

 

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Window film is not limited to your home’s windows. It can also be applied to buildings in your community and to your vehicle.

   

Is Installing Window Film a Do-It-Yourself Job?

The big-box home improvement retail stores are chock-full of the materials, tools, and even the how-to classes that allow homeowners to take on a wide variety of do-it-yourself projects. DIY is huge today, and it’s true that someone with average skills can often complete certain home improvement projects with a comparable level of quality to that of a professional job, and save money doing it.

 

What about window film? Is an installation of film as a DIY the right choice for you? Here are a few points to consider before you decide:

 

 

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Like most skilled trades, installing window film right takes experience and knowledge of the products and techniques. Think of the professionally painted home interior vs. the homeowner’s weekend adventure with brush and roller. Professionally-installed window film looks better, lasts longer, and performs as intended on the glass surface to which it’s applied.

 

 

Does the film match the glass?

 

The window is just a piece of glass – they’re all the same, right? No, and quality window films are designed for use on only specific types of window glass. Not only will some films simply not adhere properly to some window glass types, but the window can be damaged by installation of the incorrect window film which can 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 DIY-ers have neither the experience nor the access to information necessary to appropriately select the correct film for their glass type.

 

 

You get what you pay for.

 

Window film purchased at a big-box or a hardware store is almost always of an inferior quality to the film supplied by a window film professional.

 

When you call such a professional for an estimate, you’ll learn that the most-recommended, reputable installers have strong relationships with a manufacturer of the highest-quality window films available. The window films shown to you by the pros most often carry warranties on the products, as well their installation and removal if defective. In addition, many carry a warranty that offers some protection should the rare but unfortunate occurrence of glass breakage and/or seal failure happen. Purchase and install the window film yourself, and you’ll likely only be covered for the cost of the film.

   

How Window Film Enhances and Protects Homes

You already know about the extensive benefits that Sunscape window films by Madico offer to homeowners including decreasing heat, reducing fading and health risks, and unprecedented energy savings. But many homeowners don’t realize that window film is a powerful and cost-effective alternative to enhancing the natural aesthetics of their home.

 

It’s worth explaining to potential customers that because their home is a personal space that they share with the people closest to them, it’s worth investing in window film not only to capture those potential health and energy savings benefits, but also to take advantage of the problem-solving, decorative potential of window film.

 

In the projects seen here, real Sunscape dealers have used Madico window films to solve real-world problems, and enhance the natural beauty of homes and businesses by applying our products to unique challenges.

 

 

Reduce glare and improve appearance

 

In addition to helping your customers live in greater comfort and safety, window film can most immediately cut glare. Over time, glare from the sun can cause eyestrain and ruin the natural qualities of light in a home. By blocking up to 99 percent of UV rays, window film can cut reflective glare by huge margins at home or in the office.

 

Naturally, window films by Madico can also enhance the appearance of a home. Using real-world examples where your company or other Sunscape dealers have augmented or upgraded the look of a home can be a powerful tool, especially when used in concert with the Sunscape Sales Meter Kit. This helps demonstrate to customers not only the health and wellness benefits of window film, but also that you understand the look and feel that the customer is seeking in their window film application.

 

 

Aesthetic and protective strategies

 

It’s also easy to demonstrate the fundamental value of a window film application. Whether they are using window film to hide clutter or refresh the style of a room, give life to old furniture styles or adding privacy with filtered light, window film can be an integral part of an overall aesthetic strategy.

 

You can see in these larger estate-style homes, window film is being used not only to conserve energy and block UV rays but also to focus attention on carefully composed views of landscaped grounds throughout the structures. Clients like these spend millions of dollars on custom construction, furniture, landscaping, and maintenance, so it’s a no-brainer for them to protect these valuable investments with window film.

 

Conversely, not every edifice benefits from spectacular views. Particularly in office buildings and the hospitality industry, window film can be used to block less desirable outdoor scenery and focus attention on the interior space of the building while cutting glare and potentially creating a division of space and/or privacy needed without blocking light. This works particularly well in open concept designs in both homes and offices.

 

 

A product for every need

 

Always remember that different applications are well suited to individual products. Our standard Duralite and Softlite are perfect for creating a neutral appearance, where Purelite tends to generate a soft light effect. Designer Grey is well-suited to panoramic windows where homeowners want to have a clear, crisp view, while homeowners with skylights may be interested in Solar Safety film.

 

Whichever Sunscape film you choose to employ, knowing its features and being able to express them uniquely to customers can be a real boost to your business. Finally, remember that you can always share your great window film projects on our private Facebook Group, as well as your company’s website.

   

How Glass and Window Film Work Together to Save You Energy

It has long been a well known fact that window film can help anyone cut down on energy costs. In 2013, the Department of Energy wrote that “there are a variety of options for consumers who are looking to improve the energy efficiency of their existing windows” before highlighting window film as one of those wonderful options. But simply purchasing window film is not enough. If you really want to get the most out of your energy-saving window film, you’ve got to make sure your film and your windows are working together.

 

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Windows and Window Film: An Energy Saver’s Best Friend

As the old saying goes, windows are the windows into your energy-saving soul. (Editor’s note: this is not a saying, and it’s honestly barely a sentence. But just go with it.) If your windows don’t fit perfectly on your house, you’re going to see that reflected in your unnecessarily-high energy bill. Although top-notch window film will mitigate the energy-wasting effects of leaky windows, if you want to get the most out of your film, you’ve got to make sure your windows are shored up.

 

If you’re tight on cash, inexpensive window treatments like caulking or weatherstripping could be viable short-term solutions for your home. Energy saving is all about getting the best bang for your buck. Don’t let your air conditioning or heat escape from your home, along with your hard-earned money. Once your windows are secure, they’re ready for film.

 

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Let the Big Savings Begin

 

Installing window film can be incredibly tricky. Fortunately, professionals are available to provide you with hassle-free installation. Just be sure to communicate with them about what exactly you want done. Before the installer comes to your home, there are several things you should do to prepare your home.

 

First, remove all blinds, curtains or drapes from the windows receiving film. Remove any picture frames or knick-knacks from windowsills and surrounding areas as well. Any furniture that would hinder access to your windows should be moved. Then, on the day of your install, try and keep all doors and windows closed to minimize dust and airborne contamination. Your installer will probably turn the heat or AC off when he arrives, but you needn’t suffer. Keep the thermostat set at your comfort level until he or she arrives.

 

The beautiful, complex, challenging mystery of window film is that every energy saver has different needs. Make sure you know what yours are, and you will get your windows working with your window film to save you energy like the energy-saving pro you are.

   

Earning Rebate Dollars with a Window Film Installation

One of the primary benefits of a window film installation for the home or office building is the energy saved through reduced cooling costs. More consumers every day are catching on to the way film can save close to 40% of a cooling bill.

 

Consumers aren’t the only ones paying attention to this energy-saving measure, though. Electric utility companies across the U.S. have offered or are currently offering incentives for their customers to install window film. These incentives most commonly come in the form of rebate dollars from the utility, either as an account credit or a check.

 

Want to know what rebates or incentives you can get? Check out this website where you can select your location to see what rebates or incentives are available in your area.

 

 

A few points to remember while you research the availability of utility company rebates for your window film project.

 

First, utilities and their rebates vary, from state to state and even within larger states, where there is more than one utility company.

Second, most if not all rebate programs are for pre-approved window films, professionally installed and with a warranty.

Third, the incentives are calculated most often as a function of dollars per square foot of window film installed. The per-square-foot rebates range from $.50 to $2.00.

And fourth, many window film rebates are often limited or “capped”, no matter how much film is installed.

 

If you’re considering a window film project for your home or business, it can pay to do a little homework and learn whether your local utility company offers rebates. Depending on the size of the installation, the rebate can become a significant subsidy to the cost of saving energy in the long run.

   

5 Questions to Ask Before Tinting Your Car Windows

Tinting the windows of your automobile will offer countless benefits including protecting skin by blocking UV rays, cooling your car, and reducing glare – just to name a few. But, before you make the initial purchase, ask yourself these 5 important questions to ensure you are on the right track.

 

 

How Long Will It Take In Text1. How long will my window tint last?

The lifetime of window films is dependent on many factors including product type and quality, the climate, and the amount of direct sunlight your car is exposed to. Generally, most automotive films are designed to last much longer than the typical owner will keep the vehicle; many films will perform well past 10 years.

 

 

How Long Will It Last2. How long will it take to tint my windows?

The process can take anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours depending on how many windows are being tinted. If you’re only adding window film to the two front side doors, the installation will be much quicker than if you desire a full installation that includes all four side windows and the back window. Your installing dealer may want to keep the vehicle for at least a half day in order to best complete the job and allow the film time to dry before returning the vehicle back to you. It is best to make arrangements for a ride the day of your window tinting appointment. Tip: Make an appointment with a professional window film dealer to ensure a quality job.

 

 

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Most quality products come with a limited lifetime warranty. However, you should confirm the exact warranty length and stipulations prior to purchasing any film. Also, make sure you receive a manufacturer’s warranty that is completely filled out by your installer, so you’re covered even if by chance your installer ever goes out of business. It is important that you abide by all state and local tint laws. Most warranties will be void if your film installation is illegal. The local installing dealer should know all current tint laws that apply to you.

 

 

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In order to select the best film for your vehicle, you should consult a professional window film dealer. Dealers offer a wide range of products in a variety of shades and colors, as well as different styles and performance benefits. A dealer can show you swatches and talk to you about which auto tint best fits your needs. You should also understand the tint laws of your state. Professional window film dealers can also help you with selecting the best tint for your vehicle that still adheres to state laws. That being said, your window tint is entirely up to you.

 

 

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Never compromise. There are tons of companies in your area to choose from. Ensure that you have found the best professional window film installer by comparing customer service, prices, quality of products and brands, previous work, and the dealer’s overall reputation, as well as the reputation of the manufacturer or manufacturers of the window film they sell. With websites like Angie’s List and Yelp, it has never been easier to read reviews.

 

Remember, do your research. Gather quotes from multiple dealers and compare prices and the quality of the films. With all things above considered, you are on your way to a more enjoyable ride!

   

Exploring the Car Tinting Process

How It All Happens

 

You did your research and made an appointment to have your car tinted by a reputable installer. Now you may be wondering, “What exactly is going to be happening to my vehicle while I sit in the tint shop’s waiting room?”

 

 

Tinting Environment

 

Your car will be taken to a dust and wind free space, usually a large interior bay of the building.

 

 

Prepping the Windows

 

The windows of your car will be cleaned using a soap and water solution, sponge and squeegee to remove all dirt and debris.

 

 

Measuring & Cutting

 

The installer will measure your car’s windows and cut pieces of film from a master roll to fit those measurements. The film is then laid out on the exterior surface of the car window where it is cut down more precisely.  At this time, installers will also heat shrink the film using a heat gun, this is to contour the film so that it curves to the glass. Note: The heat guns used emit a low heat that is not harmful to the vehicle.

 

 

Peel Board

 

After the film is cut down to match the pattern of the window, installers will remove the film and place it on their own glass “peel board” to cut the finer details of the window’s shape. This is also where the release liner is often removed.

 

 

Installation

 

Once the film has been cut down to the correct size and shape, it is time to install the film onto the interior surface of the window. First, a soap and water solution is sprayed onto the window as well as the film itself. Then the installer removes the film’s release liner and applies it to the window. A squeegee is used to remove any excess solution that may be under the film and to activate the adhesive that secures the film to the window.

 

 

Final Inspection

 

The installer will take a final look at his work, examining the window from both the inside and the outside to spot any imperfections that need to be fixed.

 

 

Dry Time

 

Once the tint job is complete, the installer will return your car and remind you to not roll down your vehicle’s windows for 3 days. Depending on weather conditions and the film type, it can take up to 3 weeks for the film to fully dry and cure. During this time, you may notice small water bubbles and/or a hazy appearance. This is normal and will disappear as the film dries.

 

You will begin to experience the benefits of your car’s newly tinted windows right away. Enjoy your drive home free from harmful UV rays, annoying glare, and uncomfortable heat!

 

Please note that individual installers often have their own unique methods of installing automotive tint, the above mentioned installation technique is only one example.

   

Saving Energy in Schools with Window Film

Public school districts across the country spend more than $6 billion annually on energy, and as much as 30% of the total energy use is inefficient or unnecessary, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program website or www.energystar.gov.

 

 

Controlling Energy Costs Year Round

 

PencilWith today’s technology schools have a lot of energy saving options, and one that can’t afford to be overlooked is window film. Professionally installed window film helps control indoor temperatures by keeping out up to 86% of the sun’s heat, dramatically reducing air conditioning costs. And in the winter, the same window film can help retain interior heat, reducing heating costs.

 

 

Creating a More Comfortable Environment

 

BookWindow film also helps regulate the temperature disparity between different parts of a school building, from classrooms that may be sunnier to administrative offices that may be shadier. Not only does this help conserve energy, it also make the school environment more comfortable for students, teachers, and staff. Window film offers glare reduction benefits too, reducing eyestrain for students working on their computers, and reducing the need for as much artificial lighting– that’s another energy saving benefit.

 

 

Offering Benefits Beyond Energy Savings

 

CompassThere are benefits of installing window film in schools that save money in other ways, including protection from fading. Window films can screen out nearly 100% of harmful ultraviolet rays that damage interior furnishings, flooring, artwork, and more. The longer interior fixtures last, the less money schools need to spend in replacement costs.

 

Window film also offers another key benefit that could be considered priceless: increased safety and security for students, teachers, and staff. In the aftermath of the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT, school safety and security is a high priority. If a bullet were to strike a window during a similar tragic event, safety and security films are designed to hold the shattered glass in place, potentially reducing the risk of injury and hopefully, decreasing casualties.

   

Managing the Sun’s Heat with Window Film

While window films aren’t typically thought of as glamorous, these products perform an impressive array of functions. Security, aesthetics, privacy, safety in the event of shattering glass – all are jobs that window films do well.

 

It’s in controlling the effects of the sun’s energy, though, that window film’s most important work gets done. Heat and light from the sun benefit humankind tremendously, of course – and at the same time cause damage to skin and property, and require consumption of energy to manage, mainly in the form of electric kilowatts for cooling.

 

How does window film control the effects of heat on the interior of a building or automobile? 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 energy from the sun before it’s felt inside the building or car. Reflective window films bounce much of the sun’s infrared (IR) rays back into the atmosphere, while non-reflective or dyed films simply absorb or block the IR rays.

 

Controlling the amount of heat that passes through glass by installing window film slows fading of furnishings and carpet, and significantly reduces cooling costs. An experienced, reputable window film professional will help you determine which window film product is right for your home, building, or automobile.