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By blogaccess, Oct 4 2018 06:18PM

The Basics


In simple terms, window films are comprised of a thin, strong sheet of polyester laminate that is treated in variety of ways to improve the look or performance of existing windows when applied. Typically, the film is applied to the interior surface of existing windows as a retrofit. To properly adhere to the glass, one side of the film has an adhesive that bonds the film to the glass surface and the other side has a scratch-resistant coating for durability.


There are window films created specifically for home and commercial building improvement applications. There are also window films designed for decorative glass enhancements and to increasing the safety and security of glass openings.

Popular Uses of Window Films


Window Films for Automotive Appearance & Performance


Automotive Window Films for Appearance and ComfortAutomotive window films not only makes your car stand out in a crowd, it also helps reduce the interior heat, cut distracting glare and block dangerous UV rays. These films make your vehicle look better, be more comfortable and protect the interior and your skin from sun damage. What is not to like? Modern technology has even allowed you to receive most of these benefits without noticeably darkening the glass. There is an automotive film to fit every vehicle, desired look and expected performance.


Energy Savings


What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?Keeping a home or commercial building comfortable means utilization of a HVAC system. It is estimated that roughly 30% of the need for cooling and heating is as a result of heat passing through windows openings. Window films technology is such that it can actually act as an insulator on your window. Keeping the heat out in the Summer and helping retain the heat in the Winter. The result of this is that your HVAC system will not need to work as hard to keep the space at the desired temperature. By reducing the workload on the HVAC system, you are reducing the energy needed to keep your home comfortable.


Glare Reduction


What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?Modern architecture often features large windows. While this opens up a space, often these large windows bring with them glare issues at certain times of the day. Window films can be used to reduce glare by up to 87%, relaxing your eyes and making it easier to do things like viewing a computer or television screen. Also, because modern window films are made with ultra-clear, distortion-free materials, other than the glare reduction, your views will be maintained and you probably won’t even know the film is there.


Preservation of Furnishings


First, let’s discuss what exactly causes this type of sun damage. A common misconception is that the sun’s UV rays are what cause sun damaged floors, furniture and furnishings. While these UV rays are certainly the largest component that causes fading, as this chart illustrates, they only account for 40% of the total. Solar heat, or the heat you feel passing through your windows and the visible light streaming in are also major contributors. These account for an additional 25% each of the causes of fading. The last factor is listed as “other” as it is comprised of a variety of things that are harder to control and are not major overall contributors. These are things like interior lighting, humidity, etc.


One of the first things you might realize from this chart is that you cannot “stop” fading completely. The fact is that unless the item you want to protect in a dark, climate controlled room, it will typically fade over time. However, if you plan to have the flooring and furniture in a place that will be exposed to these elements, the most you can do is attack the major contributors of fading. By significantly attacking these contributors, you can slow down this fading process and extend the life of your floors or furnishings. For these reasons, one of the best ways to attack the primary causes of sun damage and fading is with window film.


Add Decorative Element or Branding to Glass


What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?Installing decorative window films to glass can provide privacy for the occupants of the space. The possibilities are nearly limitless as decorative window films come in frosted, tinted, or colored window film at various opacity levels to get the privacy you need without sacrificing natural light. In addition, decorative window films can be used to display company branding or to customize your space with unique designs, prints, or patterns, including styles that resemble cut or texturized glass. Finally, these films are easy to clean, durable and can be removed easily and inexpensively without damaging glass.


Safety & Security


What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?It probably is no surprise to you that windows are the most vulnerable parts of any building. They represent easy points of entry for people who may mean harm to the occupants, the building itself, or its contents. In addition, in a natural or man-made disaster, flying glass from window is often a major contributor to injuries and death. However, when professionally installed safety and security window films are added, the glass doesn’t shatter, delaying the intruder’s entrance, and preventing flying shards of glass from harming anyone.


If you have any questions, would like more information on window films or would like to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with someone on our team, contact us today. We would be happy to discuss the options of implementing a window film into your Indianapolis, Indiana area space. Call 317-541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and 317-762-8468 for our Greenwood location. Find out why we are the #1 source for automotive window tinting in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.




By blogaccess, Sep 21 2018 05:58PM

All tint used on vehicles is the same, right? No, nothing could be further from the truth. This vehicle window tint guide was written to help you better understand vehicle window film so you can make an informed decision the next time you get your vehicle tinted.


If you’re like most people, you probably assume all vehicle window tint is the same. Sure, it comes in different shades of darkness, and maybe even varying levels of reflectivity, but it’s basically all the same, right? Actually, no. The truth is that the world’s ever-advancing technology has created significant differences that are important for you to understand before getting window tint put on your next vehicle.


Let’s begin with a little history, an the evolution of vehicle window tint. At one time, and not that long ago, vehicle window tint fell primarily into two simple categories; basic dyed polyester window film and window films with a metalized layer.


First, you had the basic dyed polyester film. This was typically inexpensive and just gave your windows the tinted appearance you were looking for without much in the way of performance. These dyed films often had a limited lifespan. Typically, they would begin turning purple after three to five years of sun exposure. We are sure you have noticed examples of this type of film driving around. Many times, this film looked great the day it was installed and then slowly faded to the undesirable purple.


The other vehicle tint option was metalized film that integrated a layer of metal to the dyed polyester. This gave the tinted look while providing some heat rejection. These films cost more than the dyed films and were considered the upgrade option in most shops. The performance was better and the film lasted longer because of the metal layer. The downside to these metal films was that they had more reflectivity (because of the metal layer) and they could interfere with the vehicle’s electronics and antenna systems. In addition, the sheen caused by the metal layer often caused these films to not offer a great match to factory tinted glass on SUVs, trucks and minivans.


Unfortunately, for many years, these were the only two window tint options someone had when wanting to get their vehicle’s windows tinted. The supposed “good” dyed film and the “better” option of metalized film. Neither was truly ideal.


Well, we are happy to say that those days are long gone! In 2018, you have a variety of new, high tech options. These films do not turn purple, are not reflective and they can reject a significant amount of heat without being dark. These new films are light years ahead of historic vehicle window film and should be at the front of your mind when you’re looking to have your next vehicle tinted.


Unlike traditional window tint that needs to be darker or metallic to achieve any real significant performance, these new films block the heat through infrared blocking technology. This enables them to even be nearly clear and still block a significant amount of heat.


Another important note is that these films create a protective barrier from the sun’s damaging UV rays for both your skin and the cabin of the vehicle. Studies show the incidence of skin cancer among passengers corresponds directly with the side of their body exposed to the window. For example, a driver in North America tends to have a higher rate of skin cancer on their left side, the one exposed to the sun while driving. Many modern window films are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective protection from the sun. Click HERE to read more.


So, as you can see, not all vehicle tint is created equal. When shopping for window tint, make sure to ask what types of film a shop carries. Understand the film technology used so you can make an informed decision for your car and more importantly for yourself. Often, if you just ask to have your vehicle tinted a specific shade, a shop may use a basic dyed film to give you the look requested. This may give you the look or price you want, but you may miss out on the performance you could have had. Also, you should check your local tint laws to see what shade is legal in your state by clicking HERE.


Hopefully the information in the vehicle window tint guide helps you the next time you get a vehicle tinted. If you would like more information about the automotive window tinting products and services we offer, click HERE. If you want a quote or to schedule an appointment for your vehicle, call 317-541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and 317-762-8468 for our Greenwood location. Find out why we are the #1 source for automotive window tinting in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.


By blogaccess, Sep 7 2018 02:58PM

We recently came across an article published by Proud Green Home that discussed how home window films could make your house more energy efficient. However, in addition to energy efficiency, the article mentioned six additional noteworthy benefits of utilizing home window films. We have summarized them below as thought you might be interested in all of the ways that window film can compliment your next home improvement project.


Benefits of Home Window Films


Reduces Glare – Applying tint to your home windows can result in blocking significant amount of the sun’s glare from passing through the glass.


Protects Your House Interiors –The sun’s UV rays penetrate through windows of your house. With prolonged exposure, your house furnishings, carpet, rugs and upholstery can become faded and damaged. Window tinting offers a great solution for fading issue as it typically blocks 99% of the UV while still allowing you to enjoy your windows.


Energy Savings –Window tint can act as a window insulator keeping heat out in the Summer and retaining heat in the Winter. This can help home owners decrease their utility bills by reducing how hard their heating and air conditioning system needs to work to keep the house comfortable.


Increased Privacy – Window films can be used strategically throughout your home to offer additional privacy through certain windows without the need for blinds or curtains.


Enhanced Safety – Accidents happen and a window can bet broken. When this happens with a typical home window, the glass breaks in a way that can be dangerous. Home window film can keep the broken glass in place and reduce the danger.


Added Security – Security home window film exists that can provide the other benefits listed and make uninvited entry into your home more difficult. This makes these types of films a perfect compliment to a home a security system.


Affordable Alternative to Window Replacement – At some point nearly any window may need to be replaced, but by using home window films you may be able to significantly extend the useful life of your existing windows while achieving the benefits you desire. Having a professionally installed window film applied is much less costly and far less disruptive to your home than window replacement.


We hope this list helped you understand the variety of ways home window films can improve your home. If you would like more information, in your home window film solution in your home solution in your house, click HERE and call 317-541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and 317-762-8468 for our Greenwood location. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing window film solution in your home.


By blogaccess, Aug 23 2018 05:00PM

With Back to School upon us, we wanted to share an article about school safety and how security window film can be part of an overall solution to keep kids safe. This article was in Business Insider and is titled “Here are the best ways to protect schools, workplaces, and ourselves from active shooters.” The article talks about a variety of ways to increase school safety, and they specifically mention security window film. The article states the following in the section on the use of technology to improve safety:


“Protective and intrusion resistant doors and windows creating delays in an aggressor’s ability to gain entry. For pre-existing locations the addition of protective window film, improved locking mechanisms and/or frames as well as other reinforcement techniques can be effective.”


With that being said, we wanted to explain what protective security window film is and how it can be used to increase school safety. Security window film is typically a clear layer of polyester film that is applied to a building’s existing windows on the interior surface of the glass. The film comes in a variety of different thicknesses and can be installed in several different ways depending on the level of safety or security required. Once installed, this film will hold the glass fragments of the window together in the event of a break. As it relates to school safety and security, this film will hold glass fragments together and reduce the potential of injury from broken or flying glass in a natural disaster, an act of terrorism or inadvertent breakage.


In addition, and in the way the article was referring to, this film by keeping the glass intact will slow down or impede potential intruders from gaining access to the building and give authorities time to respond. Often, intruders are looking for the fastest and easiest point of access and because doors and gates have been fortified in recent years, the next easier access point would be through a window. That is why safety and security film should be considered as a way to fortify this vulnerability.


To read the complete article in Business Insider, click HERE


We hope this article helped you understand how security window film can be used to enhance school safety. Contact your school to find out what technologies they are implementing to keep your children and their students safer. If you would like more information, click HERE. If you have questions and would like to speak with us, in the Indianapolis area, call us at (317) 541-8468. In the Greenwood area, call us at (317) 762-8468. We would be happy to discuss how these innovative films can improve the security in your Indianapolis, Indiana area school.

By blogaccess, Aug 9 2018 06:46PM

In the event that you are unaware, not all window tint is permitted on your vehicle. You need to be aware of what the vehicle tint law is in your State? There are very particular rules that apply in each State, and the team at Tint King wants you to understand the vehicle tint law as it applies automotive window film.


We can perform light transmittance test with a tint meter just like the police use, so come by for an absolutely free check with the meter if you are not sure about the legality of your vehicles tint. If you have any questions about the chart above or the automotive tint laws in Indiana or where your vehicle is registered, give us a call.


We have attached a complete list of each State's laws on tinting from the International Window Film Association (IWFA)


Now that you understand the vehicle tint law, Automotive window tinting by Tint King can be used to accentuate the looks of your vehicle, reduce the heat coming through the glass, cut the glare and significantly block the sun’s damaging UV rays from flowing through your windows. If you want a quote or to schedule an appointment for your vehicle, call 317-541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and 317-762-8468 for our Greenwood location. Find out why we are the #1 source for automotive window tinting in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

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