Window Tinting Services Des Moines
As a 3M Prestige window film dealer, we are the smarter choice for your residential solar control solution. The excellent performance of these films exceeds the growing expectations of discerning consumers who are increasingly concerned about comfort, aesthetics, safety and security in the home.
3M window films not only greatly reduce the total solar energy buildup in the house, they also cut out more than 99.9% of the ultraviolet rays that cause skin problems and fading of interiors. While protecting valuable home furnishings, the non-reflective films have the added feature of low reflectivity at night so that the view is not obscured. The layer of film also provides an additional level of safety by keeping glass fragments together in the event of accidental breakage.
Why Choose Window Film?
Heat – The summer sun’s heat can be brutal. Did you know that windows are the number one cause of heat gain in most of today’s homes? With 3M home window film technology, we are able to provide invisible protection for your windows which can reduce up to 79% of the sun’s heat while reducing cooling costs by up to 30%. With an industry leading selection of window film products, we’re able to provide free consultations and samples for even the most extreme situations. Window Genie helps increase comfort for you and your family while your HVAC system gets a break!
Glare – The second most common reason to apply home window film is to get rid of annoying glare. 3M window film was specifically created to reduce glare while enhancing the views from your home windows. Unfortunately when the sun hits glass it causes refraction and light displacement decreasing your comfort, making the television unwatchable, and destroying your windows’ views. Your home windows are meant to be looked out of and enjoyed, not covered by blinds and drapes just to be able to get some work done on the computer.
Fading – Also known as the silent destroyer, the sun’s UV rays are on a constant mission to fade your interior furnishings. Don’t be fooled, fading is real and probably happening right now! Most if not all home window films promote 99.9% UV protection. However, what you may not know is how light and heat actually impact how window film controls and reduces fading. Whether it’s a leather couch or beautiful original wood flooring you’re looking to protect, your local Genie is glad to explain the fading chart and walk you through which home window film will be the best for your fading prevention needs.
Security – When the event is natural disaster, vandalism, or accidental damage, you want to know flying debris and broken glass aren’t going to cause injuries or a dangerous mess. Window film helps damaged glass hold together, much like a car windshield. Security window films are designed to protect windows from shattering, keep out the bad guys all while adding an extra level of safety to your glass. Window Genie of Des Moines offers a wide range of security window films from clear to shaded and custom designs.
Decoration & Privacy – Decorative window film is rising in popularity. Stained, privacy or etched glass can be very expensive. Decorative window film is a very cost effective way to add privacy and style to your windows while delivering on the above additional perks. For example, installing frosted film on a ground-floor bathroom window allows for complete privacy without sacrificing the inflow of natural light with blinds or curtains. With hundreds of styles and designs to choose, Window Genie can source and apply the right window film for your home and office.
Choosing the right window film:
When considering a window film for your home and office, you want to look at your need and price points. Now that we have the reasons for applying window film, let’s look at the technologies which are used to create window film. Most window film installers will break down their window film products in three (3) categories. These three categories represent the most common technologies and chemical make-ups of home window films.
Good – Your typical “good” window film is what is called a metalized or “dual-reflective” film. This type of window film is composed of microscopic pieces of metal which reflect and bounce heat and glare off a window in the same manner as a mirror. They are safe to apply on most windows because of their reflective properties. This type of window film is highly efficient and will greatly reduce heat and glare which lowers utility bills and creates a better view from the inside looking out. The one caveat with this film is that it lacks the external aesthetics and style most customers want on their homes. Having windows look like mirrors aren’t at the top of most customers’ minds when they think about heat and glare reduction.
Better – The next and most common home window film applied is called a dyed, pigment or hybrid window film. This type of window film uses a special blend of dyes and pigments to absorb the sun’s heat and UV rays. The main reason for its popularity is reduced reflectivity and more natural look from both inside and outside. However, in extremely hot or sunny situations, this type of window film may not be the right choice. This style of window film causes more strain on windows because of the absorbing properties and can cause added stress on your glass. It is also slightly less efficient than a metalized film as the reflective properties from the metalized films do a much better job at rejecting heat and glare as opposed to a dyed film’s absorption of the heat.
Best – Window film technology has come a long way over the past years. Today’s premium window film is made from ceramic and fine metals. Ceramic is one of the most durable and heat absorbent materials available. It is used as the insulator on spacecrafts, power lines and your toilet! Where dyed and pigment window films fall short, ceramic can be the answer. With properties better than metalized window films and unmatched clarity, ceramic home window films are the answer to any shopper who wants all the benefits of what window film can do without the changing your views. Most premium ceramic window films will actually reduce your windows’ natural reflective, enhancing your view.
Window Genie Window Film Applications
Residential Application– Window Genie of Des Moines proudly offers 3M window films. Whether you’re looking for a window tint to block heat, reduce glare, fading or add privacy, Window Genie has the most extensive high end selection available in today’s market to fit your needs. Replacing old inefficient windows is expensive and unnecessary when a simple application of window film transforms them… and you can continue cleaning your windows as you always did, no special treatment needed for filmed windows! Also, window film pays for itself over time due to the significant savings on utility bills you’ll experience immediately and continually in your home. All these savings can be put towards other more necessary fixes and updates in the home. An efficient home is a happy home!
Obtain up to 9 LEED Certification points in the following areas with Residential Window Film
- Light Pollution Reduction (1 Point)
- Optimizing Energy Performance (1 to 3 Points)
- Improving Thermal Comfort (1 Point)
- Providing Day Lighting and Views (1 to 2 Points)
- Innovations in Operations and Upgrades (1 Point)
- Optimize Use of Alternative Materials (1 Point)
Commercial Application– Energy efficiency is a top priority for many of today’s business owners. 3M window film offers business owners a simple way to cut overhead costs, many of which are overlooked. For example, cafes and restaurants that boast an ocean view or sun-drenched and relaxed atmosphere will find that window film allows for optimal window seating without the heat or glare issues customers would otherwise avoid. The same goes for any gym; no one picks the treadmill near the window because the sun is in their eyes and the added heat makes working out unbearable! With Window Genie window film, there’s no need to install solar shades or blinds to appease patrons anymore! Window film technology allows for heat and glare rejection of up to 79%. This saves business owners significantly on utility bills, allowing more room in the budget for other things. In an office setting, privacy window film is great for meeting rooms and decorative film can impress clients by adding a custom, upscale look to any building. Most importantly, business owners can feel secure knowing our security film is there to protect their inventory against smash and grab break-ins while also protecting against natural disasters.
Window Genie is able to service any size job in the Des Moines area. To discover how window film can increase the efficiency, safety and privacy in your home or office, call us for a free consultation and samples of our window film selection. Put the Genie to work for you with home window film!