Over the years, window tinting has been perceived in pop culture and by the general public as a purely aesthetic feature that offers little to buyer beyond style points. Window tints are commonly thought of in conjunction only with cars, and have developed an association with Mafioso members, high-security escorts, and prolific emcees. Many would be surprised to learn that window tint film also has a place in residential and commercial buildings, and that it provides a number of important practical benefits to the user. Most modern residential homes features more glass paneling than ever, with home-buyers falling in love with the notion of warm, sun-filled rooms and sparkling seasonal frontage. Window tint offer a number of worthwhile benefits to home-owners. Read on to learn 7 important benefits of home window tinting!

1.      Increase your energy savings. Tinting your windows can be much more about substance than style. One of the most important and talked-about benefits of window tinting is its potential to noticeably lower your energy bill. When treated to a high-quality professional tint, windows will bleed out less heat and AC. This means that heat will be conserved through the winter, and repelled during the summer, giving your HVAC systems a rest and saving you money on fuel and electricity costs. Without ever needing to commit to an expensive and time-consuming window replacement process, you can increase both your energy savings and comfort in windowed rooms.

2.      Safeguard your precious furniture. Finding the right piece of furniture that complements the size and style of your home can be a difficult process. Excessive sun exposure can fade and damage your precious furniture findings, but window tinting can help! You can save your favorite furniture without needing to be the only house on the block that insists on keeping the curtains tightly closed. Window film offers UV protection that will minimize the fading damage doled out by the sun's rays. This means that your carpets, rugs, artwork, wood flooring, and furniture pieces will all be granted a life extension. Tinting allows you to keep your interior decor in shape while still being able to enjoy the sun's rays. 

3.      Guard against the sun's damaging UV rays. It is quite rare to see a family applying sun lotion for a day spent in their home's sun room. Most families are lucky enough to remember to apply sun protection when spending a day at the beach! As laughable as the notion of requiring indoor sun protection may seem, it is actually a reality. The sun's harmful UV rays can still affect people inside their homes. Fortunately, most window film products reduce harmful UV rays by over 90%, enabling families across the world to enjoy the warmth and vitamin D of the sun's rays without any of the worry. 

4.      Minimize damages during window breaks. Whether in a residential or commercial building, window panes are always seemingly at risk of breaking under the force of an errant softball. Window tinting adds an extra layer of protection so that your building windows break in a fashion similar to that seen with car windows. This film eliminates the risk of shattering, preventing cutting glass shards from spraying into the home and potentially injuring family members. Window film also strengthens glass panes in general, minimizing the risks of breaks even in the event of violent storms or attempted vandalism.

5.      Eliminate bothersome glare. Most people enjoy the feel and aesthetic of sunlight pooling in their living spaces, but too much sun can cause disruptive glare, hampering recreational television watching and lowering office productivity. Window film eliminates this troublesome glare, giving the resident the best of both worlds with a warm, bright interior that is free of distracting reflections. 

6.      Increase your privacy. Window film really does provide the home owner the best of both worlds. Window tint will still let beautiful light into your home, while obscuring your home's interior to sidewalk audiences. This makes window tinting an excellent choice for rooms requiring extra privacy, such as bathrooms, bedrooms, and offices that happen to face the street. 

7.      Give your home a decorative edge. As mentioned earlier, window tinting is commonly thought of as a stylistic feature. Though window tint is more a matter of substance than style, they do still offer a way of adding a nice aesthetic touch to a building. Decorative window films are usually offered, featuring mural designed or picturesque stock views, while more subtle darkened tints can be used to imitate the look of high-end window panes. The ease of application and removal means that changing the look or upping the curb appeal of your home is as simple as possible.

Upon reviewing these seven points, it is clear that window tinting services offer a number of benefits to the customer beyond appearance alone. Window Genie experts are standing by to give your family access to these great window tint perks, so visit our website today to learn more!

Using Windows and Doors to Make Your Home More Secure

Guest Blogger Theo Schmidt is back to offer some simple tips and tricks to making your home more safe and secure. Window Genie offers an extensive selection of privacy and security films to increase safety in any home or office. When selecting a lock, film, alarm or any other variety of security measure... always do your research and find what works best for your home or office's needs. The more you know, the safer you are!

 

What many homeowners do not realize is that many home intruders are able to just walk right into your home through your front door. There is almost no struggle at all to break into a home through an insecure window or unlocked door. Luckily there are a few things that homeowners can do to secure their homes through improving their windows and doors.

Selecting a Lock

If you’ve ever tried shopping for a lock, you know how many options there are out there. There are different brands and grades that all offer different levels of security. It can be difficult to know exactly what you’ll need. An expensive lock may offer more security but the cost could be double or triple that of a less expensive brand.

One thing is for certain; a cheap lock will definitely compromise your security. Cheaper locks are easier for burglars to manipulate because these locks often have a less unique key locking system. This makes your home more vulnerable to break-ins.

There are a few specifications that your front door lock should meet:

·         For deadbolts, the bolt should go one inch into the door frame.

·         The lock should be a grade one.

·         Make sure your door jamb is reinforced to match the security of your lock.

Don’t be afraid that a bulky lock will take away from the look of your custom doors. There are a number of companies that offer great selections of stylish locks that will actually add a great accent to your front door.

 

Security Film

One simple solution for making your windows more secure is purchasing security film to cover them. This film is often used in vehicles and business’s windows to keep them from shattering in the event of a crash or natural disaster. However, these films also work great in your home to protect you against break-ins.

When a security film is properly applied it can prevent burglars from breaking into your home by shattering a window or other glass pane. The film keeps the glass shards together instead of letting the window break and scatter. When these films are correctly or professionally installed, they do not show at all. Additionally, these films can come in different colors and tints so they will give your windows an extra accent look if you’re interested.

 

 

Extra Tips and Tricks

If your front door has glass panes in it, the panes should be at least forty inches away from the door knob. This will prevent burglars from breaking the glass and then reaching in to open the door.

Another trick to keeping your windows safer is putting a six inch dowel in your window so that it cannot be opened up more than six inches. Window locks are more difficult to secure than door locks, so they are easier to break into. However, by keeping the window from opening up enough you can prevent burglars from getting in that way.

There are additional tricks to securing your windows and more secure:

·         Install window break alarms that will notify you if a window is broken.

·         Move valuables so they cannot be seen through windows.

·         Purchase newer windows since older ones tend to pop out of their tracks easier.

·         Secure air conditioning units in windows.

 

Your home may not be as secure as you’d like, but there are small and simple things you can do to improve the security. Start with your windows and doors to prevent those easy break-ins. With some easy steps you’ll be sleeping sounder knowing that you’ve decreased the risk of a burglary.

 

Author Byline:

Theo Schmidt is a freelance blogger who enjoys spending time in the outdoors, and is passionate about protecting the environment.

07/23/2013

Window Film for Security and Privacy

Window film to the rescue!

We've talked about the benefits of window film or window tint, but what most don't realize is how incredibly effective it is when used for security purposes. Yes, window film helps reduce the sun's effect on your interior furnishings and will cut your energy use and utility bills, but when put to the test recently, we've seen window film act as a solid defense against intruders!

In Cincinnati and Des Moines, two commercial businesses that had Window Genie install security film experienced attempted break-ins recently.

In Des Moines, the store front's windows were hit with a cinder block repeatedly before the intruder gave up and left. In Cincinnati, the store front's door was hit with a brick until the alarm went off and the intruders took off. Window film and a security system go together like peanut butter and jelly!

In both cases the window film acted as it was designed to; the glass was much stronger... making it difficult to break at all. In both cases, the intruders were not able to get through the glass as when it cracked, the window film held the shards together much like a car windshield.

Both customers are completely satisfied given nothing was stolen. They have since had their glass replaced and re-filmed. Talk about a return on your investment! Each store had the potential to lose extreme amounts of merchandise and money, had they been robbed. Window film to the rescue!

 

 

Another great example of using window film for security or privacy is in Fort Worth, Texas. A local elementary school had Window Genie of Fort Worth install privacy film on their cafeteria windows that looked out onto a public sidewalk and street. The school hoped to increase privacy for the kids and staff without having to install blinds or anything that would decrease natural light and a view to the outside. The school chose to install film to protect the children's privacy from passersby and thus enhance security as no one would ever know if the cafeteria was full or empty.

 

Window film is such an incredible product because it really does serve a purpose for just about anyone. Its versatility gives it purpose in every home and business. If you're looking to cut down on glare, reduce energy consumption, lower your utility bills, protect your hardwood floors and furniture, or add to the privacy and security to your home or office, call Window Genie! Find your local Genie on our locator map here

 

What is window film, and is it for me?

Window Film is your friend. Window film, or Window Tint is one of those incredible products that pay for itself over time. Window Film is universally beneficial to any home or office because it significantly lowers energy use and utility bills. There are countless reasons to have window film installed in your home beyond saving money. We're here to discuss some of the benefits you can enjoy by installing window film.


Utility Bills, Energy Use: GO GREEN & SAVE MONEY

Having window film applied in your home or office is a great investment because it pays for itself over time. During every season, window film helps eliminate unnecessary energy use to keep your home a comfortable temperature. Think of window film as your HVAC system’s partner in crime. Together they battle your home’s energy waste and save you money on utility bills without compromising comfort.

During hot summer days, window film deflects up to 79% of solar energy that penetrates your windows, heating your home. This gives your AC a break from having to work double-time to keep you cool. You no longer have to draw the blinds and curtains and live like a vampire to keep the sun’s heat off of you. You can still enjoy the benefits of a naturally bright sun-drenched room, but now without the heat, as these films will not darken your windows tremendously. Think of it as big sunglasses for your house!

In the winter, window film acts as an insulator, holding the heat in your home. High utility bills in the winter are a homeowner’s biggest nightmare. Everyone’s been there… the internal struggle on whether to put a scarf and mittens on while watching TV… or turn the heat up and pay for it later. Neither of those sounds like a good time!


FADE: stop the fading of your fine furnishings with window film

 

 All of our traditional and designer window films offer 99% UV protection to help eliminate the fading of your fine furnishings, carpet, hardwood floors, paintings and window treatments. The suns harsh rays are working nonstop to negatively affect the beauty and integrity of your interior. Left unprotected, windows provide easy entry into your home for the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Properly selected window tint can significantly reduce fading and helps you relax knowing that your possessions are safe. While no window tint can completely stop fading, our residential window films will significantly reduce the three major components that cause fading; UV, heat and visible light.


 

 

GLARE: can’t see a dang thing on the screen?

After installing window film into your home, you’ll be doing…

Less of this:

 

And more of this:

That irritating "white" light glare is a common problem in windows facing South, West and East. You have to move your seat to see your TV and end up just closing the curtains to read your email. This glare or white-light can cause a room to become uncomfortable and annoying to be in. When it comes to your home, you want to take full advantage of the style and ambiance that you created. Glare often times requires that blinds or drapes be drawn to make the room feel livable. Doing so eliminates the view and requires the constant adjusting of the window treatments. The addition of window film can cut down on the glare while still allowing for a clear view of the outside. Enjoy a bright sunny room without feeling like you need to wear your sunglasses inside. Properly selected window film can blend with the style of your home, adding to it a look and feel that actually complements the overall decor.


PRIVACY & SECURITY

 

 That window in your bathroom really could use a set of blinds. It’s time to quit giving your neighbors a peep show. Don’t want to darken the “office” with curtains or blinds? Window film comes in a variety of choices from frosted to decorative to reflective privacy film that looks mirror-like from outside.

 

 Window film strengthens glass for increased security; intruders or extreme weather are less likely to be able to break the window. If they do, window film secures dangerous shards acting similarly to a broken windshield.

 

 WHY CHOOSE WINDOW GENIE?

Have you ever tried to apply window film yourself? NOT EASY. Home improvement stores do carry DIY versions of window film, but none of them compare to the quality of window films that Window Genie provides. Window film application takes precision, a steady hand and a ton of supplies. Hiring help means the job will be done right and you don’t have to spend the day struggling only to end up frustrated because you left bubbles in the windows and have to start over. Ask your local Genie for a complete list of inventory and to discuss options to fit your needs. You can even get a free phone estimate!

We hope you understand a bit more about window film than you did before. Don't take our word for it, do your homework and call your local Genie to discuss your needs further.