There are issues that come up quite a bit we see with home/residential window tinting and commercial window tinting. Here are issues our professionals come across again and again. That said, if you have a unique window issue you want to ask us about, feel free to send us your window services related issue questions.
Click on the bold issue that best fits your issue to see our answer regarding what to do!
Wood floors, Carpet, Draperies, Window Treatments, Wood Shutters, Furniture, Fabrics, Upholstery, Floral Arrangements, Candles, Clothing, Human Skin, Photos, Artwork, Paintings, Tapestries, Antiques, Collectables, etc… are all being damaged by the sun coming through my windows every day.
The 3 main factors causing Sun Damage and Fading are Ultraviolet Light (UV), Heat, and Visible Light. UV is responsible for 40% of fading and Heat and Visible Light contribute 25% each, with the remaining 10% generally being factors beyond our control. The bright and open look you love about your rooms is the invisible culprit ruining your home’s interior.
There are 3 ways to control fading factors entering your home or building. Those are by reducing the amount of UV, Light, and Heat pouring in through the windows and doors. Window film is the BEST solution for controlling fading because it squarely addresses the main culprit of UV rays. All window films stop up to 99% of UV radiation from passing through treated window glass, while top brands filter 99.9%. Window films also block varying amounts of heat and light depending on the material make up of the film itself. Films that block high degrees of Heat and Glare offer the greatest protection against sun damage and fading. Replacement Glass and Windows that contain the latest technology of LOE coated glass and Argon gas fill help to control fading to a degree because these advanced technologies reduce heat and visible light passing through the window glass. Solar Screens also help to control fading and sun damage in a similar way to replacement glass and new window technology. Solar Screens also block Heat and Visible Light from passing through window glass. So Window Glass and Solar Screens do help to control fading and sun damage, but window film is the ultimate solution. Window Film is the only product that focuses on the main culprit of fading, the UV rays. Replacement Glass and New Windows do not block 99% of the UV rays like window films do.
My home heats up during the day making my rooms too hot for comfortable living. The AC runs all day but cannot keep up with the heat. It is only long after the sun goes down that the rooms start to cool down. During the summer months, this happens day after day.
The typical 3 x 6 home window with Clear Insulated Glass (double pane IG) transmits approximately 250 BTU’s per sq. ft, per hour, into your home during sun exposure in Texas. To help understand what this means consider this: The approximate energy released from burning 1 wooden matchstick equals 1 BTU. What does this mean? The sun pouring through this 3 x 6 window glass is equivalent to lighting 4500 matchsticks during every hour of sun exposure… every day… inside your house! How many windows does your home have that are exposed to the sun each day? Now you can understand how the windows heat up rooms and your home.
Window Film and Solar Screens are two of the most cost effective products that will decrease the amount of heat pouring through typical window glass. By rejecting from up to 85% of the radiant heat traveling through the glass into the rooms, the heat entering the building can be decreased from 250 BTU’s (per sq ft per hour) down to a meager 38 BTU’s! This reduction in heat entering through window glass is the best way to manage comfort and keep rooms with windows cool.
Replacement window glass and replacement windows with LOE coatings also reject heat. Though these options may be more costly than window film and solar screens, new glass and new windows are often what is needed for upgrades, remodeling, or personal preference. New technology window glass and replacement windows can reject up to 80% of the heat compared to a typical clear double pane window glass in older windows.
Each and every month do you dread getting your electric bill. It seems to cost more and more each month. Do you adjust your thermostat and keep the lights turned off. It feels like you are living in the dark because all the blinds and drapes are always closed. How come your energy bills are so high? Your house is still too hot! What can you do?
Energy Eye-Opener: As much as half the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. According to the Department of Energy, as much as half of heating and cooling costs are a result of heat gain and heat loss through windows and glass. A major portion of cooling and heating cost are directly attributable to windows. By not making improvements to your windows, you are destined to pay more and more for energy. Energy prices are increasing by at least 2.5% every year.
Window film, solar screens, LOE replacement glass, and new technology vinyl replacement windows are all great ways to lower high electric bills and make your home (or building) much more comfortable. All of these window improvements are capable of decreasing heat gain through windows by up to 80%. All of these options are also capable of reducing heat loss in the winter months by up to 40%. The year round increase in window performance afforded by these improvements will absolutely lower the operating cost of heating and cooling you home, office, or building. The byproduct of saving money on energy costs will be the increased comfort you will experience.
Issues we hear quite a bit include:
- I have rooms with brightly sunlit windows that are almost impossible to use at certain times of the day.
- The sun pours through my bedroom windows first thing in the morning and wakes me up at sunrise.
- The sun entering the family room windows really irritates my husband when he is trying to watch golf or football on TV.
- My kitchen window faces west and it makes it difficult to prepare the evening meals for my family.
- What can be done to fix this?
The issue here is unwanted glare. Glare is unfiltered visible light caused by the sun facing the windows of that exposure. When the sun pours in through window glass, it is virtually impossible for the human eye to function properly without the aid of sunglasses. Who wants to wear sunglasses when inside their home, office, or business? Are you tired of being at the mercy of the sun at certain times of the day? Do you enjoy running from room to room adjusting blinds and window treatments just to make the room useable for you and your family?
Window Film and Solar Screens are two great ways to control eye squinting glare. These products can be used independently of any other window treatments to achieve glare free windows. Light to medium shades of window film can often be adequate to diffuse moderate levels of glare while still allowing a sufficient amount of visible light to illuminate the rooms. The effects of glare are sometimes not even readily apparent. Headaches and irritability are often a product of glare and unfiltered light, and most don’t realize why they aren’t performing at 100% when they are working or living in these uncomfortable circumstances. Glare can easily be reduced by 50% without sacrificing the open bright atmosphere most of us enjoy in our indoor environments. 90-95% glare reduction is also easily accomplished for those areas and rooms where light control is critical. Whatever your glare control needs, there are cost effective and attractive solutions proven to work.