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Alexis Ware

How Window Film Can Liven Up Your Home

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Window Film allows you to let beautiful natural sunlight fill your home without the consequences of hot spots, glare, faded furnishings, and other repercussions that accompany non-filmed windows. When choosing the window film that is right for you, consider the characteristics of each type of film listed below.

Decorative Film:

  • Adds patterns to windows that can mimic the look of etched, stained, frosted, or textured glass
  • Reusable and easy to remove Enhance the privacy of your home Block harmful UV rays
  • Can be used on the interior OR exterior side of the glass
  • Minimal heat protection

Heat & UV Blocking Film:

  • Absorbs and reflects energy from the sun to keep your home cooler
  • Lowers your energy costs
  • Blocks harmful UV rays & solar heat
  • Minimizes glare
  • Tends to be more expensive than other film types

Privacy Film:

  • Keeps the inside of your home shielded from onlookers
  • Often have a reflective or frosted appearance
  • Can reduce the brightness of a room
  • Come in varying shades and tints

Now that you’re educated on the different types of window film available, we can discuss the ways in which window film can improve your home. There are countless benefits of window film, including the following:

  1. Improved Aesthetic
  2. Comfort
  3. Harmful UV Protection Safety and Security Efficiency

Window Film not only improves the exterior look of your home, but ensures the interior is safe by hexing harmful UV rays. It also saves you tons on energy costs as heat-controlling window film keeps your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Untreated windows are so last year. It’s time to upgrade your home and your quality of life. Contact the experts at Indy Tint here or give us a call at 317-823-4305 to receive your FREE window film estimate.

Stop the glare with window film

Stop the Glare!

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Let’s avoid squinting our eyes, with window film! Harsh light can lead to eye discomfort and can even cause headaches. That troublesome sensation that causes eye irritation is called glare.

Luckily for you, Indy Tint offers window tinting that can help avoid that awful glare in your home or office. There’s nothing better than natural light, but when it starts to affect us physically, it’s not that great. No need to fret – Indy Tint is here.

What is Glare and What causes it?

Glare is the loss of visual performance or discomfort produced by an intensity of light in the visual field greater than the intensity of light to which the eyes are adapted. When too much light enters your eye and interferes with your eye’s ability to manage it.

Glare is the response to bright light. Glare can be extremely harmful to the eye and can cause cataracts, macular degeneration or other eye diseases. Glare can be very distracting when doing day-to-day activities. Simply put, watching tv or even working on your computer, glare can be unproductive to your day.

 

How can I reduce Glare?

 Window Film can reduce reflection and glares when added to the surface. Window film also has many other benefits to your home or office like reducing your energy usage and increasing your privacy. You can reduce the glare in your home and still enjoy the natural sunlight.

Additionally, adding window film can help minimize harmful UV rays. Indy Tint window film can block up to 99% of both UVB and UVA rays.

Add Window Film to your home or office today to reduce those harmful rays and glares!

Security Window Film

All About Security Window Film

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It’s easy to think, why do I need security window film? But we have the answer for you.

We are surrounded by windows and thank goodness we are! Windows provide us with light that can brighten up a room, help save energy, improve attitude, and add a connection to the outside world.

Windows and glass are vulnerable, leading to a higher increase in intrusion and potential danger.

Security Window films will help protect you and others safe, while still providing you will all of the benefits natural light does for us. Indy Tints security films are used to help protect against break-ins and vandalism, accidents, and natural disasters.

We’ve given you the basics on security window film, but let’s dig a little deeper into what it can do for you.

Give you Privacy

Whether you want privacy for you and your loved ones just to feel more comfortable in your home or to dismiss intruders from potentially looking in your home, security window film can give you both! This window film isn’t just for your home either, it can be for your office or building.

Recently, schools have even added security film to their windows for the protection of their students.

Still, Enjoy your Visibility

Even after adding security window film to your home or office, you can still enjoy all the benefits of natural light. The film is thin and barely detectable, so you can still enjoy your view.

Stay Safe!

Security film also helps from someone potentially getting hurt from shards of glass. When the window is impacted, the film holds the glass fragments together. This can prevent any damages to your home.

Save your Windows from Bad Weather

Although bad weather may not occur frequently, window film can help prevent any shattered windows when a natural disaster occurs. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

 

Indy tint offers a few different kinds of security window film if you are interested. Check us out, here.

 

Pros and Cons of Window Film

Indy’s Pros and Cons of Window Tint

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Home Window Tinting Pros

Window films have a multitude of benefits, including, but not limited to, reducing energy costs and decreasing the sun’s damaging UV rays.

 

Window tinting can be grouped into three different categories:

  • Solar window tinting, which provides UV protection and all the benefits of window tinting, but without the darkened look.
  • Security window tinting includes one or more layers of polyester film to offer extra protection against break-ins.
  • Decorative to make windows and doors look aesthetically pleasing.

 

However, not all window films are the same. Many offer various benefits, so choosing the best one for your home is crucial. Adding the right tint or film to your windows is an investment in your home that will have ongoing benefits throughout your home’s life span.

·  Saving Money

Another major pro or benefit of residential window tinting is that when installed correctly, the right window film can help you save money on your energy bills by insulating your windows. In the heat of the summer, tinted windows will reflect the sun’s heat, decreasing the amount of air conditioning needed to gain indoor comfort. Films can also help keep heat inside, making it warmer in your home during the colder winter months, which saves on heating costs.

·       Reduce Glare

The glare of the sun’s rays on electronic devices can make it difficult to relax and enjoy your online shopping experience or the most memorable moments of your favorite film. While solutions such as curtains and blinds are a preventive measure, they must be closed to block out the sunlight, leaving you in the dark. A major benefit of window tinting is that it allows for greater enjoyment of these activities by reducing the sun’s glare while still allowing natural light into your home.

·       Solar Protection

Window tinting also helps block dangerous ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to electronics, fabrics, and furnishings. Some solar window films can block up to 99.9% of UV rays. When you tint your windows, you are protecting these items from fading and discoloration, extending the lifespan of your belongings.

Home Window Tinting Cons

·       Potential Warranty Restrictions

Before adding a tint to your windows, check with your window manufacturer to make sure adding window film will not void your warranty. Many window manufacturers will not cover damages caused by altering windows due to the potential of certain types of films causing harm to the certain window glass. Reputable window film manufacturers offer warranties that help match the life of your window warranty.

·       Tinting can take away too much sun’s energy

If you live in a place that is usually cold and the sunlight is scarce, window-tinting might not be beneficial. You may want to keep as much passive solar heat as possible. Choose your shade wisely as different levels of darkening provide different results. You may even consider changing the levels of tinting in different areas of your home based on the amount of sunlight that hits each area.

History of Window Film

History of Window Film

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In 1966, the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, now known as 3M, earned the first patent for solar control window film. 3M made the film with the goal to protect the people and items that matter most.

FIRST: DYE-BASED FILM

The original solar control window films were dye-based. These films had two layers: one with the dye, which absorbed the sun rays, and another with the adhesive, which attached the film to the window.

However, the issue with dye-based films is that after prolonged sun exposure, they had a tendency to turn a deep purple tone and end up with a bubbly texture. This is due to the absorption of the sun’s heat into the film instead of rejecting it. Because of this, dye-based films have a pretty short lifespan.

TRANSFORM THE WORLD INTO COLOR

While originally used for most automotive purposes, people started to install them in their homes and businesses. The first window films were transparent, and colored films soon thereafter came into popular demand. Colored films gave increased privacy and sun control, while at the same time adding to the aesthetics of the area where they were installed.

LOWER ENERGY CONSUMPTION

In 1973, the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) imposed an embargo leading to a shortage of fuel and high gas prices, a time that is now known as the energy crisis of the 1970s. Window film quickly became a popular solution to use when trying to trap heat within a space.

It was due to the energy crisis of the 1970s that first highlighted window film’s value as an environmentally friendly asset for home and business owners. Polyester films were originally used in this process, but it was then found out that they only absorbed and reflected long-wave infrared heat instead of being a transparent material.

 

THE INTRODUCTION OF METALIZED FILMS

In the 1990s, metalized films were introduced to the window film market. These films consisted of a metallic coating that reflected the sun’s heat and UV rays. Unlike the dye-based films, these didn’t alter the color or texture of the glass they were installed on. The metallic particles in the film reflect the sun’s UV rays and heat and reduce up to 50% of heat allowed through the glass.

One downfall of these metalized films, though, was that because of their metallic composition, they interfered with electronic devices and car radios.

CERAMIC WINDOW FILMS

Recently, ceramic window films have been introduced to the window film market. They are currently the most expensive window film option but are also the best quality. Ceramic films block up to 99% of UV light, decrease glare from the sun and efficiently reduce up to 59% of solar energy.

As the original patent holder in the window film industry, 3M continues to lead the industry. Today, 3M is the only manufacturer that produces its own polyesters, adhesives, metals, and scratch-resistant coatings. This means that 3M can control all factors of quality control, allowing them to provide their customers with the best quality window films backed by a comprehensive warranty with a company you can trust.

Residential Window Film

Residential Window film Adds Value

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Most of us treasure our possessions, whether it be your car, home, or anything else, we love to take care of them. So, what if I told you that residential window film adds value to your home?

It’s true! Adding window film can add value to your possession. Whether you’re planning on selling or even staying in your home for the long run, maximizing the value of your home is crucial.

How does adding window film add to my home’s value?

Curb Appeal

In any type of purchase, you want whatever you’re buying to have a nice aesthetic. That especially goes for homes. Residential film added to your home can transform your regular glass into a beautifully textured piece of artwork.

Sunset Glass Tinting offers decorative window film. The film allows everyone access to the feel of a stained or textured glass window at a fraction of the price without sacrificing quality. They are made from resilient and flexible polyester materials. They are also easy to install and adhere to a variety of glass textures.

 

Privacy and Security

Not only is curb appeal essential but adding window film to your home can make you feel safer and provide seclusion. When you’re at home, you don’t want strangers peaking in or even looking into it from a distance, adding residential film will prevent that.

 

Security window film helps to reduce the risk of personal injury and also property injury caused by natural disasters or by crime. Providing residential security, it is designed to deter tornadoes and earthquakes and all of the damage that can come about by flying glass.

 

Indy Tint offers more when it comes to window film:

  • Design using decorative window films at a fraction of the cost of etched glass
  • Crime prevention: prevent easy access through glass doors and windows.
  • Severe weather: minimize flying glass due to violent weather and storms.
  • Options for clear safety film or with tinted sun control.

 

There are more residential window tinting benefits like, reduce energy cost by up to 30%, fade reduction to furnishings and carpet, temperature consistency from one room to another, and glare reduction to television and electronics.

 

If you’re looking to reinvent your home, or even add that extra privacy, add residential window film!

Protective Window Film

Protective Window Film

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Window film comes with protection and many other benefits. Window film can be installed on your home, office, or government building. There are endless choices for window film but let’s strictly talk protection.

Window protection film can be used for many purposes like reinforcing glass on your home or storefront. This can ultimately deter a possible break-in and keep you are your loved ones safe from broken glass.

How do you know which window film is best for you? Below are 5 options for your desired protective window film.

1. Government Ultra Prestige Window Films

Ultra Prestige window films combine the beautiful elegance of the sun control protection and the strong resistant safety and security films into one micro-thin film. It not only blocks heat and reduces hot spots throughout the buildings, but it also holds the glass in place during a disaster such as a hurricane, tornado, high windows, or even an earthquake.

The ultimate in high technology, combining 28 micro-layers of strong, tear-resistant Ultra Prestige window film with the added advantage of Prestige Series sun control films

2. Ultra Window Films

3M™’s Ultra Series Safety and Security Window Films boast up to 42 micro-layers to resists tears. The ultra-security window film provides superior performance in impact and explosion events to minimize casualties while maximizing optical clarity. The film comes in two versions: clear safety with no tinting, or combination safety and sun control tinting.

3. Safety Window Films

Government safety window film will provide a clear choice in the film that provides an extra layer of safety and security to any window in an office. This has a thicker adhesive, and this will allow the film to be stronger against winds and other forces that can create a broken window situation. When winds and other forces break windows, glass can become flying debris and this can be very dangerous. Window film can protect the glass inside of this window in the event that the window is compromised.

1. Anti-Graffiti Window Films

The anti-graffiti window film is designed to protect glass surfaces from different types of graffiti including scratches, acid-etching, and gouges. It provides a barrier of protection in elevators and on escalators, bathroom mirrors, and glass countertops. The film adheres clearly and firmly to glass, but it is very easy to remove and leaves little or no residue.

Anti-graffiti window film comes in 4 and 6 ml. and 60″ and 72″ widths.

 

Indy Tint offers these 4 protective films. To learn more about protective window film, visit our website.

 

3M Thinsulate Window Film

3M Thinsulate Window Film

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After looking at an array of window films, you can feel lost and wonder “what window film is best for me?” If you are looking for a window film that offers climate control, then 3M Thinsulate window film is for you.

Thinsulate window film can help improve your home by saving energy and making it more comfortable for you and your guests.

Sustainable

In our day and age, it’s crucial we reduce our carbon footprint and develop a sustainable community. Luckily, 3M Thinsulate window film is environmentally friendly. Adding this window film will reduce the strain on your building or home’s energy systems. This ultimately means lessening the fossil fuels used for heating and burning.

Lower Your Costs

Not only will you have temperature-controlled and be doing your part for the Earth, adding Thinsulate window film will lower your costs. Thinsulate is a powerful insulating film so, it will trap the hot air inside during the cold months and keep the cool air inside during the winter months. It’s a double whammy having both lower energy costs and the perfect temperature inside. All year round, Thinsulate can keep you comfortable

In All Kinds of Weather

No matter where you’re located, Thinsulate window film works for any weather. Whether you live in a cold area or hot area, this window film controls heat and glare issues. Additionally, it keeps homes and offices temperatures regulated. Especially when it comes to hotter areas, this window film will help keep your temperatures down, making a comfortable environment for you. 3M Thinsulate window film keeps your summers cool and your winters warm.

 

If you are interested in adding 3M Thinsulate window film to your home or office, contact us through our website here.

 

Reduce your Carbon footprint - Add Window film

Do More for the Earth

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We all have a duty to keep the earth clean and beautiful. When we think of being sustainable, we think of recycling and reusing materials. However, adding window film to your home or business can reduce your carbon footprint.

The average carbon footprint for a person in the United States is 16 tons.

It’s time to do our part and reduce our carbon footprint. First step: Add Window Film. 

What is your carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint Is the total amount of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions.

Just by commuting somewhere and using electricity, you are adding to your carbon footprint. The biggest problem with the emission of greenhouse gases is the creation of climate change.

Climate change is the last thing our planet needs. Check out this calculator and find out what your carbon footprint is.

How Can Window Film Help?  

With the installation of window film, your windows have the ability to increase the energy efficiency of your home or office.

How?

For one thing, window film controls the temperature inside. This keeps a manageable level of UV rays warming up your space.

At Indy Tint,  Sun Control Films. Adding this film creates temperature control- Reduce solar hot spots throughout the office, and energy savings-your office can save up to one ton of air conditioning for every 100 feet of exposed glass.

This will ultimately reduce the strain on building energy systems.

Add Window Film

If you have done the carbon footprint calculator, then you know starting with something small to help our planet is a good idea. Try adding window film to your home or office today and give us a call. 

Fun Facts about Window Film

Fun Facts about Window Film

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What are some of the things I need to know when it comes to window film? You’ve made it this far looking into window tint, that’s why you’ve come across this blog. You may be hesitant on adding window film to your home or business, but don’t fret.

There’s just a little bit more to be informed on, here are some fun facts:

Tinting your Windows

Why should I tint my windows? Let’s be real, we spend the majority of our time indoors. Whether at work, home, or even your car, you’re surrounded by windows. Adding window film will make you comfortable, add security, add privacy, and regulate temperature.

Know your Options

It’s important you know all of your options when it comes to adding window film. Knowing the different types can help benefit you. At Indy Tint, we have many products to choose from. We offer Sun Control film, Safety and Security Film, Fasfara Decorative Film, and our newest Thinsulate Film. Depending on your needs, any of these options could help you with tinting your home, office, or even car.

Maintain your Tint

It’s important you know how to take care of your window film. You want to avoid brushes, scouring pads, abrasive towels, and baking soda when you clean your window film. To properly clean your film check out these steps:

  •  add a simple solution of mild dish detergent and water together.
  • Spray the solution onto the window film.
  • Use a SOFT cloth, paper towels, or a damp sponge to clean.
  • If you are using a sponge, make sure to clean it often!

Know your Resources

When adding window film, you should always be aware of your resources. Always check for warranties, sustainable designs, and tax credits.

Learn State Tinting Laws

Many states have regulations when it comes to window film. It would be a shame to waste money on window film because you used the wrong type or didn’t follow the regulations. Make sure to know your state’s window film laws before adding to your car, home, or office.

Hopefully, these few facts can help you decide on adding that window tint in the most effective and efficient way. To install, give us a call today.