Window Tinting: A Brief History

Have you ever noticed the windows on a skyscraper; that nice reflective quality on the glass? This is a brief history of where window tint came from, and how we still benefit from it today.

Window Tinting: A Brief History

Window tinting in the US goes back about 50 years to the 1960s and 70s when the first window films were being implemented in automotive glass. The aim was to make them as transparent as possible, however a demand for more colored films began to increase. As the Disco era was at its peak in the late 1970s, limousines had incorporated a dark tint, which added to the privacy of the passengers.

By the 1980s many states had to incorporate their own laws for vehicle window tinting, due to increased accidents. The dark windows were not only difficult to see into, but equally difficult to see out of! It wasn’t until the 1990s that we began to see more advanced types of film that are popular today.

Window film, throughout it’s 50 year history, continues to advance and improve. As folks began to see the benefits of tint in automobiles, they began to utilize it in residential and commercial applications. Today we have window film that protects from UV rays, and even prevents the breakage of glass into a thousand, tiny pieces. Even the breakage of glass altogether! Window tinting continues making history!

Today homeowners can experience a plethora of benefits from window tinting. They range from protection from break ins from intruders, protection from various weather elements, to cutting your cooling bill! As always, for the best professional advice on residential and commercial window tinting, contact the pros at FormulaOne!

 

Why should I hire a professional?

We all know summers in Oklahoma can be hotter than… a snowball in a dryer! There is always that one room with all the windows, and all the sun. Should you cut costs and just tint it yourself, or hire a professional?

Why should I hire a professional?

If you are a handy person, you might be anxious to tint you windows yourself. Sometimes, it can be fun to tackle projects you’ve never attempted, if you love the challenge. However, tinting windows isn’t  a recommended DIY project. Here a few of the issues that you can run into by attempting this project on your own.

  • Proper tools – Watching some online videos can make many projects look simple, but they never show the hours of practice. Most of the kits you buy require you to cut the film to the exact size, which is extremely difficult without professional tools. DIY kits can only be used once, so if you make a mistake, you will have to buy another kit.
  • Dirt – If you’ve ever swept a floor, you realize how difficult it is to remove 100% of the dirt line. If just one speck of dust is trapped under the tint, in can ruin the entire installation. This can leave wrinkles and bubbles in the film, compromising it’s appearance and functionality.
  • You get what you pay for – Event though these kits are much cheaper upfront, you will get what you pay for. You wouldn’t hire a plumber who has never lit a pilot light to fix gas leak would you? If we want a professional result, we need to hire a professional!

So if you’re looking at installing some window tint, the professionals at FormulaOne have the knowledge and skill to get the job done right.

 

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Window Tinting: Why?

Why should you get window tinting?

We talk alot about the different kinds of window tinting you can get and how to use them in the most effective way. But we’ve never fully gone over why you should consider window tints. Well, there are many reasons. Here are just a few:

Efficiency: Window tinting can make your windows more efficient by helping control how much of the sun’s heat enters your home. Making it easier to control the climate in your home and lowering your heating and cooling bills. Window tints work in the summer by blocking the sun’s heat, but it can also keep heat from escaping in the winter. Your window tinting will always be working for you to keep your home more efficient.

Privacy: Much the way auto tinting can give you privacy while you drive, home window tinting can also provide you with privacy. Darker tinted windows can provide much indoor privacy but you can also get decorative window tinting that will let you enjoy your privacy in style!

Protection: Window films are applied by sandwiching the window between two tough layers of film. This has the added benefit of increasing the strength of the window. It won’t become bulletproof, but it will take more force to shatter a filmed window than a regular one. The film will create a barrier that keep the shattered glass from spraying out, much the way a car windshield protects the driver. A burglar will have a hard time smashing a tinted window in one go, and it’s more likely to scare them off if they can’t get in quickly. If you’re interested in the security benefits, there’s even some tinting, called security film, specifically designed with this in mind.

If you’re looking for window tinting, give Formula One by AES a call today.

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Window Tinting: Stained Glass window tinting?

Have you heard about stained glass window tinting?

Adding a unique flavor to your home can be challenging. If you have a classic or rustic feeling home it can be even harder. If you’ve always loved the look of stained glass windows but where put off because they can be inefficient and expensive, then we may have a solution. That solution is stained glass window tinting. What is that? It’s a type of decorative window tinting that turns your regular, highly efficiency window into a stained glass beauty.

This tint is stretched over the window much like a standard window film, but the design on it mimics that of more expensive stained glass. You don’t have to remove the window, or go shopping for the right panes, just have the film made and get it installed by professionals (or yourself if you’ve got the DIY know-how).

A stained glass window can add a beautiful look to any home, but to make the best use of it it should be placed somewhere where it can be best viewed and appreciated. Most stained glass windows are places in or around a front door or in a bathroom for a colorful privacy window. Indoor porches, sunrooms, or any areas with a skylight are also great ideas for a stained glass window tinting. Anywhere where the patterns can be viewed and admired easily.

Stained glass windows can get expensive quick. Pre-made stained glass can run up to $150 per panel and can go as high as $10,000 dollars for a larger panel. If you want it custom made, it gets even more expensive. An artist may charge up to $1,000 for a single pane of custom stained glass. Ouch!

If you’re looking for decorative window tinting, or any window tinting, visit Formula One by AES today.

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Window Tinting: Decorative Tinting for Large Logos

Using decorative window tinting to help sell your business

Window tinting isn’t just for exterior windows and autos anymore. Window tinting has a large number of applications that can be used by any kind of business. One type of project that FormulaOne By AES really enjoys doing is creating custom artwork for companies to match their branding. Our decorative designs can be used on more than outside windows as well. In fact, our decorative projects are most often used in places like conference rooms, lobbies, educational institutions, and accent walls in offices.

One example of our custom work was for the OU School of Law. At the beginning of this particular project we started out with the school’s logo. Our team got to work ensuring that this decorative tinting would look amazing and fit just right! We spent many hours re-creating the logo onto film and vinyl so we could apply it to the window they needed.

In the end, the staff at the OU School of  Law was so pleased with the final product of the decorative tinting that they put it in a commercial about their new area in the library. Throughout the commercial you’ll see several shots of the Lumar Window Film in White Frost with black vinyl. This wasn’t the only wall we did though, there was another wall covered with a decorative logo which we did in Oracal Red. To see the commercial, click here.

If you’re considering the installation of decorative tinting from FormulaOne by AES here are a few extras you may want to know about:

  • Our decorative tinting is fully-backed by the Nationwide FormulaOne Transferable Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty.
  • The film is protective against heat.
  • It reduces glares from sunlight.
  • The tint offers protection from ultraviolet radiation.

Contact FormulaOne by AES at 405-513-6400 to get started with your own window tinting project!

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Window tinting is perfect for a pool house

Window Tinting for the summer home

Having a swimming pool in your back yard can be quite the blessing. It gives you a great place to play and gather in the summer, raises the value of your home, and generally adds a nice atmosphere to a home. Part of the attraction of a pool house is being able to enjoy sitting by the pool in the shade relaxing. Sometimes though, you or your guests need a little more privacy or you want less glare from the sunlight streaming in on your face. The perfect solution to many of these problems is window tinting!

A pool house is a great way to provide a multitude of amenities to you and your guests. It can be a comfortable changing room, nearby bathroom, or just a relaxing place to rest. Imagine being able to come into your pool house after building up an appetite from swimming with enough light to see outside, while also keeping out the harsh ultraviolet rays from the sun. You could enjoy a nice cookout style meal without the fear of getting sunburned!

You could choose to sit at a table inside, eat a snack, and look out over the gorgeous view of your pool. Or maybe you’d like to sit inside and have a chat without having to deal with the glare of the sunlight blinding you. Window tinting can truly make your pool house have a real sense of calm.

.Not only is window tinting a functional investment for keeping you, your guests, and your family safe from UV rays, but it also protects your beloved furniture, carpet, flooring, and other decorations from fading. Window tinting may be the piece you need to transform your pool house into a cozy summer getaway.

At FormulaOne by AES, we are experts at installing window tinting of any size. We also have a large range of window tinting films to choose from and each can be cut to the exact size of your window. We have a great time perfecting all the little details and making sure each unique window is fitted with the best possible film.

If you have a window tinting project that you need help with this summer, we would love nothing more than to help you out. Please feel free to give FormulaOne by AES a call at 405-513-6400.

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Large window tinting projects?

Window Tinting for large windows?

You want to get some window tinting done for all the windows in your home? Great! Window Tinting is one of the soundest and longest lasting investments you can make for your home. Not all windows are made the same though, and you might have a large window or glass sliding door. You might be wondering if the increased size will be a problem for the installers. Formula One by AES has the answers when it comes to big window projects.

First off, you can absolutely put tinting on a larger window. Size isn’t an issue when determining if window tinting would be a good idea. There are a few more steps to getting the tinting right on a larger window though.

Firstly, it usually requires the help of another person as the film is much too large for one person to handle effectively. Larger windows also need to be seamed, two films overlapping, because of the larger size. All the steps normally taken to apply a film to a window are also more laborious because of the size. It’s doubly important to make sure no air bubbles and leaks are present on larger windows because of the extra material and steps needed. It shouldn’t take much longer than a standard window though, especially when the job is being handled by trained professionals. Larger window tinting jobs can be more vulnerable to water as well, so special care needs to be placed on making sure it’s watertight. It’s a good idea to come back in about a week to make sure the window tinting is still watertight as well.

It takes a little more work, but there’s no reasons the largest windows in your home can’t benefit from window tinting like all the rest. If you need any kind of window tinting done, call Formula One by AES today at 405-513-6400!

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Some more things about decorative window tinting

What are some options when it comes to decorative window tinting?

So if you’ve decided to spruce up your home or office with some decorative window tinting you might be wondering: what are my options? Well, Formula One By AES lays out some of the best options.

Patterns: For something specific and eye-catching, a pattern is the best bet. Patterns can be arranged and changed very easily so don’t feel like you need to pick the perfect one on the first try. Decorative patterns can add a nice visual flair to any window but they can also be used to project mesmerizing patterns into a room. Depending on how the pattern is arranged for your decorative window tint, it can produce amazing light patterns when light shines through them. Putting it on a window that gets lots of natural light can even give you a pattern that shifts throughout the day as the sun completes it’s daily journey. If your intent is to wow guests and add a unique character to your home or office, a strong pattern is just what you need.

Opacification: Opacification refers to the process of making a window more opaque. This can be done to add privacy to an office or bathroom. It can also be done to preserve a beautiful view while also managing the sun and glare.

Advertising: Need to promote your brand? Wrapping a front window in a frosted film that has your logo on it can be a great way to gain the benefits of window tinting while at the same time giving you a sleek, modern sign letting everyone know your here and ready for business.

There are alot of options when it comes to decorative window tinting. If you need more information about the various options or you’re ready to spice up your space, call Formula One By AES today at 405-513-6400!

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Advantages of Decorative Window Tinting

What can decorative window tinting do for you?

There’s more than one way to tint your windows. If you’re looking to do something a little more with your window tinting than decorative window tinting may be for you! Decorative tinting can do more than just regulate sunlight and filtering UV rays. Here are just a few advantages:

Add Privacy: Sometimes you want a little privacy from the outside world. Decorative tinting can be used to obscure what’s inside and can be great for conference rooms. For the home, it can also be handy for certain bathroom windows and shower stalls. Adding a sleek frosting to a shower stall can add a great deal of privacy and style to any bathroom.

Easy to use: One of the best reasons to invest in decorative tinting is that it’s easy to install! A professional company will come and install the film usually in an afternoon. The film will last for a long time and lower your energy bills. It’s a small investment that gives big returns for a business or home. Adding decorative flair can help build your brand and give your office a sleek, clean look.

Elevate an office: Decorative tinting looks good, really good. Even a simple design can add an eye-catching flair to any office or even a home. Additionally, don’t feel like you have to stick to one design when it comes to decorative tinting. Decorative tinting can be easily changed to switch up the look and feel of an office or home and to help keep up with trends. Decorative window tinting is a flexible addition to any home or office.

If you need home or office decorative window tinting, or you need help deciding what you want for window tinting, call Formula One by AES today at 405-513-6400!

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Window Tinting for Valentine’s Day

Falling In Love With Window Tinting this Valentine’s Day

Let’s be honest, not everyone is looking for a box of chocolates and a bouquet for this Valentine’s Day. These gifts are nice, but maybe the love of your life is looking for something a little more long-lasting this year. Nothing wrong with that, right? While other retailers love to push the traditional gifts on us, we’re willing to bet that a more meaningful gift would be much more powerful. Window Tinting is one such gift, it lasts for years while protecting you and your home interior from UV rays.

Imagine: You’re telling your significant other that you’re planning to dress up your home with some window tinting to help protect the house. They may look at you strangely at first, it certainly won’t collapse into a Shakespearean romance scene right away, but once you explain the benefits they may just change their minds. There is one main reason why adding window tinting to your home shows you care.

Out residential window tinting will help keep your carpet, flooring, and your furniture from fading as a result of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Wouldn’t you also love to be able to look out your windows without straining your eye? Our film can help you do that!

Our custom film is hand crafted and the color finishes are made to order at FormulaOne By AES. You can have a design that’s truly unique to your own aesthetics. If you’re not sure where to start, you can browse our many window tinting options and find the one that’s right for you.

We love helping families find just what they’re looking for, especially on Valentine’s Day! So, rather than spending this Valentine’s Day with the same old gifts and routines with your significant other this February, consider looking for new window tinting instead.

If you need help finding the right style for you, our team is here to help you in any way we can. If you’re interested in setting up an appointment, please give FormulaOne by AES a call at 405-513-6400!