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When is Auto Window Tinting Illegal?

So you want to tint your Auto’s windows, how dark can you go?

Tinting the windows on your auto can have many benefits. It can reduce the glare from the sun and reduce the heat that comes into your car. Some people also like the cool look it gives you. But beware, it might be illegal. It’s common knowledge that window tinting above a certain level is illegal, but the point where it’s actually illegal can get muddled. So, how dark can you go with your Window Tinting? Formula One by AES has a few answers.

It’s important to know that if your trying to tint your windows for the UV and heat-reduction benefits, most modern cars already have this kind of tinting on their windshields. So there’s no need to get any kind of tinting done if you’ve got a fairly new vehicle. Also, most professional installers, like Formula One, are aware of laws regarding tinting and can generally help you avoid any trouble with the law.

What makes window tinting so complicated is that the level of tint accepted is often a matter of the state you in. For instance, you can have darker tints in Arizona where the hot desert sun is than in Michigan where the sun is less extreme. Most laws center around the amount of light that is let into the vehicle. Reflective or Opaque tints are almost never accepted. The main point is that window tinting often makes it harder to see who’s in the vehicle.

If your unsure that the window tinting you have is legal or not, there are ways to check and make sure. You can take you vehicle to a state inspector or licensed professional to make sure your tinting is within state laws.

If you need window tinting, call Formula One by AES today at  405-513-6400.

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How dark should your Home Window Tinting be?

How dark should your window tinting be?

Window tinting has many benefits. Some of these benefits we’ve already covered. If you’ve decided to get some tinting done for your home there’s one decision you need to keep in mind, how dark should your windows be. Window Tinting comes in various shades from very light to almost completely black. What you want will often determine how dark the tinting will be. So, how do you know the shade your getting will suit what you want? Formula One has a handy little guide to help you out.

If you want more privacy: If your tinting your windows to try and add some privacy to an office or meeting room, then a darker, more reflective tint is what you want to look for. The reflective tint will cut down the glare for those inside while making it harder for people from the outside. You won’t want to do this if atmosphere is a concern as the darker tint will cut down the natural light drastically. This reduction will leave the room feeling gloomy.

For more natural views: If privacy is not a main concern but you still want to gain the benefits of window tinting, you can invest in invisible window tinting that will lower the heat of the room without cutting down on the level of sunlight in the room.

For Security: If your looking to add a little security to your home, then security film might be the way to go. Security film provides a screen that will keep the glass from shattering when hit with a blunt force. This means burglars will have a much harder time getting in. They are also available in darker tints to help maintain privacy.

If your in need of Window tinting, call Formula One by AES today at 405-513-6400.

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What kinds of Window Tinting are available for your Home?

We’ve gone over the window tinting options available for your auto, but what about your home? Window Tinting in your home can serve a variety of purposed. From protecting furniture from fading, to cutting the glare in a room, to even helping protect you there are plenty of reasons to invest in home window tinting. Here are the main type of window tinting films to look at for your home.

Decorative Film: Want to spice up a room? Want to add some privacy but not give up the light provided by a window? Than Decorative window tinting might be for you. This is the thinnest type of tinting and often doesn’t offer much protection from the sun but it does add a unique look to a room. You can add a frosting to a whole window for privacy or add a design for something truly eye-catching.

Solar Control (Low-E) Window Film: This type of window fill focuses on blocking out UV rays to protect furniture from fading. It can also help control the temperature in your home lowering energy bills.

Window Security Film: You might not think about window tinting as a home defense tool but there are certain films that will help prevent glass shards from shooting everywhere when a window is broken. It holds the window shards together when the window is shattered, by accident or otherwise, meaning shards are kept off the floor and would be criminals are deterred by the film still blocking entry.

Storm Security Film: Much like window security film, except this film is designed to help protect against raging storms shattering your windows and showering the floor with glass. This film essentially turns your windows into shatter-proof safety glass.

If your in the market for decorative or energy saving window tinting, give Formula One by AES a call today at 405-513-6400!

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Types of Auto Window Tinting Pt. 2

More types of Auto Window Tinting

Formula One by AES has a couple of other window tints you may want to consider when getting the windows tinted on your car. We’ve already covered 2 options in last week’s blog, but here are 2 more options you may want to consider when getting window tints done on your car.

Hybrid Window Tinting: As the name suggests, this style of window tinting is designed to give you the benefits of Metalized and Dyed window tints, but none of the disadvantages. It consists of a sticky under-layer with a dyed and metalized layer on top with a protective layer on top of all of it. And it mostly accomplishes what is sets out to do. It blocks UV light and cuts down on glare from the sun. It doesn’t interfere with radio and cell phone waves like Metalized layers can. It’s at reduced risk of fading because of the metal layer. It also reflects heat very effectively. The only real downside is that it is more expensive than getting a dyed layer. Although it should be noted that this type of window tinting is often less expensive than getting a full Metalized window tinting.

Ceramic Film: The last kind of window tinting is Ceramic film tinting. As the name suggests, a thin layer of ceramic is layered between a sticky underlayer and a protective top layer much like the dyed window tinting. Ceramic tints allow for radio waves to pass through while also reflecting back heat and UV rays. They can cut down the glare from the sun and aren’t prone to fading like dyed tints. They are also far less reflective than metal tints meaning the window tinting will have that matte look most people are looking for. Cermic is however, the most expensive option. But it might just be worth it.

Those are the main kinds of window tints you’ll run into when deciding on how to tint your car’s windows. If you need any kind of tinting, give Formula One by AES a call today at 405-513-6400.

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Types of Auto Window Tinting Pt. 1

The different types of Auto Window Tinting

Getting the windows tinted on your car can be a wise investment. Tinting your windows can cut the glare from the sun, making driving easier and saving your eyes alot of strain. They can also protect you and your car’s interior from damaging UV radiation from the Sun. But once you start getting in to deciding how dark of a tint you want you may start to realize that there are different kinds of window tinting. So which one do you pick? Formula One By AES is here to help you decide. Here are the different kinds of window tinting:

Dyed Window Film: This type of film is made of a dye pressed between a sticky bottom layer and a protective top layer. This type of tends to look really good and it doesn’t block radio waves. It’s also the most cost-effective type of window tinting. But, it can have problems if not installed properly and the layers can separate over time. Also, the sun can eventually break down the tint, changing it from black to a deep purple.

Matelized Window Film: This type of window tinting is made of several layers of adhesive and film. It’s very effective at blocking sunlight, blocking all but 10 to 40% of light. It’s also good for reducing heat as one of the layers is designed to reflect heat away from the car. Which also means this type of film is great for blocking UV rays. It’s extremely durable and doesn’t fade over time. However it is more expensive and it can block radio waves ( a problem for in-care antennas). It’s also very shiny, which is not a look most like when tinting.

These are just some of the window tinting types for your auto. Join Formula One by AES next week for more window tinting types! And if you need and kind of Window Tinting, protective or decorative, call Formula One by AES today at 405-513-6400!

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Protect your Awards with Window Tinting!

Keep you Trophies safe from UV rays with Window Tinting

So, you’ve got a shelf full of awards that you worked hard all year for. You proudly display them in your trophy cabinet for all to see. Maybe the awards are yours, maybe they’re your kids or spouses, whoever is the big winner in your house you want to protect the symbols of their accomplishments. Whether it’s an employee of the month award, a baseball trophy, or an award for winning a dance competition they can all have a special significance. If you have all these awards displayed on a case wouldn’t you want to do everything you can to protect them? To make them looks as nice as the day you got them? If you think so then it’s your lucky day, because LLumar window film you can protect those awards and the memories they represent!

One of FormulaOne’s projects actually involved wrapping a glass trophy case with window film at American Fidelity Assurance Company. By adding this window tinting to the case, it eliminated most, if not all, of the glare and heat from the sun shining through the glass. This made it much easier to see the bank’s many awards. Additionally, the LLumar window tinting protects the glass trophy case as well as the trophies placed inside.

Having a pristine trophy case is especially important for a business like American Fidelity Assurance Company. They thrive on promoting and maintaining a great reputation and showing off their many achievements helps to add highlight their efforts. Everyone walking by will see the immense amount of recognition they’ve received for their efforts. They can see into the trophy case and marvel at the many awards without having to deal with the harsh glare of the sun.

If you have a glass area that you’d like to be protected from ultraviolet rays, FormulaOne By AES would love the opportunity to make it happen for you. We can be reached at 405-513-6400 or you can contact us online by clicking here.

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Cool Window Tinting ideas from Pintrest Pt. 2

We’re back with a few more window tinting ideas to help add some character to your home.

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Get the relaxing feeling of watching water fall down a pane of glass whenever with this watery window tinting idea. Frosting like this can also scatter light within your home to make some cool patterns if the sun hits it just right. The effect of seeing water hit your windows will be doubled by this flowing frosting.

 

Add a cool venetian blind effect to your windows with this tinting. Eye-catching enough to add character but subtle enough that it won’t dominate the room. With a window tinting like this, you can add some flair to a good worthwhile investment for your home. This look also simulates the look of nice blinds without the hassle of having to maintain expensive, fragile blinds.

 

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Add a cool visual flair to a room with this window tinting. If your looking for something that is going to grab a guests attention then you need look no further than this complex window tinting array. No one who walks into that room is going to forget it! Besides being a great investment, window tinting gives you a unique way to add character to any room in your home!

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Another interesting, but non-invasive design. A window tinting like this can add a great character to a glass door while simultaneously giving you a good amount of privacy and protection. If you’ve got a glass door that you love but are uncomfortable with how exposed it makes you, consider frosting it and adding a window tint. Doing so will let you have the clean, modern look of a glass door without sacrificing privacy. The best of both worlds.

If these ideas have inspired you to add some tinting to your home or office, give Formula One, By AES a call today at 405-513-6400!

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Cool Window Tinting ideas from Pintrest Pt. 1

Window tinting is a great investment in your home, and it can even be customized!

Here are some of the coolest window tinting ideas we found browsing the internet.

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This first one is a simple design that can go in any home. Placed in a bathroom this kind of tinting can grant a good deal of privacy while still allowing lots of natural light to come in and light your bathroom. The modern design can fit well in any home while simultaneously adding a great amount of character to your home. The window tinting can stretch the length of the window, not just the frosted parts, so you don’t need to worry about your bathroom receiving uneven exposure from UV and IR rays.

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Frosted shower doors like this one are a great way to add some modern flair to a bathroom. In addition, they provide that extra little bit of privacy to make shower time more enjoyable. The other big benefit is the extra protection from shattered glass. Window tinting can help keep glass from shattering. It will crack, but it won’t shatter. Which is a nice, since you probably don’t want broken glass where you shower!

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Similar to the first photo, this frosted glass look gives your shower a good amount of privacy while also letting natural light stream in. Again, the slick modern design will go well in any home. This doesn’t have to be for a shower either, imagine an office conference room with these doors. A cool eye-catching design that also provides protection from the sun and privacy for those VIP clients. Designs like this one are very flexible and can fit into a wide range of settings.

These are just a few of the ideas we’ve found. Come back next week to see the rest. If any of these ideas have inspired you to try a decorative window tinting in your home or office, give Formula One By AES a call today at 405-513-6400!

 

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Window Tinting as a safety measure?

Window Tinting can help cool your home but could it also protect you in other ways?

Well, in a way, yes. Window tints and film mostly help protect you by strengthening the glass panes and reducing the chances of shattering. Window tinting and films are applied by stretching it over the windows themselves. This lets professionals install window tints and films without having to remove or replace glass panes but it also has the secondary benefit of giving the window another layer of strength.  In addition, the film also helps protect against shattering by acting as a net to catch the shards. The glass may crack, but it’s far less likely to shatter and send glass shards at you and your family.

Additional Privacy

A vehicle with tinted windows is harder to look into, some people like the privacy that gives them as well as how it hides any valuables they keep in there car. The same idea goes for window tinting in your home. If a thief can’t see into your home, they’ll be less likely to break in. Additionally, because the window tinting will strengthen your windows it’ll be that much harder for a thief to break in.

Extra protection from storms

Raging storms are a scary thought. Storms like to throw debris around. During one of these storms the risk of shattering windows is high. Window tinting provides additional protection by not only strengthening your homes windows but by also preventing shattering. The window tinting can catch the cracked glass and keep it from spilling into your home with the rain and wind. Storms are scary enough, don’t add the extra stress of worrying about shattered glass in your home.

Window tinting and film are a solid investment in more ways than just saving energy. Give Formula One by AES a call today at 405-513-6400!

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How Window film protects furniture

Nice furniture and floors are expensive. Here’s how window film can help protect this investment.

The main source of damage that the sun causes is fading and darkening of wood. We’ll get into how window film helps protect your interiors but first, how does the sun affect your interiors? Hardwood floors and furniture can change shade over time with unprotected exposure to the sun. While some woods can still look good after this fading or darkening, this is only if the affect is uniform across the whole floor. Since most floors have parts covered with rugs and furniture, your unlikely to get universal coverage and you’ll be left with ugly, uneven patches on your floor. UV rays are the primary culprit when it comes to altering furniture. These rays are invisible to the naked eye but over time, it can cause furniture to fade, floors to darken, artwork to degrade, and generally wreak havoc on your interiors. The other kind of ray that can accelerate this kind of damage are infrared rays. Infrared rays are the main type of heating ray, heating up the interiors of your home and accelerating the damage caused by UV rays. One more thing to note, these are the same rays that can affect your skin as well. Just because your indoors does not mean you are safe from these potentially damaging rays.

Here’s how Window Film protects your home and you

High quality window film, like the ones sold by Formula One By AES, work by reflecting the suns UV and IR rays. High quality window film can block out up to 99.99% of UV rays, protecting your furniture and you in the process, and up to 85% of IR rays. In addition to protecting you and your furniture, window film will also lower your energy costs by reducing the amount of heat that enters your home from the suns rays.

Don’t wait, the sun comes up everyday! Give us a call today at 405-513-6400!