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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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LLumar Window Film UV Shield For Trophy Case

Protecting Trophies With Window Film

When you work so hard every day for something and you receive an award, it’s hard not to want to show it off and be proud. It doesn’t matter if you’re a celebrity, an employee of the month, or you work somewhere that receives awards based on the amount of team effort put forth as everyone can appreciate a trophy. With that being said, if you have a display case to put your trophies in wouldn’t you want to protect that case so that your trophies look as nice as the day you first received them? If so, you’re in luck, because with LLumar window film a project like this is possible!

One of FormulaOne’s past projects, in fact, involved wrapping a glass trophy case with window film at American Fidelity Assurance Company. By adding this window film to the glass it made it possible to eliminate most of the glare and heat from the sun shining through the building’s large glass windows. At the same time that the LLumar window film protects the glass trophy case to in turn protect the trophies placed inside, it also allows for clear visibility from the outside.

This is especially important for a company such as American Fidelity Assurance Company, because they thrive on making a difference and maintaining a great reputation and being able to show off their achievements only adds to their ongoing efforts. Everyone who walks by the large trophy case can peer inside and enjoy seeing the trophies inside, but they don’t have the harsh glare of the sun reflecting back at them or blinding them in the eyes. To keep up with the clean, sharp, ultra modern feel of the office there was no better option.

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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Tinting An Office Window With One Way Mirror Film

Window Tinting: A One Way Mirror Film Project

A one way mirror, also known a two-way mirror, allows viewers to see out of one side while the other side is reflective. These popular one way mirrors are well known, most likely, in part from detective television shows. The one way mirror film, however; has become a popular choice for office windows. This method of window tinting provides privacy for an office space and those that happen to walk by will only see their reflection.

In case you’re wondering whether your business would look alright with one way mirror film applied to the windows, we’ve provided a short list of company types that have recently had this same installation completed:

  • Insurance agents
  • Credit unions
  • Churches
  • Coffee shops
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Dealerships
  • Private businesses

Truthfully, it can look good just about anywhere and provide just the right amount of privacy with a touch of elegance. There’s just something rather nice about a mirrored look, isn’t there? Of course, this generally only applies to businesses that are operating during daytime hours. This distinction is important to note, because there is no such thing as a completely dark one way mirror. If lights are on inside during evening hours it may be possible for outside viewers to see inside.

This is why many customers elect to install the one way mirror films for daytime privacy. If your office operates during the day then just know that you don’t have to be as serious as an interrogation room to have a little window mirror film or tinting. As an added bonus to having the reflective, one way mirror film added to your outside windows you won’t have harsh rays of sun gleaming over your computer screens, carpet, or desks.

We love helping people achieve the window tinting look that they desire. If you’re looking for one way mirror film, please feel free to give FormulaOne by AES a call for your next office window project. We can be reached at 405-513-6400.

Auto Window Tinting

Reducing The Glare With Auto Window Tinting

Auto Window Tinting In Oklahoma

Have you ever been the first one to pull up to a traffic light on your early morning commute and realized that you couldn’t see the light, because the sun’s glare was blinding you? Even with sunglasses on the bright light can hit your eye line just right making it difficult to see beyond the glare. That can get tense when you’re trying to judge whether it’s your turn to drive simply based on the other traffic around you. No matter what season it is in Oklahoma, the sun is bound to be out and bothersome to drivers at some point. This is when window tinting becomes your best friend. You can reduce that nasty glare with just a little window tinting.

Of course, you do have to obey the Oklahoma laws. In our great state the darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). This percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window. Translation: Non-reflective tint is allowed along the top of the windshield above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line and all other windows with window tinting film on them must allow more than 25% of light in.

Luckily, we’re fully aware of what the law requires. Window tinting comes in various shades so we can provide the right one for you. Our auto window tinting is of high quality and we’re experts at installation so you’ll get just what you need! Furthermore, you won’t get any weird bubbling, either. What’s even better is that every FormulaOne installation is fully-backed by the Nationwide FormulaOne Transferable Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty.

With auto window tinting you won’t have to worry about trying to shield your eyes with your hand to block the sun, having a glare on your sunglasses, or doing the steering wheel jig as you lean to the left, right, stretching up, and crouching down to get around the glaring sun. You deserve to enjoy a safer, more comfortable drive during your morning commutes and we can help!

For your auto window tinting needs, give FormulaOne by AES a call at 405-513-6400!