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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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Assisted Living Residents Enjoy Window Tinting In The Dining Room

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In general, lots of elderly communities offer a full continuum of care and also provide a lifestyle that is sensible and affordable for people who may not want to or otherwise may not be able to live alone. One of the most unique amenities in some of the newer establishments includes dining room style set-ups, because enjoying a good meal is one of life’s greatest social experiences. For that reason, it’s always a pleasure for FormulaOne by AES to receive a phone call about window tinting film for dining areas.

Sure, the owners of the assisted living center could simply change up the meal options or offer something a bit more upscale to please their guests, but food isn’t the only way to change the temperament of the room. Likewise, one may dim the lights for adding a touch of elegance to the space, but there’s something even better than just ambience when it comes to dimming the room via window tinting film on the windows.

Sometimes residents will want to enjoy the feeling of being in a restaurant while spending their leisurely night with good friends. They don’t want the glare from street lights coming in or during the other two meal times people would much rather eat without being blinding by streaming sunlight. Aside from that many assisted living communities seek to build a place with great value and security for their residents. Luckily, window tinting film goes one step further than just creating an atmosphere. It also protects the interior from fading and shields residents from harmful UV rays.

Our window tinting experts are able to work with any style, size, or shape of window you may have! We can also work with a variety of different colored window tinting film or various shades of tint, so don’t hesitate to give us a call for your next project! FormulaOne by AES can be reached at 405-513-6400

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Window Tinting Film Benefits Even In The Fall

Window Tinting Helps In Cooler Weather, Too

It seems it took Oklahoma a little while to catch up and leave behind those warm, summer days, but just because it’s no longer hitting close to 80 or 90 degrees outside, doesn’t mean that your window tinting will cease to be amazing. If you don’t have window tinting, you might just change your mind!

There is still sunlight in the fall right? Of course! Where there is sunlight there are the sun’s harmful UV rays, as well. No matter what the cooler weather brings along with it, it’s important to be prepared, because the sunlight is still present during the day. In fact, all day long UV rays will enter your home, causing furniture and flooring to fade over time. If you’re sitting inside, you’re at risk of soaking up UV rays, too. One easy way to be protected from the sun’s harmful rays is with window tinting film.

FormulaOne By AES offers several different window tinting options for residential homes, but the one things the varieties have in common is the ability to keep out harmful UV rays. Heating the home when temperatures drop is also something to think about. Did you know that windows alone are not effective when it comes to heating your home? That’s what makes window tinting even more amazing. As it works to keep out UV rays, reduced heating costs for the fall is an inevitable bonus benefit.

Protection couldn’t be more simple. If you want to know more about window tinting film benefits for the fall, please feel free to contact our team members.

If you own your house and you are ready to start seeing energy savings, protect your belongings all year long, and have protection for yourself from harmful UV rays, let’s get started with your window tinting project! Please feel free to give FormulaOne by AES a call at 405-513-6400.

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Saving On Energy Expenses In A Two Story House With Window Tinting Film

Window Film Helps With Energy Savings For Fall

Many homeowners have taken advantage of window film to beat the summer heat, but did you know that conserving energy can also be done in the fall months much in the same way?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 43% of a home’s utility bills goes to heating and cooling. When Oklahoma temperatures go from one extreme to the other, imagine just how hard your HVAC unit has to work in order to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. This is even more true for those that live in a two story house and have double the space to heat or cool. Homeowners of two story houses certainly could use a bit of extra help.

Luckily, companies like EnerLogic have come up with a practical window film solution. We’ve discussed this awesome window film in previous articles, but it is so worth mentioning, again! What makes EnerLogic so great is the provision of an energy saving solution without totally blocking sunlight from entering a home. The natural light can still stream in, making it possible to enjoy, without harsh glares or without soaking up harmful UV rays along with it.

In the winter time this window film helps contain the heat from the building preventing the need to overwork the heater. With just windows blinds or curtains you miss out on the ability to still have natural sunlight enter the home. Additionally with other window treatments, you still have to worry about a harsh glare of the sun and UV rays. Imagine being able to control the light streaming in without the harsh glare on your computer screens, your television, cell phones, or reflections off of mirrors.

Are you ready to start seeing energy savings this fall? To get your estimate on EnerLogic window film, please feel free to give FormulaOne by AES a call at 405-513-6400.

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A Breakfast Nook Transformation With Window Tinting

Maintaining The Beautiful View With Window Tinting

Sometimes, people fall in love with a space, such as a beautiful breakfast nook, because the view to the outside world is outstanding. That doesn’t mean; however, that they always want to feel the harsh sun beating down on their backs or that the people sitting opposite them will desire to squint their eyes to avoid being blinded. What’s a person to do if they don’t want to obstruct their beautiful view? You may be surprised by the wonderful transformation from bare glass windows to glass covered in window tinting!

Today, our team at FormulaOne by AES wanted to highlight an idea for a project involving a breakfast nook just like the one in the picture. The wonderful part about many of our residential window tinting films is that they reduce heat by 34% to 83%. Additionally, the film helps to reduce glare from the sun and reducing the fading of furniture inside. This is all possible without having a mirrored or dark look to the film.

Imagine the difference from sitting in a place with an overload of sunlight to suddenly being able to enjoy sitting down in that breakfast nook. When the window tinting is applied the space becomes a comfortable spot that people would actually want to gather in for dining purposes. The film still would allow for plenty of sunlight to enter the space, but without the harmful ultraviolet rays.

No matter which room you would like to transform, window tinting makes a great choice for doing so as there are options for many different design styles! If you have a breakfast nook, a kitchen window, or another place in your home that you’d like to makeover we’d be happy to help. You can call FormulaOne by AES at 405-513-6400 to get started on your next project.

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Window Tinting As A Smart Energy Saving Solution In Arizona

Beating The Arizona Heat With Window Tinting

If there’s one thing residents of Arizona know and understand very well it’s that no matter what time of year it is, the temperatures in this state can cause some extreme heat waves. This is especially true on most summer days. According to average recorded temperatures, gathered since 1981, nearly every day during the summer in Phoenix tops 99° Fahrenheit. For June, the average high temperature is around 104° Fahrenheit while the low is 77° Fahrenheit. With that being said, you can imagine that energy savings of any kind would be highly important in this state. Luckily, FormulaOne by AES was able to help out one resident with some much needed window tinting!

For the project we’re talking about, the homeowner’s number one concern was obviously energy savings. That was an easy fix with some of FormulaOne’s residential window tinting film. This slightly darkened film is able to reject heat up to 83%, depending on the time of the year. What the homeowner may not have realized until later on is that the window tinting film also offered a few other benefits.

This particular home was situated right next to the mountains, providing what should have been the most lovely view of the outdoor scenery. The problem when trying to peer out of the window at the mountainous horizon in the near distance was that the sun’s harsh glare was so bright it nearly blinded the homeowner from seeing anything! Now, with the addition of the window tinting film the homeowner can enjoy looking out of the window at the beautiful space outside without straining their eyes.

In addition to the film keeping the glaring sunlight from streaming in, the film protects carpet, flooring, and furniture with 99.9% Ultraviolet Ray rejection.

At FormulaOne by AES we fix problems like these every day and we’d love to help you with your next project. To contact us give us a call at 405-513-6400.

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Window Tinting For Arched Windows

FormulaOne Customized Shaped Window Tinting

While the saying goes “never judge a book by it’s cover” it’s a little difficult not to swoon over the front of a building that has been embellished with arched windows. The design of arched windows provides an aesthetically pleasing view that plain rectangular windows just don’t deliver. With these windows you’re sure to have the admirers. There’s just one more decision to make and that entails finding the best compliment to this custom work. Perhaps, window treatments on the inside are a simple enough decision, but what about dressing up the outside of the window with some decorative window tinting? Our window tinting offers a uniquely beautiful design element.

Many people may consider leaving arched window untreated, because they simply aren’t aware of anything that could fit or they don’t know what would be the best fit for the window. Yes, a little natural light is wonderful from time to time, but what about those moments when you need a little less glare? You don’t have to leave the window bare or allow rays of sunlight to stream across your electronic devices.

Perhaps, your arched window design is different than others you have seen? It doesn’t matter if your arched window is actually a half circle window on top of a rectangle window, if it has wall space in between, or if it is one sunburst arch window, because all of them can be fit with any of FormulaOne’s custom designed window tinting. What makes the window tinting unique is that it can not only be gorgeous, but provide functionality in the way of blocking harmful ultraviolet radiation, as well!

At FormulaOne by AES, we are known for our quality products and exceptional installation expertise. We offer top of the line products and quality installation. Every FormulaOne installation is fully-backed by the Nationwide FormulaOne Transferable Lifetime Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Our custom, architectural shaped window tinting requires the attention of our most experienced and skilled craftsmen, thus; we ask that you contact FormulaOne to discuss your next project where window tinting may be crafted to offer the most pleasing design. Contact us at 405-513-6400!

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Sprucing Up A Church With Window Tinting

Out With The Old And In With The New Window Tinting

As with many other things in life it is an understatement to say that not all window tinting brands are created equally. The truth is that department store brands and lower quality window tinting films aren’t going to last nearly as long as a high quality manufactured products. Luckily, FormulaOne by AES is all about educating and providing our customers with the highest quality products available.

St. Monica Catholic Church in Edmond, OK learned the reality that after some time lower quality brands of window tinting materials lose their ability to hold up under the harsh ultraviolet rays and elements such as rain, snow, and heat. This was evidenced by their old window film which had started to crack and peel, as seen in the above before picture.

Just like Superman coming in to save the day, FormulaOne swooped in to help out! Our team assembled at the church and worked tirelessly to carefully scrape off every last remaining piece of the old window tinting film. This process involved cutting off sections of the tint with a razor blade and making sure to get through the layers without damaging the glass underneath. Then, we proceeded to apply a lovely, new LLumar window film. This particular job consisted of applying a white frost window tinting.

As you can see from the photos, sunlight can still enter through the windows, but now the church’s interior is protected from glares, heat, and ultraviolet rays. The outside appearance of the windows has inevitably improved, as well. We’re thrilled to have been able to be provide something aesthetically pleasing and protective simultaneously.

Do you have a window tinting project of your own in mind? We’d love to be able to help you out. FormulaOne By AES can be reached at 405-513-6400 or by clicking here.