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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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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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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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Why you should get window tinting for your business

Window Tinting is one of the best investment you can make

When your running a business, you want to make sure every decision is best for business and it’s not always easy to tell what’s a good investment. Well, Formula One by AES is here to talk about an investment you don’t need to think about. Window tinting can reduce your energy cost, give you office some privacy, and improve the overall atmosphere of your office.

The biggest reason you would want to get window tinting done in your office is to save money on energy. Window Tints will save energy by reducing the amount of heat from the sun that gets into your business. Window Tinting will often pay for itself in a little as 2 years and at most 5. And after that, it will continue to provide you with energy savings long into the future of your business.

If you own a business that sells products in a store front, your savings may be even greater. Window Tinting works by cutting down the amount of UV light that’s let in. This means all your products are exposed to less UV light, making many products last much longer. Perfect for a furniture store. Warehouses also benefit from this reduction in harmful UV rays.

Tinting can also help in other ways. If you’ve got a conference room, window tinting can make a much more comfortable atmosphere for you and the people your meeting with. If your after privacy, you can get a darker tint for your windows to make it hard to see into and out of. Giving you and your client privacy. Don’t forget, you can also add decorative tinting to add some personality to your office as well!

If you need window tinting, call Formula One by AES today.

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When is the best time for Window Tinting?

When’s the best time to get your windows tinted?

So you want to get the windows tinted on your car or home? Great! It has alot of great benefits. But when is the best time to get your window tinting done? Formula One By AES is here to let you know the best time to get your windows tinted.

Obviously, you don’t want it to be to hot or cold when you get your window tinting done. Heat can cause air bubbles when your installing the film. If it’s too cold, it will take longer to cure the film to the window. Summer and Winter are not good times to get a window tinting done. In winter, you may not even be able get any tinting done because it’s simply too cold. If you go to a shop that doesn’t have an interior facility these problems are compounded. Does this mean it’s impossible to get window tinting done during these seasons? No. If you go somewhere that has a climate controlled facility many of these problems can be alleviated. But these are factors that need to be considered if you can’t wait to have your window’s tinted. And obviously, if your getting the windows of a commercial or residential home tinted you’ll want to wait for the ideal time to ensure the window tinting goes down properly.

Since Winter and Summer are bad seasons to tint, fall and spring are the best seasons to tint. The combination of moderate temperatures and low humidity means the film will have the easiest time bonding to you windshield or window. In some places, the rainy spring season and hotter fall seasons can still cause problems but in general these are the best times to tint and shouldn’t cause any problems if installed on a mild day.

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.