2016年02月27日

How is tinting done?

There are three major ways to achieve tinted windows:

OEM tinted glass is tinted within the glass, as part of the actual glassmaking process. It lasts the life of the glass. OEM tinted glass usually has only a mild tint that is legal even in the most stringent areas. Keep in mind that OEM tinted glass may be more expensive to replace in a collision.

Film tinting is by far the most popular aftermarket method. A thin tinted polymer film is applied very carefully to specially prepared window glass. The film is available in many different shades of tint and outward appearances, such as flat, reflective, metallic, or even mirrored. Advantages of film tinting are that it’s very inexpensive, and installers claim that it also might help prevent glass from shattering in crashes. Disadvantages are that the film tinting will only typically last five years before cracking, peeling, and bubbling of the plastic film occurs, and also sometimes yellowing or degradation of the tinting itself. Removal of old window film is more difficult than the installation itself.

If you have a shop do the work, make sure they’re approved through an industry group such as the International Window Film Association (IWFA). Also, check that they always use the same brand of film (3M and Johnson are two of the major brands), and that they fully support the manufacturer’s warranty.

You might be tempted by tinted window films − the type available at discount auto parts stores and department stores − claiming easy “stick-on” installation and only requiring scissors or a razor blade for installation. Beware that these solutions sometimes end up with bubbles or wrinkles and rarely end up looking professional, and again, removal is usually more difficult than installation.

Coating tinting applies a special tinted solution to the existing glass, usually as a spray. This type of tint lasts much longer than film tinting, though there are few shops who do it for automotive glass because if properly done it requires removal of the window glass.
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2016年02月26日

9" Pastic Quick Foot Squeegee Window Tint Tool

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9" Pastic Quick Foot Squeegee Window Tint Tool

9" Pastic Quick Foot Squeegee Window Tint Tool

9" Pastic Quick Foot Squeegee Window Tint Tool

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2016年02月23日

Glass and Windows – Trends in Residential Architecture

Since the recession came to town a few years back, residential architects have report mixed messages in the last two years as to what homeowners are looking for in residential design features. While there is an interest in energy savings among those wanting new homes, financial challenges remain the largest single hurdle to utilizing some of these innovations in new home construction.

You can almost guess some of the trends dating back to early 2011. Smaller sized homes probably top the list for newly designed habitats. The McMansions have given way to much smaller environmental footprints with an eye to more efficient use of space. Also, the box design has re-emerged and architects are busy trying to give an old shape new life. Open floor plans are favored over lots of small rooms. The single most desired feature is incorporating more natural light into living spaces.

To obtain more light naturally means only one thing-large windows. Here is a product that is somewhat baffling. While new home builders are shying away from solar panels and tankless water heaters due to price concerns, glass manufacturers have managed to hold on to a slight edge in consumer interest despite these other down turns. Even those who sell glass for residential use admit that their product is not cheap, but this hasn’t deterred consumers.

Anderson Window Glass is now producing a pane that has an aluminum dioxide coating that sheds dirt and eliminates water spots. When you have glass walls that may reach two stories, these innovations are very important. It’s a problem to look out on a beautiful vista and see only the residue of last night’s rain.

Privacy and security remain of concern when your house walls are made of glass. Hunter Douglas now has glass which is outfitted with solar energy sensors that can automatically raise and lower blinds in response to the amount of sunlight being detected. Many homeowners in this situation use landscaping to provide privacy as well. Lutron Electronics has taken this concept a step in another direction with an Iphone app that can remotely control the movement of window shades.

Where glass was once an architectural “no-no” due to its low energy efficiency and  attendant  difficulty of causing interior damage from sunlight, it has moved into the ranks of  being a staple of modern green building. Commercial builders have obviously embraced glass with steel construction for many years now and they are seeing the financial upside of the latest glass products. For many companies, this wasn’t as much of a green decision as it was an economic  one.

When we think of building our dream home, it is worth remembering that economics, evolving attitudes and generational differences play an important role in how those dreams manifest themselves. Smaller homes with big glass walls seems to be of architectural interest to many people. As glass continues to improve as an innovative and energy-wise product, it is likely that more and more of us will be able to let the sunshine into our lives.
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