Is Tempered Glass or Safety and Security Window Film Better Protection?

January 18, 2022 in Aggrigate, Safety And Security Window Film

Living in Denver is great but, like all big cities, crime can be an issue.  Choosing a way to protect yourself, your business, and your family is critical.  Since glass windows and doors are the weakest point of any Denver business or home–fortifying them is a good way to stay safer.  Safety and security window film and tempered glass are two popular choices. However, they are not the same thing and work very differently.  Read below to find out a little more about each.

How Tempered Glass Works

Tempered glass, also called safety glass is heat-treated. By getting the center of the pane of glass very hot during manufacturing, the edges and the surface of the glass compress when cooled down, and tension is put into the glass plate. This results in two things: much stronger glass and glass that will shatter into tiny, less harmless pieces. Tempered glass will therefore give some protection against impact. However, tempered glass will not protect against bullets of any type. It will also give way fairly quickly when struck by an intruder.

How Safety and Security Film Systems Work

Safety and security window film systems are constructed using thick polyester window films, high-end adhesives, and specialty window frames. They have many of the same benefits as tempered glass, such as resulting in glass that breaks into small, less harmful pieces. However, with window film security systems, the glass stays adhered to the window film so it won’t fly around after an impact of any sort to hurt people close by. Set-ups such as these also resist bullets and bomb blasts. Finally, even after a high-impact event like a bullet strike, security-grade window film will keep shattered glass panes in place, forcing an attacker to work longer and harder to get in.

Which One is Right For You: Safety and Security Window Film or Tempered Glass?

Deciding on a method to keep your Denver home or business safe is a massive undertaking. The truth is there is no right answer–everything depends on your situation. We can tell you that safety and security window film is less expensive than tempered glass. However, complete window film security systems are close to the price of tempered glass. The difference is you get more protection at around the same price point. If you are looking to retrofit an existing Denver structure to get it up to safety codes, safety and security window film will be the cost-effective alternative solution. Likewise, if you are looking for the most protection, window film security systems are better than tempered glass as well

Contact us today for a free security consultation for your Denver area space to learn more about safety and security window film.

3 Reasons to Install 3M Thinsulate Window Film for Denver Homes

January 16, 2022 in Aggrigate, Energy Efficient Window Tinting

For properties located in cold climate areas, energy challenges can cause significant utility bills in order to maintain a warm, comfortable indoor temperature. The Department of Energy actually estimates that about 30% of your heating efforts are lost through the windows and glass doors. In order to combat this challenge, finding an effective energy-saving solution for your windows is a must. When it comes to improving the energy consumption in your Denver home, 3M Thinsulate delivers an incredibly effective window film solution that any residence can take advantage of. Here are three reasons why you should install this window film product in your home.

The Benefits of 3M Thinsulate Window Film for Your Denver Home

  1. Winter insulation: 3M Thinsulate is a window film series designed to provide a thick layer of insulation for your existing glass windows and doors. The insulating technology helps keep all heating efforts inside of your home, helping improve HVAC consumption and maintain comfort.
  2. Cooling advantages: In addition to providing energy savings during the winter months, 3M Thinsulate also helps keep cooling efforts in during the summer. This provides great year-round savings perfect for properties that experience both cold and warm temperatures.
  3. UV protection: 3M Thinsulate window film also delivers UV blocking technology for superior fade protection. Keep your home and valuables free from fading, discoloration, and more. UV protection also offers health benefits, helping minimize the risk of overexposure to UV radiation.

Work With Denver’s Top 3M Window Film Expert

Denver Home Window Tinting is proud to be the top 3M window film expert serving the state of Colorado. We’ve helped residences throughout the area find the right energy efficiency solutions for their needs. Our team can also provide energy audits and LEED certification information for commercial projects. For more information regarding 3M Thinsulate window film for your home, please contact us!

Does Home Window Tinting/Film Work During the Winter in Denver?

January 6, 2022 in Aggrigate, Energy Efficient Window Tinting, Residential Window Film

You’ve heard all about the summer benefits of window film, but what about the winter benefits? Window films are well known for their heat, glare, and UV blocking abilities. They’re a great way to make your home more comfortable and save money on energy costs. But what about the wintertime? Are there any winter benefits of investing in window film for your home?

At Denver Home Window Tinting, we understand that not everyone may be familiar with the full scope of window film products on the market or their benefits. Window film technology has progressed tremendously in the past few years and today there are literally thousands of different types of window film that homeowners can choose from. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to elaborate on this matter. Below, we’ve discussed the wintertime benefits of window film for your Denver home. Continue reading »

Should I Get Insulating Window Film Installed in Summer?

August 10, 2021 in Aggrigate, Residential Window Film

When you think of insulation for your Denver area home–the first thing that comes to mind is usually cold weather. The winters here can get frigid–and this is when most people come to us for insulating films. However, what many people don’t realize is- window film offers year-round benefits such as protection from glare and UV rays, and more.  This means having window film installed is just as useful in every season.  Plus, there are a ton of other benefits for Denver homeowners.

Additional Benefits of Insulating Window Film

Besides keeping heated air in during the summer, window film keeps cooled air trapped during the winter. This adds up to a lot of benefits for homes with this amazing technology applied.

Year-round savings with window film:  One of the most significant benefits of window film is that it will save you money in utility bills. Not only does this mean more savings every month, but also a decreased chance for your HVAC system to break down and need costly repairs!  Furthermore, it could be used for savings in the form of green tax credits.

Better security with window film: Window films are an added layer of protection against crimes like break-ins.  They keep glass stuck together after it’s been shattered.  This means thieves will move on rather than risk attracting attention and having the authorities arrive.  It also gives a level of protection against flying glass due to natural disasters.

More Home Comfort With Window Film: Window film can be a game-changer for your home’s comfort. It acts as insulation, trapping heated and cooled air inside to eliminate pesky hot or cold spots that make homes uncomfortable year-round. This means you’ll never have rooms too hot in the summer or winter again. 

For more information or pricing on window film for your Denver home, contact us today.

Can Window Film Be Removed & Replaced? Advice from Denver’s Tinting Pros

August 5, 2021 in Residential Window Film

Window film is a great cost-friendly solution for upgrading your windows and improving the energy efficiency of your home. From UV protection to lower cooling bills, privacy, and less glare, there are many benefits to be gained. Nevertheless, when making changes to your home, you want to be sure that you’re making the right decision.

One of the most common questions we get from our customers in Denver is, if I install window film can I remove or replace it later on? Below, we’ve discussed this matter in detail. Continue reading »

How UV Blocking Window Film Can Prevent Floors, Furniture, and Art from Fading in Your Denver Home

July 26, 2021 in Aggrigate, Residential Window Film, UV Protection Tint

There are lots of perks that come from living in a city like Denver. You have access to some of the best hiking trails and ski resorts in the world. When you’re downtown, you can find good restaurants and coffee shops on every corner. And when you can’t get to the mountains, there are tons of parks you can visit to hangout with friends or enjoy a picnic. The only downside of living in the Mile High City is increased UV exposure.

UV rays can destroy furniture, flooring, and artwork in a blink of an eye and leave your home décor looking like its years older than it actually is. That’s why you need UV blocking window film for your Denver home. With UV blocking window film, you can enjoy the beautiful views around your home without worrying about the consequences of the sun. Continue reading »

Heat Control Window Film: Everything Denver Homeowners Need to Know

June 18, 2021 in Aggrigate, Energy Efficient Window Tinting, Residential Window Film

Summer is a beautiful time of year. But let’s face it, there’s one aspect of summer that’s not so great: the toll it takes on your home energy bill. In the U.S., the average family spends over $2,000 on utility costs each year. And a great deal of that expense is acquired during the summer, when HVAC units have to work harder and run longer than usual.  Continue reading »

How Security Films Make Your Home Safer in More Ways Than One!

June 3, 2021 in Aggrigate, Safety And Security Window Film

The last year and a half people have been spending a whole lot of time at home during the pandemic. Sadly, crime has risen too.  Denver is a relatively safe city, but like many across the country has seen an increase in property crimes.  Breaking and entering has become commonplace in neighborhoods from Washington Park to Park Hill and Littleton to Lone Tree.  This has people in the Denver area looking to shore up their home security.  For many homes, this means fortifying the glass on their windows and doors. This is the way most burglars gain entry.  If you too are looking for a home security solution that will keep people out, security window film is a good place to start. It comes with other benefits too!

Safety Benefits or Security Window Film

While security film is designed to protect against people breaking your windows and getting in, it also offers quite a few other protections.

UV Protection With Security Window Film:  The high-altitude sun is stronger than other places and here in Denver we get a ton.  This means people here in Denver, even in their homes, see a lot of sun exposure. While security film is made to block out crime–it also blocks out UV rays–99.9%.   This helps you and your family stay safer from certain types of eye and skin disease and your furnishings are safe from fading. 

Protection From Accidents with Security Film:  Security window film works because glass stays adhered in tiny fragments to the glass after being struck by a  high-velocity blow.  This not only keeps unwanted intruders out but keeps the glass in place should someone in your home slip and fall into it.  Rather than giving way and breaking into large deadly shards, tiny pieces will stay together as a sheet in the glass features frame. 

Protection From Natural Disasters:   Here in Denver we see a lot of high wind storms and hail as well as the occasional tornado.  These types of weather events cause massive damage to homes and businesses. Typically the biggest threat to people and property is flying objects hitting glass and causing it to explode.  When you have safety glass on your windows, this does not happen. The glass will break but stay safely adhered to film where it cannot hurt anyone or damage anything.  

For more information on security window film to keep your home safe in more ways than one–contact us at Denver Home Window Tinting today

What Causes Wood Floors To Fade?

May 23, 2021 in Aggrigate, UV Protection Tint

As far as design is concerned, hardwood floors can make or break the aesthetic of your Denver home. When they look good, everything else in your house looks good. And who among us doesn’t want a gorgeous home. This is why most people fret over the care of their lovely hardwood and one of the biggest fears is fading or sun bleaching. Truth be told, there is no way to completely stop floors from fading and/or darkening over time due to sun exposure. However, you can slow down the process to a point you may not even notice it during your tenure in your Denver home. Read some tips to stop hardwood floors from fading below. 

The Science Behind Hardwood Floors Fading

Wood is very photosensitive–even more so than many materials. This means it reacts and deteriorates under the rays of the sun. Just like your skin gets darker in the sun, so too do UV rays break down wood on a cellular level. Different woods react differently and some can withstand more UV exposure than others. So what species of wood you have will dictate its reaction. Cherry wood floors start out a light to mid-range salmon and will turn a deep umber whereas walnut floors will get lighter. Regular glass windows will block about one-quarter of the UV rays that will fade floors. As mentioned, nothing will completely stop your floor from fading. However, the tips below should help slow the process of your Denver floors fading and even it out.  

Best Steps to Take to Keep Hardwood Floors From Fading

Now that you know you can’t stop your floors from fading, here are some tips to help you make sure they fade very slowly. You can use all or some of these depending on your desired result. 

Move rugs and furniture

It is critical to rearrange your furnishings from time to time to expose different areas of the wood to the sun. Rugs are especially important to rotate around the room. This will expose the entire floor to the sun over time to even out fading.

Buy Window Coverings

Drapes, curtains, shutters, or blinds offer limited protection against UV rays detrimental to wood–but when combined with other methods are a great way to slow hardwood floor fading. 

Have UV Inhibiting Finishes Applied to the Wood

There are no wood finishes that will totally stop fading (although many claim to). But some products on the market can slow down the fading process in your Denver home. Look for high-end water-based systems. These finishes reduce ambering and fading and are also really durable.

UV Blocking Window Films

As we know from the experience in our line of work–the most effective way to reduce fading of hardwood floors and furnishings is UV blocking window tint. It keeps the harmful rays from penetrating through glass, so it is both a way to even out the fading process and slow it way down. Window films are engineered to block 99.9% of harmful rays coming into your home and are relatively inexpensive. Since we all know how expensive hardwood floors cost to install and/or refinish–window tinting is surely worth a fraction of that to keep them looking lovely!

To learn more about a window film option to stop hardwood floors and furnishings from fading, reach out to us today for information on UV blocking window film for your Denver home and pricing!

UV & Glare-Reducing Window Film for Your Denver Home

May 12, 2021 in Aggrigate, UV Protection Tint

Making your home as comfortable and productive as possible can help set you up for success in everything you do. Whether you’re working from home or trying to find ways of making your home a better place to live, there are numerous solutions available. When it comes to a multi-purpose solution of keeping your floors, furniture, and expensive valuables protected, you’ll need to think about UV protection. A great option for defending against UV radiation is UV blocking window film. This highly versatile product also has glare reduction capabilities for optimal home comfort and productivity. UV and glare-reducing window film offer a great investment for any Denver home.

The Benefits of UV and Glare-Reducing Window Film for Your Denver Home

UV protection is a must for any Colorado property. By blocking out 99+% of UVA and UVB rays while rejecting solar heat gain, UV blocking window film offers an effective way to keep your furniture, flooring, and valuables in the best condition possible. Effectively protect your possessions from fading, discoloration, and more. UV protection is also important for your loved ones– overexposure to UV radiation can increase your risk of skin cancer, immune system suppression, cataracts, and more. The glare-reduction properties are ideal since you don’t need to sacrifice natural sunlight. Glare reduction makes screen-viewing activities a lot more comfortable, helping reduce headaches, eye fatigue, squinting, and more. This can help boost home productivity and comfort while defending against harmful UV rays.

Work With Denver’s Leading UV and Glare-Reducing Window Film Expert

Denver Home Window Tinting is honored to be the leading UV and glare-reducing window film expert serving the state of Colorado. Our team is happy to help you find the right investment for saving money and creating a better, functional space within your home. For more information regarding UV and glare-reducing window film, please contact us!

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