Protect your home with solar window tinting form Prestige Solar Tinting
“Stopping the sun’s heat before it penetrates your home’s windows is up to seven times more effective than using interior blinds or curtains.
As homeowners, we need to do all we can to protect our homes and valuables from the sun, and save money on cooling costs. Window tinting is the perfect solution!
Residential solar window films are designed and safe for today’s dual pane insulated Low-E Glass. These advanced technology window films reject the heat without sacrificing your beautiful views or blocking out a lot of visible light.
AZPW Maintenance Services Co., Inc. only uses the highest quality film from Llumar that rejects up to 80% of Solar heat and 99% of ultraviolet light away from your windows and furnishings. With our Residential Lifetime Warranty, your windows will look great and save you money year after year!
Make your home safer for you and your children with solar window film. The film prevents windows from shattering and gives extra protection should an accident occur.
AZPW Maintenance Services Co., Inc. take the guesswork out of protecting the investment you’ve made in your home and its furnishings. We all enjoy the sun, but often forget that its invisible UV rays are steadily ruining fabrics, furniture, artwork, and floors. Solar window tinting is affordable, durable, and will save you money on your cooling bills.
We are dealers for LLumar window film and highly recommend it for all of our residential clients.
- Increase comfort by moderating temperatures
- Reduce energy costs
- Protect fabrics and furnishings
- Reduce glare
- Block 99% UV rays
The trend towards more open floor plans and areas that bring the outdoors inside is unmistakable. Today’s homes and commercial buildings use more glass than ever before. As attractive as this is, it leads to a host of problems ranging from excessive glare, heat build-up and high energy costs to the premature fading of carpets, furniture and draperies.
Window film is a laminate of high performance metallized polyester film that provides significant solar insulation when applied to glass surfaces.
LLumar films are manufactured using a state of the art sputtering process that applies metal alloys to a base film. Layers are assembled and finished with a strong scratch-resistant coating.
LLumar films are available in reflective and non-reflective finishes and can be clear, colored, or
patterned to blend with various design schemes. Depending on the film selected, LLumar can cut from 12 to 93 percent of incoming light, eliminate 99% of the harmful ultraviolet radiation to protect fabrics and finishes, block 92% of glare and cut up to 76% of solar heat gain through the glass.
Increase Comfort by Reducing Heat and Glare
Working in an office or relaxing at home in direct sunlight can result in fatigue, eyestrain and loss of concentration. Llumar is a retrofit product installed directly to the interior side of the glass. It helps correct temperature imbalances between sunny and shady areas and it deflects harsh, uncomfortable glare. Employees are more comfortable and more productive.
Reduce Heating and Cooling Costs
Winter heat loss through windows can cause discomfort to building occupants and unnecessarily high energy bills. Low emissivity insulating film applied to the inside face of ordinary single-glazed windows decreases heat loss by up to 30%. In summer LLumar films reduce the cost of cooling a building by rejecting up to 79% of the sun’s heat.
Add Visual Appeal
Glass treatment films can add new style to buildings for a fraction of the cost of other refurbishments without the inconvenience of relocating tenants. Available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, tinted, semi-reflective or fully-reflective film enhances any architectural design. From the inside, Llumar has a pleasant, glare and distortion-free view and from the outside it has a uniform appearance that complements the building’s design.
Translucent or daylight reflection films applied to the inside of your windows will let in light but guard against prying eyes. Blackout (opaque) films are also available as well as a range of frosted decorative films can provide an attractive finish to internal partitions.
Window Tinting Basics
When we first started washing windows we realized that sunscreens (or solar screens) were a necessary evil living in Texas, but that they were expensive to clean and didn’t have the life expectancy that one would expect compared to the initial cost of having them made. Then we heard of a better way. Call it “window tinting”, “window film”, or “flat glass solar film”, but it’s all the same way of saying 21st century sun protection. We believe that Houston’s hot Humid summers don’t have to make your home so hot. With several benefits over sunscreens, window tinting comes with a lifetime warranty in most cases, and lets you choose the look and the darkness of the film.
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Buying window film can feel overwhelming. We’d like to help you make an educated decision, so feel free to read on, or click a specific area you are interested in to go there.
What is window film?
Window Films are thin, multi-layered pieces of optically clear film that are retrofitted to the inside surface of glass to help you save significantly on energy costs, maintain a more comfortable and productive environment, reduce interior fading and improve exterior appearance. Films are sputter-coated with durable, exotic metals such as titanium, stainless steel, copper, gold, silver, inconel, chromium, aluminum and other alloys. These varying combinations of metals are what give exceptional solar performance capabilities and colors. This allows not just the blockage of light, but to actually block out heat.
All of our window films are also protected with a scratch resistant coating, inspected using state-of-the-art equipment and put through some of the most stringent endurance tests, leaving you with the highest quality window film for your home or building.
What does it do?
Think of it as sunglasses for your building. While darker glasses will typically reduce the feeling of the sun’s intensity, it is not always the case. The key is to find a reflective film that will reflect unwanted wavelengths. By using metals and high tech processes in the film, select wavelengths are blocked and kept outside (or inside) the building. Because film selects the rays that we’d like to block, we are able to reduce harmful UV, micro, and infrared rays, while filtering out intense light to choose the brightness of the room. In with the good light, out with the bad…
How is it applied?
A professional installer would come into your home and take all blinds and obstructions out of the way. The air conditioning and fans in the room must be turned off to keep the tiny dust particles from contaminating the film or the window. The window surface and surrounding frames and sills are then thoroughly cleaned. After this is accomplished, the film is cut to size and the adhesive is activated. Once the film is on the window all air bubbles are worked out and it is pressed firmly onto the glass. The film can take up to 8 weeks here in the valley to dry completely to perfection.
Is it expensive?
At comparable prices to sunscreens, you will find that it will save you far more money than it will cost you. That’s not to mention the fact that there will be no extra maintenance cost associated with window film’s cleaning or care. We offer 2 lines of window films to balance high technology with high value so we can not only meet your needs, but your budget.
What are the benefits?
Reflective window film can reduce summer solar heat gain by up to 49 percent & reject up to 89% of solar energy! That can have a dramatic impact on the comfort of your south-facing rooms. Different types of clear glass and window systems will reject 13-29% of the solar heat. With window films, up to 90% solar heat rejection can be obtained.
And your summer electricity bills will be easier to handle as well – manufacturers say for every 100 square feet of window film you install, you’ll save one ton of air conditioning capacity!
We even have a software program called Specularis that will take into consideration your hottest rooms. We simply measure the specifics of the room, choose your desired temperature, choose the look of the film you like– and presto…
We can look at the specific results on how you will be affected by the new window film of your choice. Call today to have the energy efficiency of your home compared to what it could be.
How do I care for my new window tint?
Window tint is easily cared for in comparison to sunscreens. Simply do not use any chemicals with ammonia, harsh, or abrasive chemicals. We recommend using pure water with either a professional window cleaner such as “Glass Gleam 4” added. We use Glass Gleam 4 on all windows we clean and have had superior success. If you don’t plan on having a professional window cleaner wash your newly tinted windows– leave your Windex under the sink and grab a soft cloth and a solution of 1/4 tsp. dish soap and 1 quart of pure water. Of course a high quality soft rubber squeegee would speed things up a bit, too. Remember, the film is only applied on the inside of the building, so you can use any technique you choose on the exterior.
By choosing which rays are allowed to enter your home, window film will successfully block out 99% of all UV rays. This means fading protection for your artwork, furniture, and carpets– not to mention protection for your family’s skin.
There are six factors affecting fabric fading:
- Ultraviolet Light
- Visible Light
- Heat and Humidity
- Chemical Vapors (including ozone)
- Age of Fabric
- Dye Fastness
Clear single pane glass (1/8″ to 1/4″) will reject 23-28% of the ultraviolet light from the sun. Insulated glass is slightly better, rejecting 36-41%. Our window films installed on glass reject 99-99.9% of solar ultraviolet light. No window film can eliminate fading. It can, however, offer maximum protection from fading due to solar ultraviolet light and solar heat.
To the right you will notice what can happen to a laminate floor that has not been protected from UV.
When glass breaks, usually someone gets hurt. One of window film’s great properties is that if your window was ever hit or crashed into, it would tend to keep the glass together– and away from your loved ones.
We do offer extremely thick versions (security films) to keep thieves and golf balls from penetrating or doing even more serious damage, but any one of our films will help reduce, if not eliminate, glass fragments when a window is broken.
Think of all the times this might come in handy:
- Kids wrestling on a bed or floor near a window
- A dog jumping through [what looks like] an open window
- A rock from the lawn mower
- A baseball from a pick-up game out in the back yard
- A golf ball from the course behind your house
- An innocent game of catch in the family room
- Those pesky teenagers throwing eggs on Halloween
- A bird tries to fly through your window We’ve never met anyone who intentionally broke their windows, but if it happens, it is better to keep the shards away from your family
Does the afternoon sun set on your television screen? Can you barely stand to be in a room at certain times of the day when the sun funnels in to the point of glare torturing your eyes? If glare is bothering you, consider a window film that can cut glare by 87%. Cutting the glare is not only good for your eyes, but makes working in the kitchen, office, and living area much more bearable.
Window films have many properties that involve reflection. By reflecting visible light, one has the ability keep a room from getting as hot, but also can keep unwanted eyes from viewing into your home or office. Obviously not all window films produce privacy; but if that is one of your goals let us know. We have a selection of films that will reflect outward more so than inward for better nighttime privacy, too!
With absolutely no obstructions, window film will keep your view crystal clear and sharp. Don’t worry about losing your million-dollar view. You will get to keep it along with the added efficiency. You will be able to see your kids easily by the pool and don’t worry about nighttime “mirroring” if your night view is important– we have films for that too! Unlike the mechanical approach of sunscreens, solar films focus on blocking rays, not views.
Why AZPW Maintenance Services Co., Inc.?
We have been washing glass for a while now, but it was listening to our customers that got us into the window tinting business. Our Commitment to our customers won over customers who quickly became friends. In a world of frustrations dealing with service providers, customers valued our commitment to them. It was only natural that when customers kept asking if we tinted windows we dreaded telling them “no”. We soon realized that our service combined with Texas hot sun really gave us no other choice…
Our experience with sunscreens gave us several special pieces of knowledge:
Sunscreens are difficult to clean. Even though we have perfected our cleaning techniques for screens, it can be quite expensive to keep them looking nice. Sunscreens don’t age well. Just because we can clean them well, doesn’t mean we can turn the time machine backward. Over time they become saggy, discolored, and tear. Customers consistently complain about the distorted view out of their sunscreens, or the aesthetics from the outside. With this in mind, we knew that we must get going on what customers were raving about: window film. So here we are.
We started out by carrying the LLumar window film line. This line offers incredible protection from the sun in a variety of colors and shades. We like this line because it is the best value in the window film market place with a great warranty. It is backed by one of the longest track records the industry has to offer, and unbeatable customer service. We liked it, so after shopping around, we became a dealer.
A window film that is totally clear that will reject 51% of solar energy. There is no nighttime reflectance (over and above regular glass), but a 20% glare reduction. Dual reflective films that will reflect much more light outward, but still give you great views at night. This is made possible by much less light being reflected inward. How do they do that? It’s like magic.
Sunscreens vs. Window Tinting?
Window tinting & sunscreens are both intended to cut down on the amount of heat allowed to enter your home or office, it is accomplished in different ways which means product care, heat rejection, and the look of your home will all be dependent on what method you choose to block out the sun’s intense heat. Also, keep in mind that in extreme cases, tinting can be used along with sunscreens.
|A film applied to the interior of the window to reject heat and unwanted rays||
|A fabric stretched over a metal frame to shade your window from light|
|Professional tint will not degrade over time in the sun’s heat||
|Screens will degrade over time in the sun’s heat and show signs of tattering, dry rot, & frame bending|
|Blocks out 99.9% of all UV rays to protect carpet, furniture, and blinds||
|Filters light through opaque material, allowing in all rays, filtering out the light along with some UV rays|
|Allows a perfect view through the window no matter how dark the tint gets, while cutting glare||
|Your view will be obscured by the material shading your window, the more light that is blocked (ie. 70%, 80%, 90%), the more distorted your view will be|
|Cost to clean a window with tinting on it: regular price (typically $3/ pane)||
|Cost to clean a window with sunscreens on it: regular price + $4/ screen (typically $7/pane)|
|Permanent (can be removed for a cost, though)||
|No drilling into your home, adheres to glass (comes with varying glass warranties)||
|Drill into stucco and/ or window frame (typically voids any window warranty)|
|Provides privacy by reflecting light away||
|Provides privacy by blocking light|
|Will look pretty much the same whether it’s clean or dirty||
|Will look great when new and/or cleaned, but holds dirt and starts looking dirty over time.|
|Darkness chosen by degree of heat rejection||
|Darkness chosen by tightness of weave|