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How Window Tinting Works
Glare and Heat Reduction
Our window films can be used with great effectiveness to reduce incoming heat from the sun without losing your view, which is a great advantage over curtains, blinds and roller shutters. We stock various tones and styles and the right choice for the window is dependent on a number of factors:
- Your desired goal: often it is necessary to weigh up your priorities when it comes to reducing heat while still considering the impact of the tint. Window tints that reduce the highest amount of heat generally allow significantly less light to pass than other, lower heat reducing films. That said, we do stock films that can reduce a lot of heat (up to 60%) while still letting a lot of light past.
- The look of the home or office: how the window tint will look on the windows from both the inside and out is an important consideration. For example, some people really like reflective tints, whereas others do not. In some cases a bronze look might work really well, but in others a dark charcoal or even a barely visible tint might be preferable. We can help you through this selection process by an onsite consultation.
- Type of glass: some types of glass, such as laminated glass, need to be treated with caution when applying window tint due to the risk of cracking the glass from thermal stress. In fact, some types of tinted laminated or double glazed glass may not be appropriate for tint at all.
Glare is a term we use to describe too much visible light. We see it when light reflects off a roof, a car windscreen or even a high gloss floor.
Window tinting can dramatically reduce glare on computer monitors, promotional plasma and television screens and helps to improve not only clarity but also to reduce eye stress and fatigue.
Window tinting film has UV absorbers impregnated into the film and blocks over 99% of the sun’s damaging UV rays. This helps to reduce fading of carpets, furniture and other flooring (such as parquetry floors).
All of our window tinting films are available for supply and fit, or supply only to the home handyman.
Insulating Window Film
One drawback of heat and glare reducing films is that, while they are great at helping to maintain a cool temperature in Summer, they can make it more energy intensive to warm living spaces in Winter, particularly where people rely on the Winter sun to provide warmth.
The Energy Efficiency Centre offers a number of low emissivity (i.e. “low-e”) window films that avoid this problem and can actually also reduce the amount of energy required to heat living spaces. In this way, these films offer the best of both worlds by keeping energy requirements lower in both Summer and Winter. Some low-e films also have great privacy and glare reducing properties as well.
The films work by utilising a low emissivity coating that is impregnated into the film which reflects both incoming heat (for comfort in Summer) and heat trying to escape out the windows (for comfort in Winter). In this way, the window films can essentially increase the thermal insulating properties of standard glass to nearly as good as double glazing, but at roughly a quarter to a third of the price.
Always be sure to ask your sales person if the film they are offering is Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) accredited. This means that the manufacturer of the product has tested their product to assess its ability to reduce energy requirements during both summer and winter. In this way, different film (and broader glazing) products can be directly compared for their ability to reduce energy requirements.
One of the best low-e films on the market is Ecolux 70. This product from global manufacturer Solar Gard essentially increases the thermal insulating properties of standard glass to nearly as good as double glazing, but at roughly a quarter to a third of the price. The film also blocks only a relatively small amount of incoming light and has only a light amber / gold coloured tone. This means once the film is professionally fitted to your windows, it is very difficult to tell if it is actually there!
- Low emissivity prevents heat from escaping through windows in the Winter
- Spectral selectivity lets in 68% of natural light while keeping out 52% of the sun’s energy
- Money and energy savings year-round on cooling and heating
- UV blockers protect people and property from damaging UV rays
Film Options and Performance
|Product Name||Visible Light Transmittance||Visible Light Reflectance (Exterior)||UV Light Blocked||Total Solar Energy Rejected|
T=Transmittance, R= Reflectance
Safety films are designed to reduce the risk of serious injury from breakage of standard float glass (i.e. glass that will break into large, dangerous shards). It is very common to find this type of glass in older homes and this can present a real danger, especially for young children or older persons. In fact, a lot of the work we do is for nursing homes and family day care centres which need to be upgraded to meet regularly requirements.
The safety film essentially acts like fly paper and ensures that all the glass sticks together rather than forming dangerous shards. This often means that the glass will crack but will stay in the window frame. However it is possible for the entire pane of glass to be dislodged, meaning the full weight of all the glass can become dislodged. While this is generally preferable to having dangerous shards, it is something customers need to keep in mind.
One other beneficial use of safety film is in reducing fading of floors and furnishings. Since the film is clear, it is nearly undetectable on the glass yet it still reduces incoming UV light by 99% without reducing light coming into the room.
Security films are essentially a much thicker version of safety film and act as an actual physical barrier to entry. They are often applied to banks and shopfronts or to homes with security concerns.
Both safety and security films are manufactured from multiple layers of special class polyester film bonded with adhesives to form a heavy gauge, high tensile barrier. This is then affixed to the inside surface of the glass.
- Protection of windows during storms, earthquakes and natural disasters
- Protection of other glass surfaces i.e. glass partitions;
- Improving the strength of standard window panes to ensure suitability with nursing home, child care and kindergarten requirements. This is also applicable for older homes with large windows where breakage could cause serious injury or death, especially to young children.
Features and Benefits:
- Holds shattered glass together
- Clear view and with a patented scratch resistant coating
- Prevents injuries
- Up to 80% reduction in heat transfer
- Blocks over 99% of UV rays
- Developed by the world’s largest manufacturer of window films
- ISO 9001 certified
We supply, install and can provide maintenance and repairs. Contact us now on 08 8276 9055
Anti graffiti films protect public and private properties from vandalism. It is an unnoticeable clear film that is long lasting which forms a barrier on windows and protects metallic and glass surfaces from scratches, paint and marking. The key benefit to anti-graffiti film is that it is far less expensive to replace than a pane of glass.
From shop fronts to high traffic areas, anti graffiti films are a sound investment.
Frosted privacy film will let the sun shine in and keep your nosey neighbours out! A great example is when a new home is built and the small window next to the front door (called a sidelight) is left bare, allowing anyone walking past the house to see straight in. Since these windows typically aren’t suitable for curtains, a frosted window film is a great solution to let light in but also prevent people from seeing inside.
However, frosted films also don’t allow you to see out and they are only effective once the object you want to keep private is ore than 20 cm away from the glass surface (i.e. they are not suitable for a shower screen or some bathroom windows – instead a diffuser style film should be used in these applications).
There are a few variations of frosted films. Some include a faint glitter look, others with a simple matt finish and others again that allow you to digitally print any image you would like directly onto the film.
Frosted films can be placed on any window inside or out. For a sleek, more modern look add some computer cut designs!
Block out all those unsightly views like a neighbours backyard or rubbish bins.
CALL OUR ADELAIDE WINDOW FILM EXPERTS TODAY FOR AN OBLIGATION FREE MEASURE AND QUOTE ON 08 8276 9055.
Digital graphics and computer cut technology are used to create the most unique and breathtaking visuals. The Energy Efficiency Centre are experts in the production and installation of complex digital graphics. We don;t offer a design service so we do require that customers provide us high resolution images / artwork for application.
- Office areas, work cells
- Tailored design features can be added to both exterior and interior glass
- Windows, doors, partitions
- Create a stunning retail or corporate identity
Features and Benefits:
- Wide range of design, decorative, frosted and coloured films available
- Digital graphics and computer cut technology are used to create the most unique and breathtaking visuals
- Design service available
- Cost effective method to add privacy
WHAT IS WINDOW TINT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Window film (or window tint) is an ultra-thin, polyester material that can be applied to flat glass surfaces. Window tint has a vast array of applications and our experienced staff can help you choose the right type for your circumstances, whether it be to control temperature in your home, guard against graffiti damage or to provide decoration and privacy.
EEC has a large range of window film including Solar Tint, Energy Management Films, Decorative Film, Frosted Film, Security Film, Safety Film and Anti-graffiti Films.
When you need customised designs, the Energy Efficiency Centre designers can take your window tinting concepts and turn them into practical and beautiful window films for your specific needs. We also provide our clients with frost window films for internal or external use throughout South Australian offices and homes.
The benefit of tinting your home or office windows include:
- Reduced energy bills
- Temperature control
- Improved safety and security
- Glare reduction by up to 85%
- Enhanced comfort by eliminating hot spots in your home
- Reduction of harmful UV rays by up to 99% and the sun’s heat by up to 80%, thereby reducing the load on air-conditioning;
- Protect furnishings and carpets from fading
- Increase privacy
- Provide signage and decoration
HOW WINDOW TINTING WORKS FOR YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS
Tint is created when tinted film is bonded onto a piece of window glass. Tinted film is usually made out of clear polyester film with a very thin and even layer of tinting agents such as dyes and/or metals deposited onto the film.
Once tinted film is applied to a window, the characteristics of how visible light comes into your home changes.
Tinted film doesn’t just block visible light. It also blocks harmful cancer-causing ultra-violet (UV-A and UV-B) rays as well as infra-red (IR) rays that cause heat to build up in your home.
The efficacy of a film in blocking these rays depends on the type of film, the manufacturer, and the quality of installation.
We at the Energy Efficiency Centre understand that tinting is a complicated subject, and we aim to help you find the right tint for your home based on your needs. Our experienced staff members can help you choose the right product and also offer window films installation services.
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