Why Any Season Is a Good Reason To Tint Your Windows


November 22nd, 2014

Any Season is a Good Reason to Tint Your windows!

Tinting your windows in the Fall and Winter months may seem like a waste of time. All American Window Tinting, Inc. is here to tell you, that couldn’t be further from the truth.   Even with the colder months steadily approaching the sun is Colorado is still shining bright. We will discuss some major benefits to having window film applied even in the colder months of the year.

Snow, sunshine, ColoradoThe Fall and Winter months in Colorado bring colder air but definitely not less sunshine.  You still need to help protect your loved ones, employees and your personal possessions from the damaging UV rays of the sun . A lot of the suns heat is reduced in the winter because of the cold air, but the Ultra Violet rays that fade upholstery, cause sunburn and skin cancer are actually amplified 85-90% when there is snow on the ground because the rays reflect off of the snow and back at you (SSA).  UV exposure is also worse the higher in altitude you are. That being said, here in Colorado we are more likely to suffer from premature visible aging, sunburn or even worse, skin cancer which has also been linked to melanoma, compared to other states. Most window films will reduce up to 99.9% of UV rays.  Which will help protect your employees, loved ones and personal possession.

Glare can be reduced significantly as well with window film. When the snow has fallen glare is intensified because it is reflecting off the snow at a higher rate that it would with no snow on the ground. Think about looking outside at night when there is snow on the ground. The darkness from the sky is brightened up by the whiteness of the snow. Now think about how much more intense that brightness if when the sun is shining!  Reducing some of the visible light coming through the windows, that is reflecting onto  your employees computer screens,  can help create a much more comfortable work space for your employees.  Which benefits you because it will help increase productivity!

Conduction and ConvectionThe Fall and Winter months also bring cold air. When you think about window tinting, you probably think tint to reduce heat. What if we told you tint can also help retain heat? It’s true, it can.  When the heat hits your window from outside, the heat travels through the glass and transfers to the air and other objects that may be in contact with the window. This process is called Conduction. In the colder months the process of Convection is more of our concern. When you are heating your Office or Home, the heat is looking for the cold spot in the room to heat it up. When the heated air hits the Interior surface of the glass the air is cooled, becomes more dense, and drops to the floor. When this happens more heated air rushes over to take its place and heat the area back up.  You may recognize this as a cold draft. So what’s the first thing you do? Turn up the heat.  Unfortunately, each 1-degree increase in a thermostat setting, increases energy use by 2%. Applying window film can help regulate the temperature of the glass.  With window film on the glass acting as an insulate, the heated air no longer recognizes the window as the cold spot!

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With todays advancements of technologies in window film and our Master Accredited Technician, Advanced Solar Control Specialist copyyou can be assured we will help select the right product for your Office, Home and Car.  Just remember no matter the season, there is a reason to tint your windows. Call us TODAY, 303-936-1362,  for a free in Office or Home consultation and let our expert installers help find the right tint for you!

 

The All American Horror Story- Exterior Freak Show


October 23rd, 2014

All American Horror Story- Exterior Show

Meet the Martin’s. They  just moved to Colorado, with their Min Pin creature from Salem Oregon. They are going to open up their own business  selling magical treats just in time for Halloween.  Upon moving to Denver, they  bought a new  car and purchased their very first Home.  What they would experience in their first month in Colorado was terrifying!

The Martins had encountered scary situations and seen the destruction that the ball of fire in the sky could cause in the past.  It was almost Winter in Colorado though and they were looking forward to the same dark skies that they were used to in Salem. What they didn’t realize was that 80% of the suns UV rays can pass through clouds, wreaking havoc on their possessions and even their own skin.  As the days passed they began to see they needed help battling the ball of fire in the sky. Even hiding behind clouds it was closer to them than it had ever been.

Mr. Martin did some digging and came up with the number of a company called All American Window Tinting. Their website was informative and educational. They had been helping others like the Martin’s conquer the ball of fire in the sky over Colorado for over 20 years. He knew AAWT was their only chance of surviving the horror they were encountering.

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It was the beginning of October and the weather in Colorado was paranormal. It wouldn’t be long before scary weather and the howling winds made their way into Denver. The sky would be covered with clouds and the howl from the wind could be heard for miles.  The weather would soon be uncooperative. They called AAWT for their help.

 

IMG_0123.JPGFirst was the Entrance in their new home. The primary problem was the ball of fire in the sky was burning their floors. The secondary problem was they could not sit in the Entrance and enjoy a Bloody Mary without the glare from the ball of fire blinding them. The inside of the glass was a spider web with bumps  and ridges.  They began to worry that there was no solution for the outside of the glass.  AAWT came out and provided a free in home consultation to ease their fears. The representative showed them an Exterior Neutral product that would work wizardly. It would help eliminate the damaging UV rays caused by the ball of fire in the sky and could be applied to the outside of the glass.  The film was applied with spine chilling results!

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BlackoutNext was the magical treats shop they just opened. The situation was a bit different this time. The ball of fire was not the problem. The ghosts and goblins were! You see, the Martin’s have a special recipe for magical treats. The recipe has been handed down from generation to generation. They needed a film that would completely eliminate the ghosts and goblins from being able to see into a certain part of their store and steal their recipe. AAWT had a recipe of their own. Blackout tint, but a little hocus pocus would be needed! The Blackout tint was a supernatural product. It had the ability to heat up the glass and cause it to crack if it was not tempered. The only solution was to apply it to the outside of the glass. This would help eliminate the chance of cracking.  The Blackout tint proved to be the magical potion. The ghosts and goblins were frightened by the results.

The last step was their car. The representative from AAWT noticed Mrs. Martin’s porcelain skin seemed a little more gaunt but only on the left side. What was causing this eerie condition? The AAWT representative had a pretty good idea how to solve this mystery. He asked about her commute to work. She was only driving 13 miles each way to and from. However, she was driving South to work and North to go home. Which meant the wicked ball of fire was beating down directly on her left side to and from work.  The AAWT representative showed her High Performance automotive window tints. These product would help eliminate the terrifying UV rays caused by the ball of fire and help end her nightmare. It was not midnight dark, it was a light neutral shade, but it was even more effective than  those devilish dark tints. She was reluctant at first and had some fears because  she had heard that the Ceramic tint can cause ghosts! There was no witchcraft needed with this installation. The car was tinted with wicked results.IMG_1267

It’s been over a year now and the Martin’s survived their first year in Colorado with the help of the window film wizards at AAWT . Colorado has some of the strangest weather in the USA. Most people don’t realize Colorado gets over 300 days of sun shine a year.  It is one of the most supernatural places on the Earth. Between the high altitude and the drastic temperature fluctuations, there are a lot of different conditions that must be taken into consideration when choosing the right product. AAWT employs only the best warlocks who have the experience and the knowledge to battle the ball of fire in the sky over Colorado. They have the magical solution for your project.  If you need a professional on your side give All American Window Tinting a call 303-936-1362.

 

 

Running a Business That Stands Out From the Rest.


October 20th, 2014

It’s only obvious that things like maintaining professionalism, competitive prices, and great customer service are all needed to run a successful business. I would like to talk about some things that may not seem as important when looking from the micro-level of successful business practices. These are the things I find very important when trying to stand out from the rest and make a name for yourself that people will never forget.

Being able to adapt, I’ve found is key to running a successful business. Mainly because I work in an industry that is constantly changing. The window film industry has been around for some time. However consumers are only now starting to see the value in window film because of breakthroughs in technology and advanced techniques. This means supply and demand is only going to go up. In order to improve your finished product, as films, automotive glass and tools are changing, it’s very important to be able to adapt to different, new, and possibly more difficult techniques. I deal with cases all the time that require a different technique from one job to the next. If I was set in my way of doing things (considering I’ve been tinting for over 20 years) the finished product wouldn’t be as well done. Continually educating myself, learning new techniques and staying open minded to new ways of doing things can and will make a difference in the long run. In other words, staying ahead of the curve so you can offer the very best to your customers.

Another key practice in running a successful business is to use and install products you believe in. It may be tempting for some business owners to cut cost by using low quality products to increase overall profit. Considering that a large amount of profit usually comes from repeat customers, using cheap products is a sure way to prevent those customers from returning, which will lower overall profit. I can’t tell you how many times a customer gets their car tinted for a very low price and finds that a very short time later the film is purple and looks terrible. Instead of going back to that original business to get it fixed again for cheap, they come to us willing to pay more because they now know it’s better to pay more and get a great product that is backed by a lifetime warranty. We see it happen all the time. People can tell when you can confidently talk about your products and its benefits and are willing to pay more to have that same confidence.

Take accountability, no matter what. Believe it or not people are more forgiving when you take accountability, rather than avoid negotiation to prove your right. Even when the situation was impossible to prevent. It happens every once in a while where a customer is unhappy with the work. Maybe there’s a flaw in the glass and they assume its dust under the tint. Maybe they don’t like the air bubbles around Advanced Solar Control Specialist copythe dot matrix and blame you for a “bad installation”. Either way, compromising to make the customer happy gives you a much better chance of that customer coming back than if you sent them away unhappy. People will blame you for things you didn’t do or things you couldn’t prevent. Swallowing your pride and giving a discount or doing the job over is well worth it once you hear that same customer referred a friend. They say a happy customer tells one friend but an angry customer tells everyone. They also say a successful man is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks that were once thrown at him. I’ve found these both to be true.

When it comes to running a successful business we could probably go on for days about what to do and what not to do. There is a lot of information and helpful tools available that allow one to run a successful business. I am a business owner and these are just a few things that I have come to learn are key practices that may really help your business to stand out from the competition.

Contact us today 303-936-1362 to find the RIGHT film for your car, residence, or commercial business!

Reasons for needing window tint, even in the winter


September 16th, 2014

Although there are many people who don’t mind the heat and get their cars tinted strictly for looks, the majority of us just despise that scorching heat or blinding sun that never fails to make those stop-and-go drives to work that much more exasperating, even in the winter. But there are actually even more reasons why tinting windows is a great thing to invest in. Today’s window films are very effective in reducing heat, up to 60%, which really makes a difference on those scorching hot summer days. Unfortunately, heat is only something we have to deal with about 50% of the time. What about the other 50% of time when it is anywhere from a comfortable temperature to cold? Well, if the sun is out, there are still Ultra Violet rays being absorbed by your skin and this is not a good thing. Living in Colorado, we get over 300 days of sun a year, many of which are also in the winter. A lot of the sun’s heat is reduced in the winter because of the cold air, but the Ultra Violet rays that fade upholstery, cause sunburn and skin cancer are actually amplified 85-90% when there is snow on the ground because the rays reflect off of the snow and back at you (SSA). Ultra Violet rays don’t only cause short term problems like sunburn but is also the main cause of premature visible skin aging such as wrinkles and age spots (IWFA), which is enough of a reason for many to want to avoid these dangerous rays and get window tint applied to their vehicles. UV exposure is also worse the higher in altitude you are. That being said, here in Colorado we are more likely to suffer from premature visible aging, sunburned or even worse, skin cancer which has also been linked to melanoma, compared to other states.

Another one of the many reasons one would consider window tinting is to reduce energy costs. Yes, its true, applying tint to windows can actually reduce energy costs up to 50% (Gila) which is a lot of money over time. When there is heat hitting your window from outside, the heat travels through the glass and transfers to the air and other objects that may be in contact with the window. This is called the heat conduction 0200process. If tint is applied to the glass, it’s critically designed qualities allow it to reject a significant amount of UV rays, much more then glass alone (IWFA). Because of the material used to create the film it is able to reflect more light than the glass would have been able to otherwise, reducing glare, brightness, and even more heat. Because conduction is not happening as rapidly with the window tint applied, the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to cool down the air that is getting heated by the window through the conduction process. This also works the other way around during the winter by keeping cold outside air from conducting thought the window to the warm air inside.

One of the least known uses for tint is to prevent breakage and provide safety if the glass is ever broken. Annealed (untreated regular) glass is not very strong and when broken can be very dangerous a0109nd even fatal due to the irregular shaped, sharp shards that it creates when it breaks. Applying tint to a window adds additional strength and keeps shattered glass intact if broken, preventing large shards from flying through the air causing injury. Even with treated or tempered glass which breaks into small squares, tint would be beneficial because it not only adds thickness to the glass making it stronger, it also acts as a protective layer preventing it from scratching and chipping over time which are all things that could happen regardless if it is summer or winter. These are just a few reasons why it is still beneficial to get tint applied in the winter.

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Securing Your Glass


August 22nd, 2014

Security film or shatter resistant film has gained more notoriety over the past few years due to it’s various uses. Shatter resistant film, sometimes called glass fragment retention film is an optically clear, multilayer, polyester film that bonds to the inside of the window to reinforce the glass and help hold it in place upon impact. Stores, homes and even schools are seeing an increase in break-ins and violent acts, making security film another precaution to consider. To read more about our security film in schoUltraNV25S2ols, CLICK HERE. Another use of security film, one that is often overlooked, is it’s application to annealed glass.

Safety/security film applied to annealed glass can meet safety glazing standards that are in place. In the early 1970’s, the U.S. Government initiated legislative action to establish commercial building codes, requiring the installation of tempered glass in glazing systems exposed to high injury risk; such as doors of all types, glass partitions, etc. Not too long after, similar codes would be extended to residential buildings and glazing systems. The reason for the change in legislation was due to the way the glass broke. Annealed glass is cooled slowly, producing a strong glass but not as strong as tempered glass. When annealed glass breaks, it breaks into various sizes that can be harmful to a person. Tempered glass is cooled quickly during the manufacturing process and when broken, it shatters into small pieces, making it safer should impact occur.

If an annealed glass pane needs to be changed to a tempered pane, the cost to replace it would be over $600 dollars. Applying security film to annealed glass would cost half the amount of complete replacement. When safety/security film is applied to annealed glass, it will meet the safety glazing standards that are in place. Saving money by not replacing the glass is not the only benefit of applying security film to your windows. Security and safety film offers solar and UV protection as well as glare reduction. The advantages of this film outweigh the stress of a complete glass replacement and is a great substitute to meet safety glazing standards.

With All American Window Tinting, Inc., (AAWT) we will be sure to meet or exceed all expectations without breaking your bank! Call us today at 303-936-1362 to schedule your free onsite, in home or in office estimate! We look forward to servicing all your window film needs.

Choosing Only the Best!!


August 01st, 2014

All American Window Tinting, Inc., is a window tinting business created from a humble beginning and developed into the best window tinting company in Denver, CO. Established over 20 years ago, this family owned and operated business has only progressed forward using the knowledge gained from the latest techniques and technology. Even through our growth and betterment, the foundation of this company is still rooted in providing the best experience for our customers while meeting their window tinting needs for their car, home and/or office.

We, as a company and team, take pride in our work. From the first call in the office to the installation in your home or office, we want to make your window tinting experience as easy as possible. Taken from a previous customer, their review shows our continuous effort to be the best in our profession; “Couldn’t be happier with my tinted windows! The experience was great from the beginning to end…They put on shoe covers before entering my home. That impressed me! The process was explained in detail and all of my questions were answered. The day of the process was really impressive!…They respected my home and possessions. These guys are great. The finished product is lovely. Where I had glare and intense sunlight, I now have a preserved view that is restful! It’s like putting on high quality sunglasses. What an improvement…Thank you so much.”

At All American Window Tinting (A.A.W.T.) we are very transparent about everything we do and will work with potential customers to ensure that they receive the best products for them. We carry products that we believe in and would put on our own cars, homes or office windows, AND we have! We do believe that it is important to be informed about what is going on your windows and what company you decide to choose. For that reason, we provide free estimates for all projects and guarantee competitive pricing. In order to maintain our expert craftsmanship, our professionals have received Master Accreditation through of the International Window Film Association. Only the industries best dealers and installers are those that are well informed and well versed in both theory and application of window film products.

Contact us today 303-936-1362 to find the RIGHT film for your car, residence, or commercial business!

Window Tinting with a HOA


May 29th, 2014

Have you been wanting to tint your windows but are a member of a Homeowner Association or Historic Preservation site?  Window Tinting for homes and offices can significantly reduce the amount of heat, glare and harmful UV rays from entering the building.  In the past, finding a window film that was aesthetically pleasing was rare.  Most window films were highly reflective and gave a mirror liked appearance.  With the advancement of technology, window film manufacturers were capable of creating high performance films which are made to be low in reflectivity and have higher heat rejection levels.

Homeowner associations(HOA) often have regulations regarding altering the outside appearance of a home. SECH5.29.14 As part of a homeowner association, most homeowners believe that adding film to their windows would be in violation of their agreement, but this is no longer the case.  While high performance films are made not to alter the outside appearance, they also do not compromise the view from inside the building.  Historic Buildings and design committees have approved high performance window films to be placed on their windows.  The following window films were created to help control interior climate, provide glare reduction, heat rejection, aid in the prevention of interior fading of furniture and flooring, all while maintaining the look of your home or office and preserving the clear view of your windows.

Hüper Optik Select Series

Hüper Optik Select Series window films can reduce the total solar energy buildup in your house or office by up to 70% as well as reduce 99% of Ultraviolet rays that cause skin problems and fading of interiors. Employing state-of-the-art multi-stack thin-film technologies, the manufacturing process involves depositing alternating layers of microscopic precious gold and silver metals and dielectric substances onto ultra-clear films to create an unparalleled level of benefits. These non-reflective films are completely dye-free, have a neutral appearance and have the added feature of low reflectivity so that your view is not altered day or night!

 

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Call All American Window Tinting, Inc., at 303-936-1362 for your FREE in-home estimate, today!!  We have worked with many HOA’s and design committees to find a window film that will be approved and offer the homeowner/client, relief from the sun.

What is Seal Failure?


April 24th, 2014

Over the past few decades, home owners and business owners have been reluctant to apply window film to windows because of rumors about seal failure. As a window film company, the possibility of being bias can occur, however; this article will be transparent about all findings.

The occurrenceSeal Failure of seal failure can appear with or without window film. The best place to start looking at seal failure would be the design of the Insulated Glass Units (IG Units). Insulated glass units incorporate a sealed space, containing air or some form of gas between two panes of glass. The two panels are separated by spacers, which typically contain some type of desiccant (a powder that absorbs water) to absorb any moisture that makes its way through the unit’s seal.

All Insulated Glass Units allow water vapor to migrate into the space at some rate. This is not a result of seal failure, rather it is the nature of the product. According to Drew Vass from the Window Film Magazine, “if too much moisture penetrates the unit, the desiccant will eventually be expended and will no longer be able to absorb the moisture and be effective. This is known as seal failure and will often cause a unit to become fogged or hazy.” Insulating glass manufacturers contend that window film, when applied to an IG unit, will absorb and reflect solar energy within the airspace causing a temperature imbalance that may result in increased visible condensation. In 2000, the Window Film Committee of the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL), conducted a research study involving a test on window film on 6 new commercial (IG) Units and 12 residential (IG) Units. They commissioned A. William Lingnell (B.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, M.S. Engineering Science) a technical consultant to the Sealed Insulated Glass Manufacturers Association (SIGMA) to conduct standard tests on standard sealed units with and without window film. The results of such research concluded that “window film had no observable effect on the performance of high quality manufactured insulating units.” However; if window film is installed on an IG Unit that is already close to seal failure or has seal failure, window film will absorb the heat within the airspace and form more condensation. Warranties from window film manufacturers can guarantee that their films, when properly installed, will not cause glass failure due to seal failure if there are no preexisting conditions of seal failure (Click here for information on study).

Many Insulating Glass Manufacturers will declare their manufacturer’s warranty null and void in the event that window film is applied. The photo to the left, shows a home where window film was applied over 10 years IMG_2512ago to the upper windows but not the lower windows. The lower windows show seal failure and fading of frame, whereas the windows at the top did not show any signs of seal failure. The customer believed the shutters would block the heat and glare but the UV rays faded and cracked the paint.

Seal failure can be an eyesore to your home or business. Foggy or hazy windows are not appealing to visitors and customers. If the wrong window film is applied to a window, there could be a higher chance of seal failure or even thermal stress. We are the only window tinting company in Denver, CO where Richard Marti, owner/President of All American Window Tinting, achieved Master Accreditation through the International Window Film Association (IWFA). The IWFA is an international association of window film manufacturers, distributors and installers dedicated to the improvement of products and services for the consumer.  As part of this dedication, the IWFA has developed a test designed to evaluate the knowledge and skill of the professional installer.  If you have been hesitant about installing window film to your home or business, contact All American Window Tinting today at 303-936-1362 to schedule a FREE estimate!!  Our estimator will come to your home or business with a variety of samples to meet your needs.  You can also visit us online at www.allamericanwindowtinting.com to see some of the projects we have completed!

Preserving Our History


March 18th, 2014

The culture, artifacts, and stories of our past are our link to the history of our nation. Historic buildings can be the most recognizable structure of a city, creating a connection with the city and it’s citizens, both past and present.

In 1966, Congress founded the National Historic Preservation Act which is intended to preserve historical and archaeological sites in the United States of America. While the purpose behind preserving efforts was initially used for drive patriotism and turn structures into museums in order the generate tourism, the focus soon changed. In today’s society, the motivation for preservation is generally broken down into three categories:

  1. to retain elements of the past
  2. to commemorate the distinctive identities of places
  3. practice a conservation approach to environmental change

While there are stipulations to changing the appearance of a historic building, applying window film to the windows of historic buildings promotes a green approach to retain elements of the past. With advancements in technology, high performance window films were created within the last 20 years, enabling high heat rejection levels while keeping the visible light reflection anywhere from 8 to 12 percent. These films do not alter the appearance of historic buildings because of their low visible reflectivity levels. Glare is another factor that is reduced significantly; anywhere from 34 to 64 percent dependent on window film selection. While rejecting 99- 99.9% of UV rays, window film aids in the deterrence of the fading of valuables. When these buildings were created, insulation was minimal. Approximately, 25% of a building’s heat loss escapes through the windows and window film can reduce the amount of heat that escapes. During the hotter months, when solar energy enters the building, without film on the windows, hot spots are created in the home which increase the amount energy consumed due to cooling costs. By reducing the amount of heat entering the home, the consumption of energy is reduced. When window film is professionally installed, a building is saving up to 30% on cooling expenses.

Contact All American Window Tinting, Inc., of Denver, CO today for your FREE estimate! Our estimator, who holds Master Accreditation through the International Window Film Association, will come to your property with samples and find the perfect film for your project.

Going Green in Your Home


March 05th, 2014

Going green is the new ‘thing.’ What most people thought was a trend; going green has proven to make our lives and possessions more sustainable. This movement has turned into an effort of a life style change instead of trend. We have seen these changes on both a small and large scale, and some green decisions are easier to make. Applying window film to your home windows, is one of the best ways to ‘go green.’

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 1970, less than half of U.S. homes were air conditioned, but nearly 90 percent of homes use air conditioning today. With this knowledge, it is estimated that 25 to 30 percent of the energy used in American buildings and homes is wasted due to inefficient windows. According to the International Window Film Association (IWFA), today’s film give energy savings, a neutral carbon footprint, UV blocking and security benefits while letting visible light into the home.

Window film allows natural light into the home while lowering the amount of heat and glare entering the home. Another benefit of window film is that most films reject anywhere from 99 to 99.9% of harmful UV rayGoing Green in Your Home Through Window Films. These same UV rays contribute to the fading of your most prized possessions, as well as wood flooring and furniture. When solar energy enters the home, without film on the windows, hot spots are created in the home which increase the amount energy consumed due to cooling costs. By reducing the amount of heat entering the home, the consumption of energy is reduced. The return of your investment in window film could take up to three years to see. When window film is professionally installed, not only are you saving up to 30% on cooling expenses, window film can add to the re-sale value of your property. If you are worried about window film altering the look of your home or view, read our previous blog.

Call All American Window Tinting, Inc., of Denver, Colorado today at 303-936-1362 for your FREE estimate!! Our estimator will come to your home, with samples of our various films in order to find the right match for you and your home.