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We all have seen the limos and big SUVs with their window tints and the privacy this affords as a result. As well as providing privacy there are numerous benefits to having tinted windows, for example it lowers the effects the suns’ rays have on the interior temperature of the car and acts as a shatter protection in case the windows are smashed in an accident or if someone breaks in, reducing the glass debris as it holds it together. There are various different shades of darkness you can choose from and also colours.

Facts and Myths


The Facts:

  1. Increase safety.  
    Vandalism, environmental hazards and accidents can cause glass to break and can become very dangerous. Window films act as a "safety net" by holding shattered glass together.
  2. Reject up to 82% of the suns solar energy. 
    That means that the temperature is a lot more balanced and the inside remains cool even on those hot days.
  3. Enhanced appearance. 
    Give uniformity to your vehicles, window films make all your windows look the same and give a much smarter appearance.
  4. Reduce glare. 
    Enjoy reading your paper without wearing sunglasses or squinting and giving yourself eye strain and a headache. Window film can reduce glare by 80% or more.
  5. Enjoy a clear view out with the benefit of privacy. 
    Do you feel like you’re sitting in a gold fish bowl with everyone watching you, window films will give you the privacy to feel comfortable in your vehicle throughout the day.
  6. Reduce fading of interior and skin damage. 
    Our window films block out 99%* of the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays protecting your belongings and reducing the risk of skin cancer for you and your family, that includes your sun loving pets. *(98% on Clear UV Film)
  7. No specialist maintenance or extra cleaning. 
    Unlike blinds, the films are fitted directly onto the glazing so they don’t collect dust and insects or need to be periodically tensioned. They can be cleaned just as normal with soapy water and a soft cloth.
  8. Save energy & fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions. 
    Fuel prices are rising all the time, window films reduce the need to use air conditioning and winding the window down during long journeys thus increasing the drag and increasing fuel costs.


The myths:

  1. All Automotive Window Film is illegal. 
    Not true; after the law change in 2004 the front doors and windscreen can’t have a tinted window film installed less than (70% light tint) but all other windows can be dark as you like.
  2. Window films only come in shiny silver or black like on limos. 
    Wrong! We have lots of shades and neutral colours and with new film technology you can have 50% solar energy rejection from a very light tint. People generally don’t know that you have had window films fitted until you tell them; you should see the look on their faces.
  3. My roof is plastic so you can’t fit film to it. 
    We can install film to most types of polycarbonate roofs. The roof is often the largest area which in turn can let most of the heat in or out. It can also have more glare than a glass roof due to internal reflections within the corrugated panels.
  4. Window films are a new fad and aren’t proven. 
    Window films have been around for years and have even been in the UK for decades. They are used all over the world and you are likely the see them anywhere on all types of vehicles.
  5. Anyone can install window films. 
    Mmm! That’s why that car you pulled up behind at the traffic lights last week had a crinkled bubbly mess on its back window. Lots of people have tried to install film themselves and failed at great cost. Our installations are carried out to Glass and Glazing Federation guidelines and carry comprehensive manufacturer warranties of up to 10 years.
  6. I already have blinds so I don’t need window films. 
    Window films complement blinds very well and will even extend their life by protecting them from the sun, but sadly normal blinds only reject about 17% of the suns energy. They’re great for entertaining the kids but not great for keeping things cool.
  7. It will make my room dark. 
    Due to Visual Acuity - when the human eye adjusts to its light surroundings and stabilises sight enabling unrestricted sight at various light levels. You’ll find that you’ll actually have more natural light.


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