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What are the Different Types of Window Tint?

Once you decide to get your windows tinted, it is important to decide on what kind of tinting you want. There are several different kinds of window tinting. Some of the types are more effective than other types of tinting. Therefore, it is important to understand which will work best for what you are attempting to accomplish.

Dyed Window Tinting

The least expensive type is the dyed window tinting. The film is dyed by adding the color to a layer that is next to the film’s adhesive. Although this does darken the windows and will block out some UV rays, it is mostly for appearances. Additionally, this type of tinting will fade with time.

Metalized Film

A more effective type of tinting is done by using metalized film. Metalized film has particles of metal added to the film which reflect the light and heat away from it. These particles are not visible. This type of film will also cause the outside to look shiny. The metalized film is less likely to scratch and fade than dyed film. Therefore, although it is more expensive, it is a better option.

Carbon Window Tint Film

Carbon window tint film is often considered a better option than the other two options. This version will not be shiny from the outside but it will have a matte finish that is a dark color. This look is more aesthetically pleasing than some looks. This type of tinting blocks out about 40% of the infrared rays – the elements of the sunlight that cause heat – and is, therefore, an effective option to keeping cooling costs down. It also helps to keep heat from escaping during the winter. The film will also add a shatter resistant nature to the window.

Ceramic Film Tinting

Ceramic film tinting is the most expensive, but most effective option. It can block up to 50% of the heat from coming into the building. Ye, at the same time it is the clearest option for tinting and therefore, allows natural light in without letting the heat through the windows. Additionally, it blocks the most ultraviolet rays from getting thorough, thereby, reducing the risk of skin cancer and damage to furniture.

Knowing what kind of tinting that you want to put on your windows is important. The options vary both in effectiveness and cost. It is important to know what is most important when getting a building tinted.

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3 Eco-Friendly Office Updates

An office environment that is ecologically friendly is good for employee morale and productivity, as well as for the environment. It can also save your company money. Portland, Oregon is an eco-friendly city with many ways to stay green. Here is a look at three eco-friendly updates that will make a positive impact at your Oregon office:

Add Commercial Window Tinting

Solar window film can keep workers more comfortable and reduce your building’s energy consumption. The film resists more than 75 percent of the sun’s rays and controls how much solar heat enters the building. The result is an even temperature. Building managers can maintain comfort with less reliance on HVAC equipment. You’ll save on utility bills and also reduce the workload on equipment.

Pacific Window Tinting will conduct a free building energy analysis of your Portland building. We use software approved by the U.S. Department of Energy. The analysis takes into consideration building exposure and the amount and type of glass. It can project energy savings after the installation of window film.

Use Smart Lighting

Smart lighting systems adjust the lights to suit the available amount of daylight and occupancy levels. It eliminates situations like offices and conference rooms that are fully lit even though no one is using them.

Most offices have older controls that turn lights on and off based on pre-selected timetables. These systems are inefficient compared to the latest technologies. Modern smart systems allow you to determine precisely how much light you need. This setup also saves money because the lighting systems use less energy during the day. LED lights are often used in conjunction with smart lighting systems. These spend less energy, about 90 percent less than a typical incandescent bulb. They also last longer.

Make Recycling Easy

 Making recycling convenient. Set up mini-recycling centers, with bins for paper, bottles, cans and plastic, throughout the work area. With these just steps away, workers find it simple to recycle. Add composting in the company lunchroom or cafeteria. Your workers can toss leftover food and other materials safe for composting into a bin.

Efforts toward sustainability and a green office environment don’t have to be complicated.  Installing window tinting is easy when you work with Pacific Window Tinting. Recycling in Portland is also simple when you keep the office bins organized.

Converting to a green office is a worthwhile endeavor. Your employees will feel good about the workplace. You’ll help the environment, and you’ll save money on energy bills.

Contact us for a free estimate.

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How to remove window tint from house windows

Even with double paned windows, you can remove window tintAlthough tinting is a great way to block heat from getting into the building and to protect the windows, it can eventually wear out. The film can become damaged over time and may need to be replaced. One important thing to note before trying to remove window tint is that ammonia should be used with great caution. Ammonia is unhealthy for the user, bad for the windows, and the fumes can harm electronics and furniture. Therefore, make sure to always use ammonia in a well-ventilated space.

How to remove window tint

1. Dissolve the adhesive

Before the film can be removed, the adhesive (i.e., the sticky stuff that makes it stay on the windows) must be taken off. Use a soapy solution mixed with ammonia to remove the adhesive. Put it in a spray bottle and continue to spray the film. This may take several hours so be patient. Alternatively, steam can be used.

2. Pull the film loose

By the time the adhesive is dissolved, the film will need to be pulled loose. This should be done during the day. The warmer the sun, the easier the film will detach. If the film is not coming loose easily, one trick is to use a blow dryer to get it to release from the window.

3. Peel it off completely

Once the film is loose, it should be relatively easy to peel. Use a razor to scrape it away from the window. Sometimes the adhesive comes off easily and the film will peel in whole sheets. Other times the adhesive does not dissolve completely and the film will be more difficult to remove (or come off in little flakes). When this happens, it is usually best to apply more ammonia solution and use the blow dryer on it for longer. The most important part of removing window tinting film is patience.

4. Wash the window

After removing the film, the window will need to be washed. Use ammonia to clean the window as it will remove any of the leftover adhesive or film bits left on the glass. If you plan to put more tint on the window, be sure to clean it with a product that does not contain ammonia. If there is any ammonia left on the window, it could keep the adhesive of the new film from sticking properly.

Portland window tinting for homes and businesses

Removing window tinting film is not an overly-complicated process, it just requires a bit of time and patience. If those are two things you do not have, then fill out a contact form at Pacific Window Tinting, and we’ll be over as soon as possible.

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Best custom window film ideas for commercial building

Your windows are one of a business’ strongest marketing tools. As a result, window film can say a lot about a company, from telling customers what they do, to creating a beautiful curb appeal. Consider how a custom window film could potentially attract customers and lure business to your door. Also, assess whether your company could benefit from the other perks that commercial window film has to offer.

Custom window film for commercial building

Custom window film ideas for your business or commercial buildingYour workspace or business deserves the many advantages of custom window film. With so many colors, styles, and choices, be imaginative and create something to set your windows apart. Create brand familiarity by designing films that reinforce your company logo to increase exposure. When choosing your window film, consider the following options:

  • Decorative and ornamental. Naturally, you want your company’s curb appeal to attract customers; choose decorative window film to welcome visitors in your door! Choose logos, patterns, frosts, colors, and styles to represent your business and encourage potential patrons to enter your establishment.

  • Safe and secure. Choose films to obscure or bring an opaque element to sensitive areas of your business. Deter prying eyes with frosted films that display your logo in an inventive and appealing way. Maintain the privacy of your staff and clientele with window film.

  • Graffiti-proof. Don’t let vandals damage your glass windows, doors, and store-fronts. Choose graffiti-guard protective film to protect your glass, and prevent costly repairs later.

  • Energy-efficient. Tinted commercial window film can cut down on the sun that enters your venue, which makes it easier to cool. Custom window film also provides a layer of insulation to your windows, creating an energy-efficient feature that saves you money on overhead.

Custom window film installation

Since it makes sense to invest in commercial window film, make sure to have it professionally installed for the best possible results. Weather conditions can have a bearing on how long your window film takes to cure and adhere; amateur installers may have some difficulty when trying to determine if the film is cured. Hiring the pros also promises that you have a sleek, smooth film that lasts a long time and is installed exactly the way that you want it!

Contact Pacific Window Tinting for ideas and options related to installing window film at your place of business. From decorative films to privacy frosts, you can select from a wide-range, perhaps endless, array of commercial window films to accommodate your distinct windows.

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Window Tinting Eases the Winter Blues in Portland

Window Tinting Eases the Winter BluesAh, winter in Portland. Our city looks pretty no matter what the weather, but the shorter, colder, darker days can bring on the winter blues.

For too many people SAD is more than a state of mind. Season affective disorder (SAD) results in a state of depression for 4 to 6 percent of the population. A further 20 percent deal with a milder form.

Spending time in natural light combats the effects of SAD.

How Window Tinting Eases the Winter Blues

You can increase your exposure to natural light even when you’re indoors. Leave the blinds open or take them down. To give yourself privacy and protection from UV light, install residential window tinting or commercial window tinting.

People who suffer from SAD report benefits from replacing standard window coverings with window film. It is available in clear and tinted options, as well as reflective finishes.

With tinted or reflective window film, you have privacy but don’t suffer from light deprivation. The film lets in natural light, which improves mood and lessens the chance of depression.

Pacific Window Tinting can show you the range of window film available. We are happy to answer questions about cost and installation and can send you samples of our products.

Spend Time Exercising

Regular exercise is a standard prescription for anyone suffering from depression. It has shown benefits for people with SAD. Exercising outdoors in natural light is best. Even in Oregon, there are times when the sun shines a bit.

But doing your workout indoors helps, too. Use your favorite workout video. Ride an exercise bike. Lift weights. Walk on a treadmill. Use an elliptical machine. Use a room with natural light if you have one available.

Try Vitamin D

Researchers have linked low levels of Vitamin D to depression and SAD. Many sufferers have felt improvement after taking the supplement. Talk to your doctor. She can test your levels and tell you if Vitamin D would help.

Use Artificial Light

Light therapy boxes imitate the effects of sunshine, making them a therapeutic option for people with SAD. The devices use lights brighter than standard light bulbs. The boxes can have varying wavelengths, stimulating your circadian rhythms and restoring the body’s natural balance.

Dawn simulators can also be helpful. They work like alarm clocks using a gradual increase in light to wake you up. Look for devices with full-spectrum light, which better mimics natural sunlight.

Are you ready to have a brighter season? Contact Pacific Window Tinting in Portland for a free estimate.

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Our window tinting services meet the highest standards in the industry. We ensure this is achieved in each and every project with our in-house crew of installation experts. None of the work is outsourced. Therefore, our staff from top to bottom has complete control over the quality of the work we do.

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