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Residential Window Film

Where To Use Decorative Window Film In Your Home

Where To Use Decorative Window Film In Your Home

Thinking about tinting your home windows and wondering what options outside of the standard films are available on the market today? Take a minute to learn more about decorative window films to add style, color, tinting, and privacy that goes beyond shaded or reflective film options. 

Benefits Of Decorative Window Film In Your Home 

Beyond their attractive appearance, decorative window film offers multiple benefits: 

  • Variety in design, patterns, and intricacy 
  • Variations in opacity so you can block as much or
Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Window Film

Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Window Film

After more than 40 years working as professional, Bay Area window tint and window film installers, we’ve heard just about every question in the books. As a result, we can sum most of the answers up in seven of the most frequently asked questions about commercial and residential window film. 

7 Commonly Asked Questions About Window Film 

If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for, contact a licensed window film installer in your area, or feel free to visit

Window Film Kills Houseplants & Other Window Film Myths

Window Film Kills Houseplants & Other Window Film Myths

When we visit Bay Area homes to provide estimates, we are repeatedly confronted with a series of “frequently asked questions,” many of which are geared towards window film myths. For example, many people believe that window film and your houseplants are a bad mix when, in fact, window film can actually support healthier indoor plant growth. 

Don’t Let These 5 Window Film Myths Stop You 

Window film installation has multiple benefits for homes and businesses, and we hate to hear

Gain Privacy Without Losing The View

Gain Privacy Without Losing The View

Many home and business owners appreciate the energy savings associated with window films but are ultimately more interested in privacy. The good news is that you can enjoy all of the above – and benefit from notable tax incentives to boot. 

Let The Light Shine Thru With Privacy Window Films

Worried that darkly tinted window films, or frosted or logo options, will wind up cutting your interiors off from light or the view outside? No need to worry. Window film

Understanding The Difference Between Window Film And Window Tint

Understanding The Difference Between Window Film And Window Tint

Window film and window tint are not synonymous terms. While some window films are tinted, designed primarily to block harmful UV rays, provide some privacy, and reduce energy costs, there is a wide range of films, depending on your needs. 

Understanding the difference between window tint and window film is essential when selecting the best window film product for your home or business. 

Difference Between Window Film And Window Tint

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Can Window Film Damage Your Windows?

Can Window Film Damage Your Windows?

There is a reason why we remind people that window film installation is not a DIY job. While online ads may boast cheap deals and offer instructions on how to install the films “like a pro,” the reality is that incorrect installation means that window film can damage your windows. 

The only way to ensure your windows remain unscathed, warranties intact, is to hire a professional window film or tint installer for your home, business, or automobile needs.

Tax Incentives For Energy-Efficient Window Films

Tax Incentives For Energy-Efficient Window Films

Update: 06/2021

This tax incentive appears to have expired at this time. We’ll update this post if we get any news of the incentive being reinstated.

With the summer months upon us, homeowners begin to look at energy-efficient methods to reduce solar gain and increase interior comfort. Installing window films is a smart way to achieve all of the above and benefit from Uncle Sam’s tax incentives for energy-efficient window films. 

Choose Window Films That Qualify For Tax Incentives 


Window Film That Won’t Change Your Home’s Appearance

Window Film That Won’t Change Your Home’s Appearance

Tinted window films are one of the best ways to minimize solar heat gain, conserve energy, and enjoy greater privacy. There are plenty of window tints that don’t change your home’s appearance, keeping windows looking as clear and transparent as they do now, with the added bonus of window film benefits. 

Aren’t Interested In Dark Or Reflective Window Tint? 

Many homeowners believe installing window tints means adding dark or mirror-like films to their windows, potentially changing the exterior appearance.

How To Clean Windows That Have Solar Window Film

How To Clean Windows That Have Solar Window Film

Your new solar window films are doing a great job of blocking UV rays, providing a bit of privacy, and lowering cooling costs. In the meantime, you may have noticed that they’ve lost their crystal clear, brand new look. In that case, it’s time for a cleaning. Before you get started though, make sure you clean the windows in compliance with your window film installer’s and/or the manufacturer’s instructions.  

General Instructions For Safely Cleaning Solar Window Film

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How Window Film Can Help Migraine Sufferers

How Window Film Can Help Migraine Sufferers

Sunlight is a known migraine trigger, which is why window film can help migraine sufferers. In addition to triggering migraines, harsh sunlight exacerbates migraines and headaches, making it painful or even impossible to drive, keep the shades open in your home, or go to work. 

Window Film Can Help Migraine Sufferers Stop Suffering

There are several reasons why direct sunlight triggers migraines or makes an existing migraine or headache worse.  

Sunlight triggers migraines and can make existing migraines worse

How To Secure Your Home Without An Alarm

How To Secure Your Home Without An Alarm

Are you debating whether or not to install a home alarm/security system? Before you let fear and anxiety guide the way, read the NYT post titled, Do Security Systems Make Your Home Safer? The reality is that most of the statistics publicized about alarms are promoted by security alarm companies, and they don’t tell the whole story. 

Criminal justice experts know security alarms do not typically make your home safer, especially if you live in a more affluent

Ceramic vs Carbon Window Tint

Ceramic vs Carbon Window Tint

Window tint comes in multiple options, varying in the types of materials or chemicals used to coat the underlying transparent film – including ceramic and carbon. These tint layers change the exterior aesthetic and the tint’s performance. Of course, products also range in price, depending on the strength and durability of the layer’s attributes.

So, while dyed window tint works well and is the most affordable option on the market, other products such as ceramic and carbon are considered …

Regular vs Ceramic Window Tint

Regular vs Ceramic Window Tint

Up until the past 10 years or so, the majority of window tinting products were dyed or metallicized to provide all of the benefits window tinting offers for buildings, cars, and homes. Now, newer products have entered the market – and at notably higher price points. It’s important to learn about the pros and cons of each as you determine which window tint product makes the most sense for the application and your budget.

In this post, we’re exploring …

Preparing Your Home’s Windows For Window Film Installation

Preparing Your Home’s Windows For Window Film Installation

California has one of the highest electricity rates, making it one of the priciest states. In January 2019, residential rates averaged 18.32 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Granted, Californians use the least electricity (6,536 kWh per person in 2016). But that still means each consumer pays almost $1,200 a year for electricity alone!

So, it’s no wonder the state was the first ever to include window film used in its building code. And it’s time you pushed through with that window …

Which To Choose: UV Window Film Or Window Replacement

Which To Choose: UV Window Film Or Window Replacement

Losing and gaining heat through windows is responsible for 25%–30% of your home’s energy use. That is a big percentage of your monthly energy bill that is wasted.

And, it also means that your AC and furnace has to work harder to keep your home at the set temperature. But is new windows the answer?

Read on to learn why UV window film may be a better choice for making your windows energy efficient.

What is UV Window Film?

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Is Privacy Window Film Eco-Friendly?

Is Privacy Window Film Eco-Friendly?

Privacy window film is the answer you’ve been looking for, but haven’t known to ask for.

If you live in a particularly cold or warm climate, you know that energy bills can get quite high. No one likes soaring utility bills in the dead of winter or the peak of summer. 

This is why many people have started to seek more energy-efficient options for their household, including a privacy window film. For those interested in this affordable but effective window treatment, …

How Does Residential Window Tint Increase The Value Of Your Home?

How Does Residential Window Tint Increase The Value Of Your Home?

Replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones can add a lot of value to your home, but can also cost a small fortune. On average, Americans pay up to $2,000 for each window using residential glass services.

Some windows can be even pricier. If you opt for a low-e coating, you can expect to add 10-15% onto your cost. Many experts say it’s worth it because of the added value to your home. But, there has to be another …

10 Creative Uses For Decorative Window Film

10 Creative Uses For Decorative Window Film

When you want to update the look of your windows, curtains and window blinds are usually the first thing to come to mind. But when you’re wanting something a bit different, that’s when decorative window film could be the answer.

Most people think decorative film is just for that – decoration. But it might surprise you to learn it has uses for so much more.

Let’s look at 10 creative uses for decorative window film that is more than just …

Year Round Cleaning And Care For Window Tint

Year Round Cleaning And Care For Window Tint

Most window film doesn’t require much maintenance.

When you do have to clean them, the job doesn’t take a lot of work. But it’s not the same as cleaning normal windows. Abrasive cleaners that are ammonia-based can damage and scratch your tinting.

Keep reading to learn these cleaning tips for window tint on your windows.

Window Tint Curing Time

After installing your window film, it might look hazy or blotchy. This is normal. Moisture can get trapped between the window …

Top 5 Reasons To Avoid DIY Home Window Film

Top 5 Reasons To Avoid DIY Home Window Film

Are you thinking about taking your home’s window film application into your own hands?

Window film offers homeowners an excellent means of insulating their houses. Home window film can maximize a home’s energy efficiency and give urban homes some much-needed privacy.

While window film is a solid investment for homeowners, it’s essential to hire professionals when installing it. DIY home window film can actually be more harmful than productive.

In this post, we’ll discuss the top five reasons why you …

Caring For Your Window Film To Extend Its Life

Caring For Your Window Film To Extend Its Life

Did you know that properly caring for your window film can extend its lifespan and save you money?

To keep your tinted windows functioning and looking good, you need to know the proper techniques to care for them. After installation is over, there’s a lot you can do to keep your window film looking good as new.

In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know about caring for your window film. Keep reading to learn how to …

10 Common Ways In Which Window Tint Film Pays For Itself

10 Common Ways In Which Window Tint Film Pays For Itself

Window tint film for your home may seem like an aesthetic option only, though it’s much more beneficial than that. You will start seeing a return on your investment immediately.

Home window tinting can cut up to 85% of the heat from the sun, and filter 99% ultraviolet (UV) light and reduce 95% of glare as well.

How Window Tint Film Pays For Itself

Heating and air conditioning efficiency

One of the strongest reasons people choose to invest in home

Different Types of Window Tinting and Their Benefits

Different Types of Window Tinting and Their Benefits

You may have heard of window tinting for cars – but did you know you can also get window tinting for your home or office?

There are many different types of window tinting, and they all have different benefits. In this handy guide, we’ll go over how window tinting can help you, as well as cover the types of window tinting that you can choose from.

Keep reading to learn how window tinting and film can upgrade your life at …

Different Types of Window Tinting and Their Benefits

How To Choose The Best Home Window Tinting

Last year the real estate market saw existing home sales at the highest volume in a decade. Homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to add value to their investment as a result.

Some want to find ways to add to the comfort and enjoyment of their home. They may want to lower the impact of the rising energy costs per kilowatt hour.

Homeowners are increasingly looking to home window tinting to add to their privacy and temperature control. The benefits

5 Benefits of Home Window Tinting You’ll Love

5 Benefits of Home Window Tinting You’ll Love

Did you know that the average American uses 10,812-kilowatthours a year on energy?

That’s a lot of energy and a lot of money being spent. Plus, it isn’t that great for the environment.

Everyone is looking to save money and move towards a green home. There are several options for doing so without sacrificing your lifestyle. One of those ways is to tint your window’s home.

Home window tinting may be a concept that you weren’t aware of. But you’d …

How Residential Window Tinting Can Lower Energy Costs

How Residential Window Tinting Can Lower Energy Costs

Even though the summer solstice falls on June 21st this year, the sun’s rays will be turning up the heat much sooner than that. While spending the day basking in the hot sun is great when poolside, it’s less enjoyable when you’re inside and trying to relax. Higher temperatures outside drive interior temperatures up as well, meaning a hotter (and more expensive) home for you. Summer energy costs can easily break the bank if you’re not prepared. We can help …

Why Window Film Bubbles

Why Window Film Bubbles

In some especially sunny regions of the country, you find that many of the residential windows are tinted to soften the glare of the midday sunlight streaming through the windows. Oftentimes, if you look closer, you’ll see blemishes that look like bubbles on the windows – trapped within the tint work. Why do residential window film bubbles form, and how can you minimize or eliminate their formation on your own windows? We’ll explore what causes them in the following; the …

Decorative Window Film: A Stained Glass Alternative

decorative-window-film-a-stained-glass-alternativeFor centuries, stained glass windows have graced the most important buildings in the Western world. Everything from cathedrals and museums to stately homes and schools has used them – almost to no end. At once, these serve both an artistic and a functional purpose. They are, by any definition, the epitome of what a window should accomplish. Unfortunately, they are also costly to create and install.

Interior designers and other aficionados of stained glass windows understand this fact quite well …

Houseboats and Window Tinting

houseboats-and-window-tintingSausalito has been home to a houseboat community for over 60 years. There are more than 400 houseboats in this section of San Francisco Bay. Many of these boats are exceptionally creative in design with large, often unusual windows offering spectacular water views.

Houseboats can also be found in other sections of the bay and on the Sacramento Delta. This is a fun lifestyle on the water regardless of the weather. Other water dwellers live on board sailboats and …

5 Tips to Help You Choose a Residential Window Film Company

No matter how quaint or grand your Bay Area home, it is your refuge from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. To increase its property value, protect your furnishings, and truly make it your private, secure haven where you can relax and entertain, you’ll want to have its windows tinted with high-quality, top-of-the-line window film. Selecting a professional residential window film company is easy if you follow these few tips:

Select a company that specializes just in

Window Tinting vs Sunscreens for Your Home

window-tinting-vs-sunscreens-for-your-homeWindows help the home’s interior feel spacious and allow in welcoming natural light. However, sunlight through windows can also heat the home up, significantly, which leads to higher cooling bills. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a home’s windows account for nearly 40% of unwelcome heat gain. In addition, sunlight fades home furnishings. Adding window tinting or sunscreens are two ways to reduce the sun’s glare and heat. Adding either is better than no protection at all, but …

Window Film and the Weather

window-film-and-the-weatherThere are several good reasons why residential window film is recommended especially during the hottest and coldest months of the year.

Higher Energy Prices

In today’s world, the cost of supplying energy to homes has continued to increase, which has homeowners considering options to lessen monthly utility bills. While sealing cracks around doors and windows will help, as well as adding or replacing insulation, one area that has a direct effect on loss of energy are the windows.

With window …

5 Myths About Residential Window Tinting


Despite the fact that residential window tinting provides a whole host of benefits for you and your home, some people still buy into the many myths and misconceptions that are floating around.

Don’t let these five myths about residential window tinting stop you from getting your windows tinted, so you can experience the benefits for yourself:

Window tinting looks bad as it ages

If you think that tinted windows bubble and discolor after a few years of battling the sun, …

Incorporating Window Film in Your Interior Decorating


Decorating your home offers you the chance to personalize the space in which you live. You can make a generic space into a special place for you and your family to live and enjoy. Window treatments are naturally part of most interior decorating plans. What may not be part of your plan is window film. It is something, however, that you should consider when decorating your home.

The Reality of What Is on the Other Side of the Glass

Most …

A Brief History of Window Film


The concept of widow film can be traced to the 1960’s, when it was mainly used to control solar heating in cars. Window film was found to be capable of reflecting solar radiation back from a window, thereby preventing the inside surfaces from warming up, after being hit by direct sunlight. In so doing, they still allowed sufficient vision.

Window film was originally transparent. However, with the growing demand for privacy and aesthetic value, window film has since evolved to …

Window Film vs Window Tinting


From reduced glare to lower energy bills, professional window tinting and window film both bring a number of benefits to homeowners in Northern California. The choice between film and tinting depends largely on personal preference, so as you weigh your options, be sure to consider what it is you want to get out of your windows.

Residential Window Tinting

Though window tinting is more common in commercial settings than in residential areas, there’s no reason why homes can’t also reap …

The Difference Between Home and Car Window Film

While both car window tint and home window film may be manufactured similarly and be used for a lot of the same reasons, there are some important differences.

Window Tint FilmAccording to the International Window Film Association, in its simplest sense the films used for car window tint and home window film are composted of a polyester substrate with one side a scratch-resistant coating and the other an adhesive layer with removable liner. The liner is removed and the film is …