Are you planning to tint or coat your windows sometime in the near future? If so, then you may encounter some terms that could be confusing. The window tinting and window coating business is full of technical terms that can leave homeowners feeling intimidated. Now is the time to familiarize yourself with these terms. Here’s what you need to know.
Window Film Terminology for Homeowners
Ultra Violate (UV) rays: UV rays are a type of radiation that can damage the skin and furniture. UV rays can cause cancer. UV rays are divided into three categories: UVA, UVB, and UVC.
Ultra Violet (UV) block: UV block refers to the amount of UV radiation that the window coating will block. This is expressed as a percentage.
Visible Light Reflected (VLR): This is the amount of light that the window reflects back into the world. This is usually expressed as a percentage.
Visible Light Transmitted (VLT): This term refers to the amount of light that passes through a window that can actually be seen. This is usually expressed as a percentage.
Emissivity: Emissivity refers to the heat from the sun that is reflected or absorbed by the tinting.
G-Value: This refers to the solar heat that makes it into the home. This number depends on how well the window coating can absorb solar heat.
Total Solar Energy Rejected: This is the energy that is kept out of the home. This number is a percentage, the higher the better.
U-Factor: The U-Factor is essentially the insulation that the window affords. Lower numbers correspond to better insulation.
Work With Your Window Coating Professional
Window coating is a topic that many homeowners know little about. If you’re not familiar with window coating or how it works, have a conversation with a window coating professional in your area. Your window coating professionals can answer your questions and provide you with a quote for services that can help you make an informed decision as a consumer.
Representatives from Glamour Glaze are trained to keep customers informed. We provide resources like the glossary above and also answer questions that help ensure that our customers go into their purchase with eyes wide open.
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Old windows with unglazed glass can heat up your home, cause high utility bills and fade your upholstery. The longer you live with unglazed glass, the more expensive the repairs to your home are likely to be. At Glamour Glaze, we provide professional glazing services to homeowners seeking to improve their home’s value and energy efficiency. You don’t have to buy all new windows to make your windows more efficient! Our glazing techniques can deflect UV rays that can warm your home and damage your furniture.
As the winners of the Salt Lake City Best of Windows Award in 2013, we offer excellent customer service and a quality product at affordable prices. We’ve been in business for over 30 years! To get started with your window film consultation and installation, call us today at 801-776-8468.