Film Trends In 2019
Window film has become an essential for automotive owners. Easily, the number 1 aftermarket item added to a vehicle. In areas of the country where hot climates prevail, window film is the rule. Here in San Antonio, it can be a challenge to spot a car without window film applied.
As people become more aware of the benefits of window film, they also become educated about the potential ill effects of not having window film on their homes and automobiles.
Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association (www.iwfa.com ) sees two major trends in window tinting. “The first is that consumers are more aware of the damaging effect of the sun’s UV rays that can cause skin cancer. Factory car side and rear window glass may not prevent the harmful rays from coming into the interior space and harming the skin or fading interiors. Any quality window film, whether it’s clear or has a tint, will block up to 99 percent of the UV rays,” Smith wrote.
“The second trend is that window film has a lot more technology behind it. New films have coatings on them that will not interfere with radio signals, such as GPS, cell phones, radio and others. Some of the older films had heavy metal coatings that sometimes could interfere,” he stated.
Ceramic window film is unique in that it does not rely on dye or metal to block heat. This unique window film instead relies on nano-particles of a special ceramic material to reject heat. The film primarily targets Infrared heat, which is a non-light heat source. Some films reject up to 99% Infrared heat. One excellent product that we install here at Fletch Window Tint is GeoShield Pro-Nano 70. This product works great when applied to windshields. Even though it is 100% optically clear it rejects 49% of the sun’s heat.
Smart Film Technology
This high tech film can be applied to any new or existing smooth glass surface. Once installed, you can switch the film from clear to frosted (opaque) with the click of a button—or a smartphone app. Smart film can deliver privacy and energy savings on demand that’s compatible with many home automation systems. Also worth mentioning is that the film is available in various colors, with some smart film having the capability to completely darken a room with the touch of your phone screen.
How does it work? There’s two special chemicals on a piece of glass, separated by a conductive layer. And when you apply a voltage, it moves ions from one side to the other, and depending on which side you push it to, it either blocks light, or lets it through.
Fletch Window Tint works hard to keep you up to date on the latest trends in window film. Residential window film and automotive window film is a quickly growing industry, that changes daily. Call us at 210-669-2940 for answers to any questions you may have regarding how window film in San Antonio can benefit you.