School Safety – Is Your School Safe? Security Window Film Can Help

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Chris Daigle
School Safety - Is Your School Safe? Security Window Film Can Help

School Safety - Is Your School Safe? Security Window Film Can Help

We recently came across an article is Business Insider titled “Here are the best ways to protect schools, workplaces, and ourselves from active shooters.” This article talks about a variety of ways to increase school safety, and they specifically mention security window film. The article states the following in the section on the use of technology to improve safety:

“Protective and intrusion resistant doors and windows creating delays in an aggressor’s ability to gain entry. For pre-existing locations the addition of protective window film, improved locking mechanisms and/or frames as well as other reinforcement techniques can be effective.”

With that being said, we wanted to explain what security window film is and how it can be used to increase school safety?

Security window film is typically a clear layer of polyester film that is applied to a building’s existing windows on the interior surface of the glass. The film comes in a variety of different thicknesses and can be installed in several different ways depending on the level of safety or security required. Once installed, this film will hold the glass fragments of the window together in the event of a break. As it relates to school safety and security, this film will hold glass fragments together and reduce the potential of injury from broken or flying glass in a natural disaster, an act of terrorism or inadvertent breakage.

In addition, and in the way the article was referring to, this film by keeping the glass intact will slow down or impede potential intruders from gaining access to the building and give authorities time to respond. Often, intruders are looking for the fastest and easiest point of access and because doors and gates have been fortified in recent years, the next easier access point would be through a window. That is why safety and security film should be considered as a way to fortify this vulnerability.

To read the complete article in Business Insider, click HERE

We hope this list helped you understand how security window film can be used to enhance school safety. If you have any questions, click HERE and then give us a call at 504-708-2209.

Seven Noteworthy Benefits of Utilizing Home Window Films

Posted on: July 27th, 2017 by Chris Daigle
Seven Noteworthy Benefits of Utilizing Home Window Films

Seven Noteworthy Benefits of Utilizing Home Window Films

We recently came across an article published by Proud Green Home that discussed how home window films could make your house more energy efficient. However, in addition to energy efficiency, the article mentioned six additional noteworthy benefits of utilizing home window films. We have summarized them below as thought you might be interested in all of the ways that window film can compliment your next home improvement project.

Benefits of Home Window Films

  • Reduces Glare – Applying tint to your home windows can result in blocking significant amount of the sun’s glare from passing through the glass.
  • Protects Your House Interiors –The sun’s UV rays penetrate through windows of your house. With prolonged exposure, your house furnishings, carpet, rugs and upholstery can become faded and damaged. Window tinting offers a great solution for fading issue as it typically blocks 99% of the UV while still allowing you to enjoy your windows.
  • Energy Savings –Window tint can act as a window insulator keeping heat out in the Summer and retaining heat in the Winter. This can help home owners decrease their utility bills by reducing how hard their heating and air conditioning system needs to work to keep the house comfortable.
  • Increased Privacy – Window films can be used strategically throughout your home to offer additional privacy through certain windows without the need for blinds or curtains.
  • Enhanced Safety – Accidents happen and a window can bet broken. When this happens with a typical home window, the glass breaks in a way that can be dangerous. Home window film can keep the broken glass in place and reduce the danger.
  • Added Security – Security home window film exists that can provide the other benefits listed and make uninvited entry into your home more difficult. This makes these types of films a perfect compliment to a home a security system.
  • Affordable Alternative to Window Replacement – At some point nearly any window may need to be replaced, but by using home window films you may be able to significantly extend the useful life of your existing windows while achieving the benefits you desire. Having a professionally installed window film applied is much less costly and far less disruptive to your home than window replacement.

We hope this list helped you understand the variety of ways home window films can help on your next home improvement project. If you would like more information, click HERE and then give us a call at 504-708-2209.

How to Protect Against Sun Damaged Floors and Furniture This Summer

Posted on: July 14th, 2017 by Chris Daigle
How to Protect Against Sun Damaged Floors and Furniture This Summer

How to Protect Against Sun Damaged Floors and Furniture This Summer

Summer is here and while most of us welcome the sun, we don’t always appreciate the damage it can bring. The extra daylight hours combined with the heat and UV rays can cause sun damaged floors and furniture in your home. This article is designed to examine the true causes of this sun damage and guide you through one of the best ways to avoid ruining a floor or piece of furniture like you see in the picture above.

First, let’s discuss what exactly causes this type of sun damage. A common misconception is that the sun’s UV rays are what cause sun damaged floors, furniture and furnishings. While these UV rays are certainly the largest component that causes fading, as this chart illustrates, they only account for 40% of the total. Solar heat, or the heat you feel passing through your windows and the visible light streaming in are also major contributors. These account for an additional 25% each of the causes of fading. The last factor is listed as “other” as it is comprised of a variety of things that are harder to control and are not major overall contributors. These are things like interior lighting, humidity, etc.

How to Protect Against Sun Damaged Floors and Furniture This Summer

One of the first things you might realize from this chart is that you cannot “stop” fading completely. The fact is that unless the item you want to protect in a dark, climate controlled room, it will typically fade over time. However, if you plan to have the flooring and furniture in a place that will be exposed to these elements, the most you can do is attack the major contributors of fading. By significantly attacking these contributors, you can slow down this fading process and extend the life of your floors or furnishings. For these reasons, one of the best ways to attack the primary causes of sun damage and fading is with window film.

Why Is Window Film a Good Solution?

As mentioned above, most people do not want to “close-up” their home in an effort to stop the damage from occurring. So, assuming the windows will not be covered, you need to attack the factors before they enter the home. Window film is a great option because it attacks all three major contributors of fading before they enter your home. Most professionally installed window films will block 99%+ of the UV rays. In addition, many window films can significantly reduce the heat coming through the window. Finally, it is possible to block up to 60% of the visible light coming through a window without noticeably darkening the window. When you combine the overall reduction in these three factors of fading, you can take a large slice out of the pie shown above. The best part is this protection can be accomplished while retaining the open feel of your home by using window film.

We hope this post shed some light on what the factors of sun damaged floors, furniture and furnishings are and how utilizing window film is one of your best options to address this issue. If you are interested in learning more, give us a call at 504-708-2209.

Increase the Range of Electric or Hybrid Vehicles with Window Film

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Chris Daigle
Increase the Range of Electric or Hybrid Vehicles with Window Film

Increase the Range of Electric or Hybrid Vehicles with Window Film

Gas prices seem to continually creep higher and more people are opting to purchase an electric or hybrid vehicles. Those are both great options to help save you money, but they can both be made even better. Did you know that by utilizing a heat rejecting automotive window film, you can increase the range of your electric or hybrid vehicle? In this brief article we will explain the how and why automotive window film is beneficial in this area.

First, let’s explore one of the primary ways that the battery in an EV or hybrid vehicle gets drained. In addition to powering the vehicle, much of the power from the batteries goes to operating the comfort systems. These would include things like lights, sound system and most importantly, the HVAC system. Depending on the vehicle, use of the air conditioning can reduce range from 9-17%. See estimate graphics from Tesla’s own website below that show range estimate for various cars in their line-up with all things being equal except the use of the HVAC system.

Model Range without HVAC Use

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Model Range with HVAC Use

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Now that we have established that running the HVAC does decrease the range of your vehicle, how can window tint help? Through the use of an automotive window film, solar energy entering the car through the windows can be reduced significantly. By reducing the heat entering the vehicle, the need to run the HVAC will be reduced and that will extend your range. Over time, through the extended range and reduced running costs, the window tint installation could actually pay for itself.

Hopefully this brief article will help you understand how window tint can help you increase the range of your electric vehicle or hybrid. If you would like more information about automotive window film and how they can be implemented into your electric or hybrid vehicle, give us a call at 504-708-2209 to receive a free, no obligation assessment of your particular application. You can also learn more by clicking HERE.

Three Reasons Window Film Should Be On Your Home Improvement List

Posted on: June 16th, 2017 by Chris Daigle
Three Reasons Window Film Should Be On Your Home Improvement List

Three Reasons Window Film Should Be On Your Home Improvement List

As we head into Summer, most of us likely have a home improvement list we plan on working on in the coming months. In this article, we are going to give you three reasons why implementing a high quality window film should be on that list.

  • Increased Home Comfort – Window films work to block excessive heat and glare from entering your home through the glass. Most homes have some windows that get a lot of sun throughout the day. In these areas of the home, there can be hot spots from the heat entering which is often accompanied by irritating glare. Often, in an effort to keep these areas of the home comfortable, your need to adjust your air conditioning. The problem then becomes that the home is often too cool in other areas where the sun is not shining in. By using window films on these specific windows, you can reduce the heat and glare specifically where the problem lies without covering the window with a blind or drapery.
  • Reduce Energy Costs – Continuing with the point above, if you have windows that are allowing excessive heat to enter the home, your air conditioning is likely having to work overtime to keep your home comfortable. All that extra running is costing you money. When you reduce the heat entering the home, your air conditioning will not need to work as hard to keep the home comfortable and you will save money on utility bills as a result.
  • Preserve Floors, Furniture and Furnishings – Our guess if that other things on your home improvement list may be things like new flooring, some furniture, artwork, etc. If that is true, you want to be sure to protect those things from premature fading and sun damage. The primary sources of sun damage and fading are UV, Heat and Visible Light. Window film works to reduce all three of these primary areas of sun damage. In fact, most films reduce over 99% of the sun’s UV rays which accounts for 40% of the total causes of sun damage.

Hopefully these three points have you placing window film on that home improvement list. If you have any questions or would like to arrange a free, no obligation assessment of your home and how window film can help, give us a call at 504-708-2209.

Legendary Car Designer Chip Foose Chooses 3M Window Film

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 by Chris Daigle
Legendary Car Designer Chip Foose Chooses 3M Window Film

Legendary Car Designer Chip Foose Chooses 3M Window Film

When your car has to look great and offer the performance you are looking for, trust the same brand chosen by legendary car designer Chip Foose. Snappy Tint is proud to offer our customers 3M Window Film​. Check out this short video from Chip and 3M below that explains a little more about why 3M Window Film is the best choice you can make for your car.



If you would like more information about 3M Window Film and how they can be implemented into your vehicle, give us a call at 504-708-2209 to receive a free, no obligation assessment of your particular application. You can also learn more by clicking HERE.

How to Save on Home Energy Costs this Summer with Window Films

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Chris Daigle
Save money on home energy costs

Save money on home energy costs

With Summer just around the corner, we wanted to share some ways that window films can help save you on home energy costs this season. While Summer is a favorite time of the year for many people, the high temperatures can cause your utility bills to skyrocket. In this article, we wanted to discuss how window film can reduce the load on your air conditioning system which saves you money on utility bills and also system maintenance.

First, we wanted to explain how window film works to reduce the load on your air conditioning system. Simply, window film reduces the amount of heat that is coming into your home through the windows. During the middle of the day, when the Sun is the most intense, you air conditioning system might be struggling just to keep up with the demand. Unfortunately, this demand for air conditioning is also happening all throughout your area at the same time. This causes a peak demand period for energy and the utility company and enables them to charge a premium on the energy you use during this period. The good news is that 

window film is most effective at precisely this time by reducing the heat making its way into your home through the windows. This reduction in heat coming in translates to your air conditioning not having to work as hard, and use as much energy, to keep your home comfortable.

In addition, by reducing the heat entering the home, the air conditioning system will not need to run constantly to keep up. This not only saves you money on energy costs, but will also save you maintenance money from wear and tear on your air conditioning unit. Any air conditioning unit is made of of numerous components that each have an effective service life. The longer, and harder, a unit is forced to run, the faster these parts wear out and need replacing. Also, as parts degrade they often do not work as efficiently as they did when new. This inefficiency translates into more energy being needed to get the same results in home cooling.

We hope this brief article helped shed some light on how window film can be a vital component in helping you save on home energy costs this Summer and for many years to come. If you would like more information about window film and how they can be implemented into your home, give us a call at 504-708-2209 to receive a free, no obligation assessment of your particular application.

Here Comes the Sun! Window Film Makes it Alright!

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by Chris Daigle
Window Film Home Improvment

Window Film Home Improvment

Hopefully the title of this article has The Beatles tune playing in the back of your head. That is what I was thinking about when I sat down to write this article. Summer is coming, and with it, we have the long daylight hours with plenty of sun. While most of us look forward to this time of the year, and all the fun things that it brings, that extra sun can also play havoc in your home, with your health and on your budget. In this article I wanted to focus on three ways that window film can help make all that extra sun alright.

    • Window Film Can Saves Money on Energy Costs – The extra sun that Summer brings also often brings high utility bills because your air conditioning system is working overtime. Through the use of modern window films, you can dramatically reduce the amount of heat entering your home through the glass and subsequently reduce how hard your AC unit has to work to keep the home cool. If your AC system is working less, you are using less energy and your utility bills will reflect that savings.

      In addition, although not specifically a utility bill, your AC unit working less throughout the Summer can extend the service life of that unit and reduce maintenance costs. So, window film can actually save both on the energy cost of running the AC and the maintenance costs associated with the usage of your AC.


    • Window Film Can Make Your Home More Comfortable – The longer Summer days can also bring about things that make your home less comfortable. Specifically, many homeowners deal with excessive glare and hot spots in the home at this time of the year. Whether it is for watching TV, using a computer or just kicking back with your favorite book, glare can make a room an uncomfortable place to be. By using window films strategically in your home, you can reduce the glare in rooms where that is an issue.

      Additionally, does your home suffer from hot and cold spots at this time of the year because one side is in sun most of the day while the other side is in the shade? You can use window film on the side of the home with excessive sun to reduce the heat entering in that area and equalize temperature throughout the home.


    • Window Film Can Preserve Your Furnishings and Your Health – The extra sun that Summer brings can also bring about fading issues with your flooring and furniture. Most windows offer no protection from the UV rays pouring through that account for a full 40% of the factors that cause fading. With modern window films, even the lightest shades block 99+% of the UV rays from entering through the windows. By eliminating this major cause of fading, you have taken a major step to extend the life of your flooring and furnishings.

      Also, The Skin Cancer Foundation has warned that this UV entering your home can also be detrimental to your health. In an article, they state,

      “While it’s understood that taking sun safety precautions is important outside, few people realize they can sustain sun damage indoors, too. While both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from the sun can harm the skin and lead to skin cancers, UVB is effectively blocked by glass. However, at least 50 percent of UVA rays can pass through windows. Window film is an increasingly effective solution, offering substantial indoor protection by blocking up to 99.9 percent of UVA radiation.”

      The use of window film can help block these harmful UV rays and preserve your health in this area. You can read the entire article from The Skin Cancer Foundation by clicking HERE

So, be prepared to welcome in the sun this Summer by preparing your home with a modern window film. If you are interested in discussing the options available for improving your home with window film, give us a call at 504-708-2209 to receive a free, no obligation assessment of your particular application.

3M Fasara Decorative Glass Finishes Transform Ordinary Glass

Posted on: April 27th, 2017 by Chris Daigle
3M Fasara Decorative Glass Finishes Transform Ordinary Glass

3M Fasara Decorative Glass Finishes Transform Ordinary Glass

Enhance your privacy while customizing your space with 3M Fasara Decorative Glass Finishes. Ideal for foyers, entryways, partitions, shower doors, bathroom windows, verandas or other glass surfaces. 3M Decorative Window Films are available in a variety of patterns from subtle to sophisticated design statements.

  • Let natural light in while enhancing privacy
  • Create an open feel, even in small spaces
  • Create the illusion of etched, treated or texturized glass with 3M Fasara Films
  • Get the elegant look of textured glass with 3M Crystal Glass Finishes


  • We hope this information opens your eyes to all the great ways you can integrate 3M Fasara Decorative Glass Finishes into your space. If you are interested in learning more, give us a call at 504-708-2209 to receive a free, no obligation assessment of your particular application.

Why Does the Sun Make Things Fade and How to Preserve Furnishings

Posted on: April 14th, 2017 by Chris Daigle
Why Does the Sun Make Things Fade and How to Preserve Furnishings

Why Does the Sun Make Things Fade and How to Preserve Furnishings

How Can You Enjoy Your Windows as Preserve Furnishings at the Same Time?

Like memories, pictures fade over time. Unfortunately, your furniture, walls, flooring and even expensive, custom window treatments can lose color and break down with sun exposure also. Help protect your drapery, blinds and preserve furnishings, and proudly display your art and photos, with the protection of 3M Window Films. As you can see in the diagram below, fading is caused by a combination of UV Rays, Solar Heat, Visible Light and other things typically outside of your control. However, the 3M window film that we offer works to significantly reduce the three factors of fading that you can do something about.

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Ways 3M Window Films help reduce rate of fading and preserve furnishings:

  • Block up to 99% of harmful UV rays — the principal cause of fading
  • Reject solar heat, which can continually heat fabrics and other surfaces, causing them to break down and discolor over time
  • Filter visible light, which can accelerate fading

We hope this brief post shed some light on what the factors of faded floors, rugs and furniture are and how utilizing window film is one of your best options to preserve furnishings. If you are interested in learning more, give us a call at 504-708-2209 to receive a free, no obligation assessment of your particular application.