Are You Practicing Sun Safety and Protecting Your Skin While Driving?

Posted on: May 17th, 2018 by Chris Daigle
Are You Practicing Sun Safety and Protecting Your Skin While Driving?

Are You Practicing Sun Safety and Protecting Your Skin While Driving?

Spring has finally arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana and as a way to honor May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share this important sun safety information with you. Did you know drivers in the U.S. have a higher rate of skin cancer on their left side due to exposure while driving? Practice good sun safety by having a UV blocking window film installed on your vehicle. In fact, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends window tint as part of a comprehensive skin care program stating,

“The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is associated with most cases of skin cancer, which will affect one in five Americans over a lifetime. UV radiation reaches us in the form of shortwave UVB and long-wave UVA rays, but glass blocks only UVB effectively. Although car windshields are partially treated to filter out UVA, the side windows let in about 63 percent of the sun’s UVA radiation; rear windows are also unprotected, leaving back seat passengers exposed. There is, however, a solution. Transparent window film screens out almost 100 percent of UVB and UVA without reducing visibility, and is available in all 50 states. If you have window film installed, remember that it protects you only when the windows are closed.”

If you would like more information about practicing good sun safety by using the automotive window film that we offer, call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to discuss your options and provide you with a free, no obligation assessment and quotation on your particular vehicle. Find out why we are the #1 company for automotive window tint in New Orleans area.

Save Money Cooling Your Home this Summer With Home Window Films

Posted on: May 2nd, 2018 by Chris Daigle
Save Money Cooling Your Home this Summer With Home Window Films

Save Money Cooling Your Home this Summer With Home Window Films

It’s coming fast! Summer will be here before we know it. The warm Summer weather is something many of us look forward to all year long, but it also brings higher energy bills as we use our air conditioning to keep our home cooler and comfortable. With that in mind, we wanted to share some ways that home window films can help save you on home energy costs this Summer season. This article discusses how window film can reduce the load on your air conditioning system which saves you money on utility bills and also HVAC system maintenance.

The first thing we want to explain is how home window films work to reduce the load on your air conditioning system. The simple explanation is that window film installed on your existing house windows reduces the amount of the sun’s heat coming into your home through the glass. On a hot Summer day, you air conditioning system might be struggling just to keep up with the demand to keep your home comfortable. Unfortunately, this demand for air conditioning is also happening all throughout your area at the same time. This spike in demand for energy allows the utility company to charge a premium on the energy you use during this period. Now, the good news. Home window film is very effective reducing the heat making its way into your home through the windows on those hot Summer days. By reducing the heat coming through the glass, your air conditioning will not having to work as hard, and use as much energy, to keep your home comfortable.

In addition, as a result of reducing the heat entering the home, the home’s air conditioning system will not need to run constantly to keep up with demand. This not only saves you money on energy costs as mentioned above, but will also save you system maintenance costs from wear and tear. The air conditioning unit consists 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. Furthermore, as parts degrade they often do not work as efficiently as they did when new. The resulting system inefficiency translates into more energy being needed to get the same results in home cooling.

Our hope is that this brief article shed some light on how home window films can help save on home energy costs and system maintenance this Summer and for many years to come. If you would like more information about home window films and how they can be implemented into your house, click HERE and call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing a window film solution in your New Orleans, Louisiana area home before Summer.

Reduce Operating Costs and Adopt Green Building Tech with Window Film

Posted on: April 6th, 2018 by Chris Daigle
Reduce Operating Costs and Adopt Green Building Tech with Window Film

Reduce Operating Costs and Adopt Green Building Tech with Window Film

We recently came across an article on Ecopreneurist that discusses how window film can be part of your business embracing green building technology to cut business costs while going green. Most business and building owners would like to adopt green building strategies as it is beneficial for the environment, but the cost of many of these technologies are often prohibitive when taking the bottom line into consideration. This is what makes commercial window film so attractive. This technology not only helps a building operate more efficiently, it often pays for itself in just a few years through utility cost savings.

As the article states, “When window tint is applied to a building it forms a protective barrier from many unwanted elements. On top of rejecting virtually all incoming UV light (a health benefit in its own right), tinting is also highly effective in heat absorption. Films are capable of absorbing up to well over 60% of incoming heat. When this happens, the propensity for cooling your buildings interior is all but certain to decrease. That, in turn, works to effectively slash energy costs for the business. While reduced energy costs might add to your businesses’ bottom line, it profits the environment as well. With less energy usage, more emissions are saved from being released into the atmosphere. While emissions saved by one business (alone) may not be enough to save our environment, collective action may bring us incredibly closer.”

It is certainly understandable that any business needs to keep an eye on the bottom line. With that in mind, in 2018 it is also important for any business to take steps to operate in an environmentally friendly way when possible. As the article continues, it states “it’s time for companies to take more action towards being environmentally sustainable. Window tinting offers a grand opportunity for just that. Unlike most eco-friendly activities, tinting provides direct, tangible savings on the balance sheet. As companies continue to tighten their belts, and consumers become more eco-conscious, the backdrop may be set for something truly incredible.”

If you would like to learn more about how window film can bring your business into the green building movement in a cost effective way that makes sense on the bottom line, click HERE and call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing a window film solution into your space.

How Security Window Film Helps Increase School Safety

Posted on: March 19th, 2018 by Chris Daigle
How Security Window Film Helps Increase School Safety

How Security Window Film Helps Increase School Safety

As a result of the unfortunate events of the past weeks and several years, there is an increased emphasis on school safety. Most notably, discussing what steps can be taken to avoid these types of incidents from occurring in the future. A recent article in District Administration entitled “Building Blocks of a School Security Plan” discussed strategies that can be implemented to improve the safety of a school. One of the items discussed was utilizing Security Window Film to make it harder for someone to forcefully enter a school. The President of the United States also recently mentioned hardening of school facilities as one of the solutions. As the article states:

“Make your building perimeter harder to penetrate.

If you already have locks on your outside doors, the next item you should consider on your list is security film for your windows. After the doors, the next obvious place a person with bad intentions will try to enter the building is through your windows. Security film maintains the integrity of the window, even if the glass is broken. It helps to hold the glass in place, acting as a screen that is difficult to breach, even with a sledge hammer or baseball bat. I believe that simple is better. Make sure that your plan is based on principles such as distance or time. Ask yourself, Does this security device offer my community additional time by delaying the threat?”

To read this article in its entirety, click HERE.

One of the best things about a security window film is that, when installed professionally, it can be hard to know that anything is even on the glass. This serves to buy authorities even more time to respond as a typical would be intruder does not expect the delayed entry that the film produces. In these situations, every extra moment counts and security window film delivers additional time.

If you would like more information on how security window film can add a layer of security to school safety, call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to help in any way we can.

Spring is the Perfect Time to Consider Home Window Tinting

Posted on: March 1st, 2018 by Chris Daigle
Spring is the Perfect Time to Consider Home Window Tinting

Spring is the Perfect Time to Consider Home Window Tinting

Some days it may not feel like it, but Spring is just around the corner! With warmer weather on the way, this is the perfect time of year to consider home window tinting in the New Orleans area by Snappy Tint. So, while you wait for the sun and warm weather to arrive, consider these three reasons you should consider home window tinting for your Spring home improvement project.

Three Benefits of Home Window Tinting

  • Greater Energy Efficiency – Modern window films can be used as a retrofit to nearly any window to improve their energy efficiency. By improving the insulating properties of your window unit, window film improves the comfort of your home while reducing the load on your air conditioning system. The result can be a more comfortable home with lower utility bills.
  • Protect Furnishings from Fading – UV rays, heat and glare from the sun can cause sun damage to your floors, carpets and furniture. Home window tinting works to block the contributors to fading and extend the life of your furnishings.
  • Add Privacy and Decor – Decorative window films can be used on any window where additional privacy is needed. From bathrooms to entryway windows, there are many options to add privacy without sacrificing looks. These films can also be used to add a custom decorative element to nearly any glass panel.

We hope this brief article gave you some ideas on how home window tinting can be the perfect addition to your house this Spring. If you have any questions or would like more information, check out the link located HERE or call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing window film solution in your home this Spring.

Gray Insurance in Mandeville, LA Uses Window Tint to Combat Heat & Glare

Posted on: February 16th, 2018 by Chris Daigle
Gray Insurance in Mandeville, LA Uses Window Tint to Combat Heat & Glare

Gray Insurance in Mandeville, LA Uses Window Tint to Combat Heat & Glare

Our team was happy to be able to help the folks over at Gray Insurance in Mandeville, Louisiana combat an excessive heat and glare issue in their facility by utilizing a window tint from 3M Window Films. The building and the occupants were suffering with spaces getting too hot for the HVAC to keep up as well as glare problems at certain times of the day. After looking at the building, we recommended a film called Night Vision from 3M that will significantly cut the heat entering through the glass as well as the glare. Now, they have no more issues and the film blends in nicely with the building.

If you would like more information on this project or what we could do for your commercial space, check out the link located HERE or call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing window film solution in your commercial space.

How Can Window Film Be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle in New Orleans?

Posted on: February 2nd, 2018 by Chris Daigle
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Many people begin a new year with a resolution to live a more healthy lifestyle. People begin things like new exercise programs and start being more conscious about what types of foods you eat. Just look at how the organic food industry has exploded as people understand the negative impact that certain things can have on their overall health. However, like most things, making good choices usually happens once someone has good information regarding why they should make those choices. Our team at Snappy Tint wanted to share some good information with New Orleans and the surrounding areas about healthy lifestyle choices as it relates to sun exposure and how window film can help.

In 2018, most people understand the risks and dangers of overexposing their skin to the sun’s UV rays, many are unaware of how much and when they are being exposed to them. Subjecting yourself to these UV rays without proper protection can lead to premature aging of the skin and the potential for skin cancer. Most people are likely wearing protective clothing and some type of sunscreen when enjoying the outdoors. However, have you ever thought about the exposure you are getting in your car or sitting beside windows at work and in your home? Most people don’t consider the exposure to these harmful UV rays when they are behind a piece of glass.

This is precisely why window film can become part of a healthy lifestyle. Even though you are behind a piece of glass, you are still being exposed to the UV rays that you need protection from. Applying a window film to that glass can block these rays from getting through. Window films have been given The Skin Cancer Foundation‘s Seal of Recommendation. This is what they had to say in a recent article:

“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. Although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent and are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year. Window film can help prevent harmful UVA rays from damaging your skin.”

You can check out this entire article and other great sun safety tips at The Skin Cancer Foundation’s website by clicking HERE

We hope this article helps shed some light on how window film can play a role in you adopting a healthy lifestyle in 2018. If you would like more information, check out the link located HERE or call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing window film solution in your home, car or commercial space.

Snappy Tint is the New Orleans Area’s #1 Automotive Window Tint Installer

Posted on: January 19th, 2018 by Chris Daigle
Snappy Tint is the New Orleans Area's #1 Automotive Window Tint Installer

Snappy Tint is the New Orleans Area's #1 Automotive Window Tint Installer

If you are considering having automotive window tint installed on one of your vehicles, you have found the spot! Snappy Tint is the New Orleans area’s finest window tint installation shop. Not only do we have expert installers, we utilize the finest window films available. But window tint is not just for looks. Check out some of the other benefits of having a quality window tint expertly installed on your vehicle.

Four Benefits of Automotive Window Tint

    • Enhanced Style and Appearance – Whether you want the elegant look of a light film or the custom look of a darker film, there is no question that nearly any car looks better with automotive window film installed. There are automotive films to fit nearly any style or look desired. *Please note that automotive tint laws vary from State to State. Please familiarize yourself with the window tinting laws in your particular area.

    • Reduce Interior Temperatures – The sun’s heat can cause vehicle interiors to become unbearably hot, but automotive window film can help. Window film can significantly reduce the heat coming through your windows and modern technology allows you to achieve this performance even with very light films.

    • Cut Distracting Glare – At certain times of the day or year, glare can be distracting and even blindingly dangerous. Automotive window film enables you to cut the glare allowing you a better view of the road. It’s kind of like a high quality pair of sunglasses for your car.

    • Protection From Dangerous UV Rays – While most of us would not think about spending a significant amount of time in the sun without sunscreen, we expose our skin to dangerous UV rays in our cars each day. While it’s rare to get sunburned through your car windows, harmful ultraviolet (UVA) rays that contribute to premature aging and skin cancer can still reach you. Most automotive window films block 99%+ of harmful UV rays from passing through the glass. In addition, those same UV rays can cause damage and fading to your vehicle interior. So, protect yourself, your passengers and your vehicle interior from the sun’s damaging rays.

If you would like more information about the automotive window tint service that we offer, click HERE. If you want a quote or to schedule an appointment for your vehicle, call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to discuss your options and provide you with a free, no obligation assessment and quotation on your particular vehicle.

Resolve to Have a More Comfortable and Energy Efficient Home in 2018

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by Chris Daigle
Resolve to Have a More Comfortable and Energy Efficient Home in 2018

Resolve to Have a More Comfortable and Energy Efficient Home in 2018

With 2018 just getting underway, why not resolve to have a more comfortable and energy efficient home this year? While your home’s windows open your space to natural lighting, warmth and views of the outside world, there are also the downsides. Unfortunately these same windows also open you up to high energy costs, heat build-up, excessive glare, and the premature fading of interior furnishings. Implementing a high quality home window film solution can improve the comfort and increase the energy efficiency of your windows and allow you to bask in the sunlight, worry-free.
 
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Some of the Benefits of a Home Window Film

 

    • More Energy Efficient Home – According to the EPA Energy Star Buildings Manual in the United States, approximately half of a home’s utility bills are wasted by loss of heat and heat gain through untreated windows. Home window tinting can significantly improve energy efficiency. With a thin, virtually invisible addition to your home’s existing windows, window films can help you save up to 50% on cooling costs.

 

    • Improved Comfort by Reducing Heat and Glare – Open your blinds, shades, or draperies and let the sunlight in. In addition to blocking heat, home window tint reduces glare by up to 87%, making it easier for you to watch television or work on a computer in the comfort of your home. Because home window films are made with ultra-clear, distortion-free materials, you won’t even know it’s there.

 

    • Reduce Hot and Cold Spots Throughout the Home – Window films can help eliminate hot and cold spots within your home by using film that reduces heat gain coming through the glass in hot areas. This will create a more balanced temperature across the space and reduce the load on your air conditioning system.

     
    If you would like more information on how you this can be the year that you have a more comfortable and energy efficient home, give us a call at 504-708-2209. We would be happy to arrange a free, no obligation consultation and discuss how you can implement a window film solution in your home.

How to Properly Care For and Clean Automotive Tinted Windows

Posted on: December 13th, 2017 by Chris Daigle
How to Properly Care For and Clean Automotive Tinted Windows

How to Properly Care For and Clean Automotive Tinted Windows

One of the most common questions we are asked regarding window tint is the proper way to care for and clean automotive tinted windows. As a result, we wanted to write a brief article that explains the do’s and donts of tint care.

To begin, let’s discuss a bit about window film construction and how it adheres to the glass. As you likely know, window tint is installed on the inside surface of the glass. The construction of tint is such that once installed the outermost surface is a durable scratch resistant coating. This is what allows film tint to slide up and down in a properly adjusted roll down window channel for years without getting scratched. Although this surface is durable, it is not indestructible. Also, the window tint is adhered to the glass with a thin, optically clear pressure sensitive adhesive. Once cured, this bond should last for many years without fail. Now that we understand a bit about how the film is constructed and how it is adhering to the glass, let’s get into how to properly care for it to ensure long life.

Is Any Glass Cleaner OK?

In short, no. The type of adhesive that I mentioned is used to adhere the film to the glass and it creates a mechanical bond between the film and the glass. Certain chemicals can degrade this mechanical bond and cause the window tint to bubble or peel. Many times you may see a window film job that has a bunch of large bubbles and think that it was a bad tint or a bad tint job. While it may have been either of those things, it could also have been a quality tint that was installed properly that was cleaned using the wrong type of cleaner. There are so many cleaners on the market that we cannot possibly discuss each one individually, but the main thing to look for is an AMMONIA FREE Glass Cleaner. Ammonia is one of the main culprits in glass cleaners that attacks the mechanical bond of the adhesive. It will creep under the film and cause a mechanical failure breakdown between the glass and film and that is what causes the bubbles you have likely seen. Many companies make ammonia free glass cleaners, just be sure to read the label. If it does not expressly say that it is “ammonia free”, assume it has ammonia and find another cleaner to use.

What Should I Use to Wipe the Windows Down?

You want to avoid using a standard paper towel to wipe down the tint as you clean. While this is OK for other surfaces, paper towels can trap a piece of dirt between the towel and film and cause scratches. This happens because there is nowhere for the dirt particle to absorb into the paper towel, so it just gets dragged across the film surface as you wipe the window down.

The best thing to use is a soft microfiber towel. These towels absorb more solution and allow a dirt particle to sink into the fibers and away from the film surface while cleaning. Not only will these towels give you a better, steak free cleaning, they will help you avoid scratches.

Is There Anything Else?

Actually, yes. One more thing to keep an eye on is the sudden appearance of small scratches in the film going from the top to the bottom of the window. This indicates that the window guide inside the door is either out of adjustment or had dirt trapped on it’s surface. If you notice these scratches, stop using that window and get the vehicle to a mechanic to check the adjustment and guide surface. Continued use without getting this resolved will cause these scratches to get worse and the only fix will be to replace the window film.

If you have any additional questions how to properly care for and clean automotive tinted windows, call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to help!