Residential Film Protection in Winter Weather

Winter is often thought of as a break from the damaging summer sun, but in reality that isn’t at all the case.  While we certainly don’t feel the rays as much, the lower angle of the sun in the sky allows easier access through your windows and glass doors.  Winter sun actually causes greater damage to walls, artwork, rugs and furniture – especially since folks are more inclined to open up their shades and let the light in.  Fortunately, residential window film can protect your valuables from UV rays while still allowing natural light to illuminate your home.

With the beautiful snow this time of year (much more appealing than March snow) no one would admonish the desire to let that glow light up your home.  But that “snow glow” can have the same type of damaging effect as that of water reflection at a lake house – walls, moldings, and even ceilings are vulnerable to reflected UV corruption.  Since our Panorama films offer top of the line UV protection with high visible light transmission, UV protection doesn’t have to mean closing your blinds and turning on the lamp, or feeling like you live in a pair of sunglasses.

It may seem that you have already missed out on “residential tint season”, but that isn’t the case – most residential film products can be applied in winter weather.  But while it could theoretically work out just fine on those freezing days, we prefer to install when the temperature is above 30 degrees.  This isn’t just for the comfort of our installers (they are rather resilient) but because the film takes longer to cure in colder weather.

Window film also does it’s part in helping to keep out the cold on those blustery days.  One of the Panorama films in the Solar Gard line offers serious insulation value to your window glass as well as highly effective UV protection, helping you save in more ways than one.  This can be a extra benefit to areas like western New York where we tend to run our heat all winter and our air conditioner all summer, with only a  brief hiatus from the energy bills.

If  you have any questions about how residential window film can help protect your home, call our shop any time – we would be glad to help you figure out which film best suits your needs.

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What Else Would You Like to Find at Ray Sands?

Over the years, we have expanded our services from our roots in windshield replacement and chip repair to include many other auto and residential services that we thought could benefit our community.   With the introduction of more services we can now remove those dents and dings from your car’s body as well, or apply a protective film to your newly installed windshield and top of the line window tint for side and rear windows.  We can even restore your car’s headlights to a shiny, bright, like-new condition – and don’t forget the windshield wipers!

One of the more recent additions to our residential roster, our residential window repair, has saved our customers tens of thousands by repairing fogged windows that would have otherwise needed replaced.  And our visually clear residential tint can help protect from harmful UV rays and improve your home’s energy efficiency, while still complying with strict HOA policies.  We also provide any type of custom cut glass you may need, from patterned glass shower doors to tempered safety glass for sliding glass doors.

But we can’t take credit for all of these ideas, many of them came from our community!  Whether it be our Rochester locals, our online readers, or our friends in the auto glass business – sharing ideas helps businesses work better with their community.  Idea sharing  is why we do this blog, and now we would like to hear from you…

Today we want to find out if there is anything else we can do for you.  Are there any services that you think are lacking in the Rochester area, that we may be able to provide?  A certain brand or type of auto product that you would like to buy locally?  A service you heard about elsewhere, that isn’t available here?  Let us know what you want in the comments below – all ideas will be considered!

2011 Rochester Home and Garden Show

Ray Sands Glass is excited for the Rochester Home and Garden Show next weekend, March 26th and 27th at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.  We have lots of great residential services to discuss this year for your home’s windows and other interior glass as well.

This year we have seen a lot of interest in our residential window film, with people becoming more aware of the amount of energy being exchanged through their windows.  Some are looking to keep out the sun’s harmful UV rays, and some to reduce their monthly energy bills (and therefore their carbon footprint.)  Whatever their motivation, we are delighted at the opportunity to discuss the benefits of residential window film, answer questions and show off some of our most popular home products!

Another residential window improvement service that we have seen a growing interest in, is our “Get the Fog Out”  window restoration process.  This technique clears the existing window of moisture and uses specially made valves to prevent future moisture buildup, while preserving the insulation value of a double pane window.  All without the hassle, expense or wasted glass of  of a window pane replacement.

This year we will also be presenting a display of some of our work with framed and custom mirrors, which we haven’t featured at home shows in the past.  But we have really enjoyed this more artistic aspect of working with glass, and some of our recent projects show how fun and beautiful it can be to think outside the box!

And of course we will be exploring some of the home uses for Aquapel, everyone’s favorite water repellent for glass ,on exterior windows and glass shower doors.

So while you are out next weekend perusing the variety of home improvements, don’t forget about your windows!  Hope to see you there!

Residential Tinting – More Than Just Energy Savings

As we discussed in the last post, residential window tinting can be an effective way to save energy, which has become so important as people realize that the value of our energy goes beyond the dollar amount on our monthly bill.   But window film can have several benefits to the homeowner, outside of those offered by energy savings.

The solar reflection properties that help keep your energy bills lower, are also protecting your Cause of Fading Chartfurniture and flooring from the sun’s harmful rays.  The sun can often be more damaging to antiques, artwork and fine rugs than the wear and tear of everyday life.   The main causes of fading are shown in the chart to the left – and as you can see, solar energy sources account for a big chunk of the discoloration on some of our most valuable possessions.

Residential tinting film can also provide another type of protection that many people don’t consider a risk until it happens – home window breakage.  We expect a certain level of risk in car window breakage, that’s why the glass on your automobile is either tempered safety glass, or laminated windshield glass.  But most residential window glass is just like any other flat glass, when it breaks, it makes large shards and tiny glass splinters.

When applied to the inside of single or double pane windows residential films can help prevent these shards of the interior glass from scattering all over due to impact damage.  Whether the damage to the window was a kid’s home run ball or a loose branch in a storm, window film can prevent injury or material damage due to flying glass.   Home tinting film can also hold the glass together in case of intentional breakage, making it harder for anyone to maliciously gain access to your home without serious injury to themselves.

Residential window tinting provides a line of protection against everything from faded furniture to flying footballs, on top of the more familiar energy savings.   It’s a wonder more people don’t consider this one of the first options for residential window improvements – it can save your money, your belongings and maybe even your self!

Window Tinting at Home – Protection with No Need for Low-E

People often regard residential window tinting as they would applying foil to your windows –  it may keep the rays out, but it just doesn’t look nice.  Many neighborhood associations have even taken the step to set guidelines that prohibit residential tint.  But the truth is that putting film on your home’s windows can protect your home and save energy, without giving your home the mirrored sunglass look, or any look at all for that matter!

With a variety of films that are protective, yet invisible from the outside, even homeowners in communities with strict HOA policies have options for insulating and preserving without any change in appearance.  One of the most popular films lately is our optically clear, polyester based Hilite film series by Panorama, which has unbeatable protection while being virtually imperceptible – both indoors and out.  Hilite films provide even greater solar energy protection without the reflective quality of the old mirror films.

And people thinking about replacing their decent insulated window units with Low-E or even Argon gas filled windows, might look to residential film for a more efficient and economical solution.  Some films have solar energy rejection rates higher than those offered by any of the modern gas filled window types.  And with the natural insulation that another layer can give you (think plastic sheets over the windows), residential films can make a bigger dent in the amount of energy traveling in and out through you windows.

Your choice in films can make a big difference in the effect on energy savings, as some films can actually store tons of heat, making the windows less efficient than they were before.  If you are wondering which film might be right for your home, check out the information on our site or more detailed information about the Hilite film, provided by Panorama.

Removing Tough Stuff From Your Glass

Got stickers on your mirror or windows?  Old bumper stickers on the rear windshield or side windows?  Ten year old tape on the kid’s windows?

When adhesives and tough gunk gets stuck on glass, people can do some serious damage trying to remove it.  We hate to see that red faced customer who tried to remove bugs from the windshield with steel wool or took a sticker off a window with an old razor.  We know that paying for replacement glass can be all the more painful when you have no one to blame but yourself. Continue reading

Residential and Decorative Glass – Customer Reviews

Just wanted to share some of the really nice letters we have gotten from some customers we did work for over the summer.

I would like to send along appreciation for the installation of the “Aspen” decorative glass for our front door…  Not only does the product look good in its setting, but it conveys the light through the door while offering privacy.

Further, the installers, Tony and Chris, were friendly and congenial as well as doing an excellent job.

Good product, good service; hope you have success with this product line.

– Daniel

Ray Sands Glass:

Thank you for the expert work on our solar room glass.  We are very happy with the results.  We called several businesses that specialize in solar rooms and no one would even come to our home to give an estimate.  They said that if they didn’t originally install it, they wouldn’t come out.  Your company did and the end product is exceptional.

I want to particularly thank Jesse and Gary who worked diligently and made the difficult work look easy.  They left the paneled areas shining clean.  I would highly recommend Jesse and Gary for any job that I needed in glass repair.

Thanks again for a job which was better than “well done”.

– Darla and Mike

And thanks to Daniel, Darla and Mike – we always appreciate feedback from customers.  If you have had auto glass, residential glass or decorative glass services from Ray Sands Glass, please let us know about your experience.  Customer reviews are what help us keep on top of our service standards,  which is what makes us the top glass service company in the Rochester area.