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ARC Window Treatments & Tinting will be an exhibitor this year at the 2016 Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show. This marks the 3rd year that we hosted a booth at the show, and we are excited to be there again! Please stop by our new and improved booth with the addition of all of our window treatment products and samples. Also, we will have our new 3M window film product available to look at. Come speak with a window treatment or tinting specialist while checking out the latest samples of blinds, shades, fabrics, shutters, and window film products.
We will also have our new ‘virtural cord’ motorized window treatment on display, so come see how we can put your window treatments on remotes!
Show Dates: February 25-28, 2016
Show Hours: Thursday & Friday 11a-9p
Show Location: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
4000 Parnell Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Come to the Fort Wayne Home & Garden Show and schedule a FREE ESTIMATE and receive 20% off your entire purchase!
10/9/2015 What’s New with ARC!
Expansion into Window Treatments:
With the addition of residential and commercial blinds, shades, fabrics and shutters to our product mix; we are excited that we can now provide a larger scope of window treatment solutions. Through the use of custom window treatments, window film or a combination of the two, we can utilize the benefits of two types of window treatments to provide unique style and premium functionality.
A customer has a great room with a large set of 6 windows containing two trapezoids and a pentagon at the top. *See photo below The main concerns are reducing the sun’s glare, maintaining privacy and protecting the flooring from fading.
Traditionally this customer would have to call a window treatments specialist who will suggest a beautiful drape, blind or shade for all of the windows and then a window tinting company to install film to control the fading while the drapes, blinds or shades are open.
Now, this customer can use ARC Window Treatments & Tinting to utilize the benefits of both treatments and tinting in a cost effective manner. Since we are able to install both products in house, this customer will save the time, money and the hassle of using two separate (and typically competing) companies to solve their glare, privacy and fading problem.
Although our logo and name has slightly changed to reflect our new window treatment products, our company focus will always be to provide our residential and commercial clients with a total window treatments solution and the highest service standards.
3M Window Films Partnership:
Through the course of this past year, we have had the opportunity to become an authorized dealer of 3M window films. This partnership will allow us to provide the highest quality of products backed by the world’s largest window film manufacturer.
11/19/2014 Glass Types in Relation to Home and Business Window Tinting
In this section I wanted to describe some of the different glass types and their relationship to window tinting. Window film installers must be careful to make sure they are matching the correct glass type with window film to avoid any glass breakage due to thermal stress. In the most basic sense, there are 3 main types of glass:
Annealed Glass- This is a very common type of glass used in residential and commercial settings. It is designed to be affordable, but also is the most fragile of all the glass types. Window film works great with annealed glass to improve its ability to insulate, reflect heat, and minimize glare and fading.
Laminated Glass- Laminated glass is used to hold up against high impact loads (wind or snow) and is typically found in a commercial setting. Laminated glass contains a layer of Poly Vinyl Butylene (PVB) sandwiched between 2 pieces of glass to prevent shards of glass from releasing when broken, making it great for safety purposes. This type of glass, due to its construction, is susceptible to thermal stress must be taken seriously when choosing the shade and type of window film.
Toughened (Tempered) Glass- Tempered glass is glass that has been heat treated to increase the overall strength, and ability to handle thermal stress loads. This type of glass is 4 times stronger than regular annealed glass, and when broken turns into small fragments making it a safety glass as well. This glass is great for areas where there is chance for accidental breakage. (glass near the floor, bathrooms, or glass of large square footage). Any window film can be applied to this type of glass.
3/4/2014 2014 Home and Garden Show
ARC Window Tinting wants to say THANK YOU!!! to all of the attendees this year! We are excited for the homes and businesses who will get to experience the great benefits of window film.
11/19/2013 Window Film in the Winter? Yes it Works!
A question we commonly get when consulting with customers is “Does the window film do anything for me in the winter?” The answer is most definitely “yes”. Window tinting can reduce the amount of heat that you are creating for your home from leaving through the glass in your windows. The window film will act as an insulating liner for the glass making it significantly harder for the heat to escape. This concept works well for maintaining a constant temperature in your home rather than waiting on your home’s heating system to react to your home’s decrease in temperature. When you are not making your heating and cooling system work hard to maintain a desired temperature, you are preserving the life of your system, as well as reducing the amount of natural gas, propane, electricity, etc. required to keep your home warm in the winter. Window film is great for your home all year around, and does not take breaks in the winter months.
11/11/2013 Thank You to our Veterans
ARC Window Tinting would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of those who have served our country and the families who support/stand behind them. As a business we understand that our ability to exist would not be possible without the hard work and commitment of those who stand in our defense.
10/24/2013 What is a LEED Certification? | Where Does Window Film Fit in?
In order to address what a LEED project, or what a LEED certification is, we must first talk about what LEED itself is.
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design; it is a an organization that puts fourth standards for existing and new construction projects to follow, earning points toward different levels of LEED certification. The benefits of certification include: lower operating costs, reduced waste, a healthier environment and qualification for cost reducing incentives like tax rebates.
Window film fits into the picture as a vehicle for a building or home to gain more points, and get closer to a higher level of certification. Points (for existing buildings operations & maintenance) are awarded in 6 different areas from a “water efficiency” category to an “energy & atmosphere” category. These points are totaled for a final score determining which certification a building is awarded. According to Vista-films.com, window film can assist with earning 9 LEED certification points in the below areas:
- Light Pollution Reduction (1 Point)
- Optimizing Energy Performance (1 to 3 Points)
- Improving Thermal Comfort (1 Point)
- Providing Daylighting and Views (1 to 2 Points)
- Innovations in Operations and Upgrades (1 Point)
- Optimize Use of Alternative Materials (1 Point)
There are additional LEED credit categories available for homes and neighborhood developments.
This is just another example of how window film can play a part in improving our environment, and help us take steps to a greener and more eco-friendly future.
10/16/2013 National Energy Awareness Month
October is national energy awareness month, a time when a focus and recognition is placed on conserving energy on a national scope. Typically, and with all fairness, our minds take us to updating light bulbs, changing our windows or purchasing a hybrid vehicle (all not bad ideas). That being mentioned, allow me to shine some of the spotlight on another increasingly popular option; window film. Window film can reduce total solar energy entering a home or building up to 80%. This could result in an extremely rapid return on investment for a home or building owner. In terms of the cost itself, window film comes in at a fraction of the cost to replace windows. The only comparable option, blinds and drapes, eliminate the view and provide nothing beyond shade. Custom blinds and shades can compliment window film very well, as they provide the total nighttime privacy, but the real benefit package is achieving glare, heat and fade reduction with daytime privacy, while reducing energy bills and keeping the view.
9/26/2013 International Window Film Conference & Tint-Off
This past week we were able to attend the IWFA conference and tint-off in Tampa, FL to see the latest trends in window film, attend educational seminars, meet and greet window film manufacturers and enjoy the competitions. It is easy to say we had great time and were able to meet a lot of great people in our industry while enjoying the city of Tampa.
6/18/2013 Window Film on Low-E Windows- YES!
One question that is frequently asked when homeowners are considering window film for their home is whether or not window film can be applied to a Low-E window. The short answer is yes it can be, but as with everything in our world, it depends.
In terms of Low-E surfaces on glass, it can be broken down into 2 types: The first is a conductive coating applied during the manufacturing process, and while this type provide some heat loss reduction, there is little done in terms of heat gain into the space. The second is a post manufactured coating applied to the glass. This type does provide some heat gain reduction along with the heat loss reduction. Window film obviously will provide more assistance with the first type, although with the second type the amount gained with window film is just reduced slightly. When determining which you have, it is best to consult your window manufacturer regarding the glass specifications.
Another dynamic to consider is the location of the Low-E surface on the window. If the coating is on the innermost/room side of the window, the use of window film can reduce or eliminate the heat loss reduction of the glass, but this will likely be offset by the heat gain reduction created by the film, basically a wash. The most typical case is a situation where the Low-E coating is between the multiple panes of glass and in this case the heat loss reduction is not affected by the window film.
So in a nut shell, in the most typical of cases the film will give you all the benefits promised without affecting the properties that sold you on the Low-E glass. In all other cases the window film will offset the heat loss properties with heat gain reduction, and all of the benefits of window film such as: glare reduction, fade protection, privacy, enhanced safety and a uniform look will all still apply.
5/2/2013 Window Film and Skin Cancer
Since May is skin cancer detection and prevention month, I find it only appropriate to share some of the effects the sun has on our skin, and its ability to be prevented by window film.
Here is an article from skincancer.org that explains best why window film is a great action to take in skin cancer prevention:
Here are some tips to prevent skin cancer besides residential & commercial window film:
Roughly 90% of nonmelanoma cancers are attributable to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. That's why prevention involves:
- Staying out of the sun during peak hours (between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).
- Covering up the arms and legs with protective clothing.
- Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Using sunscreens year round with a SPF of 15 or greater and sunblocks that work on both UVA and UVB rays. Look for products that use the term "broad spectrum."
- Checking your skin monthly and contacting your dermatologist if you notice any changes.
Getting regular skin examinations. It is advised that adults over 40 get an annual exam with a dermatologist.
Tips provided by fwderm.com
4/4/2013 How the Sun can do more than just Fade
The suns heat, light and overall energy can cause some lasting effects on your home in more ways than just fading furniture, flooring or decorations. There have been many cases of the suns heat blistering window case stains and sealants. Wood becomes weak and can almost be wiped away layer by layer. Window film can greatly reduce the effects of the sun without being totally noticable in its existance. So, if your not interested in the look of window film but are interested in preserving the look of you home's ammenities, try a light shade of window film to reject at least some of the heat.
Here is a recent photo of what the sun has done to a front door through a storm door. This home is not even 8 years old! .. The sun does quick work.
3/25/2013 Business | Basic Event Marketing Do's and Don't
Before the Event:
- Let people know about your event through social media ads before the event begins. Use rewards that can’t be refused to induce your market to “share” your event with others.
- Have your calls to action prepared before the event! This will help you quickly and efficiently qualify your attendees to separate the SWAG hunters from the genuinely interested. It is imperative that you are spending your time and energy on the right people.(Qualified potential customers)
- Have your artwork in hand well in advance to the event. This is a good one whether you buy locally or through larger internet based companies. This will allow you to see all your pieces go together and have time for any printing errors to be returned. There is no worse feeling than pulling that brand new banner out of the box at the event and realizing the printing company sent you the wrong one, or made a huge mistake.
During the Event:
- Always keep your booth staffed! This sounds simple at first, but when hunger, bathroom breaks, and the 8th, 9th and 10th hour come along, it is easy to fall into leaving your booth unstaffed. Have the proper number of sales people and schedule breaks to keep them all fresh.. an energetic sales person out performs a tired one by leaps and bounds.
- Be careful with the internet. Event presentations are great when integrating the internet, and being able to take your potential customers to your online store, gallery, etc is useful. Although, if your sales staff solely relies on this source in order to make a sale then your are going to be in a real train wreck when the internet is slow or stops functioning; and it will happen. Have a back up presentation on an ipad or notebook that will at least be a source of reference in this case. A customer will appreciate your foresight in having a back up plan.
- Create an affordable e-mail trap. This is a little dependant on your product or service, but the ability to walk away from a multi-day event with 1000+ e-mails is satisfying it serves as a place to start when the event is over. Try a qualifying raffle like in our case “$500 off a residential or commercial window film project” This will keep people who have no interest in window film from clouding your e-mail list and allowing you to know that at least the people on the e-mail list will be interested in window film to some extent.
After the Event:
Follow up!! If you do not follow up on the leads you got during the event, then you have done more damage than good to your company. If you are going to tell someone you will contact them and then do not, you were better off having not even met them. The last thing you want to do is show incompetence to your potential customer. With the knowledge in mind that you will be worn the day after the event and there is a tear down process, make sure you are not promising 100 phone calls for the day after the event or scheduling yourself all around town just after.. Logic goes a long way on this one, but being caught up in the moment of a good sale can lead you to just say yes to about anything; especially “how soon can we meet?” “Monday!!” you say…. To everyone…
-Blog about your time are the event. Interested people will be following up with your site after the event and there is nothing better for them to see than a warm friendly post about how much fun the event was and how it was great to meet everyone.
3/15/2013 Home & Garden Show 2013
ARC Window Tinting would like to say ........
For coming to the show this year!!
12/21/2012 DIY VS. Professional Window Film Installation
When deciding to purchase a service or product, there is always the option of completing the service yourself, or calling a professional to complete the job. When considering window film, there are a couple key questions to ask:
How big is the project?
If you are considering installing window film to your tool shed window (essentially the smallest of possible projects) and the degree of perfection required is not real high, then the answer may be to go ahead and try to complete the job yourself. It would not be cost effective to bring a professional to your home to see the window and then pay for a professional grade window film and installation for something of that size.
Now lets say you are looking at a great room that has a handful or more of windows of odd shapes or larger sizes; this project will without a doubt call for a professional to come in and make sure the installation is done cleanly and in a timely manner. Making clean cuts and keeping dust particles, liquid and air out from in between the film in the glass is most important when addressing a room with high amounts of traffic and viewers. Besides, if you were going to invest the time and money to put film on your living room or bedroom windows, wouldn’t you want it to look professionally done vs. a DIY version?
What are you trying to achieve?
Is the glare annoying? It too hot to bear on a sunny day? Tired of the neighbors being able to see your every move? Worried about tree limbs getting thrown through the window or a thief breaking them? Or do you have a specific need for harmful UV rays to be totally blocked from your skin? There are many different reasons for adding window film to your windows and each, or a combination of each call for different films. This is where the professional beats the DIY idea hands down. If glare or heat is your only issue then you may want to use a highly reflective film to maximize your comfort, but if the shiny look is not for you then something a little less reflective might be the right choice. If privacy is the concern and that’s all that matters then something dark but visible might be your answer. If simply uv rays or breakage protection is your concern then you may be happy with a clear security film that still blocks UV rays. But what if you want the best of all of these amenities and not sure where to balance the scales? This is where a professional is going to really be able to enhance your knowledge that is backed by experience and guide you to the best professional grade window film for you project. Professional grade window film is NOT sold in stores.
When making the choice to do it yourself or call a professional there are some things to consider. Of course a professional is always happy to take on your project, you may find that it might not be the right choice for you. More times than not a professional is the answer, and the easiest way to decide is to just have one come out and help you through the situation. ARC Window Tinting LLC is always happy to come and provide you with an in-home FREE ESTIMATE on your project.
10/29/2012 The 5 Benefits of Residential & Commercial Window Film
1. GLARE REDUCTION
This will be a 5-segment article highlighting the utilities of window film that most of usually go unnoticed. First I’ll start with most obvious of the five,Glare Reduction. Glare is the annoying sunlight that comes through your living room, kitchen or bedroom windows and keeps the television impossible to watch or a relaxing room hard to enjoy. Glare is also the sunlight that shines in and provides a natural light that allows many to avoid relying on having every light in the house or office on just to be able to see. So how do we get the best of both worlds? Window Film. Window Film can reduce the glare by over 50% while letting in 45% of the original light. (This is enough to make the film hard to notice without knowledge of its existence.) With different shades reducing up to 92% of glare and still allowing unhindered visibility during the day and night. Window film provides home and business owners many glare reducing options beyond blinds. Installing window film to your home or place of business is like giving your windows a pair of sunglasses.
2. HEAT REDUCTION & ENERGY SAVINGS
A very attractive property of residential and commercial window film is its ability to reflect solar radiation(essentially heat coming through the glass in windows). This may not seem like something that means a whole lot at first, but in the months we are using our air conditioners to cool our home, a heat reflecting agent can really make a significant difference where we all love it most, our utility bills. Basic cause and effect tells us that as our air conditioners work to keep our homes at a particular temperature, this pulls energy, which costs money. At the same time the sun is beaming solar radiation through our windows and essentially pumping heat in. Now our air conditioner has to work harder to keep our homes cool, which costs more money. Adding window film with its heat reflecting traits can allow our air conditioners to work less and pull less energy, saving money(to the tune of up to 50%). This is where window film provides a return on the investment. This correlation is real simple: more glass covered by film = more savings = a faster return on the investment. This isn' t just a warm season fling either. In the colder months, window film works as an insulator to the glass and keeping the expensive heat our furnaces produce right where it belongs, in the house. Not to mention the slowing of temperature imbalances, that's just icing on the window film cake. So no matter how you slice it, window film provides a solid return, and in time (depending on the amount of widows covered) pays for itself, and more.
3. UV PROTECTION & FADING
As we learned in a previous article, UV or Ultra Violet radiation is harmful to our skin. What we didn’t cover is how harmful it is to all the other items we have sitting in front of our windows. Furnishings, hardwood flooring, pictures, paintings, carpet etc. are all subject to fading and warping from the suns UV, heat and light. A combination of these three elements with UV radiation leading the way, spend all their time working on our expensive flooring, furnishings and irreplaceable pictures. This is where residential and commercial window films get to save the day, and save it well. All window films including a clear UV Guard protect us and our belongings from 99% of the harmful UV rays. This is a pretty substantial considering blinds and curtains can only dream about doing all this while allowing us to still see out of our windows.
4 & 5. PRIVACY / SAFETY & SECURITY
Generally window tinting is associated with one getting their car windows tinted and residential and commercial window tinting is not top of mind. Although, just as we like to get our car windows tinted so others can’t see us while we sing at stop lights(privacy); window tinting our homes or place of business for privacy is equally useful. With clear glass, as it gets dark outside and lights remain on inside our home or business, it becomes very easy to clearly see what is going on inside through the windows. A useful utility of window film is with certain types of film; it looks dark on the outside, but still allows visibility from the inside. This can provide satisfying peace of mind that just anyone can’t drive down the neighborhood street and see what is happing in our homes. From a security standpoint, it with out a doubt helps deter criminal activity when they cannot see all the nice things in our home or business with little effort.
Safety and Security are relative priorities we all share, and residential and commercial window film comes into play here too. As aforementioned, the inability to see in to our home or business helps deter criminal activity. In addition to this, the application of window film makes the glass harder to break through. As a criminal takes a swing with whatever they use to break through a window, when it does not immediately break open and just cracks, they are less likely to stick around and take more attempts at getting what they want. The thicker the film applied the greater safety mechanism it stands to be. This also comes in handy for windstorms and tree limbs coming through the windows. A typical reason for this application is baby cribs in bedrooms near trees with this potential, storefronts with valuable goods inside, or any other business where valuable goods are bought and sold. See our page on safety and security window film for additional information.
10/18/2012 UVA Radiation Harmful Indoors
What some people may not know is that UV radiation can be just as harmful indoors as it is outdoors. UV rays are broken down into ultraviolet B (UVB) and also ultraviolet A (UVA). While UVB rays are strongest in the summer and are what causes sunburns, UVA rays are constant throughout the entire year. According to the skincancer.org, while both UVA and UVB rays can harm the skin and lead to skin cancers, UVB is effectively blocked by glass. However, at least 50 percent of UVA radiation can pass through windows. Although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent, and go through glass, making sun protection necessary indoors as well as out. UVA radiation can penetrate windows to reach the skin, accelerating skin aging. One way for preventing these harmful UV from entering the home is through window film. Most solar window films block 99%-100% of all UVA and UVB harmful rays.