What Are The Uses Of Glass Film?

Usually when people think of glass film they think of window tint. While window tint is a very common form of glass film, there are many more purposes which glass film serves. Window films come in various types that serve many different purposes, from blocking UV to thermal insulation.

So what are the main types of window film? They include:

  • Tint film
  • Window protection/security film
  • Thermal insulation

Window films are generally a retrofit upgrade to glass and windows to fix common problems such as:

  • Glare
  • Sunstrike
  • UV damage
  • Heat
  • Privacy
  • Graffiti Protection
  • Safety and security

Which of these the film does will depend of the type of film you choose and whether it’s external or internal.

Window tint film
Window tint film is designed to darken the appearance of windows from the outside, which makes it harder to see in through the glass. Along with this, it’s main purpose is to block UV rays and reduce heat inside the building. This not only makes living conditions inside the building better due to privacy and comfortable temperatures, but it preserves the condition of the carpets and furniture in the building, preventing fading and degradation. Tint films come in a range of colors, shades, opacities and thicknesses.

Window protection/security film
Security film is applied to glass so that when it is broken it holds together, which prevents dangerous shards from flying and makes it more difficult for intruders to gain entry. It’s typically used in commercial applications and these films are made of heavy gauge plastic and are intended to maintain the integrity of the glass upon heavy impact. They will also prevent against vandalism such as graffiti, as they act as a sacrificial layer on top of the glass.

Thermal insulation films
These films are used to improve insulation in the home when double glazing is not suitable. Sometimes double glazing isn’t a suitable option due to restrictions in design, budgets or other constraints, so another options is required. The benefits of thermal insulation films are that they are super easy to install, yet provide insulation just shy of that which you’d expect from double glazing. With thermal window film, you can expect:

  • to save money on heating and cooling, due to better temperature control and insulation
  • no difference in the appearance of the glass
  • big savings compared to installed double glazed glass

If you are looking for window films for your home, talk to us today. We at Ultrashield supply and install a wide range of security and protection films and tint and insulation films for all windows. Tell us your requirements and we will recommend a window film perfect for your needs.

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Treating Marine Windows Or Glass

If you have a boat, yacht or other sea vessel, you are no doubt familiar with the struggle to keep glass clean and clear. Salt stains, etching and grime are all very well known pests which boat owners need to battle against. However, we at Ultrashield have a solution to aid you in this battle.

Our marine window and glass treatment has been specifically designed to work in the harsh conditions of sea life, battling against salt water, UV and other contaminants. The sea environment is particularly harsh on surfaces such as glass, more so than a house inland would be exposed to. Because of this, the treatment needs to be stronger to withstand the additional abuse. Our marine treatment has been made with the marine environment in mind, and has been tried and tested to ensure that it can handle the conditions.

Ideally, you want to apply the treatment before the boat even hits the sea. However, 90% of the time, the boat has already been out. So what can you do?

We can restore your boat windows before applying the treatment to ensure that they are returned back to an as new condition. Restoration should be done before applying the treatment, which will ensure that 1) your windows look like new, and 2) the treatment does a better job of protecting the glass.

What will treatment do for your marine glass? Applying treatment to your boat or yacht ensures that your glass has a protective layer to help fight against stains, etching, grime, dirt and any other contaminants. It also means that cleaning the glass will be a breeze, with next to no maintenance required to return them to as new condition.

Want to protect the glass and windows on your boat? Talk to us today about getting your marine glass treated!

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Your Shower Deserves A Treat, Book Your Glass Treatment Today!

Are you sick of the way your shower has water stains on the glass every time you look at it? Don’t want to even think about starting to clean it and given up all hope of it ever looking like the day it was installed? Not to worry, we have a solution!

Ultrashield shower treatment is not only the solution for keeping new shower glass looking new, it is also the solution restoring used shower glass back to it’s former glory and keeping it that way. So whether you are just installing a new shower or you feel it’s long overdue for a restoration, we at Ultrashield can help!

For Used Showers
If your shower is covered in water spots, grime building up in the corners, and generally in need of a good clean, you definitely need our shower treatment. On used shower glass, we apply a glass restoration which will remove all staining, water spots, etching and any other blemishes. This works by our abrasive glass restoration cutting away the contaminants on the glass. It is applied in a similar method to polish on car paint. Once this is done, your shower glass should look like it was just installed. Now it’s time to treat it so that it stays  this way.

Treatment For New And Used Showers
One you have restored your shower, or had your new shower installed, it is time to treat the glass. The treatment is applied to the glass with a microfibre cloth and will not leave any effect on the glass once it is buffed out. You will never know it’s there, aside from the fact that your shower glass will look a million times better than everyone else’s. So what needs to be done after the treatment is applied?

Once treatment is applied, you no longer need to worry about scrubbing your shower clean. Once treated, your shower glass will require minimal maintenance, often just a rinse down with soapy water and a wipe with a cloth. If this is done regularly enough, once a week being the recommended interval, your shower will remain in the condition it was the day it was treated.

 

 

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Why Should You Tint Your Glass Windows?

 

Tinting windows is becoming more and more common these days on homes and commercial buildings alike. But why does everyone so obsessed with tinting their windows?

Building windows, whether commercial or residential can be tinted easily for privacy and safety. When properly installed, window tint can last for years and protects the interior of your home or office from sun damage, excessive glare and heat.

So what benefits do tinted windows provide?

Privacy & Safety

When windows are tinted, you add privacy and protection to any room in your home or office. They work in the same principle as automotive window tint, you can see out but people can’t see in. This protects your privacy and your property. The tint film also protects against injuries from broken glass, since the film holds the glass together in the case of a breakage.  It also ads another layer of strength to the glass, which holds it in place in case of damage. A window with a tint film is harder to break, so acts as a barrier against intruders. Thick security films can add extra protection, particularly useful against strong winds and natural disasters.

Visual Decoration

Window tinting can add visual appeal to the exterior of your building or home. You can even get specialist films such as textured, frosted or sandblasted, which ads a whole other level of decoration. You can even make a picture window with the use of window tint films.

Energy Saving

Glass tint can greatly increase your savings when it comes to energy bills. This works on multiple levels. In the hotter months, window tint blocks out excessive heat from entering through the glass, which means that you don’t need to waste as much energy on cooling your home. In the colder months, the heat is actually retained in the home by the tint, which means that not only do you not have to spend as much energy to upkeep the temperature, you won’t have to heat it up as much in the first place.

Reduction In Glare

Particularly useful for offices where people work on computers, or even in your home where you watch TV, tint reduces glare coming through the glass. Now you can leave blinds and curtains open while watching TV and still see what is going on!

Protecting Your Furniture

One of the most common known benefits is that fact that tint film blocks out the majority of UV rays coming from the sun. The main benefit of this is that it preserves your furniture from fading and getting sun damaged.

Are you looking for window tinting Auckland? We at Ultrashield provide all window  tinting solutions you need to make your home safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient. We only work with top quality films which will last for years and can provide the window tint film you need for your home, office or commercial building, no matter how big or small the job. Talk to us today and let us tint your windows!

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Tips On Cleaning Glass Shower Doors

Every housewife, househusband, person who lives in a house who has to clean the shower hates to clean the shower! Even with the best of cleaning solutions it can be a real struggle to keep your shower looking pristine and super shiny week in and week out. And, let’s face it, we all have better things to do with our time than be stuck in a shower cleaning off human grime.

So how can you spend less time cleaning your shower and more time doing the things you love to do? First of all, these five tricks will help you to maintain and keep your shower sparkly clean.

1. Squeegee Every Day

Yes. Every day, after every shower, by every person in your family. Without a doubt, this can be a really effective way to keep your shower glass clean. It doesn’t require much time but it can be difficult getting everyone in the house on board to remember to squeegee after their showers. If you leave the water and soap to stay on the glass after even one shower it will be more difficult the next shower to squeegee the glass clean and then you’ll have to move on to actual cleaning.

2. A Magic Eraser

If your shower has yucky residue, soap scum and mineral deposits then you need to try a Magic Eraser. Magic Erasers are fantastic at making quick work of heavily neglected showers. They are also great at giving your taps and hardware a super shine.

3. Dryer Sheet

Often household cleaning items can have multi purposes and dryer sheets are one of these items. If you get a dryer sheet from your laundry, get it slightly damp, and then use it to scrub down the glass shower door, you will find that the soap scum will soften and come right off the glass.

4. Vinegar or Bleach

Just like household cleaning items can have multi purposes, common staple items that you have in your pantry can be used in multiple ways. Vinegar is something that can do wonders for a shower door. It is less intensive than daily – you only need to use it weekly to get some good results. Make a mixture of vinegar and water with 1-part vinegar and 4-parts water. Spray the mixture on the shower doors once a week and then wipe them off. You can also use bleach to do the same thing. These mixtures will help kill germs that live on the shower door and prevent mould or mildew from forming. This is an inexpensive way to clean the shower door and can be very effective if you remember to do it often enough.

5. Baking Soda

Baking Soda serves a dual purpose in your bathroom. It will clean your shower glass but also deodorize your bathroom. To use it you need to wet your shower glass and then put baking soda onto a wet cloth and wipe it over the glass. You will see that the baking soda creates a paste – this is normal. Once you have gone over the glass wash it off with warm water and you will find that your shower glass shines like new.

While these tips will help you keep your shower looking good, you must be asking yourself if there is a better, easier option.  Well, there is. If you want a solution which will stop you from having to regularly clean your shower, you need Ultrashield’s shower glass treatment. You can make the wise decision to have Ultrashield applied to your shower glass and never have to read another “How to keep your shower glass clean” tip list again!

How does it work? Well, Ultrashield uses nanotechnology to provide a water and soap scum repellent surface, by essentially adding a protective layer onto the glass. This means that once you have Ultrashield installed you will find that the shower water just beads and runs away. The same goes for any flamboyantly thrown shampoo or conditioner. The result is the amount of time you have to spend in the shower trying to get the glass looking clean and shining is reduced to almost nothing. A simple wipe down will restore your shower to looking like new. No need for vinegar or baking soda!

What are you waiting for? Call Ultrashield today and find out just how cost effective and simple this solution is for your home. We promise you’ll be amazed!

 

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