Protecting Windows And Glass With Film

Glass is the clear choice for modern homes. It incorporates transparency, lightness and variability which are all elements of contemporary architecture and design. Using glass in windows and wall systems are a great way to bring people closer to nature. It also invites natural light into the home, which is proven to reduce stress as well as energy bills. Not to mention, glass adds a stunning look to any building. And the list of benefits goes on.

All that being said, glass has its disadvantages. One primary problem with glass is it absorbs heat and acts much like a greenhouse. Other issues include glare and poor heat preservation in winter, which leads to higher energy bills. According to BRANZ research, the average home loses up to 48% heat through single panes.

While this can be solved with double glazing, this particular method is often too expensive or difficult to install into existing window frames. This is where an insulation film proves useful, particularly Penjerex which is the highest performing window insulation film on the market today. Here are several key advantages to using this insulation film for protecting windows:

It’s lighter than double glazing

Double glazing adds quite a lot of weight to your windows, which makes retrofitting quite problematic. You see, existing frames and ranch sliders are not typically designed to hold the extra weight.

An insulation film which is sleeker and lighter solves this problem. Its lightweight properties also make installation a breeze. On top of that, you won’t be troubled with noise or disruption to your home during installation.

It’s cheaper but similarly effective

Penjerex insulation film works 95% as effectively as regular double glazing but costs only half as much. It has very good thermal resistance that will ensure your comfort all-year round.

The beauty of this window glass protection film is you can choose to apply it to any particular problem areas, i.e. hot and cold spots in your building. This “low emissivity” window film has a special metallic foil that reflects infrared heat back inside the building to reduce heat loss by 44 per cent, turning your window into a radiant heater during the blistering cold months. It also reflects a small amount of radiant solar energy to keep your home comfortable during summer.

As you can guess, window films can cut your power bills significantly.

It is extremely durable

When applied properly, window insulation film will not crack, peel, flake or bubble. It will protect your windows and your home for up to 10 years!

It also makes your glass windows harder to penetrate, making it resistant to breakage in case of theft, storms and accidents. And in case the windows shatter, the insulation film keeps the shards together after impact. That’s an added layer of protection for your home.

It doesn’t affect aesthetics

Worried that double glazing might change the look of your home or office? An insulation film will put you at ease. It’s virtually transparent and unobtrusive that you won’t even notice it’s there. Other than preserving kerb appeal, it also keeps your view from the inside crisp and clear as usual.

It keeps harmful UV rays out

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation not only harms your health but also damages your carpet and furniture. It can cause premature color fading and deterioration. Our high-performance insulation film lets in natural light but keeps 99 per cent of UV rays out.

A word of advice: There’s a massive variation among window insulation films in terms of performance, quality and cost. So always choose a high-quality product with proven results to get the best value.

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Shower Doors Need A Clean?

When you’re on the internet finding ways to get your shower doors clean, it only means the situation can no longer be ignored. To be fair, that’s completely normal since most people are short on time, patience and energy for household chores. Even the squeegee rule, which seems reasonably quick and easy to do, can be daunting.

Unfortunately, that filmy, grungy, filthy shower door isn’t only an eyesore but also a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. It’s also bad news to your pocket because old stains and mineral buildup can cause etching and permanent damage to the glass. And, well, removing and replacing your shower doors can cost you a bomb.

Shower cleaning just isn’t something you can put off indefinitely. But there’s got to be a better way, right? There must be a no-fuss, undemanding solution to keeping your shower glass doors sparkling clean.

Well, here it is: get a shower treatment. The truth is that while cleaning can eliminate the gross buildup and some of the stains, it will not reverse etching. Hence, the best line of defense is to prevent the hard water minerals and soap residue from sticking to the glass surface. Let’s tackle it a little further…

How is shower glass treated?

Think of it as shower protection. This method involves coating the glass surface with a hydrophobic nano liquid glass that wicks away water, dirt and chemical residue. The coating is applied only after the glass has been thoroughly cleaned or restored.

Glass may look smooth, but it actually isn’t if you look at it on a microscopic level. It has peaks and valleys where hard water minerals and dirt can accumulate when the water evaporates. This is why you’d notice water drops hang on the glass surface and leave streaks when they dry. What the protective coating does is it creates a smooth layer on top of the glass surface so water and the minerals/dirt it carries will simply slide off.

See the difference between untreated (lower left) and treated glass (upper right):

Water drops spread and hang onto untreated glass surface, but they bead up and slide off on treated glass without leaving streaks.

Performance and longevity

Since the technology has been around for years, you can guess there are a number of similar products on the market. All products might offer the same benefits, but the difference will lie in their performance and longevity.

On one end, there are low-cost coatings which you can apply yourself. They would seem like the practical solution, but truth is they don’t last very long and may cost you even more in the long run. On the other end, there’s the professionally applied shower protection such as Ultrashield that relatively costs more. Here’s why: professional application is vital to ensure performance and longevity. The process includes preparing the surface to ensure it’s free of dirt, grease or any other contaminants. This is something that could be easily overlooked with a DIY shower treatment. If you miss a spot or improperly clean the glass surface, the coating won’t work as well as it’s intended.

Cure time

Some coatings take time to cure, during which you can’t touch the glass or have it wet. In many cases, you can’t use your shower for 24 hours to allow the coating to set completely. And you have to make sure dust doesn’t get trapped in the coating. Ultrashield is different, though. Because it is applied by our trained professionals and dry treated, the nano-coat bonds to the glass surface instantly which means you can use your shower immediately after the treatment.

The treatment takes less than an hour for new glass showers, and anywhere between 1 to 3 hours for existing showers, depending on the age.

Is it maintenance free?

Apparently, no. A treated shower glass door won’t easily stain or build up grime, but it eventually will if you neglect it for a long time. The major benefit of treating your glass shower is the no-fuss cleanup. It’s as simple as wiping the glass with the cloth supplied in the aftercare kit and some mild detergent. No more scouring and deep cleaning!

Treated glass is also scratch resistant so you don’t have to worry about regular wiping damaging the coating. It will last up to 10 years without a reduction in its water/oil/chemical repelling properties or showing any signs of degradation. Our shower treatment comes with a 10-year warranty for new showers and a 5-year warranty for older ones.

Cost

Cost is a tricky concept here. Some products are priced much lower than comparable products but will need to be applied three times as much to coat the same shower enclosure. With a professionally applied treatment, you will pay a one-off price plus restoration costs, if any. The price plays around $250 which is already a great deal considering you won’t have to reapply it over the next decade or spend money on cleaning products anymore.

Have your shower door treated by contacting us now and you’ll never have to worry about keeping it sparkling clean!

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How Much Do You Spend On Shower Glass Cleaning?

Simple chores tend to be the arduous ones, and we would put them off forever if we could. Cleaning shower glass doors is one such chore. In theory, scrubbing the surface with a $5 squeegee after each use sounds simple enough. Not to mention, it’s cheap and takes only a couple minutes out of your day. But who wants to get dirty and sopping wet (again) just after a refreshing shower, right? It’s not surprising that many of us end up leaving the task off until the shower door has become a total eyesore.

When it comes to that, you will probably already have to pay for professional cleaning services to remove those stubborn water streaks, unsightly stains or icky soap scum. And this would easily cost about $250 per glass panel or a $150-250 fee for restoration. The bill could go higher if there is considerable damage and you’ll need new shower glass doors. (Because who likes a dirty, unhygienic shower, right?)

Meanwhile, cleaning products or DIY cleaning kits could set you back anywhere from $50-$280 depending on the brand you use or the “magic” they promise to deliver. Obviously, using these products means that you still need to spend a considerable amount of time and some elbow grease on actual cleaning, which is not entirely practical. Your time is valuable, and spending your precious hours scrubbing your shower just isn’t the most productive. And let’s not talk about the strong smell and harsh chemicals you have to deal with.

So what else can you do?

Luckily, there’s a middle ground here which guarantees way less cleaning time and lower expense on shower glass door cleaning. The answer to all our shower glass cleaner woes is surface protection.

How glass protection works

Glass isn’t perfectly smooth, although it may appear so. Its surface has microscopic peaks and valleys that attract hard water deposits, soap residue and other chemicals, which give the surface a cloudy or streaked appearance. Truth is no matter how diligent you are at cleaning your shower glass doors they are still bound to get discoloured or grimy over time. And the more you put off cleaning it, the more difficult the task becomes.

As you can guess, the best protection is basically to prevent dirt, grease and hard minerals from sticking to the glass surface. One way to do this is by applying surface protection.

Ultrashield surface protection is a liquid glass that uses advanced technology to seal and protect shower glass doors. It creates a non-porous physical barrier that prevents streaking, staining and dirt buildup by repelling water and other nasties we’ve mentioned. In other words, it keeps your shower glass doors virtually spotless for the next 5 or 10 years with very little maintenance.

It’s ultra-thin so it looks barely there. But you’ll see it working its magic in the way the water slides off the clear glass.

This type of glass surface protection is professionally applied to a pre-cleaned surface. If your shower doors are used and have significant buildup, they will first need to be thorough cleaned and/or restored before the treatment is applied. But bear in mind that this will be a one-off deep cleaning probably over the next decade – which means huge savings for you!

Do I still need to clean my shower glass doors?

Yes, but the key words here are “very little maintenance.” It means you can get away with minimal care for your glass doors.

Instead of religiously scrubbing and wiping your shower door, a simple wipe down with a microfiber cloth ONCE a week will do the trick. Everything you need to maintain your treated shower glass doors is inside the after-care kit. It’s normal to notice slight buildup in some places, but you can easily fix that using the non-abrasive pad in the kit and some dishwashing liquid. That’s about 90 percent less cleaning effort and time. No serious commitment is required.

Money talk – is it worth it?

You can expect to pay as low as $249 for the glass treatment. There’s no big difference if you compare that to professional cleaning and restoration services, right?

Wrong. The treatment is a one-off investment that will pay for itself over the long run. If you think of how much money you save from not having to buy cleaning products and the hours you save from not having to scrub your shower daily, $249 makes great economical sense. Pretty sure you have way more important things to spend your time on.

Apart from not hurting your pocket, you’re also saving the environment from all those nasty chemicals that are going down the drain. These benefits almost always justify the initial investment for applying glass surface protection.

How much are you currently spending on cleaning your untreated shower glass doors? Are you ready to start saving that today? Contact us on 0800 485 872.

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The Difference Between Commercial and Residential Glass Protection

Glass windows add a nice modern architectural touch and functionality to homes or commercial buildings. However, issues with the intense heat, limited privacy and annoying glare are not uncommon. For this reason, glass protection films are often applied to residential and commercial windows.

Window glass protection can benefit both residential and commercial property owners by reducing the amount of glare, heat and UV rays entering the building. Window films work really well in blocking out harmful UV rays, which help reduce the likelihood of fading on carpets and posing health risks. They also help property owners to regulate the internal temperature of their home or office, and thus reduce their overall energy costs.

The kind of films applied to residential and commercial windows differ for a number of reasons, including:

Structural Differences

Commercial windows, particularly in mid-rise and high-rise buildings, usually have higher structural loads and are exposed to higher wind pressures compared to residential windows. Therefore, they require heavy duty frames and reinforced glazing. Residential films simply won’t perform well under high stress and pressure. Installing appropriate window glass protection prevents the likelihood for structural issues to arise.

Solar Heat Gain

For offices, the main purpose of applying protective window films is to reduce glare and limit the heat coming through the office windows which can make the workplace quite uncomfortable. In addition to that, commercial premises are also considered as “internal-load dominated buildings,” which means they generate a lot of heat from all the lighting, computers, people and other equipment inside. Because of this, it takes more energy to cool down the workplace to a comfortable temperature, resulting in high energy spending.

Commercial glass films are specifically dark-tinted and reflective to mitigate solar heat gain and reduce the costs of cooling the office. They are reinforced with high-performance glazing to allow light to stream through the windows, without letting too much heat in.

On the other hand, residential properties rely on solar energy as a heating source. They are way less crowded with people and equipment and therefore do not generate a lot of internal heat. For this reason, residential window films are typically lighter and less reflective. Some are discreetly tinted to increase privacy as well as to avoid altering the kerb appeal of the property. Residential glass protection rejects up to 70% of sunlight to prevent damaging UV rays from streaming in, as this can cause fading on fabrics and overheating inside the home.

Installation

Because they are often custom built and require more material to build, commercial grade window films are more expensive than residential films. Additionally, it takes more time and precision to install commercial glass protection and it requires the use of specialised equipment such as cranes to hang and install the film on high-storey windows. This drives up the costs even higher.

Residential and commercial glass protection films may look the same, but there are important differences in their efficiency, build and installation to take note of.

At Ultrashield, we have a range of top-quality glass films for all kinds of application. For inquiries or a free no-obligation quote, call 0800 4 ULTRASHIELD today!

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The Best Way To Clean Windows

Keeping windows clean is a common struggle among home owners. No matter how much you seem to clean, there are spots and stains which seem to appear as soon as the window dries. What can you do if you are struggling to clean your windows?

There are several methods to clean windows which can work well if you are having a hard time keeping yours clean. With a few simple household supplies you can successfully clean your windows with these tricks.

Using a squeegee
A squeegee is one of the most important tools you can use for cleaning class. Due to the way the squeegee removes water along with dirt and grime off the glass, it makes for streak and stain free windows by drying them clean. No matter what solution you use to clean the glass, a squeegee should be your tool of choice to remove the water and ensure a dry, stain and spot free window.

Vinegar
Vinegar is a commonly used household supply which works well to clean windows. Mixing it with water works well and does a great job good getting rid of grime, dirt and spots. You can mix in a small amount of dish washing liquid for some extra strength.

Alcohol
Another good product to use for cleaning windows is alcohol. Due to its dissolving properties, it makes for an excellent window cleaner and does a great job getting rid of stains. It can be used direct with a rag, or thinned down with water and sprayed onto the glass with a spray bottle and wiped with a squeegee or clean cloth.

Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is an old home method for cleaning windows that has been around for decades. Lemons contain natural acidity which helps cut through grease and dirt. By mixing the lemon juice with water it will be diluted enough to leave a clean window with no streaks.

Ammonia
Ammonia is another product which can be used in combination with water to clean windows. Mix it in a spray bottle and spray the windows to pre-treat, then clean with squeegee or cloth.

Ultrashield Window Treatment
If you want to make window cleaning easier than ever, Ultrashield’s window treatment is what you need. By applying a layer of protection on the glass which repels water and therefore dirt and grime, your windows will be easier to clean than ever. Whether old windows or new windows, treatment will work to make cleaning easy as well as protect them to keep them looking new.

If you would like to discuss applying window treatment to your windows, contact us today.

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