Window Film Selection Criteria

The first and undoubtedly the most crucial thing you need to grasp about window film is the difference between quality window film and bad film. Here's why this is so important:

Good quality window film will last for the lifetime of your windows whereas bad window film will only last 2-3 years, depending on the rigours of your environment.

The only way for you to discriminate between good quality and low quality film is price and guarantee. When making enquirers with a supplier, be sure to ask how long the film is guaranteed for. If it's not at least 12 years don't buy it. And also beware of the unscrupulous operator who offers you a guarantee on low quality film and hikes the price, to make it appear like it's good film, but will either not be around, or simply do nothing if you get back to them because your tint has failed.

Here's the tip, (and incidentally I've found this to be true with most things), if your only consideration in getting quotes is looking for the cheapest possible price, then you will naturally gravitate towards the bad product and the real price you pay will be in around 3 years when your windows start to blister, fade and/or peel and look awful. Be warned, the cheapest price is usually just crap!


There are a range of benefits you can get from window tinting, and each particular film you use will bring together some of these advantages, so the first thing you should be sure of is the most important reason for installing window tint. Lets look at each benefit so you can see the most suitable solution for your environment.The primary advantages of good quality window tinting are as follows.

Heat Rejection: Premium window film rejects heat by blocking as much as 73% of infra-red radiation through windows. That's cool!

UV Rejection: Premium window film blocks up to 99% of infra red radiation from penetrating your windows. And as a bonus, it also blocks 93% of glare, which does wonders for your view and means things look really cool!

Privacy: The right film will also provide daytime privacy, enabling everyone inside to be cooler, enjoy the views, and at the same time have total privacy from prying eyes during the day.

Impact Safety and Security Films: These specially designed films stop glass from shattering on impact. Safety films are made to withstand the force of human impact, while security films can withstand a bomb blast without shattering. Since the collateral damage from accidents where windows are broken comes from shards of glass flying like shrapnel, or large sections of glass falling like a guillotine, the major risks associated with safety are avoided. It also stops your windows from being a soft and easy entry point for criminals, because both the force and noise required to force entry is so noticeable criminals, would rather simply move on in search of an easier, 'softer' target.

Finally of course there's the matter of looking good. Good quality window film also makes windows look good; and for many people it's the aesthetic charm that tinted windows add that is the driving force for installing them.

SPECIFIC ISSUES RELATED TO CARS AND VEHICLES The next point I want to discuss is relevant to drivers and it concerns installing the darkest legal tint on your car or truck.

In all States and Territories of Australia, the darkest legal tint legally permitted on a vehicle is one with a VLT (visible light transmission) level of 35%, on all vehicle windows (excluding the front windscreen, which is not allowed to have any window tint with the exception of the visor strip across the top). The northern Territory and Western Australia are the only exceptions. In the Northern Territory you are allowed a minimum VLT of 15% for windows behind the driver; and in WA you are allowed 20% VLT on windows behind the driver.

So here's the thing. Most cars already have a slight tint in the glass in their front windows, so this needs to be taken into consideration when adding tint to a vehicle. Here's how the maths looks.

If the factory installed windows on your car already block 30% of light, when a film with the "darkest legal tint" of 35% is added to this glass, it will emit only 35% of light into a window that is already only emitting 70% of light, so the final VLT will be calculated by the addition of both tint ratings.

This needs to be considered because if a driver inadvertently fails to comply with tinting regulations, the result can be a fine. But worse still, if a vehicle is involved in an accident and its illegally dark windows are considered by the court to be a contributing factor, this could mean the nulling of your insurance policy, leaving you exposed to the full financial culpability of the accident. Furthermore a criminal charge could apply if property is damaged or people are hurt.

The final thing to remember is that by modifying a vehicle with darker than legal windows, the vehicle is deemed unroadworthy, which means you can't drive the car again until it has been put through the pits, in which case the illegal tint will have to be stripped off the windows. That's why the combined VLT of both the glass and film really should be considered when you're selecting the appropriate tint for your car.

So what's the moral of this story? When it comes to window tinting, make sure you use a good quality product and that your installer has the knowledge to be able to offer you the right solution for your circumstances. That way you'll end up with a range of benefits, rather than a bunch of problems.

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Fun Facts About Pet Vacuums

A pet vacuum is not the "all" in one cleaner per se, but refers to all those vacuum cleaners that could help deal with the pet mess. Their common features include the ability to reach the farthest and smallest corners of the house with easy maneuverability. A pet Their common features include the ability to reach the farthest and smallest corners of the house with easy maneuverability. A pet vacuum cleaner could be of any kind as long as they can clean up the pet disaster. Most common pet vacuums include robot vacuum or portable cleaners.

No matter how many times or how long you have been acquainted with your pet vacuum cleaner, there still might be some facts that you don’t know about them. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting ones: A normal vacuum cleaner never works at picking up the pet hair; only a cleaner with whirlwind technology can do an effective job. The hose of a normal vacuum cleaner is most likely to spit a hair ball when it is used to vacuum for pet hair. Most pet owners don't even realize this and only discover once they find that the hose is overheating. Ironically enough, the first power vacuum cleaner was drawn by a house. The chords and the hose were maneuvered inside the house through the windows. The vacuum cleaner, in its early years, was one of the most popular and sought out home appliance, second only to an electronic iron. It was not only the regular people that became large fans of the vacuum cleaner; in fact, when vacuum cleaners were used to clean the Westminster Abbey, Lord Chamberlain became so enamored with it that he bought two for the clean-up of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Vacuum cleaners were also used as hair dryers in the earlier years by attaching them to a hot furnace. Vacuum cleaners used to be so heavy that it needed two people just to handle it. Today though, we have robot vacuum cleaners that operate on their own. Some of the pet vacuum cleaners nowadays are so advanced that one could probably tell if a surface had been recently cleaned with its sensors. It was James Murray Spangler’s observation of allergies and asthma attacks that led to the invention of vacuum cleaners. It is a fact that slow cleaning through vacuum cleaners could effectively clean up more allergens from the surfaces. Similarly, pet hairs cannot be removed easily and must be vacuumed in slow to and fro motions.

Owning pets is great, but keeping the house clean is equally important; therefore, make sure to use pet vacuum cleaners exclusively to keep your house devoid of harmful dirt and animal hair.

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The Benefits Of Pull Out Shelves

They can also use it to store non-perishable foods that they've bought in bulk to save money. A pantry with pull-out shelves is capable of holding much more food than a pantry without shelving. Without shelving, the empty space would limit the amount of Without shelving, the empty space would limit the amount of food a person can store.

The main benefit of pull out shelves is how easy they come out when you need to locate a stored item. This means a person can store a large amount of food deep on shelves and not have to worry about being able to access them. The shelves roll out for easy access. Of course, if a person can create a storage plan they would be able to properly organize their pantry and keep the items they need within reach. This system can help ensure items are stored in a way that makes them easy to retrieve.

This could mean storing the heavy bag of flour or sugar on the lower shelves and storing the lighter jars of spices on the upper shelves. The system should enable the owner to find what they need while making it easy to access and use the items. A series of roll out shelves can transform a cluttered, messy pantry into an efficient, organized storage unit.

The best thing about these shelves is that they can be custom fit to a pantry or cabinet, so they can be installed in spaces that are not the usual size. There aren't many ways to stack pull out shelves, although some people have found imaginative ways to use their shelves. Many installers will install the rolling shelves in whatever formation the owner desires. A person can also choose from an array of shelving options.

Visit DIY Miracle Shelves for more information on DIY Shelving units.

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How To Choose Between Plastic And Wood When Building A Deck

Another plus point for plastic is that it does not splinter, which is a common concern with decking material. Lack of splintering allows you to walk on a deck barefooted, and it also is safe for children. Timbertech plastic decking is stain-resistant, thus, adding to its trait as a low-maintenance deck material.

With this decking material, you can get plastic lumber, which is 100% plastic (virgin or recycled), or composite that contains components of wood fibres. Composite decking offers the advantage of very quick installation. Even with its benefits, though, plastic still presents some challenges. Typically, manufacturers sell it as part of a system; and so, the installation process has to be precise, consequently requiring the expertise of a professional. Another downside you may experience with a plastic deck is that when the temperatures are too high, the surface can get very hot, making it uncomfortable to walk on if you have no shoes on.

Wood PT Lumber

Wood decking material provides incredible versatility with pressure treated lumber being a leading choice. Even with other decking materials, PT lumber is still utilised on the beams, joists and posts. Pressure treated wood is widely available; and therefore, affordable. It is also treated chemically to resist fungus, decay and bugs. One shortcoming of the material is its dimensional instability that leaves it susceptible to warping, swelling, splitting and cracking.

Tropical Hardwoods

Tropical hardwoods are making quite a splash in the decking market with their extreme durability, high density and natural resistance to rot. If you are going for that real wood deck, and cost is not an issue, then tropical hardwoods are a sound investment. Even with the variety of species, it can be hard to find a tropical hardwood supplier because they are rare exports.

Redwood & Red Cedar

For a deck that offers a naturally gorgeous look, redwood and Red Cedar are common choices. Both are resistant to harsh weather and provide more resilience against splitting and warping than PT lumber. The cost depends on the grade of the wood, which differs across a broad spectrum.

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Security Camera Installation: Why People Should Or Shouldn’t Do It Themselves

Training personnel in security camera installation can be expensive for any business. It means giving them full time employment as well as benefits. The companies that sell DIY security systems save a lot of money by not hiring a big labor force. The companies that sell DIY security systems save a lot of money by not hiring a big labor force. It means giving them full time employment as well as benefits. The companies that sell DIY security systems save a lot of money by not hiring a big labor force. It allows them to cut their costs of operations and sell their products for a really low price.

Homeowners get to be more familiar and acquainted with their security system if they do it themselves. This makes management and maintenance of the security system a lot easier.

The downside is of course the learning curve. Some people just aren't suited for information technology. Those who struggle with setting up their home's Wi-Fi will fare worse in installing their security system.

Letting the Professionals Take Care of Things

The upside of having professionals take care of things is that they are professionals. They were taught and trained by the manufacture. They have all the skills and knowledge to properly install the security cameras.

Aside from skill sets and a good knowledge base, professionals have more experience in setting up a security system. A user's manual can only go so far in helping a person set up their security system. Professionals can give excellent advice on camera placement, number, which type of camera to use, and so much more.

The downside is the price. In addition to paying for the security system, people will also end up paying a premium for the security camera installation service.

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What You Can Do With Your Commercial Property In Cambridge

Thousands of students come to Cambridge to study and thousands more tourists come to visit to see the sights. As an owner of a commercial property Cambridge, you have the best opportunity to make a lot of profit if you ever decide to put up a business.

With the abundance of tourists and students year round, a lot of commercial establishments have been put up around Cambridge. If you happen to own one of them then you are considered very lucky. The areas near the university and around tourist spots are considered the most profitable as these are high traffic areas. The customers that abound in these areas are willing to shell out money for food, trinkets, souvenirs and special items to take home with them so your commercial property should cater to these types of businesses. Businesses that cater to the students needs are also very lucrative. Use your commercial space to put up a bookshop, a supplies store or a restaurant to attract the students.

Another great way to use your commercial space is to turn it into a bed and breakfast or a small hotel. Since Cambridge is a huge tourist destination, tourists are always on the lookout for places to stay in while they are vacationing. Small hotels and bed and breakfasts are very in demand because they are less expensive than 5 star hotels. People also find a small bed and breakfast to be quaint and matching of the kind of atmosphere that Cambridge exudes.

You can also try renting out your commercial space to people looking to put up their offices in Cambridge. A lot of business owners know the value of a great address so your commercial property in Cambridge wont be vacant for long. A travel agency is a great kind of business to lease your commercial space to.

You may also do what most business owners do in Cambridge which is to turn your commercial space into a student lodging. Students in Cambridge may have lodging inside the university but those who dont want to be bothered by things like curfew and the like opt to look for lodging outside the university. Thats where your commercial property comes in. Whats so great about this kind of business is that you can rent out your property when the student is on a long vacation provided this is stipulated in your agreement.

These are just some of the businesses that you can put up using your property. If you are not the kind to put up your own business then you can try finding people with these kinds of businesses who want to rent or lease your property. These kinds of businesses are very lucrative and appropriate for Cambridge so you would be sure that the people renting your commercial space would be able to pay for rent. There are still so many things you can do with your commercial property in Cambridge so be sure to explore all the possibilities.

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Why Choose Made To Measure Shutters

Made to measure plantation style shutters are ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. They are stylish, and a lot of companies make shutters from polymers that are waterproof and incredibly resilient. This makes them perfect for rooms that get hit with a lot of damp, fluctuating temperatures, and a They are stylish, and a lot of companies make shutters from polymers that are waterproof and incredibly resilient. This makes them perfect for rooms that get hit with a lot of damp, fluctuating temperatures, and a lot of use. Tier-on-tier shutters break up the room quite nicely, and turn the window into a nice focal point.

For the living room, shutter blinds could be a good option. These are ideal for blocking out light (or letting a small amount in when necessary), and offer plenty of privacy too. If you choose the right material, they are UV resistant, and this means that they will last for many years.

The Most Convenient Way to get Good Blinds

The biggest reason to choose made to measure shutters is that you know that they will fit perfectly, right away, because the manufacturer will measure your opening, make shutters specifically for it, and then install them for you - no stress, no hassle, no worry about skewed windows or gaps at the sides that let light through, just a perfect, professional looking finish.

What to Look for In Shutters

If you're thinking of getting shutters, choose the material carefully. It's important that you get shutters that will survive for a long time in your chosen environment. UPVC might, for example, tend to discolor in the sun. In contrast, shutters made from hardwood may expand, crack or warp with excessive exposure to the elements, or even if they are exposed to high humidity indoors. This can usually be prevented by treating the wood on a regular basis - it is particularly important to use an appropriate stain or treatment on wood that will be used outdoors, but it is still a good idea to take care of hardwoods that are intended for interior use too.

Shutters have a permanence about them that blinds lack, so it's important that you pick a style that you like. You can always repaint them to customize them if you decide you don't like the pattern or color, but you will be stuck with the type of shades/slats or frame, so choose wisely, and make sure that you hang them plumb and true, so that they look as smart as possible, and are a perfect fit for the window.

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