Window Tinting San Diego – UV Skin Protection

Many consumers may not realize that the windows in their cars, home and at work significantly increase their risk of sun damage. In the US, only 10% of automotive glass and less than 30% of architectural glass offers protection from UVA and UVB rays.

How dangerous is sun exposure?
•Globally, more than 66,000 people die from skin cancer each year.
•Between 2 and 3 million non-melanoma skin cancers and 132,000 melanoma skin cancers occur globally each year (World Health Organization)
•The average American worker spends the equivalent of an entire week in their car commuting to work each year – that’s over 100 hours of exposure to serious sun damage. (US Census bureau)
•Sun damage causes 90% of all premature skin aging and wrinkles. (Environmental Protection Agency)
•Cumulative exposure is directly linked to skin cancer, premature aging, and even cataracts.
Ultraviolet light from the sun is divided into three main types of UV rays.
•UVA- the “aging” and cancer rays. UVA contributes to aging, and in addition to the wrinkles and sunspots, they can also cause melanoma. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
•UVB- the “burning” rays. Mostly absorbed in the top skin layer causing sunburn, they also contribute to the risk of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.
•UVC- are the most dangerous of all but are stopped by the ozone layer in the atmosphere.
Most people use the term sun protection factor (SPF) when talking about preventing UV damage. The Lawrence Berkley Labs at the University of California measured our Solar Gard window film’s SPF at 285+, and some films offer even higher protection factors. With a single application, we offer you year round peace of mind.

Solar Gard window films are a vital piece of the UGV protection puzzle.

Here are some of the benefits
•Block 99% of damagingbroad spectrum UV rays, both UVA and UVB.
•Provide SPF of 285+
•Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation
•Provide year round protection with a one time application
•Window tinting can be installed on cars, homes, and commercial buildings.

Click or call (619) 279-5690 to speak with a film specialist right now.

6 Things you must know about windshield replacement

Car window repair is one of those things in life that isn’t much fun to deal with. Whether it was some knucklehead who broke in and stole your Ipod, or a rock on the freeway that cracked your windshield, it has to be fixed. You know the drill, call 3 shops get some estimates, then git er done.

When it comes to car window replacement there is more to it than just getting 3 estimates for replacement. You see, unlike a mechanic shop there is no definitive governing body regulating auto glass replacement. Nobody to make sure that an auto glass business has certifications, qualifications, or licenses. Basically, anybody out there can buy a piece of glass, advertise a phone number and install a piece of glass in your car. Kind of scary when you are dealing with the most important piece of glass in your life, your windshield. It does more than just keep bugs and wind out of your face.

Did you know that your windshield is a primary structural support for the roof of your car? It’s true. The windshield is estimated to support up to 70% of the roof strength in a rollover! Have you ever tried to squeeze a raw egg until it breaks in your hand? It is almost impossible because the oval shape of the egg is very strong yet thin. Your windshield is the same way, very thin yet very strong.

So whether it is a busted windshield or a shattered door glass keep these 5 things in mind before you schedule and appointment.

#1- There are so many guys out there driving around in a truck and installing glass that it can be hard to be certain who you are really dealing with. The best way to weed out the Joes from the Pros is by going to This website has a plethora of knowledge and is the only agency that can certify an auto glass shop. Here you can type in the zip code you are in and find a list of certified shops in your area.

#2- Ask them what brand of auto glass they use. If you have a nice car you want a quality piece of auto glass put back in there. The reputable shops will clearly explain the difference between a generic piece of glass and an OE glass (original equipment). You want the OE or the equivalent OEE (original equipment equivalent).

#3- Okay, so you found the shop you want to use, they should be AGRSS certified and utilize OE or OEE glass. Now it is time to let them know that you know what’s up. Ask them about the urethane they use. Does it meet or exceed all pertinent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards? What is the brand of urethane? What is the cure time for the urethane? Are they certified by the urethane manufacturer? This is what holds your windshield in place so you have to make sure it is the good stuff, and cures in 1-3 hours.

#4- At this point you have weeded out the flakes, snakes and janks, and made sure you are using the best glass and urethane. Now time to figure out what the warranty covers. Ask them what their procedure is for warranty work. Any good shop should have at least a 1 year warranty on parts and labor (breakage not included). Usually a warranty covers any defects in the glass and leaking of any kind.

#5- This may sound silly but I judge people on the phone by the tone of their voice. Is the person you are speaking wtih friendly and calm? Do they sound like they enjoy their job? Or are they rude, rushed and unclear? If the latter is true go with someone else. Everyone at our shop is happy to be here and it shows. If you feel pushed or put down or just don’t like the tone of their voice, go elsewhere.

#6- Tip your tech. Most people think they only need to tip waiters and bel boys, but it is proper to tip the tech a small amount so he can buy lunch or grab a soda. These guys work very hard and really do care about your car. They are using great care not to damage anything and put you back on the road safe and sound.

I hope this helps and if you have any questions or comments feel free to let me know.