Window Tinting Blog

What Causes Fading?

The number one reason consumers choose window film is to protect their valuable furniture, draperies and flooring from fading. With this in mind you should know a few things.

Most people associate fading with ultraviolet. It is easy to understand why you might assume that a window film product with a 98% or 99% ultraviolet rejection rate could eliminate fading in your home. However, since other factors contribute to fading, more information needs to be presented.

It is very important to understand that ultraviolet contributes only 40% to the fading problem. Visible light contributes 25% and solar energy (heat) contributes another 25%, resulting in a full 50% contribution to the problem. The remaining 10% of what causes fading is directly tied to the quality, or lack of quality, of the dyes used in furnishings, fabrics and carpet. Knowing this makes it easy to see why stopping only the ultraviolet will not eliminate fading.

Did you know?

Solar Gard is the first and only window film manufacturer to measure and report the carbon impact of its products with an Environmental Product Declaration,(EPD) that is verified by an independent third party.

An EPD is globally accepted as the most comprehensive way to validate a products' environmental messages.  If an EPD shows a product to be carbon negative, it means that the carbon saved by using the product is greater than the energy used to make it.

Solar Gard architectural solar control window films have been proven to be carbon negative.  Over their 15 –year useful life, on average they save 100 times more greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere than is used/or created during their manufacture and disposal.

Speaking of "first and only", The Shine Shop, Inc. is the first and only window film company in the state of Florida authorized to install Solar Gard Ecolux Low E window flm!!

Residential Solar Film Installations

We have been very busy with residential solar film installations in Quail Creek, The Strand, and Monterrey in Naples, Gateway in Ft. Myers, and The Brooks and Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs, using Solar Gard & Panorama Window films.  We did a commercial installation at the Immokalee Pregnancy Center as well. 


  • Heaven Scent Flowers

    Rick had originally installed the film on our building over 20 years ago and it was more than past time to have them replaced.  I called him on Monday and he promptly came over to discuss all the ...

    Susie Sayger