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Skin Cancer Awareness Month – How to Protect your Loved Ones Inside and Out

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. More than 80,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Canada each year; more than 5,000 of these are melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Young or old, we all need to take care throughout May and the rest of the year. Here’s how you can help protect your loved ones.

We all need sunlight; the sun makes us feel happy, energized, and provides essential Vitamin D, but too much of the sun’s harmful rays can cause serious health problems. This May, we want to help spread the word about Skin Cancer Awareness Month by giving you some helpful tips.

Outside of the home

We all know how to take care of our skin outside of the home but here’s a quick reminder:

  • Make sure you wear suitably strong sun cream and make sure it’s not last year’s! It deteriorates and can leave you unknowingly under-protected.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes (make sure they have a UVA/UVB filter).
  • Put a sun hat on if you will be out for extended periods. Your head may not get sun cream, but it is still exposed to the sun’s rays.
  • Avoid using tanning lotions, sunbeds or nasal sprays that amplify tan and therefore skin damage.

Inside of the home

You may feel protected once you’re behind closed doors, but you are still being consistently hit with UV light. Bright, sunny windows make a home look its best but be aware that you are letting in harmful UV rays along with the light.

What to do

Attempting to block out natural light is an ineffective and untenable option. Instead, use a UV window film, such as our range of Llumar films, to block 99% of UV rays whilst still letting in plentiful sunlight. Llumar’s UVShield technology was designed to protect your skin and has been fully tested and accredited by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Window film is quick and simple for our team to install and much cheaper than replacing the glass. You’ll hardly notice the difference, but your skin definitely will.

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Skin cancer usually occurs through accumulated damage, and by minimising your exposure to UVA and UVB rays indoors and out, you reduce your risk. Managing your exposure to these harmful rays needs to become second nature for you and your loved ones. Skin Cancer Awareness Month is a fantastic reminder of what we should all be doing, but please, maintain these precautions year-round. Even when the sun is low, you are still being exposed so make every day a good day for your skin.

For more information on Skin Cancer and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Public Health Agency of Canada

Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation

Canadian Cancer Society

Why Maritime Window Film Specialists?

Maritime Window Film Specialists is a family-owned business with more than 40 years of experience. We serve New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia and have a wide array of film and glass solutions to suit every home and business. Window films have changed a lot since we began, but our dedication to providing top quality products with a smile on our face has not.

To discuss your window film options and the benefits for your home, get in touch with our team.

Think window film; think Maritime Window Film Specialists.

How to increase daytime privacy for your family

Our home has become our haven in an unpredictable world. We’re spending more time indoors with friends and family. If you’re wondering how to increase daytime privacy for your family, we have a simple and cost-effective solution – window film.

With the brighter weather starting to appear, daytime privacy can become a concern for many families. Maybe you have young children, like to exercise without prying eyes, or just don’t want your neighbours watching you cook in your kitchen. We all value privacy, whether it is for our own purposes or our children’s, and you can increase daytime privacy quickly with a simple window film installation.

What is privacy film?

Window film, in general, is a thin covering that is applied to your existing windows that can be used for cosmetic or beneficial purposes. It is a significantly cheaper alternative than replacing your glass and can be fitted in a day with minimal mess and disturbance.

Our privacy film is a frosted film, which offers day and night-time privacy through its degree of opaqueness. Depending on your needs, you may want a subtle effect for living rooms and bedrooms or a fully opaque look for bathrooms and other rooms where you want to maximize your daytime privacy.

We also offer reflective window film, a darker film that allows you to see outside while maintaining your daytime privacy. Get daytime views without concern of being seen from outside when you install this window film in your home. Perfect for families who value privacy above all else.

How will privacy film look on my glass?

While many of our window films are extremely hard to notice, privacy films are specifically designed to increase daytime privacy and, as such, will obscure views from the outside. However, the effect on the lighting in your home will be minimal and much less than using traditional mirrored glass. Our films may filter light, but they will still let plentiful natural sunlight into your home.

Benefits of privacy film

  • A durable solution to daytime privacy

  • Cheaper and easier to install than alternative solutions

  • Immediately effective

  • Environmentally-friendly as it can help prolong the replacement of your windows

Balance daytime privacy with light levels

Window films are highly customizable. Think about the specific needs of you and your family on a room-to-room basis. Which rooms face onto neighbours or pathways? Which rooms need full privacy vs a slightly obscured view? The choice is yours; consider how your family would benefit from each window having film applied. Only you know your family’s habits, but we will be happy to advise you on the best solutions for your home.

More about privacy film.

Why Maritime Window Film Specialists?

Maritime Window Film Specialists is a family-owned business with more than 40 years of experience. We serve New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia and have a wide array of film and glass solutions to suit every home and business. Window films have changed a lot over the years, but our dedication to providing top quality products has not.

To discuss your privacy film and other window film options, get in touch with our team.

Think window film; think Maritime Window Film Specialists.


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Does Window Film Affect Plants? A Green-fingered Guide to Film

Does window film affect plants? If you have a home brimming with greenery this can be a major concern, but window film is actually beneficial to your houseplants.

Window film is known for cutting the harmful UVA rays from the sun, reducing your risk of skin cancer and helping to protect your home and its belongings from fading. This is often misconstrued and seen as damaging to your indoor window plants, but with the correct window film, your plants will flourish.

UVA not natural light

Standard window glass blocks the majority of UVB rays, and the addition of window film blocks most UVA rays. Most plants only require blue and red light to grow and thrive, which is unaffected by your glass or your window film.

Window film benefits for house plants

  • Plants with dark green leaves tend to require less light than those with brighter, lighter coloured leaves due to their high levels of chlorophyll. These plants can see a benefit from window film by filtering out super-optimal levels of sunlight.
  • Delicate plants may struggle with temperature and light fluctuations throughout the day or the yearly cycle. Window film helps to sustain a stable environment, which means your delicate orchids and venus flytraps may grow better than ever before.
  • Always having to water your plants? After the application of window film, you may find your plants retain moisture better, reducing the need for those little top-ups.

Time to adjust

Plants, like people, need time to adjust to change. Window film can affect plants in the first few days after installation, but this is temporary and no different than if you relocated a plant from the front of the house to the back. You may see some slight wilting or discolouration, but just let your plant adjust to its new situation; it will bounce back within a few days.

Potential things that could be damaging your house plants

Window film can help to solve many an indoor gardener’s woes. Your plants may currently be suffering from:

  • Extreme temperatures such as heat build-up through the glass.
  • Temperature fluctuations that are greater than preferred.
  • Too much UV exposure can damage some plants that were not designed for it.

Does window film affect your plants? Do a test-run.

If you have an indoor plant you are concerned about, do a test-run before you have window film applied. Move the plant to a spot with slightly less direct sunlight. As we mentioned, you can expect a few days of adjustment to occur, but once your plant has been in its new spot for 4 days, you will be able to see if it took the move well. If it did, you should be safe to have window film applied without risking your plants.

Natural light remains

Window film helps to stabilize your home environment for you and your plants by reducing harmful UV rays and minimizing temperature fluctuations while still allowing plenty of natural sunlight into your home. Window film is quick and easy for a professional to install and virtually invisible on your glass.

Why Maritime Window Film Specialists?

Maritime Window Film Specialists is a family-owned business with more than 40 years of experience. We serve New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia and have a wide array of film and glass solutions to suit every home and business. Window films have changed a lot since we began, but our dedication to providing top quality products with a smile on our face has not.

To discuss your window film options and the benefits for your home, get in touch with our team.

Think window film; think Maritime Window Film Specialists.

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Historic Chevrolet graphic installed in Moncton

Our team installed this stunning graphic at Lounsbury Chevrolet, Moncton.
This is Louis Chevrolet and his son behind the wheel of a Buick for the

start of the inaugural race at the Atlanta Speedway on 7th May 1910. A

piece of history proudly displayed.

If you are looking to display graphics in your workplace or home, get in touch with our team of seasoned professionals.

Proudly serving the Maritimes for more than 40 years.

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How to increase daytime privacy in your home office

If you are working in a home office or are simply home more during the day now, daytime privacy may be one of your top concerns. Window film can provide a cost-effective solution for day and night privacy.

There’s nothing better than living in a friendly neighbourhood, but if you have transitioned to a home office or are spending more time at home, you might start feeling your neighbours are a little too close for comfort. You could put up blinds or close the curtains, but privacy film is a solution that can keep your room bright while giving you the privacy you crave.

Two different options, two different looks

There are two ways to achieve privacy at home by using film. You can ensure day and night privacy with frosted decorative film, obscuring the view from inside and outside. Frost film is available in various finishes and is customizable.

You can ensure daytime privacy by using a reflective solar film that allows you to see out, while those outside see a reflective surface. This option is best suited to a space where you want to see out during the day, but night time privacy isn’t required without the use of curtains or blinds.

Added benefits of privacy film for your home office

Many of us relocated to a home office space that was previously a spare room, a bedroom or a dining room. These spaces weren’t originally intended to be work-from-home spaces and as such, probably need a helping hand to help combat privacy issues, heat buildup and glare.

Bright sunlight brings a positive vibe to your working space in the short term but when you are working for prolonged periods, you may find your room becomes unbearably heated or that glare from the sun makes working at a computer difficult.

You could turn on your air-conditioning and re-organise your furniture, but privacy film is a simpler and more complete solution. It is the best window film for day and night privacy, transforming your home instantly.

Block the view, not the light

Frost film obscures the view from the outside but continues to let diffused, natural sunlight into your home office. Shutting out natural light completely can be detrimental to your mood and work performance but with window film, you get privacy while allowing natural diffused light.

Reflective film allows you to see outside throughout the day and continues to let shaded, natural sunlight into your office. It also has the added benefit of reducing heat, glare and UV rays. By reducing UV light, solar film helps protect your skin as you work and reduces the fading of your floors, furniture, art and books.

What is privacy film?

Window film, in general, is a thin covering that is applied to your existing windows. It’s quick to install, significantly cheaper than replacing the glass and can be maintained as you would a standard window.

Frost film or frosted window film has a degree of opaqueness applied to it. You can have a subtle effect or go for a fully opaque look to maximize your daytime and nighttime privacy.

Reflective window film is a darker film that allows you to see outside while maintaining your daytime privacy, offering a more comfortable work space.

Why privacy film?

Whether frosted or reflective, privacy film can be applied to one window or more, helping you balance your privacy and lighting needs throughout your home.

While working from home, privacy film makes a worthwhile investment, significantly improving your screen view, privacy, and temperature control. Enjoy the benefits while continuing to fill your home office with natural sunlight.

More about privacy film.

Why Maritime Window Film Specialists?

Maritime Window Film Specialists is a family-owned business with more than 40 years’ experience. We serve New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia and have a wide array of film and glass solutions to suit every home and business. Window films have changed a lot over the years, but our dedication to providing top quality products has not.

To discuss your frost film and other window film options, get in touch with our team.

Think window film; think Maritime Window Film Specialists.

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How to use window Film as a Bird Deterrent

Bird deterrent window films can protect the birds and your glass from harm. More rural areas are particularly prone to this issue, which can be easily avoidable. Stop birds hitting windows at your home or business in this nature-friendly step.

As man has built more and increasingly large settlements, nature has got the short straw. Our love of large aesthetically pleasing windows lets light into our homes but confuses nature. Areas of Canada within migratory paths, such as Toronto, now insist on bird deterrents being installed on new builds to allow nature to continue uninterrupted.

An unpleasant impact

If you have ever been distracted and walked into a glass door, you can sympathise with birds. Our increasing use of glass has become a headache for our flying friends and homeowners alike as increasing numbers of birds become dazed and potentially injured from their impact. This can also cause unsightly marks and damage your windows yet is avoidable if you install a bird deterrent.

Why it happens

Birds are unable to grasp the concept of glass and, as such, perceive reflections as a continuation of the landscape. They fly on, obliviously to the glass with the expected result. As many as one billion birds fatally collide with windows in North America annually.

In order to remove the risk to birds and your windows, you need to install a bird deterrent that breaks the image up with a visual cue that things are not as they seem.

Bird deterrent window film

If you are looking to stop birds hitting windows at your home or business, Feather Friendly® is an easy and cost-effective film solution. The subtle dot pattern is printed onto your film, which is then applied to your window. These visual markers break the sightline and alert the birds that all is not what it seems.

If there is a particular window that birds are having issues with, such as a loft window or conservatory this is an easy solution that will protect your windows and passing wildlife. The pattern is minimally intrusive and does not reduce light.

Like all our films, you will not notice it once applied and you can care for it as you would you regular windows. You can have it fitted by a professional or purchase a DIY kit to apply Feather Friendly® yourself.

More about window film

Window film is an adhesive film that can provide a variety of benefits and is quick and easy to have installed. The film is as clear as your glass, and can help:

It doesn’t compromise your views yet is an extra layer of security, whatever your concerns may be. It’s environmentally sound too, as it will reduce how often you need to replace your windows and help to maintain a stable temperature in your home.

You care for it as you would your regular windows and you can amend your design choice as required.

Why Maritime Window Film Specialists?

Maritime Window Film is a family-owned business with more than 40 years’ experience. We serve New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and have a wide array of window film solutions to suit every home and business. We can also provide branded COVID signage to help you navigate these challenging times. Contact us today to discuss your needs.

Think window film; think Maritime Window Film Specialists.

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How Security Window Film Keeps You Safe

Our windows are our crucial connection to the outside world more so now than ever. But with more tumultuous weather and civil unrest on the rise, our security window film is a sound investment to protect your windows and those around you.

Security film is a great way to protect your home or office, without the need for a costly window replacement.

What is security window film?

Security window film is a transparent film made of a heavy-duty polyester compound which is applied to your existing windows. You will never notice your security film on windows and nor will your guests. It is completely transparent.

Security film is thicker than other films such as decorative film or standard window film, but it is still installed as quickly and as cleanly.

What does security film protect from?

Security film is a wide-spectrum window protector that can be used for commercial or residential properties. It can protect your windows from:

  • Storm debris – with our unpredictable and more extreme weather patterns, security film is increasing in popularity for its protection against storm debris. The film strengthens your windows decreasing the likelihood of damage and ensuring that any glass damage that does occur is kept safely concealed within the film.
  • Forced entry – the number one location for thieves to enter your building is through the window. Security film deters forced entry by greatly increasing the effort needed to penetrate your home.
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Why window coverings such as film are the practical choice for your business

If you are looking at window coverings, film is an economical and versatile solution for your business. Whether you are looking to add logos or other details to your windows or protect your stock from sunlight damage, this quick and easy solution can do the job.

Custom-made glass or glass that has been treated to protect from UV light can be costly and is not an investment to be taken lightly by any business. Window covering film is significantly cheaper, can be easily replaced should branding be altered and can be fitted within a day.

What is a window covering film?

When people think of window coverings, film is still a relative unknown, but it is an effective method of coating your windows with protective layers or with branding or patterns. It is a thin layer, invisible to the naked eye, that is fitted onto your existing windows by an expert team.

What can window covering film do?

Film window coverings can fulfil many different needs. Depending on your business type, you may want to consider some of the following usages.

  • UV Protection: Window film can be used to filter out UV light, which is the number cause of fading. Whether your items are in storage or a shop window, sunlight can quickly make your products look unsightly, especially if they are comprised of fabric or paper.
  • Brand your workspace: You may wish to use window coverings on your exterior windows or interior glass separators or office doors. Window film can be used to easily add your brand name, logo, a slogan, or a CEO’s name in frosted glass.
  • Shortcut to privacy: Privacy glass is costly and if an area has recently been repurposed into a meeting place, you may need to install a privacy solution swiftly. Frosted window covering film can transform your space in a matter of hours and with no mess or fuss.
  • Safety: You may not have thought you needed safety glass when you first moved into your business premises, but if you have found a need for it, window covering film can protect your glass in case of an accident.
  • Anti-graffiti solution: We are fortunate enough to live somewhere that rarely experiences such issues but if you have graffiti concerns our window coverings will create an easy to replace surface that will leave your windows untouched should your business be targeted.

Why Window Film

Window coverings don’t have to be expensive or hard to fit. Our window films can be fitted in a day, with no mess or downtime needed in your workplace. Your windows will be untouched beneath the film, and the film itself can be removed or replaced whenever needed. Window film transforms your windows in an economical and environmentally friendly way, and no one will ever notice it’s there.

Why Maritime Window Film Specialists?

Maritime Window Film is a family-owned business with more than 40 years’ experience. We serve New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and have a wide array of window film solutions to suit every business. We can also provide branded COVID signage to help you navigate these challenging times. Contact us today to discuss your needs.

Think window film; think Maritime Window Film Specialists.

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The importance of COVID-19 signage for your business

2020 may be drawing to a close but COVID-19 certainly isn’t. Unfortunately, it looks like the worldwide pandemic is here to stay, at least in the short-term. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure customers and staff members stay safe when on your premises – COVID-19 signage helps get your message across.

We hope your business has been able to reopen but it’s unlikely to have done so under the same terms it had previously. Communicating clearly and effectively is an essential part of the process, and COVID-19 signage is a great way to remind people of what they need to do.

Show people you care

It may sound corny but showcasing what your business is doing to keep people safe will help customers and staff relax while going about their business. People want to feel safe; this can be accomplished in many ways such as keeping your premises pristine, ensuring staff are wearing appropriate PPE and showing customers and staff that you have considered the appropriate rules. In more conventional times, declaring restrictions would put your customers on edge, but during COVID, a clear explanation of what is needed will help people feel like you have considered their welfare.

Explain rules specific to your business

The rules and restrictions surrounding COVID-safe behaviors are varied and often sector-specific. If your business operates in a sector that requires close contact, involves working in someone’s home or anything else that involves specific guidance, you must convey this to customers in a way that will resonate with them. A detailed COVID policy is a necessary step but get your key points across quickly and easily with bright graphics and symbols.

Show you are taking it seriously

You could stick up a sheet of A4 with a handwritten note, but people need to know that you have reacted to the situation in a professional way that is in keeping with your business. A professional sign that incorporates your branding is a shorthand way to show how seriously and responsibly you are reacting to the situation.

COVID signage in Canada

Many provinces have created small business grants that cover any expenses you have incurred due to modifications for COVID. These can include our signage. While we can’t guarantee your costs will be covered, we are happy to provide you with any documentation you require to submit a claim.

Why Maritime Window Film Specialists?

Maritime Window Film Specialists is a family-owned business with more than 40 years of experience. We serve New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia and have a wide array of safety, privacy and solar film solutions to suit every home and business. Our team are highly experienced in creating effective and customised safety signage, whatever your business needs.

To discuss COVID-19 signage for your business, get in touch with our team.

Think window film; think Maritime Window Film Specialists.

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Benefits of Anti-graffiti Film for Business and Homeowners

Anti-graffiti film, otherwise known as anti-graffiti coating, is a cost-effective method of preventing permanent damage from graffiti on your property. It can be used on residential or commercial properties and is an effective way to minimize the cost of petty vandalism.

Graffiti can be a worry for many a business or homeowner, but it needn’t be a concern for you. Anti-graffiti, like our other films, is a quick and simple solution that can be applied to your existing windows.

How does anti-graffiti film work?

Anti-graffiti film can adhere to any glass, mirror, or stainless-steel surface. It is an invisible layer that shields your surfaces from damage. Should the worst happen, you can avoid a costly bill and/or damage to your surfaces. The film is removed, revealing the undamaged assets, which can then have a new layer of film applied.

A cost-effective solution

If you are concerned about vandalism, anti-graffiti film is a cost-effective solution. It is considerably cheaper than replacing windows or mirrored surfaces should your fears be realized. A high-quality film is durable, lasting many years before it needs to be replaced, making it a great insurance policy for your building.

Window film is an economical solution that is a fraction of the cost of a window or mirror replacement.

Effective yet invisible

The anti-graffiti coating is completely invisible to the naked eye, but don’t let this deceive you. Once applied, you may not notice your film, but it will be there providing complete protection from spray-paint, magic markers and etching. Once the film is removed, your surface will be uncovered in pristine condition, ready for a fresh coat of film for further protection.

Quick and easy to get fitted

Our anti-graffiti films, like our solar and decorative films, are fitted in a single day by our expert team. When graffiti or damage does occur, we know you want it dealt with and removed as quickly as possible. A film replacement will allow you to put the incident behind you without days of lengthy repairs or cleaning sessions.

The film is applied using a special mounting adhesive that leaves no residue on your surfaces, protecting their integrity and allowing for easy reapplication of anti-graffiti film or another film product.

Easy to maintain

All our window films are easy to maintain. There is no special treatment required to keep your anti-graffiti film sustained. You should simply wipe it down as you would a standard piece of glass and it will stand the test of time.

Why Maritime Window Film Specialists?

Maritime Window Film Specialists is a family-owned business with more than 40 years’ experience. We serve New Brunswick, PEI and Nova Scotia and have a wide array of film and glass solutions to suit every home and business. Window films have changed a lot since we began, but our dedication to providing top quality products with a smile on our face has not.

To discuss your anti-graffiti film and other window film options, get in touch with our team.

Think window film; think Maritime Window Film Specialists.

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