More and more homeowners are adopting tinted windows every day. Some are doing so due to concerns about climate change, or just to lower their energy bills, or to increase the value of their home with some additional curb appeal. While we at American Solar Tinting are happy to see the industry booming, we also want to ensure that our customers are getting the best possible information. Home window tinting has so many benefits but there are some basic factors you want to be aware of before you start the installation process. Below, we break down some of the most important home window tinting details.
There Are Many Kinds of Film
We can put window films in three separate categories for ease of explanation.
Solar tinting is a moderately thick tint that absorbs UV rays (up to 99%!) and can help regulate indoor temperature. There are other smaller benefits, too, like reducing glare on screens in the household, causing less fading on the colors of your furniture, and making being inside more comfortable especially if sensitive to light.
Security tinting is the thickest and is used to stop damage during heavy storms or in the event that a burglar was to break in. These mostly clear or silver films are meant for protection.
Decorative tinting either adds a beautiful colored tint to your window or helps add a layer of privacy. You can get very creative here, as some decorative window films can be made to look like stained glass!
Not Every Type May Work For You
This applies specifically to solar home window tinting, but not every window is going to be a good candidate for this kind of tint. This is because some glasses have higher absorption rates which can cause a lot of stress on the window. Work with a pro who will know which windows can get solar tinting and which should be avoided.
Installing Window Films Could Void Warranties
Some window manufacturers void warranties if the customer applies window films. This is, again, because some films can’t be used with some windows, so there is a risk of cracking or breaking if improperly applied. Double-pane windows are particularly high risk. Ask your installer about their warranty options in the event that your windows do get damaged as a result of installing home window tinting.
Older Windows Benefit Most From Home Window Tinting
Even window technology has changed over the years. Old windows lack coatings that newer windows use to block heat. This is why older windows benefit the most from home window tinting, because they weren’t made with energy efficiency in mind.
Contact American Solar Tinting Today for Security Window Film
American Solar Tinting has the expertise and equipment to keep your home or business decorative and beautiful with window film. We have almost 60 years of experience serving our wonderful customers without the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. We offer a variety of solutions for you, whether you need residential window or glass tinting, logo graphics, or security films. For more information on how we can help you and your business, contact us online or give us a call at 1-800-969-0100. For more tips and tricks for your home and business, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest.