Window tinting has become quite popular in commercial and office buildings over the years. Since its simple beginnings in the middle of the 20th century with tinted car windows, the window tinting industry has burgeoned to include home and office windows with a new technology that enabled them to manufacture glass films that went beyond the uncomplicated dye-based films.
Today in Spring, there are hundreds of companies that provide commercial and residential window tinting service to address the demands of the market. People have started to use window tints for both their economic and aesthetic value. Studies reveal that homes and offices who have been using window tints are able to save on energy costs. If you are one of the many people out there thinking about making the smart shift, here are the top 3 things to consider before getting a home window tint.
Your purpose of getting window tints are essential in choosing the type of film to install in your home. Window tints are not created the same. Different window films use different materials and are therefore priced differently, so it’s important to do a little research in order not to get tempted into buying the cheapest offer you come across first.
- Reduce Glare. If your primary and perhaps the only reason is merely to provide shade and reduce glare coming in through the windows, a simple dyed window tint film will probably suffice. This is the most affordable kind in the market today, and it’s not without its own classic charm. From the outside, dyed films look dark and opaque but they still allow for ample visibility from the inside, and because they filter light coming into your home, they help protect your furnishings and upholstery from fading. The only disadvantage with dyed films is their reduced ability to reflect back heat from the sun’s rays; therefore they may not be beneficial in maintaining indoor temperatures.
- Save on Energy Costs. Some homeowners go beyond just keeping the glare out and include cutting energy costs in their goals, so they choose the type of window tint films that have the capability of balking the sun’s heat for up to 50%, so they allow homeowners to save on energy costs by not having to run the air-conditioning that much during summer. In the winter, these films can also help glass windows retain heat inside so they help a lot in keeping heating costs low.
- Security and Safety. Aside from cutting on energy costs, you might also want to consider added protection for your home. First story windows will benefit much from security and safety films that are shatter-resistant and are able to hold the glass together in case of accidental collision or break-ins. Most of these types of tint are also able to block UV rays by up to 99.9%, thereby protecting you and your family from the harmful rays of the sun.
Which Windows You Need to Cover
Experts say south-facing windows are the ones that need the most protection from the sun’s heat and glare. Consider how many windows you need to get tinted as this will determine the amount of money you will spend.
Speaking of money, it is, of course, important to set your budget before heading out to shop. Some films that may interfere with the proper functioning of radio, GPS and cell phones so if this is going to be a problem for you, bring this up with them before choosing a window tinting film. Feel free to discuss your needs and priorities with your window tint provider to ensure your needs are met.