Window tinting — something you may associate with a hot rod zooming by with black tinted windows. Window tinting is becoming an option not only in the commercial business setting but also in the home. We will explain below the pros and cons as well as how this feature works.
First of all, what is it? A window film is basically a thin piece of laminate that can adhere to most glass surfaces, be it on a boat, car or building. It is known for its ability to accept many types of surfaces and also for its tensile strength.
Window films have many misconceptions and lack awareness from the public, which may account for the industry’s slow growth rate. After doing some reading, this product may be worthwhile (and sometimes much needed) for the average homeowner.
Did you know a tinted window can reduce cost of utilities by up to 30 to 40%? Since it is relatively cheap ($6 to $14 depending on brand, geographic area, etc), it may be a better option than replacing windows that cause your utilities to spike. Window tints are able to do this by blocking out up to 99% of solar rays, keeping sun out during those harsh winter months. This blockage of rays will also keep your furniture and flooring f
rom the damaging fading caused by the sun. New technologies enable the film to be less dark and reflective (so you can see in and out without feeling like you left your shades on). Some states and utility companies may actually offer rebates for this type of installation!
Despite all of the positives, there do come some cons. There are window companies that claim that consumers new window warranty will be voided, though there are window film companies that offer to match these warranties. Also, installation of the film can be tricky, due to latches, knobs, etc. around that window that may cause the film to become bubbled. Installers claim some brands are better than others, so do your research and make sure they are NFRC certified.
Well, are you sold? If so, there are many companies out there that may have what you are looking for. We stumbled upon Solar Gard, which installs a montage of different alloys inside of the window. Here at Think Green Window Clean we are always up to learning about new technologies in the window industry and hope to have passed along some knowledge your way— let us know your thoughts, questions or ideas!