5 Things To Know Before Tinting Your Home's Windows

Tinting the windows of your home can provide many benefits, but there are a few things you should be aware of before beginning the process of window tinting.

1. Not All Window Tint Is the Same

Window tint comes in different varieties. Some tints are made to to provide privacy, while others block glare or reflect heat and UV rays. It's important to carefully compare different window tint types so that you choose the one that is best suited to your needs. For example, a UV ray-blocking tint may be relatively clear and provide little privacy, unless you specifically look for one that provides both features.

2. Tint Is Best Applied to Newer Windows

There are a couple of reasons to avoid tinting exceptionally old windows. First, it's not a good use of money and time to tint windows if they will likely be replaced in the next few years. Second, some old windows are made of thinner glass compared to modern windows, which means they may not be able to handle the thermal load that certain types of dark tinting can cause. If the windows have been replaced in the last decade or so, then they are a good candidate for tinting.

3. You Don't Have to Tint Every Window

Many people put off tinting because they are put off by the expense of tinting every single window on the home. This isn't necessary or even desirable in many cases. For example, you may only need an energy-efficient or heat blocking tint on the western or southern windows, so there's no need to put it on the north windows. Or, if privacy is only desired on the front of the house, you can skip tinting the back windows. The key is to tint all windows on wall, not every window on the house.

4. Natural Light Can Still Be Enjoyed

Some shy from tinting because they don't want to lose natural light. Modern tints are available that can block heat, reduce glare, and even make it hard to see into a home — all without reducing natural light in any substantial amount. Your tinting service can guide you to tints that offer light gain and clarity.

5. Tinting Isn't a DIY Job

It can be tempting to save cash by attempting to tint the windows yourself, but this is often a mistake. Achieving even adhesion with no bubbles or gaps around the edge of the window is a skill that takes training and experience to develop. It's more cost-effective to invest in professionals from the beginning. 

Contact a window tinting service if you are ready to take the next steps toward a more comfortable and energy-efficient home.