Installation Advice for Residential Window Tinting

Window tinting can add privacy to your home, prevent glares, and shade you from the summer sun.

Have you considered wearing sunglasses indoors to block the sun's glare? Are you constantly closing your curtains to keep those nosey neighbors at bay? Do you have heating and cooling costs that are out of control? If any of these issues have become a problem at your home, it's time to consider window tinting!

Window tinting is not just for cars anymore. In fact, with its cost-effective ability to improve home privacy, comfort, and energy efficiency, window tinting has become a popular addition to homes.

Window Tinting Basics

Over the past few years, window tinting has become a popular option for residential use. With the ability to add privacy and security to your home, while also lowering heating and cooling costs, home window tinting is a trend that's here to stay. If you're building a new home, remodeling an existing space, or simply looking to enhance your current windows, window tinting is a feature that's worth considering.

The Benefits of Window Tinting

From added privacy to glare protection, there are plenty of advantages that can come from window tinting. But did you know that not all window tinting treatments have the same effect? We recommend making a priority list of the benefits you are looking for before shopping for specific window films. Here are a few popular window tinting benefits to consider.  

Adding Home Privacy and Security

While windows are a great way to let light into your home and provide a view of the outdoors, they can also provide your neighbors with a view into your personal space. Rather than constantly having to worry about closing your curtains or blinds, window tinting is a great option.  As an added benefit, window tinting won't obstruct your view looking out even though it prevents strangers from peering in.

Reducing Sun and UV Ray Damage

We have all heard how too much sun exposure is bad for our skin, but did you know that the sun's rays can still be harmful through windows? Not only can UV rays damage skin, but sun exposure can also be harmful for furniture, flooring, and art pieces. The right window tinting can help keep your family safe from dangerous UV rays while also protecting your furnishings from fading caused by excessive sun exposure.

Preventing Distracting Glares

There can be plenty of distractions if you work from home, so don't let obnoxious glares be one of them. Window tinting is a great choice for areas like your home office! Whether it is the sun, snow, or outdoor lights, glares can make it difficult to work on a computer screen or watch television. If glares are an issue in your home, window tinting could solve your problem.

Increasing Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Looking to go green and lower your environmental impact? Trying to save a few bucks on your heating and cooling costs? Home window tinting can help! Selecting the right window film can help keep heat out during the summer while sealing in heat during the winter. Depending on your local environment and the window film you choose, window tinting can have a noticeable effect on your energy bills. In fact, with this return on investment, your window tinting could even pay for itself over time!

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Finding the Right Window Tint Film

Depending on your home's needs, there are several things to consider when selecting window tinting film. Before picking a window tint film, you'll want to think about how potential films fit with your budget, current windows, and your preferred benefits list. Here are a few of the top window tinting film types to look at.

Insulating Window Tinting Film

Is your goal to achieve window tinting that will insulate your home and lower your heating and cooling costs? If so, insulating tint film is definitely an option to consider. This specific type of film works to reflect the sun's rays during the summer and keep warmth in during the winter — helping you lower those monthly utility bills. Think insulating is all that insulating films do? Think again! Insulating window tinting film can also work to block those harmful UV rays and is a good choice for both single- and double-pane windows.

Glare-Reducing Window Tint Film

If glare is your main issue, glare-reducing window tint films are likely your go-to choice. Helping to reduce annoying glares while blocking UV rays, this tint film is perfect for rooms with computers or televisions. Depending on the specific film and if your windows are single- or double-pane, glare-reducing window films can have unique installation requirements. Consult a local window contractor to find out if glare-reducing film is a good fit for your home.

Privacy Window Tint Film

Increasing privacy and blocking UV rays? That sounds like a double win to us! Privacy window tinting films allow you to see out, but they block others from seeing into your home. From films that are frosted to those with decorative patterns, you're allowed to express a little more personality with privacy window tint films.

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Window Tinting Prices

How much does home window tinting cost? The price of home window tinting can vary significantly based on the window tint film, number of windows, size of windows, location of windows, and labor costs. Don't forget that depending on the type of window tinting you select, long-term energy savings may offset the initial purchase and installation cost. Curious about how much it would cost to tint your windows? Find a local window contractor to provide a window tinting price estimate.

Better Homes & Gardens Tip: Remember to check out the warranty on your top window tinting choices before purchasing. Many window films offer warranties against issues like the tint bubbling or peeling. If a warranty is not offered, you may be able to purchase one, or extend it to a lifetime warranty, for an additional cost.

Installing Tinted Windows

Installing tinted windows for your home by yourself isn't as simple as it sounds. Not only does window tint installation require experience for a smooth, professional finish, but it also calls for the correct application tools and a steady hand. From making sure your windows are properly cleaned and dried before installation to placing the films accurately on single- or double-pane windows, window contractors are well-equipped to handle the demands of window tinting projects.

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How to Remove Window Tint

If window tint film was installed poorly, you may find yourself stuck trying to remove tinted windows from your home. However, this is no easy task. The window tinting removal process can vary and have unique requirements depending on the type of tinting that was used. One of the biggest concerns when removing tinted windows is to not damage the window itself.  A local contractor can help determine if tinted windows need to be removed, replaced, or repaired while also protecting your windows from further damage.

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