Residential Window Tinting: The Pros and Cons

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Albeit window tinting is a simple and effective way of reducing the amount of light that enters your home, you need to find out everything you can about the benefits and drawbacks of window tinting before having them placed in your home.

Hence this post. We will cover, in a concise manner, all the advantages and disadvantages of window tinting we think you must know about.

Advantages of Home Window Tinting

If you are considering getting window tinting, you must already know that there are quite a few advantages to adding window tinting to your home– the biggest of which being that window tinting is relatively simple, does not cost a lot of money to do, and can be purchased and installed within a few hours. While it is surely a quick fix, it does not mean that that’s the only advantage window tinting can confer. Read on for more pros.

1. Added Privacy

Considering that window tinting is dark and has a reflective layer on the outside-facing side of the film, a well-applied window tint can make so that people outside cannot see into your home during daylight hours. The reflective material in the tint makes heat and rays bounce back to the outside and this is precisely what makes it difficult for anyone to see into your home. This will, therefore, benefit you and your family as it gives you the freedom to enjoy natural light without having to close drapes to stop strangers from peering into your windows.

2. Cooler Temperature

The more light that gets in your home, the warmer will the room that faces the sun get and the warmer will the furniture in that room be. Hence, the best way to keep a room cool is by keeping the heat out of it. This why it is a good idea to have tinted windows installed – the tints reflect a certain amount of light.

3. Longer Lasting Furniture, Hardwood Floors, and Carpets

Sunlight is known to quickly deteriorate materials that are constantly exposed to it. Examples of such deterioration include sun-bleached materials and fading colors. To stop the overexposure to sunlight, having tinted windows installed is a good idea. The tint will stop ultra-violet (UV) light that can damage your furniture and fabrics over time from entering a room, ensuring that the materials and furniture inside your home last longer.

4. Lower Energy Bills

How can window tinting save you money on monthly electricity bills, you ask? Simple. Since it conveniently keeps rooms cooler during the summer by not letting light in and not letting that much heat in, you won’t use your air conditioning system as you usually would. Window tinting can, therefore, result in significant cost savings as it makes heating your home more efficient.

Disadvantages of Home Window Tinting

As with most things, everything (no matter how perfect they may seem) comes with certain drawbacks. And so it is with window tints as well. As you can tell by now, applying window tinting films to windows is a quick-fix and does not cost much money.  However, window tint films will not offer the same results as other, more expensive and higher-efficiency options would.

1. Less Privacy at Night

While the reflective nature of window film does aid in privacy during the daytime by not allowing strangers to peer into your home through the windows, it is not as efficient at night. Since most of the light comes from the inside of the house rather than the outside at night, this advantage disappears after dark. In fact, while people will be able to see inside your home, you will not be able to see them as easily.

2. Rooms Will Get Colder in winter

Just as tinted windows prevent an excessive amount of light from entering a room during summer, they will do the same during winter. And, obviously, if less light enters a room, the amount of heat that enters that room will also be considerably decreased. This will lead to requiring more heat to maintain room temperatures as rooms will be colder than usual.

3. Financial Investment

When compared to the alternatives on the market, window tinting films are relatively cheaper. But you will still need an initial financial investment in order to have them placed.

Takeaway

There are several advantages and disadvantages to having window tinting films installed in your house. This simple and affordable fix not only reduces heat but also makes your home more energy-efficient during the warmest season of the year. While there are other alternatives, such as sunshades and energy-efficient windows, out there that are a bit more efficient in general, these solutions tend to be on the more expensive side. If you are in need of a less expensive option, window tinting films are the way to go.  

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