Window Tinting Benefits And Types


If your heating and cooling bills are a source of irritation, the solution may be window tinting.  Consider the benefits of window tinting, such as with the help of Cutting Edge Window Tinting, as well as the options available to you. 

Three Benefits of Window Tinting

Financial Savings:  Once you pay for the initial installation of tinted windows, you will begin to see a return on your investment.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 10–25% of the heat in your home is lost through your windows.  With the addition of window tint, you will see a reduction in that loss during the winter months.  Furthermore, window tinting can deflect heat and sunlight as well so your home will have a lower heat gain during the summer.

Glare Reduction:  In the summer months, you may have sunlight streaming through the windows, increasing glare.  Glare can cause difficulty with vision, as well as headaches.  By adding window tinting, you will be able to function better in your home.  For instance, watching television will not become a visual struggle.

Block UV Rays:  Ultraviolet rays can cause damage to furniture, draperies, artwork, as well as your vision.  Many types of window tinting reduce UV rays so you and your family are safer.

Which Type of Tinting Is Right for You?

There are a variety of choices of window tinting.  Here are 4 you might consider:

1.  Dyed Film:  Dyed or colored films are actually a thin layer applied to your windows.  Rather than repelling heat and sunlight, these films absorb the heat.  One benefit is that dyed films reduces the ability for those outside to see indoors, thus increasing privacy and reducing theft.  

Dyed films do not work well on double-paned glass.  With regular windows, as the dyed film absorbs heat, it then radiates to the glass beneath it.  As air passes over the glass, the heat is dispersed.  However, in double-paned glass, condensation can occur between the layers of glass.

2.  Metalized Film:  This type of window tinting contains traces of metals such as aluminum, copper, and nickel, which are fused at an atomic level.  Therefore, metalized films are excellent for deflecting light and heat during the summer months.  Likewise, because metalized films are dual-sided, they will deflect heat back into your home during the winter months, decreasing the loss of heat.

Unfortunately, metalized films must be applied thickly to be effective.  Therefore, they often have a darker, more mirror-like appearance, which may not suit your tastes.

3.  Hybrid Film:  These films combine the best of both dyed and metalized films.  These type of films will both absorb incoming sunlight as well as deflect the heat.  Moreover, the hybrid films are designed to mitigate the negative qualities of both dyed and metalized films.  Consequently, they are less reflective as well as lighter in appearance.

4.  Ceramic Films:  These films are much more advanced because they use nanotechnology to create a durable, shatterproof protection for your windows.  Moreover, they do not darken your windows as do dyed films.  Rather, windows treated with ceramic film allow natural light in while blocking most UV and infrared rays.  Likewise, ceramic films are scratch-resistant, unlike some of the other films.

As you consider which type of film is best for your home, speak with a professional installer.  Of course, local home improvement stores offer window tinting that you can apply yourself.  However, you will not have the same quality application and product available to you.


27 October 2014

Understanding Window Upgrades For Commercial Buildings

Hello, my name is Donald Clemins. I am here to talk to you about windows for commercial buildings. When I purchased my first storefront, I was shocked to feel cold drafts coming in through the picture windows. The drafts made it feel like the front door was propped wide open. I knew my customers would feel uncomfortable sitting there due to the drastic temperature fluctuations. I contacted a window installer to talk about my options. I was amazed to hear about all of the different types of windows available for my storefront. I would like to share that information on this site to help other people find the best windows for their commercial buildings. I will focus on window material and build upgrades as manufacturers make new developments. Thank you.