What comes to your mind when you hear of window tinting? Most people presume that window tinting is only meant for vehicles. Perhaps this is due to the immense popularity of car window tinting due to the benefits that come with it.
However, window tints are not limited to cars. Residential and commercial buildings can also be tinted allowing you to enjoy the benefits of window tints just as you do in your car.
Besides, the benefits of window tinting in homes and offices are more than those of your car!
What you should know before tinting your home and office windows
Before you install a tint on your home or office window, there are some things you should know;
I. Window films come in various types
To be precise, there are three types of window tints. Each of these films serves a different purpose but they do have some shared benefits.
● Solar films
The main benefit or use of solar tints is to improve energy efficiency in your home or office. Solar films make your windows shiny during the day.
For larger commercial buildings, solar tints are extremely beneficial in cutting down costs, as it reduces the reliance on air conditioning to regulate and maintain a cool and comfortable internal environment.
● Security films
This is the thickest film of all. Its main aim is to block vision. It also makes your windows shatterproof in the event of an intrusion or storm. Most of them do not absorb or reflect light.
● Decorative films
If you want to beautify your home and to make it more attractive, then you should go for decorative films. These window tints are very thin and absorb or reflect minimal light.
So before you choose any of these, you should first identify your primary reason for tinting your home or office windows.
II. Not every film is compatible with your windows.
Don’t just rush out and buy any window film without considering the type of your windows.
Some films, especially solar films may cause the glass to break because the tint has a higher rate of heat absorption which could increase the thermal stress on the window.
Therefore, you should consult with your windows manufacturer to identify the right type of film to be used.
III. It can be a DIY project
You don’t need to be a professional to install a film on a window, especially at home. However, you will need some help and guidelines so that the project can be a success.
First, you need to follow some basic instructions such as cleaning your window using the right solutions before applying the tint. Also, most tints come with manuals on how they should be cut and/or placed. You can also learn more about how to apply window tints on your own through video tutorials on the internet.
However, DIY your window tinting project is only recommended for small projects. If your house is large and has many windows, you should consider getting a professional to do the job.
Also, most commercial buildings will require professionals to install the films due to factors like the size of the project, the risks involved (story buildings), and the company policy.
IV. Your Windows’ warranty contract could be voided
As we all know, most warranties come with some strict requirements that must be met before compensation or replacement is made.
Unfortunately, if you plan on tinting your windows for your residential or commercial structures, you could be invalidating your warranty for those windows.
What does this mean?
If any damage is made to your window after you have tinted it, you won’t be compensated for the damage. The manufacturer will assume that you used an aftermarket product to cover or modify your window which led to its damage.
However, this does not mean you should not film your home or office windows for fear of voiding your window’s warranty contract. Some window manufacturers will let you use specific films to tint your windows. If you don’t find such information on the warranty, you can get in touch with the manufacturer for clarification before you begin the project.
V. Window films can be temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent
Window films have three permanence options that affect your choice for a window tint.
If your needs are long term, say you want to enjoy the benefits of a window film for a lifetime, you should consider permanent films. Permanent films are designed to stay on your windows for life – they can never be removed.
If you stay in a rental house, or perhaps you wish to frequently change the type of your window tint, you should consider the temporary ones. These ones can easily be removed at any time without any traces left.
The last category – semi-permanent films, can be removed but not completely. If you try to pull them out, they will leave some residue on the window.
Why tint your home or office windows?
So why do people tint windows for their residential and commercial structures? Let’s find out more below!
1. Privacy, safety, and security
Want to keep your valuables out of sight without having to move them? Window tinting is the best way to do that. Security films are dark or mirrored which blocks vision and locks away prying eyes. This makes you comfortable in your house, knowing that there is no one watching you.
Commercial spaces like offices or banks require a high level of privacy and security due to the activities that take place inside those buildings. And one way to maintain this privacy is by tinting the windows.
What’s more interesting is that those outside can not see you but you can clearly see them from the inside.
Additionally, window tints are very beneficial in the event of accidents that could turn a pane of glass into dangerous shards. The film holds the small/shattered pieces of glass together thus keeping you, your family, and colleagues safe. Also, breaking a tinted glass window will require extra effort.
2. Health risk reduction
They say “it is better to prevent than to cure.” Window tinting can help you stay healthy and avoid certain health risks like skin cancer as most of the films are designed to block up to 99% of the harmful ultraviolet rays.
For offices and other commercial buildings, window tinting can help reduce (or eliminate glare) which is harmful to the eyes. This in turn improves the productivity of employees and your organization at large.
3. Enhance appearance
Window tinting is a great way to spruce up your home or office. The film can make your structures more welcoming, especially if the building is starting to look outdated.
Films come in various types, sizes, colors, and designs which makes it easier to personalize your home.
Window tinting can also improve the value of your house or building. This comes in handy especially when you want to sell your home.
4. Energy efficiency
Many people use heaters or air conditioning systems to regulate temperatures inside their homes or offices.
But, the HVAC systems are quite expensive to purchase, run and maintain. Secondly, the systems use energy (electricity) to run which adds up to your electricity bills.
What most people don’t know is that window tinting can help maintain a conducive environment by enabling your heating and cooling systems to work more efficiently.
Indeed, window tint is not just for cars. Those in residential and commercial buildings can also reap the myriad window tint benefits. However, before you decide to tint your windows, you should consider some factors like your primary reasons for tinting, the type of films available, and the warranty requirements of your windows.
The benefits of tinted windows are endless from enhancing privacy and security to energy efficiency and health risk reduction. But you will only enjoy these benefits if you tint your windows like a pro, even if it means calling in a professional to do the job.