Whether you’re a homeowner, a renter, or an apartment-dweller, home window tinting can be a great way to add a touch of style and privacy to your living space. It also has many practical benefits, including insulation, UV protection from the sun’s damaging rays, and security.
How to choose the best tinting for your home
When it comes to tinting your windows, there are a few things you should consider before making your choice. For example, you should choose a clear film, as opposed to a tinted one, because you want to absorb as much of the sun’s harmful rays as possible.
Regardless of what kind of window-tinting film you choose, make sure to follow installation instructions, Baron says. The best way to install a clear-film tint is to have it professionally applied. However, you can often purchase it via catalog at most home improvement stores. Based on your location and budget, your window-tinting options will ultimately depend on where you live.
The installation of window tint is a bit of a DIY project in most cases. However, you can invest in a window tint gun to get it done more quickly. However, you should still ensure that you have the right tools to protect your walls and your home in general. This includes a box to catch the excess film that is removed during the installation, as well as a few other supplies.
Window tint offers many benefits, but some types are better than others
Home Window tinting can add privacy and block UV rays, and it can also make your home look cooler. But not all window tints are created equal. You want to make sure that the one you choose has a VLT (Visible Light Transmission) rating of at least 35 percent. The VLT is the percentage of visible light that passes through a window film. The higher this number is, the more privacy and privacy-protecting it will be. Choose a darker tint if you want to hide prying eyes (peeping Toms), or a lighter tint to add a pop of natural light to a room.
Generally, you want to buy window film that’s typically labeled for residential use. Use product names and not the generic-sounding brand names you’ll see in hardware stores. Also, look for products that list UV resistance as a benefit. That means it’ll block at least 75% of light, according to Accu-Tek, an indoor-home-design company. It’s worth noting that this UV protection comes with the (relatively) small price of higher cost, with a UV-blocking film costing about 50% more than a lower-grade one. But solar panels and filters can reduce costs significantly.
Even if you plan to install it yourself, get a professional to measure your windows and recommend the right one
Of course, you can always take the DIY approach and install your own vertical blinds. However, if you’re not experienced, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. As stated above, window tinting is designed to last for a long time and provide much more privacy than hanging large curtains. Plus, it will blend into your decor better than curtains or shades.
If you live in a high-contrast building, you should get it in the most vibrant shades that match the color of the inside of your home. For a shady entryway or a relaxing balcony, opt for a warmer, reddish-orange tint. If you want your living room’s fort to pop against an off-white background, choose a pale yellow tint. You can always add more shades as long as you reach your desired look.
Opt for a high-quality product that will last for years (and save you money in the long run)
If you’re looking for a new product, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. In order to make the right choice, you need to weigh both the price and the quality of the product. Because there are millions of products to choose from, it can be difficult to understand which ones are good quality, safe for use, and good for the money.
Quality varies widely. For example, window tinting is usually a low-cost way to add style and privacy to your home. However, there are pricey products that can last for years, or even decades, although their lifespan is strongly limited. Unfortunately, not all window tinting is of good quality, and you shouldn’t buy it if you can’t afford it.
The price of window tinting is often high because it’s a new type of product, and it’s hard to estimate the long-term (and ongoing) value of a product like this. Most applications of window tinting are for exterior (sunroom) windows, but you can find products for interior (kitchen) and exterior-sunroom windows, too.
If you don’t have to cover your windows entirely, you can usually allow light through using features like curtains and skylights. Lamps are another option. If you’re concerned about privacy, you simply might want to avoid these types of products altogether.
There are many different types of tinting products, from clear to tinted to color-matched. However, they usually come in basic (clear) and opaque (transparent) formats. There are two main types of window tint: film and roll-10000. They use a gel rather than pigment and cover glass (sapphire, aluminum, glass, or plastic).
Film tints use a thin film that can be applied to glass or tinted glass. For privacy, opaque films provide little or no privacy because it’s almost impossible to remove all the film without damaging the glass. However, this approach has certain drawbacks, including limited flexibility, limited coverage, and the need for regular re-applying.