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Reflective Windows Tint for Home

Home / May 30, 2020

Reflective window film is becoming more common in home decor. While this product can be a great energy saver, it may also have some drawbacks in certain situations. Consider the pros and cons described here before deciding to install reflective window film in your home.


Privacy. A well-applied, reflective window film can make it virtually impossible for anybody to see into your home in daylight. This gives you the freedom to enjoy most of the natural light that is available without having to close drapes and rely on artificial light.

Temperature. By reflecting back a high proportion of the sun’s light, the safety film also helps to keep the room cooler. The cooling effect is aided by the fact that large pieces of furniture do not become heated and act as radiators in the room. In the summer time this can be especially beneficial.

Furniture and Fittings. Reflective window film blocks incoming ultra violet light that is responsible for so much damage to furnishings and fabrics. Carpets will remain in good condition for longer and wooden furniture will not be subject to heat and dehydration.

Safety. A secondary benefit of tinting film is that treated windows don’t shatter so readily in the event of an accident. The film helps to hold the window together and can absorb a significant amount of shock.

Condensation. An internally applied film can help to reduce the amount of condensation by reducing the contrast between daytime and nighttime temperatures. This can be especially beneficial for windows with wooden frames.

Cost of Living. Well-installed window film can result in significant savings in the cost of cooling your house in the summer and warming it in the winter. Tinting film can actually reflect radiated heat back into the room rather that let it pass through the window.