Windows Tinting for Homes
Window film can give you privacy without blocking the view outdoors.
Applying window tint to your home's interior windows can provide increased levels of privacy, energy savings and glare reduction. Window tint, or window film, varies greatly among manufacturers and products. Consider the results you'd like to see by applying window tint to your windows. This will help you narrow your window tint search to discover the best type for your home.
Older window film technology often blocked more light than heat, increasing the temperature in a room. This defeated the insulation purposes of window tint. Modern technology, however, has allowed manufacturers to develop spectral-selective window film products that block more heat than light. The Light-to-Solar-Gain (LSG) value attributed to window tint reveals its ability to block heat. Typically, an LSG value greater than 1.0 suggests the window tint transmits more light than heat. This helps to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, often resulting in lower utility costs for your home.
Privacy and Security
According to information on Lowe's website, privacy window films block 99% of ultraviolet (UV) rays, while providing protection from prying eyes. Blocking the sun's UV rays can help to protect your home's furniture, fabrics and other interior furnishings from destructive fading. While mirrored window films provide daytime privacy, frosted window tints are translucent, allowing light to enter your home, while providing privacy during the day and night. Certain types of window film are designed to make the window glass shatter-resistant. These can especially benefit homes in hurricane-prone areas, as well as help to make a home more burglary-proof.
Consider your homeowner's association (HOA) rules and regulations when selecting a window tint for your home. An intensely shiny window film might be a blinding irritation for nearby neighbors, as well as a violation of your HOA policy. The shininess of a window tint is indicated by its Visible Light Reflectance (VLR) value. VLR measures the percentage of visible light that's being reflected by a window film. Window tints with higher numbers result in shinier films. A window tint with a 49% light transmission supplies an ideal balance between glare reduction and visibility. Window film also helps to reduce interior glare on television and computer screens, as well as other reflective surfaces.
Window tint is available in assorted shades and colors to suit your personal preference, as well as enhance the curb appeal of your home. Curb appeal is the snapshot view of your home from the street. Darker window tint can help to hide your home's interior spaces, giving it a cleaner, neater outward appearance. Light Transmission measures a window tint's level of darkness or light. The lower the corresponding number, the darker the film. Some window tints are designed with a decorative pattern or color, such as floral, stained glass, frosted, architectural or a single vibrant color.