Getting your windows tinted is a great investment that comes with so many benefits. Some of those benefits include a lower energy bill, better privacy, reduced sun glare, and cooler temperatures in your home. However, there are some important things you should know before getting window tinting done. Here are four things you should know about window tinting:
1. Not All Window Film is the Same- There are different types of window film you can use, and it is important to know what each one does before you make your choice. The three typical types of film used are solar, security, and decorative. For example, solar film is used to help improve the energy efficiency in your home. It helps regulate your home’s temperature by keeping the heat outside in the summer and inside during the winter. Make sure you know what type of film your home needs before you start installing window tinting.
2. Not All Film is Compatible- Security and decorative films are compatible with pretty much any type of window glass, but solar film can place thermal stress on glass that is basic flat, heat-treated, or insulated. Each type of glass absorbs heat differently, so solar film on top of the glass could cause problems such as cracking. Basic flat glass is the worst one to install solar film on, as its heat absorption rate is over 50 percent. If you don’t know what type of glass you have or what film to use, work with a professional from our team to help determine your home’s glass type and narrow down your film options.
3. You May Void Your Window Warranty- Window tinting may void your windows’ warranty. This is because some window films can damage your window’s glass, so most manufacturers won’t cover damages to windows that have window film on them. Check with your manufacturer before installing film on your windows.
4. It’s Best to Hire a Professional- If you want your window tinting done right, you should consider hiring a professional. If you try to install window film yourself, the film could rip, you could end up with bubbles in your film, you could put the wrong film on the wrong glass and cause irreversible damage, etc. Hiring a professional will ensure your window tinting is done right.
If you have any other questions about window tinting, feel free to give us a call at Glass Tinting by SPF today, and we will help you in any way we can.