Looking for a way to increase your home’s beauty and privacy? We have a tip for you that will improve the curb appeal of your home, as well as improve energy efficiency. Residential window tint can do both. In fact because it reduces energy costs, it is one home improvement that can pay off both aesthetically, and financially.
When you think about window tint for your home, images of dark shadowy places might come to mind. However, when it comes to residential window film nothing could be further from the truth. Residential window tint has evolved over the years. New technologies make it possible to let all the light in, but filter out the heat and the damaging effects of the sun.
Along with heat reduction, residential window tint can also help you protect your investments. Curtains, furniture and even flooring can fall victim to the effects of the sun. One of the leading culprits in fading your valuables is ultraviolet light. To keep those home furnishings and decorations looking their best, a window film with a high percentage of ultraviolet light rejection would be a good choice. Many films can now block almost 99 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays.
Some ceramic films, boast 90 percent infrared heat rejection, and yet are virtually clear. Of course if you want privacy, residential window tint comes in a variety of shades.
Security film is another residential window tint that can make sense for homeowners. Security film is the thickest and strongest of the films. Great for storm-prone areas, it also protects against intruders. Instead of shattering when the glass is broken, it spider-webs, making entry into the home more difficult. At Fletch Window Tint we recommend this film as a deterrent to home break-ins. Check out our video here:
How Residential Window Tint Is Installed
First, the windows are cleaned. Then an application solution is sprayed on the glass and the film, and the film is adhered. The film must cure, or dry, and the darker and thicker the tint is, the longer it takes to cure. The film’s insulating and light-blocking properties are working, even though you may see bubbles or haze during the curing process.
How Long Will Residential Window Tint Last?
That’s a great question – yet the answer depends on a number of factors. In essence, window film has been known to last for 20 years or more under the right conditions.
The types of materials used, the window that the film is placed on, the orientation of the window (e.g., facing east), and even local climate can all affect the long-term resiliency of residential window tint.
So, taking into account the durability of the film itself and generous lifetime warranties for residential window film, most families are able to lock in the energy efficiency and cost savings of window film for a very, very long time.