Residential Window Tinting Pros and Cons

by Editor on August 2, 2013

Removed canopies on Colmore Gate, Bull Street

Most homeowners don’t give their windows a second thought until they start to experience problems with them. For example, if you notice a lot of outside noise, you might decide that it’s time to upgrade from single to double panes. Or if there are drafts near your windows, it could be time to think about replacing those ages-old frames. And of course, windows that are cracked or broken must be dealt with immediately, unless you like the idea of all your bought air leaking out. But what if your home is simply too bright or the abundant sunlight in your area is causing your interior to heat up? While you could certainly install heavy-duty drapes, you may not be keen on the idea of shutting your home up in darkness all day and cutting off your beautiful view. For these reasons you could be considering residential window tinting as an alternative. But there are a few pros and cons you should be aware of before you shell out the dough.

There are several benefits associated with tinting the windows in your home aside from the prospect of cutting the glare. For starters, it can help to make your home more energy efficient, decreasing your consumption and your utility bills. If the sun’s rays are prone to heating your home, either seasonally or throughout the year, tinting your windows can help to reduce the incursion of heat-producing UV rays by as much as 90%. This can significantly drop the temperature in your home, reducing your reliance on air conditioning and making it easier to regulate the interior temperature. As a bonus, it can also help to curb the fading effects of the sun where your carpeting and furniture are concerned. Tinting can also make your windows more durable, preventing cracks, chips, and even breakage, and certain products can add to your privacy with a two-way mirror effect that stops outsiders from looking in while preserving your view.

So far it sounds pretty great – residential window tinting can cool your home, save you money, and stop prying eyes. But there are some drawbacks you’ll want to consider, as well, before you decide to tint your windows. For starters, the price you pay could make a big difference in the quality of the products and services you receive. You’ve no doubt seen cars with the telltale bubbling that denotes a low-quality tinting job. And the same can occur in your home if you opt to cheap out. You need to find a professional contractor to do the job for you. In addition, it’s imperative that you select the right film for the effect you want, since some will reduce UV rays while allowing visible light in while others will darken your interior. And don’t forget to check the warranty. In some cases, tinting double-paned windows will void it!

Overall, you’re bound to get the benefits you want and avoid the drawbacks if you simply do your homework beforehand and select the products and services that best suit your needs. Although you may still have to contend with the costs of central air maintenance and split system repair as you heat and cool your home, adding tinted windows should help to make any interior air system more efficient and save you money in the process. Whether you’re looking to pay less or you want to step up your environmental efforts, residential window tinting can be one part of a winning strategy.

 

photo by: ell brown

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