Your home windows let you enjoy the view outside and give you access to fresh air and sunlight. But if they are weak, outdated, and energy-inefficient windows, it’s advisable to buy window tints and install them right away. That way, you can improve your home’s energy efficiency, safety, and curb appeal.
Many residential window tint films are lightweight and self-adhesive that reduce glare, protect your furniture from fading and discolouration, and prevent the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays from entering your home. However, not all window films are created equal or worthy of your investment. Feel free to use this article as your guide to help you look for the window treatment that is best for you.
1. Check the window film’s compatibility with your window glass
Different types of window film absorb varying degrees of heat. Some windows are equipped to handle it, while others don’t. Most security and decorative films also block minimal heat.
The solar film has a higher rate of heat absorption, which can increase the thermal stress on your windows. Therefore, avoid installing it if your insulated glass is more than a decade old or has had seal failures, your tinted annealed glass is over a quarter thick, or your clear annealed glass has a heat absorption rate of more than 50 per cent. Otherwise, your window glass will crack.
A good rule of thumb is to apply all three common types of window glass unless your manufacturer discourages it. These include annealed, heat-treated, and insulating.
Every window film is different, so make sure to get one compatible with your window glass. If you’re unsure what to get, check with your manufacturer to determine the type of window film compatible with your window glass.
2. Consider if you want to install the window film yourself
If you prioritise cutting down your costs, consider installing the window film yourself. This task is easy to do on your own. All you need is some window film, soft cloth, baby shampoo, water, and a squeegee.
Start by wiping your windows down using a lint-free, soft cloth with a solution of one teaspoon of baby shampoo and one gallon of bottled water. Cut an aftermarket window film with a utility knife. Afterwards, remove the adhesive backing from the film and stick it to your windows while misting the film’s surface with the baby shampoo solution. Use a plastic squeegee across the window film’s surface to remove any trapped air bubbles, then let it cure for about four to eight days depending on the manufacturer’s instructions.
Keep in mind that the window film from DIY window tinting is prone to dirt, streaks, bubbles, wrinkles, or scratches. If you’re not willing to take the risk of having those flaws on your windows, opt for a professional installation.
3. Choose the type of window film that offers your desired benefits
Window films come in three main types. Solar films absorb or reflect up to 99 per cent of UV rays. They are recommended for boosting your home’s energy efficiency, increasing your indoor comfort, and reducing glare.
Meanwhile, the security type is the thickest of all film types, and you should get one if deterring criminals is your biggest concern. Finally, decorative films appear clear or bold-coloured with designs. Install them if you want to beautify your room.
Whether your priority is to enhance your home’s safety, energy efficiency, or beauty, window tinting can help you address your needs. Since not all window films are worthwhile investments, make sure to know your different options and remember the steps mentioned above to help you look for the right window treatment for your home.
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