Everything Homeowners Need to Know About Residential Window Tint

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Have you considered residential window tinting, but wonder if it’s worth the investment? For most homeowners, the answer is a resounding yes. Window tinting isn’t just a cosmetic enhancement—it’s a practical upgrade for your home. We’ve put together this guide to help walk you through the ins and outs of window tinting. 

So let’s get started! 

Understanding the Different Types of Window Film

There are several different types of window tint film, and they don’t all do the same thing. So before you start shopping,  it is important you understand the differences before making a purchase. Here’s a quick breakdown of the most common window films. 

Solar Film 

Solar film reflects UV rays away from your home. This keeps the heat out of your house, which improves your energy efficiency.

Security Film 

Security window film is much thicker than solar film. However, this type of film doesn’t reflect UV rays away from your home (at least, not a lot of them). Instead, it prevents the glass from shattering if something—or someone—hits the window. This keeps you safe from sharp pieces of glass and prevents potential burglars from getting into your home. If you live in an area that gets a lot of storms or has a high crime rate, this is a good option for you.  

Decorative Film 

This type of film turns plain, clear windows into beautiful, textured windows. You can use decorative film to increase your privacy or beautify your home. 

The Benefits of Tinting Your Home’s Windows 

Tinting your windows isn’t just “another household chore.” Window film can help you save a lot of money, and it can give you a lot of other benefits, too. Here are some of the most important. 

Temperature Control

Remember how solar film reflects UV rays away from your home? That prevents the sun from making your house feel like an oven every time the temperature gets over 75 degrees. Tinting your windows will keep the interior temperature at much more comfortable levels. 

Reduced Energy Bills

Since your house won’t get as hot with window film, you won’t have to run the air conditioning as often. That means it’ll suck up less electricity, which will make your energy bill go down. Installing window film costs a few hundred dollars, the film will pay for itself with how much you’ll save every year. 

Enhances Privacy 

Some types of window film make your windows dark and difficult for people to see through. This means you can enjoy the added privacy without having to keep your curtains closed 24/7. 

Protects Your Furniture 

The sun’s UV rays don’t just make your house hot and stuffy, they can also damage your furniture and other belongings. Replacing faded furniture can be an expensive—and time consuming—task. When you tint your windows, you protect your furniture from the sun, and you save yourself some money and hassle, too!

Keeps You Safe

The added privacy window film gives you can protect you from prying eyes. Security film also keeps you safe from storm damage, burglars, and other accidents. Your safety, and the safety of your family, is well worth the cost of window film.

Considerations Before Installing Window Tint

While tinting your windows has a lot of benefits, there are a few things you need to consider. Here’s what you need to know before you start installing. 

Warranty Concerns

If you still have a warranty on your windows, tinting your windows might void it. You might want to wait until your warranty expires before installing window film. 

It’s Not a Good Idea If You’re Renting

You shouldn’t tint your windows if you’re renting your home. Otherwise, you might have to pay for window replacements when you move. If you want to hang window film, you might be able to find temporary, removable window film. But it’s always a good idea to talk to your landlord first before you install anything. 

Considering Residential Window Tinting? Opt for Professional Installation!

Thinking about installing residential window tint? We strongly advise against doing it yourself. While it might seem straightforward, window tinting is actually quite complex. Even just a small misstep can create bubbles, wrinkles, or rips in the film. Not to mention, attempting to DIY your window tinting often doesn’t save as much money as you might think, since any mistakes can necessitate costly corrections by a professional later on. To ensure a flawless finish and avoid the hassle of redoing the work, it’s best to entrust the job to skilled experts. Unsure of whom to contact? We’re here to help! Get in touch with us today for top-notch installation and peace of mind.

ESP Window Tinting & Graphics has been Louisville’s premier window tinting and custom graphics provider since 1974. We serve both the residential and commercial markets, providing customized solutions with the goal of delighting our clients. Our window film and graphics products offer enhanced aesthetics and improved functionality to your spaces. Contact us today for a free consultation and quote.