Have you heard about the benefits of low-e glass? You may be disappointed that the only way to get low-e glass is to replace your windows. Fortunately, you have another, less expensive alternative: window tinting. Glass Doctor® offers this affordable service for windows in homes, businesses, and cars.
Low-E Glass vs. Home Window Tint
Low-e glass features a microscopically thin layer of metallic oxides applied during the manufacturing process. The purpose is to control infrared light and reflect the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This has the combined effect of reducing solar heat gain in the summer, lowering home heat loss in the winter, and decreasing color fading of your home’s furnishings.
Home window tint provides many of the same capabilities as low-e glass, but it’s applied to existing windows as an aftermarket product. Films of various shades are available to block out just the right amount of light and heat to meet your needs.
Benefits of Home Window Tint
- Save energy: One of the biggest reasons people pursue home window tinting is for energy savings. A tinted window blocks up to 80 percent of the sun’s heat, dramatically lowering your cooling bills in the summer. At the same time, tinting helps your home retain heat in the winter for lower heating bills.
- Increase privacy: The traditional way to achieve privacy at home is to close the curtains over the windows. Unfortunately, this also blocks the view. With home window tinting for privacy, you can still see outside while making it much more difficult for passersby to peer in.
- Reduce glare and color fading: When the sun reflects off passing cars, fallen snow, or water in the backyard swimming pool, you might get blinded in your own home. Tinted windows reduce glare for a more comfortable lighting environment and less color fading of carpet and upholstery.
- Improve safety and security: Window tinting is applied as a film. This fortifies the glass to help prevent shattering if severe weather beats on the window or an intruder attempts to break in.
Drawbacks of Home Window Tint
- Warranty complications: Some, but not all, window manufacturers void their warranty coverage if you apply residential or commercial window tinting. This is considered a retrofit that manufacturers don’t want to take responsibility for.
- Expert installation is recommended: Due to variances in product quality and durability, we recommend hiring a professional to install premium window tint. This increases the cost, but the results are worth it.
Window Tinting Installation Process
The exact procedure used when installing window tinting depends on the type of window being tinted and the style of window film being applied. Despite these variances, here’s what the process usually entails:
- Clean the window thoroughly.
- Measure the window and cut the film to include about an inch of extra material on all sides.
- Peel off the protective liner to reveal the adhesive coating on the back of the film.
- Spray the film and window with a wetting solution to activate the adhesive.
- Apply the film to the glass and smooth out bubbles or imperfections with a squeegee.
- Trim the excess film to the exact size and blot any excess water to prevent damaging the window frame.
Choose Glass Doctor for Professional Home Window Tinting
Your home and business deserve the benefits of high-quality window tint. For a job well done and results that last, choose Glass Doctor for the job. We have access to the best window tinting products available today and are experienced with performing the installation process.
To learn more about home window tinting, or to request a quote, please contact Glass Doctor today.