Despite the fact that residential window tinting provides a whole host of benefits for you and your home, some people still buy into the many myths and misconceptions that are floating around.

Don’t let these five myths about residential window tinting stop you from getting your windows tinted, so you can experience the benefits for yourself:

Window tinting looks bad as it ages

If you think that tinted windows bubble and discolor after a few years of battling the sun, think again. While it’s true that cheap, improperly applied tint and window film can look downright awful, a window that has been properly and professionally tinted will look great for years to come.

The DIY window tint films that you buy at hardware stores may be to blame for this myth. These adhesive films stick to your windows and block out the sunlight, but they’re no match for professionally tinted window treatments. Films can bubble and peel away, especially if they’re installed hastily. If you want pretty tinted windows, leave it to the experts.

Tinted windows are too dark

Many people worry that tinted windows will make their homes feel dark and dreary, but the truth is that tinting comes in various shades, many of which look almost clear but still offer great benefits. Generally speaking, the darker the tint, the more UV light is blocked out. Ultimately, you can decide how dark you want your tint to be, but there are some benefits to a darker tint.

  • It makes your home’s interior less visible from the outside.
  • It protects your furniture from fading in sunlight.
  • It can block out sunlight to help night-shift workers sleep better in the daytime.

You may have even heard that tinted windows kill your house plants because they block vital sunlight from getting to them, but that’s not true. Darker shades of tint can prevent plants from getting the light they need, but lighter tints are perfectly fine for rooms with plants in them.

Window tint blocks out all UV rays

This is one myth that’s almost true. Professionally installed window tint can block out up to 99 percent of the harmful UV rays that can damage your home’s interior and that can lead to skin damage. Having tinted windows in your home can reduce your exposure to the harmful UV rays that lead to skin cancer, so they are an investment in your health as much as they are an investment in your home.

Tinted windows can’t be smashed by burglars

Unfortunately, window tinting doesn’t make your windows super strong or unbreakable. Some tints and films can make windows more difficult to break, but a determined burglar will find a way to smash them.

However, tinted windows can be a deterrent against burglary by making it more difficult for burglars to see what’s inside your home. Many robberies are crimes of opportunity, where a burglar will see something of value and take the risk of breaking in to steal it.

If your windows are tinted, your home’s contents can’t be seen as easily, making any burglar think twice about risking a break-in when there may not be anything to steal inside.

Tinting windows causes damage to the glass

If applied professionally, window tinting enhances the glass, it doesn’t damage it. Of course, if the tint is applied incorrectly by someone who isn’t trained in window tint application, the glass could be damaged. Most windows come with a warranty that protects the homeowner in case the windows are damaged during tinting by a professional, so there’s virtually no risk if damage does occur.