Contrary to popular belief, most burglaries occur during the day. In 2016, there were almost 500,000 daytime break-ins; about 280,000 occurred at night.
For that year, an average amount of $2,361 was stolen in each incidence.
If you don’t want to worry about someone breaking into your home, there are ways to discourage thieves and criminals. So how do you go about increasing your home security in a way that is effective but won’t break your wallet?
We’ll outline a simple and cost-effective solution here.
How To Increase Your Home Security
Securing your home has never been easier. Tinted windows are a quick method to deter would-be thieves from entering your home.
Here’s how to use them.
Pick A Type
There are several types of window film. Naturally, the first step in securing your home is picking the appropriate type for your needs.
Dyed film is the least expensive window film. To create this type, a heat-absorbent dye is added to the film.
Dyed window film is excellent for home security purposes because those outside the house cannot see into it, but those within the house still enjoy an outside view. This opaque film fades with time and must be replaced.
If you live in a safer neighborhood, have other means of security or simply want additional privacy, this is the perfect addition.
Carbon fiber film is great for blocking infrared light, making it a fantastic addition for homes in hot settings. Due to this feature, it reduces cooling bills.
This type of film does not fade over time and offers a dark matte look, making it impossible for outsiders to see inside.
By reflecting sunlight off of tiny, metallic particles that make up this film, heat is redirected to the outside of the house.
If you live in a neighborhood prone to burglaries, this may be the option for you. Metalized film creates a stronger window, making it harder to shatter. It also doesn’t scratch easily, meaning you won’t have to replace it as often.
The downside is that if you’re standing right next to it, this film may affect cell phone usage.
Ceramic film is a relatively new invention, but it is extremely popular. It’s excellent for hot and humid environments, as it minimizes heat more than any other type of film. Furthermore, it offers the best visibility from the inside.
Most importantly, it’s shatter-proof. If the glass breaks, it won’t shatter into smaller pieces. Instead, it will spider-web but remain in place.
Talk about an easy way to stave off criminals.
There are other types of film that may be better suited to your needs and additional characteristics that may come with them. Always ask your local professionals for tips and suggestions!
Locate Where To Apply It
Depending on your situation, you may choose to have windows tinted in only certain areas of the home. Some homeowners prefer to have every window tinted for a matching look, but others may simply want extra privacy in some areas of the house.
To decide where you would like it applied, consider the area in which you live. If you reside in a hot spot for burglaries, apply the film to every window.
However, if you reside in a safer neighborhood, you may only want to apply the film to certain sides of the house or areas without curtains and blinds.
Next, consider any other uses you would like to have tinted windows for. If the weather outside is hot year round, knowing which side of the house the sun hits is vital in impacting cooling.
The cost will also factor into your decision. Tinting the windows in an average-sized home may cost about $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the company you choose and the area in which you live.
Online, there are many do-it-yourself tutorials about applying window tint, but the truth is that the application has everything to do with the tint’s effectiveness.
If the home window tint isn’t applied correctly, it not only results in a shabby looking abode, but it also means the film will wear quicker. And that means more expenses.
Additionally, professional companies may offer warranties in case the film is damaged, saving you further costs down the road.
Maintain Your Security
After your home window tinting film is applied, it’s important to maintain the integrity of the windows. Doing so ensures the tint remains in place for as long as possible.
It may take a few weeks for your windows to fully cure. During this time, avoid cleaning and interacting with them.
After they have cured, follow the installation company’s guides to the “t.” Although many tints can be cleaned with regular window cleaners, most last longer with thorough cleanings applied with soap and water.
Avoid abrasive cleaners, rough sponges or blades so you don’t scratch the film.
Even better news for homes with tinted windows is that films require less frequent cleaning than regular windows.
Consider Other Security Measures
Tinted windows are an excellent way to up your home security. They stop outsiders from peering inside and usually offer shatter-resistant properties.
However, even with these additions, some owners may want to consider additional fortifications. Home security systems, cameras, and lighting are excellent measures to add to tinted windows.
Contrary to popular belief, many of these systems are relatively inexpensive.
Your home is finally secure, and now it’s time to reap the benefits. Tinted windows mean you can enjoy well-lighted rooms without necessary drapes and shades for privacy.
When you leave the house, simply keeping a light on is enough to convince most burglars someone’s home, and since they can’t see through the windows, it’s harder to “spot” potential sites. Consequently, many thieves steer clear of your house.
Ready For A Free Quote?
If you’re ready to increase your home security, call us today to discuss tinted window options for your home. Our professionals will discuss options with you to find the perfect addition for your family’s safety, privacy, and peace of mind.
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Privacy and security don’t have to be expensive. It’s time to swap those old drapes and go for something stylish and safe.