Most homeowners love the natural light that their windows let in during the day. If you’re lucky enough to have a home with a breathtaking view, you probably spend a lot of time standing and sitting around those windows as well. They might even be the main attraction for visitors and guests.
Too much sun can be a problem when it comes to your home’s health and the functionality of your space, however. That’s why so many people have chosen to use window tinting to tame the sun in their home. Even commercial buildings and storefronts use window tinting to make use of the sun without all the negative aspects.
Knowing when it’s time to replace your home’s old window tinting isn’t exactly easy. Keep reading to learn more about window tinting, its benefits and when you might need to think about replacing the existing tint in your house.
Your Floors Are Damaged
One of the main benefits of window tinting in a residential setting is protecting your flooring. While you may not be worried about that shag carpet from the 70s, hardwood can be very expensive to replace. Even a single room could easily cost you $10,000 or more.
If you’re starting to notice that areas of your floor that get the most sun are changing color, your window tint isn’t doing its job the way it should. Replace that tint with something newer and more effective.
If you don’t, you may end up replacing a section or all of your hardwood floors. That’s going to cost you a whole lot more money in the long run.
Your Furniture is Bleached
The furniture you’ve purchased for your home is an investment, so you don’t want it damaged by the sun. If your window tint is old, your furniture may be getting bleached by all those UVA and UVB rays.
The worst part is that the change is likely so gradual that you won’t notice right away. If you do, get some new tint on your windows so you don’t have to replace everything you own.
You See Peeling
Many of today’s modern window tint products are seamless, and if you don’t know that they were applied, you wouldn’t be able to tell tinted windows apart from their natural counterparts. If you have older tint in place, though, you might start to see the film that was applied peeling away from the window over time.
In some cases, this can look a bit like a peeling corner. In others, you might see bubbles or issues in the center of the glass – or at least not just in the corners. You might be able to live with this for a while, but if your tint is starting to peel, it may not be working as effectively as it should.
It’s also only going to get worse once you see peeling or bubbled-up spots.
Older tint jobs often did their part to keep the glare of the sun at bay in a given room. Depending on when you had that work done, though, there might be a good chance that whatever heat reduction you gained has long since gone by the wayside.
If you have to crank the AC or you feel like you can’t be in certain rooms during some parts of the day, you may need some new window tinting. Advanced tint technology can also help reduce how much heat gets into your home, allowing you to run the AC less and enjoy your space more.