As more homeowners are looking for green building and energy saving solutions for their home, we’re seeing an increased interest in residential and commercial window tinting products. Anyone who has had their car windows tinted knows what a difference tinting can make, especially on a sunny day. Even a moderate decrease in UV penetration can provide a noticeable decrease in temperature. Window film can also be purchased for additional benefits such as privacy, decoration, and/or safety. But to be fair, there can be cons to purchasing window film as well.
The more you know and understand about residential and commercial window film, the better choice you will make in selecting the right product for your home. Here is a list of the Pros and Cons of window film.
Pros of Installing Window Tinting Products
- Energy Efficiency. The car example listed above is a model of solar heat gain. The more windows you have installed in your home or business, the more susceptible you are to solar heat gain. Without proper protection, like that provided by window film products, your air conditioning will run unnecessarily in an effort to keep the indoor temperature comfortable. This results in wasted energy and higher utility bills. Installing professional window film in your home or office can help you save energy, and money.
- Privacy. If privacy is a concern for you, whether it be exterior windows, or interior glass panels, window tinting products come in a variety of shades, colors, and degrees of darkness, in order to provide the privacy you need.
- Security. Some window film products are specifically design for safety and security. They can help to prevent smash and grab thefts, or intruders. They also make sure that shattered glass shards stay in place. This protects the interior of your home or office, as well as its occupants, in the event of an emergency. Plus, the thick film makes for an easier cleanup and replacement process.
- Anti-Graffiti. If graffiti is a problem in your area, anti-graffiti film is an affordable solution. It makes it easy to peel graffiti right off, preventing you from an expensive window replacement. It also protects your windows from etching.
Cons of Installing Window Tinting Film
- Window Warranty Void. Some window manufacturers will void their window warranty if you use any type of window film product. In most cases, this is because DIY window film is often installed incorrectly, which can prevent the window from operating properly and/or can cause damage. However, certain window film manufacturers will offer to match the window warranty as long as your window film is installed by a professional. Please let us know if you feel your window warranties are an issue.
- Choosing the Wrong Film. DIY window film installation can do more harm than good. If you choose the wrong film for your window, you can end up causing the window to build up condensation or absorb too much heat, which can disrupt the seal or cause window breakage, etc. Always hire a professional window film installer to ensure you select an appropriate, high-quality film for your windows and that it is installed correctly.
- Persnickety Windows. An odd-shaped window, or certain window frames, latches, and lites, can make it difficult to install the film smoothly, and without creases or bubbles. Again, an experienced window film installer will be able to assist you with this.
Obviously, we have a vested interest in believing there are more pros than cons when it comes to professional window tinting products. When you work with Daystar Window Tinting Inc. you can be assured we know the best window tinting products for whatever kind of project you have to get the best possible result.