The Pros and Cons of Home Window Tinting
Home window tinting is a great way to reduce glare and keep the heat out during summer. And while there’s plenty to love about window tinting, if it’s not installed properly or you select a discount product, you could end up with a few problems.
So, in the interest of helping you make the most informed tinting purchase, let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons of home window tinting.
- Increased Energy Efficiency
Temperatures can easily become extreme in Australia. From sweltering summers to windy and wet winters, it can be difficult to keep the temperature comfortable inside your home. But rather than relying solely on fans, air conditioners and heaters, tinted windows can be an ace up your sleeve.
Tinted windows can reduce the heat that enters your home through glass, as well as minimising heat loss. With tinted windows, you’ll likely find yourself needing to use air conditioners or heaters less. These effects are, of course, greater if you pair them with other energy-efficient passive heating and cooling methods, like window shades and insulation.
- Reduced Power Bills
And since you’ll be relying on heaters and air conditioning less throughout the year, your tinted windows will have a positive effect on your power bills.
- Block UV Rays
Tinted windows can make your home safer, as well as more comfortable. We all know it’s important to protect ourselves from the sun’s rays outside, but we need to be vigilant inside too.
We might think we’re safe to enjoy the sun inside, but the truth is UV rays can still pass through traditional glass. As a result, we need to take care when sitting in front of windows throughout the day, particularly for extended periods.
However, tinted windows can block out UV rays and protect you and your home’s exterior from the sun’s harmful rays.
There’s a lot to love about tinted windows. If you value your health, want to save money and help look after the planet, getting your windows tinted is an excellent idea. But, unfortunately, nothing is without flaws and that includes tinted windows.
- Can Void Warranties
If you apply a tinting film to your window, you may void the warranty on your windows. Some glass manufacturers may have a clause about adding any film to the glass’ surface. This may count as a retrofit.
However, the manufacturers of different film products may offer to match the original glass warranty. It’s worth researching your options and choosing what best suits you and your needs.
- Can be Ineffective
As with any product, choosing a lower-quality tinting film can mean you don’t quite get the results you’re after. It may not be as effective as other products at reducing heat transfer and blocking UV rays, for instance. The best course of action here is choosing premium, high-quality and professionally installed window tinting.
- Can look Unattractive
Ideally, you should experience minimal disturbance to your view when you apply tinting film correctly. However, a poor DIY job could lead to less than attractive results.
For instance, there may be air bubbles and pockets in the film that cannot be removed unless the entire film is taken off. Similarly, if the film is not correctly applied, it may peel at the edges. These issues can affect your view outside and have a negative effect on your home aesthetics.
- Can affect View
Additionally, while tinted films are designed to only slightly darken your view outside, this is not always the case. If the film is too dark, you may find it difficult to see outside. As a result, you won’t get to enjoy the views around your home as readily.
- Reduces Sun in Winter
While tinted windows minimise heat transfer, they are generally more effective at keeping heat out than keeping it in. As a result, if you live in a cooler Australian climate, like Melbourne or Tasmania, tinting will reduce the sunlight coming in through the windows during winter.
For example, part of your strategy for keeping your home warm may be to let in as much sunlight as possible. Tinting your windows may mean you need to use other means to keep your house warm.
Getting your windows tinted can be an excellent way to lower your energy bills while keeping your house cool. However, it’s important to do your research and ensure you’re selecting a premium tinting product that’s installed by experienced professionals.