How Dark Will My Windows Be With Window Tint?

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Here at iTint, we are experts at applying window tint to windows in homes and offices. One of the most common questions we receive is whether or not the tint we apply has a similar darkening effect as the window tint that is used in cars. The answer to that question depends on the type of tint that is used.

Window films are available in varying levels of darkness and reflectivity, providing a lot of control over the finished look of the windows. With window tinting, every project has different needs and requirements. Some window tints are extremely dark. Others are opaque, providing excellent privacy. Some are completely transparent, making them practically invisible after they are installed. One thing that these films have in common is that they almost always are designed to protect against UV rays. In most cases, they also reduce glare, minimize solar heat gain, and increase security. Don’t be afraid to discuss the advantages of window films like these with a qualified professional. If you are considering having window film installed, find out whether or not it comes with a warranty.

At iTint, our goal is to ensure that you are completely satisfied. One of our specialists will work closely with you to come up with a solution for your home or business that is both attractive and functional, based on your specific needs. The cost of window tint can vary, which is why it is important to set your budget ahead of time. That way, our experts can guide you toward the best window tint in your price range. Tints are usually classified by their quality, falling into the categories of good, better, or best.

A tinted window in Greenville, SC.

  • Good. Window film in the “good” category is known as dual-reflective or metalized film. The film is made up of tiny metal fragments that function much like a mirror, reflecting heat and minimizing glare. Their reflectivity makes them safe to use on practically any type of window. Window film like this minimizes solar heat gain, leading to lower cooling costs during the summer. It also reduces glare, making it easier to see outside. The primary drawback of this type of window film is that it doesn’t look as nice from the outside as some of the other options. Most of our customers prefer a more subtle look since they don’t want the windows on their homes to look like mirrors.
  • Better. These midrange window films are the most popular choice for homes. They are known as a hybrid, pigment, or dyed window films. Window films like these are pigmented or dyed using special products that increase their ability to absorb UV rays and heat from the sun. Most homeowners opt for this type of window film because of the way that it looks. It is less reflective than metalized film, which means that it looks less like a mirror. In areas where summer temperatures are extremely high or where there is a lot of suns, however, a different type of window film may be a better option. Since the window film absorbs the heat of the sun, it can put stress on the glass of your windows in high-heat environments. It isn’t as reflective as metalized film, either, which makes it slightly less efficient at eliminating excess heat and glare.
  • Best. The window film industry has seen many technological advancements in the recent past. Top-of-the-line window film that is available today is made using fine metals and ceramic. When it comes to heat absorption and durability, ceramic is one of the best options. The insulative properties of ceramic make it popular for insulating everything from power lines to space shuttles. Ceramic films are superior to pigment and dyed window films in many ways. Compared to metalized window films, they also provide a more attractive appearance and better clarity. That makes ceramic films the ideal choice for homeowners or business owners who want to enjoy the advantages of window films without altering their view. In fact, ceramic window films minimize the reflectivity of windows, providing a clearer view outside.

After learning more about the advantages of window film, it is easier to make an informed decision as to which type you want for your home based on your budget and your needs. The five primary benefits of window film are highlighted below.

  1. Heat reduction. During the summer, heat from the sun can dramatically increase the temperature inside your home. The latest window films are capable of blocking out 67% of the heat from the sun without altering the appearance of your windows. This can lead to a 30% reduction in your summer cooling expenses. We carry all of the top window films in the industry and offer free samples and consultations. Our goal at iTint is to make your home as comfortable as possible while helping you save money on your utility bills.
  2. Glare reduction. Another common reason homeowners choose to install window film is to reduce glare. Glare-reducing window films provide an enhanced view of the outdoors by getting rid of a harsh glare. Glass reflects and refracts light, which can not only make it harder to see outside but can also interfere with your ability to watch TV or view the screens on your devices. You shouldn’t have to close your blinds anytime you want to use your computer or turn on the TV.
  3. UV protection. UV rays from the sun can cause the furniture and accessories in your home to fade. The majority of window films offer 99.9% protection against UV rays. By controlling the amount of heat and light entering the room, films like these can protect everything from wood flooring to leather sofas. Talk to one of our experts to learn more about which window films are the most effective at preventing fading.
  4. Home security. Broken windows leave behind dangerous shards of glass that can easily cause injuries. When window film is applied to the glass, however, it keeps the pieces of glass together if they break. The concept is similar to how a windshield on a car works. Window films that are designed for security keep windows from shattering into small pieces. This not only makes it harder for people to break-in but also helps prevent injuries if a window does break. Security window films are available in a variety of styles, ranging from dark-tinted films to completely transparent films.
  5. Privacy and aesthetics. Frosted privacy window films keep prying eyes from seeing inside while still allowing light to enter the space. This is a more effective solution than using curtains or blinds since the film doesn’t block out the light. There are a variety of decorative window films available, as well. These films are designed to give the look of etched glass, stained glass, or other decorative types of glass for a fraction of the price of the real thing. There are countless options available. Let us help you find the perfect privacy film for your windows.

Decorative Window Films

While many window films are almost entirely transparent, some are designed to be decorative. Some are made to look like frosted or etched glass. Others have colors or patterns, adding a lot of visual interest to space. You can use films like these on any window, including bathroom windows. They provide privacy while at the same time dressing up space.

Reflective Window Films

Reflective window films also do an excellent job of providing privacy. From the outside, they look like a mirror. Although this isn’t necessarily a look that everyone loves, it is a good way to create a private space. From inside your home, you can see out clearly. From outside, however, the reflective surface keeps people from seeing in.

Give us a call at iTint today to get a free quote on window tints for your home, business, or vehicle.

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