When tinting home windows, there are many different home window film options, each with their own valuable set of benefits. There are simple questions you can ask to help determine your particular home tint needs, and figuring out the answers will help you know what to look for when selecting window film.
How much home tint for privacy?
This one's not always as easy as it sounds. While it's true a darker home tint will make it hard for people to see in, meaning a greater degree of privacy, it will also reduce the amount of visible light passing through the home window film. A lower degree of window tinting may be better for those who appreciate a lot of natural light during the daytime. However dark a window film you opt for, it should also filter out the heat and radiation of nonvisible light frequencies, which will keep your interior cooler and prevent carpet, upholstery, and furniture colors from fading.
Reflective vs. not reflective home tint?
Once upon a time, reflective window film was about the only option for tinting home windows. While it's still the better option for some needs, there are non-reflective window films out there that provide a greater degree of flexibility choosing your home window film. Reflective window film tends to be better at reducing heat and glare, and make looking inside a home all but impossible during the day. However, that privacy may be reversed somewhat when lights are on inside at night, and may not be as appealing cosmetically as non-reflective film.
Security or solar window film?
The intended function of your home window film may impact the type of film you choose. The main purpose of solar window film is to efficiently control heat and invisible light frequencies passing through the film, while still allowing comfortable, natural lighting. Security window film tends to be thicker, designed to withstand forceful impact to prevent broken windows from shattering. This type of film lends to a darker, often reflective tint.
What material is the window tint?
Home window films are tinted using different materials that vary in price and efficiency. The most common these days begin with the more advanced ceramic tints, which offer superior filtering of nonvisible light and heat, which usually allows a lighter tint, providing greater clarity and flow of natural light, with reduced glare.
Carbon window films use nanotechnology to produce another efficient option that results in a true black tint that hues a little darker and does not fade over time. A hybrid tinted window film combining metalized layered with dyed film layers proves a more affordable option. There's a lot of control over tint and it reflects heat, but higher amounts of metal can affect cell phone signals.
Does tinting home windows come with a warranty?
The short answer is, yes. At least it should. Tinting home windows can be a delicate process and should be performed by experienced professionals who stand by their work. At Superior Window Solutions, we offer a lifetime warranty on all of our residential, commercial, and automotive window films.