Tint Revival: Considerations Before Installing Residential Window Tinting
If you’re a homeowner who’s fed up with high utility bills and faded furniture, you might be looking into window tinting to try to control the amount of light that gets into your home. Window tinting has been around for a while, but newer technologies have really improved its ability to cut out glare and heat. However, there are a few considerations that you need to think about first:
Window-tinting technology has improved daytime visibility through the tinting — you aren’t blackening your windows completely — but many types still prevent you from being able to see out when it’s dark. If you like to look at stars or see the city lights stretching out into the distance, the wrong type of window tint can block those out almost completely.
A few manufacturers have created tints that still allow for nighttime visibility; look for those if you still want to see outside the house after dark.
Rules and Regulations
Homeowners’ associations sometimes have issues with window tint, particularly the very shiny, reflective type. Tints that are less visually intrusive are a little easier to get approved, but the types of tint you can use will still vary from HOA to HOA. Always double-check the brand and style of window tint you want to use with the HOA before arranging to install it. Your HOA might also have a list of suggested contractors who are familiar with the HOA’s requirements.
One other issue to consider is the fact that the darker the tint, the less light will get into your house — meaning that if you open your windows for natural light, you’ll get less of it than you would if you didn’t have tint on the windows. On one hand, that’s an advantage during summer, when the sunlight is bright and hot. But come wintertime, that reduction in natural light may become quite evident.
Window tint does have obvious advantages, and as long as you’re aware of the disadvantages and considerations, using the tint could be very beneficial. Good tinting will cut down on excess heat getting into your home, and UV-protective coatings should reduce the amount of fading you see on furniture and carpeting.
If you want to find out more about the window-tint types that would work well in your home, contact a company like Reflec Tech or that installs several different types and brands. They’ll have a better idea of how each type will affect what you see inside and outside your house, and which type will give you the best efficiency and comfort.