Window Tint 101

window film 101

When people hear the term window film or window tint, the first thing that comes to mind is car windows. Window Genie would like to change that. Window Genie and 3M have joined forces to bring home and business owners across the nation an opportunity to save on utility bills while deflecting harmful UV rays that can fade furniture and damage your skin. With this article we want to give you a baseline understanding of what window film is.

Most window films are polyester based and are applied to flat glass. It is generally designed to reduce heat energy particularly. The materials used range from various components such as metals, ceramics, and different dyed materials. There are films designed for security protection from glass shattering, blast mitigation films to prevent collateral damage caused by flying glass debris, and decorative films designed to give glass a certain appeal or look in both commercial and residential applications.

These are five main reasons consumers choose to purchase window film:

Heat

The summer sun’s heat can be brutal. Did you know that windows are the number one cause of heat gain in most of today’s homes? With 3M™ Envision™ home window film technology, we are able to provide invisible protection for your windows which can reduce up to 67% of the sun’s heat while reducing cooling costs by up to 30%. This is the primary reason most homeowners choose window film.

Glare

The second most common reason to apply home window film is to get rid of annoying glare. Unfortunately, when the sun hits glass it causes refraction and light displacement decreasing your comfort, making the television unwatchable, and destroying your windows’ views. Your home windows are meant to be looked out of and enjoyed, not covered by blinds and drapes. For those that work from home, window film can help provide sanity.

Fading

Also known as the silent destroyer, the sun’s UV rays are on a constant mission to fade your interior furnishings. Don’t be fooled, fading is real and probably happening right now. Most if not all home window films promote 99.9% UV protection. However, what you may not know is how light and heat actually impact how window film controls and reduces fading. Fading happens when UV and visible light continually hit your leather couch or wood floors and it begins to break down the chemical bonds of dyes.

Security

When the event is natural disaster, vandalism, or accidental damage, you want to know flying debris and broken glass aren’t going to cause injuries or a dangerous mess. Window film helps damaged glass hold together, much like a car windshield. Security window films are designed to protect windows from shattering, keep out the bad guys all while adding an extra level of safety to your glass.

Decoration & Privacy

Decorative window film is rising in popularity. Stained, privacy or etched glass can be very expensive. Decorative window film is a very cost effective way to add privacy and style to your windows while delivering on the above additional perks. For example, installing frosted film on a ground-floor bathroom window allows for complete privacy without sacrificing the inflow of natural light with blinds or curtains.

There might be other obscure reasons a homeowner might choose window film, but for the majority these are the top five. Once you’re up to speed with the many benefits of film, it’s up to you, the consumer to decide which product to install after determining both why you need film, and what your budget is. Window film can help you solve problems with heat, glare, fading and privacy without blocking your view. It’s a simple, cost-effective way to increase your home’s comfort, energy-efficiency and overall appearance.

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9 thoughts on “Window Tint 101”

  1. I don’t usually think of tinting my windows in my home but it makes a lot of sense. Especially if you have a lot of large windows in bright rooms.

    1. Window film immediately transforms the home – in so many ways! Large windows are wonderful, they brighten your home and provide a great view… but at what cost when it’s too hot and the glare is unbearable. It’s very common to put film on these types of windows. If you have any in your home, your local Window Genie can provide a free estimate! We work with individuals to determine which film from our large inventory suits your home’s needs and budget. Thanks for reading our blog, Drew!

  2. This is some really good information about window tinting. I had no idea that tinting can help make your home or vehicle more secure. I didn’t realize that it can help prevent the window from breaking. It would be a smart thing to get if you live on a golf course, and you want to prevent your windows from getting smashed.

  3. This summer has been really hot and my wife has been wondering what kind of ways we can make our car less hot. You mentioned that window film technology can provide invisible protection for your windows which can reduce up to 67% of the sun’s heat while reducing cooling costs of up to 30%. Do most detailing companies offer window tinting options like the ones they offer for residential homes? It appears that finding a detailer to tint her windows could be very helpful.

    1. Hi Derek! We hope you’re able to find a solution for the hot car. I recommend asking an auto tint installer to explain their inventory & whether their tint offers heat rejection. We do not offer that service. Thanks for reading 🙂

  4. Geat article! All the reason to get your home windows tinted. Especially if you have hard woods floors. Nothing will ruin that investment more than the sun will. Great information on the protection aspect as well we never think about flying debri and what not especailly for those of us that live in states with tornado weather and storms with high winds!

  5. This is a really great article! Love that all the information is right in one spot. Window tint is by far the best and less expensive investment you can make to protect your most expensive investment!

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