Installing Home Window Tinting

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Home Window Tinting

Home window tinting reduces the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that enters your home through your windows. Composed of a very thin, scratch-resistant polyester-based film, window tint is applied to the interior side of windows.

Benefits of Window Tint

Home window tinting blocks most of the sun's ultraviolet light, the harmful light that causes skin cancer.

In addition to protecting your family, window tint also protects your belongings. Long-term sun exposure fades carpets, furniture and curtains. Heat from the sun can also warp wood and damage electronic equipment. Home window tinting prevents this type of damage. Window tinting reduces glare on television screens and computer monitors.

Because window tint blocks sunlight, homeowners don't need to run cooling equipment as frequently. During the winter, window tinting helps insulate the house, preventing heat loss.

While the primary goals of home window tinting are functional, window tints come in a range of colors and shades that can complement your home's exterior. The reflective nature of many window tints also offers some additional privacy.

Types of Window Tint

Window tints can be divided into tints that absorb or reflect sunlight. Window tinting that absorbs sunlight can increase thermal stress on a window, which occasionally results in cracked glass.

Reflective window tint has metallic or ceramic particles embedded on a thin base. The particles reflect sunlight. Some home window tinting provides the advantages of both reflective and absorbing tints.

Installing Window Tinting

Home window tinting can be installed by homeowners or professionals. Do-it-yourself installation is cheaper. Bear in mind, however, that professionals have access to high-quality window tint not available to consumers.

If you plan to install home window tinting yourself, follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.

The basic steps for installing window tint are as follows:

  1. Clean the window before installing window tint.
  1. Cut the window tint to include an additional inch on all sides of the window.
  1. Remove the protective adhesive lining.
  1. The tint and the window may need spraying with a wetting solution to activate the adhesive.
  1. Position the film on the window, smoothing out bubbles and imperfections.
  1. Trim the extra inch of film off the window tint once the tint is smooth.
  1. Use a soft cloth to remove any excess water.

Once installed, window tint needs to dry out, or cure. Curing times range from a few days to several months, depending on individual brands. Do not clean the tint until it finishes curing. Most window-cleaning supplies can be used to clean the tint, but check the tint manufacturer's cleaning instructions.

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