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What You Need to Know About Home Window Tint or Film

Having your home's windows tinted can offer many benefits; this tint can cut down on any glare you might see on a television screen, and also help to keep the home's interior from being overly hot and stuffy. Home window tinting can also mean being able to rest or nap peacefully, without having to shut the curtains and block off all sunlight. Before you decide to have your home's windows tinted, note a few considerations about this material and the process of applying it, and this will ensure you choose the right tint for your needs, and that you're happy with how it looks once installed.

Always have it professionally installed

Applying window tint can be more difficult than you realize. The window surface itself must be spotlessly clean, as even the smallest dust and dirt particles can cause the film to pull away from the window. The film also needs to be smoothed repeatedly during installation, so that it can stretch slightly and then fully adhere to the window glass, without any bubbles or bumps. Don't assume you can install this film yourself, but leave this installation to a professional, so the film lasts for years and so you avoid any unsightly imperfections.

Only reflective film actually reflects light

You may want to create a mirror effect with your home's windows, if allowed by your local building codes. However, note that reflective film is the only type of film that will create this mirrored look. Don't assume you'll get this effect from standard film, and don't assume that standard film might create a bothersome glare for your neighbours. Choose reflective film is this is the look you want; otherwise, your home's film should create no glare or reflection when installed.

There are variations for privacy film

Note that privacy film types will vary; some films are very dark and thick, so you the view is completely blocked from outside the home. Other film may be less thick and less dark, so that it does obscure the view somewhat, but light, shadows, and figures may still be seen from outside the home.

You may want a thinner and lighter film in a dining room or other such area, so your own view to the outside of the home isn't obstructed. However, be sure you invest in blackout film if you're applying this in a bedroom, bathroom, or other area where you want complete privacy in the home.