Window film or “Tint” is generally made from polyester, with small fragments of metal and thin layers of dye. Together, these layers prevent solar heat gain while still allowing adequate visibility and light. Depending on the film, some can even provide daytime privacy.
There are many types of window film designed for homes. The most common are:
- Dark Neutral Films are designed to reduce heat and light while not being overly reflective on the outside. (Can only be installed on single pane glass)
- Reflective and Dual-Reflective Films are designed to reduce heat, light and offer daytime privacy. They are reflective on the outside surface but not on the inside so occupants can see out while people outside cannot see in.
- Nano-Carbon Ceramic Films are a relatively new introduction to the window tinting industry. These window films use a combination of carbon and ceramic particles to create a film with greater heat-blocking capabilities and richer coloring. Even though films that incorporate nano-carbon ceramic technology are superior at blocking out heat, they provide excellent visibility in a wide range of outdoor lighting scenarios. Certain film can reduce heat, reject 99% of ultraviolet.
- Spectrally-Selective Films are designed to reduce heat and Ultraviolet while allowing more light. (Ultraviolet light is the damaging spectrum of the sun that cause fading and deterioration of fabrics, flooring, artwork etc.). These films are virtually clear. No one will know you have window film on your windows.
/tran(t)sˈperənt/ (of a material or article) allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen. Yes. Sun-Control films are transparent. They are designed to reduce heat and sometimes glare while allowing light and visibility.
Yes. Some window film can block significant light, reducing glare. Conversely, some films are virtually clear and allow light while blocking substantial heat and UV. Selecting the right film depends on your taste and needs.
Yes. The Sun streaming into the home through the windows can cause the temperature inside to rise by as much as 19° in as little as 15 minutes. Window film can significantly reduce solar heat gain resulting in less need to run you AC, therefore, lowering energy cost.
Yes. Window film can significantly reduce the infrared spectrum of the sun lowering the solar heat gain resulting in lower temperatures inside your home.
Protection from Ultra Violet (UV) rays from tinted windows will last as long as the window's tinted film remains in good condition. Top quality products will last from ten years to a lifetime maintaining their efficacy for UV protection.
High quality window film can last 25 years or longer depending on the application, exposure to the elements, and proper care.
Most film is installed on the interior side of the window. In some cases, where there is no access to the inside, exterior films can be applied.
Anti-Graffiti window film is a clear, heavy polyester film that acts as a sacrificial layer when applied to the outside surface of glass in areas where vandals etch or “TAG” windows. It is easy to replace and reduces the overall cost of having to replace glass.
Almost always the exterior side of the glass.
Like all window film, Anti-Graffiti Film should be cleaned with warm soap and water and squeegeed dry. Do not us anything abrasive or corrosive.
Window tint has a pretty wide range in price. It is sold by the square foot, which is determined by the amount of film required to cover your windows. Price ranges from $4.50/sqft up to 15.00/sqft. And more.
The square footage is calculated by using the closest roll width (most common sun-control films come in 3,4,5 & 6 foot roll widths) for the width of each pane of glass multiplied by the height of the window plus 2 inches. As an example, let’s use a typical double hung window which has an upper pane (33” x 52”) and lower pane (33” x 28”). The upper pane is calculated as follows: 36” (the closest roll width) multiplied by 54” (52” + 2”) and divided by 144 (12” squared). (36x54) / 144 equals 13.5sqft. Do the same calculation for the lower pane. That equals 7.5sqft. Add those two together and you get 21sqft. Multiple 21 by the amount film cost per square foot (21 x 4.50) and you get $94.50.