As people learned to build homes, they understood that a window is an inseparable part of the home. It allows the residents to have natural sunlight and also help to see the view of the outside world. However, there are some pitfalls as well. By inviting too much of direct sunlight in your home it makes the home hot, cause fading of the belongings and regulating the temperature of the home becomes more energy consuming and expensive. Tinting residential windows can solve such problems. Moreover, with residential window tinting you can make your home more decorative.
What are residential window tinting films?
There are many popular brands of house window tinting films available in the market. The main component of the tinting films is polyester or PET. These are very thin films with added adhesive, dyes or fine carbon dust. Some films are also available with fine metallic deposition and some contains ceramic particles. Most of the tinting films have multiple layers and these are available in different shades and colors.
Reasons for tinting
There are many reasons for doing residential window tinting. Tinting windows decrease heat, reducing fading of furnishings, prevents health risks by blocking almost all the UV radiation present in sunlight, cut down the disturbing glare. This further helps better control of home temperature and increase HVAC efficiency entailing reduction of energy bills. Moreover, this improves the look of your house and also ensures comfort and privacy.
Buying residential window tinting films
Home window tinting is a good investment. The first thing to note is that these are totally different from auto tinting films. While buying the film you must consider its reflective properties that is whether it is metalized or non-metalized, UV reduction capacity, tint number that denotes the amount of light that will pass through it and the adhesive properties. Moreover, it is better to go for a well established brand for buying the tinting film.
Installing residential window tinting
Installation can be done either by professionals or you can do it yourself. Many tinting films are available at the installing shops only. However, there are many DIY films that you can install in the following ways. Applying tinting films to the windows are very simple if you have patience make all preparations. Before you start the process of installation you should remove the storm pane, install the film on the inner side re-fix the pane afterwards. Also, keep the spray filled with soap solution and water. Avoid hard water as this leaves spots on the surface.
- Measure the window dimensions before unrolling the film so that you may cut it to required size.
- Spray the soap solution all over the window and clean it thoroughly using the squeezer. Spray again and remove any dirt that may be stuck to the window, especially in the corners. Repeat spraying and use squeeze for cleaning the window and wipe the window with soft paper towel. Better to clean the outside. This will enhance clarity.
- Spread the film on a flat surface and, using a sharp razor, cut it 1 inch larger than the size of the window for fitting properly.
- Again spray on all over the window thoroughly to make it wet. This does the job of lubricant. In case the window becomes dry before laying the film; wet it again generously.
- Now peel the film by affixing transparent on the top and bottom of one corner and pulling them apart. This will expose the adhesive coated surface. Take care that there are no creases. Also, continue spraying of the soap solution on the adhesive surface as you go on peeling it. Better if you have someone to help you out.
- Handle the film after wetting your hands so that there are no fingerprints.
- Lay the film on the window with the adhesive on the glass. Start from the top and come to the bottom. Fix the corners and edges very carefully avoiding creases and smooth the film with hands.
- Spray thoroughly on the outer surface of the film and press it onto the glass with the help of a rubber squeeze removing all bubbles formed. This should also be done from top to the bottom for draining out the soap solution.
- Trim the excess of the film around all sides of the window using a sharp blade. Repeat the wetting and squeezing process for fixing the film firmly.
- There may be some cloudiness. This will go off once the film gets cured after sometime.
DIY installation is cheap and ideal for those who enjoy improving their home themselves. If you do not belong to this category, better opt for professionals.