What window tint is right for you?
If you are considering window tint for your home, you have more than likely already been looking at window tint and have seen the different types of tint you can get. It’s important to learn the pros and cons of each tint as you determine which tint makes the most sense for you. There are incredible options on the market, but which tint is right for your home?
Solar Window Tint
Often called Solar Control Film, this is a popular option on the market. It's best for homeowners who live in very sunny areas. If you want to protect your skin from sunlight with an untinted window, you are going to need to wear sunscreen indoors. This is more than likely not what homeowners want to do. With solar tint, you’re able to let a certain percentage of light in while keeping the majority of the sun's harmful UV rays at bay. With its ability to block and deflect sunlight, it also offers the ability to cool your home. Windows with a solar tint can help regulate indoor temperatures. This will make rooms more comfortable in the summer months. This will in turn lead to significant energy savings. Solar tints come in a range of options that let more or less light into your home. It's common for homeowners to opt for a window tint percentage of around 80%; this means that the tint will block about 20% of the light that hits the window.
Decorative Window Tint
Commonly known as "dyed window tints, decorative tints add aesthetic appeal to your home windows. These tints come in a wide spectrum of colors, patterns, and designs. Homeowners choose to use them to enhance the look or appearance of a room, while others use them to block visibility through a certain window of the home. Decorative window tints can be frosted, colored, translucent, or even opaque. Decorative tints are a great way to enhance privacy in your home because most decorative tint is only visible from the inside, meaning that visitors looking from outside your home will only see an opaque tint that makes it difficult to see indoors. It's worth noting that some types of decorative window tint do not block UV rays. This is because they are the thinnest type of window tint; they will also not enhance the strength of a window like other tints or products will.
Mirror Window Tint
Mirror window tints create a mirror effect on your windows. They can have either a one away or two-way effect. This means the person on either one side or both sides of the window will see only their own reflection when they look at the glass. Mirror window tints are a great way to add privacy to a space. Mirror window tints tend to be popular with businesses that want privacy as well as a professional and glossy look. Mirror film reduces approximately 80% of the sun's harmful UV rays.
Metalized window tint
Metalized window tint uses tiny particles of various metals, such as copper, aluminum, or nickel. This is different than decorative tints, which use dye to change the appearance of the film. Metalized window tint acts a lot like normal solar tint, in the sense that it helps deflect heat and light from your room. Metalized tint is extremely scratch-resistant; it adds strength to your windows, which makes them less likely to shatter from accidents or impacts. The biggest downside to this tint is that the metal particles can interfere with radio or GPS signals. It can be a minor inconvenience, but it is something to consider when selecting your tints.
Ceramic Window Tint
Ceramic window tint is one of the more modern and expensive options for window tint. As the name suggests, this tint includes tiny ceramic particles. Because ceramic itself is non-reflective and non-conductive, home window tints can help cut down on a significant amount of UV rays. But what makes ceramic tints more costly? Well, they’re durable enough to outlast other types of window tint, and they’re less prone to fading. They also significantly enhance a window’s strength. The Skin Cancer Foundation highly recommends ceramic window tint to protect you. This is because most ceramic window tints offer 99% UV protection.
Whether you want to change up your home’s appearance or get big savings on your energy bills, the right window tint can help. Consider all the options above as you figure out what's best for you and your property. If you are looking for the best window tints and an excellent installation experience, reach out to Sun Control of Minnesota. They are professionals with window tint and film and would love to help find you the perfect tint for your needs.