Tinted House Windows Pros And Cons

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Home window tinting reduces heat, cuts out glare, and provides daytime privacy.

Just like car window tinting, there are pros and cons of house window tinting. If it's something you've not considered before, then here's all you need to know to help you make your decision.

Pros Of Tinted House Windows

There are lots of benefits to getting your house windows tinted. Here are a few of the most impactful.

Less Glare

If you've ever had to move from a comfy seat in your home because you can't read your phone, or had to shut a curtain to watch TV, then you can understand the benefit of tinted windows.

The tint reduces the amount of light that enters and makes it a lot easier to enjoy technology in your home without having to shut the light out completely.

Blocked UV rays

With tinted windows, only 1% of the UV rays from the sun will make it into your house!

This can give you added peace of mind that you are protecting yourself and your family. With tinted windows, you can still enjoy the natural light that fills your home, but you don't have to worry about what else you're letting in at the same time.

Lower Electricity Bills

Tinted windows don't just stop UV light. They also get rid of infrared light!

This is the energy from the sun that heats your home. With tinted windows, you can keep your home cooler without using curtains to block the light. If your home is cooler in the heat of summer, you'll have much less need for air conditioning, fans and even frozen treats from the fridge. This will reduce your energy use and save you money.

Because tinted windows provide you with an economic benefit, you can look at them as an investment. Over time, they will pay for themselves.

It can also be worth checking if your local authority is offering an energy incentive for home improvements. Tinted windows are often included in these schemes, so you may be able to get some help with the costs.

Increased Privacy

Tinted windows shield your home from outside eyes. If your home is overlooked or near a busy street, it can make you feel more comfortable to have a little extra layer of privacy.

Reducing the light from outside can also be helpful if you have anxious pets.

For instance, if you live on a road and your dog barks whenever someone goes by, tinted windows can help. With the reduced amount of light, you may find your pet is less bothered by people moving around outside. In addition, you can get frosted window tints that let light through but obscure the detail outside if you want to go further. This can entirely remove the triggers for some animals giving you all some more peace.

Tinted windows can also help to deter thefts. If a thief can't look into your home to see what you have, they are less likely to break in. So it essentially reduces the temptation.

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Window tint on large glass windows such as these sliding doors make north-facing rooms much cooler in summer.

Window tint on large glass windows such as these sliding doors make north-facing rooms much cooler in summer.

Darkness For Sleeping

If you struggle to sleep when it's light out, especially in the height of summer, then tinted windows can be a great option. By choosing a dark tint on your bedroom windows, your room will always be at a comfortable lighting level for sleeping all year round.

The advantage over curtains is that you don't have to worry about the tiny sliver you missed. It's just easy!

Disadvantages Of Home Window Tinting

Before you dive in and get ALL your windows tinted, there are a few other things that you need to be aware of.

Expertise is Essential

It takes a lot of training and experience to learn how to effectively install window tint. The window glass must be cleaned to a pristine surface and the tint film applied in a specific way to avoid unsightly bubbles. Also, the film needs to be trimmed in the final step to minimise the gap between film and window edges while avoiding any overlap.

The good news is that the friendly staff at Tint Mart Strathpine are experts at the professional installation of window tints in residential and commercial buildings of all shapes and sizes. Give us a call for your free measure and quote for Brisbane Northside home window tinting.

Cooler In Winter

You will save on cooling costs over the long summer period, but you may spend a little more on heating during the shorter cool months. It's certainly not a bad trade-off! Also, because of the radiative heat works, you will have much better insulation against external heat in summer, while also retaining any internal heating in winter.

Less Effective At Night

If you are choosing to get your windows tinted purely for privacy benefits, then you need to be aware that at night time, the tint is less effective. The way tints work is that they reduce the amount of light passing through.

The effect is always most substantial when you stand on the side of the window with more light. So during the day, that means your view from the outside is obscured, but you can still see out well.

However, at night time, when it's dark out, and you have lights on, the effect is reversed. Of course, this is true whether you have tint on your windows or not.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does tinting your house windows reduce heat?

Yes! Tinting your windows reduces the amount of heat AND light that can enter your home. This does mean that the average indoor temperature will be lower.

How long does home tint last?

A high-quality tint applied well should last 15-20 years.

Can you see through tinted house windows at night?

Like most windows, if you have lights on inside and it's dark outside, you won't be able to see much outside. However, people looking from the outside will see inside more easily during the night than the day when looking through tinted windows.

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