Tinted Glass Windows for Homes

Tinted Glass Windows for Homes

Residential window tinting has become increasingly popular in efforts to maintain a more efficient home. In fact, it's increased↗ by about 30% since 2014. If that idea piques your interest, then window tinting might be an appropriate idea for your home.

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What are Tinted Glass Windows?

Tinted glass refers to any window that has received a treatment with a material that forms a film or coat over the outside of the window pane. It can be done in a variety of different colors and with a range of materials. Each of these accomplishes a slightly different purpose or helps the window to achieve a certain look.

Homeowners have begun to use window tinting as an alternative to purchasing replacement windows. Replacement windows offer built-in energy efficiency value, it's part of what makes them so popular but they aren't part of everyone's budget. For homeowners with some energy savings, tinting films can provide some benefit while delaying the need for replacement windows. Homes with single-pane windows and tinted glass still won't match the efficiency of new insulated replacement windows but these tints could be a great option for homeowners with historic homes. Original windows in historic homes don't have much if any insulating value but they do add aesthetic value to the home. 

Windows with tints or coatings can:

  • Block heat from the sun keeping your home cool in the summer
  • Prevent heat from escaping from your home interior in the winter
  • Prevent discoloration of curtains, flooring, or furniture caused by UV rays

Types of Window Glass Tints

There are multiple film styles↗ to choose from depending on what you want the window glass tint to do. 

Decorative Film Tint

Frosted glass is the better known, albeit more expensive choice, if you want to limit visibility inside the home. However, with a decorative film tint, you can create the illusion of frosted glass. It can also come in designed colors and patterns, resembling stained glass windows without the expensive price tag.

Metalized Film Tint

Metalized film tint is the typical tint covering car windows. It is literally a very thin layer of metal over the glass. It creates a semi-reflective, darker surface. This film tint has a high heat and UV blocking capacity, maintaining a cool interior. While this is helpful for most vehicles, it might not be the best for your home. This is especially true since it has been proven to block cell signals.

Carbon Film Tint

Carbon film tint is a more advanced method of window tinting. Mixed in with the film is a carbon particle that still stops UV rays and heat from penetrating as easily, but gives it more of a matte look instead of being heavily reflective. It doesn't block cell signal. 

Ceramic Film Tint

Ceramic film tint is the premium, top-performing option when it comes to window tinting. It uses a non-conductive ceramic particle that resists any kind of glare and fading over time. It also strengthens the window, making it almost shatterproof.

What's the Difference between Tinted Glass and Low-E Glass?

Tinted glass and low-E glass↗ are different in that low-E is a coating applied to the interior of the window itself as it is produced. It works to stop UV rays and help insulate the house both in terms of heat and light energy. Tinted windows receive a treatment of film to the outside of the window after it is manufactured, sometimes by many years. It helps to protect, but often adds of layer of color or finish the window did not have previously.

If you are not ready to invest in new, low-E windows, or would like to keep the aesthetic appeal of the classic windows, then tinted window film is an excellent option to consider. By helping insulate and protect from harmful UV rays, they get the job done at a more budget-friendly price point. 


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