When it comes to enhancing your home's comfort, privacy, and energy efficiency, residential window tinting is an excellent solution. However, with a wide range of options available, choosing the right window tint for your specific needs can be a bit overwhelming. In this article, we will guide you through the process of selecting the perfect window tint for your home, considering key factors such as tint levels, heat rejection capabilities, aesthetics, and local regulations.
Step 1: Assess Your Needs & Goals
Start by identifying the primary goals you want to achieve with window tinting. Are you looking to reduce heat gain, increase privacy, enhance the overall aesthetics, or improve energy efficiency? By understanding your specific needs, you can narrow down your options and make an informed decision.
Step 2: Tint Percentages & Exterior Finish
Window tinting films come in various tint percentages or levels, ranging from nearly transparent to very dark. The tint percentage or VLT (visible light transmission) determines the amount of light that passes through the windows. If privacy is a priority, you might opt for a darker tint, but if you prefer a more open and bright feel, a lighter tint would be suitable. The larger the number (Example 5%) the darker the film is, and the lighter the number (Example 80%) the lighter the film. Some window tinting options offer a reflective or mirrored appearance, while others have a more subtle, neutral tone.
Step 3: Evaluate Heat Rejection Properties
One of the significant benefits of window tinting is its ability to reduce heat gain from the sun. If heat rejection was one of the main goals that you are looking for with window tinting look for the Total Solar Energy (TSER) level to see the amount of solar energy that is going to be rejected.
Step 4: Take UV Protection into Account
Harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can fade furniture, flooring, and upholstery over time. Ensure the window tint you choose offers excellent UV protection. Professional window films will provide 99% UV Protection.
Step 5: Check Local Regulations
Before finalizing your choice, familiarize yourself with any local regulations or restrictions on window tinting. Some areas have specific rules regarding tint darkness, reflectivity. This is particularly common for homes in HOA's. Make sure the window tint you select complies with these regulations to avoid any potential issues.
Selecting the right window tint for your home involves considering factors such as tint levels, heat rejection capabilities, UV protection, local regulations, and aesthetics. By assessing your goals, understanding the available options, and making an informed decision, you can find the perfect window tint that will enhance your home's comfort, energy efficiency, and privacy.
Here at Shade9 we are happy to help walk you through the process of selecting the perfect window film for your home to insure you are happy for years to come. Here at Shade9 we provide you a custom quote (generally same day), which allows you to see exterior and interior pictures and videos. We are also happy to provide you samples to view in your home prior to installation and scheduling.