Tinted home windows reduce solar heat gain, which can make your home more energy-efficient. Depending on the product, tinting can also reduce glares and provide privacy. There are some concerns with home window tinting, but fortunately, most are minor issues that are easy to overcome.
1. Loss of Natural Light
The fear of natural light loss is understandable, considering how some tinting products can be quite dark. The good news is that there are new nearly clear tints that provide no room darkening whatsoever. Instead, they contain UV blocking components that keep out solar heat gain while still allowing in plenty of natural light. This means you can tint your home and still enjoy a bright interior.
2. Unattractive Bubbles
Bubbles in window tinting are a common concern, and for good reason since most people have seen poorly applied tints with trapped bubbles within. Fortunately, bubbles are typically only a problem with DIY amateur jobs. Professional tinters quickly apply home tint bubble-free. Most services also guarantee their work, which means if there are bubbles then the installers will fix the problem at no charge.
3. Warranty Concerns
Many people have heard stories about window tints negating the warranty on their new windows. There is some truth in this, but it is an easy problem to address. You can opt for factory tinted windows, for example, which will be fully covered under warranty. Many window manufacturers and installers will also allow certain types of tint to be installed under warranty, as long as it is put on by professional window tinting installers. A phone call to your window manufacturer can help guide you.
4. Scratches and Peeling
Scratches from debris and peeling edges can make tint quickly lose its visual appeal. Scratches are a result of debris hitting the window, which isn't likely to happen as long as the tinting is installed on the interior of the glass and no abrasive cleaners are used. Peeling is a result of amateur installation. Avoid it by using professional installers that guarantee their work against such problems.
5. HOA Restrictions
Some home owner's associations regulate home window tinting to maintain a uniform look throughout the subdivision. These regulations are typically aimed at color and reflectivity, which means dark tints or those with highly reflective or mirrored surfaces aren't allowed. You can opt for the clear solar tinting previously mentioned, as these are usually within HOA rules.
Contact a home window tinting service if you are ready to update your home's windows with new tint.