I’ll never forget the first time I saw my own reflection staring back at me from my friend’s sliding glass door. Although it wasn’t noticeable from the inside during the day, the tint created a reflective surface at night that made me understand the brilliance of the application. My friend could keep her curtain open during the day, letting sunshine stream in, and not worry about anyone peeking through the wide window at her family.
Residential window tinting:
What is it? It’s usually a film that’s applied to the inside of the windows after they are thoroughly washed. Like any home product, there are a variety of types that perform various special duties, and a range of quality of product. There are many reasons to explore home window tinting, and as many ways to go about having the tint installed.
Privacy is the number one reason to tint the windows on a home or office, and I am happy to report that having tint installed is not nearly as expensive as some people imagine it to be. For less than $2000, homeowners can experience the relief of privacy while simultaneously enjoying the lovely view through their windows.
Window tint installation and homeowners
Window tinting is also a practical move on homeowners’ parts. Did you know that direct sunlight can harm your furniture and carpets? With a standard home carpet replacement costing homeowners upwards of $1000, why not preserve that lush floor covering for as long as possible? We won’t even get started on the cost of replacing an entire home’s furniture.
If you’re still on the fence, let’s consider the environment. Last year was the hottest year globally on record – for the third year in a row. What this means for you is increased utility costs as you struggle to keep your house cool in the summer. Tinting will keep some the sun’s rays from warming your home, therefore keeping your air conditioning costs low. This may seem like an obvious benefit, but did you know that tinting your windows can also keep the heat trapped inside your house during the colder months? Like a Thermos, window tinting will keep heat hot and cool air cold. Some window tints even offer added protection against strong winds. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes or tornadoes, the benefit of extra security is obvious. To be sure, the savvy homeowner will break even on window tint installation cost quite quickly after tinting his windows.
Professional or DIY:
Once the decision to tint has been made, it’s time to determine the window tint installation cost and if you will hire a professional or go the DIY route. Only you can decide which option is best for you and your family, but I’ve listed some considerations you should take before you reach your conclusion: Do you generally enjoy executing home projects yourself? What is your budget? What is your free time like these days? Are you confident in your abilities as a handy-person? These three questions can carry you toward a decision to go with a professional or to do it yourself on almost any home improvement project.
Luckily, tinting your own windows is a relatively easy project in the grand scheme of things. If you’re leaning toward taking the project on yourself, I would recommend laying out a schedule of tasks, and considering whether or not the extra time spent on the project is reasonable and worth the money you’ll save. If you decide against trying to apply your own tint, there are plenty of professionals you can contact. As always with home improvement projects, make sure to hire someone you trust.