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16 Tinted House Windows Pros and Cons

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Are you weighing up the pros and cons of tinted house windows? Here I just wanted to share with you a few things that could make getting tinted house windows worth it for you - and also what might not be worth it- you need to consider before making a decision.

Here are some of the pros and cons to help you out from my own opinion (of course some are subjective so it is up to you whether you put it into being an advantage or disadvantage). It also depends specifically on the 'type' of tinted window film you go for - they all come with their own general properties.

Pros of Tinted House Windows

So let's get right into the pros of having tinted windows in your house.

1) Aesthetics

I think for me from a street side perspective, tinted windows look great. They give the house a more modern look and can just make the whole property look nicer in general. If you are planning on selling your home, this could be an advantage worth considering as it may help increase the value.

2) Improves Security

Tinted windows could also be seen as a security measure as it will be harder for people to see inside your home. This is especially the case if you go for a darker tint. If security is really important to you then this could be a key factor in your decision.

3) Reduces Fading

An often forgotten advantage is that if you have any furniture or objects in your home that are prone to fading from the sun (e.g. curtains, carpets, paintings etc.), then tinting your windows will help reduce this. All window film blocks out some level of UV rays (the harmful rays that cause fading), but if this is something you are particularly worried about then you should get tints with a higher UV rating.

4) Temperature Control

Another big advantage, especially in the summer months, is that tinted windows help keep your house cooler. This is because they stop some of the heat from the sun entering your home. In the winter, this can also work to an extent by trapping heat inside your house, but obviously, you don't get the same effect as in the summer.

5) Privacy

If you live on a busy street or perhaps your neighbor's house is very close to yours, then tinting your windows will give you increased privacy as people will not be able to see inside as easily. This can be a great advantage if you want to feel more secure in your own home.

6) Help With Costs

One less obvious advantage is that tinted windows can help you save money. This is because in the summer, as I just mentioned, they will help keep your house cooler so you won't need to use the air conditioning as much (or at all).

In the winter, if you live in a colder climate, then having tinted windows will help trap heat inside your house so you won't need to use the heating as much. This can obviously lead to some nice savings on your energy bills. Effectively, they act as an insulation layer for your windows.

7) Easy To Clean

Another minor advantage is that tinted windows are generally easier to clean than regular windows as the film helps repel dust and dirt. This means you won't have to clean them as often (or at all in some cases) which can be a big plus if you hate cleaning!

8) Reduces Glare

If you have any rooms in your house that get a lot of sun then tinting the windows will help reduce the glare. This can be a big advantage if you struggle to watch TV or work on the computer in these rooms as it can make it a lot more comfortable.

9) May Increase House Value

There are certainly some signs out there that you can actually increase the value of your home overall when you have window tinting done. Personally, I would consult a real estate agent for their opinion on this for your area - or if it is pretty marginal.

Cons of Tinted House Windows

Now let's take a look at some of the potential disadvantages of having tinted windows in your house.

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1) Cost

The initial cost of tinting your windows can be quite high depending on how many windows you have and the type/quality of film you go for. This is obviously a key factor that you will need to consider before making any decisions.

2) Maintenance

Another thing to keep in mind is that tinted windows will require some level of maintenance. This is because over time the film can start to peel or bubble and will need to be replaced. This obviously adds to the cost and can be a bit of a hassle so it's something worth considering.

3) Reduced Visibility

This is probably the most significant disadvantage of having tinted windows and is something you will need to weigh up before making your decision. Essentially, because you are blocking out some of the light, it can make it harder to see both in and out of your house. This can be a big issue if you live on a busy street or perhaps have young children.

4) Can Be Damaging

If the film is not applied correctly or if it's of a poor quality then it can actually end up damaging your windows. This obviously isn't ideal and is something you need to be aware of before making any decisions.

5) May Not Be Regulated

In some states/countries, it is actually regulated to have tinted windows on your house. This is because of the reduced visibility issue I just mentioned. So before you go ahead and get your windows tinted, make sure you check the local laws to ensure you are not breaking any rules.

6) Can Void Warranties

Once you have had your windows tinted, it's possible that it could void any warranties that are in place. So if you have recently had new windows fitted, then make sure you check the warranty carefully before having them tinted.

7) Not Easily Reversible

Finally, it's worth mentioning that once you have had your windows tinted, it's not always easy (or possible) to remove the tint. So if you do decide to go ahead with it, then make sure you are 100% sure that's what you want as it's not always easy to change your mind later on.

What Are the Types of Tinted House Window Films?

Now that we have looked at some of the pros and cons of having tinted windows, let's take a more detailed look at the different types of film that are available.

Aesthetic Window Films

These are the most popular type of window film and are primarily used for aesthetic purposes. They come in a wide range of colors and styles so you can choose something that suits your taste and décor.

Solar Control Window Films

These films are designed to reduce the amount of heat that comes into your house. They work by reflecting the sun's rays away from your windows which can help keep your home cooler in the summer months.

Safety and Security Window Films

These films are designed to make your windows more resistant to breakage. They are often used in commercial properties but can also be used in homes. They work by holding the glass together in the event of a breakage which can help to prevent injuries.

Are Tinted House Windows Worth It?

Now that we have looked at some of the pros and cons, let's try to answer the question – are tinted house windows worth it?

As you can see, there are both advantages and disadvantages to having tinted windows. The key is to weigh up these factors carefully before making your decision. If you live in an area with a lot of sun then solar control window film can be a great way to keep your home cooler.

However, if you are worried about the reduced visibility then it might not be the best option for you. Ultimately, the decision is yours and you will need to decide what is most important to you.

Consult an Unbiased Professional & Check Reviews

If you are still undecided then it might be worth consulting with an unbiased professional. They will be able to give you more detailed advice on the pros and cons of having tinted windows and can help you make a decision that is right for your home. Obviously talking to a specialist in Window tinted films they will be slightly biased as they will want to sell you it.

Check out what people who have had it done have to say as well, look for reviews of the professional you are thinking of going with and see what other customers say. If you know of anyone who has had it done, ask them about their experience and if they would recommend it.

All things considered, tinted house windows can be a great way to improve the look of your home and reduce the amount of heat that comes in. However, there are some things you need to be aware of before making your decision. Make sure you weigh up all the pros and cons carefully.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Elin Beck

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