How to and Facts on Home Window Tinting
The Benefits of Home Window Tinting
Sunshine is beautiful, and many people love to see it shining through their windows. However, the rays can damage furniture and carpets. The ultraviolet rays will fade colors in most furnishings. On the other hand, house window tinting is viable solution that will solve these problems. It can provide furniture protection and cut down on glare. Blocking thermal radiation can save money, as well. The heat from the thermal rays easily penetrates to warm up the interior of a home. This of course, will increase the utility bills.
Some types of home tint can also provide privacy. Homeowners must carefully evaluate their needs before adding house tint. The material is graded on how much light is reflected back from the window. Most quality home tinting will block up 99 percent of the harmful ultra violet or UV rays. Blocking the UV rays is what provides furniture protection.
Newer homes generally, will have double pane windows. There is an air gap, which is sometimes gas filled, between the sheets of glass. These particular windows provide greater insulating qualities. Reflecting the thermal heat back will cause the air space to become overheated and possibly crack the panes. Certain types of home tinting cannot be applied to these windows. Carefully read all application requirements before applying home window tinting.
Before purchasing home window tinting make sure it is energy rated. There may be tax credits available for installing certain types of home tint. The home window tinting is graded numerically. For example, five percent blocks the most light and glare whereas, 50 percent allows the most light to come through. The five percent is not recommended for double pane windows.
Many suppliers or retailers will cut the house window tinting to order. The owner must provide the measurements. However, it is less expensive for owners to cut their own; there are errors and waste to consider.
Once the house tint arrives protect it until ready to apply. Homeowners can do the project themselves. Some specific tools must be used however. The installer must have a suitable squeegee that is small enough for corners. A sharp utility knife is also needed. The blade will need to be changed often to give a clean cut. There are wetting solutions that can be purchased that are made specifically for window tint. Individuals can make their own.
The mixture requires distilled water. This prevents scaling on the glass, caused by calcium and magnesium. The material is thin and any buildup under it will cause it not to adhere properly. Mix one teaspoon of baby shampoo in a sprayer with about 31 ounces of the distilled water. Clean the glass well with it and spray the material generously during and after the application. Once the film is in place, run the hand tool down the middle to start removing the solution and bubbles. Then move left to right down the entire length removing any air pockets and water.
Keep the home tinting wet the entire time to prevent tears or scratches. The squeegee must be wet at all times for best performance. Ensure the air bubbles are completely removed. The material must cure for up to 48 hours.