9 Things You Should Consider Before Tinting Your Windows

Living in south-east Queensland can get quite warm and bright. This contributes to energy costs, as you turn on the air-conditioning in an effort to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. If you’ve been facing this problem and decide to tint your windows, that’s a great idea, but here are nine things you’ll have to consider before tinting your windows.

 

1 – Window Films Vs. Factory Coated Windows

When looking to tint your windows, you are given two options: apply a film on the windows, or buy a pre-tinted window. Between the two, the most economical and easiest method is to use window films. However, factory tinted window do have very good performance in terms of reducing UV and infrared however, the costs at replacing glass fixtures can double if not triple the return on investment compared with a window film.

 

2 – Warranty

Before applying the film, check which window films on offer have the best warranty options, some manufacturers offer 10 to 15 years depending on the quality and brand of the film, so find out which one is right for you.

 

3 – Solar Heat Gain

If your sole reason to tint your windows is to reduce your energy bill, look for tints with a low coefficient for solar heat gain. The lower it is, the better the tint is at blocking out heat emitted by the sun.

 

4 – Visible Transmittance Value

Some window films block both heat and light from entering, meaning your room will be much darker. Look for a film that has higher visible transmittance value than it does solar heat gain coefficient. This way, you can cool your space down but still allow light to enter.

 

5 – Light-to-Solar-Gain Ratio

Sometimes, a film can list a light-to-solar-gain ratio. The number displayed is the visible transmittance value divided by the solar heat gain coefficient. The higher the number, the better.

 

6 – Blocking Colors

The window films usually block out a specific spectrum of light to allow as much light through while reducing heat into your home. This can cause your window to pick up a particular hue. Although not noticeable if the whole window is covered, make sure to test it somewhere to see how it looks before making the decision.

 

7 – Reflectivity

One of the ways you can block heat while allowing light to pass through is to use a reflective film or coating. These films reflect non-visible light, such as infrared, and can even make your window look like a mirror from the outside during the day and inside during the night.

 

8 – Overall Tint

If you’re looking for a more decorative film, some window films can make your window look etched or stained. However, these decorative films aren’t that good at helping you save energy. If you want a film that helps improve your privacy, look for tints that are darker and also limit heat entering your space.

 

9 – Durability

Films will last around 10 to 15 years if applied correctly. You can make it last even longer by asking a professional to install the film for you. They use a unique adhesive to stick the film onto the window.

 

With all the benefits a tinted window has to offer, it’s hard to overlook the value of having a window tint on your home or office. Keep in mind these nine things before making your decision.

Cooltone is one of Australia’s leading window tinting companies, providing high quality professionally installed films for homes and offices in Brisbane since 1981. Speak to us today to arrange a free measure and quote.

 

 

 

The Different Types of Solar Window Films and Their Uses

Solar window films are made of a polyester base coated with scratch-resistant material, protecting the glass. They also reflect heat. Under freezing weather conditions, this coating can be applied in the interior of windows, reducing heat loss. The films also offer a higher degree of privacy.

Selecting a tint with higher reflective properties prevents any outsiders from being able to peer inside your home, but still allows those indoors to gaze outside. In case of impact, the films also make sure that the windows stay intact as much as possible.

Finally, solar window films help reduce room heat by reflecting solar heat. In summary, solar window films are an efficient and cheap way to reduce room temperature and your monthly utility costs.

Here are the different kinds of films and their main uses:

 

Dye Films

As the name would suggest, these films have a layer of a dyed film attached to the interior of the window. You might think that this will cause the room to heat up because the film will absorb heat. However, what really happens is that the temperature is transferred into the glass and carried away by the wind. Moreover, the dark tint is perfect for those looking for some privacy.

 

Deposited Films

A deposited film is created through a deposition process. In this process, a film is inserted into a tank filled with metal ingots of either nickel-chrome or aluminium. Air is then sucked out of the container, reducing the pressure and creating a vacuum.

After the air is completely sucked out, the empty space is then pumped full of argon gas. Heat is then applied to the tank. The heat causes the metal to release particles that coat the film. This results in a thicker film than most, which limits its applications. However, this thickness makes the film darker and much more reflective.

 

Sputtered Films

 Instead of going through a deposition process, the film goes into the sputtered process instead. Similar too the deposition process, the sputtering process takes place in a vacuum chamber. A film is placed in a tank, along with the metals, before the air is sucked out. Argon gas then fills the chamber.

This time, instead of heating up the tank like the deposition process, the metal is put through atomic manipulation. During this process, the metal is blasted by charged ions, discharging the metal atoms and releasing them from the metal. These free metal atoms then land evenly on the polyester film’s surface. Sputtered films are superior in blocking UV radiation, but they cannot effectively prevent heat from passing through the glass.

 

Hybrid Films

As the name suggests, this film is a combination of metal and dyes. Because of this, it benefits from both applications while limiting its disadvantages. The film is slightly less reflective and lighter in colour compared to its metallic counterparts. Still, it maintains the ability to block the heat because of the dyed layer.

Cooltone are experts in providing the best window film solution for clients throughout South East QLD, we have been working with the residential, construction and commercial markets since 1981. Contact our skilled and experienced team today to discuss your next project or arrange a free measure and quote.

 

 

 

3 Types of Window Films – a Guide for Buyers

Window films offer many benefits for homes, offices, and establishments. However, even as most types of window films provide the same set of benefits regardless of where they are used, each place has certain characteristics. You may have to use a specific type of window film that meets your needs.

 

  1. Solar Control window film

As its name implies, this type of window film is intended to reduce glare and radiation coming through the windows. Most people buy this type of film because of its purpose. With a solar control window film, you can keep your indoor temperatures cool without having to use curtains and blinds. This type of window film also lets in natural light and keeps your view of the outside unobstructed. Solar control window films also make it easier to watch TV or read text on laptop screens because it reduces glare.

Because of the way it keeps off infrared and UV radiation, solar control films can help you cut on energy costs. Your air conditioner would consume less energy as it would be easier for your cooling unit to maintain tolerable temperatures. Less energy consumption means lower electricity bills.

The UV radiation can cause your furniture, flooring, window treatments, artwork, and other furnishings to look dull and faded. With a solar control window film, you can keep the UV out of your room, protecting the surfaces of your interior and fixtures.

 

  1. Decorative window film

If you want to recreate a cathedral window style in your room, you can use decorative window film. It can come in many shapes and designs, such as snowflakes, frosted textures, and a kaleidoscope of colors. You have many styles and options to choose from, and you can use one that fits your style. You can even have a custom-designed window film for advertising, branding, or attracting the attention of passersby.

Decorative films can also help reduce glare, similar to a solar control window film. Its textures can be designed to diffuse the intensity of sunlight as it strikes one’s eyes. It is also a quick and cheap fix for homeowners or establishment owners to conceal unflattering parts of their building’s interior. Decorative films can also be used to add privacy to interior spaces such as the bathroom.

 

  1. Security window films

Security window films let shattered glass break intact, reducing or eliminating the formation of shards that can harm anyone who happens to be near the window when it breaks. These films are sturdy that it can keep your windows together even as an accident or projectiles such as hailstones, balls, or rocks shatter the glass’s surface. Some types of window film are so strong that they can even render a window bullet-proof. This type of window film is the most expensive among the three types of window films.

Some security window films make the windows appear opaque when viewed from the outside, although it can retain the view of the outside from within. Depending on your privacy needs, you can have a window film that essentially blocks you from view.

Cooltone have been installing Solar Control Window Films, Decorative and Safety and Security Films since 1981 and have built a reliable and trustworthy reputation in the Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast markets. Contact our team today to find out how we can tailor a solution to improve your home or office.

 

Different Types of Window Tinting and Their Benefits – What to Know

Having window tints installed on commercial buildings, homes, and cars is a cost-efficient way to reduce solar glare, block approximately 90% of the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun, which in turn cuts back the costs on energy bills, increase occupant comfort, enhance safety and security, and even boost overall aesthetics depending on the colour and level of the dimness of the tint. In that regard, window tints have different types to choose from, all of which has its advantages and disadvantages meant to cater to specific needs.

 

But first, what is Window Film?

Window film is comprised of thin, strong layers of polyester laminate that is made from Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET). It is generally applied on the interior surface of a glass window to reduce glare and UV rays of the sun, which serves to regulate the temperature of the interiors of any vehicles, residential, or commercial buildings. A protective coating is applied to add resistance to scratches and prevent shards from exploding in case of any accidents due to natural disasters or smash-and-grab scenarios. Not to mention, the use of PET offers a long-lasting, high-performing, and durable material. In that regard, below is a list of different types of film to choose from:

 

Type #1: Dyed Window Tinting

Arguably known as the most common type, dyed window tinting uses multiple layers of dye to absorb solar heat and prevent it from entering the premises of your vehicle or property. While it doesn’t provide the same level of protection as other window tints, such as those built to be shatter-proof, it is perfect for those who are looking for energy-reducing tints on a budget-friendly price. It gets the job done effectively, as well as provides the same quality of privacy as any other window tints available in the market.

 

Type #2: Ceramic Window Tinting

On the opposite end of the spectrum is ceramic window tinting, which is a type of window tint that is built for high performance, quality, and durability. It is comprised of ceramic particles known for its non-conductive properties, which is highly effective on blocking up to 99% of UV rays as well as reducing up to 50% of solar heat without clouding up the tint’s visibility. It also provides strong resistance to fading, glare, as well as offers resistance to shattering to keep occupants safe from further damage in the event of a natural disaster or break-in. With all that in mind, it’s no surprise to its price range falls on the more high-end scale.

 

Type #3: Metalized Window Tinting

Its advantages are similar to dyed window tinting, though the difference is that this type of film is made up of microscopic metallic particles that are compressed to block sunlight. It is also superior to dyed window tints as it provides a significant boost in the window’s strength, making it highly beneficial in cases where shatter-proof windows are needed. It also has a distinct look as metalized window tints are widely known for its signature shine, which can enhance the overall aesthetic of a vehicle or commercial building depending on the owner’s personal preference.

If you’re looking for a professional window tinting service in Brisbane, contact the team at Cooltone, we have been window tinting in Brisbane for over 30 years and specialise in houses and commercial buildings.

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