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.