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There are many benefits to having professionally installed tinting for the windows of your house, including UV protection, heat reduction, and even security. However, it is very easy to have a DIY home window tinting project go bad with results that not only look bad but could also put you at risk.
What is home window tinting?
Home Window tinting (also known as home window film or home window tints) is the application of a thin layer of colored plastic to the glass surface of a window. Home Window tinting is often applied for the dual purposes of privacy and sun control. In some countries, it is also applied for security reasons.
There are also aesthetic reasons for applying home window tinting, as it can make a room appear brighter—due to the contrast effect—and more cheerful due to the color contrast. Most home window tints are made from thin polyester films. However, they may also be manufactured from vinyl plastic or a combination of polymer and aluminum coatings.
You do not have the proper knowledge to use an installation kit
Do-it-yourself kits are available at most hardware stores. However, these kits can be difficult to install correctly, especially for someone who has no experience with window tinting. Window tinting usually requires special tools, such as a squeegee or a lint roller. Some films require special soapy water when being applied to help them stick better to the glass. If any bubbles form under the film and are not removed prior to curing (drying), they could later cause discoloration in the window tint film or even peel up off the window completely.
Professionals get it right on the first attempt
Home window tinting is not as simple as slapping on a few rolls of film and letting it dry. The tinting process involves a lot of prep work and special materials. Tinting companies have all the tools and knowledge necessary to ensure that they get the job done correctly.
Professional tinters understand how sunlight affects windows and how to compensate for it. They use specialized tools and techniques to make sure that your new window film will block out the sun’s UV rays, protect your furnishings from fading, and lower your energy bills.
If you’ve never had your windows professionally tinted before, it’s best to leave the project up to experts with experience doing it correctly every time.
It can be expensive
Home window tinting involves getting the right amount of tint on all the windows in your home—a task that can be tricky to do yourself. Home window tint comes in rolls that can be measured and cut with a tool called a “tint meter,” which makes it easier to get the right amount of tint on your windows. But this tool is expensive and might not be worth buying if you only plan to do one or two windows. It also takes practice to use the tool correctly, so if you’re not familiar with how it works, you could waste a lot of time or money getting the wrong amount of tint on your windows.
DIY home window tinting is a great idea, but you need to decide whether or not you have the skills necessary to get the job done right. Those with little experience may find this DIY project more difficult than they think. Window tinting is supposed to create an extra barrier between UV rays and your belonging, which means your mistakes can result in serious consequences down the road.