While residential window tinting is still a popular option for homes and residential properties, traditional tinting solutions fail to address some of the most important elements in maintaining a safe and comfortable living space.
Quality window films are engineered to provide all the same advantages as window tint, in addition to benefits that can improve your at-home health and comfort.
Whether you’re building or buying a home or purchasing an investment property, Window Film Depot can help. Keep your family, or your tenants, safe and secure and better mitigate indoor temperature swings and hot spots. Our residential window film treatments can amplify your investment in a number of ways.
Unlike residential window tinting, a high-quality home window film can offer a whole host of benefits, including:
- Year-round savings on heating and cooling costs
- Minimized glare during early AM and PM hours
- Protection against UV fading, discoloration, and sun damage
- Added security against breaking and entering attempts
- Optimal transparency with no disruption to natural sunlight
- Creative decorative options to enhance your home’s value
One of the biggest benefits of window tint, particularly in homes or commercial buildings, is energy efficiency. The two times of the year when energy bills skyrocket are typically the height of summer and the dead of winter. Window tint can’t stop the heat or cold, but it can reduce the amount of sunlight and energy coming into the building. The film manages to accomplish this by reflecting ultraviolet rays from the sun. This can significantly decrease the interior temperature during the summer months. In the winter, the tint can work to reflect heat back into the building. This can result in lower heating costs.
Window film helps to eliminate troublesome temperature imbalances inside your home or building. Those uncomfortable cold or hot zones from shaded or sun-exposed areas can be a thing of the past. The right window film helps to minimize temperature fluctuations and make your rooms a pleasure to spend time in. You’ll also find that the window film will pay for itself as your utility bills and energy costs are reduced.
Window film can provide up to 82% solar energy rejection versus untreated glass. By controlling the overall unwanted interior heat from the sun, window film helps create a more comfortable interior while reducing cooling costs.
Windows are the heart of your home or building. Today modern architecture has evolved to incorporate our natural desire for more natural light. However, the increased natural light has a downside – the increased solar heat coming through your windows. While visually appealing, the building is now uncomfortable to be in. The application of window film will not only maintain the natural light and crystal clear views you are used to, but it will also reduce the amount of solar heat that comes through the windows. Whether installed in your home or office, window film will improve your experience inside of any building.
Window Film Types
There is a wide variety of window films and tints depending on the application; some have no tint at all, such as our safety, graffiti, and spectrally selective films.
- Reflective Film: Reflective film is the most common type of window film in residential and commercial settings. This type of film absorbs and reflects the energy from the sun and other light sources that would normally pass through glass.
- Dual Reflective Film: Dual reflective film works much in the same way that ordinary reflective film does. The primary difference is that this film absorbs the energy passing both ways through the glass. This means that both the amount of light traveling into and out of the applied window is reduced.
- Neutral Film: This film reduces the amount of heat entering a home without changing the look of windows. This helps to reduce cooling costs without sacrificing the amount of natural light coming into your home.
- Spectrally Selective Film: The spectrally selective film differs from the more conventional solar film. The chemistry that is rejecting solar energy does not use shading or reflectivity that is visible to our eyes. These films have been engineered to allow the maximum transmission of visible light while rejecting the maximum amount of UV and Infra-Red wavelengths. This results in a product that begins by not impeding our view of the beautiful landscape we have invested in. It improves our visibility of the landscape by reducing glare.
- Insulating Film: Conventional applied solar control window film reduces solar heat gain and decreases the use of cooling energy. However, in cold weather months, it fails to take full advantage of the sun’s warmth, offsetting summer energy savings with increased winter energy use. Low-E window film combines the solar control functions of a standard film with the insulating power of low emissivity (Low-E) coating. Previously, this benefit has been available only as part of a factory-produced unit. Adding insulation, which improves efficiency in all seasons, compensates for diminished solar heat gain in the colder months
- Safety and Security Film: In addition to films that protect from light and heat, films are also available to protect from accidental or intentional impact by a foreign object. While glass may still break after an impact from an object, the film can help to prevent shattering and keep the glass in place. In the event of a storm or an earthquake, this reduces the risk of injury due to flying glass. In the case of a home invasion, criminals may be deterred if a window or glass door does not immediately break.
- Anti-Graffiti Film: Commercial, industrial, and government facilities can benefit from anti-graffiti film. This film can help reduce the time and resources needed to remove graffiti manually.
- Decorative Film: These can be used to add patterns to windows or even increase the privacy of a home or office building. Frosted or colored window tints can provide privacy while also being an appealing addition.