New developments in window tint and film are changing its image from an optional add-on to a must-have feature, whether at home, in the car, or at work. The benefits of a device that screens out harmful rays, improves health, and lowers energy costs, are compelling. Are you thinking of adding auto window tinting to your car? Why not consider residential window tinting for your home, too?
The options for specific types of tints are as varied as architectural styles of homes. Applying different formulations can change and enhance the appearance of your home, along with all the other benefits. Commercial uses for window film are growing in popularity as well, and for many of the same reasons as home and auto uses.
UV-What? A Primer on Damaging Rays from the Sun
Most of us love the sun—some call themselves sun worshippers. Certainly we need the sun, but like everything else we love, sun exposure has “side effects” that can do us harm.
Whether you’re adding window protection at home, work, or in the car, one of its primary benefits is to limit the damage to your health from harmful rays of the sun. Understanding the alphabet soup of different UV rays, their degree of danger, and how you can limit exposure to them, may put you on sensory overload.
Here’s a quick, helpful guide that outlines the different types of harmful rays you reduce or eliminate when you choose to apply window tint and film.
- UV Radiation – Ultraviolet radiation is the invisible energy within the spectrum of wavelengths that include visible light and heat. UV rays are mostly screened out from the Earth by the ozone layer, but certain harmful ones get through. Too much exposure can lead to serious health consequences, including skin cancer,1 suppressed immune system, cataracts, and premature skin aging.
These are the two types of UV radiation that are responsible for skin damage:
- UVB Rays – These are partly absorbed by the ozone layer; what does reach us in the form of UVB rays helps us produce vitamin D (with limited exposure). Some UVB rays are filtered by glass.
- UVA Rays – These are not absorbed by the ozone layer, and are not filtered out by glass.
Damaging rays can reach you in some unexpected ways as they bounce off sand and water. Those that penetrate glass intrude into your most important safety zone—namely, your home—as well as the place you probably spend a significant amount of time each day—your car.
Window Tint at Home
Add window tint to your home’s windows to provide protection from health damage due to the sun’s UV rays. You can block up to 99% of rays while gaining a laundry list of additional benefits, including:
- Dramatic energy savings – Blocking out excess heat in summer means lowered air-conditioning costs.
- Save on the cost and durability of home furnishings and interiors – Sun can damage furniture, drapes, blinds, and even carpeting and paint. Reduce wear and tear on all your furnishings with UV protection, and preserve the beauty of your home’s interior as long as possible.
- Reduce reflected sun glare on TVs and computer screens – You will still see plenty of natural light, and by choosing a lighter tint, have a natural, clear view of the outdoors.2
Choosing window tint for your home is more than just a pragmatic move. It now offers aesthetic choices that can change the look and feel of your home. A supplier like Scorpion Window Film offers an extensive range of residential window tinting options. Some are designed to give a metallic look while providing maximum heat rejection, and others come in as many as five shades to vary the color tint, offering fine-tuning to create the exact level of clarity and heat reduction you prefer. Other choices emphasize glare reduction, and one series of tints is applied outside to create a dual reflective function.
Window Tint on Cars
Today’s most technologically advanced auto window films provide the most protection against skin damage, while reducing the sun’s impact on your car’s interior. Thanks to deflecting sunlight, you experience less glare while driving and less build-up of interior heat. As a result, you require less use of your air conditioner, and enjoy better gas mileage.
You can choose a different tint for your car’s window film to suit your preferences for more or less sun and heat deflection, or to match your vehicle’s look. Check for different costs, different warranties, and degrees of deflection when making your choice.
Commercial Window Tinting
Commercial window tinting has become an expected feature of modern high-rise buildings, particularly those designed with dramatic walls of glass. Many rely on window films to be comfortable, functional, and safe. The newest types of safety film, for example, have a shatter-proof feature that helps hold glass in place, helping to avoid the worst damage and injury to people. Shatter-proof glass can also deter burglaries.
Just as individuals benefit from reduced sun exposure in their homes and cars, businesses need the same advantages in commercial settings. The savings on heating and cooling significantly impact the bottom line, and costly commercial furnishings, interiors, and equipment experience less wear and fading. The reduction in heat and glare reflected to surrounding buildings, businesses, and the general public offer environmental benefits that help maintain good community relations.
Choose a shaded window tint to enhance your building and business image, in the eyes of your surrounding community, as well as your business community and client base. Think of the cost as part of your investment in building a brand image. A higher quality choice is worth some added cost, as it will last for many years, unlike lower quality window tints that will have to be replaced in a few short seasons.3
Window film has some unexpected uses, like anti-graffiti window film that discourages would-be “artists” from using your business’s valuable street-facing window as a graffiti canvas. The new spray-on window film is the ultimate in DIY, and is quickly and easily removable for a clean, restored window, should damage or unwanted artwork appear.