You’ve heard of window films and coatings and are curious as to how they work. Can they really improve the efficiency of your home, grant your family some more privacy or protect your interior from Florida’s harsh sun?
You may even be considering looking at some windows films or glass tints, but before you stick any coatings to you windows, consider a few things.
Why Tint Your Florida Windows?
Tinting your windows is often one of the most cost-effective ways to make your Florida home more energy-efficient. Whereas some other solar window treatments involve completely new installation, tinted films can be adhered to your current window surface.
Coated tints can help to reduce the amount of light and heat that enters your home. The right tint could lower your electric bill by up to 30%!
Tinted window film coatings can also help to add a layer of privacy as well. Much in the same way that a car owner might tint their windows so they aren’t as easily seen, tinting your home’s windows a darker hue can help to block nosey neighbors or passerbys visibility inside.
Homeowners also choose tinted hurricane glass for its anti-glare qualities and to protect their furniture, pictures and interior from long-term UV damage.
What’s the Best Tint?
Window tints can come in a variety of hues to match your preferred style or desired benefits. For example, the most common tinted window colors are gray and bronze. These darker shades can help to reduce the penetration of light and heat into your home.
Lighter tints, like blue or green shades, can help to reduce the penetration of light, but do less to deflect heat. Instead, they counteract the sun’s yellow and orange properties as their opposite on the color wheel, helping to balance out the brightness. These lighter tints can give your home a softer, cool look.
Here’s some popular tints from a brand we trust, PGT, to get an idea for the look and feel of each shade.
Do You Know What Low-E Glass Is?
Low-e, sometimes called LoE, is an abbreviation for low-emissivity. Low-e glass boasts a window film which is designed to reduce the amount of infrared and ultraviolet (UV) light that passes through to your home.
Each window is coated with an invisible metal or metallic oxide layer, often thinner than a piece of human hair. In this way, your window remains clear, without taking on a certain hue, like a tinted window would.
Much like tinted glass, a low-emissivity glass coating helps to make your home more energy-efficient. Like darker tinted windows, glass with a low-e coating also reflects heat, which helps to regulate the temperature of your home— keeping Florida’s hot air out and your cool air conditioning in.
While low-e glass reflects heat energy, it still allows light to pass through, brightly illuminating your home, but with greater infrared and UV protection than standard glass, and oftentimes, even tinted glass.
What’s Better: Window Tinting vs. Low-E Glass?
Many Florida homeowners choose to tint their windows as opposed to purchasing low-e glass. That’s because a low-e coating can’t be applied to your windows in their frames— it requires replacing your current windows.
Installing a tinted window film on your current glass may be a more cost-efficient option. Or, for those with older or historic homes, it might be the only option for finding windows that fit the current frame or aesthetic.
However, tinting has its own set of downsides too. Applying tints to your current windows may void your glass’ warranty. Read our other blog, which compares the two in more detail: “Which is Better: Low-E Glass or Tinted Window Film?”
Have You Considered Insulated/ Laminated Glass?
In addition to deciding between low-e glass or tinting your windows, you too should consider the difference between laminated glass, insulated glass and impact glass.
Here at Storm Solutions, we trust CGI products, and we believe they explain it well. Discover their advice for selecting the best impact and UV resistant glass.
Talk with a Professional
All these different types of impact glass and special tints and coatings can get confusing. Sometimes it’s easier to connect with a professional, who can chat with you one-on-one to find the right solution for your Florida home.
Explore some ways our windows and treatments are different than others in the area. Then, give us a call at (239) 205-3193 for more information.