10 Myths about Home Window Tint—Busted
As a window film solutions company, we field a lot of good questions from our current or prospective clients. Some questions are brought about due to the spread of misinformation about window films and how they behave. So, to set the record straight, we’d like to bust the biggest 10 myths about home window tint or film.
It’s Expensive to Install Window Film
The cost of new flat glass window film is quite reasonable. Of course, some installers cost less than others—and you pay for what you get—so be sure to do some research. That said, don’t focus solely on the cost of the installation because solar window films save you money on energy costs, essentially paying for themselves.
Birds Will Fly into Windows with Window Film
Reflective windows do have an occasional accident with animals. This is because the window reflects the outside environment which can confuse animals. To prevent this, your window film consultants can recommend a variety of window films with minimal reflectivity. Taking this a step further, flat glass installers also have access to fritted window film—which is designed to prevent bird collisions.
Window Film and Window Tint Will Make Everything Too Dark
Window films and window tints come in a wide variety of tints and shades. If you want to avoid your home getting too dark, simply opt for a window film which lets in more visible light. In fact, there are a variety of window films which will barely darken your room at all!
Window Films Look Cheap
Window films come in a range of quality standards. If you seek out the cheapest price on window film you can find, it will look cheap. If you’d like to ensure your window film installation is of higher quality, then partner with a window film company which prioritizes quality and honesty and your window films will not look cheap. In fact, the finished product will improve the style of your home.
Window Film Will Hurt Houseplants
The concern which birthed this myth is window films block out light and plant require sunlight to grow. Window film does block out certain parts of sunlight, but it doesn’t block all the necessary elements which plants require to grow. Many houseplants can survive with very little light and will 99% of the time be perfectly fine with a new window film. Typically, the only noticeable change will be slowed growth while plants get acclimated to the window film.
Window Films Scratch Easily
Yes, there are some window films which do scratch easily—not ours. Here at AP Tinting, we only source the best window films. We partner with manufacturers who have control in their product and deliver scratch free window films for more long-term protection on your investment.
Window Films Fade Over Time
As with most products left in the sun, they can fade over time. Window films are not an exception to this rule. Window films usually won’t start fading for at least 20 years—and most installers give you a life time warranty. So, while this myth may be true, if your film does fade it won’t happen for a long time. And even then, you should still be under warranty (assuming you took proper care of the film).
Films will Bubble Over time
There is a chance your window film could bubble, but this is no fault of the film itself. When home window film is installed, it is done so in a way which prevents air from being trapped between the film and the window. No matter how careful your installer may be, sometimes air can get behind the film causing a bubble. If this happens, call your installer and have them fix the issue—any good company will gladly replace the film at no cost to you.
Window Film Causes Gaskets to Fail
This simply isn’t true. If a window’s gasket fails, it is due to an issue with the window itself and not the film.
Window Films Ruin the View
Any type of window film you install will affect your view. That said, most customers tell us the view is improved and not ruined. You see, the type of film you have installed will affect the view in different ways. Some films are designed to let in as minimal light as possible, which does affect the view; whereas other films are engineered to only block UV rays and glare ultimately improving the view!
Here at AP Tinting, we are an expert window film installer with many years of experience in window tint installations. If you’d like more information on window films, or want to talk through some of your concerns with a home window film installation, give us a call today.