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Will Window Tinting Darken My Windows?

One of the most common questions people have when considering whether applying window film to their home or commercial property is whether it darkens the treated windows.

The most straightforward answer to this inquiry is that it depends on the protective film you choose. With a broad range of tinted films available today, consumers can pick from protective films that go virtually unnoticed, to providing a darkened or obstructed view to outsiders.

Regardless of whether you choose a protective film that is relatively transparent or one that's darkened, UV protection is one of the most notable features. To help you decide which protective film is best for your home or commercial building, here are some basic facts about the different products available today.

Dual-Reflective Film - Sometimes referred to as metalized film, this product features tiny metal pieces that work much like a mirror, reflecting and deflecting glare and heat from treated windows. This film is useful for cutting glare, preventing UV damage from exposure, and reducing energy bills.

Hybrid Protective Film - This type of protective film features a combination of pigments and dyes effective in absorbing heat and ultraviolet rays from the sun. Since this type of film absorbs heat instead of deflecting it away, it can cause heat stress on treated windows. While effective, due to the composition of the material, it may not be ideal for windows with high levels or prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.

Ceramic Film - Ceramic film is considered a premium protective film, as it is durable and heat absorbent. Other benefits of this type of film include reducing reflectivity and getting an enhanced view when looking outside.

Factors that will impact the price of applying a protective film to the windows in your home or commercial building include the type of film you're considering, as well as the size and number of windows getting treated.

The more windows or square footage you have to cover, the higher costs you can expect to pay. Protective films with more advanced safeguards also contribute to a higher cost basis.

However, the money you save on energy bills over time helps to recover the upfront expenses. In some cases, it can take as few as three years for protective films to pay themselves back with the money you save in energy costs.

Ask The Window Tinting Experts

If you're thinking about adding a protective film to the windows in your home, but you're unsure of which product is best, Amersol, a leading window tinting Dallas company is happy to offer advice and guidance on the best protective film for your property.

Having served residential and commercial clients in the Dallas area since 1974, we offer competitive pricing, free estimates, and professional installation, service, and sales. Contact us today to discuss your project.

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