Many years ago, window glass was not very efficient. Today, window tinting has changed window performance in commercial buildings. Window tinting can increase efficiency, privacy, and comfort in commercial structures. The more you know about window tinting, the easier it will be to make smart choices about your window glass upgrade or replacement. Here is what you need to know.
Why Is Window Tinting Important?
Window tinting enables your business to increase efficiency and privacy. Window tinting also makes it possible to control your commercial structure’s interior environment. Well-chosen window films can protect your flooring, furnishings, and decor. Not all window tints do the same things, so when selecting a product, you will need to know your priorities and decide what fits in your budget.
Which Type of Window Tints Are Available?
There are many different types of window tints.
Sun-Blocking Window Tints
Sun-blocking window tints block a percentage of sunlight, preventing this type of light from entering structures. Window tints cut back on glare and harsh rays from the sun. They are similar to the tints on sunglasses, darkening the world outside by very small degrees.
This type of window film is often used in buildings with large windows and southern exposure, where the sun can cause glare that makes spending time in that room unpleasant. Window tints also prevent the interior temperature of the structure from rising and prevent furnishings from fading.
Safety and Security Films
Safety and security films strengthen window glass so the windows can withstand impact from tree branches or burglars making forced entry into the building. Safety and security films are a smart choice on properties with many large trees that could be vulnerable during storms. These window films are also beneficial in neighborhoods that are at high risk for break-ins.
Anti-Graffiti Window Films
Anti-graffiti window films protect your windows from external damage like scratches and graffiti. If your business is located in an area where graffiti is a common problem, these window films make it easier to protect your windows from vandals.
Can You Tint Existing Windows?
In most cases, depending on the type of window tint and the condition of your windows, you will be able to tint your windows. If you are happy with the condition of your windows and would simply like to add a window film to improve comfort in your building, tinting may be an option for you.
Talk to a window glass professional to find out more about installing a window tint.
Should You Tint Existing Windows or Replace Your Windows?
Whether you should tint your windows or replace them depends on their condition and how much money you are willing to invest on your existing windows. If your windows are in need of frequent repair, replacement may be the most practical option.
If your windows are relatively new, efficient, and in good overall condition, installing a window tint may be the best option. Although window tinting is less expensive than replacing your windows, tinting still costs money.
If you are not sure whether your windows should be replaced or simply tinted, talk to a window glass expert.
Your contractor can evaluate your situation and consider your goals for your windows. During your consultation, your window glass expert will ask questions about your budget and other considerations, then will make the best recommendation for you.
What Else Can You Do to Make Your Windows Efficient?
In addition to tinting installation, you have many things you can do to make your windows more efficient. For example:
- Weather strip your windows with strips of foam that fill cracks and block drafts from entering the building.
- Use heavy curtains or blinds to block the sun at the hottest points during the day.
- Replace deteriorated caulking around your windows.
- Replace any broken panes of glass.
- Replace any single-pane windows with double- or triple-pane windows.
Your window glass expert can also make recommendations for ways that you can use your windows to increase efficiency in your commercial building. Ask about this when the window glass expert comes to your commercial building for a consultation.
Want to Know More? Contact an Expert
Window films can do a lot of good for your windows. Whether you want them for privacy or protection, you need to make sure you make the right choice for your windows. A window film expert can provide the guidance you need for the best and most relevant window film.
If you are thinking about replacing your window glass or installing window films over your existing window glass, contact at expert. At Ken Caryl Glass Inc., we can help you decide what options are best for you. Give us a call, and we will make sure your windows are efficient and effective. We look forward to speaking with you and answering all your window-related questions and concerns.
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