When it comes to your home, you want everything to be perfect. Most people will, at some time or another, embark on a home renovation project. These projects might occur because homeowners want something modernized, or perhaps something just isn’t working properly anymore. Sometimes it’s to save money or make living more comfortable.
One home renovation project or home “upgrade” that many people consider is tinting their home’s windows. Undoubtedly, most homeowners have heard of the many benefits associated with window tinting, but is all the hype real? Or is it just another gimmick meant to sell people on something they don’t need?
Why It’s A Good Idea to Tint Your Home Windows
Tinting the windows of your home can help to protect your assets – like fine art, linens, and furniture. The sun’s UV rays will cause very gradual wear and tear on these items, eventually leading to issues like discoloration, rips, and tears. Tint reduces the amount of UV rays that get inside your home, and thus, slow this process down considerably.
Tint can also help to save you money on heating and cooling costs. Heating and cooling efforts can be lost through window panes. By adding an extra layer of protection to those panes, the amount of energy able to leave your home’s interior through them is reduced.
Not only this, but tint reduces the amount of sunlight allowed to enter your home during the hot summer months. This heat can raise the temperature of your home and cause your air conditioning unit to work harder. When your AC unit works harder, it ends up costing you more money.
On a final note, window tint can help to reduce obnoxious glare that can come in through your windows. While not a life or death situation, window glare can be annoying – especially when trying to work at your computer, watch television, or read a book. By reducing this glare, you can make your life a little more comfortable.
Why It’s Not
There are only two real reasons why tinting your home windows may not be a good idea. The first is that the project does require an upfront investment that not everyone has on hand. The exact investment depends on how many windows your home has and what type of tint you choose. This, of course, can remedied either through a home renovation loan or through saving money until you have enough to complete the project.
The second reason is if you have a new construction and/or new windows that are still under warranty. Sometimes (not always) window tint can void the manufacturer’s warranty for windows. To know if this applies to your situation, you’ll want to take a look at your owner’s manuals and actual warranty descriptions.
If these two items don’t apply to you, however, it is definitely a good idea to tint your home windows. The benefits are considerable and long-lasting – not to mention the return on investment (ROI) quickly becomes profit.