Home window tinting is an excellent do-it-yourself project. The instructions, while lengthy, are not complicated and require only a few tools. Home window tinting offers many benefits for a relatively low investment of time and money.
Home window tinting reduces heating and cooling bills, reduces incoming UV light, and prevents the fading of window treatments and home furnishings. Home window tinting film also reduces glare on computer monitors and television screens, allowing you to set up a home media center or office any way you want.
Installing home window tinting can cost about a third the price of professional installation. A handy homeowner can achieve very professional-looking results with only a little patience and preparation.
Step 1 – Select a tint
Home window tinting film comes in many colors. Shades of grey provide a neutral tinting for most color schemes. Bronze tint finishes coordinates with earth-toned color schemes.
Opacity ranges from solar insulating films that are almost invisible to blackout film that admits no light. Opacity effects visible light only, not UV or heat exchange. Darker window tints create more privacy, but are no more effective heat insulators than more transparent films.
Step 2 – Measure your windows
Measure the height and width of each pane of glass that needs to be tinted. Add one inch to each dimension for the overhang necessary during installation.
Use the width measurements to determine how much window tint to purchase, even if the film is sold by the square foot. Creating an invisible seam in home window tint film is difficult. Avoid piecing together scraps of film to cover a window.
Step 3 – Order your window tint film
Depending on the vendor, home window tinting film may be sold either by the square foot or the linear foot. Home window tinting film sold by the linear foot may appear more expensive than film sold by the square foot. Remember, when you are comparing prices that a linear foot of a 36-inch-wide window film is 3 square feet.
Whether the film is billed by the square or linear foot, your home window tinting film will arrive in a continuous roll of a set width. Order a long enough length to accommodate all the windows.
Before committing to window tint for the entire home, get a sample to make sure you get the color and opacity you desire. Many online home window tinting film retailers offer sample swatches free or at a minimal cost.
Step 4 – Apply the home window tinting film
Home window tinting films come with application instructions that are easy to follow. Tinting a whole house may take a weekend.