How to Reduce Sunroom Glare

What You'll Need
Window Tint
Utility Knife
Tape Measure
Window Cleaner

For many people who have a sunroom, one of the biggest disadvantages is the glare from the sun's light. Because the majority of the sunroom is glass, a lot of light is let in. As the light goes through the glass it is intensified and produces a glare.

This glare can make things like reading, working on a laptop computer and watching a television program much harder, and even impossible at times. Reducing the glare in your sunroom is a home improvement project that will not only help with the amount of light, but will also save you money on your utility costs. The main way to reduce the glare in a sunroom is to add a window tinting to the glass. Here is a simple "how-to" guide for adding the window tint to reduce the glare.

Step 1 - Measure the Windows

Before you can buy any window tinting you will need to measure the windows to figure out the amount of tint you will need. If all your windows are uniform in size, simply measure one window and then multiply that square footage by the number of windows you have. For example, if one window is 10-feet tall by 3-feet wide, you have 30 square feet. So, for a sunroom that has 10 of the same windows you will need 300 square feet of tinting. Add in at least 10% more in case you make any mistakes.

Step 2 - Clean Windows

Take some time to thoroughly clean all the windows in your sunroom. You may use regular glass cleaner, but make sure it doesn't leave any streaks or residue. Once you apply the tint, these will be magnified and you will see them easily.

Step 3 - Start with First Window

Start with a window in the corner of your room and then begin working from there. Lay out the tint on a flat surface and measure out the first piece of tint to length. Do not worry about the width right now. Cut the tint with a sharp utility knife. Scissors can leave blade marks, while a utility knife will cut with one simple stroke.

Step 4 - Apply Tint to Window

Start at the top of the window and position the tint in the center. Make sure there is the same amount of material on both sides of the window. Peel the top part of the backing off to about 10 inches. Run your hand over the tint making a firm contact with the window. Work your way down the window by removing the film as you work your way down.

Step 5 - Roll out Air Bubbles

Start back at the top of the window again and using a rubber roller, roll out the air bubbles. Work from the center out.

Step 6 - Cut Excess Off

Again, start at the top of the window and carefully follow the edge of the window with your utility knife cutting off the excess window tint.

Step 7 - Repeat

Repeat this process for each of the remaining windows. Take your time and move around the room until you are finished.