Tinting a Glass Storm Door: 3 Efficient Options
Tinting a glass storm door not only controls the amount of UV light that enters your home, but can also help prevent UV damage to your household objects. Below are some
Low Emissivity and Solar Control Films
Low Emissivity, or Low E, and Solar Control films reduce the amount of heat loss or heat gain and reduce the glare from sun. They can also reduce fading in furniture, curtains, and other objects you may have near the door. These films are clear and translucent and contain a thin coat of gold or titanium. They can reduce the flow of heat by 88 percent and UV rays by 95 percent.
Tinting films come in various shades of blue, gray and brown. You can order the films on-line or find them in most home improvement centers. Installing the films without bubbles can be tricky, so some homeowners choose to have them professionally installed. However, newer films have a water-based adhesive, making them easier to install. Tinted films are slightly less efficient than low E films, only reducing heat flow by 45 percent and UV light by 90 percent. It should be noted though that the tints are more efficient than shades because they reflect the heat rather than absorb it.
Frosting films provide 99 percent UV protection while allowing light into the home. These films also provide an element of privacy and can filter light for the home. However, the films should not be purchased if you desire a greater degree of glare protection and reduction as these films aren't able to provide that benefit.