Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale - Should You Tint Your Home's Windows?

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Should You Tint Your Home's Windows?
Window tinting, or filming, can be a budget-friendly way to take your home’s windows to a higher level of energy efficiency, especially if it is not in the budget to upgrade all the windows in your home. Learn more about this alternative to new window installation:
Window film comes in three types: decorative, privacy, and solar.
Decorative films are just that--for aesthetics. They are not necessarily energy efficient.
Film in the privacy/security category is made of a thicker material than decorative, and its purpose is to keep prying eyes out of your home, as well as help keep glass together in case of breakage.
Solar film is made in different ways, but the sole reason homeowners have it installed is to reflect or absorb UV rays. Some more costly films will work both ways--reflecting and absorbing UV rays--so your home and energy bills benefit from the changing temperature needs of your home.
Other varieties include removable/reusable film, semi-permanent, and permanent. Your window’s film/tint depends on the type of window and needs you may have. Learn more with a free e-book from the International Window Film Association.
Many electric companies offer a rebate when a homeowner installs energy-saving window film. There is also a federal tax credit for making your home more energy efficient!
Added benefits to using window film in your home’s windows are protecting furniture, carpets, draperies, and even wood flooring from the damaging long-term effects of UV exposure.
In case you have newly installed windows, check your paperwork, or call the manufacturer, as adding window film to the glass can void the warranty.
Window film is available at home stores and online, and there are many DIY instructions online, so it can be done yourself. Application does require some patience; if done in a hurry, you can leave unsightly bubbles throughout the film or uneven trim around the window glass. When hiring a pro for this job, you may receive added protection from some film manufacturers with an offer of a lifetime warranty on their product when it is professionally installed.
When purchasing the type of film, you want to apply to your windows, make certain the product is certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council.
Protecting your belongings and energy consumption from the effects of the sun’s rays coming into your home can be taken care of with window film, but again, make sure the correct type is installed. Whatever your reason for applying film to your windows, rest assured it is a less expensive process than installing all new windows and can even be more cost effective when it comes to making your HVAC system use less energy.
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Comments (5)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Norma... when we lived in the Middle East all of our windows were super tinted. In Paris and London... not so much... not much sun. Here in Charlotte, I tinted windows only in one home where it faced south.

Sep 17, 2021 05:04 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Nina Hollander, Broker I have personally never tinted my windows but like you I would consider it if my house faced directly to the setting sun.  Have a wonderful day!

Sep 20, 2021 05:55 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Norma, I personally have never tinted any of my home windows, but know some homes could benefit by doing so.

Sep 17, 2021 05:17 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Joan Cox I agree and it sounds like it should help in a lot of cases.  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Sep 20, 2021 05:56 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:


I would be concerned with the wrinkles in a few years from the film drying out.  We made it to Friday, the weekend is right there.  Make it a productive day to end the week strong.  Thanks again for the post.  Bill Salvatore

Sep 17, 2021 05:53 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog I agree unless you have it professionally done with a warranty maybe.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Sep 20, 2021 05:56 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I certainly like the benefits that come from tinting windows but I don't know if mine are tinted or not.

Sep 17, 2021 06:12 AM
Norma J. Elkins

Brian England I know we have never personally had our windows tinted but it may be worth a try for sure.  Have a wonderful Monday!

Sep 20, 2021 05:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Norma- it's amazing how much light and heat come in windows with no covering or tinting. 

Sep 17, 2021 06:51 PM
Norma J. Elkins

Kathy Streib we have always done covering but never tinting and I really think it may be a good idea for sure.  Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Sep 20, 2021 05:58 AM