3 Common Mistakes Homeowners Should Avoid When Getting Home Window Tinting

Care needs to be taken when you have tinting placed on your residential windows so that this home improvement achieves its projected goals. The following are three common window tinting mistakes you'll want to avoid so that your windows achieve the best possible appearance and functionality.

Getting a window tint that's excessively dark

Window tint is great for protecting a home from the sun and keeping residents and visitors in a home's interiors more comfortable. However, it's important to get a tint that's the right shade to achieve the desired results. 

The right tint shade for your home depends on a variety of factors. It depends on how bright sunlight tends to be in your geographic area and how exposed to the sun your home is. If your home is already somewhat shaded by landscaping features, you'll probably want to consider this before selecting a film shade.

You need to think about both what your home will look like on the exterior with window tinting and what your home will look like on the interior. Window tinting is going to shade your interiors a bit, so think about getting a lighter tint if you have some rooms in your home that you don't feel get enough natural light because they contain few or small windows. 

Not fully understanding heat blockage rates

Typically, homeowners have window tinting applied to protect their home from UV rays, heat, or both. When it comes to heat protection, an important factor to look at is heat blockage rate.

The heat blockage rate of a window tint can range widely, so you need to make sure that the rate you choose is appropriate to both your interior temperature preferences and your area's climate. 

Neglecting to research your window tint's warranty

Window tints typically come with a warranty. This warranty is important because you want to know that you'll get repairs or replacement if something goes wrong.

A lot of window tints offer a "lifetime warranty." However, you need to determine what this warranty will cover. You should look for a warranty that covers both manufacturer issues and installation issues.

Coverage of manufacturer issues will allow for the re-installation of an appropriate tint if the shade of your tint begins to warp over time. On the other hand, warranty coverage for the installation will correct your tint if it begins to bubble up from the surface of a window.