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Old 02-16-2010, 02:58 PM
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Default Residential Window Film / Tint

Hi everyone,

I was wondering if you could recommend someone (business) that does window tinting. I have several second story windows that let in a lot of sunlight. I don't want to block the view, just want to filter the damaging sunlight from my furniture / hardwood floors. Thanks a lot!
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Old 02-18-2010, 11:08 AM
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Anybody had their windows tinted to filter the sunlight / UV rays???
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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MGS - I used to sell windows and doors...here's my take on window tinting...don't do it. It's just not a good investment for a home.

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Have your insulated glass units replaced with Low-e glass. Low-E offers several benefits like UV protection but also heat retention in the winter and cooling in the summer which lower your energy bills. You can have your existing windows tested with a hand-held meter (any glass shop like City Glass have them and will test it for you if you desire to have the insulated units replaced). The meter will also tell which surface the Low-E coating is located on. There are four surfaces on an insulated unit and yes, it does matter which surface -- though I don't recall which is the correct as I type this I'm thinking the third surface which is the side of the outside glass facing you but I could be wrong...Anyhow, tinting is not a good investment if you try to sell the home later as people generally don't want tinted windows and you'll end up removing it. Low-E is an investment that will resell itself.

Installing sheers is by far the cheapest way to go. They allow the light but since it's filtered, cuts back on the UV. A huge advantage of sheers is if you find the right set(s) they can be easily thrown in the washer and dryer. Window tinting can be difficult to clean and if you don't follow the manufacturer's instructions to a T, any possible warranty they have flies out the window.

I suggest calling local glass shops if the sheer curtains don't appeal to you and get some estimates. City Glass would be the top one I would call because I have dealt with them during my stint in the window and door industry. There's another local glass shop I would recommend but his name and business name is failing me right now. If I can recall it, I will post again.

Good luck.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:15 PM
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Great information! Thank you so much COflower...I'll do some more investigating on the glass. Thanks for posting!
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Old 02-20-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Another little-known fact is that tinting applied incorrectly to a high-efficiency multiple-pane window can cause enough heat to be trapped to rupture the seals or even crack/break the glass.

I know some folks that spent around a thousand dollars putting film on their windows, and the repair bill for the windows was more than ten times that.
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