Window tinting can solve a wide range of tasks at low cost, so the demand for it is constantly growing. Today, windows are tinted not only in office and shopping centers, but also in ordinary residential apartments and houses. With the help of a thin film, you can increase the comfort of the room, protect it from excessive sunlight and even make it safer. Before proceeding to the purchase and gluing of tint film, it is important to understand its main types and properties in order to avoid annoying mistakes.
# 1. What does the tint film consist of?
A polyester-based tinting film for windows is made, and it acquires specific sun-protection properties due to the deposition of a metal layer. Sputtering of aluminum, titanium, nickel, less often bronze or silver can be used. As a rule, manufacturers recommend gluing the film with a “metal” layer to the glass in order to achieve the best reflective effect and make it easier to dismantle the film in the future.
The film can consist of several layers when it is necessary for the material to be painted in a certain color. In this case, a special device is used in production to connect different layers – a laminator. This structure also provides a longer color retention, because the painted layer receives additional protection from negative environmental factors.
# 2. Advantages and disadvantages of tint film
The wide popularity of tinting is due to the numerous advantages that can be achieved with its help. Among the main advantages of the material, it is worth noting:
the ability to dim sunlight, which is a key function of most types of tint films. When the windows face the sunny side, the illumination in the apartment is too high, which does not allow you to be comfortable in it, interferes with working with the monitor, because glare remains on the screens, and excessive radiation harms furniture and plants. In order not to draw the curtains even during the day, a tint film is intended, which will reduce the amount of transmitted light and allow you to calmly enjoy the landscape outside the window, and you will be able to get rid of glare;
- if the surface from the side of the street is mirrored, then in the daytime outsiders will not be able to see what is happening inside the room;
armored films additionally protect the apartment from the penetration of burglars;
even the most ordinary film can increase your safety, because if the glass accidentally breaks, then the fragments will remain on the film itself, without scattering;
- film is an inexpensive and effective way to decorate a room, because you can apply any pattern to it and even perform photo printing.
The only disadvantages include the fact that a room with tinted windows will warm up in a cold period slower than apartments with ordinary non-tinted windows, this comes from the structure of the material and its basic properties. When covering window panes with tint films, you need to be aware that the light transmission will be less, therefore, such a solution would be inappropriate for shaded by trees and windows facing north.
No. 3. Types of tint films
Depending on the specifics of production, tint films are slightly different in appearance and perform different functions. To date, the most widespread are the following films:
- sun protection;
No. 4. Mirror film
At the moment, mirror films have become widespread, which is easy to notice for a resident of any more or less large city. The material is made from metallized polyethylene terephthalate. The main purpose of this material is to reflect the sun’s rays. Manufacturers say the film can block up to 99% of UV radiation. The material perfectly protects against bright light, heat and solar radiation, allowing you to create a comfortable environment in the room.
In addition, the mirror surface of the film will also increase personal privacy, because from the street side it will be impossible to see what is happening inside, and this is an important advantage for residents of the first floors and those whose windows are located in close proximity to the windows of other houses. In the evening, however, when the light is on inside, the reflective effect of the mirror film disappears.
Manufacturers of such coatings also talk about the ability of the material to retain heat in the winter, because it reflects heat rays in the direction from which they come.
Mirror films can be of the following types:
internal. Installed inside the glass unit or on the glass from the side of the room. They can be painted in one of many shades and be of any degree of shade;
outdoor. They are mounted only from the side of the street, they are distinguished by an additional protective coating, which makes the material more resistant to weathering. There are few colors: light and dark metallic.
No. 5. Sun protection film
The main function of such films is to protect against heating by the sun’s rays while maintaining normal light transmission. Naturally, such films are recommended to be installed only on the south side, and then it will be cooler in the room in summer. Athermal film is able to trap up to 98% of ultraviolet rays and up to 95% of infrared rays, while transmitting about 75% of visible light. On the other hand, in winter, such a film will keep the heat received from heating devices.
No. 6. Protective film
The protective film can be an excellent alternative to the grilles on the windows, because it has anti-vandal and anti-burglary qualities. Such coatings are recommended for residents of the first floors. The thickness of the polymer in this case is 115-600 microns, which is much greater than that of the coatings discussed above. Protective films provide protection class A1, A2, A3. Glass will be, if not impossible, very difficult to break. Moreover, this kind of films prevent the appearance of fragments, even if the glass has been broken.
Manufacturers also offer special film options. For example, there are products that are able to minimize the consequences of an explosion, and there are those that have fire-fighting properties and allow you to temporarily hold back smoke and fire.
No. 7. Matte and decorative films
If necessary, you can use a matte film, which is much cheaper than installing matte glass. To decorate an apartment, you can use decorative films that give the glass a certain shade or will decorate it with an interesting pattern. With the help of such films, you can create an original interior and set a certain mood for the room.
No. 8. Color gamut and density
The light transmission of the film is expressed as a percentage: the higher the value, the more light the coating will transmit. Depending on the lighting conditions of the apartment and the goals, a material of one density or another is selected.
It is not difficult to choose a suitable coating color, as the assortment of different shades is huge: from silver and gold to green and purple. When choosing a color, pay attention that it affects not only the perception of the interior, but also the light transmission, which can be clearly seen from the table.
No. 9. Manufacturer name
Many buyers, deciding to save money, purchase cheap low-quality tint films, which are characterized by an uneven coating and great difficulties when dismantling is necessary. Remember that the miser pays twice, so it is better to immediately pay attention to the products of well-known and reputable manufacturers:
Sun Control is a British company with manufacturing facilities in South Korea. The manufacturer pleases with innovative solutions, high quality and produces premium-class products at fairly high prices;
Armolan is a film of an American company, the quality of which is high, but the prices are more affordable, which ensured widespread popularity of the products;
Ultra Vision is another great US manufacturer. The company is constantly developing, trying to offer customers more and more functional and well-thought-out solutions;
Professional Window Film is a South Korean company that offers the highest quality tint films at competitive prices;
Eastman Chemical produces branded films and is considered one of the largest companies in the industry with state-of-the-art equipment. Manufactured in the USA.
Excellent performance, relatively low price and ease of installation have made the tint film for windows widely popular and in demand in the modern market.