Window Tinting Vs. Window Film

Many people refer to window tinting and window film as the same product, but there are, in fact, referring to two different products.  Window tinting involves actually changing the shade or color of the windows, while many window films are clear, and their primary purpose is usually energy savings and UV protection.

We want to take you through the many options available for each product, and why they are, in fact, different.  We provide both of these products, and many variations of each, so no matter what type of window coating you need, we can help you!

Window Tinting

Window tinting is more common in commercial buildings or businesses than it is in residential areas because it is usually impractical in appearance for homes.  However, sometimes using window film that is slightly tinted can add privacy to a home in a crowded neighborhood, and can sometimes flow with the exterior look of the home.

Window tinting tends to block some of the natural light coming into a space, which can be beneficial in office settings where glare becomes a problem.   There are many different shades to choose from that will also add privacy because they are fairly difficult to see through from the outside.  Many offices choose this type of window film to give their employees more privacy from passersby, or from nearby buildings that may have visibility.

Another popular option for window tinting is using mirrored film to create a completely private window.  With mirrored tinting there is no visibility to the inside of your space from the outside, so privacy is no longer an issue.  Most window tinting options also offer the same or similar benefits as window film, like energy efficiency and UV ray protection as well.

Window Film

Window film is by far the preferred choice for homes.  While there are a few slightly tinted versions available, the popular choice is to install clear window film to homes because it doesn’t actually change the exterior look at all.

Even clear window film has great benefits.  While it doesn’t necessarily offer privacy, it does offer intense UV ray protection, blocking up to 99 percent of this harmful sunlight from entering your home and possibly damaging your floors, furniture, and walls.  Even without tinting, this film does still reduce glare reflecting off of your home devices like your television and computers as well.

The biggest reason that many homeowners choose to install window film is because of the energy saving benefits.  Window film can actually reduce your heating and cooling bills by up to 60 percent, which means the investment for adding this great product to your home actually pays for itself in as little as 2 to 5 years, and continues to save energy thereafter.

To learn more about window film verses window tinting, browse through our website to learn about the many options available.  Feel free to contact us with your window film questions, or to set up a consultation for adding our products to your home or business.

Mike Kinsey

For the past fifteen years, Mike Kinsey has been consulting on window tinting projects all across the United States. As the Operations Manager at Scottish Window Tinting, Mike strives to ensure that each and every customer is completely satisfied and personally oversees all projects from start to finish. His extensive background in project management and construction gives him unique perspective and insight which he brings to every job. Mike has sold and installed over 250,000 sq. ft. of window film and is an expert on all brands. He is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education.

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