Solar Window Film: Providing Easy Energy Savings for Smart Homeowners
Solar window film is applied to the interior side of your windows to deflect direct sunlight. This means you and your family are protected from the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. Our solar window film blocks 99% of ultraviolet light while reflecting and absorbing up to 75% of solar heat.
In today’s serious heat waves, with temperatures here in Durham soaring up into the 100 degree ranges and beyond, blocking this harmful light and heat can make a huge impact on your energy bill and on your comfort. They can also protect your carpet and furniture from fading.
We want to give you all the information we can about solar window films so you can make the right decision for your home and family. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive.
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WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INSTALLING SOLAR WINDOW FILMS?
We’ve already talked about the energy savings, but there are other advantages as well. For example, solar window films can offer everyone in your home a lot more privacy, if you choose the right window tint. Some homeowners like installing an opaque tint on key windows so they can change clothes while enjoying natural sunlight, for example.
Another advantage is that window films increase your home’s security. They make it harder for windows to break or shatter, which means you get a little bit of extra protection from severe weather and break-ins. When glass does shatter, solar window films will hold the glass in its frame, making it harder for intruders to pass through it safely.
ARE SOLAR WINDOW FILMS ELIGIBLE FOR ENERGY TAX CREDITS?
Yes! As of this writing current tax law does favor green alternatives like solar window films, which means tax credits are available. In 2015 Congress voted to extend a tax credit which covers up to 10% of the cost of window films up to a maximum of $500. While tax law does change from year to year this one has been relatively stable. You should not purchase window tint hoping tax credits will pay for the work, but it’s certainly nice to know the purchase may well cause you to get a nice tax break at the end of the year.
WILL SOLAR WINDOW FILMS FORCE MY HOME TO LOOK REALLY DARK, OR OBSTRUCT MY VIEWS OF MY LANDSCAPE OR STREET?
Many solar films are very difficult to detect with the naked eye, which means you can continue to enjoy your view. Even darker privacy window films tend to allow at least 70% of the light to filter through, which means you’ll still enjoy a bright, beautiful home while enjoying all of the energy savings and protection.
However, this is a good example of why it’s important to speak to one of our professionals about your needs rather than simply calling us up and asking us “how much window films cost!” As you can see, there are a wide variety of considerations which should be taken into account before any window tinting product is chosen and installed.
WILL INSTALLING WINDOW FILMS INCREASE THE VALUE OF MY HOME?
Yes, solar window films can indeed improve your home’s resale value. It’s also a nice unique selling feature when you’re trying to entice a buyer, if you or your real estate agent are able to educate the buyer on the benefits of this upgrade.
HOW LONG WILL MY SOLAR WINDOW FILMS LAST?
Every window film we install has a lifetime warranty. This means you can expect your investment to last for a very long time indeed. Our window films won’t change colors, are scratch-resistant, and are installed properly so they don’t start separating from the windows.
WILL SOLAR WINDOW FILMS KILL MY INDOOR PLANTS?
We love house plants too, so we definitely understand this question. Fortunately, solar window films typically let in plenty of light for the purposes of keeping plants alive. If you have a lot of house plants just be sure to speak to one of our window tinting experts so we can advise you on which films will work with them the best. You can also test a plant’s ability to live with a little bit less light by simply moving it for a week or so to see what happens.
WILL SOLAR WINDOW FILMS CAUSE MY WINDOWS TO BREAK?
Not normally. However, there are some windows that should not use solar window tint. Our window tinting experts can help you determine if there are any windows which should not be tinted when we evaluate your home.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT SOLAR WINDOW FILMS?
Professional installation and high-quality manufactured materials make all the difference. Plenty of big box hardware stores will be happy to sell you a low-quality window films with some sort of DIY kit. Unfortunately these window films will not last and won’t provide the same level of energy savings, protection, or other benefits. If you do it wrong you could also damage your windows and window film is not easy to remove.