pittsburgh-window-tint.jpgIf you’ve experienced “heat blasts” in the summer, fading carpet and furniture, or other issues from sunlight beating through your windows, you may have considered window tint. But does window tint really make a difference for homeowners in Pittsburgh?

What Is Window Tint?

Window tint, sometimes referred to as window film, is a thin film that blocks of visible light transmission (VT). Window tint can be purchased at various levels depending upon the size of your windows, the direction they face, and how much UV light you’d truly like to block. Costs will vary based upon the level of tinting you choose.

If you shop for film in a showroom, you’ll notice that it appears colored – usually blue. However, once the tint is professionally applied to the window, it appears clear. If you choose to opt for window tint, don’t try to install it yourself. Work with a professional team that will ensure proper fit and application.

Why Is Window Tint Used?

There are two reasons to consider window tint. Window tint can reduce up to 99% of ultraviolet light from penetrating the windows, leading to two major benefits:
  • Blocking UV light helps to regulate a home’s interior temperature, leading to improved comfort and reduced energy costs in the summer months. Conversely, the tint can help insulate the window in the winter, helping keep heat inside where you want it.
  • Penetrating sunlight does more than increase your indoor temperature. It can cause paint, furniture and flooring to fade. Tinting can protect your investment in the interior features of your home.

Is Window Tint For Me?

Window tint is definitely a valuable addition to your energy efficient replacement windows. However, the grade you choose can be customized to the specific needs of your home. It’s a great idea to meet with a window professional and talk about the windows in your home and their exposure to the sunlight to help determine if window tint is appropriate, and what grade of tint will provide the most value for your investment.

If you find it difficult to regulate your thermostat and your energy bills from the summer months to bitter Pittsburgh winters, if you experience drafts, if your windows are single-pane, or if they are damaged or rotting, a full window replacement may be a better approach. Modern replacement windows offer a variety of energy-saving insulation and UV protection options to help protect your home and maintain energy costs throughout the year.

If you are wondering if window tint is right for your home, talk to an expert at Legacy Remodeling today. We can help you evaluate your current situation, isolate the source of the problem, and help you decide on a solution that’s right for your home and your budget. Contact us today to learn more about your window tint and replacement options.