Three Popular Myths About Window Tinting
Window tinting dates back to the early 1960s, and as with any new technology, early forms of window tinting had significant flaws. But early developers of window tinting technology believed that tinting had the potential to offer many benefits and persisted at improving the technology. Unfortunately, early flaws and misunderstandings about the application of window tinting has resulted in some negative myths about tinting persisting over the years.
We look at three of these myths, with a reminder that any questions or concerns you have about window tinting should be discussed with tinting industry professionals such as Instant Windscreens. Our years of expertise in the field of automotive, residential, and commercial window tinting mean we are not only exposed to all the latest developments and advancements relating to window tinting, but are also able to offer professional advice with regards to any form of window tinting.
Tinted Windows Make Your Home Darker
Early window tinting films did not allow for specific wavelengths of light to be blocked, so in the process of trying to keep as much solar heat out also blocked a lot of light. Advancements in tint film technology now mean you have a wide choice of tint films, with different films offering different benefits, from blocking out varying percentages of UV light and solar heat, to reducing glare, or enhancing privacy. But in doing so they still allow varying degrees of visible light in, making it possible to have tinted windows that allow the maximum amount of visible light in while keeping harmful UV rays and infrared heat out. So the interior your home or business is cooler, but definitely not darker.
Tint Films Crack and Bubble As They Age
Cracking and bubbling was the most common flaw of early window tints, and it didn’t always take too long before the films started to form bubbles or visible cracks. This was improved so that bubbles and cracks didn’t appear too quickly; but after a few years of sun exposure, and cleaning with harsh chemicals, the films did still crack and bubble.
This has all but been eliminated when using high-quality tinting films that are also professionally installed. The easiest way to avoid any risk of bubbling and cracking of window tint is to always have it professionally installed, and to look for tint installations that come with a warranty. It is important to remember that window tint isn’t designed to last indefinitely, but if properly installed and maintained, could last anywhere from 12 years, to more than 20 years.
You Can’t Clean Tinted Windows
This myth could stem from how harsh cleaning materials did – and can still – affect the longevity of window tints, or from how proper maintenance of window tint often means not cleaning them for up to 30 days after installation. When using a professional company to install your window tints, you can expect them to also advise you on how to maintain them, from what cleaning solutions and materials to avoid using, to how long they need to ‘cure’ naturally before you attempt to clean them. And none of this ever includes that you can never clean tinted windows.