Why You Should Invest in Residential Window Tinting

Solar Film • Nov 22, 2019

For most people, purchasing a home is the single greatest investment they will make in their lifetime. But a home is much more than an investment. Your home safeguards what matters most to you, whether that’s your family, your pets, or your flatscreen TV. 

In light of the importance of your home and everything inside, it’s in your best interest to take all possible steps to protect and preserve it. One product that solves a broad range of homeowner headaches is window film. It improves the security and comfort of your house, giving you peace of mind and the ability to enjoy your home to the fullest. There are a variety of reasons why you should invest in residential window tinting, including UV protection, glare reduction, privacy, climate control, and safety & security.

UV Protection

As beautiful natural light streams through your windows and into your home, harmful UV rays are also transmitted through the glass. These UV rays cause irreversible fading and damage to your home’s interior. From upholstery and wooden floors to precious family heirlooms, everything is susceptible to UV damage. Your skin is also vulnerable to UV damage, even when you’re inside. By blocking up to 99% of UV rays, window film protects your skin and belongings without darkening your space.

Glare Reduction

In addition to UV rays, untreated windows also transmit significant glare. Glare across TV, computer, and mobile device screens is not only annoying, but also contributes to eye strain and headaches. Similarly, it can be difficult to enjoy the view from your windows at certain times of the day without being affected by glare. Window tint reduces the amount of glare entering your space by up to 77%. This allows you to enjoy your view, watch television, or browse the web on your tablet without suffering from irritating eye strain.


There is no such thing as “one-way” privacy film where you can see out but outsiders can’t see in. However, some varieties of window film, such as 3M’s Night Vision Series, can obscure the view into your home without inhibiting your views of your home’s surroundings. This is accomplished through the film’s low interior reflectivity and high exterior reflectivity. 

Frosted films offer another option for enhancing the privacy of your home. Popular applications include glass shower enclosures and bathroom windows. However, something to be aware of is that frosted film also blocks your view through the glass.

Climate Control

Climate control is an additional benefit of investing in residential window tinting. Window film helps regulate the interior temperature of your home year-round. During warmer months, the film blocks up to 97% of infrared rays. This reduces hot spots, keeps your house cool, and minimizes wear and tear on your AC system. When it’s cold outside, the film adds a layer of insulation to your windows, keeping the warmth produced by your heater inside the home.

Safety & Security

As one of the largest investments we will ever make, our homes are worth protecting. Windows are the most vulnerable aspect of your home, but a thin and virtually invisible layer of protection can reinforce your windows to prevent disaster from occurring. Safety & Security window film enhances your home’s security by making windows more difficult to penetrate. When the glass shatters due to acute impact or high pressure, the film holds the broken glass pieces together. By preventing flying shards and debris from injuring occupants, this film provides enhanced safety in the event of natural disasters with high winds. Safety & Security film also protects your family and your belongings by preventing would-be intruders from gaining entry into your home.

Investing in residential window tinting provides a host of benefits. From protecting and preserving what matters most to you to increasing your family’s day-to-day comfort, window film offers homeowners ongoing value for years to come.

Locally owned and operated in Richmond, Virginia, for over 35 years, Solar Film helps homeowners throughout central Virginia, Williamsburg, and the Northern Neck find their ideal residential window tinting solution. We use premium quality 3M™ materials for temperature control, glare reduction, UV protection, privacy, and security window film solutions. As a 3M™Authorized Dealer and a member of the Prestige Dealer Network, we offer many varieties of window film. Get in touch with us today for a free quote!

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