How to tint the windows in your home

There are two things that impact the price of home glass tinting in Connecticut; the quality of the tint film and the application. There are many different types of tint film but there are only two methods of applying it; by you of hiring a professional installer. The procedure will differ between films.

The key to successful glass tinting in Connecticut is cleanliness. The window must be thoroughly cleaned and free from all dust, lint and foreign matter. Once the window is clean, measure it and then cut the film. The film should be about one inch larger in both directions to allow for trimming to a perfect fit.

The next part is exposing the adhesive used to affix the film to the window surface. A DIY application may require the hands of two people as getting the protective liner from the adhesive without having the film end up sticking to itself can be tricky. Most of the adhesives are activated by water, so the film and the window are both subjected to a spray of wetting solution. Once both surfaces are wetted, apply the film, adhesive side to the glass. To make sure the film is smooth and there are no bubbles, use a squeegee, and if necessary, more wetting solution. Once the film is fully adhered and smooth, the excess can be trimmed of to give a perfect fit. The finished application can then be blotted to remove any excess water.

Types of tints:

A window tint, or to be more precise, a solar control film is made from very thin polyester which has a coating which is resistant to scratching on one side and an adhesive on the reverse. There are some films that are more than one layer thick, but even at that, they are microns thick.
The sun barrier is usually a patented formulation that has been developed to provide the desired characteristics. One type of film is dyed; this film absorbs the sun’s rays. This film may have a detrimental effect on the glass as it shrinks, it may induce stress into the glass to the point where the glass will crack and break.

Other types of glass tinting in Connecticut reflects the sun’s rays rather than absorb them. The reflecting surface can either be metallic or newly introduced ceramics.

The film does its job by either reflection or absorption; the film can be had in one of many different colors and shades. Some of the more popular tints are bronze, grey or stainless steel. Some of the newly introduced products are almost clear and yet they do a perfect job at reflecting the heat of the sun and absorbing the harmful UV rays. The darker tints provide more privacy, which may be good for your home but the lighter films may be better in a commercial environment.

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