Save money and be safe with modern window tinting

As we approach the summer, it's time to think about how the sun impacts us — even when we're indoors

TInted windows come with numerous advantages. Photo: Courtesy
TInted windows come with numerous advantages. Photo: Courtesy

We know that our CFE bills are likely to go up with the increased use of air conditioners and fans. We are also at risk for skin damage and cancer. Most of us think about that risk only happening when we are outside.

Unfortunately, it can even happen inside our homes. That’s because most of our windows in Mexico have unprotected glass.

An effective way to protect ourselves and our wallets is to install tint on the window. According to the International Window Film Association, window tint, also known as window film or solar tint, can reduce up to 99 percent of harmful UV rays — the ones that may lead to skin cancer. Applied to the inside of a window, this film reduces the amount of light and heat that enters the home. Since this film reduces the heat, it also reduces the need for the fan or air conditioner. Since most fabrics fade from sunlight, it can also give your furniture, drapes and rugs a longer life.

 

With all those benefits, its no surprise that more and more homeowners are interested. An average installation takes about six to eight hours. 

Window tint materials available are improved, no longer making interiors dark. Today, the light absorbing materials have reflectors that are invisible, keeping your interiors light and bright.

Made from plastic, they are available in different thicknesses. The thickest is security film which is durable, scratch-proof and can prevent glass from shattering. This is a great solution for much of the lightweight glass used here in our Mexico condos and casas. Should the glass break from a storm or by accident, it will develop spider web-like lines rather than just falling apart.

Although window film is generally easy to install, the work and materials come with a warranty if you get a professional to do it. A liquid solution is sprayed on to the clean window. The film is then carefully applied to ensure no air bubbles or creases. It must be left to cure for 24 to 48 hours. It takes longer for darker and thicker films than lighter and thinner ones.

Before you add a window film, remember to check your window warranty first. If you do anything to your window, including adding a tint, it could negate your warranty.

 

Want more info on window tinting? Email sa.novak@solutionsmexico.com.


Sheryl Novak is an expat from Canada who sells furniture at SOLutions Mexico.

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