Applying a tint to your home's windows is a great way of reducing the amount of light that enters your home. The sun's light is one of the leading causes of heat within the home. When electricity bills are at their highest, reducing the amount of work your air conditioner does to keep your home cool is important.
If you have decided to tint your home's windows then there are some things that you need to know before you go out and purchase just any tinting film. For starters, there are a number of different kinds of tinting film to choose from, each with their own list of advantages and disadvantages. While the process of applying these films is not difficult, it is time-consuming and attention to detail is needed to prevent peeling or bubbling.
The following outlines the necessary steps to applying tint to your home's windows.
1. You will need to have all of the necessary tools on hand. These include a utility or box knife, some blades, a squeegee, hair dryer, bone tool as well as a spray bottle.
2. Measure the dimensions of the windows you plan on tinting and purchase enough film to cover them properly.
3. One window at a time, measure out the exact size of the window and carefully cut a piece of the film to fit. Double and triple check the fit of the film before applying it.
4. Clean the window with ammonia-based cleaner first then soapy water and wipe it off using newspaper to ensure that there are no particles or streaks left on the window's surface.
5. Carefully place the film on the window and using the hair dryer, heat up the lower portion of the glass first then work your way to the top in small sections.
The spray bottle filled with soapy water acts as a lubricant for the squeegee as you force any bubbles from between the glass and the film. Gently spray the film and using the squeegee, remove any visible bubbles.
It is a time-consuming process which needs to be repeated for each window. You will save a lot of money by choosing to do the work yourself, but as a result, you will be spending a lot of your free time focused on completing the job. It might still be advisable to hire an expert to do the job for you but it is also a new opportunity to learn new things.