Windows are a great way to open your home up to outdoor spaces, but for people who value privacy, tinted windows are always an option. Tinted windows are semi-opaque, and they let light into a space and allow people indoors to see outside while simultaneously preventing passerby or people outside from fully seeing in; they can also have an impact on a home’s energy efficiency. Between the benefits of privacy and a less expensive energy bill, there’s plenty to like about tinted windows.
A window can be tinted at the time of its manufacture. Window glass is produced by mixing high quality silica sand with other ingredients, like salt cake, limestone, dolomite, feldspar soda ash, and powdered cullet (broken glass), are melted and cooled. To create tinted windows, coloring agents–such as bronze, gray, green, or blue materials–are added to the mixture, which makes the window darker. In addition, as the glass gets thicker, the density of the color also increases, which causes the glass to transmit less visible light from the outside into the home.
Windows can also be tinted by applying a film to them after they have been manufactured and installed. A wide variety of tint films are commercially available, and applying them is as simple as using a chemical solution and heat gun to get the film to adhere to the window.
Tinted glass in windows has a number of uses and benefits. The primary application is privacy, as tinted windows can make it harder for anyone to see into your home while still allowing you to see out and visible light to enter. However, tinted windows also have a role to play in the energy efficiency of windows. Since the dark film reflects a portion of visible light, it improves the overall energy efficiency of a home’s windows by reducing the transmission of infrared light. In doing so, tinted windows help to cut energy costs and keep your home cool during the hot summer months.
Tinted windows are also quite popular in cars, although there are a series of federal and local laws in place regulating the degree to which a car’s windows can be tinted.
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