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What to Consider Before Adding a Window Tint to Impact Glass

Window tintHave you considered applying a tint to your impact glass windows? While a window tint is a great option for many homeowners, there are a few things you should evaluate before doing so. Here’s what you should keep in mind when choosing to add a window tint to impact glass.

We get it, the sun gets excruciatingly warm in the summer and its rays can heat up your home like a toaster oven; not to mention fading your furniture fabrics and textiles. Tinting your windows seems like the natural, obvious solution. However, it’s not necessarily the window tint that keeps the heat and rays out. 

The main difference between a low-e coating and a window tint is the amount of natural illumination that can pass through. 

Aesthetics aside, there are a few intricate details to factor in when tinting your ENERGY STAR doors, including the following two rules of thumb:

  1. Avoid using tinted films that have a 50% or higher solar heat absorption
  2. Don’t use automotive film on your residential impact glass installations

On the other hand, Low-E glass coatings are the better choice if you prefer more protection than solar radiation absorption and reduced heat.

You can maximize the efficiency of your window and door installations through a variety of ways including tinting them or having a low-E coating applied to them. However, you shouldn't have both tint and low-E glass coating applied because the combination of the two will alter the color of the glass.

You can even go a step further by incorporating an extra pane of glass into your windows and doors, which you can find in any of our insulated glass systems. 

Whether you choose a window tint or low-e coating, you can’t go wrong. Both provide homeowners several energy efficient benefits. Click the button below to learn about the impact windows and doors can have on your energy bills.