When you think about tinted windows you obviously imagine darkened panes of glass. But have you ever considered how the glass is made darker and were you aware that there was more than one way to do it? The two most common ways in which we can tint our windows is either by applying a film to them or by actually putting a dark pigment inside of it whilst it is made. The latter is known as factory tinting.
As stated this involves applying a superficial layer of film to a pane of glass. The most common material used for it is polyester. Not all window film serves the same purpose and so you should make sure you are purchasing the one which is most suited to your requirements. Different functions it may serve include blocking out UV rays, security, anti-graffiti, glare prevention and insulation. These films will rectify some or even most of the deficiencies associated with glass whilst allowing you to enjoy the benefits. One of the things which separates window film from factory tinting is its ability to block out UV rays and maintain heat efficiency by conserving heat in the colder periods and dissipating it when you need it to feel cooler. The security type films add an additional layer of protection to your window and should make them shatterproof.
With this type of tinting a pigment is placed within the glass whilst it is being made. This is done electronically through a procedure known as deep dipping. This is how they make tinted windows for vehicles which are not after-market retro fitted ones. It is something mainly done either for privacy or aesthetic reasons as its properties of blocking UV rays and conserving heat are far lower than that of window film. This therefore makes it less desirable to use in buildings where energy conservation is normally of greater importance. Something to note is that due to the manner in which the windows are tinted it cannot be undone whereas with a window film the layer of film can simply be removed and cleaned as desired.
Which to Choose?
So it seems to be pretty obvious that glass tinting through window films is the preferable option within properties. The ease of application and ability to change it at a later date is of great benefit and especially its ability to reduce UV rays and conserve energy are its main strength for this application. If these factors are not of a concern however then you can still use factory tinted windows if you wished. These factory tinted style windows are good for use in vehicles for granting the users privacy and reducing glare as these are strengths of these types of windows. However if you do need something more than this then window film would seem to be the way to go. Consider all of your needs and make sure that you get your windows tinted in the way best suited to your requirements.