There are a lot of misconceptions about window film. Some people think that it will make their home dark or they’re worried that it will change the color of their windows. Others don’t believe that it will make any difference, though, in reality, window tint has a better ROI than triple pane windows and can save as much as 30% each year.

Another myth that we hear quite often is that people think window film will damage their windows. It’s surprising how many homeowners we talk to in San Francisco who hold this false belief. Usually, it arises from a general lack of knowledge and misunderstanding. The truth is, window manufacturers have been perpetuating this myth for years as a way to avoid paying costs associated with warranty claims. Confused? Let us explain.

Debunking a Common Window Film Myth

One of the reasons that people avoid window film is because they believe that it will make their windows foggy. This is usually the result of some well-meaning, but false advice given by a friend or neighbor who has been lied to by their window company.

The Real Cause of Foggy Windows

This is how it usually goes down. The homeowner invests in new windows and window film. Years later, the windows get foggy. This is usually because of a broken seal. They call the window manufacturing company to file a warranty claim. The company comes out to inspect their windows and the inspector notices the film. They blame the film for the issue instead of telling the truth about the seal. This way, they can get out of paying for new windows. Now, the homeowner believes that window film caused the whole problem and tells all of their friends and neighbors.

Choosing the Right Product

In some rare cases, windows may be damaged due to mishandling of the product or incorrect installation. This is usually because the homeowner is trying to save a couple bucks and install the film themselves. They use the wrong product and don’t install it correctly. This is a problem because not all films work with every type of window. Triple pane windows, argon-filled windows, and textured glass windows have special needs and should be paired with the right type of film. To avoid this, we recommend having your film installed by a professional.

Types of Window Tint

Once you’ve determined what type of windows you have, you can start to narrow down your options. Here are some of the most common types of window film that people install for their home:

  • Spectrally selective: Spectrally selective films offer ideal climate control. These films actually filter the electromagnetic spectrum and separate out the types of light you don’t want in your home, like uv rays and infrared heat.
  • Low-E: Low-e window films offer a four season solution for homes that experience extreme temperature differences throughout the year. During the winter, they keep your home warm and during the summer, help it stay cool.
  • Safety/security: Window films can also be used to make your home safer. By installing a security window film on your windows, patio door, and other points of entry, you can protect your home from bad weather, break-ins, and accidental damage.
  • True or False: Window Film Damages Windows

    False. If the right film is used and it is installed correctly, window film will not damage your windows. But if you’re still worried, it may be a good idea to consult a professional in your area. They’ll be able to address your concerns and help you find the right type of film for your home.

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