Window Shades and Window Tint are two different methods of creating privacy and saving you money on your energy utility bill but what are the key differences on how can you make an educated decision?
Let's break the window treatment debate down into parts:
Well first of all tint is cheap for the most part as it is just plastic. WRONG! Some films are made out of high-quality materials and can cost you a fortune and that is not including the labor which fluctuates depending on where you live and at what time of the year you are buying and the economy's situation.
Now, shades & blinds... they are made in a factory and shipped by big corporations which make their prices stable and affordable (except for Sheer Shades which are extremely beautiful and expensive to manufacture).
The second most important thing about tint is that it does not block heat unless it is a real authentic gold mirrored tint. The chemical used in the production of this film slightly resembles the effect of the Argon Gas and is found on high-end of the pricing and quality spectrum of the window tint industry which makes it harder to find as there are so many "real" gold mirror tint providers out there.
Air is a very bad heat conductor so yes your shades can even help you with keeping heat inside when it is cold outside. Shades create an air barrier (between the shade and the glass) very similar to what insulation creates inside walls and in the attic.
What happens if your window cracks due to a storm or damaged in an accident? You have to tint it again when reinstalled but not just that, some windows lose a special gas that is trapped inside of them!
To watch a video demonstrating an imperfection preventing a window from blocking a heat transfer click here.
How to tell if I have a double pane window?
Flames will be reflected twice, If you see it three times it means you have a triple pane window.
Window film installation is pretty hard and there is no way you will be able to do it without prior experience, we do not want to mess up a good film, right?
An average home tint installation is around $2,000 which does not include the cost of the tint itself.
There is a fundamental issue with a tint that makes it very unlikable by most homeowners - you can not move with it!
Shades are easily removable without any expert installation and installation is pretty easy. But you could still use a highly rated moving company if you are not certain you can do it yourself.
Window tint blocks light from coming in, and your view will not be the same and reduce the light in the house which will require more power to add more light. Unlike shades and blinds as demonstrated in our video below.
Infra-red ceramic tint and gold mirror tint can keep a good view and has decent heat blocking but it only works on a moving car which will only be a good substitute for shades on a plane or an RV (which already has multiple pane windows).