Does Window Tinting Darken My Salt Lake City Windows

Window Film For Your Salt Lake City Home

At Window Film Salt Lake City, we get the question “Will window film darken my window?” often.  Our answer may sound confusing but it is–yes and no.   Allow us to explain.

The way it works is, the opacity, reflectivity, and darkness of your home windows will be defined by the type of window tint you choose. That is because in the vast world of window tinting there is not a “one-size fits all” solution. The functionality and appearance of window tints vary quite a bit with one commonality being– any tint you buy should provide UV protection, heat rejection, glare control and some security. However, the amount and degree of each of those will change based on the quality and price level of the film. Like many things these days, there is a wide range of quality levels from good to best and everything in between. For now, let’s look at three levels: good, better and best.

Window Tint Darkness Explained

Good:  The average/normal “good” window film is a metallized/dual-reflective film. It is made up of microscopic pieces of metal which reflect heat and glare, kind of like a mirror. This type of window film is very efficient and does help to reduce heat and glare, which in turn lowers your utility bills. This film is, of course, effective but results in a mirrored look that often times folks don’t like for their home.

Better: The next level of window film and possibly the most common is a dyed, pigmented or hybrid window film. This type of window tint blends together dyes and pigments which absorb the sun’s heat and UV rays. It is so popular because of its reduced reflectivity natural look from inside the home and out.

Best: High-end window film is made from ceramic and fine metals. As it turns out ceramic is one of the most durable and heat-absorbent materials of today. Since its properties are better than metalized window films, using premium films result in amazing clarity and actually enhancements your view.

Salt Lake City’s Window Film Experts

This breakdown of each level of a film is definitely not  100% of the knowledge you need to make the right decision about window film.  In fact, there is quite a lot to something as seemingly simple as window tint. The best way to better understand the wide variety of window films available on the market today is by talking to a professional like Window Film Salt Lake City. Our decade of experience and our large amount of window tint knowledge makes us one of Utah’s expert window tint installers. To learn more about our products and schedule a free, on-site consultation, contact us today!

Mike Kinsey and his team have been installing window film in the Salt Lake City area for over fifteen years. As the head of operations at Window Film Salt Lake City, Mike has overseen hundreds of commercial and residential window tinting projects in Ogden, Provo, Park City, St. George, Sandy, and the Salt Lake metro area, accounting for over 250,000 sq. ft. of film installed. Equipped with an extensive background in construction and project management, Mike brings a unique perspective to every install. His familiarity with all the various types of window film and top brands allows him to recommend a solution for nearly any architectural concern. With certifications from 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education and a breadth of experience, Mike is regarded as one of the top professionals in his field.