Sun streaming in through crystal clear glass windows is a beautiful sight, but there are many times when a clear glass window is not ideal. Homeowners are increasingly turning to window films, which are thin sheets of adhesive material, to change the look of their windows and harness a number of benefits.

There are several different styles of window film. Some are tinted, others display decorative patterns, and still others help prevent glass from shattering. Here are five reasons to explore these window film options for your home.

Tinted Film Reduces Summer Energy Bills

Along with those bright rays of summer sun comes plenty of heat. When the sun is beating down on the glass, your air conditioner has to work hard to keep your home cool.

Tinted window films, placed on windows through which the most light tends to shine, can reduce the burden on your air conditioner in the summer. Not only will this lower your electricity bills, but it may also help your air conditioner last longer.

Tinted Film Prevents Décor Bleaching

If you have been in a home with carpet or hardwood flooring that's a few decades old, you've probably noticed that the areas right in front of the windows have had their color bleached from them. UV rays, which are a predominant component of sunlight, are to blame for color bleaching on floors and decor.

Because UV rays are present even when the sun is not at its brightest, you can get bleaching even in front of windows that you would not consider particularly sun-filled.

You don’t want to have your nice floors, carpeting and artwork ruined by sunshine. Tinted window films are designed to block these UV rays so your home interior stays beautiful and new-looking for a lot longer.

Decorative Film Increases Privacy

Bathroom windows are tricky. You need them for ventilation and to let some natural light into the space, but you do not want your neighbors peering through the windows as you get ready for the day. Thankfully, window films with decorative patterns can obscure the view through your bathroom windows without fully blocking the sunlight.

Window tints come in many decorative patterns you can choose from. Some homeowners prefer a simple pattern that resembles etched glass while others opt for colorful, mural-like patterns. You can also include decorative films on your bedroom windows if this is another space where you crave more privacy.

Security Film Prevents Break-Ins

Break-ins and theft are an unfortunate reality, and these crimes are more common in some residential communities than in others. If you are concerned about the safety of your home, you may want to have security film added to your windows.

Security film ensures that if the glass shatters, all of the pieces remain attached to the film rather than flying in every direction. It's much harder for someone to break in through a security filmed window, and the cleanup after a break-in attempt is also easier.

Window Films Increase Home Value

If you are thinking of moving soon, adding security film, decorative film or tinted film to some of your home's windows is a good way to ensure your home stands out from the crowd. This may help you find a buyer sooner, and it may also increase the amount someone is willing to pay for the home because they will get to enjoy the other benefits discussed above.

Whether you'd like to increase your security, prevent sun damage, lower your energy bills or enjoy a bit more privacy, contact American Glass Tint to schedule a consultation. We're happy to tell you more about our window film options and the benefits they offer to homeowners.