Check out the home tinting services we offer and pick the one that meets your needs.
Anti-glare window tint film increases your comfort by blocking sun glare and UV rays.
Install anti-shatter film to protect your home or office from burglars and vandals.
Privacy film will prevent people from seeing inside the room without darkening it.
Glass door film increases privacy and security as well as adds to the door’s looks.
Save money on air conditioning by installing our top quality heat reflective film.
Security film makes your home or office a much safer place with a small investment.
Residential Tinting: Reduce Glare and Raise Energy Efficiency
While many people recognize the benefits of applying window film to a vehicle, fewer people ever consider what a positive impact tinting can have on one’s home.
Much like auto tinting, home tinting involves applying a thin layer of film to the window, door or any other glass surface on your house.
When done properly, installing the right kind of window film can be an energy efficient solution that insulates your home and enhances security and comfort, while still letting ample natural light in.
What window tinting film can do for your home
There are many reasons to install tint film on home windows.
For some homeowners, changing the appearance of the building or reducing glare inside might be the primary motivation. Others may be more concerned with raising energy efficiency or blocking UV rays.
Whatever your tinting goals are, our specialists can help you choose from a wide range of residential window films and deliver a professional installation service to upgrade your home windows.
Enhance comfort, save energy
Solar energy that enters your house through the windows is a significant factor in determining the temperature inside, and hence the need for air conditioning. Investing in window film for your home can generate a substantial return by blocking heat from the sun’s rays, thus improving energy efficiency and reducing energy costs during the summer. Conversely, in the winter months, window film can help save energy by providing an additional layer of insulation.
If climate control and energy efficiency are what you want, then why not explore our range of films designed for sun protection and heat reflection.
In addition, window films can also help to reduce annoying glare that might be caused by reflections from water, surrounding buildings, or other reflective surfaces.
Block UV rays
In addition to blocking heat, window film can also block UV rays, which, as research has shown, are a risk factor in causing skin cancer. UV can also cause interior materials such as fabrics or plastics to fade or become damaged over time.
Installing a quality tint film on your home windows gives a layer of protection from these harmful rays for your family and your belongings. Tinting Chicago stocks a range of window film specially engineered to filter out UV light, keeping your family safe and extending the life of your interior furnishings. According to the manufacturer’s official site, 3M™ Window Films reduce up to 78% of the sun’s heat and block up to 99% harmful ultraviolet rays. Another characteristic of high quality window films — even dispersing of the natural light — creates an extra level of comfort for the house owners.
Privacy and security
Our homes are private family spaces where we want to be free of prying eyes from the outside. Home window tinting — such as frosted film or one-way mirror film — can offer an extra layer of privacy, especially if your house is exposed to public view.
If privacy is the feature you are after, our special privacy films can prevent people from seeing into your house while still allowing in enough natural light to avoid the darkening of the interior space.
Window film designed for privacy can also improve security by obscuring valuables inside your home that might otherwise be visible from the outside. Furthermore, window film can act as an extra protective layer in the event that someone attempts to break the glass. We stock specially designed anti-shatter films, mirror safety films, and other types of security film if this is your primary concern.
A new look for your home
Windows are hugely important to the appearance of any building. Our eyes are naturally drawn to look at windows. This means that simply tinting the window glass can transform the look of your entire home.
In years gone by, stained glass was one of the few ways to liven up the appearance of a window, as used to dramatic effect on some old churches. Nowadays, modern materials and engineering technology have given us an ever-expanding range of options to decorate glass structures and glazing.
In addition to the exterior effect, window tinting can also be used to change the light and feeling inside your home.
Tinting Chicago offers a range of decorative or colored window tint films so you can create the right look for your home.
Residential window tinting options
These days, homeowners that want to tint their windows have a vast array of window film options to choose from. It pays to explore the different options available on the market before making the final decision. Weigh up which benefits are the most important to you and your family, which windows you want to tint, and how much you are willing to spend on window film.
At Tinting Chicago, stock residential window films to suit all types of window. Whatever your needs are in terms of functionality, our specialists can help you choose the right type of residential window tinting from leading brands in the industry such as 3M and Rayno.
Here is a sample of the different window film options we have available:
- Privacy film that protects your home and family from prying eyes outside. Popular solutions in this category include frosted film and one way mirror film.
- Colored window tint in a variety of tones — from blue and bronze to gold and green, and plenty of other options in between.
- Decorative films in a variety of textures and patterns, as well as window films made to give a stained glass look or produce a gradient fading effect.
- Specialty films such as those designed to protect against graffiti, reflection, or bird strikes. We also have anti-fog window film and film that blocks RF (radio frequency) electromagnetic waves.
- Films for climate control and energy saving, including sun protection film, heat reflective films, ceramic window tint, and anti-glare film.
- Security films, including anti-shatter film and mirror safety film.
Professional window tinting service
The specialists at Tinting Chicago have many years of experience in the industry and can offer fast, professional tinting film installation for all types of windows.
Many residential window films come with a manufacturer’s warranty. However, it is worth bearing in mind that this is only valid if the window film is installed by certified professionals — like the team at Tinting Chicago. 3M and Rayno that we work with provide a life-time warranty for window and security film.
In addition to the manufacturer’s guarantee, we also offer additional quality guarantees for our residential window tinting service. So, when you deal with us, you can rest assured that you will get high-quality window tinting made to last.
Still have questions? Why not speak to us today for a free estimate or consultation to identify your tinting needs and find the perfect solution for your home.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does residential window tinting cost?
The prices for residential window tinting vary depending on a few factors and start from $300 for a “minimal call job”. The first and the most important factor is the type of the film. There are a variety of options — solar, decorative, security etc. The average price for the “regular” kinds is $6-7 per sq. ft, for UV protection and heat rejection films — $8 / 1 sq. ft, for security types — $9 per sq. ft. The second factor — the height, the location and the number of the windows. If the old film needs to be removed, add $2-4 per sq. m. Last but not least — the distance of your house from the Tinting Chicago shop. Can call us at 773-455-0467 on Harlem Ave, at 312-212-0493 on Grand Ave, or 773-714-8100 on Palatine for a free preliminary estimate or invite us to your place for a more detailed free on-site estimate.
Is window tint better than blinds?
It would totally depend on the blinds. Some of them might be of a super high quality and design — so, we guess, in this case it is a matter of taste and preference. But the main benefits of window tint in comparison to blinds are:
- Tinting is cheaper than most of the blinds
- You don’t need to put it on and off, it’s permanent
- Tinting does provide the same level of privacy as the blinds — but only during the day time. On the other hand, if you install privacy film on your home windows, you constantly will have the possibility to look outside without any obstructions (which you cannot do if the blinds are shut).
The combination of these 3 factors make a lot of our clients aim for both — tinted windows for the day and blinds for the night. We can’t argue that blinds provide an extra level of coziness — and we’re totally up for that.
Is it bad to tint windows in winter?
Absolutely not — it is totally fine to tint windows in winter. We are tinting windows from the inside. The only requirement — the temperature in the room has to be at least 55 °F.
Does rain ruin new window tint?
No, it doesn’t. Window tint films are mostly applied from the inside — so there is no way rain or snow would affect the quality of the tint.
Does privacy tint work at night?
This question refers to mirror window film. The darker it is — the most privacy it provides. VLT 35% is the minimal level of privacy when the shapes of the objects could still be seen, 15% — the good level of privacy, 5% will make you almost invisible from the outside. But no matter what the percentage is, in the daytime the sun would be reflected from it, making it uncomfortable to look inside from the outside. In the night, though, if the light is on — privacy film loses all of its protective properties.
Does window tint reduce heat in the house?
Yes. Window tint can significantly reduce the heat in the house. Especially if this house is built from modern materials (its roof and walls don’t get drastically overheated).
Can window film damage windows?
If the film was initially professionally installed — and then professionally removed, there is almost zero chance that it will damage windows. In case of low quality films, the wrong choice of the film, self installation or removal — yes, the windows can be damaged (cracked, scratched etc.). Examples? Installation of the automotive films on buildings’ windows; installation of the films designed for the indoors outside; too low temperatures during the installation. It is better to save time and money by ordering a professional residential window tint installation / removal.
Does window film fade over time?
Top manufacturers provide a lifetime warranty for most residential window films for a reason. These films are super durable, UV, temperature resistant. Decorative films would have a 5-7-10-year warranty depending on the type, but still be very strong and long-lasting.
How long after window tinting can I wash windows?
Usually after 2 weeks. But it is recommended to wait for 1 month. And don’t use abrasive washing solutions, brushes or metal sponges. Use only soft fabrics.