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08
Feb
2016

Choosing between tint, film, and coatings


When you notice that your home's windows aren't quite what they used to be, it's easy to jump to conclusions and assume that they need to be completely replaced. Broken or cracked windows will need replacing and, if the window frames are damaged, then a full replacement will most likely be the case. Not only do you want your home to look good but you also need your windows to serve their purpose. They are there to keep exterior elements from getting in and help maintain a pleasant living environment as well as a safe one.

 

In addition to retrofitting and replacing windows, there are also other steps that can be taken to make improvements. These include film, tinting, and coatings. Choosing the right one to suit your needs, however, might seem tricky to some. Which is why it's so important to understand what each product can offer and adopt a realistic approach.

 

When you think of window tinting, you might automatically assume that your home will benefit in the same way as your car. However, there is a significant difference between home window tinting and car window tinting. While both types of tinting keep the UV rays of the sun out, car windows are heat resistant while home windows are not. When the windows of your home heat up after sufficient sun exposure, it might cause the tinting to peel off. This shouldn't happen immediately but over time it's a very real possibility. In addition, it's important to note that tinting keeps the sun out so it can help keep the temperature in your home cooler in the summer, but it does not help insulate the window in any way.

 

Window films are seen as a step up from tinting since they act as more of a reflective surface. They actually reflect the heat and UV rays of the sun away from the window so, unlike tinting, the windows stay cooler in the summer and so does your house. Due to the reflective nature of this product, your home will be significantly darker. This might no seem like much of a problem in the summer but, in the winter, you may require additional lighting in order to compensate for the loss of natural light.

 

Low-emissivity (or Low-E) coatings are another step up, and they are the current favourite among homeowners. These coatings are applied to the glass during the manufacturing process which means that you need to shop for windows with this particular coating rather than applying it yourself after the installation. These coatings are designed to keep the heat in during winter, the heat out in the summer, and make your home more energy efficient overall without compromising visibility.

 

Remember that tints, films, and coatings are applied only to the windows. So, if your energy efficiency problems are the result of broken seals or damage to the window or window frame itself, then they will not remedy the problem. Each of these options has its own fair share of pros and cons that need to be fully comprehended before making any decisions. If you reside in the Winnipeg area, and you are looking for professional advice and a free in-home quote on any of our many top quality windows, call Northshield Windows and Doors today. Give our expert team at NorthShield Windows and Doors a call. We will provide you with a free quotation in your Winnipeg home, as well as any additional advice you may seek.

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Ross Apperly
4 months ago
Northshield replaced 9 windows in our house. Our only complaint would be that the colour doesn't really match the sample we were shown. The woman we first encountered in the showroom was pleasant and helpful. There are only so many things she could tell us in the showroom but it was enough to convince us to book an appointment with a salesman. Walter, the fellow who came to our house, wasn't really a salesman at all and yet he knew exactly what he was doing. Answered all of our questions, clearly knew his business inside and out, was patient with us, made some really helpful suggestions, and just generally made us feel confident and comfortable. Next came Vladimir. He came to do the final measurements and to verify the details of each window. Another very very knowledgeable guy. Clearly an expert in his field and yet friendly and patient with us. The team of men who came to do the install were all very much polite and professional. Their workmanship is first rate. In the end, what I know is this, the new windows are in, the drafts and rattles from the old ones are gone, the price was fine, the quality is A1, and every single individual along our journey was a genuine pleasure to work with.
Oai Truong
a month ago
We chose Northshield because of the rave reviews on Google, but unfortunately the experience was a disappointment. The sales guy was nice enough, but like most suppliers in their industry, installation came 6 weeks past their original estimate, which was fine since we were not in a big rush, although we had to delay the painting of our kitchen because of it. The two big issues were: 1. To install our new patio doors, the opening had to be widened, which our sales guy mentioned, and which was fine to us. The problem came when the installers were on site and insisted that they did not need to replace the header. I know nothing about construction but luckily my colleagues told me to make sure that they install a new header because they were widening the doorway. Luckily I was home and I persisted that they install a new header, and after a while they finally realized that they needed to do it as well. They went off to the store to get the wood and the drywall and finished the job, which looked fine. 2. Only a few months later big cracks appeared along the new header. I called Northshield only to be told by Alex that my painter should've known that the patchwork on the header was very minimal and that "any professional painter should've known to make sure the drywall was ready to be painted." So they refused to do anything about it. I guess I should've said back to him "any professional installer should've known you need a new header when you widen a doorway!" So now I have a wall that I will need to re-patch and re-paint all over again. If you decide to use Northshield, please do your own research and make sure that you oversee their work, because they will never take responsibility for it, or admit that they didn't know what the heck they were doing.
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3 months ago
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Patrick Touchette
4 months ago
Alex our salesman was great to work with and gave us very good information about our windows. The installation went smoothly and the windows look great and function well. Great customer service!
Albert Giesbrecht
a month ago
We had 4 windows installed by this company. The windows were installed in no time at all, and the guys were very professional and efficient. Love the windows and would recommend this company to anyone.
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