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August 1, 2019

Privacy in Style: The Benefits of One-Way Windows

A commonly overlooked element of window design is tinting. This is fairly understandable, as there are more important aspects to consider first; joinery, glazing, materials, among others.

But for those of us who want to fully explore the options we have around installing or restoring windows, tinting is well worth looking into, as it has a number of advantages. These benefits include security, reducing glare, and of course, increasing privacy. For more details, read on!

Boosted strength

It’s not going to make your windows bulletproof, or even completely shatterproof, but window films do help keep windows together in the event that they do break. Loose glass can be a major safety hazard, so if there’s a chance that a stray football or heavy storm is going to break your windows, a window tint does go that little bit toward better safety for you and your family.

Improved home security

Securing a home against theft is near the top of all homeowner’s priorities, and there are a number of ways to do it. You may already have a good security system and are thinking of more ways to bolster your home security. A one-way window tint film could do just the trick.

Essentially, if a burglar can’t see into your home easily, the chances of them attempting a break-in drop dramatically. Imagine it from their perspective; they have no idea what they’re going to grab—they don’t even know if you have anything worth taking at all. Being able to see inside a home is a prime motivator for robbery, since most theft is opportunistic, not planned. If someone can’t glance in your home and plan their entry and exit in a moment, they won’t bother, as there’s too much risk involved.

This also applies to commercial settings, like offices. If the windows are tinted, people are less likely to smash and grab, as they have no information on whether or not the office is empty.

Better privacy

Sometimes you have a view so good that it seems a shame to cover it up in favour of privacy. One-way window tinting allows you keep your windows open, and let the sunshine in to warm and brighten your home without putting you in a position where you feel like you’re on display for passers-by to see.

Manageable ambient temperature

Another point for both home and commercial locations—window tints can help you manage the heat in a space. Whether you’re at home or at the office, you could have concerns about your power bill, especially through the summer, when you’re more prone to running air conditioning as often as you can.

Window tint films can help keep your space cool by deflecting some of the heat from outside and shave off a portion of the price of air conditioning. You might be surprised by how much you can save depending on the size and shape of your windows.

This also means you can more effectively manage hot spots, as these can help you get hot spots under control. Hot spots are typically more of an issue for residential homes, where you might find that certain locations build up heat much faster than anywhere else.

Better screen time

Ever tried to use a computer during the day with the sun behind you? Screen glare can be one of the most frustrating issues to deal with when you move into a new space, and suddenly realise your windows bounce light right off your TV or computer screen. Glare can cause eye strain, and even lead to headaches.

Window tints can mitigate this issue, and this can be a way to keep large windows as a design element in your office, without jeopardising all of the staff who sit facing away from them.

Want to know more? Talk to Atlas Glass

The team here at Atlas Glass has been designing and installing windows for over four decades. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us—we’ll be happy to help!

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