Window Film VS Window Screens

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Discover the difference between window film and window screens.

If you’re considering a window treatment for your home then we are confident that solar screens and Window Film have been up for discussion. At TINT 360 we want you to know the best option that is available to you based on your personal wants, and needs.

Keeping your home cool, private, and safe is all the things many homeowners just like you want. When it comes to all of those things we have an option that you might not have given any thought to, Window Film.

Window Film is a simple yet amazing solution for your windows. Window Film holds its own and outperforms many other window attachments when it comes to reducing heat spots, reducing glare, and increasing safety to a home. Let’s compare.

Window Film VS Solar Screens

Solar heat gain through windows accounts for up to 1/3 of the cooling costs in your home and office according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Both window film and solar screens are effective solutions to issues like heat, glare, fading, but we prefer Window Film – why?

1. Warranty

Window Film (Residential Properties)      – Limited Lifetime Warranty

Solar Screens (Residential Properties)    – 10 Year Limited Lifetime Warranty

2. Aesthetics

Solar screens, especially in areas that have intense sunlight will begin to fade after just three years. The life expectancy for window screens is approximately 10 years, then they will need to be replaced. The exterior of your home will look dull and dingy with faded, matte mesh covering all of your shiny glass. TINT 360’s Window Films will never fade and is virtually undetectable once the film is applied to your glass. With a lifetime guarantee of no fading, your home’s windows will continue to sparkle for years to come.


Solar screens can reduce solar heat gain, UV damage, and glare. They can be installed on the interior or exterior as roller shades or fixed panels, and they typically allow for a view out the window and light transmission. They look similar to regular insect screens but provide more efficiency benefits.

The openness factor on solar screens varies and affects the efficiency benefits; greater openness reduces the protection against glare and solar heat gain but increases visibility and light transmission.

Windows serve a number of functions in the home, but simply being able to see out of them is important. Whether it’s enjoying a scenic view or just to check on your children playing outside, most homeowners need or at the very least want to be able to look out their window. Solar screens have about an 80% to 90% light blocking rate. This essentially means you only have 10% to 20% visibility with solar screens. Window Film blocks 99% of ultraviolet rays and allows 100% visibility – this actually enhances your view through reducing glare.

4. Maintenance

Cleaning windows is a difficult, and time-consuming chore. Adding solar screens make it even more of a chore. Solar screens are mounted and secured to your home’s exterior. To successfully clean an exterior window, solar screens must be taken down and then re-installed afterward. Most window cleaners will charge as much as 50% more to clean windows with solar screens for this reason. Window film’s unique ability to cling seamlessly to the interior of glass makes it a non-factor to the window cleaner. Even while cleaning the interior, no special treatment is required while cleaning a piece of glass with Window Film on it.

5. Dust, Dirt & Debris

Because of the added cost and/or hassle to remove solar screens every time a window is cleaned some homeowners opt to just not clean the exterior of their windows. This can be disastrous for the glass. Each time it rains, water will blast through the screens, bringing dirt, debris, and pests with it, caking a thick film onto the glass. The build-up of these pollutants can cause serious damage to not only the glass but also the surrounding frame. Glass or full window replacement is extremely expensive and totally avoidable with regular cleanings.

6. Performance

Solar screens will help keep the sun from heating up your home, but what most people don’t know is that Window Film can actually help keep cool air in as well. Window Film is designed to insulate the glass. While your window film is deflecting heat from entering the home, it’s working double time to insulate the glass, keeping cool air in and your HVAC system from wearing out.

7. Weather Conditions

Window Film is typically applied to the window on the inside. Your Window Film will never be harmed or affected during high windstorms or dust storms. Solar screens have the tendency to be negatively affected during any kind of high wind gusts and dust storms in Arizona. Homeowners become irritated with constantly finding their expensive screens in their pools, and in their yards after these weather events. If your screens, in fact, stay attached to the window during this type of weather your screens will still need to be removed, and thoroughly cleaned from the aftermath to remove all dirt, and debris. Window Film will never be affected regardless of the weather conditions.

8. Consider This

Many of the homes that TINT 360 visits currently have exterior window screens attachments. These homeowners simply are not satisfied with the performance of those screens. They’re typically looking to reduce more heat, and glare that is entering their windows. Before making a final commitment to window screens allow our professionals to present permanent and cost-effective solutions. You’ll thank us for bringing Window Films into your life for many years to come.

Don’t forget to check with your local energy provider – oftentimes rebates are available for homeowners who take steps to increase home efficiency, and window film is one of the most cost-effective ways to do so.

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