Selecting New Windows For Your Home

4 Reasons to Tint Conservatory Windows Instead of Using Blinds

by Frederick Stanley

The whole point of a conservatory is to have a space that is windowed above and from all sides. It's a lovely place to sit and take in views of the great outdoors, especially when the weather is good, but you still need to have something in place to protect against heat and UV rays. For most people, this means fitting blinds, but it's actually more advantageous to cover the windows with privacy film instead, and here are just four important reasons why.

1. Constant UV Protection

Tinted windows can effectively block out the sun's harmful UV rays. Of course, blinds can block them too, but blinds will have to be drawn for that to happen. As such, blinds make you choose between being to see out of your conservatory windows or being protected from UV rays. And it isn't just you and your guests that need to be protected. UV rays will also cause furniture to fade, so it makes sense to ensure round-the-clock protection.

2. More Effective Heat Reduction

One of the issues people often face with conservatories is a build-up of heat, which can make them downright uncomfortable or even unhealthy to sit in when the mercury really starts to climb. Tinting film and blinds can both keep a conservatory cool but, again, this only works in the case of blinds when the blinds are closed. Even closed blinds aren't as effective as tinted windows because they are set back from the glass, which still allows heat to enter the room. Film is applied to glass directly, so it bounces heat back before it gets inside.

3. Easier and More Convenient

Tinted windows are obviously the more convenient option because you don't need to do anything after having the film applied. With blinds, you'll have to keep getting up and down to open and close them, and you might forget to close them before you leave home, returning to find an absolutely roasting conservatory.

4. Cheaper Installation and Reduced Maintenance

Tinting film is significantly cheaper than a whole set of blinds, and it takes a lot less time to tint windows than it does to install blinds, so labour costs should also be reduced considerably. Beyond cheaper and easier installation, tinting requires zero maintenance. In contrast, blinds will have to be regularly dusted, and it isn't uncommon for one of the moving parts to become faulty or break.