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What’ the Difference Between Tinted & Frosted Windows?

Whether at home or in a commercial setting, tinting and frosting windows can offer a variety of different benefits. That said, what’s the difference between the two and when is it most appropriate to apply them? In this post we’re going to explore the benefits of and differences between frosted & tinted windows.

What are tinted windows?

OK, so I feel like I’m teaching you to such eggs at this point, as everyone knows what tinted windows are. However, for the sake of continuality we’ll give you the rundown: Tinted windows are regular windows, only they’ve had a “tinted” window film applied to them. This is a thin laminate film that can be installed to the interior or exterior of glass surfaces in order to increase their structural integrity and to increase privacy.

window frostingWhat are frosted windows?

Frosted windows can be produced in a number of different ways. You can either invest in frosted glass in the beginning: “Frosted glass is produced by the sandblasting or acid etching of clear sheet glass. This creates a pitted surface on one side of the glass pane and has the effect of rendering the glass translucent by scattering the light which passes through, thus blurring images while still transmitting light.” —Or alternatively, you can get your glass windows frosted by the professionals. This will simply involve applying a “frosted” film to the clear windows for the same affect.

What is the difference?

They’re quite similar in that from the outside, it’s hard to see clearly through the glass. That said, frosted windows are designed purely with privacy in mind. Tinted windows, however, are not always entirely opaque. Often, they’re designed simply to reduce the glare from the sun and the amount of UV rays making their way through. It really depends on the application of the tinting. For example: tinting windows in vehicles such as luxury limousines are designed to be opaque to keep the identity of the people inside a secret. Tinted windows in a commercial building on the other hand are designed more to keep the room temperature down / reduce glare etc.

window frostingWhere are they best suited?

Frosted glass is best for bathroom windows. This is so that your bathroom can get enough natural light, without having to worry about people watching you shower. This also applies in a commercial application. For example, you might want frosted windows for your boardroom so that employees can feel comfortable presenting, or to keep corporate matters between those inside the room.

Tinted windows are ideal for the exterior of a building. Again, this is so that it can reduce the glare coming off computer screens, keep a good balance on the interior temperature and ultimately bolster the aesthetic appeal of the building itself.

How do you go about having them installed?

Whether you’re interested in having your glass windows frosted or tinted, you’ll want a reliable and experience company like SolarGraph Glass Tinting to assist you. Find yourself an established company that is well-priced, so that you can rest assured that your windows will be taken care of appropriately without breaking the bank. Easy!

Ryan Spark Author