Window Tinting & Frosting

Window tinting and frosting similarly apply a thin Mylar film to a window pane or sliding glass door.

The process seems easy enough that some people attempt it DIY. But there’s a big difference between a DIY attempt and a professional job.

Our professional installers will:

  • Clean and prepare the surface to ensure a perfect bond
  • Cut the Mylar to the exact dimensions and shape needed
  • Remove all creases, wrinkles, and bubbles

The result is a smooth, uniform finish that looks amazing and provides superior glare reduction, privacy, insulation, and all the other benefits of window tinting and frosting.

A window with transparent film.

How Are Window Tinting & Frosting Different?

Window Tinting

We install Mylar film directly on the inside surface of a window.

Manufacturers make their laminates from a strong, clear polyester that keeps its shape when exposed to sunlight and lasts for many years.

Tinted windows maintain visibility from both sides of the glass, albeit with a darkening effect. People inside can see out, and people outside can partially see in — depending on the darkness of the tint and the amount of light entering your home.

From the outside, a tinted window may have a flat, metallic, or mirrored appearance.

Window Frosting

Frosted windows obscure visibility from both sides of the glass. People inside can’t see out. People outside can’t see in.

This is ideal for bathrooms, basements, and any other location where privacy is a must. Frosted windows also soften harsh sunlight as it passes through.

Traditional styles mimic the look of frosted glass produced by expensive sandblasting and acid etching. Other styles are near-opaque or covered with decorative patterns.

  • Some versions have bright or subdued colors
  • Some look like the Japanese rice paper shoji screens
  • Some imitate stained glass
  • Some look like brushed metal or other materials
A window with translucent film.

Benefits of Window Tinting

  1. Energy Efficiency: Window tinting can significantly enhance your home’s energy efficiency by reducing heat transfer through windows.
  2. UV Ray Protection: Tinted windows block most harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, protecting your furnishings from fading and other UV damage.
  3. Glare Reduction: Tinted windows reduce glare from sunlight, making rooms more comfortable for work or TV viewing.
  4. Privacy Enhancement: Darker tints provide the highest levels of privacy.
  5. Aesthetic Appeal: Tinted windows can enhance the overall aesthetics of your home with their sleek and modern look.
  6. Safety: Tinting guards against shattered glass from accidents or criminal activity.
Tinted windows on a commercial window.

Benefits of Window Frosting

  1. Privacy: Window frosting creates an etched glass effect, making it difficult to see through the glass. This is particularly useful for bathrooms, bedrooms, or windows facing close neighbors, maintaining your privacy without sacrificing natural light.
  2. Light Diffusion: Frosted windows disperse sunlight, creating a more comfortable atmosphere, especially in spaces where direct sunlight can be overwhelming.
  3. Design Flexibility: Window frosting allows for various design options, from simple patterns to intricate designs, enabling you to customize the appearance of your windows.
  4. UV Protection: While not as effective as tinting, frosted windows offer some UV protection, reducing UV-related health risks and damage.
  5. Easy Maintenance: Frosted windows are easy to clean and maintain. The frosted surface doesn’t show smudges or fingerprints as prominently as clear glass.
  6. Safety: Just like tinting, window frosting guards against shattered glass. And potential intruders can’t look into your home.
A living room with a large frosted window.

Why Choose Aero Shade?

  • We specialize in window treatments and can deliver the best possible results for your home or office.
  • We've been in business since 1947.
  • We're family-owned and 100% committed to customer satisfaction.
  • Our window treatments for luxury homes have been featured in lifestyle and design magazines.
  • We've installed blinds and shades for USC, UCLA, the Long Beach and Los Angeles Unified School Districts, and several Fortune 500 corporations.
  • Our prices are reasonable. All estimates are free.
  • We're an authorized dealer of the high-quality Hunter Douglas and Lutron brands.
  • Our customer relationship continues after the installation. If you ever have a problem with an Aero Shade window treatment, we'll do our best to fix it.

Installation & Follow-up: What to Expect

  • Our sales staff will make an appointment to install your blinds.
  • Our installers will install your shades to the highest standards and show you how to operate and maintain them.
  • We view our relationship with you as permanent. If ever you experience a problem with your blinds, we’ll do our utmost to repair them.
A man measuring window blinds with a tape measure.

Frequently Asked Questions About Window Tinting & Frosting

What's the difference between window tinting and frosting?

Window tinting darkens windows for privacy, glare reduction, and UV protection. Window frosting obscures visibility from both sides of the glass while still allowing natural light to pass through.

How long does window tinting and frosting last?

Their lifespan depends on the type of Mylar film used, its exposure to direct sunlight and environmental factors, and the quality of the installation. Generally, you can expect it to last up to 20 years. Ceramic films in particular are known for their durability and resistance to fading.

How can I maintain my window tinting or frosting?

Avoid touching it with sharp objects or abrasive cleaners. Clean it with a soft cloth and plain water or a mild detergent solution. Wipe in one direction.

Does window tinting or frosting require permits?

In some areas, window tinting may be subject to local permit requirements. At Aero Shade, we know the local regulations and will obtain the necessary permits.

Can window tinting be applied to existing windows, or does it require special glass?

Window tinting can be applied to most existing windows made of standard glass. However, specific types of glass may not be suitable for certain types of tints.

Is window tinting only for cars, or can it be used in homes and businesses?

Window tinting is commonly used in homes and businesses, in addition to vehicles. It serves similar purposes, such as energy savings, privacy, and UV protection.

Is window tinting a DIY project, or should it be done by professionals?

It pays to have professionals install your window tinting. They have the expertise and tools to ensure proper installation and avoid issues like bubbles or peeling.

Can window tinting be removed if needed?

Yes, but the process can be labor-intensive and may require professional assistance. It’s critical to use the right techniques to avoid damaging the glass.