In the early 20th century, as the understanding of ultraviolet (UV) light's harmful effects on human health and interior surfaces grew, innovators began developing window tints as a solution. These tints were designed to block a significant amount of UV rays, reducing the risk of skin damage and protecting furniture from fading. As the popularity of window tints grew, manufacturers implemented rigorous quality control measures to ensure proper installation between the glass panes. However, occasionally, due to unforeseen circumstances, tints can be inverted during the manufacturing process. This means that instead of being placed between the glass panes as intended, the tint ends up on the outer surface of the window. This inversion can sometimes go unnoticed during inspections or construction, as it is a subtle issue that doesn't necessarily affect the overall functionality of the window. However, it can present challenges for window cleaners who need to carefully clean the tints without damaging them.
One aspect to note is that aftermarket tints, often installed by individuals or non-certified professionals, are much softer than the architectural glass used by manufacturers. This difference in hardness makes aftermarket tints more susceptible to scratches and damage, further highlighting the importance of proper installation and inspection. While these incidents are unintentional they are in fact equipment failures unrelated to the window cleaner's workmanship. We must all do our best to be aware of the potential for inverted tints. Regular inspections during construction, along with the involvement of qualified professionals, can help identify and rectify such issues, ensuring the optimal performance of window tints in protecting against UV light and preserving interior surfaces."