Window films and tints are great for homes and businesses across Fort Collins.  They offer benefits like energy efficiency along with health benefits like UV blocking.  However, we get a lot of questions about whether or not window tinting will hurt or even kill house plants.  The answer is–not likely.

UV Blocking Film and House Plants

UV blocking window film is almost entirely invisible and blocks 99.9% of harmful UV rays from coming into your Fort Collins home.  UV light is not something most plants require, though.  Plants “feed” of the red and blue light in the visible light spectrum, so if you are getting plenty of visible light into your Fort Collins home, are your plants.

Decorative Window Film and House Plants

Decorative window films come in nearly every color, texture, and shade you can imagine.   Depending on the density of the pattern or the light transmissivity of the frosted film, your plants may be affected.  However, in most cases, your plants simply need to adjust to the new light levels because there is plenty of sunlight still coming in.  It usually takes a couple of weeks for the plants to start growing again at the same speed.

Solar and Glare Reducing Window Tints and House Plants

Window tints that darken rooms or block out natural lights are the only type that could affect your house plants.  This is because they block out UV rays and visible light.  It will vary from film to film because window tints darken rooms a specific percentage and block some of the red and blue light plants require.  A window film specialist, like us, will have all the details about the films we install and can help you choose the right level or dark to go with your horticulture needs.

Contact us today if you want to know more about window films and how they interact with house plants.  We will be more than happy to review films with you and find one that you and your plants will love!

Mike Kinsey

Mike Kinsey has been working in the window tinting industry for over 10 years. Since 2008, he and his team have assisted on numerous installs in the Fort Collins area, totaling approximately 250,000 sq. ft. of film. As the Operations Manager for Fort Collins Window Tinting, Mike's duties include project management, customer relations, and sales. He is well-versed in the technical procedures for window film installation as well as the differences between the hundreds of types and styles of film on the market. Mike is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education and is regarded as one of the top experts in his field.