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A TV Screen Protector - A Smart Investment?

Nov 19th 2012 at 6:02 PM

A TV screen protector is a piece of acrylic that attaches to the front of your LCD TV screen. Typically, the screen protector attaches using simple Velcro straps. Some of these are fastened to the TV screen protector itself using slots in the acrylic. Others have grommets that are attached to the Velcro straps for a sleeker look and feel. All TV screen protectors do the same thing; they all protect your flat screen TV screen against thrown objects.

It should surprise no one that people with active households should probably use these screen protectors to protect their expensive HD TV flat screens. However, some folks will have a higher household risk than others. If you have children, toddlers, pets or an active household of teens, it probably makes sense to spend the extra money and get a TV screen protector. The additional cost of under $300 can potentially save you thousands should something happen to your flat screen.

What most people fail to realize is that the existing warranties do not cover accidental screen contact. That is to say that if something comes in contact with the screen and scratches or cracks your screen, you need to buy a new television. That's an expensive proposition for most people nowadays. A simple and affordable solution may be to have a TV screen protector in place as an insurance policy.

One common misconception is that the "perception of risk" is not paramount to justify the expense. In the split Toshiba 24V4210U second it takes to damage your flat screen TV, this justification goes directly out the window. Once the damage is done, there simply isn't a solution; the screen in ruined and a new television is necessary. This is obviously not the news one wants to receive from a loved one at anytime.

The risks are simple:

1. Is the extra expense worth it?

2. What's the probability that your TV screen will get broken or damaged?

3. Are you willing to risk $600- $1700 over an additional one-time expense of less than $300? As far insurance goes, that's an extremely inexpensive policy.

A real world example

One person recently discovered that his television screen was scratched. He couldn't figure out how it got scratched until he noticed the tiny nature of the scratches. He deduced that the scratches were caused by dusting the screen. The TV happened to be in the same room as his fireplace/wood burning stove. The soot that collected in the air was drawn to the screen due to static electricity like dust. When he went to dust off his television, the soot scratched the screen because the particles were larger than simple dust particles. While it did not completely adversely affect the viewing of the TV, it was noticeable from an angle and was a nuisance nonetheless. Knowing that he'd scratched his screen ruined the satisfaction of owning such an expensive piece of hardware.

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