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Considerations to Ponder Before Tinting Your Windshield

November 18, 2019

Considerations to Ponder Before Tinting Your Windshield

The thought of tinting your car's windshield has likely crossed your mind at least once in your life.  However, some people do not tint their car windshield as they assume it will cause more problems than it will solve.  Though this is true in some cases, the vast majority of those who tint their vehicle's windshield and/or windows are ecstatic with the results.  Let's take a look at the top considerations to think about prior to tinting your vehicle's windshield.

Consider the Type of Tint

There are different types of window tint.  There are translucent films that block heat from penetrating vehicle windshields and windows.  However, the comparably dark and easily visible traditional window tint is that much more popular.  If privacy is your top concern, opt for the dark version as opposed to the translucent variety.  There is also reflective tint available to boot.  Reflective windshield/window tint reflects the image of the person or other object facing the tint from the exterior.  This type of windshield tint is optimal to reflect those harmful ultraviolet rays away from the vehicle, decrease heat and enhance privacy.  The only downside to metalized tint is it has the potential to become problematic across the long haul as it can interfere with electronic signals.  The sole issue with regular tint is it does not block ultraviolet rays so it won't keep the vehicle at the optimal temperature.

Mind the Warranty

The bulk of the best tints are provided with a limited lifetime warranty.  However, it is a mistake to assume the tint you have in mind has a lengthy warranty.  Check the length of the warranty and determine if all the “strings are attached” before making the purchase.  Ideally, the manufacturer's warranty will be filled out by the individual installing the tint.  Be sure to go over the rules and regulations with the vendor prior to moving forward with the tint application.

Consider the Law

You can tint your vehicle's windshield and windows to a certain extent.  Each state has its own unique laws regarding the percentage of tint allowed.  The logic behind establishing such laws is that a vehicle with excessive tint will make it difficult for a police officer to see if there is a threat looming inside after making a traffic stop.  Some states allow full tint as long as a certain percentage of light reaches the driver.  Other states permit only the uppermost part of the windshield to be tinted.  Be sure to check the letter of the law before moving forward with the tinting of your vehicle's windshield and/or windows.

Consider Which Tint is Optimal for Your Vehicle

There are numerous different types of window tint available.  Take a close look at the various styles, types, colors, and shades before moving forward with a particular tint.  When in doubt, ask our automotive window tint experts for advice and we will steer you in the right direction.

Consider the Extent of the Tint Application

Our window tint installation team can apply tint to the top portion of your windshield as well as the windows.  However, if you do a lot of nighttime driving, you won't want an abundance of especially dark tint along the driver's side and passenger side windows.  It might be best to solely tint the top portion of the windshield or apply comparably less tint to the front windows.  Consult with our team and we will help you figure out the level of tint ideal for your unique vehicle.