Should I Tint My Car Windows?
How Car Window Tinting Can Benefit You – And How to Get it Done
Car window tinting protects your car in more ways than one.
Tint films can block damaging sunlight from reaching your car’s interior, not to mention you and your passengers.
Professional window tinting looks sleek while it protects your vehicle, and it also lasts longer than a DIY installation. With proper care, you can easily maintain the function and appearance of your tints.
So if you’re wondering what window tinting is all about, here’s what you need to know about professional car window tinting in Ottawa.
Why Should You Tint Your Windows?
Not sure if tinting is right for you? Here are some of the top reasons why you might want to consider getting your windows tinted:
Protection from UV Rays
Window tint films help block sunlight and can block up to 99% of the sun’s ultra-violet (UV-A and UV-B) light. UV light is responsible for causing sun damage to skin (sunburns and skin cancer).
Prolonged exposure to UV rays can damage your car’s interior materials, causing fading or cracking. Blocking UV light with window tinting helps protect the investment you’ve made in your vehicle for years to come.
If you ever plan to sell, a pristine interior is a definite plus and helps your vehicle retain its value for longer.
Professional installation can help you make the most of your tints, ensuring optimal protection and helping maintain your vehicle’s value.
Reduced Heat in Vehicles
Another benefit of blocking sunlight? The interior of your car won’t be as hot on a summer day. Window tint film helps block infrared (IR) light, the wavelength that carries the heat energy responsible for heating up cars.
Light beating down on cars makes them uncomfortably hot. Have you ever touched a seat belt buckle that’s been sitting in the summer sun?
Sun protection and heat reduction are entirely possible with window tints. They help keep the temperature down (not to mention help keep things safe to the touch). Plus, you won’t have to have the air condition cranked at all times, and can save a bit on gas as a result
Some window tint films protect windows from shattering in the event of an impact. In fact, some tints are specifically designed to add this level of protection, using the adhesive properties to help hold shattered glass together.
If you’re ever in an accident, these films can help prevent shattered glass from falling inwards and on you or your passengers.
What’s more, in the event a burglar tries to smash through a window, the film can stop or slow down a potential burglar.
The longer it takes to break in, the greater the likelihood your alarm will alert someone to the attempted theft. Plus, when it’s time to deal with the damage, you don’t have to spend hours carefully removing broken glass.
How Do Window Tints Work?
One of the most frequently asked questions about tinting is, “How does it work?”
Window tints are made of a clear polyester film with a very thin layer of tinting agents. These tinting agents include metals and dyes.
The metals reflect sunlight while the dyes absorb the light, thus helping reduce the total amount of light passing through your windows. In fact, some window tint films even block light at night, which can prevent glare from oncoming vehicle headlights.
By reflecting and absorbing light, these tinting agents only allow a specified amount of visible light to pass through, known as Visible Light Transference (VLT).
Window tinting reduces VLT and is graded on the percentage of light that can transfer through. The darker the tint, the lower the percentage of VLT.
Car window film tints can have a VLT as low as 2.5% and as high as 90%. For example, a VLT of 100% means that 100% of visible light can transfer through the window. There wouldn’t be any tinting agents and the window would be clear.
Are Window Tints Legal?
Due to the reduction in visibility with window tints, provinces set legal limits to the tint’s VLT.
Ontario window tint laws prohibit the tinting of front windshields. Furthermore, the windows to the right and left of the driver must not block more than 30 percent of visible light.
As a result, the lowest legal percentage of VLT in Ontario for these front windows is 70%.
How Are Tints Installed?
For the best results, opt for expert window tint installation.
Professional window tint installers thoroughly clean and treat car window interiors before applying the tint film. This treatment ensures there is no dust or dirt on the window that could prevent the tint from adhering properly.
Cleaning the windows will also prevent air bubbles from forming. While some air bubbles might appear after an installation, they should disappear a few weeks later.
Once the windows are prepped, the installer will install the window tint film on the interior side of your car windows. These are secured in place with an adhesive. This will need time to dry, so you shouldn’t open your windows for at least three days after installation.
Ready to get started with window tinting? Contact the experts today to get started, and enjoy a cool, comfortable vehicle with a sleek tint that’ll last for years to come.