Window Tinting Made Easy
Adding tint to your car’s windows is a great way to improve its appearance, but window tinting isn’t just for looks; it has numerous other benefits as well. For starters, the dark shade of the tinting film can block out up to 99 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays, protecting your skin and eyes from sun damage. Keeping out the sun also helps to regulate the temperature inside of your vehicle, making you less reliant on gas-guzzling air conditioning on hot days. Here’s what you need to know about selecting the right tint for your windows.
Professional vs. DIY
Installing your own window tinting film can help you save money, but it is also a tricky job to do right if you are unfamiliar with the task. Professional installers, like those here at Highway HiFi, can ensure that your tint is installed properly. This minimizes your risk of any air bubbles under the film, peeling edges, tears and other damage, as professional technicians know exactly what they are doing. Not only will this make your tint look better, but it will also help it to last longer.
Premium vs. Affordable
Like the previous section, this is a financial decision that you’ll have to make in terms of how much you are willing to spend on your car. As is to be expected, more expensive tinting film tends to be of higher quality, meaning that it will last longer without needing to be repaired or replaced. More affordable tinting films may save you a bit of money upfront, but they’ll likely cost you more in the long run in terms of replacement costs. It is better to buy the best tinting film you can afford, rather than trying to save a few dollars on a lower-quality tinting film.
Choose Your Tint Level
Window tinting films vary widely in terms of their level of darkness, expressed as a percentage of the amount of light allowed through. For example, 50-percent tint will allow about half of natural light through, while 20-percent tint would allow through much less. The lower the percentage, the darker the tint. It is important to note that each state has its own unique laws regarding window tinting levels, so be sure to check the regulations in your area. Some states have different laws for front, rear and side windows, so make sure you know what you are looking at. You don’t want to get pulled over for something silly like window tinting that is too dark.
When choosing the tint level for your vehicle, it isn’t just about what is legal in your area. You’ll also need to consider your personal needs and preferences. Darker tint will provide greater protection from the sun, but it can also make it harder to see what is going on around you, especially at night. With lighter tint, you’ll have greater visibility at all times, but you’ll also miss out on some of the sun-protection benefits. Something in between will get you the best of both worlds.
Know How to Care for Your Tint
Once you have added tint to your windows, you’ll need to care for it properly to keep it looking its best over the years. The specific care instructions will depend on the type of tinting film you chose. Be sure to ask your installer for recommendations before you leave the shop, and do your best to follow the instructions as closely as possible. Failing to care for your tint correctly can lead to your tint fading, discoloring or blistering.
When you are ready to install window tinting film on your vehicle, the experts here at Highway HiFi will be happy to help. We have a variety of window tinting films available to you, so you can choose the perfect one to meet your needs. Our technicians will take the time to answer all of your questions so that you can make an informed choice. We welcome you to stop by our shop and see us today to get started.