If you plan to add window tinting to your vehicle, you may think that you simply need to take it to an auto window tinting provider and drop it off to have the job done. In fact, there are a couple of major decisions that you need to make regarding window tinting. Be sure that you discuss the following things with your contractor before you leave your vehicle at the window tinting facility.
How Shady Do You Wanna Be?
There are a large variety of window tint shades, ranging from the lightest of browns to the very blackest of blacks. The shade that you choose is largely a matter of personal preference, and it may be as simple as which shade you feel complements your vehicle better. Keep in mind that each state has its own laws regarding the percent of window tint that is allowable on the front side windows, back side windows, and rear window.
Most states allow any percent of window tint on the windshield, but it can be a partial tinting of the window in most cases. The windshield can typically be tinted only down to the AS1 line, or down to a certain number of inches from the top of the windshield.
How High Tech Is High Enough?
Window tint is made in several different types today, ranging from the fairly basic to the super high tech. The options in tint type include:
- Metalized: Metalized window film is made from very thin sheets of metal. Metalized film is very efficient at reducing heat and preventing UV rays from entering the vehicle. Metalized film is made to reflect light, so it tends to be very shiny. This shininess prevents it from reaching the same darkness levels as dyed window film.
- Dyed: Dyed window film is the oldest type of film and is still a popular option because it is the least expensive. This type of film is made from the same kind of UV protection that is used in eyeglasses. Dyed film is designed to absorb heat, rather than reflecting it like metalized film does. It generally has the darkest appearance of the window film choices.
- Ceramic: Ceramic window film is the most recent entry into the window tinting category. It offers excellent heat reduction, and is generally the most effective choice when heat is the main issue. Ceramic is extremely durable, but it is also fairly difficult to install as compared to the two options above. This type of film's maximum darkness is less than dyed film but more than metalized film.
As you can see, some thought needs to go into window tinting. To make sure you get the attractive look and great functionality you're seeking, be sure to discuss the things above with your auto window tint contractor.