Many of us have considered about tinting the windows of our cars. Tinted windows certainly look nice and they provide immense appeal. In fact, tinting our car’s windows is more than just making our car looks more stylish, it also provides many benefits. Here are likely reasons people tint car windows:
• Better control of light:
We can reduce the amount of infrared rays entering our car by tinting the windows. The temperature inside the car can be reduced as much as 50 percent and this will help us saving on fuel costs, through less use of air conditioning. High quality tinting material can also reduce potentially harmful ultraviolet by about 90 percent. By reflecting and absorbing much of the light, we can prevent premature fading and cracking of the car’s upholstery.
• Improved safety:
During an accident, tinted glass prevents windows from shattering, which shield occupants from further injuries.
• Improved visibility during the day:
Car drivers can feel less eye strain when driving during the day. Tinted glass could also reduce glare caused by headlights during the night.
• Better privacy:
Tinted windows can hide the interior of our cars from possible criminal activities. Although there are many potential benefits of windows tinting, we should be aware of some likely drawbacks, such as
• Reduced visibility:
In areas with no street lighting, tinted windows can reduce our visibility, which may potentially cause fatal accidents. Drivers with slightly impaired vision, such as light myopia can also find tinted windows visually obstructive when driving at night.
• Incompatibility with polarized sunglasses:
It has been known that polarized sunglasses could cause wearers to see specific visual patterns on tinted windows.
• Peeling and cracking:
Overtime, tinting layer can crack, peel and bubble, reducing the appeal and value of the car.
• Increased chance of injuries:
While older cars with normal windows would benefit from the use of tinted layer, newer cars are actually equipped with safety glass. It is designed to break away from the occupants during the accident. The tinting layer could hold the shattered glass, preventing it from breaking away. This could potentially cause additional injuries.
• Poor quality installation:
The tinting job would directly determine the quality of the windows. Some shops may charge car owners up to $500 for tinting job, depending upon the type of car and type of tinting layer. The quality of the film itself will be affect the durability and performance. Cheaper film can fade, turn into purplish color, bubble and crack not long after the installation.
We can purchase DIY kits from shops and this is certainly a more affordable option that taking the car to a professional. However, we won’t get any warranty or guarantee for poor result of the installation. Some shops provide lifetime warranty on high-quality, premium tint jobs, which is a better alternative for more expensive cars. Expensive metalized film is designed to withstand the elements. Clearly, expensive film is a good choice if car owners seek better value retention and higher quality.