Window tinting was first introduced in the 1960s and has since become associated primarily with young car drivers. But window tinting has grown up since those early day and now services a huge market with a wide range of colors and uses. There are two basic types of tinting film - metal film and non-reflective film. Tinted windows are available in a wide array of colors, and the most common are silver, gold and basic black. Tinted windows play a very important role in protecting yourself and your car against the harmful rays of the sun, vandalism as well as added protection in a crash.
The benefits are enormous when it comes to tinted windows. The film used for tinting car windows is a high-strength plastic with a scratch-resistant coating on one side and a transparent adhesive on the reverse. The tinting is treated with chemical blockers which can block 65% of the sun's heat and 99% of ultraviolet (UV) rays. It not only protects the interior of the vehicle, but also protects your eyes from glare as well as your skin from sun damage. Window film also enhances the strength your vehicle's glass by holding shattered glass in place.
When you begin to look at your window tinting options, you should first research what is legal in your area. Each U.S. state has separate laws governing tinted windows. Most professional companies specializing in tinted windows should be familiar with the law in your city and can give you a certificate of compliance in case you are pulled over. Fines for all tinted windows can run anywhere from $50 to $500 depending on the local enforcement protocols as well as what aspects of your tinting are not up to scratch.
Some states allow the tint on each window of the car if you have side mirrors, while others prohibit tinting the windshield and two front windows. The color is also legislated and the most common prohibited colors are red and amber. The darkness or opacity of the tint is also a factor in many local laws. This is measured by what we call visible light (VLT%), defined as the percentage of visible light that is through the tint. Many states make exceptions for medical conditions that require heavy protection against the sun. Once you have researched what is legal, you can look at the options and choose the one that best fits your car while still within the legal limits.
While tinting is a job some people elect to do on their own, it's worth considering having it done professionally. It not only looks better, but it will last longer and comes with a guarantee. Although tinted windows can done for yourself, a professional touch will always result in a smoother finish as well as a job with a guarantee. They have the tools and experience to get the job done right the first time.
Generally speaking, window tinting is a wonderful aftermarket enhancement when applied correctly and professionally. Tinted windows can even make your car a more attractive option on the secondhand market should you choose to sell it down the road. Always keep any paperwork associated with aftermarket or maintenance work you have had done to your vehicle so that prospective buyers can see what you've had done and, in the case of tinting, can be sure that the tint meet legal requirements. Going through the time it takes to both research the laws as well as finding a quality tinting shop will ensure your window tint remains a benefit and not a liability.
Kelly is a freelance website content author, in her free time she enjoys shopping and is an avid reader.
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