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Tint 101


 

To Tint or not to Tint…The Big Question


Before going ahead with tinting, get clarification about what the laws are concerning window tinting. Find out what percentage of darkness is allowed.

Living in a hot sunny climate like Antigua, we all know how painful it is getting into a car or truck that's been standing in the sun for some time. Even while driving, the sun's rays beat down on the car, making you and your passengers very uncomfortable. You can reduce this heat considerably with window tinting.

Most modern cars are fitted with air conditioning. But the air conditioner cannot function effectively in extreme heat, particularly if the car is sweltering when the air con is switched on. One of the most common upgrades to a car is the addition of tint to its windows. Tinted windows can be either added as a factory option or can be installed by an aftermarket window tinting company. Along with a cooler appearance, tinted windows have several benefits for the occupants of the vehicle, including lower interior temperatures. There are also a couple of drawbacks to tinted windows, particularly if they are too dark.

Before going ahead with tinting, get clarification about what the laws are concerning window tinting. Find out what percentage of darkness is allowed. The tinting of windows is not permitted in certain countries. In the US, a private vehicle is permitted to have a 20% tint, while vehicles used for commercial purposes are allowed a 30% tint.

People choose to have the windows tinted on their cars for a number of reasons. Many people, especially young drivers, just like the look of tinted windows for the ‘cool' image they think it portrays. Tinted windows also give the driver better visibility.

Many people have their car windows tinted to deter potential criminals. Would-be robbers or hijackers are not going to be too brave if they can't see the number of people traveling in the vehicle. But the most practical reason for tinting is to keep vehicles cooler.

Another advantage of tinting is that the substance applied actually holds the glass together. So in the event of a collision, or damage caused while driving in a nasty storm, the window glass will not shatter. This is another deterrent to criminals because they cannot break a clean hole in the glass.

During the tinting process, a thin film of translucent, waterproof plastic is applied to each window. Many home-owners are tinting certain windows in their homes. Tinted windows offer good insulation and will keep your home much cooler.

The material used in tinting contains deflective properties. So during summer, heat is actually pushed away from the windows. The material is also able to absorb heat in cold weather so during winter your home will be a lot warmer. The tinted windows in your home will also protect your furniture and other expensive equipment like TVs, computers and sound systems.

The primary benefit of tinting the windows on an automobile is reducing the temperature of the interior. While this may not be as significant in the cooler seasons, or in a climate where it does not get that hot, it can make a big difference in a place where the weather is hot. A cooler interior means more comfort for the occupants of the car, and it also means that the air conditioning will not have to work as hard to keep the interior cool. Another benefit of blocking the sun's rays is the fact that the majority of the sun's harmful UV rays are blocked from entering the vehicle.

A potential drawback of tinted windows is reduced ability for the driver and the occupants of the vehicle to see outside, a problem that obviously becomes worse the darker the tint is.

After the functional benefit of reduced interior temperatures comes the second most common reason people have their car windows tinted, which is the appearance. A dark tint, or even a lighter tint in an interesting, but subtle shade, can make a vehicle look more upscale. Window tinting is particularly popular on high-end luxury cars, though is also frequently used on custom and modified cars.

Other potential benefits of dark tinted windows include reduced glare from the sun and other light sources, as well as better privacy for the occupants of the vehicle. In case of an accident, the film that tint is made of can also prevent shattered glass from harming the occupants by holding it together.

A potential drawback of tinted windows is reduced ability for the driver and the occupants of the vehicle to see outside, a problem that obviously becomes worse the darker the tint is. While this may not be as much of an issue in bright sunlight, it can be become more problematic in dusky, low-light situations and at night. Reduced visibility, in turn, can create a potentially dangerous situation and can lead to car accidents.

There are also health benefits from having tinted car windows. The tinted film is specifically designed to filter out nearly 99% of harmful ultraviolet ray - the same UV rays that cause you to burn at the beach, and that are associated with skin cancer. This prevents eye strain, reduces glare and protects your skin. The health benefits of tinted glass make it a popular choice for drivers with young children, who are particularly susceptible to the sun.