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Window Tinting Pitfalls, What You Need To Watch Out For

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If you are considering getting some window tinting done there are a few points you should be aware of so you make the best possible decision for your particular environment and circumstances. The first and undoubtedly the most crucial thing you need to discriminate about window film is the difference between good window film and poor window film. Why is this so important?

Good window film will last for the lifetime of your windows whereas poor quality window film will merely last a few years, depending on the rigours of your environment.

HOW TO GAUGE THE QUALITY OF FILMS

The only way for a novice to tell the difference between premium and bad quality film is price and guarantee. When making enquirers with a supplier, find out how long the film is guaranteed for. If it’s not at least 12 years save yourself the pain. And also look out for the unscrupulous operator who offers you a guarantee on low quality film and hikes the price, to make it appear like it’s good film, but will either not be around, or simply do nothing if you get back to them because your tint has degraded.

Here’s the tip, (and by the way I’ve found this to be true with most things in life), if your only goal in getting quotes is looking for the smallest possible price, then you will naturally gravitate towards the bad product and the real price you pay will be in around 3 years when your windows start to blister, fade and/or peel and just look horrible. Be warned, the cheapest price is usually just a crap product!

WHY INSTALL WINDOW TINT?

There are a range of benefits you can get from window tinting, and each particular film you use will encapsulate some of these advantages, so the first thing you should identify is the most important reason for applying window tint in your environment. Lets look at each advantage in a tad more detail so you can more completely the most suitable solution for your application. The primary advantages of good quality window tinting are:

Heat Rejection: Premium window film rejects heat by blocking up to 73% of Total Solar Energy through windows. That’s cool!

UV Rejection: Good quality window film blocks up to 99% of infra red radiation from penetrating windows. And as a bonus, it also eradicates 93% of glare, which does wonders for your view and means things look really cool!

Privacy: The right film will also provide daytime privacy, allowing everyone inside to remain cool, enjoy the views, and at the same time have total privacy from onlookers in daylight.

Impact Safety and Security Films: These specially designed films stop glass from breaking on impact. Safety films are made to withstand the force of human impact, while security films can withstand a bomb blast without shattering. Since the collateral damage from accidents where windows are broken comes from shards of glass flying like shrapnel, or large sections of glass dropping like a guillotine, the major problems around safety are prevented. It also stops your windows from becoming a soft and easy entry point for burglars, because both the effort and noise required to break and enter is so noticeable criminals, would rather simply move on in search of an easier, ‘softer’ victim.

Finally of course there’s the matter of looking good. Good quality window film also makes windows look cool; and for many people it’s the aesthetic charm that tinted windows add that is the driving force for their installation.

DARKEST LEGAL TINT

The next point I want to discuss is relevant to vehicles and it concerns installing the darkest legal tint on your car.

Laws vary but generally speaking, the darkest legal tint allowed on a vehicle is one with a VLT (visible light transmission) level of 35%, on all vehicle windows (excluding the front windscreen, which cannot have any window tint except for a visor strip across the top). So here’s the thing. Most vehicles already have a slight tint in the glass in their front windows, so this should be considered when adding tint to a vehicle. Here’s how the maths looks.

If the factory installed windows on your car already block 30% of light, when a film with the “darkest legal tint” of 35% is added to this window, it will emit only 35% of light into a window that is already only emitting 70% of light, so the final VLT reading will be finalised by the addition of both tint ratings.

This is really important because if a driver accidentally fails to comply with tinting regulations, the result can be a fine. But worse still, if a vehicle is involved in an accident and its illegally dark windows are considered by the court to be a contributing factor, this could result in the nulling of your insurance policy, leaving you exposed to the full financial culpability of the accident. Furthermore criminal charge could apply if property is damaged or people are hurt.

The last thing to consider is that by modifying a vehicle with darker than legal windows, the vehicle is deemed to be unroadworthy, which means you can’t drive the car again until it has been put through roadworthy testing, in which case the illegal tint will have to be stripped off the windows. That’s why the combined VLT of both the glass and film really should be considered when you’re selecting the appropriate tint.

Summing up the critical points from this article? When it comes to window tinting, make sure you use a quality product and that your installer has the expertise to be able to offer you the best solution for your circumstances. That way you’ll end up with a range of benefits, instead of a bunch of hassles. If you are looking for a good window tinting installer in Perth, come check us out at Precision Window Tinting.