If you are someone researching window tinting, then the first and undoubtedly the most crucial thing you need to grasp about window film is the difference between good window film and poor window film. And this is why: Premium window film will last for the life of your windows whereas poor quality window film will barely last 2-3 years, depending on the rigours of your environment.
The only way for you to discriminate between good and bad quality film is price and guarantee. When inquiring with a supplier, be sure to ask how long the film is guaranteed for. If it’s less than 12 years keep looking. And also beware of the shady operator who offers you a guarantee on low quality film and hikes the price, to make it look 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. How do you avoid that? Look for easy to verify testimonials. Facebook testimonials are probably the best for this as most people have Facebook and a long list of strong Facebook testimonials is a very good sign. Checkout this window tinter, all his rankings are 5 out of 5 and he offers a lifetime guarantee on residential installations
WHAT ARE THE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD INSTALL WINDOW TINT?
The reasons for installing window tint are many and varied. Lets look at each benefit so you can more completely the most applicable solution for your environment. The main advantages of good quality tint are:
Heat Rejection: Good quality window film rejects heat by blocking up to 73% of Total Solar Energy through windows. That really is cool!
UV Rejection: Premium window film blocks up to 99% of infra red radiation from penetrating your windows. And as a bonus, it also stops 93% of glare, which massively improves for your view and makes things look really cool!
Privacy: The right film will also provide daytime privacy, allowing everyone inside to be cooler, enjoy the views, and at the same time have total privacy from prying eyes in daylight.
Safety and Security Films: These specially designed films stop glass from shattering on impact. Safety films are made to withstand the force of human impact, while security films can withstand an explosion without shattering. Since the collateral damage from accidents where windows are broken comes from shards of glass spraying like shrapnel, or large sections of glass falling like a guillotine, the major problems associated with safety are avoided. It also stops your windows from being a soft and easy entry point for criminals, because both the impact and noise required to gain entry is so noticeable criminals, would rather simply move on in search of an easier, ‘softer’ target.
Good Looks: Finally of course there’s the matter of looking good. Good quality window film also makes windows look good; and for many people it’s the aesthetic charm that tinted windows provide that is the major reason for installing them.
ISSUES RELATED TO CARS & VEHICLES
The next point I want to discuss is relevant to car/vehicle owners and it concerns installing the darkest legal tint on your car or truck.
If you live in Australia, the darkest legal tint legally allowed on a vehicle is one with a VLT (visible light transmission) level of 35%, on all vehicle windows (excluding the front windscreen, which is not allowed to have any window tint with the exception of the visor strip across the top). The only exception to this are in the NT and WA. In the Northern Territory you are permitted a minimum VLT of 15% for windows behind the driver; and in WA you are allowed 20% VLT on windows behind the driver.
So here’s the critical point. Most cars already have a slight tint in the glass in their front windows, so this needs to be taken into consideration when adding tint to a vehicle. Here’s how the maths looks.
If the factory windows on your car already block 30% of light, when a film with the “darkest legal tint” of 35% is added to this glass, it will emit only 35% of light into a window that is already only emitting 70% of light, so the final VLT will be impacted by the combination of both tint ratings.
This is really important because if a driver inadvertently fails to comply with tinting laws, the result can be a fine. But even worse, 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 mean the cancellation of your insurance policy, leaving you exposed to the full financial culpability of the accident. Additionally criminal charge could apply if property is damaged or people are hurt.
The final thing to consider is that by modifying a vehicle with illegally dark windows, the vehicle becomes unroadworthy, which means the driver 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 for your car.
So what do I really want you to get from this article? When it comes to window tinting, make sure you use a good quality film and that your installer has the expertise to be able to offer you the right solution for your situation. That way you’ll end up with a range of benefits, rather than a bunch of hassles. You can find a good installer usually through industry associations just Google it.