5 Questions to Ask Before Tinting Your Car Windows

Tinting your car’s windows will offer countless benefits including protecting skin by blocking UV rays, cooling your car, and reducing glare – just to name a few. But, before you make the initial purchase, ask yourself these 5 important questions to ensure you are on the right track.

The Benefits of Window Tinting

How Long Will It Take In Text1. How long will my car’s window tint last?

The lifetime of window films are dependent on many factors including product type and quality, the climate, and the amount of direct sunlight your car is exposed to. Generally, most professionally installed automotive films are designed to last much longer than the typical owner will keep the vehicle; many films will perform well past 10 years.

Most automotive films are designed to perform well past 10 years

How Long Will It Last2. How long will it take to tint my car’s windows?

The process can take anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours depending on how many windows are being tinted. If you’re only adding window film to the two front side doors, the installation will be much quicker than if you desire a full installation that includes all four side windows and the back window. The dealer installing your window tint may want to keep the vehicle for at least a half day in order to best complete the job and allow the film time to dry before returning the vehicle back to you. It is best to make arrangements for a ride on the day of your window tinting appointment. Tip: Make an appointment with a professional window film dealer to ensure a quality job.

Window tinting can take from 45 minutes to a few hours

Covered By A Warranty In Text3. Is my car’s window film covered by a warranty?

Most quality products come with a limited lifetime warranty. However, you should confirm the exact warranty length and stipulations prior to purchasing any film. Also, make sure you receive a manufacturer’s warranty that is completely filled out by your installer, so you’re covered even if by chance your installer ever goes out of business. It is important that you abide by all state and local tint laws. Most warranties will be void if your film installation is illegal. The local installing dealer should know all current tint laws that apply to you.

Which Window Tint Is Right In Text4. Which automotive tint is right for me?

In order to select the best film for your vehicle, you should consult a professional window film dealer. Dealers offer a wide range of products in a variety of shades and colors, as well as different styles and performance benefits. A dealer can show you swatches and talk to you about which auto tint best fits your needs. You should also understand the tint laws of your state. Professional window film dealers can also help you with selecting the best tint for your vehicle that still adheres to state laws. That being said, your window tint is entirely up to you.

Window tints come in a wide variety of shades and colors

Which Dealer In Text5. Which window film installer is right for me?

Never compromise. There are tons of companies in your area to choose from. Ensure that you have found the best professional window film installer by comparing customer service, prices, quality of products and brands, previous work, and the dealer’s overall reputation, as well as the reputation of the manufacturer or manufacturers of the window film they sell. With websites like Angie’s List and Yelp, it has never been easier to read reviews.

Remember, do your research. Gather quotes from multiple dealers and compare prices and the quality of the films. With these things considered, you are on your way to a more enjoyable ride!

Check with your local installing dealer about current tint laws

Find a Madico Automotive Window Tint Installer Near You

Looking for a professional window film dealer near you who can properly install the window tint on your car? Take a look at our window film selector tool to find the right automotive tint for you and find a dealer near you today!

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Updated: 09/16/2019


Top 5 Benefits of Having Your Car Windows Tinted

You take care of your car’s engine with regular tune-ups and maintenance, but have you thought about the care of your car’s windows? You may think of window film, also called window tint, as just an aesthetic enhancement, but it also provides long-lasting functional benefits to protect you and your vehicle.

1. Tinting Your Windows Can Keep Car Upholstery From Fading

Fade ReductionYour car is a valuable asset that you want to last as long as possible. Having window tinting professionally installed on your vehicle is a great way to protect your investment. While using a windshield sun protector or parking your car in the shade can temporarily reduce sun damage, window film consistently blocks harsh sunshine that can fade upholstery and discolor leather and vinyl. It protects car interiors from cracking and warping to keep your car looking newer longer. Window tinting also blocks windshield glare to decrease eye fatigue from direct sun and bright nighttime headlights.

Window film blocks harsh sunshine that can fade upholstery and discolor leather and vinyl

2. Window Tint Blocks Harmful UV Rays

UV Ray BlockageCar window tinting can block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays that can accelerate skin aging and cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet light, or UV rays as they are commonly called, is a form of electromagnetic radiation. Prolonged exposure results in damage to the skin such as skin burns, darkening of the skin, premature aging and skin cancer. Even clear window film or a light tint offers UV protection that can block out both damaging UVA and UVB rays. Research shows that 53% of skin cancers in the U.S. occur on the left side of the body, which correlates to the driver’s side of a car. For people who drive for extended periods of time, window film protection provides a critical advantage to safeguard against this risk.

Car window tinting can block up to 99% of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays

3. Tinted Car Windows Can Help with Solar Heat Rejection

Solar Heat RejectionIf you’ve battled finding the right level of air conditioning for all of your passengers, window tinting can help resolve that dilemma. Depending on the grade, automotive window film can block anywhere from 35-65% of the solar heat that builds up in a car. You can balance climate and comfort for everyone and cut down on fuel consumption from air conditioning overuse.

Window film can block anywhere from 35-65% of the solar heat that builds up in a car

4. Window Film Offers Shattered Glass Protection

Shattered Glass ProtectionThe safety benefits of installing window film on your car cannot be underestimated. Window film is designed to keep glass from shattering if an object hits it. In the event of a car accident, passengers are protected from flying glass shards and from being ejected through windows. Additionally, thieves will find it difficult to break through tinted glass and get into your car.

In the event of a car accident, passengers are protected from flying glass shards and from being ejected through windows.

5. Window Tint Provides Better Privacy and Security

Privacy and SecurityWindow tinting comes in a wide range of shading to provide a level of privacy for you and your passengers as you go down the road. When you park the car, you can walk away and know that prying eyes cannot see your valuables inside.

The benefits of installing window tint include more than simply improving the look of your car. It can add to your peace of mind when you want to protect your vehicle and those who travel with you.

For information on tint laws in the United States and Canada, refer to the International Window Film Association chart here. Consult an authorized Madico window film dealer to find the window film most appropriate to fit your automotive needs.

Window tinting provides a level of privacy for you and for your passengers as you go down the road.

Protect Your Car with Madico Automotive Window Tint

Our long-lasting automotive window films are specifically designed to provide fade and UV protection, temperature control, shattered glass protection, improved safety and security and more. To find the film that’s best for you, check out our film selector tool or speak with a local dealer today.

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Updated: 09/26/2019