5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Window Tint Installer
Questions help us understand the world around us.
Or, more exactly, the answers to those questions help us understand.
Unfortunately, coming up with the right questions, or any questions at all, can be somewhat of a challenge. Especially, if you’re at a total loss for information.
But not to worry.
Here are 5 questions to ask when choosing a car window installer.
Don’t be shy and ask before you buy your tints!
What percentage is allowed in my state?
If you know the answer already, this is a great way to test the installer on basic knowledge.
If you don’t know, this is a great way to check whether the installer doesn’t either.
You want an installer that is knowledgeable about the field of window tints. Because, you want someone who can advise you and offer the best options.
Not to mention, keep you straight within the law.
What materials do you use for your tint?
The answer better be “high quality” before you agree to buy anything from the installer.
Aside from that, it’s important to know what materials the window tints are actually made of. Typically, the higher quality tints are made from a thin ceramic film.
There are tons of tint manufacturers out there. Some good, and some not as good. So, ask what brand the installer uses and look up reviews online.
How much do you charge per tint?
Or: How much do you charge per set of tints?
If we’re being real- price is important. And, it makes a big impact in our decision to choose one tint over the other, or one tint installer over another.
It’s a good idea to set a budget for yourself in advance. Ask yourself, what’s the highest you’re willing to spend? Then set the bar a little lower. When talking face to face with salesmen, it’s easy to get influenced. But, if you set your high price just a tad lower, you’re giving yourself wiggle room just in case you fold under pressure.
This way, even if you go over budget- you’re still right on track.
And don’t forget to haggle!
What if my tints break?
What this question is essentially saying in the nicest of terms is “what are you going to do for me if my tints break. And, are you going to take responsibility?”
No matter how high-quality something is, there’s always the chance that it might break.
After all, accidents happen.
And when that accident happens, you want to be sure that your tint installer is going to help.
A responsible tint installer will offer some type of warranty for their tints or tint installation.
What technology do you use to cut and install?
There’s no use in picking a top-quality window tint just to have it installed incorrectly.
Even if there is a warranty.
Ask about what technology the installer uses to cut the tints precisely to your windows. How can the tint installer guarantee accuracy? Then ask about the installer’s method for adhering the tint film to the inside of your window.
A good installation job can truly make or break the whole window tint experience.
Before we get started with blocking and preventing UV rays from harming us, let’s go through why they are bad to begin with.
What’s really so bad about UV rays?
“UV” is an abbreviation for ultraviolet light. As the sun sends down its miraculous rays of light that let us see where we’re going and give us our daily percentages of vitamin D, it also sends down ultraviolet light rays.
UV rays are invisible to the naked eye, being smaller than visible light rays and they pack a powerful punch. Because, they are actually a form of radiation.
And as we know from the atom bomb, radiation is not a good thing. Obviously, the sun’s radiation that hits us is not as strong as a bomb, but it still does its own measure of damage. Over long periods of exposure, UV rays can severely harm our skin, causing skin damage, skin cancer, and more.
The worst part is, we don’t see the damage until it’s too late.
How can window tints protect you from harmful UV rays?
Luckily, there are ways to prevent skin damage from UV radiation.
The first preventative measure is to wear sun screen. Rain or shine, sunscreen can be a life saver. Literally.
But if you’re someone who spends hours in the car each day, you may want a little more protection than just sunscreen. Because, full disclosure, UV radiation can go through clear glass. Even safety glass.
Car window tints can protect from up to 99% of UV rays.
Even if you’re someone who wears sunscreen 24/7, it can never hurt to have a little extra protection. And, if you’re someone who never wears sunscreen or often forgets to put it on- getting window tints installed in your car is definitely a good safety precaution.
Are window tints a good solution for skin protection?
Window tints are an easy and efficient way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV light rays.
First of all, car window tints are affordable. Finding low cost window tints is an easy feat. And, many window tint installers offer cheaper deals if you just ask.
Second, window tints are a quick solution. Choose your installer, choose your tint, and then you’re good to go. It doesn’t take long to get window tints installed, and it doesn’t take long for them to dry and cure.
As opposed to sunscreen which you have to remember to put on every single day, multiple times a day- window tints are a one-time ordeal. Once you get them installed, you never have to think twice about them.
Your new tints will always be there, right beside you, protecting you from non-visible radiation.
Where to buy window tints that block out UV rays?
You owe it to yourself to take care of your health and safety.
For that reason, it’s important to choose a high-quality tint AND a professional, responsible tint installer.
Here at Car Pretty Window Tinting, we offer guidance and advice so you can find the best tint for you. And we don’t stop there. Once you’ve chosen the perfect tint, we use our top of the line technology to precisely measure, cut, and install your window tints.
Because the safety of our customers truly matters to us.
Winter is one of the best seasons to get your car windows tinted.
In fact, winter is one of the seasons you’ll get the most benefit out of having tinted windows.
In the harsh winter weather, tinted windows help keep your car safe and fortified. So that you can keep your attention on the road. Not to mention, window tints can actually save you a lot of money on heating and car protection.
This winter, buckle up and drive on over to your local window tint professionals for a fresh pair of tints.
4 Reasons to Tint your car windows:
Car window tints let you drive safer in winter weather.
Tinted windows make driving safer by reducing sun glare.
Now, you're probably thinking "what sun in the winter?"
But don't be fooled.
If you've ever looked out the window in the morning, just after a night of snowfall, you'll notice the world feels a bit bright. This is because, the sun's light reflects against the bright white snow. Unfortunately, this can cause a dangerous glare when driving. Blinding even.
Car window tints protect against this danger by acting as a large pair of sunglasses, shielding your eyes from the brightness so you can drive safely.
Car window tints help you save money on heating.
Window tints aren't just for keeping the hot summer heat out. They're also for keeping the winter heat in.
Window tints help regulate temperature, whether you want to keep it warm or cool inside. Which lets you save money on heating. Because, instead of pumping hot hair into the car only to have it escape through the cracks - window tints help keep the heat inside.
This means, that once your car warms up, you can turn off the heat and save some extra pocket cash.
Window tints shield your car against harsh winter conditions.
Winter weather, like ice and hail, can be quite destructive.
Particularly, if there's any wind involved.
Tinted windows help protect against such damaging weather. When you get tinted windows installed, you’re essentially getting a thin ceramic film placed on the inside of your windows. This film acts as an added layer of protection against weather damage, by bolstering your windows from the inside.
When the hail comes crashing down, your windows will stand tall.
Car tints offer year-round UV protection.
When you’re not wearing short sleeves or bathing suits, it’s easy to forget just how strong the sun is. And, just how harmful some of the sun’s rays can be.
UV rays are terrible for skin health. And, unfortunately, these rays don’t go away in the winter. They stick around all year round. This means, you either need to wear sunscreen when you drive, or you need tinted windows.
Tinted windows protect against 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays.
You deserve to drive knowing your body is safe.
Not sure where to get your car windows tinted?
Come on down to Car Pretty, located in central Philadelphia, Bustleton Ave!
Top-notch window tints are our specialty, and we’re happy to install them for you just in the nick of time for our tough Philly weather.
Not all houses and apartments come with a full car garage.
And, not all of us have the money to renovate and build a new garage to keep our cars safe.
Yet, that doesn’t mean our cars deserve to suffer in the harsh winter weather.
Here are 4 easy hacks to keep your car safe from destructive weather when you don’t have a garage to park in.
Get a good cover.
A cover won’t be nearly as secure as a garage with a full roof. But it’s an easily added layer of protection. And, combined with some of our other tips, a cover might just get your car through the winter rough without a scratch.
You can get a plastic tarp-like cover or a thick cushioned cover. Then, throw it over your car before the storm hits.
Most importantly, make sure to tie it down.
Otherwise, you might find your cover-up on the roof.
Don’t park near trees.
Or wires. Or telephone poles.
If you can avoid parking near anything that would cause serious damage if it fell during a storm, do so! Wet weather makes the ground soft. And when the ground is soft, trees and tall objects are more likely to fall.
Unfortunately, winter storms are full of wetness and wind. This is why so many trees and telephone poles tend to fall during winter storms.
Plan ahead and strategize.
If you know there’s a storm coming up, be cognizant of where you park your car.
Install good quality window tints.
Not many people are aware of this, but window tints actually provide great protection against hail.
Window tinting is done by placing a tinted film on the inside of each car window. This film is made from a thin ceramic material and is precisely cut to fit your car’s windows. Because tint film is made from ceramic, and because it is placed on the inside of your car windows, tints bolster your windows so that they can’t crack or break easily.
It’s like putting up your emergency brake on a hill to keep your car from rolling backward.
Invest in paint protection film.
Now, this is one of the best ways you can thoroughly protect your car in a hailstorm.
Like window tints, paint protection is a thin film that goes around the entirety of your car. And, don’t worry, the film is clear, so you can still see your beautiful car’s paint job.
The paint protection film is a water repellent. It keeps your car from getting rusty or corroded from water damage. Protection film is also a great defense against scratches because it actually has a sort of self-heal ability. It uses advanced Nano-technology that is constantly working to keep your car blemish-free.
This all means, that when the hail comes flying down, your car will have a good chance at defending itself.
And the money you’ll save on repair costs will make your holidays all the merrier.
If you’ve found yourself a good tint installer, you probably don’t have to worry about this step. Because your installer will tell you everything you need to know.
But, if you want to be extra safe, it never hurts to look up the laws surrounding car window tints before you purchase them.
When it comes to window tinting, there are rules and regulations your tints must follow. And, you have to be sure to abide by both the federal rules and the state rules.
It’s a little tricky, but every state has its own set of regulations regarding window tints. The good news is that you only have to follow the rules of the state in which you live.
And before you worry, these rules are not too complicated. They just limit how dark your tints can be for certain windows in the car.
Choose what kind of tint you want.
Once you know your state laws regarding how dark your windows can be, it’s time to choose the tints.
The biggest decision you’ll have to make for choosing tints is what percentage you want.
When it comes to window tints, percentage simply refers to how dark or how light you want your tints. So, if you want a darker tint, you’ll choose a higher percentage. And if you want a lighter tint, you’ll choose a lower percentage.
(Don’t get confused with the numbers. It’s very simple in practice.)
Choose where you want the tints.
And finally, once you’ve chosen what kind of tints you want, you can decide where you want the tints. You can get tints for your front side windows, backside windows, rear-view window, and the very top of your windshield.
Most people don’t realize this, but you don’t need to have the same tint percentage for all of your windows. You can mix and match.
If you like a lighter tint to drive within the front, but you want a darker tint to shade your children in the back -you can have it all! Just be clear and tell your tint installer exactly what you want, and you should be good to go.
A Couple Pro Tips
If you’re struggling to choose a tint percentage and which windows to tint, start by asking yourself these 2 questions:
What is most important to you? Protection from U.V rays, privacy, safe driving, or temperature control? – Knowing your priorities will help a lot when it comes to choosing the tint. Just keep your end goal in mind, and you’ll be choosing your tint in no time
Do you often have passengers? – This will help you decide which windows to tint. Not everyone wants a tinted window. And some people only want tinted windows. If you know who your passengers generally tend to be (spouse, kids, friends), you can base your decision on what you know they prefer. If you don’t have consistent passengers to worry about, then just go with whichever tint you like best.
2 door, rear-wheel drive, 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual transmission -these are the specs of a dream.
Or more practically, a fast and sleek sports car.
When you’ve got a beauty like that, it’s only sane to want to protect her. To keep her safe and ever-happy. To keep her in mint, pristine condition.
And today, we’re going to tell you how you can do that.
Hold on to your hats, because one of the biggest hacks for keeping a sports car beautiful is… installing window tints!
Tinted windows are often thought of as an extraneous aesthetic. But the truth is that tinted windows actually help protect your car and keep it looking almost as good as you.
Here’s what you need to know:
What is a window tint?
When you get a window tint installed, you’re essentially getting a thin ceramic film placed on the insides of your car windows. This film is tinted to your preference and regulates light, temperature, and privacy.
It does not affect your ability to see out through your windows.
Window tints come in a variety of options -the higher percentages being darker and the lower percentages being lighter.
What are the benefits of window tinting?
Damage control – If you’re living in a place like Philadelphia, it’s simply impossible to ignore the harsh weather. If you’re lucky, you might have a garage to park your sports car in. But, if you’re unlucky, your car is going to have to weather some bad weather conditions. And unfortunately, some weather like hail can really put some damage on your car.
In this case, window tints can actually act as a second layer of defense for your car. Although the tint film is placed on the inside of the window, it reinforces the glass windows from behind. The tint film then gives your windows a little extra strength when heavy weather comes flying at them.
Temperature control – Also related to weather, window tints help with temperature control inside the car. The temperature inside the car may not sound like a big deal. But, it can in fact really affect your car’s performance. Not to mention, that nobody wants to get buckets of sweat seeped into their car’s fabric.
Protection from U.V rays – Harmful U.V. rays from the sun don’t only hurt your skin. They also hurt your car. Given time, the sun’s rays can actually fade your sports car’s interior. This means dull-looking seats and dull-looking fabric. Which, in our opinion, completely ruins the aesthetic of a beautiful sports car.
By adding a tint to your car windows, you can help your car stay fresh and neat looking. Window tints block up to 99.9% of U.V rays, keeping your car clear of sun damage.
How can you get window tints for your sports car?
Find a reputable window tint installer in your area. Here at Car Pretty, located in central Philadelphia, we always help our customers find the tint that’s best for them and their cars.
Then we measure, cut, and install the tints with our high-grade technology.
So that you can have the tints you deserve.
Thinking to clean your windows before the winter weather hits?
Here are 5 easy tips on how to clean car windows tints!
Wait until the tint is dry.
If your window tints are newly installed, this step is incredibly important.
Window tints can take up to 30 days to fully dry after installation. And, if you touch them wrong before they have completely cured, you can end up with a smudge, or a scratch, or worse. So, no touching until the tint is done!
The tricky part, though, is that different tints cure at different speeds. It can depend on the percentage, the size, the material, etc. And, it’s hard to know on your own, if you’re not familiar with tinting.
So, the best way to avoid any mishaps is to ask your window tint installer what their recommended drying span is. If you went to a good professional, they should be able to give you a pretty good estimate about the tints they use.
Do it on a still day.
Cleaning your window tints on a windy, breezy day is just not going to be productive.
Because, while you’re wiping away all the dust, the wind is just picking up more and whipping it back at your windows.
Not only that, but your hands might get extra cold from being wet and getting accosted by the wind. And, we don’t need anyone catching a cold over their window tints!
Just wait for a day when the wind factor is low. It shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to clean your windows, so you can pretty much just wake up, check the weather, and run outside to clean if it’s a good day.
Use a soft, microfiber cloth.
Window tint is made of tough ceramic material. But that doesn’t mean we need to rough it up needlessly.
When you’re cleaning your windows, try to find a soft cloth or a flexible sponge. Small, microfiber wash cloths work great. Just stay clear of anything that might have rigid particles. Because, those rigid particles could scratch or weaken your new tints.
Note: This may be redundant to say, but never use sharp blades, knives, or razors on your tint. Even if you see something sticking to your tint. Sharp objects will scratch the film, and it’s just not worth the hassle later on.
Don’t use harsh chemicals.
In a similar vein, don’t use harsh solutions or solvents.
All you need is a bit of water and some ammonia-free cleaner. It may not sound like much, but water and gentle solution can really go a long way when it comes to getting those tints squeaky clean.
And remember: we never want to use rough materials on window tints.
Wipe in the same direction.
The same way that you’re supposed to color or paint in the same direction, you should clean your tints in the same direction too.
This just means, either go in horizontal motions or vertical motions, but don’t switch back and forth. Cleaning in all directions won’t harm your tints in any way, but it makes wiping the solution off a little harder. And, can lead to some smudgy cleaning lines.
So, for best results: pick a direction and stick with it.
If you’ve read some of our other window tint care articles, you know that you never ever want to use any kind of harsh material on your windows.
No knives, no scrapers, not even rigid cloths.
Why? Because all these things scratch windows. And you want to avoid scratching your windows so you can avoid having to pay extra money to fix it.
Plus, it’s difficult to see out of a window that’s all scratched up.
Which is why, we’re going to warn you about another thing that most people don’t think of, but can also very much scratch your windows. And that thing is… hail!
When talking about window care, hailstorms aren’t often mentioned. But with the cold Philadelphia weather, we want you to be fully prepared. So that you can keep your car windows looking fresh and new.
Because when hail comes flying down in a hailstorm, it can easily scrape against your windows and cause some unruly damage.
Now, when it comes to protecting your home windows from hail, the easy solution is installing storm shutters. Or, covering your windows with wood. But, when it comes to your car windows, it’s not quite as simple.
There’s no way to install storm shutters.
So, here are some quick tips to keep your car windows safe from heavy hail this winter!
Park your car somewhere safe.
The best protection against hail, is simply parking your car someplace where it can’t get hit.
If you have a big garage, now is the time to use it!
But you can also get creative with parking spots, and try to find spaces that could lessen the hit of the hail a bit. Places like right near a wall, or between buildings. So that you at least lower the chances of your car getting hit.
Get a cover.
If you don’t have a garage you can safely park your car in, not to worry. There are other ways to protect your car from the onslaught of hail.
Like… a car cover. A cover for your car.
These are relatively easy to buy. They usually come either in a cloth material, or a plastic-y tarp material. And they should protect your car pretty well. The only downside, is that if the hailstorm comes with strong wind, the cover could fly away.
So, just be sure to tie it down well before the storm hits.
Use window tints as reinforcement.
Another way to protect your windows against hail, is by reinforcing them.
You can do this easily by installing window tints.
Now, that may sound silly, but window tints are made of a tough ceramic film. And this ceramic film, when adhered to the inside of your window, can actually help bolster your window. As a layer of reinforcement.
So, installing window tints to your car before the ugly winter weather hits, can really help your windows stay strong and solid when the hail comes down hard.
Great! Because tinted windows reduce glare and protect your car’s interior. Two things we car owners certainly cannot do without.
And, that just leaves one question to be asked: how do you actually get your car windows tinted? Well, there are two options: DIY or hire a professional.
Here are four reasons to go with the professional option.
Guarantee of the job done right.
Unless you are an expert at wallpapering, laying on tinted film may not be for you. Especially, since DIY material is flimsier and harder to work with. In contrast, the higher quality material used by professional car window tinters is less prone to wrinkles, creases, and air bubbles.
You might also find it difficult to keep debris and dust particles from sticking to the film. And if you mess up, which can happen with the lower grade, temperamental DIY tint, you can’t just peel it off and start over. It’s very difficult to remove. Think about the tedious and cumbersome job of removing wallpaper. Not fun!
Which is why it’s highly recommended to hire an experienced professional from a reputable company who will guarantee a job well done.
State law approved.
In addition to regular federal laws surrounding car window tinting, every state has its own set of rules and regulations too. Because traffic police want to be able to see into your car in the event of a traffic stop. And, they want to be sure to keep you safe.
Which means you need to know your state’s individual laws regarding how dark your car tints are allowed to be. Most professional tinting companies adhere to the regulations required by their cities and states and can advise you on what to buy and what not to buy. But, there’s no such assurance when it comes to DIY brands.
More money saved.
But isn’t a DIY kit much cheaper than hiring a professional?
Not necessarily. Especially, if you end up having to buy another kit. Which is often the case.
Hiring a professional will cost from around $120 and up, depending on the size of your car (a small car at the low-price end and a large van at the top). A DIY kit will cost somewhat less, it’s true. But if you aren’t satisfied with the job you did on your own you won’t have the option of simply rolling it back up and returning it to the store in exchange for another. Because once used, DIY kits are not returnable. Instead, you will have to buy another kit. Which equals time and money wasted!
A professional, on the other hand, is obligated to make sure the tinting is done to your satisfaction. For not much more, you will save time, money, and frustration.
You will probably want your new window tints to give you the comfort of shade as well as protect your car’s interior from the sun’s harmful rays. A DIY brand will provide some shade but will not prevent your car’s interior from cracking and peeling over the long term.
But, a mid- or high- quality window tint installed by a professional will protect your car’s interior and keep you protected from the sun. So, you can drive on safely.
Weigh your options and make the right choice when it comes to your car’s new window tints. Good luck!
Before the cold weather really hits, let’s talk about car window tinting.
Why? Because, if you’ve been thinking about getting your car windows tinted, now is the ideal time to do it. For a number of reasons. And these reasons have to do with the steps involved in car window installation and how each step functions.
Reason #1 – Cleanliness.
The first step when getting your car windows tinted is getting the tint measured and cut. This step can pretty much be done in any season. But, then comes step two.
The second step in the car window tint installation process is thoroughly cleaning the windows. Now, this can be difficult in certain weathers. In spring, you’ve got lots of tiny pollen particles floating around in the air. In fall, you’ve got all the leaf and plant debris flying around. And, in winter you’ve gotten ice, rain, and snow.
So, the best time to tint your car windows is in the summer. Or, right at the end of summer and before the fall season really hits.
Reason #2 – Temperature.
After your car windows are all squeaky clean, it’s time to set the tint.
Window tint is made from ceramic film. This film has then adhered to the inside of your windows. However, the film needs time to fully dry if you want it to stay on right. And this can prove difficult in the wrong climates. If it’s too cold or too humid out, it makes it much harder for the film to dry thoroughly. Plus, it takes more than just one day to dry. So, you need a set of consecutive days with the right weather in order for the film to dry satisfactorily.
What we’re getting at here, is that you have a much better chance of getting your window tints installed accurately if you have them done during summer or early fall temperatures. Because this way, you’ll have plenty of consecutive days where the weather isn’t too hot or too cold to dry the film.
So… What Now?
Now that we’ve laid out the two big reasons why it’s time to get your windows tinted (late summer, early fall), the next thing is for you to choose a window tinter and get those beautiful windows of yours tinted for safer, cooler driving.
A few things you’ll want to be cognizant of when going through the process:
You want a reliable car window tinter that knows all the ins and outs of window tinting. Particularly the laws of window tinting. Because tint laws vary per state. So, you want to be sure you’re getting a tint that works in your state.
That being said, when you get your windows tinted, the installer should ask you what percentage you want. Percentage here just means how dark or light you want your windows. Tell the installer your concerns, and he or she should be able to help you choose the tint that’s right for you.
You don’t want your fun new tints to go to waste, so be sure to ask your installer for proper maintenance and care tips. There’s not much to do, but generally right after the tints are installed you need to take a few precautionary steps so as not to upset the film.