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.
Just like anything in this world, window tinting comes with a few rules.
They’re nothing too complicated, but it’s always wise to be informed on the things you buy and bring into your household.
So, before getting your windows tinted in Pennsylvania, take some time to review the facts: what you can and can’t do when it comes to window tinting. And, window tinting prices in Pennsylvania.
Let’s get you the best bang for your buck.
Window Tint Percentages
The first thing you’ve got to know when getting your windows tinted is that they come in different shades. Now, when we talk about tint shades, we’re not talking so much about color, but rather darkness.
Tint darkness is measured by the percentage of light that the window allows passing through the glass and into the car. So, a lighter tint will allow more light to get through, while a darker tint will allow less light to get through.
However, there are few regulations. Every state has its own laws when it comes to how dark a window tint is legally allowed to be. And, it also varies depending on car type and which windows of the car we’re dealing with.
In Pennsylvania, the rules are as follows:
For Sedans. The windshield, front side windows, backside windows, and rear windows all must be able to let in more than 70% of light into the car. However, the very top of the windshield, about a 3-inch rim, is allowed to have any amount of darkness for tint.
For SUVs and Vans. The windshield and front side windows must be able to let in more than 70% of light into the car. And, the windshield, once again, is allowed to have any darkness percentage for the upper 3-inch rim. The backside windows and the rear windows are allowed to have any percentage of darkness (that’s where it differs from sedan regulations).
Other General Laws.
For all sedans, SUVs, and vans, front side and backside windows are not allowed to have any kind of metallic or mirrored materials.
There may be some medical circumstances in which tints that deviate from the regular laws are allowed in the state of Pennsylvania.
Window Tint Pricing
Now, down to the fun part.
Window tint pricing can go per window, or by the package. If you tint your window one at a time, it could come out to more money spent than if you were to do a package deal of multiple windows. So, be aware of this when you are negotiating with your window tinter.
Tint pricing can also vary depending on what material and quality you are looking to get. The regular, non-reflective tint will be your base cost. It’s like the bare minimum of window tinting. Classic and safe.
Any other materials from there will increase in price. But they will also give you added benefits. And, whether you choose to get carbon or ceramic, high performance or color, will ultimately change the price of your window tint job.
From the material, to quality, to cost efficiency, there’s a whole bunch of decisions to make before you even have your tints. And once you do have them, there’s maintenance and care to think about as well.
Now, don’t let that psych you out. Because getting your windows tinted really is a good thing. Tinted windows let you drive safer, protect your skin from sun damage, and make your ride temperature friendly.
And, if you do your research and know what you’re dealing with, picking out your window tints and managing them is a piece of cake.
Stick with us, and we’ll help you through it.
Buying your window tints.
Do know your states tinting laws. Every state has its own laws regarding which windows are allowed to have tints and what percentage of darkness they are allowed to be.
Do get a warranty. If you go to a good place to get your windows tinted, you shouldn’t have any problems with them later on down the road. But, on the off chance that something goes wrong, you want to be sure that you can come back to the shop and have it fixed.
Do ask your window tinter if you have any questions about the laws. They are there to guide you through it. In fact…
Don’t be afraid to ask any questions at all that are relevant to the window tinting process. No question is a stupid question if you don’t know the answer.
Don’t buy without doing your research and checking reviews. Your window tinter can recommend the options they think will work best for you, but it can’t hurt to do a quick check yourself.
Getting your window tints installed.
Do go to a professional window tinter. You’ll find plenty of guides and tutorials for DIY window tinting online. However, there’s a lot that can go wrong when you do it yourself. And it’s a lot more comforting to rely on a professional when you can. Especially when it comes to driver safety and health.
Do look for a place that is clean. If the shop you go to is covered in dust and debris, you might find little particles stuck in your window tint when you are driving home.
Don’t go to a shop that is poorly lit. If you can’t see the difference in color and shade because there is just not enough light in the room, then neither can your window tinter. Which means, book it out of there and find a place that’s well lit. You deserve a job well done.
Caring for your new window tints.
Do let your windows dry fully before cleaning them for the first time.
Don’t roll down your windows for several days after installation to avoid scratches, bubbles, or smudges.
Do clean your windows with soft cloths or paper towels.
Don’t use hard chemical substances to clean your windows. Simple water and soap should do the trick.
Imagine this: It’s midsummer and the weather is HOT. You’ve just woken up and you need to hurry or you’ll be late for work. You throw on your clothes, grab your bag, swipe something quick from the kitchen, run outside, and quickly jump inside your car, ready to roll. The car is hot and you can barely breath, but you’ve only got another 15 minutes to get to work. So, you push through the stifling heat and put your hands on the wheel, and… OUCH. The wheel almost burns your hands. You can’t possibly drive like this, and now you’re going to be late…
Whether it’s to get to work on time, to pick up your kids from school, to make it on time for a date, or just to have a casual evening out with yourself - when the sun’s beating down on your car all day, it makes it almost unbearable to drive anywhere.
Fortunately, there are ways to solve this and make life a little easier on yourself.
And the best one is tinted windows.
Tinted windows coming in strong.
Before we get into the why and how tinted windows keep your ride cool, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page as to what tinted windows are.
Tinted windows are a product of window tints. This may sound redundant, but what it means is that tinted windows don’t just come that way. Tinted windows are made by placing an additional window tint onto the glass. The tint is a thin film that is precisely placed onto the inside of your glass windows. And it is often made from ceramic.
You can choose how dark or light you want the film to be. But the main thing is that you need to have it properly cut and adhered to your car, otherwise its effects may not work as well.
Now, the benefits.
The first thing that comes to mind when you see or hear about tinted windows is privacy.
If you’ve got darker windows, people can’t see in. Simple as that.
However, there’s more to tinted windows than meets the eye.
Keeping it cool - Window tints can block up to 65% of the sun’s heat. This means, that even when you’re not in your car, the tints are still working. So that when you do get in your car, you can place your hands on the wheel and go. And while you’re driving, the tints will continue to regulate and stabilize the heat entering your car, letting you drive without worry.
Keeping it neat - Tinted car windows don’t just keep the sun off of you, they also keep it off of your car’s interior. Which is a big deal. Because the sun’s rays have the ability to fade materials. When the sun is beating down strong on your car’s interior fabric all day, the material is likely to fade and discolor. As if you took bleach and poured it in your car. But car window tints protect against this, by keeping the sun off your seats.
Keeping it healthy - And, lastly, it’s not just about keeping the sun’s heat out of the car. It’s also about keeping the sun’s rays out. Specifically, harmful UV rays that can cause long term skin damage. Because tinted windows can protect your skin from up to 99% of UV rays.
With car window tints, you can drive safely knowing both your skin and car are being protected.
Whether you’re getting your windows tinted for a fresh new look, health benefits, or safer driving, you’ll have to make some big buying decisions.
You’ll have to choose things like material, cut technique, and which windows to get tinted. But, the most important thing you will have to decide is what tint percentage to get.
Now we know the choices can be overwhelming, but don’t despair! It’s not as bad as it sounds. And we’re here to help you out with a little advice and guidance.
What is a window tint percentage?
When you’re picking out your window tint, you’re going to hear a lot about the “percentage.” What this literally refers to is the percentage of light that is able to pass through the window. But what this practically means is how light or dark your tint is.
A higher percentage means a darker window tint.
A lower percentage means a lighter window tint.
It’s the same way that sunglasses come in lighter or darker shades, and you choose based on your own preferences.
What is the best window tint percentage to get?
There is no general “best” percentage to get.
There’s only what you like best and what works best for you.
But don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging with a vague answer like that.
Because, even though there is no general best tint percentage, there are two things to consider that can really help you find the best tint percentage for you.
The first is your state law. Every state has its own regulations on how dark a window tint can be. And those laws vary depending on which windows you’re tinting. For instance, in Pennsylvania, you’re allowed up to 70% for front side windows, backside windows, and rear windows; but when it comes to the windshield, you’re not allowed to have any percentage of tint. So, knowing your state’s percentage regulations definitely helps in choosing the right tint.
Now, the second big thing that will help you choose your tint percentage is not so much a rule, but more of a tip. Many people, when getting their windows tinted, assume that whatever tint they choose, is the tint they must have for all their windows. But that’s not so!
You can have different window tints for different windows. Which means if you like a lighter tint but your passengers like a darker one, you can have a lower percentage for the front side windows and a higher percentage for the backside windows.
What else should you look for in a car window tint?
Aside for percentage, the second biggest decision you’ll have to make is about cut technique and where to get it done.
Here at Car Pretty in Philadelphia, PA, we use “precision cut” film technology in order to get you the perfect cut. Our advanced computer technology lets us accurately measure and install tints to your windows, so you never have to worry about DIY projects or troubleshooting.
If you’ve ever been on the roads of Philadelphia, PA, you’ve definitely noticed how some car windows are darker or lighter than others. You may have just assumed that this is the default for different car models and not thought twice about it.
But there’s more to it. Much more, called the world of window tinting. Drivers are now choosing to take their cars to professional window tinters to get the personalized tints they want for their car windows.
Which begs the question to be asked: What do these drivers know that is making them tint their car windows?
Let’s dive right in!
From the top
In order to understand the benefits of car window tinting, and why drivers are opting for this way of driving, we need to first understand how car window tinting works.
Window tints are made of a thin ceramic film. When you go to get your windows tinted in Philadelphia, you’ll first speak with a professional who will help you choose the tint that works best for you according to state and federal regulations. The film will then be measured and cut precisely to your windows. And finally, placed onto the inside of your car windows with an adhesive.
A way to safer driving
Okay so now to the crux of why so many people are getting their windows tinted. Car window tinting has a myriad of benefits, all resulting in better, safer driving. But for the sake of time, we’re just going to focus on the main two.
First, window tints protect against harmful UV rays. Many people don’t think about the sun on their skin when they’re driving. After all, you’re in an enclosed room, right? Not quite. Because the sun’s rays actually go right through your car’s transparent glass windows and straight onto your skin. But tint films are made to protect against this, saving you from long term skincare damage.
Second, window tints protect against sun glare. If you’ve ever driven toward the sun, you’ll know how dangerous the glare can be. And you don’t always know when the sun is suddenly going to hit. It could come in an instant, catch you unaware, and next thing you know you’re turning your head away in a moment’s reaction. Dangerous.
Smart drivers know that window tinting protects against this. Tinted windows help lessen the glare, so that you never have to worry about getting caught in a dangerous sun situation.
It’s not just for cars
It’s not just drivers who are getting tinted windows, it’s also businesses and home owners.
Window tinting is now being installed for corporate, commercial, and residential windows in Philadelphia as well. Though these stand-still places may not get the same driving security, they still get an added layer of safety and ease.
Especially for those with office desks near windows, the sun can be extremely frustrating when trying to work or look at a computer screen. That’s why, people are making the smart decisions to get tinted windows all around, for a safer, easier life.
There’s no denying it –DIY projects are fun and exciting. They make you feel like you really own your life and your world.
But there’s also no denying –DIY projects are not the best quality. Which means, you’re giving yourself a second rate something. Instead of giving yourself the best.
It’s no different when it comes to car window tinting. Which is why, hiring a professional is the way to go.
You don’t have to worry about the legal stuff.
Car tints must comply with tint rules and regulations. And if you’re not familiar with the rules, it can get you in some big trouble. Aside from overall federal laws, every state has its own regulations for what is and isn’t allowed when it comes to window tints. These rules mostly revolve around the max darkness levels the tints can be. But it also matters which windows on the car and where.
Basically, if you don’t know the laws, you could find yourself in an unpleasant situation with law enforcement. But, when you go with professional tint installers, you don’t have to bother yourself with knowing the rules and regulations of tints. Because the professionals know it for you. Which means they can advise you on proper protocol and tint.
And you don’t have to go through pages of legal jargon.
You can save your money for a rainy day.
Getting your car tinted by professionals means getting the job done right from the gecko. With so many tutorials on the internet, it’s tempting to try to DIY. But window tinting is a pretty tough process. And it’s easy to mess it up. Which can equate to spending more money later on down the road in order to update and fix your tint.
Plus, at the end of the day, it doesn’t cost that much to get car windows tinted. That plus the money you’re saving from having to fix your DIY mess-ups, and your wallet will have plenty of money to spend for a rainy day.
You’ll get the tint that’s right for you.
When it comes to getting your car windows tinted, there are a lot of decisions to be made: which windows to tint, what percentage to tint each window, what material to use, etc. And it can be stressful to make those decisions on your own, especially if you haven’t done so before.
That’s why, going to a professional car tinter is recommended. A professional window tinter will know everything there is to know about choosing a tint. They’ll help you figure out which percentages work best for your lifestyle and for which windows.
Not only that, but seasoned professionals will also be able to walk you through the aftercare protocol. One of the biggest times for new tints to get damaged is right after being installed. Because the wet film is susceptible. But when you get your windows tinted with a professional, you’ll have someone right there to walk you through the whole process, even after you leave.
Everything comes with a set of rules.
And when it comes to the rules and regulations for car window tinting, things can get a little complicated.
But that’s only if you’re doing it on your own. Because, if you’ve got experienced window tinters you can rely on, they’ll teach you everything you need to know about tint laws.
The basics to get you started.
Before getting into the actual laws, it’s important to understand how window tinting works on a fundamental level.
When you get your car windows tinted, a ceramic film is placed on the windows’ glass. The film remains darker on the outside and lighter on the inside, so that you can see out while keeping others from seeing in.
As with all good things, the privacy gained from tinting, must come with some safety precautions. This is where tint laws come into play.
State regulations for window tinting.
There are two main sets of regulations when it comes to car window tinting: federal and state.
Every state has its own maximum tint percentage that is allowed for car windows. Some states do not allow tints that are too dark or visually restrictive from the outside. For this reason, you should know what percentage is allowed in your state before getting your windows tinted.
Some state percentages to be aware of are:
Pennsylvania -70% for front side, back side, and rear windows. 0% for windshield.
New York -70% for front side and back side windows. Any percent for rear windows. 6 inches for windshield.
New Jersey -0% for front side windows. Any percent for back side and rear windows. 0% for windshield.
Delaware -70% for front side windows. Any percent for back side and rear windows. Tints that are non-reflective and above a certain line, may be used for windshield.
Getting the right information.
Yes, there are a lot of rules when it comes to car window tinting.
Yes, those rules are manageable.
All you need is a little help and guidance. You’ll be well on your way to having tinted windows that give you the benefits of privacy and safety, while also complying with state and federal laws.
If you’re planning to get your car windows tinted, be sure to talk to a professional in the industry. Tell them what your needs are for tinted windows, and let them help you find the tint that works best for you and your neighborhood. A good car window tinter will be able to match your needs with the tint laws of your state.
A car window tinter you can rely on.
When you come to Car Pretty Window Tinting, we help you understand the tint laws first, and then we help you make a decision. We don’t just want you to blindly buy tints. We want you to make educated decisions about the tints that are going to drive with you everywhere.
So that you can come away feeling happy, knowing you made a worthwhile choice.
Have any questions or concerns? Give us a call at (215) 688-2000.
We’re happy to help!
Ever notice the funny dots by the sides of your car windows?
Well, if you haven’t go take a look.
Because they’re not just there for decoration. They’re there for function!
And, if it weren’t for those silly dots, your ride wouldn’t be quite as convenient.
What exactly are the dots?
It all starts with the black band that runs alongside the window’s edges. The black is made of a ceramic paint (similar to the material of window tint films). The purpose of this band is mainly to protect the sealant that holds your windows in place.
Though we love (and need) the sun, sometimes its effects can be a bit troublesome. When it comes to our cars, the sun’s heat and powerful rays can actually damage and fade parts of the car –in this case, window sealants. Left on its own, window sealant would get totally faded from the sun’s rays, and that would result in wobbly windows and not-so sturdy glass.
That’s where the black band comes in. The band protects the window sealant, keeping it safe and secure out of sight from the sun.
You can drive on knowing your window is not going to fall out or on top of you.
So, where do the dots enter the picture?
A thick black band is a stark contrast to transparent glass. That’s why car and window manufacturers add the dots. Those small black circles are there to create an easy gradient that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. This way, your eyes don’t get distracted or pulled toward the color variation, and you can keep focused on the road.
The dots also help in another way. Since black absorbs heat faster, and thus heats up quicker, the direct temperature contrast between the black and the transparent can cause visual distortions. But the dots stop this from happening by creating a fluid transition between the two colors.
Plus, it makes your ride look that much sleeker.
And, there’s one more thing.
What about the dots around the rearview mirror? The ones on the front windshield that usually form a funny shape? Well those are there for a different reason.
The black dots on the front window are there to keep the sun out of your eyes. That’s why they’re at the top. They add an extra layer of protection in case the sun gets past or around your sun visors.
What can you learn from these dots?
Even the smallest of things in this world can have purpose.
And sometimes, it’s those little things in life that deserve the most attention and biggest gratitude. Don’t just write something off until you’ve really taken the time to learn what it is and know how it works.
Because chances are, whatever it is, it’s there for a reason.
The next time you notice the black bands and small black dots lining your windows, be thankful they’re there. Because, they’re keeping you safe.