Window tints can do a lot of good. Some tinting benefits include:
Protects your skin from harmful UV rays
Protects your interior from wearing away from sun exposure
Protects your child
Improves visibility (less sun getting in your eyes from the side)
Helps keep your car cool
Increases your sense of security and privacy
Makes your vehicle less of a theft target
Enhances your vehicle’s look
However, states have enacted laws restricting the use of window tints for a variety of reasons. It’s vital to know the rules pertaining to tinting your car windows in Pennsylvania to reap the benefits without running into legal trouble.
To that end, we’ve listed the basics below. Read on to stay informed about tinting laws.
Tint Darkness Laws
One major reason that regulators put tinting laws in place is to ensure enough light can make it through your windows. The measure this with Visible Light Transmission (VLT), the percentage of light that makes it through the windows.
These amounts differ depending on if your vehicle is a traditional “car” or an SUV/van.
Here are the rules for sedans:
Front windows: Must allow more than 70% of light into the vehicle.
Back windows: Must allow more than 70% of light into the vehicle.
Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in. Any level of darkness is allowed on the top 3 inches.
Rear window: Must allow more than 70% of light into the vehicle.
Here are the rules for SUVs and vans:
Front windows: Must allow more than 70% of light in.
Back windows: Any level of darkness is allowed.
Windshield: Must allow more than 70% of light in. Any level of darkness is allowed on the top 3 inches.
Rear window: Any level of darkness is allowed.
Tint Reflection Laws
In Pennsylvania, the law also limits the amount of light your vehicle’s windows can reflect. Once again, this differs for cars and SUVs/vans.
Pennsylvania doesn’t seem to have rear window or windshield tinting laws. It’s only for the front and back side windows.
The general rules for cars, SUVs, and vans are the same. No mirrored or metallic appearances on the front side or back side windows.
Tinting laws don’t just apply to your windows and windshield. Here are some other rules to keep in mind:
Side mirrors: Pennsylvania requires dual side mirrors if your back window is tinted.
Colors: Pennsylvania does not explicitly ban any tinting colors.
Certificates: Pennsylvania does not require film manufacturers to certify the film they sell.
Stickers: Pennsylvania requires you to have a sticker that identifies that your window tints are legal.
Pennsylvania does allow medical exemptions for window tints.
Follow Local Laws
Local laws and county rules may differ from Pennsylvania’s when it comes to window tinting. Make sure you understand the tinting laws where you live before tinting your windows.
At Car Pretty, we don’t just offer you window tints: we also educate you on the legalities of installing film on your vehicle. Come to Car Pretty today to enhance the comfort and functionality of your vehicle.
How do you keep your house secure? Whether you’re going to the grocery store or heading to bed, you lock your doors. You might even invest in deadbolts and other stronger security measures.
But what about your windows? These are a weak point in your home’s security. A bad storm could shatter them — and so could a burglar.
Then, your door security measures are a waste.
You could upgrade to double-paned windows. But these are a large investment. You can’t put a price on the safety and security of you and yours, but surely, there must be a more affordable way to keep your home safe.
There is — with window security film.
What is Window Security Film?
Window security film is a set of several layers of the polyester film — each layer held together with special adhesives — meant to enhance window glass strength.
Each layer is about 4-14 mils thick. Ideally, your entire window security film will be 8-14 mils thick. This can resist up to 400 pounds.
Thicker films cost more, but they add even more protection — which could be worth the slight extra cost.
Theoretically, you can install a security film yourself. We’d recommend handing that off to a professional, though, as it’s not easy.
Does Window Security Film Work?
The short answer: yes. Here are some benefits.
As we said, it can stop up to 400 pounds, or more, if you invest in a thicker film. This makes it much more difficult for a burglar to break-in, and it reduces the chances of shatter due to a storm.
Given the above strength, you and your family will be less likely to be injured from shatter glasses in the case of a storm or natural disaster. Additionally, debris will be kept out — whether that debris is harmless yet annoying, or potentially dangerous.
The film can protect your windows from scratches caused by children or pets. A thickness of 7-8 mils should do the trick.
How to Install Window Security Film
The most common installation method is to retrofit the film to the existing window on-site. The installer must cut the film and apply the adhesive layer precisely for it to work. The slightest error can lead to air bubbles between the film and the window.
There are two methods of installation. The “Daylight” method involves leaving a tiny gap between film and window, providing adequate protection for lower-level threats.
However, this won’t stop situations such as aggressive intruded. The “Anchor” method is better. This method actually has two variations:
Mechanical method — The installer attaches the film to the window frame using special devices created for the mechanical method.
Wet method — The same thing as the mechanical method, but instead of a metal device, special adhesive is used. There are various products available that can conceal the adhesive for a cleaner look.
Another way to improve your home’s security — especially if you have rooms with valuable visible — is to apply tints to your windows. That’ll make it harder to see into your home, reducing your home as a target for burglary.
Car Pretty Window Tinting doesn’t just do cars — we do houses, too. Contact us today for your free custom quote.
When it’s sunny out, you take care of your skin by using sunscreen, wearing a hat, and simply not being in the sun too long.
But you may not realize that those same UV rays you protect yourself against could be damaging your car’s interior, too.
No matter how much sun your area gets, window tints can help guard against interior damage. Here are some ways that the sun can damage your vehicle’s interior (that window tints can prevent).
Seat upholstery can deteriorate due to excessive sun exposure. For example, sunlight can dry out the oils in your leather seats, leading to dryness and cracking in the upholstery.
Messes and debris can work together with sunlight to leave unsightly marks in the upholstery, too. The warm sunlight can bake things like food and dirt particles directly into the material.
Aside from getting your windows tinted, keep your car clean to prevent upholstery deterioration.
The dashboard sees a lot of sun exposure already due to the windshield. The windows only exacerbate the problem.
Prolonged exposure to heat from the sun can lead to dashboard cracks (sort of like with leather upholster), which are quite unsightly.
While you may not be able to block sunlight from the windshield, tinting your windows can significantly reduce your dashboard’s sun exposure and make it last longer.
Electrical Component Damage
Beyond interior aesthetics, your electrical components — such as your radio, nav/infotainment system, and wiring — can suffer damage from UV rays.
When your car sits in the sun too long, electrical wiring may expand or even melt, leading to potential costly malfunctions. Consequently, spending some money on window tints can save you from a large repair bill down the line.
Damage to Rubber Weather Stripping
The weather stripping around your car’s doors keeps your interior comfortable. It keeps out dirt and debris kicked up while driving.
But even this stripping can be damaged by the sun’s rays. If that happens, it won’t be able to keep debris out of your car’s cabin. Window tints again come in handy here.
Lastly, sunlight can cause safety issues in your vehicle. In the summer, under excessive sunlight, your car’s temperature can reach a point where safety components like airbags are damaged. In a similar vein to our earlier tip, damage to electrical components can cause your modern driver safety features to stop working.
Also, all that heat transfers to items like your steering wheel and dashboard. If these get too hot, and you forget about it, you could inadvertently burn yourself when getting into your car before you let other climate controls cool everything down.
One of the most effective ways to block out the sun's harmful UV rays from your vehicle’s interior is to get your windows tinted. In addition to protecting your interior, window tints can make your vehicle less of a target for thieves. Plus, tints can enhance your car’s aesthetic.
Car Pretty has provided window tinting in Philadelphia for over 20 years. Our experts not only install the film, but educate you about the benefits of tinting and the legalities around the practice. Contact us today if you’re interested in getting a car tint!
Everyone has heard the phrase “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. Maybe so, but we think that car window tints are the female driver’s new best friends.
Window tints offer many benefits regardless of gender. However, they can help female drivers in particular with various problems they may face out on the road more often.
Here are some of the benefits female drivers can gain by getting their car windows tinted.
Safety, Security, and Privacy
Women are often vulnerable to various crimes, especially late at night. Not only that, but they tend to attract more perpetrators of crimes.
When your windows are tinted, then these people can’t see into your vehicle as well, increasing your security and privacy.
Even if you aren’t in the car, tinting prevents would-be thieves from seeing any valuables locked inside. If your car is among other cars, there’s little chance they’ll pick yours.
Protection For Children From the Sun
The safety of your children is paramount, especially when you’re out driving. Children’s skin is often more sensitive to the sun’s harsh UV rays. Consequently, if you’re in the car for long periods on a sunny day, your child may get a rash or sunburn.
But of course, you can’t apply sunscreen to your child’s skin every time you get in the car, nor can you at regular intervals while driving.
Window tints block the sun's rays, reducing your child’s exposure to the sun. They’ll be much safer from sunburn.
Maintaining Health and Youth
The sun affects your skin as well. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays can lead to wrinkles and lines over time. If exposed to the sun excessively, there’s even the risk of skin cancer.
But sunlight is unavoidable if you drive often. Imagine if you have a long commute, or your commute is straight through a traffic jam everyday. Think about how much sun you’re getting.
Window tints can keep up to 99% of UV rays out, much more effective (and convenient) than applying sunscreen before every drive.
Still on the topic of the sun, it can often make driving uncomfortable. When you first get in on a hot day, the steering wheel may burn your hands if you aren’t careful. Other areas, such as your radio controls and center console could also hurt to touch.
And if your climate control ever fails, then driving in the summer won’t be fun.
Window tints can make those drives more comfortable.
Statistics have shown that female drivers tend to be involved in more crashes, despite being behind the wheel less than men on average.
There could be many reasons behind this, but the sun shining in your face certainly doesn’t help. With window tints, you can drive confidently, knowing the sun won’t be blinding you as you navigate down the road.
Lastly, tinting your windows can make your car look more classy, cool, and sophisticated. It also conveys that you’re the kind of driver that cares about their car — which could subtly tell other drivers that you’re a safer motorist.
With these benefits in mind, you may be considering car tints in Philadelphia for your vehicle. If so, come on down to Car Pretty. Not only do we install the tints on your car, but we educate you on the entire process, including the legalities. An informed driver is a safe driver, after all.
In fact, window films are known to help with residential security threats in a number of ways and to even reduce risk of injury.
If that doesn’t convince you, then this might: window tints are one of the easiest safety precautions to set in place. The installation process itself does not take long, and you can start driving your car even before the tints have fully cured. And, unlike alarms and security tech that require regular checkups, once installed, car window tints require no additional maintenance. Sure, you can give the tints a nice cleaning every now and then, but that’s all they need to keep on working.
So, let’s take a look at 4 serious safety threats that window tints can protect against.
Threat #1: Extreme Weather/ Natural Disasters
Summer or winter, hurricane or snow storm- bad weather can punch through a window. Not directly perhaps, but extreme weather often has larger objects flying through the skies (think tree branches and large debris). And, these larger objects can come crashing through a car window if the winds are high enough. By installing tinted windows, you’re installing a thin protective film on the inside of the glass. This film helps support the window and can help keep it from breaking under external force.
Threat #2: Driving Accidents
While nothing about a driving accident is good, one of the worst aspects is the danger of broken glass. Because, shattered glass can do a lot of harm to the human body.
Tinted windows help with this in two ways. One, the tinted film that resides on the inside of the window strengthens the glass from breaking. Second, in the event that the glass does break, the film helps hold the pieces together making it less likely for shattered glass to go flying about the car.
Threat #3: Invasion of Privacy
Privacy isn’t just a matter of avoiding harmless attention or the eye of passerby. It’s also a matter of avoiding damaging and/or dangerous persons from seeing inside your car. Tinted windows provide a measure of security from such people that would purposefully infringe on your right to personal space.
Or, in other words, tinted windows protect you from an invasion of privacy.
With tinted windows you don’t have to worry about stalkers, creepers, and peeping toms peering inside your car. You’re free to be as you are.
Threat #4: Identity Theft
It’s not uncommon to leave I.D cards, registrations, tax returns, and other important documents in one’s car. After all, you’ll be right back to grab them and what easier place to store the papers then inside the vehicle you’ll be driving.
However, this creates a possible security threat: criminals who can see through the car windows can gain access to your personal information.
Tinted window films help you avoid potential identity theft scenarios by shielding any important documentation you may have left sitting open in the back seat.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to consider installing window tints.
Car parades, drive in theaters, curbside pickup, restaurant drive-bys, road trips, star gazing- these are the activities in line for a summer amid covid-19.
And, whether it’s your ideal summer plan or not, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your car this season. So, why not make the most of it.
Enjoy your car time activities with tinted windows that will keep you feeling cool and in control.
Here are 5 reasons you won’t want to go without tinted car windows this summer:
Window tints provide privacy.
Whether you’re planning a romantic evening at a drive-in theater, or a fun filled family road trip- privacy is always a welcome element.
Car window tints come in a number of colors and dark/light percentages. The wide range of tint options allows you to choose the tint that works the best for your and your family’s needs.
So, you can choose exactly how much privacy you want for your ride.
Window tints regulate temperature.
Tinted windows help regulate the temperature inside a car. This may not sound so significant at first glance, but it can actually make a world of a difference over a long period of time- like the summer.
When you’re sitting in your car for activities, there’s no doubt the summer heat is going to get to you. But here’s the catch-22: if you don’t turn on the AC, the rising temperature of the car could be an extreme health risk, and if you do turn on the AC, sitting in a still car with the engine running could also be an extreme health risk.
That’s why having something like car window tints to regulate the internal temperature of the car can be a literal life saver in many instances.
Window tints protect your skin.
Whether from cancer or just wrinkles- tinted windows help protect your skin.
Car tints block up to 99% of harmful UV rays- the sun’s rays that can cause long term skin damage. If you’re someone who often forgets to put on sunscreen, or you have children who just don’t believe in skin care- having tinted windows could make all the difference in your skin health.
Window tints contribute to the longevity of your car.
Tucked away in the shelter of your garage or shady driveway, your car’s interior is mostly safe from the sun’s strong rays. But, out in the real world, your car’s leather, suede, vinyl, or neoprene furnishings are at risk.
Just like with your skin, prolonged exposure to the sun can cause long term damage to your car’s internal furnishing. Window tints keep the sun’s rays at bay and protect against fading and sun spots. Ultimately, extending the longevity and pristine condition of your car.
Window tints reduce sun glare.
Temporary blindness from sun glare is a huge safety threat when it comes to driving. And, unfortunately, is a common cause of car accidents every year.
Window tints not only provide shade from the sun’s rays, but also shield against potential sun glares. With tinted car windows, you can keep on driving this summer knowing you’re safer and a safer driver for the tints.
The biggest decision you’ll have to make when buying your car window tints is what color to choose.
Getting your car windows tinted is a relatively easy process. As soon as you’ve chosen where to get your tints, you can let the professional window tint installer take care of the rest. The installer will recommend the best material and type for your needs, as well as take care of ordering, cutting, and installing them.
However, the one thing a professional can’t choose for you, is what color you want your tints to be. It’s just personal preference.
So, here’s a quick color guide to help you make your best choice.
What is a car window tint?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of colors, it’s important to understand how exactly a window tint works. Because, it can affect what color you choose in the end.
When you buy a window tint, you’re not actually changing the window itself. Rather, you’re paying for a thin tinted film that is placed on the inside of your window. The result is the effect of a tinted window, but like we said before, the color of the window itself is not altered in anyway.
This is an important differentiation for two reasons. One, you don’t have to worry about ruining your window with too dark a color, because you’re not actually altering the window. Two, if you want to be rid of the tint or replace the tint, you don’t need to replace your whole window. As soon as the tint is off, the window will look just like it did originally.
What is the difference between tint percentage and tint color?
Now, there’s one last technical thing to learn before choosing a window tint color.
When you buy your window tint, your installer is going to be talking about tint color and tint percentage. It’s important not to be confused between the two, because they are two completely separate elements.
Tint color, as its name suggests, refers to the tinge of color the film will give off.
Tint percentage has to do with how light or dark the film is. Tint percentage is not the percentage of color; it is only the shade. For instance, if you choose a higher percentage on gold tinted film, your window will not look more gold because of the percentage. It will have the same tinge of gold, but differ in how much light it allows in through the window.
If you’re still not sure about the difference between the two, think of it like buying a pair of sunglasses. Some glasses are a little bluer, some a little blacker, and some a little browner. But, how light or dark the shades appear, have nothing to do with those colors.
What are the different window tint colors available?
So, now that we’ve gotten all the terminology out of the way, we can get into choosing the actual colors.
Car window tints generally come in one of five colors.
The choices are very subtle, and appear more as a tinge than a full-on color. For instance, a gold colored tint would not look nearly as bright as a gold colored marker.
Ask your installer to look at some sample tints so you can get an exact idea of how the colors appear. And when you’re ready to make your decision, don’t stress.
Your window tints will look great no matter what color you chose.
Window Tints can Protect Against Break-Ins and Other Car Crimes
Window tints do so much more than just look good.
Tinted windows redirect up to 99% of harmful UV rays, regulate internal temperatures, protect against dangerous weather, as well as keep your car safe from car crimes and theft.
And, it’s this last benefit that we’re going to examine in this article today.
Here, we’ll discuss 3 ways in which car window tints can keep you and your car safe from criminal activity.
Window tints are a deterrent to auto thieves.
It’s widely assumed that robbers and thieves are less likely to go through with a hustle if they can’t know the full scenario they are getting themselves into.
Put yourself in their shoes for a moment. Imagine you’re looking for your next car target. You see one car with transparent windows, clearly an expensive watch inside, and no lock on the steering wheel. In front, is another car with darkly tinted windows. You can’t know for sure if that front car has anything of value in it, and you can’t be sure if there are any further security traps inside.
Which car would you choose?
It’s pretty obvious what the answer would be. And, it’s pretty obvious that it’s the tinted windows that swayed that choice.
In other words: if a criminal can’t see into your car, they may be less likely to choose it as their next target.
Window tints protect your personal information.
It’s not uncommon to leave papers, pictures, and/or other personal information in the car. And, glimpsed by the wrong person, you could have yourself some identity theft issues.
Not to mention, criminals can gain a lot more information from the small daily items kept in the car than even legalized documents. Think: car seats, baby toys, sports gear, gym bags, and other day-to-day accessories often left lying around.
Luckily, tinted windows can help protect against such dubious intents. Tinted windows let you see out, while keeping others from seeing in. Which, keeps criminals from gaining insight into your daily routines and personal information. Whether you go for a lighter or darker tint, strangers will have a much harder time peering in through the glass.
Tinted windows keep your personal life personal and out of the eyes of anyone who may use that information for the worse.
Window tints can reduce the risk of injury from glass.
If you’re sitting in the car while a criminal tries to break in, one of the most dangerous aspects is the shattered glass that could hit you if the window is battered through.
Fortunately, tinted windows can protect against this health risk.
When you get your car windows tinted, you’re getting a ceramic coating placed on the inside of your windows. This coating or film then bolsters the window from the inside, giving it extra support.
So first, it makes breaking through the glass much harder for criminals to accomplish. And second, if the glass does break, it most likely won’t go as far and shatter into as many pieces as it otherwise might without the support of a ceramic film.
Tinted windows are not just for looks- they’re for safety.
On the one hand, you’ve already spent thousands on a car- the car by itself should be enough, right?
On the other hand, consumer goods don’t always come equipped with everything. And so, spending the extra money on high-quality accessories like window tints may enhance your safety and overall driving experience.
Today, we’re going to take the side that says it’s worth it to buy window tints. Here’s why:
Safety trumps all.
Let’s get into the facts.
Car window tints are known to block up to 99% of UV rays. This means, that instead of the sun’s harmful UV rays entering your skin, they get redirected by the tints.
Window tints reduce sun glare, allowing you to drive safely even during sunset when the sun is low in the sky and in your line of vision.
Tints provide extra privacy. Not just for you, but for your valuables as well. Darkened windows can act as deterrent to thieves. If they can’t see into the car to be sure there is something of value, they won’t be as likely to risk their necks breaking in.
And lastly, a good quality car tint can be a great window reinforcement. When you get your windows tinted, you are getting a sturdy film placed on the inside of your car windows. The film then supports the windows, making them less likely to break or shatter in the event of bad weather or a car accident. One of the most dangerous factors of a car accident is shattered glass, because glass shards can cut deep.
Costs aren’t as high as you think.
Many car owners make the mistake of not buying window tints because they assume the tints are expensive. But, window tints are not as costly as you may think.
Window tints are usually offered as a package deal- the more windows you get done, the bigger the discount percentage.
However, if you’re really tight on funds, you can always do one window at a time. You may spend a bit more money in the long run, but you’ll also be able to pay for the tints as the money comes. Start with the driver’s window for an easier driving experience, and get to the back-passenger windows when you have a chance.
That’s the thing about window tinting – you’ve got options.
The sunglasses philosophy.
Imagine this: One day you pay a visit to your ophthalmologist. She does a routine examination and says it’s really time for some glasses. You go out to the store, pick out a frame, order the lenses, within a week you’re wearing the new glasses everywhere. Except, you soon realize you can’t wear your sunglasses over your regular glasses. You don’t want to get eye damage, never mind the difficulty of seeing in the bright light. So, you either buy a pair of prescription lenses, get clip on sunglasses, or have the lenses remade with transitions.
Now, you bought the glasses. You spent the money on them. They should have been enough, right? Not quite. Because consumer goods can’t come equipped with everything.
The same goes for cars. You bought the car. Yes. But, that doesn’t mean it came with every little thing to make your driving experience as safe and comfortable as possible. Sometimes you have to go out and find the accessories that will make your product the best it can be.
Car window tints are one of those necessary accessories.
Window tints provide safety, privacy, comfort, and overall enhanced driving experience.
We’ve heard your questions loud and clear, and we’ve come equipped with answers!
Here’s a sweet and simple Q&A on everything you might want to know about car window tinting.
Q: What exactly is a car window tint?
A: Window tints are essentially a thin film placed on the inside of car windows to block out the sun and provide some extra privacy.
Q: What’s the benefit of getting my car windows tinted?
A: Window tints block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. This protects both your skin and your car’s interior. Window tints also help with temperature regulation, sun glare, privacy, and shatter protection.
Q: How do I know which tint is right for me?
A: When it comes to choosing a window tint, the most important factor is knowing what’s allowed in your state. There are both federal and state regulations for window tints, but they mostly revolve around tint percentage, which equates to the darkness of the tints.
Q: How long do car tints last?
A: It’s hard to say without knowing the exact specifications of the tint material, the installation process, the upkeep, and the general wear and tear. However, a good set of tints should last you years, with the average time being up to 5 years.
Q: How long does window tinting take?
A: Not long. Window tinting is simply a matter of cutting the film to fit your window shapes and then adhering the film to the inside of your car windows. The timing also depends on how many windows you’re getting tinted. If it’s just one window, you can probably wait right there to have it done. But if you’re going to have your whole car tinted, you’ll most likely want to leave the car with the installer and come back in a few hours.
Q: Do I have to do anything after the tints are installed?
A: Generally, it takes up to a week for tints to fully cure. However, the only thing you really need to do is be gentle with them and don’t try to clean them for the first week or so. And, when you do choose to clean your windows, don’t use anything sharp or chemically harsh.
Q: Where can I get my windows tinted?
A: While there are tons of DIY tutorials out there, we highly recommend having your windows tinted by a professional tint installer. Professional tint installers know all the little tips and tricks on getting tints to last longer and look neater. Search online for someone reputable and with good reviews in your local area.
Q: How much do window tints cost?
A: Again, this is hard to say without knowing the exact tint type and the size of the car. But, what we will say is that many installers offer a package deal or discount if you get more than one window tinted. So be sure to ask.
Q: What if my window tints break?
A: Before you buy your window tints, it’s important to ask if they come with a warranty. Most good quality tints do come with one, but better safe than sorry. In the event that your tints break or peel, just bring your car over to your local installer for a quick fix.