If you are reading this, then you might be asking yourself this question “Is tinting my windows right for me? What are the benefits?” Well, the goal of this blog post is to inform you of exactly that! We understand that not everyone has the time to research all the pros and cons of tinting their vehicles windows, so our experts put together this breakdown to answer any questions you might have.

The Benefits 

Let’s start by discussing some of the benefits that are most sought after from our customers when they come to get their windows tinted. All our tinting options come with a few benefits that are universal. This means that no matter what material you choose, you will have access to these benefits. Aside from adding a cool look to your vehicle you will also gain:

  • Added privacy and security 
    Tinting your vehicle can provide you with an additional level of privacy as it will make it more difficult for people to see inside of it. If you happen to leave something of value in your car, tinted windows reduce the visibility of what is inside, effectively reducing chances of break-ins.
  • Lower overall temperature
    If you live in a climate that is frequently hot, then tinting your windows could be your solution to keeping your vehicle cool during the summer. Tinting your car can reduce overall temperature in the vehicle by 60%. As a result, this means that you will be able to reduce the overall usage of your vehicles a/c unit and increase its longevity.
  • Protection from UV rays
    No matter what tinting film you choose, you will gain 99% increase in protection against harmful UV rays. This is an important attribute as UV rays are the leading cause of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer found in the U.S. and getting window tint is a great preventative option to keep your skin safe on long drives. Additionally, UV rays not only damage your skin, but can also damage the interior of your vehicle. It can cause fading of material and even cracking of the vehicle dashboard. For these reasons window tint is a valuable option for anyone trying to eliminate the risk of damage to themselves and their vehicle.

Now that we know some of the pros of window tint, let’s take a look at some of the cons that can weigh into your decision to tint your vehicle. While there are few cons, they are still worth considering when making this decision. A few possible cons could be:

  • Potential Legal Issues 
    Depending on the state you live in, you may have specific rules about how you can tint your window. For example, we service vehicles all along the central coast of California. In California the rule is that your vehicle’s tint must have 70% VLT on the front windows and windshield. VLT stands for visible light transparency. What 70% VLT means is that about 70% of light is able to make it through the window. Ultimately meaning that you will have a more transparent front half of your car. It is important that you know what your local tinting laws are to avoid the chances of receiving a ticket.
  • Reduced Nighttime Visibility
    As window tint is designed to reduce the amount of light into your vehicle, you can run the risk of reducing your ability to see during the night. This will vary depending on the shade of tint you get for your vehicle. The darker the window tint that you choose, the less amount of light will come through the window. The most common problem is when you are backing up your vehicle, it is harder to see out of the rear window. However, most newer vehicles have backup cameras which makes this much less of an issue than it has been in the past.

If you are still unsure about window tint for your vehicle, then give Apex Auto Glass and Tinting a call for a free consultation. Ask about our different film types: Supreme NR, Carbon XP, and Xenith IR! We can certainly answer all your questions regarding window tint to ensure you have the best experience with your choice. Our tinting experts are here to help!