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Sep 24

How Effective is Window Tinting?

Does window tint work?

The short answer to this is yes it definitely does.  The long answer, well we need to ask ourselves what “work” really means.  It breaks down into three major factors, UV rejection, heat rejection and glare reduction. 

Good quality window tint can stop 99% of UVA and UVB rays and depending on the type of film can offer a SPF value similar to sunscreens.  Ask any truckie and they will tell you how well window tint stops their right arm from being burnt.

Window tint also provides real heat rejection properties which means less solar energy entering your car which translates into a cooler interior.  This has the added benefit of taking the pressure off your cars air conditioning enabling it to run at a lower rate. This can also mean less fuel consumption and savings on fuel usage.

Having a dark tint applied to your cars windows also reduces glare as it filters the amount of light passing through the window.  How many times have you driven to work with the sun blasting into the side of your face?  I have actually seen one person on the highway trap a tea towel across the driver’s window to stop the sun from burning them as they drive to work.  It doesn’t take a police officer to tell you this is not only dangerous, but illegal.

The combination of these three factors means that you will have a safer, more comfortable ride in your car with the potential to save you money in the long run (depending on how many fines you get for restricting your vision with a tea towel).  The benefit of a quality window tint not only relates to you and your passengers (think of the children), but to the car itself with the car’s interior also being protected from harmful heat and UV.  So a good quality window film can work very well and carries a small cost in relation to your comfort and safety.