Pros & Cons of Tinted Windows

People choose to have their car windows tinted for many reasons. Tinted windows can keep your car cooler in the summer, protect your skin from UV rays, and give your car a more stylish look. There are many benefits of window tinting but there are also a few things to consider before making the decision to tint your vehicle’s auto glass. Here are a few of the pros and cons:


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Pros
Tinted windows not only keep you cool, but they look cool too! The main reasons people choose to tint their windows is for the stylish flair it adds to cars, and the cooling effect it has on the car’s interior. Window tint provides an extra layer between your car’s interior and the sun, keeping the temperature lower. In South Carolina, where most summer days are in the high nineties, it’s no wonder that so many people choose to tint their auto glass. Tinted windows take some of the pressure of your car’s air conditioning system, as it will not have to work as hard to cool the interior.

Window tint not only helps to maintain a cooler temperature, it also blocks ultraviolet rays from the sun, helping to protect your skin and eyes from the UV rays. The amount of UV protection depends on how dark the window tint is. Also, while UVA rays are blocked by window tint, UVB rays are not. Window tint offers some protection from the sun’s rays, but it is still important to wear sunscreen while driving, especially in the summer. Blocking UV light also helps to maintain the interior of your, giving carpeting and leather seats a longer lifespan.

Another benefit of window tinting is that it may help to deter thieves. Window tinting makes it difficult to see into the car from the outside, so potential thieves are not able to see objects inside that they may want to steal. Not being able to see into the vehicle also gives drivers and passengers more privacy while driving.

There are many practical reasons for window tinting auto glass, but the aesthetic appeal is often the deciding factor. Dark windows add style and flair and can make even older, cheaper cars look like luxury vehicles. If you are interested in tinting your auto glass Spartanburg SC has many great window tinting shops.

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Cons
While tinted windows are good for temperature control, protect from the sun, and look stylish, there are a few reasons why you may want to think twice about getting your windows tinted.

Firstly, depending on the state you live in, tinted windows may be illegal. Most states have laws limiting the darkness of the tint, because tint that is too dark can limit the driver’s visibility. Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission Percentage (VLT%). In South Carolina, window tint VLT must be greater than 27%, meaning that more than 27% of light must be let in through the tint. Any reputable window tinting company should adhere to these regulations, but it is always a good idea to clarify and make sure that they are using certified film.

Window tinting is designed so that you can see through the windows from inside the vehicle, but it still somewhat limits visibility. This is especially true at night or when passing through a tunnel. If you have poor vision at night, tinted windows are probably not for you.

While tinted windows may help to deter thieves, they can conversely draw more attention from law enforcement. Police officers like to be able to see inside your car to ensure the public’s safety. With tinted windows, you may find yourself being pulled over more often. However, so long as you follow the law and have nothing to hide, you really have nothing to worry about.

Another reason not to have your windows tinted are the costs associated with it. Window tinting obviously costs money to install, and unfortunately, it doesn’t last forever. Eventually, the film is going to begin to peel and you will need to either have it removed or replaced.

While there are many good reasons to choose to have your car windows tinted, it is not for everyone and you should carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages before deciding.

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