If you are someone doing research on window tinting, so as to be able to make the best decision about the type of film you install on your windows, then this article is exactly what youve been looking for, because in it we name the most critical issues you need to be aware of when selecting window film.
The number one and undoubtedly the most important thing you need to know about window film is the difference between good window film and bad quality film. And this is why:
Good quality window film will last for the life of your windows but bad window film will barely last 2-3 years, depending on the rigours of your environment.
The only way for you to discriminate between premium quality and poor quality film is price and guarantee. When making enquirers with a supplier, be sure to ask how long the film is guaranteed for. If it's not at least 12 years keep looking. And also look out for the shady operator who offers you a guarantee on low quality film and hikes the price, to make it seem like it's good film, but will either not be around, or simply do nothing if you get back to them because your tint has degraded.
Here's the tip, (and by the way I've found this to be true with most things), if your only consideration in getting quotes is looking for the lowest possible price, then you will naturally find yourself with the rubbish product and the real price you pay will be in around 3 years when your windows start to blister, fade and/or peel and just look awful. Be warned, the cheapest price is most likely to lead to regret!
BENEFITS OF INSTALLING WINDOW FILM
There are many and varied benefits you can get from window tinting, and each particular film you use will encapsulate some of these benefits, so the first thing you need to be sure of is the most important reason for applying window tint in your circumstances. Lets look at each benefit in a little more detail so you can more fully appreciate the most suitable solution for your particular application.
Heat Rejection: Good quality window film rejects heat by blocking as much as 73% of IR radiation through windows.
UV Blocking: Good quality window film prevents up to 99% of infra red radiation from coming through windows. And as a bonus, it also prevents 93% of glare, which massively improves for your view and makes things look really cool!
Privacy: The right film will also provide daytime privacy, enabling everyone inside to remain cool, enjoy the views, and at the same time have total privacy from onlookers in daylight.
Impact Safety and Security Films: These specially designed films stop glass from shattering on impact. Safety films are made to withstand the force of human impact, while security films can withstand a bomb blast without shattering. Since the collateral damage from accidents where windows are broken comes from shards of glass spraying like shrapnel, or large sections of glass dropping like a guillotine, the major risks associated with safety are prevented. It also stops your windows from becoming a soft and easy entry point for thieves, because both the effort and noise required to force entry is so noticeable criminals, would rather just move on in search of an easier, 'softer' victim.
Finally of course there's the matter of style. Good quality window film also makes windows look good; and for many people it's the aesthetic charm that tinted windows add that is the main reason for their purchase.
SPECIFIC ISSUES RELATED TO CARS & VEHICLES
The next point I want to discuss is relevant to vehicles and it concerns installing the darkest legal tint on your car.
In all States and Territories of Australia, the darkest legal tint permitted on a vehicle is one with a VLT (visible light transmission) level of 35%, on all vehicle windows (excluding the front windscreen, which is not allowed to have any window tint with the exception of the visor strip across the top). The only exception to this are in the NT and WA. In the NT you are permitted a minimum VLT of 15% for windows behind the driver; and in WA you are allowed 20% VLT on windows behind the driver.
So here's the point. Most vehicles already have a slight tint in the glass in their front windows, so this needs to be taken into consideration when adding tint to a window. Here's how the maths looks.
If the factory glass on your car already block 30% of light, when a film with the "darkest legal tint" of 35% is added to this glass, it will emit only 35% of light into a window that is already only emitting 70% of light, so the final VLT will be finalised by the addition of both VLT ratings.
This needs to be taken into consideration because if a driver by mistake fails to comply with tinting regulations, the result can be a fine. But even worse, if a vehicle is involved in an accident and its illegally dark windows are considered by the court to be a contributing factor, this could result in the cancellation of your insurance policy, leaving you exposed to the full financial culpability of the accident. Furthermore a criminal charge could apply if property is damaged or people are hurt.
The final thing to consider is that by modifying a vehicle with illegally dark windows, the vehicle is deemed to be unroadworthy, which means you can't drive the car again until it has been put through roadworthy testing, in which case the illegal tint will have to be removed. That's why the combined VLT of both the glass and film really should be considered when you're selecting the appropriate tint for your car.
So what do I really want you to get from this article? When it comes to window tinting, make sure you use a quality film and that your installer has the knowledge to be able to offer you the right solution for your circumstances. That way you'll end up with a range of benefits, instead of a bunch of hassles.