What to Expect When Tinting Your Windows for the First Time

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You may have seen many tinted cars in the street, but do you know what actually goes into tinting your car's windows? Tinting is an excellent way of adding style, privacy and comfort. There are also many different types of window tinting films that can be used on your vehicle.

If this is your first time seeking window tinting services, you should be aware of what to expect during the process. For example, you should have an idea of how to find a quality installer and how to save on costs during the process.

The following piece is a guide for first-timers on how to seek automotive window tinting services.  

1.    Be sure of your decision

Even before you start looking around for a contractor, you should be aware of why you need tinted windows. People tint their windows for many different reasons. Some seek protection from harmful UV rays, while others are trying to protect their sensitive glass from scratches and cracks. Tinting is also an effective way of keeping your vehicle's interior private while on the road.

As you decide to tint, explore the options available in the market. You may prefer coloured window films, insulating films or reduced glare films while driving. Others may also be looking for a temporary film that can be easily removed as opposed to a more permanent window tinting solution. Know what you want before taking your vehicle to be tinted.  

2.    Be aware of your options

In addition to the functional elements of window tinting film, you can also select from decorated tints, custom shapes, varying thickness and specific windows. In fact, you may be overwhelmed with decisions the first time you walk into a window tinting shop.

To avoid making rushed decisions, explore the available options on your contractor's website. You may also call them and discuss what you wish to achieve with your tinted windows. In this way, you can make the best use of available options while ensuring that you remain within budget.      

3.    Choose the right installation contractor

Perhaps the most important step is to choose the right contractor to install your films. But how can you tell that you're working with a reputable company? Watch out for the following features:

  • Attention to detail
  • Availability and communication
  • Competitive pricing
  • Inventory and customer reviews

4.    Know what a good job looks like

Finally, you should have an idea of what a quality installation job looks like. The film should tightly adhere to your glass surface, and there shouldn't be any air bubbles underneath the film. In fact, your windows should appear clean and uniform after tinting is complete.