ABC’s of Window Tinting – A consumer information message
Window-tinting applications are the subject of much confusion. In fact, people have so many misconceptions about window tinting that we’ve decided to offer this consumer information message so when you need to select a window tinting company, you can make an informed, intelligent decision.
Here are four costly misconceptions about having your windows tinted, along with a few suggestions to help you save time. Also check out our page with “6 Questions You Should Ask Every Window Tinting Company” before you set up an appointment.
Misconception #1: All window films are the same.
Just like everything else in the world, there are good products and there are bad products. Window film can be divided up into two categories: metalized films and dyed films. Metalized films have a transparent layer of metal alloy in the film, giving it better performance and preventing the color change associated with a window film that is made with dyed colors. Dyed window films are simply made with colors and will fade over a period of time. We’ve learned that you get what you pay for. If you pay for a quality film, you will get quality performance. If you cut corners and use cheap film, you can expect poor results. Cheap films will likely bubble, peel or crack over time. This is not going to happen if a quality film is used.
Misconception #2: Your glass is shatter resistant.
If you are in an auto accident and your window breaks, the glass will shatter into a million pieces. Glass will be thrown everywhere. In your home, a storm or accident could break a window and leave the glass covering the floor and leave your home exposed to the weather. If your glass has window film, it won’t necessarily prevent the glass from breaking; however it will help keep the glass intact reducing the risk of injury. Untreated glass could put you and your family at great risk in the case of an accident.
Misconception # 3: Window tinting won’t keep burglars from entering your home, auto, or business.
Wrong. Window film may not prevent unauthorized access into your home, auto, or business 100% of the time, but it will decrease the chances of a break-in from occurring. Glass that is tinted won’t break like a pane of glass that is not coated. You can break an untreated pane of glass with a hammer and it will crumble into a million pieces. Treated glass will break but it won’t fall. You must literally beat the entire frame of glass in before entering the building. Most burglars don’t and won’t take the time to break through the treated glass.
Misconception #4: Window tinting is mainly cosmetic.
While tinted glass is a very attractive look, there are many other benefits to having tinted glass. We’ve already touched on the safety features of window film and there are a variety of benefits that also come with having your home, auto, or business glass tinted.