More and more people are opting for window tinting when it comes to their vehicles auto glass. Next time you take a drive, look around and see how many people have their windows tinted. Whilst some may think that window tinting is purely an aesthetic feature geared towards making one’s vehicle look “cool”, it actually poses a ton of benefits to your vehicle and those inside it. Our Oakville shop sees many people inquiring about window tinting and for good reason.
Curious to see how window tinting can benefit you? Read on!
Reduce Internalized Heating
Have you ever sat in your car on a hot summers day assuming it’s just as hot outside, only to get out and realize there is a crisp, cool feeling in the air? Our vehicles are a magnet for sun rays and because of this, they can reach temperatures beyond those outdoors. Tinted windows can significantly reduce the access heat being admitted from the sun. This can aid in overall vehicle temperature control and contribute to the comfort of you and your passengers.
This can also aid in the reduction of consumption of your vehicles air conditioning system. Because tinted windows block out a significant amount of heat from the sun, the inside remains at a modest temperature. This can help you cut back on the use of your A/C in the long run and can help resolve those dilemmas of finding JUST the right amount of A/C.
Block out those strong UV Rays
On the topic of blocking things out, tinted windows can also block up to 99% of UV rays emitted from the sun. These rays can be detrimental to the skin if you are exposed to them consistently over a period of time. In fact, a slightly larger portion of lasting effects caused by UV rays are seen on the left side of the body – the side the driver is most exposed to the sun. Window tinting does a great job at vastly decreasing one’s exposure to these harmful rays. If you do copious amounts of driving, it’s important to consider factors, such as your skin, that most people skim right over.
The sun vs. your vehicle’s interior
We don’t want to call out the sun too much. As much as we love and need it, it can wreak havoc on our vehicles. If you do a lot of driving or if you park your car outside for extended periods of time throughout the day, the sun can slowly be doing damage to your vehicle’s interior. Harsh sunlight can cause fading and discoloration of interior upholstery and cracking of fabrics such as vinyl or leather. Because window tinting blocks out a majority of the suns rays, it can help prologue the interior of your vehicle and help you keep the illusion of a brand new car years down the road.
Security and Privacy
This is the most prominent reasoning behind why a majority of people get their windows tinting. Tinted windows obstruct the view of passing motorists or pedestrians, which is a plus for the security of your belonging. For example, if you park your car in a busy lot and potential thieves so happen to be there, they will not be able to fully see into your vehicle, ergo, they will not know if you have anything of value in it. Because of this, they are more than likely to leave your vehicle alone and your belongings remain safe.
Tinted windows also give off a sense of privacy. If you aren’t a fan of people peering into your vehicle, you have every right to change that. Tinted windows can help you combat nosy neighbours who want to sneak a peak in your ride!
Let’s talk legality. Is window tinting ACTUALLY legal?
A major stipulation people have with window tinting revolves around the legality. A lot of people assume tinting is illegal, when in fact, it is 100% legal to tint your windows, provided you are following the correct guidelines. In Ontario, there are a few rules you must adhere to when it comes to window tinting to ensure you are doing so legally.
- Windshields are not permitted for tinting
- No limit for tinting in rear window
- Tinting the side windows is permitted as long as no more than 30% of light is blocked
Albeit, there are instances where tinting grades can be lower. Limos, for example, have a grade of 5%, meaning only 5% of light is allowed into the vehicle. The 30% put in place for side windows is to ensure maximum safety for everyday drivers.
It’s also important to note that coloured tints and/or anything that obstructs the driver’s views in any necessary plain of sight is NOT permitted. Prior to making a choice on your tint grade, it is important to view samples to ensure the grade you get is suitable for your individual needs.
All in all, window tinting provides copious benefits, beyond just aesthetic appeal. From blocking out harmful UV rays to keeping the belongings in your vehicle out of sight, window tinting can help put your mind at ease.
Looking to add some tint to your windows? Contact us today for a free quote!
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This post was written by Speers Auto Glass Staff