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5 Reasons to tint your vehicle
Driving with the sun directly in your face isn’t just an annoyance – it can be deadly. Car window tint shields your eyes and prevents glare from all sources of extreme light.
Window tint guards your personal privacy.
3. Upholstery Protection
The heat and UV rays from direct sunlight can turn your upholstery into a mess in a few short years, Window tint keeps your car interior from getting hot enough to warp, fade, or crack, and blocks up to 90% of harmful UV rays.
4. Keeps you cool
With the right window tint, you can reduce the heat inside your car in the scorching summer months by up to 60%. Keep the heat out.
5. Staying Healthy
Direct sunlight and the associated UV rays doesn’t just damage your skin and accelerate aging, it can also cause skin cancer over a prolonged period of exposure. Reduce harmful UV rays by up to 99% by installing quality car tint.
Tinting is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce glare and UV rays.
Window Tint percentages
Window tint percentages in Florida
Tinting on a vehicle’s windshield must be transparent and can only be on the top part of the windshield called the AS/1 portion of the window. AS/1 is defined as “the intersection of the windshield’s centerline with an inclined plane tangent to the upper edge of the 95th eyellipse”. The width of this band varies according to the measurements of the vehicle and can be anywhere from 1.8 inches to 7.5 inches.
Front side window tinting must have a total light reflectance of no more than 25%, as measured on the nonfilm side, and a light transmittance of at least 28%.
Rear side window and rear windshield film tinting must have a total light reflectance of no more than 35%, as measured on the non- film side, and a light transmittance of at least 15%. Rear side window and rear windshield perforated tinting must have a total light reflectance of no more than 35% and a light transmittance of at least 30%.
Measuring Light Transmission and Reflectance
Florida window tinting law requires that measurements for light reflectance and transmission be taken on the specific vehicle on which the tinting has been applied. This means that while a certain tinting may normally comply with the law, if it does not specifically comply with it on your vehicle, it is not legal to have.
To measure light reflectance in perforated tinting that has different levels of reflectance, you should divide the window into 16 equal sections, measure the reflectance of each section, add the numbers together, then divide by 16 to determine the average level of reflectance. As long as the average is no more 35% and no one section is more than 50%, the tinting meets the law’s requirement.
Exceptions to Florida Window Tinting Law
Florida, like most states, allows those with certain medical conditions which require that they not be exposed to direct sunlight to obtain an exemption from the window tinting laws. In order to obtain such an exemption, one must apply to the department of motor vehicles for a certificate, and may be required to pay a fee.
Other exceptions to the Florida window tinting laws include certain law enforcement and private investigator’s vehicles.
Penalty for window tinting
Violation of the window tinting laws in Florida is a non-criminal, non-moving traffic infraction and may result in a fine of up to $500.
This information is not intended as legal advice and is subject to change based on Florida's laws. Please visit the state website for information regarding window tint percentages for each state.
Tinting is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce glare and UV rays.
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5 Questions to ask before choosing an installer
Top 5 questions to ask before tinting your car windows
Tinting your car’s windows will offer countless benefits including protecting skin by blocking UV rays, cooling your car, and reducing glare – just to name a few. But, before you make the initial purchase, ask yourself these 5 important questions to ensure you are on the right track.
1. How long will my car’s window tint last?
The life of window films are dependent on many factors including product type and quality, the climate, and the amount of direct sunlight your car is exposed to. Generally, most professionally installed automotive films are designed to last a long time.
2.How long will it take to tint my car’s windows?
The process can take anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours depending on how many windows are being tinted. If you’re only adding window film to the two front side doors, the installation will be much quicker than if you desire a full installation that includes all four side windows and the back window. We recommend making an appointment with a professional installer to ensure a quality job.
3. Is my car’s window film covered by a warranty?
Most quality products come with a limited lifetime warranty. However, you should confirm the exact warranty length and stipulations prior to purchasing any film. Also, make sure you receive a manufacturer’s warranty that is completely filled out by your installer, so you’re covered even if by chance your installer ever goes out of business. It is important that you abide by your states tint laws. Most warranties will be void if your film installation is illegal. Your installer should know all current tint laws that apply to you.
4. Which automotive tint is right for me?
In order to select the best film for your vehicle, you should consult a professional installer. There's a wide range of products in a variety of shades and colors, as well as different styles and performance benefits. A professional installer help you determine which tint best fits your needs. A professional will also help in selecting the best tint for your vehicle that still adheres to state laws. That being said, your window tint is entirely up to you.
5. How should I care for the tint after installation?
Sure, this sounds like a question to ask after tinting your windows. Yet, knowing what to expect beforehand can help prevent damage to the tint and any inconvenience that comes with it.
Your car’s windows should remain rolled up 2 to 4 days after installation is complete. Rolling them down too early may cause damage before the tint has time to cure.
Ask your tint professional about specifics for your car. Then schedule the tinting for a time where keeping your windows rolled up works for you.