Summer is already on its way out. Have you maximized your time under the summer sun? While many people took advantage of their free time to go on holiday breaks, road trips, and a lot of travelling, some decided to stay indoors and just relax in their own homes. While you are on a break, have you given a thought on tinting your cars? If you have been deciding on it for a while, it is better to know both sides of the coin, the benefits and disadvantages, the pros and the cons—from application to its functions:
Pros – Application:
Car tint application during the summer time is actually more ideal, thanks to the warmer weather. It is a plus, according to experts because the higher temperature will dry down and “cure” the tint film and adhesive faster naturally. But, as the humidity also rises, it can compromise the actual application of the films. High humidity can effect the way tint adheres to windows. Regardless, it is important to let the tints fully dry before using the car, which can be good during the summer break.
Benefits of Car Tinting in the Summer:
Sun glare can really be a threat when you drive. Aside from making it irritable for drivers, the glare can really “blind” drivers on the road. Not only were you putting yourself at risk, but you were also putting other people on the road in danger too. A huge benefit of tinting your car this summer is avoiding all those glare once and for all. Tinted car windows prevent 99% of UV rays from entering your car, which means that you’ll be less accident-prone.
Prolong your car’s lifespan
The heat and UV rays doesn’t only endanger your safety, but can also damage your car’s interior as well. These sunrays mixed with the higher temperature during this season can cause the interior upholstery of your car seats to fade faster, making it look older than it is, damaging it permanently. At the same time, the wood trim and dashboard can also suffer from the heat too! It can cause the wood to fade and plastic parts to have cracks and be brittle.
Car tint keeps your car interior from heat that can damage it from warping, fading, or cracking. It blocks 90% or more of harmful UV rays while also significantly reducing heat. By installing it to your windows, you prevent your car’s interior from deterioration at a much faster pace.
Extra protection against UV rays
One of the most important benefits of car tinting is the protection it provides to our skin during the summer, which is a more ‘dangerous’ time for the skin. During this season, the sun is out for a longer period of time, which can also prolong the driver’s exposure to it when driving long distances. Many people disregard the chances of sun burn because they think that they are protected from the harmful UV rays when you are under shade and inside the vehicle. But, it is a common misconception. In fact, not a lot of people know that the sunlight bounces, and could still bring danger to your skin and health.
This is important to acknowledge because for drivers who spend long periods of time in the road, the harmful rays of the sun can still affect your health, especially your skin. Moreover, studies have proven that because of Climate Change, the heat of the sun and the strength of its harmful rays are much more dangerous to everyone.
Think of car tinting like applying an extra layer of your favorite sunscreen, not on your skin, but on your car’s windows.
Beat the heat
The heat also contributes to the faster deteriorating of your vehicle’s engine, especially when you put too much strain on its air conditioning unit by maxing it out during the hottest parts of a summer day. It can cost you a lot of fuel too.
Window tints act like insulating layers by trapping interior heat inside the car during the winter. When the heat hits your window from outside, the heat travels through the glass and transfers to the air and other objects that may be in contact with the window. This process is called Conduction. At the same time, you can reduce the heat inside your car in the scorching summer months by up to 60%, by using the air conditioning a lot less frequent. Lesser use of the air conditioning units can have a significant impact on fuel mileage and your savings from the lesser fuel pump.
The very same things that make window tint film so beneficial can also be a problem, particularly depending on what kind and how good the quality of the film you use. Here are some of the potential hazards of tinting your windows:
More attention from police
While tinted cars usually blend in with other cars on the road, catching less attention from car thieves, tinted cars may actually get more attention from the police, specifically if your tint is too dark.
In the UK, a tinting law applies to vehicles. Basically, the tinting law states that front windscreens and front side windows depend on when the vehicle was first used. If the vehicle was first used on April 1, 1985, then the required percentage of the darkness of the tint should be at least 75% of light through and the front side windows must let at least 70% of light through. But, if the car was first used before April 1, 1985, the front windscreen and front side windows must both let at least 70% of light through.
Some people may find it a concern. Tinted cars are darker, making the visibility a little bit gloomier and darker. Even though window tinting is designed to allow you to see through the windows from the inside, there is definitely a lower visibility. This can be an issue for some especially when driving at night, in a covered tunnel, or etc.
When peeling and bubbling starts to show up, you will need to replace your tints. Over a course of time, car tints eventually deteriorate, just like anything else. Of course, the duration of each thing depends on various factors, especially the product’s quality and the quality of the service of your chosen tinting company. Cheap dyed tint film can last shorter than more expensive and higher quality ones, which can last for 5 years or more. The tinting company’s performance can also determine the lifespan of your car’s tint. If the tints are properly applied and had undergone the correct process, then you can expect to reap the benefits of your tints longer than expected.