Forget about fully-decked custom cars with illegal pitch-black windows; having tinted windows is no longer just about being ‘hip’, and darker isn’t always better. There are more reasons to have tinted car windows than you may think, five to be exact.
If you’re considering getting your car windows tinted, we’ve compiled everything you need to know to work out if car window tinting is right for you.
1. Reduced Glare
Glare from the sun can be hazardous for drivers, with some even claiming that motor vehicle accident rates are higher when glare is present. If you’ve driven during sunrise or at dusk around Brisbane, you’d know all too well how intense glare can be and how terrifying sudden blindness from glare is. Fortunately, car window tinting options range from rich black to optically clear tints that all have glare-reducing properties.
Additionally, if you’re someone who suffers from eye-fatigue and headaches, reducing the amount of glare you’re exposed to while you’re in your car can prevent strain on your eyes.
Quality car window tints use solar energy rejection technology to block intense glare from passing through the windows. This property is not connected to how dark a tinted window is, making it an effective and safe choice even on front windows.
2. Better Climate Control
Hopping into a scalding hot car on a summer’s day in Brisbane is more than uncomfortable. You may have opted for a sun-smart car colour and are still shocked at how hot your seatbelt clip is. You might have chosen a slick black car and are looking for ways to reduce the solar energy absorbed by your car. Either way, adding custom car window tints are a great solution.
Car window tints can come in a range of colour depth from very dark through to optically clear. While some brands don’t use solar energy rejection technology, the SunTek car window tints we supply in our Brisbane centre provide premium heat and infrared rejection. What you’ll love the most is that car window tinting can provide you with a more comfortable vehicle cabin no matter the season.
3. UV protection
While newer cars have automotive glass that filters out most UV radiation, the protection level varies from different manufacturers and is much lower in older vehicles. A newer car will usually have around 97% UVA protection and only 37% UVB protection. According to skincancer.org, UVA is associated with ageing, while UVB radiation causes sunburn. Both types of UV radiation can cause damage that can lead to skin cancer and eye damage, including cataracts and eyelid cancers.
Adding custom window tinting to your car can provide you and your family with almost complete UVA and UVB protection. State-of-the-art window tints that combine advanced ceramic and non-metal, nano-hybrid carbon technology can provide skin protection with all ranges of tint colours.
4. Longevity Of Car Interior
Custom window tinting is an investment helping to preserve your car’s resale value by protecting the car interior from UV damage. If you spend a lot of time driving during the daytime, or your car is usually parked outside under the elements, the interior furnishings can fade and perish more quickly. This can result in cracks in the steering wheel and dash and faded patches on the seats that can devalue your car.
Suppose you have a cherished custom or collectable car or a much-loved daily drive. In that case, quality window tinting will provide your car interior with longevity and protect against costly UV damage. We might even go as far as saying custom car window tinting is an investment in your vehicle.
Pitch-black tints aren’t just for celebrities, and privacy tints don’t need to be pitch black. There are several different reasons you might consider adding car window tints for privacy:
– Providing your friends and family with additional privacy
– Providing your ride-share passengers with a more luxurious ride
– Cultural reasons
– Protecting valuable equipment or tools stored in your vehicle
While many new cars now come with privacy glass in the back passenger windows, these are technically not tinted. Privacy glass is made by adding a dye during the manufacturing process and does not provide the same benefits as custom car window tinting.
If your car has privacy glass or not, adding tinting to all of your car windows to achieve a more private and luxurious space for you and your passengers.
Ensuring Your Window Tints Are Legal
All vehicle modifications in Brisbane, including car window tinting, are regulated by Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads. Regulations include light transmission limitations and must also be free of wrinkles, bubbles, discolouration and scratches that would impair visibility through the glass and film.
Like us, reputable window tinting providers will ensure that anything we do to your car is compliant, safe and legal, so you don’t have to think about it.
Side Car Window Tinting
For window tinting in the front of the vehicle, excluding the windscreen, the result must allow at least 35% of light transmittance. For vehicles with a rearview mirror, windows behind the driver’s seat can have tints applied as dark as 20% light transmittance. A van or enclosed vehicle that does not have rear passenger seats may use tinting or window films that block light entirely (0% light transmission).
Custom Tinting Factory-tinted Glass
If your vehicle came factory-standard with tinted windows, the window tint installer would have to ensure that the factory tint combined with the custom tint complies with Queensland window tinting regulations.
Window Tinting For Car Windscreens
Some windscreens are manufactured from compliant tinted glass. However, windscreen custom tinting is limited to a band installed along the window’s top. Your installer should ensure this band is compliant with Queensland regulations.
Quality Installation & Materials Matter
While it’s clear that getting your car windows tinted can provide a lot of excellent benefits, some products on the market are inferior. Additionally, as many vehicles come with some factory window tinting, ensuring the result is legal in Brisbane takes special testing and consideration. For this reason, we’d highly recommend consulting with us to find the best window tint solution.
Our qualified experts can test your windows’ performance and provide a car window tinting quote unique to your needs. Talk to us today about the best car window tinting for your vehicle, or pop in and see us at 169 Toombul Rd, Northgate.