Choosing a shop to tint your vehicle windows may not be a simple decision. The choice often gets complicated when you start shopping around and discover that the price for installing a window tint can vary from one shop to another for over $100 for tinting the same vehicle.
What should you do to select a shop that offers quality services?
It is always best to check their customer reviews of the tint shop to determine how successful they are in their endeavor. At Tints Unlimited, customer satisfaction is still our top priority. Our five-star review history is a testament that we not only provide our customers with quality services but also have the product knowledge and use the best window tints to achieve excellent results.
An important factor when selecting a window tinting shop is to consider their work experience in the respective field. Ensure that the tint shop has been in the business for at least five years. This will not only show a stable business but will also ensure that they will be there to help if you need to repair your window tint. Generally, good tint shop’s offer quality services at a reasonable price and are likely to prosper despite local competition.
Different Types and Quality of Film
Window tints are available in different varieties from various manufacturers. These include hybrid, stainless steel, and non- reflective and full metal with colors ranging from charcoal to coffee brown or bluish to grey available in stainless steel or bronze tints.
The cheapest window tint, which has the lowest quality window film is the non- reflective or dyed tinting. This type of tinting tends to change into a purple color, form bubble over time, and has the shortest guarantee period.
One of the most popular types of tinting is hybrid or high-performance tinting. Generally known as a reflective product, this type of tinting has a different color and appearance when compared to the non-reflecting one. Another great benefit of hybrid tinting is that it blocks much more solar heat and have better product warranty when compared to non — reflective tinting. Additionally, most hybrid tinting manufacture’s offer extended warranty for hybrid performance products.
Metallic window tint is another type of window tinting. This type of tint has a thin film coated with a thin layer of metallic particles. It usually offers similar protection against the glare of the sun or its heat as hybrid tinting. Metallic window tints are resistant to scratches and usually have a lifetime warranty.
Avoid buying films from shops that offer only one or two varieties. It is more likely that they have acquired them on sale and are perhaps not suitable to meet your requirements.
Generally, window tinting is done in two ways in shops. While some shops take the tinting to the edge when the window is rolled down, some leave a micro-edge or small gap at the top of the roll down the window. Although the former method is preferred as it provides a better finishing, it can be costlier due to the extra time involved during installation.
Applying a tint film on the rear window can be a real hassle. This is because the glass on most vehicles are only slightly curved, which means that the tint has much tendency to wrinkle instead of lying flat. Generally, there are two ways of applying tint to rear windows. The film can be applied in one single piece using a heat gun, or the film can also be applied in strips which overlap upon each other horizontally.
The warranty for a window tint usually depends upon the type of window film you choose. Tints Unlimited suggests that you should opt for a window film that provides lifetime warranty for labor and materials.
It is highly recommended that you only get legal window tint for your vehicle. Obtaining an illegal tint can nullify the warranty with the manufacturer. When you buy window tint ensure that you get the warranty card that includes the date, the total cost of installation, the type of film used in the window and the receipt.
How to assess your automobile window tinting?
Ensure that you do a thorough check-up after your automobile window has been tinted.
Check if the film is applied on the window in a single piece or has it been cut in strips surrounding the defroster lines. Most tint shop that offers quality services will always apply a single piece tint. Next, take a close look at the rear window borders and ensure that is attached securely to the black ‘frit’ edge on the window.
Check to see if the film is applied on the inside and is completely flushed against all the four edges of the window. If you see air bubbles beneath the film or notice that the film does not fall flat against the window, it a sign of sloppy tinting. However, if the film looks slightly discolored or streaky, do not panic. It may take a few days to dry out completely and become clearer.