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Tint Tech Tinting Windshield Sun Glare

Tinting Your Windshield – Pros and Cons. We have the details.

Ah, the glare!  Have you ever been driving home from work when you ask yourself:  why would they build a road that seems to drive directly into the setting sun?  Your car’s visor does not go low enough to block it out, you have trouble seeing far in front of you, and all the traffic slows down because of the extraordinary sun glare.

Wouldn’t it be great to have something to reduce the glare?  Wouldn’t it be even better if that something had the added benefit of reducing the heat and the UV rays that come into your car, particularly on those high glare days?  Well, you should be excited to know that there is something to do all those things – windshield tinting.

But, you may ask:  Isn’t windshield tinting illegal?  Not necessarily.  Of course, you should always check to see the laws regarding windshield tinting in your particular province or state.  But we at Tint Tech, the window tinting specialists of Calgary, have been doing a ton of windshield tinting lately.

These windshield tints are not to darken your windshield.  Rather, they are virtually clear films that pack in many benefits for you and your car.  In fact, there are so many benefits to windshield tinting that customers know that it is the right thing to do for their car, and for their own driving experience.

In this blog, we take a moment to discuss the type of windshield tinting that we at Tint Tech use most frequently, and we also discuss the pros and cons of using windshield tinting in general.  At Tint Tech, our Calgary window tinting reputation is on the line, so we make sure our auto tint professionals provide the highest quality work and customer service.  You can call us at 403-968-8468 to talk to one of specialists today.

IR Ceramic Film for Your Windshield

There are many different types of window film:

  • Dyed Window Tint Film – the least expensive option with some heat reduction qualities.
  • Metallized Film – very small metallic particles, invisible to the eye, work to reflect light and keep heat outside of the car to some degree, but can interfere with cell phone, GPS, and radio transmission.
  • Carbon Window Tint Film – film that does not use metal, can block about 40% of infrared light, and is effective in keeping heat out of the car on a hot day.
  • Ceramic Film – the highest quality window tint film that uses a type of ceramic particle that is nonconductive and nonmetallic.

The rock stars at Tint Tech, Calgary’s window tinting experts, are partial to IR ceramic for windshields, which basically provides 80% VLT.  Let’s break down the acronyms in that last sentence.  “IR” stands for infrared rejection.  It is the amount, usually measured in percentages, of infrared light that is blocked by a window film.

“VLT” stands for visible light transmission.  Also measured in percentages, visible light transmission pertains to the amount of visible light that is allowed to come through a window tint film.  So, 35% VLT means that 35% of visible light will pass through the window film.  The lower the percentage, the darker the tint.  In fact, most automakers will slightly tint the glass in an auto at the factory – usually to about 80% VLT.

That is why you should not worry about the windshield tint that we install at Tint Tech.  The IR ceramic film we use is a virtually clear window film with 80% VLT.

The Benefits of IR Ceramic Window Film

Ceramic film has only recently appeared on the market, but it has proven itself to be remarkably reliable while providing great performance.  It is the highest quality window tint film, so it can be more expensive than the others.  Yet, there are so many benefits to the ceramic window film that the old adage “you get what you pay for,” is particularly accurate here.  The many benefits of ceramic are worth the slightly higher price compared to other films on the market.  Here are some of the benefits:

  • Solar Heat Reduction.  IR ceramic film typically cuts about 45% to 50% of the solar heat entering your vehicle.  In fact, this is one of the biggest selling points for our customers who get tint on their windshields.  By deflecting up to 50% of the sun’s solar (infrared) energy, you can be comfortable in your car without having to turn your air conditioner to full blast.  Having less heat come into your car puts less of a strain on all of the components of your car in the summer.  And, with better fuel efficiency, there is less strain on your wallet.
  • Glare Reduction.  IR ceramic film is by far the best, compared to other films, when talking about glare reduction.  Because it reduces glare while still being virtually clear, IR ceramic is the perfect window tint for your windshield.  In terms of numbers, this type of film will reduce glare by about 13%, which is significant, particularly on those roads that lead you right towards the sun on the way home from work.
  • UV Protection.  The IR ceramic film also blocks up to 99% of the sun’s ultraviolet light coming into your car.  That has enormous benefits both for you and your passengers, because skin cancer is directly linked to UV exposure.  Also, it protects the dashboard and upholstery in your car from fading.  And we all want our cars to stay looking new, both inside and out, right?
  • No Electronic Interference.  Separating it from metallic films, IR ceramic film is both nonconductive and nonmetallic.  Therefore, it does not get in the way of necessary electronic devices like your cell phone and GPS system.
  • Reduces Chance of Glass Breakage.  Adding the ceramic film to your windshield also renders the windshield highly shatter proof.  That provides a little more protection from someone trying to get into a car, and it actually reduces the chances of glass pieces flying inside the vehicle if the windshield does break.

All of the above benefits come in a window film that is virtually clear, at 80% VLT.  That is what makes it an ideal film for windshields, and why our customers at Calgary’s window tinting service at Tint Tech are using the IR ceramic film for their windshields in greater numbers.

As noted, be sure to check with your specific province or state to check to see if the window tint film we provide is legal for your windshield.  If it is, then it is a smart move for your car.  The heat, glare, and UV ray reduction that comes with the IR ceramic window tint for your windshield will really improve your overall driving experience.

Call us, the Calgary window tint professionals, at 403-968-8468 today.  We at Tint Tech love talking with customers about all of the window tint options that we provide, including glare reducing window tints for your windshield.

Window Film on Double Triple Pane Glass

Installing Window Film on Double or Triple-Pane Glass, Is It Safe? 

You may be surprised to know that there are a few hot topics in the window film world.  Using window film on double- or triple-paned glass is one of them.  In fact, the debate on treating double- or triple-pane windows with window tint is almost as hot as the energy a window film treatment absorbs from the sun.

Specifically, we have heard consistent stories of new-home buildersscaring customers into thinking that installing window film on triple-pane glass voids the warranty.  Thus, they dissuade people from getting the extra protection and benefits that window tint provides for their home.

In this article, we delve into the details of multi-pane glass, the benefits of window tint for your home, and the heated debate on the safety of window tint on the multi-paned glass in your home windows.

We at Tint Tech, the Calgary window film experts, are always available to discuss with you the pros and cons of any type of window film for your home or office.  If you are not sure what options are available to you with regard to Calgary window film products and installers, do not hesitate to call one of our Tint Tech professionals at 403-968-8468.

A Brief Primer on Double- and Triple-Pane Glass

Double- and triple-pane glass is a marvelous investment if you are looking for replacement windows.  Why?  Because they are great at keeping the heat of the sun out of your home in the summer, and keeping the heat from your furnace in your home during the winter.  That translates into lower heating and cooling costs for you all around.

Double-pane windows are made up of two pieces of glass in parallel.  There is a small space between the two sealed pieces of glass, and that space is usually filled with a gas.  A window made up of two sealed piece of glass with a gas in between works to insulate the window quite effectively.  You can get the benefits of natural light flowing into your home, but keep out excess heat.

In fact, a standard double-pane window with argon gas will be able to reflect about 90% of the energy hitting it, and only allow 10% through.  That means that only 10% of the heat from the hot sun gets into your home in the summer, and only 10% of your heat seeps out of your home in the winter.

Triple-pane windows are identical to double-pane windows, with the exception that they have a third piece of glass, giving greater insulation.  A standard triple-pane window will reflect 97% of the energy, and will only let 3% pass through.  Triple-pane windows, as you would expect, are about one-third more expensive than double-pane windows.

Benefits of Home Window Film

Window tint for your home windows has many benefits.  It keeps out excess heat from the sun beating down on your windows.  It also significantly reduces sun glare, which is a welcome necessity if you are trying to view a computer screen in your home office.  Finally, window tint keeps out harmful UV rays that could fade and cause sun damage to the furniture and fabrics in your home.

All of those benefits come while you still are able to enjoy natural light in your home.  Without window tinting, you would need to resort to blinds or drapes, which shuts out light almost completely.  So, can you put window tint on double- or triple-pane windows?

Is It Safe to Install Window Film on Double- and Triple-Pane Glass?

Be assured that installing window film on double- or triple-pane glass in your home is safe.  We at Tint Tech, the Calgary window film professionals, have done so for years.

You may have heard that window tint on multi-pane glass has the effect of allowing the separate pieces of glass to get to different temperatures.  The notion is that when the glass panes are at different temperatures that could cause the pressure to change, break the window seal, or break the glass.  In addition, as noted, builders have been scaring customers about window film by stating that it voids the warranty for the window.

However, we at Tint Tech cover that warranty if there are any pressure cracks, which in our experience, has yet to happen.  In addition, we have not experienced a temperature difference between the panes of glass such that it would cause some problem with the window.  And when that occurs, the warranty we provide covers for any issues.

Indeed, our installation professionals have installed window tint on interiors of double- and triple-pane windows.  In those cases where we were unable to install the window tint on the interior, we can install the tint on the exterior of the double- or triple-pane windows.  In fact, exterior window tint is even more effective with heat rejection.

With the Appropriate Window Film, There’s No Debate on Its Safety

We at Tint Tech are happy to put this window film/multi-pane glass debate to rest.  Provided that the proper window film is used, you should have no problem with adding window film to a double- or triple-pane window.  Of course, the warranty is always there for additional peace of mind.

Contact us at Tint Tech, either by filling out our contact sheet online or calling us at 403-968-8468.  We are the Calgary window film experts.  Our professionals have been servicing Calgary window film customers, and customers from the entire region, for many years.  We only employ the installation professionals who have the right training and are at the top of their game.

We understand the investment you made when you chose double- or triple-pane windows.  That is what sets us apart from the competition.  We take great care in selecting the appropriate window film for your needs, advise you on the best films for the kind of windows you have, and follow through with having the highest standards of installation.  You can speak to one of our professionals today for a consultation or estimate.  As the Calgary window film experts, Tint Tech is a cut above the rest.  Call today.

Canada Car Window Tinting Laws

Is It Legal to Tint My Front Windows and Windshield? We Have The Answers.

Why are after-market window tints for cars and trucks so popular?  Why does Tint Tech, the window-tinting specialists, have so many customers waiting for Tint Tech specialists to work their window-tinting magic on their vehicles?  The answer to those questions is not hard to figure out.

Window tinting, by Calgary’s Tint Tech (or some other window-tinting shop), has myriad benefits for your vehicle.  Auto window tinting provides privacy for you and your passengers.  Window tinting can dissuade would-be burglars, because they cannot see what is inside your car.  Window tint can also block out harmful UV rays to protect your skin and keep your car’s dashboard and upholstery from fading prematurely.  Window tint also can keep the interior of your car cooler because it reduces the amount of sunlight, and thus the amount of heat, that comes into the inside of your car.

Of course, we cannot forget the most important reason for having tinted windows – because it looks awesome!  Nothing enhances the look of your car more than tinting the windows.  Window tint provides the finishing touch to your prized sports car, or takes your normal sedan and gives it the sporty look you want.

With all of those benefits, why does law enforcement give window tinting such a bad rap?

Reasons Why Law Enforcement Officers Are Not Real Fans of Window Tinting

While it may seem unfair that police cars can have heavily tinted windows while the rest of us cannot, there are some legitimate law enforcement concerns surrounding window tint for regular cars on the road.

First, virtually every time a police officer executes a car stop, the officer does not know what he or she is getting into.  There have been cases where a low-risk, routine car stop, such as where the car was stopped for playing music too loud, turns into a deadly situation because the driver pulls a gun on the officer who approached the driver’s side window.  Thus, being able to see the driver and his or her movements and body language through a clear window can help an officer who is making a stop.

Second, with the exponential increase in texting while driving, police officers prefer to be able to see the driver in order to properly issue a summons for texting while driving.

Third, heavy tinting could dramatically decrease visibility when driving at night.  Therefore, law enforcement has a concern about public safety as well.

Recent Royal Canadian Mounted Police News Releases

Recently, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) put out a news release regarding window tinting.  It warns motorists with regard to window tinting throughout Canada.

Specifically, in June 2018, the RCMP Traffic Services warned motorists that they should remove any after-market tint from their front-side windows or face a possible fine.  Noting an uptick in distracted driving and seatbelt noncompliance, the RCMP states that tinted windows hamper the ability for police to “see through front side windows to ensure drivers are wearing their seatbelt and are not using cell phones or texting while driving.”

The warning also noted the safety issue with children and other pedestrians being unable to make eye contact with drivers at crosswalks, as well as a need to identify people who are driving erratically.

So, Is It Legal to Have Tint On My Front Windows or Windshield?

The answer to that question depends on which province you are talking about.  In Canada, window tint is regulated by Canada’s Motor Vehicle Law, as well as the laws for specific provinces.  Below, we discuss Canada’s Motor Vehicle Law, and then the specific tinting laws in each province.

Please note that when discussing the law in each province, we provide percentages.  Those percentages represent “visible light transmission levels” (VLT).  So, if the percentage of tint is 35% VLT, that means that 35% of visible light will pass through the window film.

In simple terms, the lower the percentage, then the darker the tint.  5% VLT is very dark (as it only lets in 5% of visible light), whereas 70% film is very light (letting in 70% of visible light).  Interesting fact – most automakers slightly tint their glass, usually to about 80% VLT.

  • Canada

The Motor Vehicle Act provides that no tint (not even light tinting) is permitted on windshields below 75 mm from the top of the windshield.  Moreover, no tint is permitted on the front side windows.  Residents who travel frequently between provinces may be wise to install car tint that is legal in the majority of Canada’s provinces.

  • Province by Province

 

Alberta

  • Windshield – no tint allowed
  • Front Side – no tint allowed

British Columbia

  • Windshield – tint can only go down 7.5 cm from the top of the windshield
  • Front Side – no tint allowed

Manitoba

  • Windshield – tint can only go down 12.7 cm from the top of the windshield
  • Front Side – 50%

New Brunswick

  • Windshield – 70%
  • Front Side – 70%

Newfoundland

  • Windshield – no tint allowed
  • Front Side – no tint allowed

NW Territories

  • Windshield – no tint allowed
  • Front Side – no tint allowed

Nova Scotia

  • Windshield – no tint allowed
  • Front Side – no tint allowed

Nunavut

  • Windshield – no tint allowed
  • Front Side – no tint allowed

Ontario

  • Windshield – no tint allowed
  • Front Side – no tint allowed

Prince Edward

  • Windshield – no tint allowed
  • Front Side – no tint allowed

Quebec

  • Windshield – tint can only go down 15 cm from the top of the windshield
  • Front Side – 70%

Saskatchewan

  • Windshield – no tint allowed
  • Front Side – no tint allowed

Yukon

  • Windshield – no tint allowed
  • Front Side – no tint allowed

* Source is https://www.tinting-laws.com/canada/ (the site indicates that it is frequently updated, so be sure to consult this website to get the most up-to-date information on tint laws).

Conclusion

In sum, window tint may be something you just have to have.  Yet, penalties can be harsh and law enforcement in Canada is not forgiving when it comes to illegal tint on car windows.  So, be sure to consult the applicable laws before deciding to get window tint.  But, once you have made the decision, and reviewed what the legal requirements are, be sure to talk to one of the window tint specialists at Calgary’s Tint Tech.  We can be reached at 403-968-8468.  At Tint Tech of Calgary we ensure that we will do a perfect job, the first time.  Call today.

Car Windshield Film

How Can You Bring Extra Joy to the Car or Truck You Love? Windshield Protection Film.

Do you drive a long way to work?  Do you take the highway to work?  Do you find that there are more rocks, debris, and small objects on the road than back in the day?  Well, if you are worried about trucks and other cars kicking up something that will do some damage to your car’s paint job or windshield, you are not alone.

We at Tint Tech know all too well how stressful it is to worry about small rocks and other debris hitting your car.  In fact, we take great care with our customers who experience cracked windshields, scraped car paint, and minor dings and dents.  We share in your frustration.  However, there is an answer – particularly with regard to your windshield.  The answer is windshield protection film.

Yes, that’s right.  Not only is there auto window tint and paint protection film for your car, but you can gain the comfort of knowing your windshield has extra protection from cracks and other issues with window protection film.  In fact, Calgary’s Tint Tech is one of the specialists in window protection film.

Do I Really Need Windshield Protection Film?

As a threshold matter, you may ask yourself whether window protection film in Calgary is worth the investment.  It is true that with an everyday car it is not that expensive to replace the windshield in the event of a crack due to an errant rock.  Yet, the beauty of windshield protection film from Calgary experts Tint Tech is that you get peace of mind, knowing that you have extra insurance against the elements.

Moreover, if you have a luxury vehicle, sports car, or other exotic car, then windshield protection film is a terrific investment.  When a windshield cracks on a higher-end luxury vehicle, or specialized sports car, then it is not just the minor inconvenience of a few hundred dollars to fix a windshield.  Rather, it can be a lot more expensive, and you get the added stress of wondering whether the new windshield is as good as the original, or if the value of your car will be greatly diminished.

Indeed, changing a windshield for a luxury vehicle or exotic car can involve some major cutting, pushing, and pulling on your car.  Most owners of high-end vehicles would wince at the type of aggressive handling of a car in order to get the old windshield out and a new one in.  Thus, window protection film installation by the Calgary professionals at Tint Tech is the right move.

What Does Windshield Protection Film Do?

Windshield protection film, from manufacturers like ClearPlex or Lamin-x, is a strong, transparent skin that stretches over your windshield.  It deflects and absorbs the impact of rocks and other debris at high speeds.  With cracked windshields, it is usually rocks that are the worst offenders.  So, the protective film gives that extra layer on your windshield that keeps rocks from doing lasting damage.

The windshield protective film is almost entirely invisible.  In fact, you really have to look closely to see that it is there.  It certainly is not noticeable at all when you are in the driver’s seat focused on the road.

How Does Windshield Protection Film Do Its Thing?

Windshield protection film, as you would expect, is far a different material from regular glass.  While your windshield is a hard, brittle glass, the windshield protection film material is strong, thin, and flexible.  Yet, the material is actually harder than glass – truly amazing technology.

When there is an impact on the film from something like a rock, the flexible surface distributes the force of the impact along the entire surface of the film.  So, rather have the rock directly hit the glass, which takes all of the force at the point of impact, the film diffuses the impact over the entire surface.  Diffusing the force of the rock typically eliminates any damage at the point of impact.

Does Windshield Protection Film Impact My Car’s Value?

Windshield protection film installed by Calgary auto servicers like Tint Tech will actually help your car maintain its value.  As we noted before, even if it is only a minor financial inconvenience to replace a windshield, a replacement will hurt the value of your car.  That is true despite the quality of the installation of the new windshield.  Accordingly, window protection film by Calgary pros Tint Tech will help you avoid damage to your windshield in the first place.

Are There Any Other Benefits of Windshield Film?

In fact, windshield protection film has the tangential benefit of protecting your car from break-ins.  One of the most common crimes you read about in small, suburban town police blotters is the overnight burglary of parked cars.  With windshield protection film, it is that much harder for a would-be burglar to get into your car to take any valuables inside.

Even if someone is able to smash the tempered glass, the protection film holds the glass pieces together.  Thus, the burglar will have great difficulty getting into the vehicle because the protective layer is still covering the windshield area.

In sum, there are a number of important benefits provided to you through the installation of window protection film.  Whether you have an everyday car, or a luxury, sports, off-road, or exotic vehicle, windshield protection film is a good investment.

Tint Tech, the Calgary Windshield Protection Film Specialists Are Ready To Help You

We at Tint Tech welcome you to call us and discuss the pros and cons of windshield protection film for your car or truck.  One of our auto glass film professionals will be happy to answer your questions and schedule a time for you to come in for a windshield protection film appointment.  Remember at Tint Tech, the Calgary protection film specialists, we combine high performance and outstanding technology.  We also ensure outstanding customer service.  We are not happy until you are happy with your windshield protection film.  Call today for more information at 1-403-968-8468.