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Car Glass Tinting Prices: Do You Really Get What You Pay For?

We should probably begin with a “spoiler alert” here and answer the lead question right away.  Yes.  When it comes to car glass tinting prices, it is true that you “get what you pay for.”   Like most things in life, quality will cost more.  That designer shirt that is both fashionable and made from great quality fabric will likely look better and last a lot longer than the shirt you got from Walmart.  In the same way, high quality window film will not bubble, crack, or fade within a short period of time as cheap tint might.  Why is that?  Because you get what you pay for.

That being said, when shopping around the various car glass tinting prices, at the various car glass tinting shops in your area, it is immensely helpful to know what factors go into installation of automotive window film.  That way, you will understand when you are getting a quality automotive window film job, and when someone is selling you cheap tint under the guise of a luxury product at expensive car glass tinting prices.

If, after reading this blog, you want to learn more from a professional automotive window film specialist, then we welcome you to contact the professionals at Tint Tech.  We can explain the various car glass tinting prices, avoid the really cheap tint, answer all of your questions, and give you an estimate for your particular vehicle.  Call us at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.  We at Tint Tech in Calgary are ready to help you anytime.

What Are the Important Factors in Car Glass Tinting Prices?

Discussing the options involved in car glass tinting prices can be, if you can believe it, more challenging than explaining the technology behind automotive window film.  Why?  The reason for that is because car glass tinting prices vary significantly.

If you are not too concerned about quality, then you could probably get a tinting job done for your car at about $100 at a place that does not have an established reputation.  Yet, if you go to a luxury auto tinting shop, you may pay upwards of $400.

Which price is reasonable?  Depending upon a number of factors, both prices can be “reasonable.”  What are those factors?  They are as follows:

  • The type of vehicle you are tinting,
  • The kind of automotive window film you have installed,
  • The performance warranty for the automotive window film used, and
  • The reputation of the automotive window tinting shop you use.

Let’s take a moment to look at each factor in depth.

The Type of Vehicle You Are Tinting

As you might expect when you think about it, some car models are just harder to tint than others.  An experienced automotive window film tint shop, like Calgary’s Tint Tech, will always ask what specific type of vehicle you have.  That is because installation professionals will need to get an idea of what type of tint job they will be looking at when you bring your car in.  It will also dictate how much the job will ultimately cost.

Specifically, every model of car has a different surface area of window.  Also, some cars might have some challenging window shapes.  For example, a Corvette or a Volkswagen Beetle have curved and/or steep rear windows.  Those oddly shaped windows present a bigger challenge for auto tint installers.

Moreover, the greater the window surface area and the more automotive window film you need, the more it will cost.  Thus, tinting a compact car will normally cost less than tinting a minivan or SUV.

The Kind of Automotive Window Film You Have Installed

There are lots of things that go into car glass tinting prices, but the tint itself is, of course, a primary player.  As with our ‘designer shirt vs. Walmart shirt’ example above, the quality and price of window tint varies dramatically.

The question for you, then, is whether you want a designer shirt or a Walmart shirt for your car.  Remember, though, unlike a shirt you might wear a few times a month, your car window tint will remain on the car every day for a long time.

Lower cost window films might not look good early on, but the staying power is what matters.  Cheap tint will most likely bubble, display color shifts, or lose heat protection fairly quickly.  By contrast, high quality ceramic or metallized films will not lose their properties and will last a lifetime.

The Performance Warranty for the Automotive Window Film Used

Warranties that automotive window tint shops provide can vary.  That is why the Performance Warranty on the window tint product itself is important to keep in mind.  Some warranties will be for a lifetime, while others may only be for as long as one year.

Your typical warranty will cover cracking, glazing, peeling, and bubbling.  Yet, there are better warranties that cover any changes in color, and even warranties that can be transferred to a subsequent buyer of your car.

One word of caution.  Some auto tint shops provide a “lifetime” warranty.  That warranty from the tint shop, however, lasts only as long as the tint shop is around to honor it.  So, if you choose a tint shop that has not been around long, or is not well established, the lifetime warranty might not be as valuable.  Here it is worth noting that Tint Tech boasts having over 45 years of combined industry experience in automotive window tinting, which leads to our last factor – dealer reputation.

The Reputation of The Automotive Window Tinting Shop You Use 

Part of the car glass tinting prices out there include the quality of work you receive from the auto tinting shop.  The best tint shops in the industry are the ones that have an established place in the business, have many satisfied customers, offer some of the top technicians and installers, and take pride in the quality of their work as well as providing excellent customer service.

Working with such an established automotive window film tinting shop comes with a bit of a premium compared to a new start up tinting place that may try to sell you on cheap tint.  Thus, when it comes to price comparisons, you need to consider the quality of the auto tinting business with which you engage.

In that vein, we at Tint Tech are confident that you will find our 45 years of combined industry experience, coupled with impressive customer service and thousands of satisfied customers, to be something that justifies working with us.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

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What 4 Things Should You Ask Before Tinting Your Car’s Windows?

We love the look of a hot ride.  Usually, dark tinted windows are a part of that vision.  Plus, as you can see from many of the other blogs on our site, auto window tint is not just for good looks.  Auto tinting is good for your health, your comfort, and your wallet.

All that being said, deciding to take your favorite investment – the car that you love to drive – and getting the windows tinted can be a big decision.  We here at Tint Tech, the best car window tint shop in Calgary, fully understand.  Indeed, we work with customers every day who are, like you, very particular about their cars and want to make sure that they have all the information before making the installation decision.

That is why we decided to use this blog as an opportunity to discuss the 4 main things you should ask about before getting your auto windows tinted.  These 4 main questions will get you most of the way there, but if you have more detailed questions, do not hesitate to call us at Tint Tech.

We at Tint Tech are the best car window tint specialists in the area, and we are ready to help you with any question you have.  We don’t mind at all.  That is because the better informed you are, the more you will be ready to enjoy all the benefits of an auto tint job.  For more information call us at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

  1. What Kind of Benefits, and What Kind of Performance Am I Looking For?

The first thing you need to consider is why you are getting your car windows tinted.  Be honest.  Are you doing it just because you want the car to look great, just pure aesthetics?  That is a perfectly legitimate desire.  Of course, you may be in the market for auto window tint because you want UV protection, heat reduction, or glare reduction – or all of the above.

The old adage “you get what you pay for” really applies here.  There are different types of window tint to match the different reasons you have for tinting your car.  If you are just going for looks, then you can actually save money by getting a less expensive tint, one that is not as highly engineered for other purposes.  On the other hand, you can get an increased level of quality and performance if you are looking for window film that has UV protection, infrared protection, and heat reduction qualities.  So, there is a window film that suits your specific needs.

  1. What is the Experience of the Window Tint Installer?

Without question, you will want the best car window tint job done right the first time.  So, the quality of your tint installer is key.

Indeed, the experience of your tint installer will make all the difference in the end result.  A professional, seasoned window tint installer can take even medium quality tint and make it look great with precision installation.  By the same token, an inexperienced installer can take the finest window tint film and make the tint job not worthy of your car because of shortcuts and flaws in the install.

You can get a better guarantee on the end result of your window tint by confirming the installer company’s experience level.  It is also appropriate to inquire as to whether the installer has certain certifications, and to ask to see examples of their work.

  1. Are There Any Warranties I Can Rely On?

In a perfect world, everything would work as it should.  But, unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world.  Sometimes a product does not turn out the way we expect it to, or it has a flaw that is not indicative of the product overall.  That is when the “rubber meets the road,” so to speak, on how good the warranty is on the window film product that was installed, and how much the installer will back up his or her work.

With the best car window tint installers, you should receive a warranty card that is connected to the product that was installed on your windows.  If an installer is not ready to provide you with that type of warranty card or other assurances, then you may want to look elsewhere.

  1. What About Auto Window Tinting Prices?

Of course, most things come down to money.  Auto window tinting prices vary, as you would expect.  Yet, you definitely need to have the price conversation with a window tint shop to be able to weigh all the pros and cons.

Among basic auto window tinting prices, for a compact car, using standard window film, you might find a $99 price for the entire car.  The higher quality tints, however, might have auto window tinting prices that range from $199 to $399 for the whole car.  A big price driver is the amount of heat reduction that a window film provides.

Ask All Your Questions at Tint Tech, We Are Ready to Help

We at Tint Tech take pride in the work we do.  We treat every car as if it is our own.  That’s what sets us apart from the competition.  With our state-of-the-art protective film technology, we can protect your vehicle from sun and heat damage, and from chips and scuffs on your vehicle’s paint.  We also increase the security of your glass and add privacy for car and home windows.  And we can do it all for less money than you think.

We strive to stay on top of the latest trends.  Accordingly, we work with only the most advanced products in the market, and we apply those products with the highest level of skill to ensure that you get the best results.

Every staff member at Tint Tech is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality, while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

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Let’s Talk Car Tint Options

One of the best things in life – having options.  As they say, real wealth is not about having a lot of money, it is about having options.  When it comes to car tint options, you are wealthy indeed.  Automotive window tinting is a field that continues to improve with some amazing technological advances in just the last few years.  The great thing about car window tint is that it is an aftermarket product that has so many benefits, from aesthetics to health and safety that it would be unwise not to consider auto tint for your car these days.

This blog will take a close look at all of the car tint options available to you in today’s market.  Some options may be better than others for your personal taste, but they are all worthy of consideration.

Of course, if you are looking for places that do window tinting, then you need look no farther than Calgary’s best window tint shop, Tint Tech.  We can discuss in more detail all of the options that we present in this blog and see which car tint option is the best for you.  We are the window tint professionals and one of the best places that do window tinting.  So, call us at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

Why is Car Window Tint Worth It?

Before jumping into all the of the car tint options available to you, let’s refresh why window tint is a great decision for your car to begin with.

First, car tint protects your skin.  We all know that UV rays are incredibly harmful to your skin, and regular auto glass will not block those dangerous UV rays.  Car tint will.  You may only drive in your car for short periods of time, but if you have a long commute, you need to frequently take road trips, or if you drive all day as an Uber or Lyft driver, the sun beating down on your skin can take its toll.

Second, car tint reduces fading.  The UV rays are not only bad for your skin, but they are bad for your upholstery and dashboard finishes too.

Third, car tint will keep your interior cool.  Given that car tint blocks UV rays, it keeps out a lot of the heat that comes with those UV rays.  Thus, your drive will be that much more comfortable.

Fourth, car tint gives you privacy.  Car tint brings privacy to the passengers of your car, and keeps people from seeing anything you have inside your car, making it less of a target for burglars.

Fifth, car tint looks great.  While not the only reason for getting car tint, obviously a great, classy look for your car is an important reason to tint your windows.

What are Your Car Tint Options?

This is the best time to shop for automotive tint because you have so many great options to choose from.

  1. Infrared Car Tint. The benefit of infrared tint is that it gives you extremely high visibility while still blocking out harmful UV rays.  Infrared films do not darken the windows too much, which is good for provinces that have stricter car tinting laws, and they last a long time.
  2. Metallic Car Tint. If you are looking for a sleek, shiny, reflective window tint, metallic is the way to go.  It has high resistance to heat and UV rays, but the drawback is that the metal particles in the tint could block a cell phone or GPS signal.
  3. Carbon Car Tint. Carbon tint is pretty popular because it blocks more heat and UV rays than most of the other types of tint, and it avoids any issue with blocking cell or GPS signals because it is not made with metal.
  4. OEM Car Tint. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.  The tint is built into the glass, and you purchase the new windows to put in your car.  This process is similar to getting new windows from the original dealer as replacements, but the OEM company tends to provide the windows more cheaply than an original dealer would.
  5. Clear Car “Tint.” Although it is a bit of a misnomer to call clear window film “tint,” the application of the film is the same.  Clear films are, as you would expect, transparent window films.  Now, you may ask:  why would anyone get a clear film?  Well, there are actually many solid reasons to do so.  Most importantly, the UV protection of car tint is such a great benefit, that many customers want the UV protection without darkening their windows at all.  In addition, if you live in a province that has strict limitations on how dark your tint can be, clear film is a great alternative.  The one downside:  transparent film does not block out heat as well as the darkened tinted windows would.

There is another option to block out heat and UV rays, and that is by using detachable sun shades and retractable sun shades in the windows of your car.  Those can be lower-cost options, but do not look as attractive and are not as permanent as the professional installation of high-quality car tint.

Looking for Places that Do Window Tinting?  Think of Calgary’s Tint Tech

So, there you have it, a quick primer on all of the car tint options that you can get to make your life more comfortable, and make your car look fabulous.  At Tint Tech, we specialize in working closely with our customers to help them make the best tinting decisions.  We then back up that decision with careful, professional installation of the window tint that will last a long time, and will not fade, bubble or crack.

Let us help you transform the look and feel of your car by reaching out and contacting us today.  We will make sure that you are satisfied and comfortable before going ahead with the automotive window tint installation.  Call us at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

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Architectural Window Tinting as a Part of Home Improvement

Home ownership is an important milestone in anyone’s life.  A house is a place to build memories, build a family, and build a home.  Yet, it is also a way to build equity, and build on your initial investment.

That investment, however, requires some maintenance.  A home is like a garden, it does not age well unless you tend to it.  Therefore, the best way to increase the value of your home is to continue investing in it.

Of course, that means doing renovations  from time to time.  In 2017 and 2018, it was reported that almost half of Canadians in all provinces did some home improvement or repair projects in their home.

On average, in 2018, all Canadians planned to spend an average of $11,000 on their home, with Ontarians spending the most at $13,600 in home improvements.  Typically, the top renovation projects included

  • Basic maintenance,
  • Landscaping, and
  • Bathroom renovations

Interestingly, as many as 71% of Canadians feel that home renovations are a good way to keep busy in retirement, but 45% of those over 55 years old prefer to hire a contractor, rather than do the work themselves.

Moreover, with renovation projects that require additions to a home, or new windows, Canadians are more and more interested in having windows installed with architectural window film.

Home Improvements are a Great Time to Think About New Technology and Energy Efficiency

Of course, your home renovation, beyond repairing known issues, is an opportunity to increase the look and appeal of your home, to update it to current interior fashion, and to make your home more energy efficient using the latest technology.

Those efficiencies can come in the form of faucets that use less water; green-minded HVAC systems; insulation that keeps more heat in during the winter, and keeps the cool air in during the summer; and, finally, windows that are energy efficient so that you can lower your utility bills.

As you may know, windows are the worst offenders when it comes to heating or cooling your home.  Glass windows, particularly when the seal of the window is not perfect, simply allow more air in and out of your home than any other surface on your home.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a product that made windows more energy efficient, while having additional aesthetic benefits too?  Enter the answer to those needs – architectural window tinting.

The Five Main Benefits That You Get from Architectural Window Tinting

Many consumers still have not caught on to the great investment architectural window tinting can be for their home.  Yet, the architectural window tinting product is getting more and more popular by the day.  We at Tint Tech, the best window tint shop in Calgary, see the trends with our customers.  We are seeing that architectural window tinting is gaining steam, with no signs of stopping.

That comes as no surprise because there are so many marvelous benefits to architectural window tinting.  For those who still think window tinting is just for cars, think again.  Architectural window tinting, particularly based on the advancements in the window film technology over the last few years, will continue in popularity.  It is very possible that in the very near future, architectural window tinting will be a mainstream necessity for all new windows and a common home improvement project.

So, what are those five main benefits?

    1. Comfort.  The key to comfort in your home is reducing heat and minimizing glare.  Architectural window tinting film does both amazingly well.  It is remarkable how much heat comes into your home from just the power of the sun’s rays.  At the same time, you should not be forced to live in a dark home, curtains drawn, just to save on energy.   Architectural window tinting reduces a great deal of the heat coming in through the windows.  At the same time, window film will block glare.  Now you can keep your windows open and enjoy all of the natural light, while still being able to keep your home cool and not have to worry about glare making it hard to see a TV or computer screen.

 

    1. Protect Your Upholstery.  Ultraviolet rays from the sun are the primary cause of fading in your curtains, upholstery, carpet, paintings, and even furniture.   Architectural window tinting cuts out 99% of UV rays.  With window film installed, you can keep your artwork and furnishings looking like new for much longer.

 

    1. Safety and Security.   Architectural window tinting can actually help with safety.  If something hits a window, window film will actually hold the shattered pieces in place.  During a storm, you can rest assured that an errant tree branch won’t shatter a window and possibly hurt someone inside.  In addition, an attempted burglary could perhaps be thwarted, or at least delayed, if a film keeps shattered glass together after an attempted break in.  That might give you just enough time to call the police.

 

    1. Stay Green.  As noted, keeping heat in during the winter, and cool air in during the summer will be a nice relief for your wallet.  Commercial buildings that use architectural window tinting have been known to realize up to a 40% decrease in utility bills.  It only makes sense to try to capture some energy savings for your home as well.

 

  1. Good Looks.   Architectural window tinting will give the windows in your home a uniform, finished look that will definitely add “curb appeal” to your home.

In sum, consider architectural window tinting as your next home improvement project.  Few home renovations come with such a long list of benefits.  And there are many types of architectural window tinting film to choose from, including decorative window films, UV blocking window films, and privacy window films.

To learn more about the kinds of architectural window tinting to choose from, consult one of the specialists at Calgary’s best window tint shop, Tint Tech.  Let us answer all of your architectural window tinting questions.  We have, for many years, been installing window film on home windows.  For more information call us at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

If you know you want to use this coming summer to enhance the investment of your home.  Consider architectural window tinting as the home improvement project for you.

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Automotive Window Tint on Your Electric or Hybrid Car – An Eco-Friendly Combination

What is one of the best ways to save money, save energy, and save the environment?  Get an electric car.  And then … wait for it … get window tint on the windows of your electric car.  Yep, we said it, and we’ll say it again … get an electric car and tint those windows for maximum energy efficiency.

Electric Cars Ain’t What They Used to Be – They’re Better!

With some vehicle-lovers those can be fighting words.  We understand.  But, the stereotype of electric cars being the underpowered, weak, puny cars of old is not accurate anymore.  In fact, the kind of torque you can get out of the gate with an electric car can rival the most powerful of six- or eight-cylinder vehicles out there.  Of course, at some point, a powerful V8 will outpace an electric car in a drag race.  But, off the line, electric cars have a lot of power.

That is because with electric cars you have instant torque.  Where a gas-combustion engine requires a few firing connections to get the car or truck off the line, an electric car has full power from the get-go, making it jump off the starting line.  That extra zip makes an electric car fun to drive, as well as giving you power if you need to change lanes in a hurry.

In addition, the Tesla model has given electric cars the kind of status that they did not have in the past.  So, instead of small electric or hybrid cars that tell the world that the driver cares only about zero emissions, now electric cars have zero emissions and a touch of class.

The Case Study:  The Chevy Volt

As many car enthusiasts already know, the real downside for electric cars is the time it takes to charge an electric car’s battery.  While there are some super-high-speed chargers that can get a Tesla to 80% charge within 90 minutes or so, most electric cars take a long time to charge, particularly if you are using a regular wall outlet.

In addition, as of the writing of this article in 2019, there are simply not enough charging stations in the world to make it feasible for your electric car to be your primary vehicle.  Long trips with an electric car can be tricky and require some careful planning around known charging stations.

The one electric car that avoids that problem is the Chevy Volt.  That car is made for a world that wants to go electric but the infrastructure is just not there yet.  The Volt solves that problem by having an electric battery plus a gas backup.  Thus, after you have used up the 40- to 50-mile range of the electric battery, you have another 200 miles of range with the gas engine.  The beauty of the design is that, according to statistics, 80% of people’s commute to work is less than 20 miles each way.  That means if everyone had a Volt, it would cut gas consumption by a whopping 80%.

Now Add More Efficiency with Auto Window Tint

Another arrow in your quiver to combat the ever-increasing gas prices is to take advantage of the heat-rejecting automotive window tint to actually help extend an electric car’s range on electric power.  Of course, you need to be sure to have the window tinting done with professional car window tinting experts, like the experts at Tint Tech.

Ask yourself, what is one of the primary ways that a car’s battery is drained?  After using the car’s battery to power the vehicle, the next biggest drain on power is use of the comfort systems in your car.  Indeed, running the air conditioning in your car, while often necessary, can really drain your battery and substantially limit the number of miles you can get from your electric car’s battery.  In fact, air conditioning alone can reduce the mileage range on your car’s battery from 9 to 17%.

Window tint, done by a professional car window tinting shop, to the rescue!  Automotive window tint will reduce the amount of solar energy and heat coming into your car.  Accordingly, your air conditioning system does not have to work as hard to keep the interior of the car cool.  In fact, the savings by tinting your windows could be so significant that it would mean that the auto window tint can likely pay for itself.

Don’t Forget the Other Advantages of Automotive Window Tint

In addition to all of the energy savings that result from tinting your electric vehicle’s windows, it is important to remember the other benefits that professional car window tinting can bring for your car.  First, it blocks harmful UV rays.  Those are the rays that cause skin cancer.

Second, auto window tint will keep the dashboard and upholstery in your car looking new for longer.  Harsh sunlight will certainly fade those areas of your interior over time.  Automotive window tint will remove that problem and ultimately make your car’s value go up because it will look like new for a long time.

Finally, professional car window tinting will, without doubt, enhance the look of your car.  Slightly darkened windows will make that futuristic electric car have an extra dash of sleek class that will draw the eye of all those who see you pass by.

Automotive Window Tint Specialists of Calgary Are Ready to Help You Maximize Efficiency

We at Tint Tech are excited to help you get the most from your vehicle, including getting the most energy efficiency out of your vehicle.  Adding professional car window tinting to your electric car is the green choice.

To learn more about the kinds of energy savings and other benefits from automotive window tint, the best thing to do is consult one of the professionals at Calgary’s top vehicle tint shop, Tint Tech.  Let us answer all of your vehicle tint questions.  We have, for many years, been providing the highest quality service to Calgary customers, and want to make sure that you have be best vehicle tint job possible.  For more information call us at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.