Window tinting is more than just a luxury service for your car.
While it provides an additional level of privacy and security to your vehicle, it also has plenty of additional benefits. For example, it can keep your car’s interior safe from UV rays, preventing cracking and fading.
It also helps to regulate the temperature within your vehicle– less light entering means less heat, which in turn requires less strain on your car’s air conditioning system.
Plus, tinted windows block UV rays from your skin, keeping you safe from sun damage and its consequences, like cancer and various skin diseases.
How does window tinting work?
When you get window tinting for your vehicle, a technician applies a thin layer of tinted film to the interior of your car’s windows.
This tinted film works to block light and UV rays from entering the vehicle, and it typically lasts for at least five years when it’s applied properly by an expert.
Because there are so many different types of window tint available on the market, you have your choice of benefits– for example, certain types of tinting material can protect your car from UV rays without providing as much of a darkening effect.
Is window tinting legal?
Window tinting is legal in all 50 states!
However, each state has specific laws about the percentage of tint that’s allowed. They can vary widely from state to state, so if you’re considering getting your car windows tinted, be sure to look up your local tinting laws to avoid any legal troubles.
In the state of Arkansas, only the top five inches of the windshield can be tinted.
The side windows can have a tint that allows up to 25% light transmission. Additionally, the rear windshield can be tinted but it still must allow for at least 10% light transmission.
While these numbers seem concrete, it can be hard for the untrained eye to distinguish the difference between, say, 25% or 20% light transmission.
This is a good reason why it’s necessary to have your window tinting handled by a professional glass technician– we’re experienced in testing and recognizing the light transmission that each type of tinting film allows.
What are some different shades of window tinting?
You might be surprised to learn that, in addition to various light transmission percentages, window tint films come in a variety of colors!
When you picture tinted car windows, the image you probably think of is a standard gray tint color– which is the most popular color.
You can choose from virtually any hue on the gray spectrum, from black to light gray– or you could think outside the box a little bit and choose a tint that’s gold or bronze. In fact, you can choose pretty much any color.
The only catch is that not all colors are legal in every state. For instance, in many states, red and blue window tints are illegal. This law exists so that people don’t mistake regular passenger vehicles for emergency vehicles.
Luckily, in Arkansas, no window color is illegal– the only law pertains to the percentage of light transmission that the tint allows.
You should note, though, that if you have windows that are tinted red or blue and you cross state lines, you can still get pulled over. If you live in Arkansas but take a trip to Louisiana, for example, your red or amber tinted windows could cause you to get pulled over and potentially fined.
Leave it to the pros
At Fast Glass Service, our technicians have been installing beautiful, high-quality window tinting for years. Window tint that’s been applied by a professional simply looks better than a DIY job, and will also last much longer.
If you’re ready to get started with your window tinting today, just give us a call!