With winter approaching, you might be thinking about what you need to do in order to winterize your car. There are many things you need to consider, like swapping to your winter tires, in order to be prepared for winter driving. Driving can become such a chore during the harsh winter weather; the biggest obstacle being poor road conditions and poor visibility. But did you know getting your winters tinted could also benefit and improve your winter driving experience?
Having your windows tinted can help ease the stress of driving in the winter, and it can even help to keep your car warm. Below, we’ll outline some of the benefits involved when getting your windows tinted in the winter.
Is It Possible To Get Your Car Tinted In The Winter?
Maybe you just got a car, or received a bunch of money for Christmas and you are finally ready to take the plunge with tinting your car’s windows. But is it possible to get your windows tinted in the winter? Yes, it is. It is a little more difficult due to the extreme cold, but a lot of auto shops can offer tinting during the winter. You’ll find that auto shops in Canada are designed keeping the winter season in mind.
Because of the cold temperatures, the main difficulty with tinting in the winter is the fact that it will take the curing process longer than in the summer. After your car is tinted, there is residual moisture located between your window and the tint. This needs to dry before the tint is fully implemented. In the summer, this process only takes about three to four days. However, during the winter months, and because it is so cold and dark during the day, this process can take anywhere from four to seven days.
With that said, we don’t think you’ll want to roll down your windows anytime soon. Especially not in those blizzard-like conditions found here in Canada, anyway.
How Does Window Tinting Work?
The whole process of window tinting is quite simple. There are different types of window tints available, like dyed, metalized or hybrid. Once you discuss the type of window tint you would like with your installer, the process can begin. The actual installation can take anywhere from two to four hours. Your auto body shop installer can help you with figuring out which type of tint is best based on your budget and your needs.
What Are The Types Of Tinting Available For Car Windows?
There are thousands of different blends of window tinting available today. So, choosing the right one can be hard. Below, we’ll outline a few of the general types of car window tints.
Dyed Window Tint
This is known as the entry point into tint film. This is one of the more affordable options. The tint is provided by many layers of infused dyes that are able to absorb solar heat, but does not provide UV exposure protection. It is available in different opacities, so it is more of a visual enhancement.
Metalized Window Tint
This is known as the next level after dyed. The film is infused with small metal particles in order to block the sunlight. The metalized tint produces a shine, but it also adds more strength to the window and reduces the risk of shattering. The benefit of a metalized tint is that it is effective at blocking heat from entering the cabin. It can also be highly effective at reducing glare and can also deflect some UV rays, but it is not the most effective at that.
The best of both worlds of the above tinting solutions is the hybrid dye tint. It is made up of grey dye as well as metallic flakes. It offers benefits like UV ray blocking, and provides a mid-level tint that does not negatively affect driving at night.
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So Why Should You Tint Your Car During The Winter?
As we mentioned above, tinting your windows during the winter will provide you with an improved experience when winter driving.
Tinting your windows during the winter will provide you with more insulation. Your window tint will help to keep the heat in your cabin during warm up. This will enable your car to warm up faster and easier compared to another car with no tinting. This will also reduce the fuel used because it cuts down on warm up time.
Window tinting will also give you much better visibility during the winter. We all know how bad visibility becomes in the colder weather, as well as the road conditions. The snow cover on the ground results in blinding glare from the sun reflecting into your eyes. And, the less visibility you have, the more dangerous it is while you are driving. Window tinting will reduce this dangerous glare from the snow and makes it easier to see your surroundings.
Window tinting will help to keep the interior of your car in great shape. Over time, UV rays from the sun cause damage to the interior of your car. The main type of damage from UV rays results in fading. Tinting your windows will help to keep these harmful rays out for longer, and if you were planning to sell your car in the future, it will keep its resale value.
Window tinting can improve the security of your car by reducing visibility into the car. No one can see inside, and no one will be able to tell what you have in the backseat. This deters burglars from attempting to break into it.
Window Tinting Maintenance During The Winter
Since the temperature drops, your window tint could develop a white film over it. This is caused by the build up of hard water, soap, road salt or snow. Be sure to use some mild detergent when cleaning it off to prevent permanent build up and damage. It will also help to clean it often, as you don’t want it to end up damaging your window tint.
As the winter approaches, be sure that you consider tinting your windows so you can enjoy these benefits during the winter months.
Rhett Desormeaux is a content writer currently working with BreezeMaxWeb. He’s a passionate writer and loves studying ancient history, especially Bronze Age civilizations.