Window Tinting Myths & Facts

Sky Lights - Absolute Window Tinting Solutions, Reno-SparksAbsolute Window Tinting Solutions of Reno and Sparks provides facts that will help to alleviate your concerns of some myths surrounding window tinting services and products. If you ever have a question or concern, and don’t find the information here in our website pages, please always feel free to Contact Us!

MYTH #1: Window tinting will darken your windows and ruin your view.

FACT: At Absolute Window Tinting Solutions of Reno and Sparks, our technologically superior tints will not ruin your view. They will, in fact, enhance it as the films use metallization or ceramic and less dye, giving incredibly crisp optics with superior heat and glare rejection.

MYTH #2: Ultra-violet (UV) rays are what causes fading so looking for a tint with UV protection is all that is necessary.

FACT: While UV rays are part of the damaging effects of the sun, heat plays a large role as well. Having a film with good heat rejection is necessary for maximum protection. Also, the item exposed to the sun’s harmful rays may or may not have an effective protectant added to it when manufactured.

MYTH #3: During the winter window tint will help by adding an insulating factor to the window and help keep out the cold.

FACT: Many tinting companies claim this. At Absolute Window Tinting Solutions of Reno, we pride ourselves on integrity and honesty. This claim simply isn’t true. Tint is designed to reject heat thus any given space that is warmed by the sun will be cooler in summer and in winter.

MYTH #4: The type of tint installed is unimportant as long as it has good heat rejection.

FACT: The type of windows you have and factors such as elevation, partial shading, configuration or size play a crucial role in what type of tint can be installed. For example, the higher the elevation, for dual pane glass, the lighter the tint must be due to the expansion of gases between the panes. If the tint is too dark, seal failure or glass breakage may occur.

MYTH #5: Windows with low-E applications from the factory have sufficient heat and glare rejection and cannot be tinted.

FACT: Low-E glass does hold out a certain amount of heat, glare and UV/UB rays, however tint is less expensive and holds out significantly more than typical Low-E applications. Existing spaces with Low-E most often can be safely tinted depending on certain factors, such as size, configuration, type of Low-E, and elevation—to name just a few. A true tint specialist will know by inspecting the window what type of tint can safely be used. Our tint specialists are also well-trained in various types of residential, commercial and specialty glass.

MYTH #6: Metallized films will interfere with devices in a given space, such as cell phones or AM/FM band frequencies.

FACT: Those who carry only ceramic films will tell you this. That sounds great, but is untrue. Metallized films do not interfere with signals on residential or commercial applications. We completely guarantee that. However, occasionally tinting an automobile with metallized films can cause interference especially in the AM band as antenna are often in the rear window (as opposed to on the outside like on older model cars.) But for homes and businesses, this is simply not the case and is just a sales pitch to get you to buy the only type of tint they have in their inventory.

MYTH #7: Ceramic tints are the best tints available.

FACT: Ceramic tints are the latest technology in tinting to come to market. Many brands exist, including 3M, HuperOptix, V-Cool and Geoshield Nano Ceramic. They are all excellent looking in optical clarity, and their heat and glare rejection and UV/UB take-out are very good. Absolute Window Tinting Solutions does sell ceramic films, but Master Tinter Joe Zeman often feels they are not for everyone as their cost exceeds metallized films twofold. Also, their clarity, heat, glare and UV/UB protection are only slightly higher than some brands that are much more practical and affordable.

MYTH #8: Glass and seal damage warranties aren’t available anymore, nor are they necessary with today’s tints.

FACT: All top brands carry limited glass breakage warranties when the correct type of tint is applied. Glass breakage warranties are excellent to have especially on dual pane glass as, although rare, a pane of glass with the proper choice and installation can crack or experience a seal failure. Triple pane glass, however, does not have glass breakage warranty and is never safe to tint regardless of film type unless done with an exterior application. Still no glass or seal failure warranties exist. Absolute carries full warranties for all its products when applied to the correct glass type.

MYTH #9: “Bubbles” in tint are common and just part of the tint process.

FACT: You should never have “bubbles” in your newly installed tint. “Bubbles” result from contaminants on or in the window seal. If the window is not properly prepped or the film is not installed correctly, imperfections such as “bubbles” may occur. Our craftsmanship and installation is of the very highest standard. However, keep in mind that no tint installation is scientifically perfect. Any shop claiming otherwise is simply not being honest. Such things as pet hair from your homes’ furry little friend, old sun-damaged frames and seals, or re-painted wood frames — just to name a few c— an often challenge even the most skilled of us.

At Absolute Window Tinting Solutions of Reno/Sparks, we take every precaution to ensure that the best possible install can be done, even under less than ideal conditions. During the estimate process, Master Tinter Joe Zeman will always take the time to inspect the windows and the environment — always keeping in mind what obstacles may be encountered during an install and thoroughly explain them so that the potential customer will know what to expect.
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