Since there have been sunroofs on cars, people have been tinting them. Lately, though, there have been questions of how safe this practice really is. Here are the risks associated with sunroof tinting and how you can avoid them.
When an installer does a window-tinting job, it is pretty straightforward. The windows are right there in front of them and easy to reach. Tinting a sunroof is an entirely different ballgame. The installer is essentially upside down inside your car. In this awkward position, mistakes can be made. The most common are the blade slipping during trimming, and either scratching the glass or cutting a wire. You can also encounter loose, or frayed edges that are usually caused by a dull cutter. These edges will gather in the tracks and contributes to a sunroof not opening smoothly, and even causing it to become stuck.
To avoid these issues, make sure you take your vehicle to a professional window tinting company.
Anyone that spends a considerable amount of time driving can tell you about the sun’s effects. The left arm will always be darker than the right. This can increase the risk of skin cancer. Tinting the sunroof is an excellent way to add a barrier between you and the sun and can block up to 90% of UV rays. If you have the wrong tint for your climate, though, you are causing more harm than good. The window-tinting professionals at Team Acme know how the harsh desert sun can damage the interior of your vehicle. Their certified techs will explain the difference between tints. A dark tint that will retain more heat may be fine in a cooler, northern region, but in more scorching climates, a silver tint that reflects the sun is more desirable.
OK, let’s look at the big one. The common belief is that tinting a sunroof will cause it to shatter. This is a myth.
All the windows around you, sides, windshield, and rear window or hatch, are made of laminated glass. This is a shatterproof glass designed to web on impact, creating rounded edges to prevent injury in the event of a crash. The glass that sunroofs are made of is tempered glass that will shatter. It is designed to be more rigid than laminated, dispersing heat over its surface, thereby holding its shape in extreme climate conditions.
The problems occur not when it is tinted, but when pressure is applied to it. A good example is a recent recall by two major manufacturers, why? The sunroofs were shattering when stressed. The natural flex of the frame of the car taking a sharp curve or a sudden stop was putting enough stress on the sunroof to shatter the glass, tinted or not.
The final verdict is that sunroof tinting is not the culprit, the manufacturer’s choice of glass is.
Let Team Acme’s professional window tinting techs show you how to have your sunroof tinted safely. Call today for a consultation at (702) 566-8326 or visit our website and see all the services they offer.