Since there have been sunroofs on cars, people have been tinting them. That doesn’t necessarily mean the practice as a whole is safe and people have begun questioning the safety of sunroof tinting. Here we have compiled a list of the risks associated with sunroof tinting and how to 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 basically upside down in your car. In this awkward position, mistakes are more common. Often, a blade slips during trimming and will either scratch the glass or cut wire. You can also encounter loose or frayed edges. A dull cutter usually causes these damaged edges. Possibly gathering in the tracks, these edges contribute to the sunroof not opening smoothly and can even cause it to become stuck.
To avoid these issues, make sure to 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. Sun exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer. Tinting the sunroof is an excellent way to add a barrier between you and the harmful rays of 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. Darker tints retain more heat, which may be fine in the cooler, northern region. Lighter or silver hues are more desirable to those in the more scorching environment.
Ok, let’s look at the big one. The common belief that tinting the sunroof will cause it to shatter is a myth.
All the windows around you, sides, windshield, and rear windows or hatch are composed of laminated glass. Laminated glass is a shatterproof glass designed to mesh or web on impact, creating rounded edges to prevent injury in the event of a crash. Sunroofs are composed of tempered glass that will shatter. It is designed to be more rigid than laminated glass, 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. A good example is a recent recall by two major manufacturers. Why? The sunroofs were shattering when stressed. The natural reflex of the frame of the car taking a sharp curve or a sudden stop was putting enough stress of the sunroof to break 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 safely tinted. Call today for a consultation or visit our website and contact us here with any question or comments you have.