Window tint isn’t just for cars anymore. With energy prices soaring and a greater need for privacy and comfort, it’s being applied to commercial building windows, office windows and even home windows.
Yet choosing the right window tint can be problematic for many consumers. With so many brands and different kinds of film to choose from, settling on the type and shade of film for your vehicle or property can be difficult.
Window Tint Basics
Window tint is a vinyl material that prevents blocks sunlight from passing through the glass it’s placed on. Most consumers understand this much, but when it comes to the different percentages, many people aren’t as certain. Do low numbers mean lighter tint or do low numbers mean darker tint? And why?
What the Percentages Mean
Let’s clarify once and for all: the lower the percentage, the darker the tint. So a 100% tinted window would have no tint. A 5% tint would be what we usually call limo tint.
It’s a little confusing, but once you realize that the percentage is actually referring to visible light transmission, or VLT, it becomes a little easier to understand.
VLT is the percentage of visible light the tint allows to pass from the exterior of the window to the interior. So that limo tint with a 5% VLT means that only 5% of exterior light is allowed to pass through the glaze, which is why it’s so dark.
So a 60% VLT means that the tint blocks 40% of visible light transmission (and allows 60% through).
This tint would be lighter than one with 20% VLT, which blocks 80% of visible light transmission.
Legal Vehicle Tints
Yet it’s important to know that any piece of glass, no matter what its application, blocks a certain amount of light and must be accounted for in order to ensure that the installed tint’s final VLT value is within the legal limit.
Nevada law dictates that vehicles with window tint must allow a minimum of 35% VLT into the vehicle through the front windows. Back windows, however, may be ask dark as you like as long as you have dual side mirrors.
Home and Office Window Tinting
Applying tint to these windows can cut energy costs by up to 30%! Tint also reduces the amount of UV entering your property, which means it will protect delicate items like flooring, drapes, paintings, pictures, electronics and musical instruments from sun damage. Not to mention your skin!
Team Acme for Your Window Tint Needs
If you’re tinting your car windows, get a quote now or stop by our Henderson shop to check out your tint options.
If you’re considering window tint in your home or office, we’ll first need measurements of all the windows you’d like to cover so we can determine the square footage and give you our most accurate quote.
We’re happy to provide worksheets that can help you do this, or for a $50 fee applied once our service is complete, we can stop by for an in-home or office consultation and take these measurements for you.
Give us a call at (702) 566-8326 to learn more or schedule your consultation!