If you haven’t had your car windows tinted, it’s definitely something that you should think about. With tinted windows, your car won’t get so hot in the summer, it will help protect against UV rays from the sun, and make your car look much better. Furthermore, tinted windows can help to preserve your car’s interior because it prevents sun damage on the interior upholstery.
But tinting your windows does cost money, somewhere between $200 to $400 to have a professional do the job. Even if you have the money right now to get your car windows tinted, you might want to consider the time of year. Why? Because the weather can actually play a crucial role in the quality of the tinting job. After investing all that money into your car windows, you want to make sure the tinting lasts for the lifetime of the car.
How Are Windows Tinted?
The tinting process itself is rather easy. Once the windows are cleaned inside and out, the installer cuts a piece of the tinting film to the exact size of the window. The installer then applies the tint to the window and uses a squeegee to ensure there are no air bubbles or wrinkles. For most cars, the windows can be tinted in about a day. However, that doesn’t mean the process is over. The tinting on the windows still has to cure. This is where the weather can either work for or against you. High heat and humidity can have an adverse effect on the tinting. Also, during the curing time, windows shouldn’t be rolled up or down.
What Is The Best Time Of Year?
For window tinting, spring and fall are the best seasons to have the job done. During these two seasons, the temperatures are milder, and the humidity goes down in most parts of the country. Some areas tend to get a lot of rain in the spring, so it’s important to keep that in mind. Because the southern parts of the country are much warmer, it might be best to wait until early spring or late fall, when the temperatures are much cooler.
What About Summer And Winter?
There is a trade-off in during the summer and winter seasons when tinting your car windows. On the one hand, the hot summer weather will mean the curing process will be a lot faster, but the humidity can make it more difficult for the tint to be correctly applied. On the other hand, during winter the curing time is a lot longer because of the cold weather. This means that you need to be very careful to ensure that the tinting has fully cured before using the windows.
If the tinting service you use has a temperature-controlled building they work in, then your windows can be tinted year round. If not, then it’s best to wait until fall or spring to ensure the best outcome. After all, it’s your money, and you want to get the best possible return on your investment.
If you have decided when you want your windows tinted, make sure to watch this video on what you should know about having your windows tinted: