(ANGIE'S LIST) - We all dread climbing into a vehicle that's been sitting outside in the summer heat. Short shorts and leather seats can be an especially bad combination. Tinted windows are one way to help keep your backside from burning. You'll want to consider hiring a pro to make sure you get the best tint job for your car.
Angie's List compiled this list of 5 Reasons to hire a tinting pro:
1. Familiarity with local regulations - Because dark windows are a safety concern for law enforcement officers when they're making a traffic stop, many cities and states have specific limits on how dark you can tint your windows. Most professional window tinting companies make it their business to say up-to-date on window tint regulations. While some shops may provide darker-than-legal tint, most shops make sure their customers stay on the right side of the law.
2. Experience - Unless you're purchasing a more expensive professional-grade tint kit, you'll likely find the film in a DIY window tint kit is flimsy and temperamental when compared to the higher quality materials a window tinting pro would use. For a first-timer, window film in general is hard to work with; a slight breeze or wind can cause creases or crinkles, and some may find it hard to keep dust or other debris from sticking to the film.
3. First-time success - Even if you successfully apply window tint film to your vehicle's windows, you may not do so perfectly. So try again, right? Not quite. Removing window film is much more difficult than applying it, due in part to the sticky adhesive used to apply it to the auto glass.
4. Guaranteed work - If a professional window tinting company does a bad job, car owners can always demand re-tinting or they can try to get their money back. If and when you make a mistake while tinting you own windows, however, you probably won't be able redo the tinting without buying another kit.
5. Cost - The cost to tint all of a car's windows can range in price from $120 for a small car up to $380 for large vans. DIY kits are most frequently used as a way of saving money. However, low-grade window tinting film does not always provide good results for the car. For example, one of the main reasons car owners are interested in window tinting is that they want to protect their car's interior from fading and cracking. Cheap or low-quality window tinting, though, does not always provide this protection.