The 5 Questions To Ask Before Asking For Window Tint Prices

Window tint is an investment in your car which can make your vehicle stand apart from your neighbors. Tinted windows are one of the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective ways to customize your car, the shop you choose should do it right the first time around

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When you think about the most important purchases of your adult life, the first two on nearly everyone’s list is your home and your car.

As the picture above shows, transportation is the #2 expense for most households. Since many of us look at a car as an investment, we want to make sure anything we do to make it look or perform better is handled by professionals. With over 80 tint shops in the greater St. Louis metro area and an estimated 23,000 shops nationwide, it is important to research the shop working on your car. Social media and the internet has made it easy for us to see the type of work a shop does, how many people are happy with the shop’s work and the price many shops charge for a tint job. We can also look up the different types of window tint in the market and learn a little about the brands being sold. Once you do the basic internet search, what else should you try to find out about the people tinting your windows. Here are five questions every tint shop should be able to answer quickly and thoroughly to prove their professionalism, quality of their work and the durability of their tint:

  • What kind of warranty does the film carry?
  • What kind of protection does the film offer?
  • How long has the film been in the industry?
  • How long has your installers been doing tint?
  • How long have your installers been with your shop?
  • What kind of warranty does the film carry?

The manufacturer’s warranty on window film is important to the durability of the product. Just like a car with less than a 3 yr. warranty on the engine and transmission, window tint with less than a lifetime warranty is something to be avoided. A quality manufacturer will warranty their film against discoloration, peeling or any other manufacturing defect.  In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, many shops offer an installation warranty. Many shops will warranty their work for as long as you own the car. These installers are craftsmen who take pride in their work and put their money & time where their mouth is. Just like a car dealership with no mechanic on duty, beware the tint shop with no lifetime warranty on tint or installation.

  • What kind of protection does the film offer?

In addition to the improvement in the appearance of your car which will make it stand out from the neighbors, window tint can serve several important purposes. The number one benefit of window tint is the blocking of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Depending on the type of film you choose, up to 99% of skin cancer causing UV rays can be blocked. Other benefits include rejecting up to 60% of the sun’s heat, increased privacy and shatter-proofing. Every major tint manufacturer has unique spec to their film. Asking your tint shop their experience with different tint makers and the specs of the lines they carry is important. Unfamiliarity with these specs could show a weakness in the quality of the install or inexperience in the industry. When investing in a tint job, make sure the shop can answer this basic question to your satisfaction before trusting them to work on your windows.

  • How long has the film you use been on the market?

The tint industry is constantly evolving and new technology is being implemented daily in the development of better window tint performance. Several websites and blogs can provide reviews of the major brands in the market today.  We recommend the tintdude.com forum, tintguide.org and autosupershield.com give unbiased information on the industry and can fully answer this question. Tint Guide rates LLumar, Formula One, Solar Gard and Madico as the best available today.  TintDude rates Global and LLumar high and AutoSupershield has 3M, Prestige, Suntek, Huper Optik and LLumar as their favorites in 2016. Just like the warranty and the performance stats, time in the industry is important to the quality of the film and its durability.

  • How long have your installers been doing windows?

In an industry with over 73,000 employees there are bound to be some rookies in many shops. While these “rookies” are probably very qualified and skilled craftsman, this is your vehicle and no one wants to be the practice car. Make sure the shop you choose has experienced installers to help supervise or perform the installation. If the shop can’t give you an exact amount of experience for its installers, it might be wise to find a different place to do the work.

  • How long have your installers been with your shop?

Every industry has turnover of employees, tint shops are no different. The reason time with the company is so important is the quality of the installation and the professionalism of the installers. High shop turnover means your installer may not be familiar with the local tint laws, may not have the necessary training/experience or product knowledge to provide the proper advice on the window tint you need. High turnover may also be an indication of how trustworthy the business is or how the business is managed. Choosing a shop with low turnover says a lot about professionalism quality of work.

Once you have found a shop which answers these questions to your satisfaction, it’s time to talk about the different types of tint and the price. By taking the time to investigate the people tinting your car, you can ensure the investment in tinted windows will perform as you expect.

Window tint is an investment in your car which can make your vehicle stand apart from your neighbors. Tinted windows are one of the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective ways to customize your car, the shop you choose should do it right the first time around. Give us a call at (618) 960-7732 and we will be happy to answer these five questions and any others you can think of. Follow our blog on all the tint industry news, check out our social media for more info on the car industry and window tint or checkout our website for more information on the types of window tint we carry.