Auto Window Tinting Terms You Should Know

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As Orlando window tinters, we here at Flying Window Tinting Orlando, know that it’s easy for our customers to get confused by the jargon that we throw around as window tinting professionals. So today, we want to give you a quick rundown of auto window tinting terms and their definitions so that when you decide to get your car windows tinted locally, you know exactly what’s happening.

 Auto Window Tinting Terms You Should Know

When your auto window tinting professional starts talking about tinting your car windows you may hear some of these terms thrown around, here’s what they mean.

Dual-Reflective Film

Dual-reflective film is a film that most people think of as “one-way mirror film”. This is an interior film that is neutral on the inside and reflective on the outside. It’s important to know that each state has laws governing how reflective a window film can be.

Dyed Film

Also known as non-reflective film, this is a film that is colored with dye that is either added to the surface of the film or the film adhesive.

Emissivity

Emissivity refers to the amount of infrared light or radiation is absorbed by the surface of a auto  window tinting film. Lower emissivity numbers mean that less light is absorbed by the film.

Exterior Visible Light Transmission

Exterior visible light transmission is also referred to as VLT and it refers to how much light is able to pass through tinted glass from outside the vehicle. Different states have different legal levels of exterior visible light transmission and if you fail to adhere to those levels, you risk a fine and having to have the film removed from your car windows.

Glare Reduction

Glare reduction refers to how much light is rejected by an auto window tinting film. Quite simply, this is the opposite of visible light transmission.

Hybrid Film

Hybrid films are auto window tinting films that combine the process of dyed films and metalized films to achieve a dual-function film.

Infrared Light

This is a term that you will hear often and frequently we have customers come to us who are embarrassed that they don’t know what infrared light is. Don’t be embarrassed because you’re not alone. Infrared light is electromagnetic radiation that is invisible to the naked eye. When we talk about infrared light, we’re talking about light that has a specific wavelength that is longer than visible light (specifically, a wavelength of between 0.0007 millimeters and 1 millimeter). 

Interior VLT

Interior VLT is also referred to as interior visible light transmission and is used to describe how much visible light can pass through tinted windows from the inside of your vehicle. Most often when we refer to interior VLT, we are talking about a dual-reflective film.

Metalized Film

A metalized window film is a film that has a thin metal layer over the surface of the film. This is beneficial because it decreases the amount of heat that is absorbed by your vehicle and it also helps to protect your car’s interior from fading or sun damage.

Natural Film

Sometimes you may hear your Orlando window tinters refer to what we call a “natural film”. A natural or neutral film is a tint film that does not have a reflective property to it meaning that you can see into and out of the windows once they are tinted.

Reflectance

Reflectance is usually used when referring to

Auto Window Tinting

, and it refers to how much heat or light a auto window tinting film reflects rather than absorbs.

Safety Film

Safety film is a term that is used frequently by manufacturers when they’re marketing their auto  window films. This refers to a window tinting film that is thicker than average (4Mil thick rather than 1.5Mil thick) and increases the glass protection offered by the auto window tinting film.

Shading Coefficient

The shading coefficient is used to rate the solar properties of a window tinting film. You can obtain a shading coefficient by dividing the amount of solar heat increase that passes through the window film by the same amount that passes through a normal, untinted window. The lower the shading coefficient, the better a window film is at rejecting solar heat.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient

The solar heat gain coefficient is another measurement of solar heat only this time it is a ratio that is derived by dividing the amount of solar heat gain that is transmitted or absorbed through a window film by the amount of normal solar incidence of radiation. Unlike the shading coefficient, the solar heat gain coefficient is measured on a wavelength by wavelength basis. Again, the lower the solar heat gain coefficient of a auto window tinting film, the better the solar properties of that film are.

Total Solar Absorbance

This refers to the amount of heat and light that is absorbed by a window film that you have installed by your Orlando window tinters.

Total Solar Energy Rejected

This refers to the amount of heat and light that is rejected by a window film that you have installed by your Orlando window tinters.

Total Solar Reflectance

This refers to the amount of heat and light that is reflected by a window film that you have installed by your Orlando window tinters.

Total Solar Transmittance

This refers to the amount of heat and light that is transmitted by a window film that you have installed by your Orlando window tinters.

Looking For Orlando Window Tinters?

Are you on the lookout for experienced Orlando window tinters to make sure that your auto window tinting is done professionally? Flying Window Tinting Orlando can help! Just give us a call at (407) 380-1202 to make your appointment today and we guarantee that you’ll be happy with your car’s window tinting!

This was written by Steven Hopkinson owner /operator of Flying Window Tinting.

`We have been in business in Orlando same location

for over 20 years

We serve the following locations
orlando
winter park
alafaya
azalea park

We also provide the following service

Window tinting
tint removal
headlight cleaning
vinyl graphics

Contact us for free quotes on your vehicle 407-380-1202

Tinting Specialists Explain Window Tint Medical Exemptions

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As Orlando window tinting specialists, we here at Orlando Flying Window Tinting, answer a lot of questions about window tinting on a regular basis. Today we want to tackle one question that people ask quite frequently – exemptions to window tint law.

Orlando Window Tinting Specialists Explain Window Tint Medical Exemptions

We have talked here before about the rules and laws that apply to window tinting and the importance of abiding by those rules and laws when getting your car windows tinted. What we haven’t talked about, however, is exemptions to those rules and laws.

By now you should know from our articles that the window tint laws that govern how dark window tint on your vehicle can be, vary from state to state. Just like these laws, exemptions to these laws also vary from state to state. Since we are Orlando window tinting specialists here at Flying Window Tinting, we are going to concentrate on the laws in the state of Florida.

In the state of Florida, the following laws apply to the window tint you have installed in your car:

  • Non-reflective tint is permitted above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line.
  • Driver’s side window tint must allow more than 28% of light in.
  • Back window tint must allow more than 15% of light in.
  • Rear windshield tint must allow more than 15% of light in.
  • In SUV’s or vans, the darkness of window tint can begin 6 inches from the top of the window.
  • Drivers side window tint must not be more than 25% reflective.
  • Back window tint must not be more than 35% reflective.

The state of Florida does permit exemptions to window tinting under certain conditions. These conditions are based on

Window Tint Medical Exemptions

. Currently, the following conditions may allow for a

Window Tint Medical Exemptions

to window tinting laws in Florida:

  • Lupus
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Albinism
  • Vitiligo
  • Xeroderma pigmetosum
  • Other autoimmune disease or medical conditions requiring limited exposure to light.

Before a window tint medical exemption can be made and a darker window tint can be installed, you must have a medical exemption certificate. A certificate costs $6.25 per vehicle, does not expire and cannot be transferred.

To obtain a window tint medical exemption certification, you must submit an application for sunscreening medical exemption. To have your application approved it must be accompanied by a physician’s statement of certification. Only the following medical authorities may provide a physician’s statement of certification:

  • A physician licensed to practice under Chapters 458, 459, or 460, Florida Statutes.
  • A Dermatologist licensed to practice under Chapter 458, Florida Statutes.
  • A Physician who practices medicine in a military medical facility, state hospital or federal prison. (The physician must include the name and address of the facility.)
  • An advanced registered nurse practitioner licensed under Chapter 464, under the protocol of a licensed physician.
  • A Physician assistant licensed under chapter 458 or 459, Florida Statutes.

Why Exemptions Aren’t Made For All Window Tinting Clients By Orlando Window Tinting Specialists

If exemptions can be made to window tinting laws for certain medical conditions, why can’t they be made for everyone?

In the case of window tint medical exemption, darker window tints are designed to protect individuals in the car from sun exposure. This protection is required due to medical conditions that are exacerbated by exposure to sunlight.

Exemptions are not made for everyone, though, because darker than permitted window tints can pose a number of risks.

  • Having darker than permitted window tint makes it more difficult for law enforcement and security officials to see into a vehicle. This makes it more difficult to identify individuals who pose a risk to public safety.
  • When windows are darker than advised, it’s also difficult for drivers to see outside the vehicle. When the field of view is impaired, this means that a driver is more likely to have an accident after missing obstacles on the road or delayed in their reactions to unexpected events.
  • Darker window tints also pose a risk to you as a driver in the event of an accident. If you were to have an accident that required emergency officials to locate you inside your vehicle to administer life-saving treatment, having excessively tinting windows would make it much harder for them to find you.

Do You Need a window tint medical exemption?

If you have questions as to whether or not you qualify for a window tint medical exemption for car window tinting, talk to your doctor. Only a medical professional can help to make this determination and sign off on the paperwork needed to get your approval.

Already have approval and an exemption certificate but not sure if a window tinting specialist has the ability to help with your window tint installation?

If you have a question about whether or not Orlando window tinting specialists can help you with darker window tint, pick up the phone and give them a call! But make sure that when you do, you have your complete window tint medical exemption certificate on hand.

Looking For Orlando Window Tinting Specialists?

If you are in need of professional Orlando window tinting specialists to install your car window tint no matter how light or dark, we can help! Give us a call today at (407) 380-1202 to make an appointment with our professionally trained window film installation experts!

This was written by Steven Hopkinson owner /operator of Flying Window Tinting.

`We have been in business in Orlando same location

for over 20 years

We serve the following locations
orlando
winter park
alafaya
azalea park

We also provide the following service

Window tinting
tint removal
headlight cleaning
vinyl graphics

Contact us for free quotes on your vehicle 407-380-1202

Orlando Window Tint Specialists Share How to Avoid a Tinting Nightmare

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As Orlando window tint specialists, here at Orlando Flying Window Tinting, we have plenty of experience tinting car windows. Unfortunately, we also have experience in fixing the car windows of people who have gone with less than reputable companies for their window tinting. So today we want to share advice on how to avoid this kind of window tinting nightmare!

Orlando Window Tint Specialists Share How to Avoid a Window Tinting Nightmare!

Don’t Do It Yourself

Do it yourself car window tinting is never a good option. Not only do you lack the experience to properly fit window tint film yourself, but the tints that you purchase in-store are far from the professional tints available at professional shops. These “over-the-counter” films are not cut specifically to fit your car windows which means that they aren’t a perfect fit. So, not only are you getting window tint films that aren’t ideal for your vehicle, but you are also going to experience difficulties like bubbling and wrinkling of the tint if you don’t know what you are doing during installation.

Don’t Go With Cheap Window Tint Film

Whether you do your own installation or whether you have a window tint shop do the installation for you, don’t go with cheap window tint film! Reputable Orlando Window Tint specialists will invest only in high-quality window tint film so if the shop you choose carries only cheap window tint film or even offers such film, turn tail and run! Whatever you do, don’t go with a cheap film just because it’s the only option, it’s the cheapest option, or because you’re “already there”. These cheap tints will not only look terrible on your windows, but they will cost money to remove when you realize how awful they look!

Research Orlando Window Tint Specialists Before You Go!

Before you make an appointment to get your car windows tinted, do your research. Research local shops to get an idea of experiences others have had at the shop, look at any photographs that are shared by customers of the shop, find out what type of window tint film is offered by the shop and research the types of film to determine which high-quality film is right for you.

After doing your research, don’t be afraid to go down to a window tint shop that you are considering and look around. Ask any questions that you have about window tinting and your needs. Take a look at work that is being done currently and take the time to decide whether you are happy with the work that the shop performs.

Know What You Are Looking For in Window Tint

When you go to get your car windows tinted, know what you want from your window tint film. Knowing what you’re looking for will make sure that you don’t settle for less when you visit local shops. Are you looking for protection against UV rays? Are you looking for privacy? Are you looking for the whole nine yards?

Look For a Shop with Experience

When looking for Orlando window tint specialists, look for a shop with experience. How long has the shop been in business? Newer shops aren’t necessarily bad news – sometimes they just move location! – but shops that have been established for a longer period of time are more likely to be a trusted part of the community. Shops that have been set up overnight are more likely to be fly by night businesses or businesses that have poor service.

Ask Questions and Know the Answers

When it comes to window tint, there are laws in effect that govern how dark window tint can legally be. These laws differ by state and it’s important that technicians working on your car window tint are familiar with local laws. A shop that is not familiar with local laws is not a shop that you should trust with your car. Know your local laws before visiting a car window tinting shop and ask questions when you get there to verify that the shop you have chosen is knowledgeable.

Find Out How Their Window Tint Film is Cut

When researching shops for your car window tint, make sure to find out how the shop cuts their film. A shop that does not offer computer cutting of their films is a shop that you should be wary of. Here at Flying Window Tinting Orlando, we use a computer to cut all of our window tinting films to be sure that your films fit your exact windows. Other types of cutting can lead to misfitting films, mistakes in cutting, uneven cuts, and other errors. You can’t afford to invest in ill-fitting car window tint films, make sure that your tint films are cut to order and not pre-cut in a factory in the middle of nowhere.

Don’t Get Pressured into Anything by Anyone

When you choose to get your car windows tinted it’s your choice. That means that you control the situation. You determine what type of film you get, you determine when you get it installed, and you determine who installs it. Here at Flying Window Tinting Orlando we don’t believe in high pressure sales pitches. We believe that you have the right to choose what, when, and who and we’re more than happy to give you the information that you need to make that decision. Don’t let other companies pressure you into products or services that you aren’t fully comfortable with, let your purchase be your choice!

Looking For Reputable Orlando Window Tint Specialists?

If you’re looking for reputable Orlando window tint specialists to tint your car windows, Orlando Flying Window Tinting can help! Just give us a call at (407) 380-1202 and make an appointment today!