Updated: Aug 27, 2022
Window tint has many benefits for your health, as well as the longevity and aesthetics of your vehicle. When you tint your windows your goal is usually to block light from coming into the vehicle, as well as heat. At Lonestar Tint we only carry carbon ceramic window tint the effectively blocks harmful UV rays that can damage your skin and vehicle interior, as well as block IR (infrared) heat, which is the heat that you feel coming through the window. Not all window tint is made equal though, with some of the low cost options on the market not offering the same IR/UV protection, as well as discoloration and other negative effects over time. In this blog we'll explore the different options you have when it comes to tinting your windows, and what each one will cost you.
What window tint is the best ?
There are a lot of window tint options on the market currently, and a lot of them will leave you with undesirable results once the installed. Cheap window tint can begin to change colors after time, chaining into an often purple or blue color, making your vehicles windows look discolored. Another negative effective of low cost tint is that it will bubble, tear or peel. Carbon ceramic window tint film is the film we use at Lonestar Tint because it is created with nano technology that avoids these results. Not only will our film never change colors, but it gives the added health benefits that lower grade tint does not. We discussed in a previous blog, "Top Reasons Why Window Tint Will Benefit You" that carbon material rejects UV rays and infrared heat that comes in to your vehicle, acting as a shield to keep the inside of your vehicle cooler. If you have a vehicle that isn't tinted, or using a lower grade film, you can feel heat on your skin while driving, which is the infrared heat. Window tint not only helps change the look of your vehicle, giving your windows an aesthetically pleasing dark look, but is mainly used for protecting you and your passengers inside of the vehicle. Rather than going for a low cost tint option, save your money and make the investment to choose a top tier film and avoid having to replace it in the future or be dissatisfied with the results.
How much does window tint cost?
Window tint can range in cost greatly depending on how you want to have it installed, and what type of film you want to use. There are window films that you can purchase from your local department store and install by yourself at home, and then there are films that are installed professionally at a shop. As we explained the difference in these two types of films are extreme, therefore we recommend having your tint professionally installed rather than buying the cheapest window tint you can find and installing it yourself. When going to a shop, or even having a professional mobile tinter work on your vehicle it is important to ask what percentage of heat rejection and UV rays the film being used will reflect, and what grade the film is. Even when it comes to carbon ceramic window films, there are different levels of quality, and in order to cut cost some professionals will opt for the cheapest carbon ceramic film film to pocket more money while still claiming its a high grade film. As of 2022 the current cost for a high quality window tint all around can typically range anywhere between $100 to $1000 depending on the grade and vehicle type. You also have the option to tint your windshield and sunroof, which is something we recommend at The Lab to assure UV/IR protection from every direction. Give us a call and we can give you a quote based on your vehicle and answer any additional questions you may have about window tint. As your San Antonio window tint specialists, Lonestar Tint & Auto Boutique is here to take care of all of your automotive cosmetic needs. We offer only the highest end carbon ceramic window tint. Contact us now to get a quote or schedule an appointment as soon as possible!