Window Tinting: What are the laws, costs and benefits?

There always seems to be an intriguing luster experienced when a limo drives by and you are left wondering who the special person is on the inside. Even at celebrity red-carpet events or diplomatic processions, paparazzi and groupies eagerly await curbside for someone to step out of the mysteriously dark vehicles.

OK, so maybe you aren’t a celebrity, diplomate or even a VIP. Fortunately, window tinting is not reserved for the elite. Not to mention that window tinting serves to do more than maintain privacy and create mystery.

What are a few benefits that come from window tinting?

Protection from harmful UV rays.

BMW with window tinting treatmentAdd up all the time you spend in your car during a normal week. Your car gets you virtually everywhere you need to be, and with the AC on, you might not realize just how much time that means you are sitting in direct sunlight. 

Even lower level window tinting can eliminate up to 99.9% of the harmful UVA/UVB rays that are flowing into your car. Tint will also protect from direct and indirect glare, which can be more harmful than just sunlight and cause driving distractions. Glare can come from snow or water or other cars and will intensify the effects of harmful rays.

The same rays that are harmful to your skin and eyes are also harmful to your car’s interior. It can cause leather to crack and upholstery to fade.

Protection from potential theft and glass shattering.

With your windows tinted you can rest a bit more assured when parking in a sketchy neighborhood. By making it harder to see inside your vehicle lessons the chance of a passerby spotting that iPhone you left on your seat and breaking into your car.

In the event that your window is broken in an accident or vandalization, the tinted film acts as a binding agent keeping shards of glass held together. 

What laws does Nevada have concerning window tint laws?

Many states have tough laws surrounding window tint. Nevada however, does not.

VLT% is the unit of measurement that describes the darkness of the tint shade. It measures the amount of visible light that is allowed in through the tinting film and light combined.

On cars in Nevada, you may have any level of tint on your rear window and your back side windows. On the front side windows, only a tints with more than 35% VLT are allowed. Only non-reflective tint above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line is allowed on your windshield.

Now that we know the rules, take a look at some examples of different tint percentages…

window tint comparison for window tinting shades

Contact us if you need any more information or to set up an appointment to get your windows tinted.