Many cars come from the factory with clear or transparent glass. However, you can reduce the transparency of the glass if you install a window tint. Below are some of the types and benefits of auto glass tint.
Tints for automotive glass come in different types. Below are some of the most common.
Metalized window films have a metal layer as its main material. The metal layer blocks sunlight and reflects heat. Though metalized films are durable (do not fade easily), the metal blocks some electromagnetic waves, such as radio waves.
As the name suggests, dyed window tints have a layer of dye as the main reflective material. The dye's shade determines how much sunlight it blocks. However, the dyed tint does not block much heat, at least not as much as other types of tints.
Carbon tints block more rays, including ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays. Many people also find carbon tints attractive due to their matte finish.
Ceramic, a nonmetallic mineral, is the main material in this tint. The ceramic material blocks heat, glare, and UV rays. Since ceramic is durable, aesthetically pleasing, and shatterproof, it is also one of the most expensive types of tints.
Hybrid tints combine different types of materials, such as metal and dye. Thus, hybrid tints give you the best of both worlds. For example, hybrid tints are dark and block considerable heat, but they are not extremely reflective and don't interfere with radio waves as much as a metalized tint.
Car tints have multiple benefits. Below are some of them.
Reduce AC Use
Most tints block heat in addition to light. Reduced heat penetration means your car's inside doesn't get as hot as it would be without the tint. Thus, you may not need to use the car's air conditioner as much as you would without the tint.
Maintain Good Health
Some tints also block UV rays, which are bad for your health. The rays increase your risk of multiple health issues, including skin cancer, sunburn, premature aging, and vision problems. Thus, a good tint is good for your overall health too.
Protect Car Interior
Extreme heat accelerates the deterioration of most of the materials that make up your car's interior. In fact, heat is one of the reasons car interiors fade. If you tint your car, you will cool the interior of the car and protect its interior.
Most tints also reduce glare from sunlight, incoming cars, or roadside lights. Glare can affect your view of the road and increase your risk of an accident.
With a good car tint, those outside the car won't see you unless they place their eyes on the glass. Thus, you don't have to worry about invasive eyes when, say, you change your clothes in the car.
People differ on what makes a car beautiful. However, many people find tinted cars more attractive than cars without tints.
Lastly, a good window tint is also a security measure. Many criminals are opportunistic, which means they only steal when they see something valuable. A good tint will keep your valuables in the car safe since thieves won't easily see them.
In addition to choosing the best tint for your car, you also need to get a good installer for the tint. That way, you will get the right shade of tint, and it will be durable. Horizon Auto Glass & Tint has over 30 years of experience in the glass tinting industry. Contact us today so that we can help you choose the best tint and install it for you.
Your windshield is one of the most important parts of your car. If there is an issue with it, it could make your car dangerous to drive and put you at serious risk for an injury. However, it's not always easy to know when you should get your windshield replaced. Do you need an entirely new windshield because of one small crack, or can it wait?
Below are a few signs you should look for that will tell you it's time to replace your windshield.
The first thing you'll want to look for is signs of pitting within your windshield. Pitting is small dents within the windshield which are commonly caused by debris hitting the window. If you spend a lot of time driving on the highway, there's a decent chance your windshield as some pitting in it.
Pitting is most obvious when the sun is low in the sky, so look for it in the early hours or later on in the day. When there is pitting within your windshield, it can reflect too much light and raindrops stick to the glass. Both of these things make it harder to see, so if you have a lot of pitting with your window, you'll want to get it replaced.
2. Blocked View
A crack in your glass has the ability to significantly impact your safety. Even a small crack can block your view of another car or person. This is especially true of spiderweb-like cracks, which have a tendency to grow over time. If you are unable to see completely out of your entire windshield, you should look to get it replaced as soon as you can.
While getting your windshield replaced for a tiny crack may sound inconvenient, it's much better than getting into an accident because it blocked your view.
3. White Haze
All windshields are designed so that if they break, they do so into smaller pieces rather than large, dangerous ones. This is done by applying a special piece of plastic to the glass, known as polyvinyl butyral. If this plastic starts to separate from the glass, it will create a white haze around the edges of your windshield.
You'll likely still be able to see out of the window when this happens, but you are putting yourself at increased risk if you get into an accident. If that polyvinyl butyral isn't attached completely to the glass, the glass could shatter into large, dangerous chunks of glass.
4. Inspection Time
Finally, if you have a vehicle inspection coming up, you won't pass if there are significant cracks or chips in your windshield. Rather than risking a failure on the inspection test, it's better to get your windshield replaced before you go. This will not only keeper you safer, but you won't have to worry about any fines or fees that may result from having an expired inspection sticker.
Replacing Your Windshield
Once you notice any of the signs above, you should make an appointment to have your windshield replaced as soon as possible. Windshield problems have a tendency to get worse over time and sometimes unexpectedly. The last thing you want is to be cruising down the highway when suddenly your windshield goes from bad to worse.
To have your windshield replaced in no time contact Horizon Auto Glass & Tint. Our team will inspect your windshield and determine if a replacement is the best course of action. Your windshield is too important to leave a replacement job to just anyone — let the experts at Auto Glass & Tint handle it for you, and you'll be back on the road with a safe windshield before you know it.
Tinted vehicle windows have become a common sight on today's roadways. When applied by a skilled professional, automotive window tint adds beauty and elegance to a vehicle while also giving drivers additional glare, UV, and privacy protection.
Whether you want to select a tint option at a car dealership or you plan to add aftermarket tint to your current car's windows, you'll want to think about some key considerations first. Here are three car window tint questions to ask yourself.
1. What Level of Darkness or Reflectivity Can I Legally Use?
Today's auto window tints come in a wide range of darkness levels. Makers rate these darkness levels as a percentage of visible light transmission (VLT). For example, a tint possessing a VLT of 35 percent permits only 35 percent of visible light to pass through it. You can find tints ranging from five percent to 95 percent.
However, driving laws don't allow you to explore this range to the fullest. Each state has its own regulations as the acceptable VLT range for windows on different parts of a vehicle. Rear and side window tint on New Mexico cars must have a VLT above 20 percent. (On SUVs, rear and rear-side windows can sport any VLT.)
New Mexico imposes some other restrictions as well. You can't use any kind of reflective tint (as in mirrored silver tint) on front or rear windows. You must also avoid tint colors such as red, amber, or yellow. Tint on rear and side windows requires the use of side mirrors.
2. What Kind of Tint Best Suits My Specific Needs and Goals?
Different kinds of tint can accomplish different objectives for car owners and drivers. Each formulation or darkness level has its own set of relative strengths and weaknesses. You need to ask yourself what you specifically want your auto window tint to do for you before you purchase a specific type.
Darker tints can spare your eyes a great deal of fatigue during daytime driving. While your windshield can only have tint along its top five inches, the darker tint on other windows can still reduce the ambient light and reflected glare inside your vehicle. They also make it harder for outsiders to see inside your cabin.
At other times, dark tint can prove more problematic. In low light conditions, you may find that you can see only approaching headlights out of your dark-tinted rear window. If you expect to do a lot of driving at night or in poor weather, ask your auto tint specialist for advice on a reasonable VLT level.
Metallic tints can provide plenty of privacy during the day by bouncing most incoming light right back at onlookers. Unfortunately, the metallic components in these tints can also block cell phone signals. If you need to make frequent use of your phone while in your car, you'll want to choose a different option.
If you only want to add thermal insulation or UV protection to your side or rear windows, you can select infrared vinyl films that have little or no visible tint. Like other kinds of vinyl film, infrared film can protect occupants from up to 99 percent of dangerous UV radiation.
3. What Advantages Can Professional Tinting Installers Offer?
Even if you have direct access to high-quality vinyl window tint, you should leave the actual tinting process to professional installers. Preparing windows to receive tint, cutting the vinyl panels so that they will fit the windows perfectly, and then adhering the film without creating creases or bubbles requires skill and experience.
Professional tinting installers not only do the job correctly the first time, but they also guarantee the quality of their work and products through warranties. At the same time, they can do the work more quickly and efficiently than any amateur possibly could, freeing you up to take care of other things in the meantime.
Horizon Auto Glass & Tint can answer any of your auto glass tint questions and make sure you get the results you seek. Get a quote from us today.
Business owners whose facilities feature glass window panels or displays must fend off many potential problems. Glass can transfer stifling heat in the summer, allow precious warmth to escape in the winter, subject occupants and furnishings to destructive rays, and sustain damage from vandalism or accidents.
If you find yourself worrying about any of these issues, investigate your options for covering your facility's glass windows with protective films, from glare-blocking tints to abuse-absorbing coatings. Take a look at how different types of commercial window films suit different needs and challenges.
For Glare and UV Reduction: Commercial Window Tint
The blazing New Mexico sun can prove a formidable annoyance at your workplace. Blinding glare can make some parts of your building all but unusable at certain times of the day. In addition to the onslaught of visible light, the sun's energy also includes UV radiation. This invisible radiation has an all-too-visible effect on furniture and carpeting, causing colors to fade and plastics to degrade.
Commercial window tint can put these issues to rest. Available tint colors and shades of darkness allow you to choose darker tints for areas that receive excessive glare (or require privacy from the outside world) while covering storefront displays with minimally tinted film. Window tint films block out almost all UV radiation regardless of their tint color or darkness.
For Thermal Insulation: Low-Emissivity Window Film
While window tint films can do an admirable job of filtering glare and UV rays, they have some limitations in their ability to control a building's interior temperatures. Tinted films reduce the amount of heat entering your building, which can help you save money on climate control in the summer. However, they can also let valuable heat escape your building on cold winter days.
By contrast, low-emissivity (Low-E) commercial window film can help you regulate building temperatures all year round. This plastic film contains metallic particles that greatly boost its ability to reflect thermal energy. It reflects up to 80 percent of solar heat gain and conserves up to 50 percent of heat inside your facility.
Low-E film comes in three grades of tint: VT35, VT50, and VT70, each named after the percentage of visible light they transmit. Evaluations of VT35 film in multiple parts of the U.S. demonstrated its ability to save facilities an average of 29 percent on their HVAC bills (compared to buildings with untreated single-pane windows).
For Glass Protection: Anti-Graffiti and Security Film
If you worry about your commercial facility's windows suffering defacement by vandals or accidental scuffs and abrasions, consider covering the windows with anti-graffiti film. This thick, clear film, also referred to as safety film, lends glass surfaces an extra degree of protection against scratches. Most scratches will penetrate no farther than the film itself, which you can then replace easily and affordably.
If someone tries to break your window, the anti-graffiti film will help to limit and contain the breakage, not unlike the way automotive windshield glass keeps breakage from flying into the car's cabin. While you must still replace the broken glass, you won't have scattered (and potentially dangerous) shards littering your building's interior.
Security film works on the same principle as anti-graffiti glass. However, it boasts even greater thickness, allowing it to contain more forceful impacts. If your facility faces risks from natural disasters or major criminal activity, this film can keep glass from flying into your facility and causing injury. It might even prove enough of a nuisance to thwart a would-be burglar's efforts.
Horizon Auto Glass & Tint can help you figure out what commercial window coatings will do the best job of addressing your particular concerns. Contact us today to schedule a chat with our experienced team.
Damaged auto glass can create serious problems for drivers and passengers alike. Chipped, cracked, pitted, or shattered glass can make a windshield impossible to see through adequately, increasing the risk of accidents. A windshield weakened by damage may also lack the structural safety to protect occupants in collisions or roll over accidents. Other auto glass breakage whether it's a side window, vent window, back window or quarter glass, typically need replacement immediately to restore your vehicle and protect your property.
When you sustain damage to your vehicle's windshield, sunroof or other auto glass piece, some damage is repairable and some damage is not. Here are some considerations that will help guide you toward the right choice for your situation.
Chips and Cracks
Auto glass and windshields routinely suffer from the occasional chip or crack. Flying gravel, hail, or other debris that strikes a windshield or side window can take out a small piece of the surface glass, leaving a rounded or asymmetrical deformity. Cracks may occur in association with chips, or they may appear independently.
Auto glass repair technicians can fix most windshield chips the size of a coin or smaller. A rock chip repair involves injecting resin into the affected area of the windshield or laminated glass piece and a cure process to restore the auto glass back to it's structural soundness. It has a 99% success rate and usually takes 30 minutes. You will still see a blemish after the repair is done, but it will add life to your windshield or auto glass and saves you hundreds of dollars by not having to replace.
Crack repairs on your windshield larger than that are also repairable if certain criteria has been met. We are certified with the NWRA (National Windshield Repair Association) and follow those guidelines. Typically windshield cracks should extend no more than a few inches in length and should not be within the driver's viewing area. More extensive damage calls for a full windshield replacement to avoid any continuing risk of structural weakness or obstructed viewing. We'd be happy to look at the damage with you to determine if it's outside of these parameters. Just stop by any of our locations.
If you opt to repair a windshield chip or crack in your auto glass, do it as soon as possible. Untreated chips or cracks may continue to grow until they have become too large for normal repair procedures to mend. You will then have no choice but to replace the glass.
Pitting and Hazing
Even if you do not see any obvious chips in your auto glass, you may still have developed a number of tiny pits in it through repeated impacts from sand or other tiny particles. Sunlight or car headlights can then cause these pits to produce a distracting glare that makes safe driving a challenge.
Auto glass repair shops can sometimes remove pitting, although a restoration to the glass's earlier pristine condition may prove impossible. Technicians apply a commercial polishing compound with a mechanical brush or buffer to smooth the outer surface of the glass. Sometimes buffing is not as cost effective as just replacing the windshield.
Hazing, another cause of dangerous glare and visibility problems, may occur either on the interior or the exterior of your auto glass. Interior hazing usually stems from sources as cigarette smoke, off-gassing of cabin plastics, and exterior environmental pollutants through the cabin vents.
Interior hazing usually requires nothing more than some careful cleanup. Auto glass technicians can use a variety of products and techniques, from simple detergents to commercial auto glass cleaning products, to restore your glass's clarity and transparency. Many do-it-yourself customers have these products in their own garage.
Exterior hazing may occur as environmental pollutants, rust, lime, or calcium accumulate on a windshield's surface. This kind of hazing can prove tricky to remove. If products designed to remove minerals and other substances cannot do the job, technicians must perform a lengthy, extensive polishing procedure. Auto glass replacement will most likely need to be recommended.
In some cases, exterior hazing may merit a total windshield replacement depending on the comparative cost. Find out how much your insurance provider will cover for each kind of service. You may find that replacing the windshield will not cost you much more out of pocket than a laborious exterior polish.
Shattered auto glass, typically all other glass besides the windshield, always requires replacement. Tempered safety glass for side, back windows and sunroofs shatter into tiny pieces, a safety measure meant to protect occupants from large, jagged knives of glass. Unfortunately, this kind of glass also tends to disintegrate completely when shattered.
Shattered windshields do not fall into countless tiny pieces thanks to their laminated design, with a sheet of vinyl laminate that prevents the glass shards from flying into the cabin. Even if you could see through the resulting mess, however, a shattered windshield has lost its structural integrity, rendering it unable to protect you from additional harm.
Now that you know how to proceed with your auto glass problem, get the professional help you need at Horizon Auto Glass & Tint. Get a quote from us today.
It's an undeniable fact that window tinting makes your car look more distinctive. Darker window shades also block the view from outside, giving you more privacy when you're in your vehicle. However, there are many other reasons to get your windows tinted. If you're still wondering if window tinting is for you, consider these surprising perks.
The windshield is an integral part of your vehicle's overall safety. When cracks, dents, and holes start to compromise its integrity, it is essential to get those issues resolved quickly. However, many vehicle owners choose to delay necessary repairs for a variety of reasons.
Finding quality window service in Albuquerque is easier than ever when you trust the friendly professionals at Horizon Auto Glass & Tint. We have highly trained technicians who use the latest methods and products to ensure that you get all the benefits that come with tinting your auto windows. Whether you are considering tinting a new vehicle or replacing worn or damaged tinting already in place, you can expect superior service because we stand behind on all our work. Let us give you the products and service you need without cutting corners on products and workmanship. Keep the following in mind when considering our window tinting services.
If you own a vehicle, you know you will likely need to have windshield repair or replacement at some point. You can simply be driving on the interstate and a rock or other debris can leave a chip or crack in your windshield. This can even happen when your vehicle is parked due to someone cutting the lawn or even severe weather. You never know when the unexpected may happen and leave you with damage to your auto glass.
Our workforce believes that every auto glass deserves some love. We hold our customer’s needs as a priority and are always ready to offer a tailor-made service to meet them. While we have been doing business since 2001 in Albuquerque, NM, we have managed to build a workforce of experienced professionals over the years.
Horizon Auto Glass & Tint serves clients in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.