There can be a series of reasons you would want to get your windshield tinted, especially the glare from roads in sunny areas. But it’s more important to answer some very crucial questions that include your state laws, the price, the tint thickness, the warranty of the tint and the types of tints you can get.

Laws

It is recommended to browse through your local state laws to see if you can in fact tint your car windows and windshields. For Texas the laws are as follows (reference: https://www.tinting-laws.com/texas/):

Sedans

  • Tint darkness Windshield: 25% VLT (Visible Light Transmission) tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line or top 5 inches, with less than 25% reflection.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
  • Rear Windshield: Any darkness can be used with side outside mirrors, 25% VLT without.

SUVs & Vans

  • Tint darkness Windshield: 25% VLT tint is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line or top 5 inches, with less than 25% reflection.
  • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 25% of light in.
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
  • Rear Windshield: Any darkness can be used with side outside mirrors, 25% VLT without.

Your vehicle’s windshield must conform to the above to qualify for driving in all Texas cities.

Price

Price is usually the second determinant if you would want to have a tinted windshield or tints installed on your glass. Usually a tinted windshield will cost you north of $350 going all the way up to $900, depending on features.

A tint-job (as we’d call it) will cost significantly cost you between $100 and $200, depending on the thickness of the film and the length of the tint film applied. You can get your front windshield tinted for much less, but remember the quality really depends on the price you pay for the tint.

Thickness of the Tint

Although the Texas state laws section already answers this question for us, there can be several reason like medical ones that may require you to install a thicker film on your front windshield. Tint film can vary from 50% all the way down to 5%. A higher value indicated more visibility, while a lower value means a darker window.

Types of Tints

There are three common types of windshield tint material that are available today. These include:

  • Metallic
  • Dyed, and
  • Ceramic

A metallic tint is considered very efficient when you need to reduce UV exposure and eliminate heat from entering your car. Known to be highly fade proof, metallic tints are incredibly resilient to wind, water, heat, and scratches. Do remember, metallic tints can significantly mess up electronic signals like phones and WIFI. 

Dyed windshield tints are the darkest option you can go with, and they do not reflect light. They are known for reflecting light without interfering with radio signals and don’t mess up reception of electronic devices. One drawback is that dyed windshields tends to fade from wind and rain over time.

Ceramic windshield tints are very expensive, and for the price you pay they offer some brilliant advantages. Not only do they reduce UV exposure, reflect glare, and eliminate heat, but are known to never interfere with either radio or cell phone signals. They never fade, and the only way to damage them is by breaking them with something metallic.

Warranties

It’s always good to have a windshield tint that will last you and comes with a warranty in case something goes wrong. While metallic and ceramic tints do come with warranties for up to one year, there are ceramic tints that come with lifetime warranties. A dyed tint film will however come with a minimum or no warranty sometimes, since they are quite easily perishable