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Reasons to Tint Windows

There are numerous reasons to tint your windows. Aesthetics is probably the most common reason to tint windows. Other common reasons are safety, comfort, UV protection, and energy savings. These characterisitcs apply to automotive tinting as well as flat glass (window) for homes and offices.

Our tinting experts can help you to determine the best tinting film for your needs. Review the information on this page and let us know what benefits are the most important to you. Subsequently we can work with you to identify your preferred shade (darkness) of film. If you have any questions simply call us at 770-988-8831.

Block UV Rays / Heat Rejection
Not only is heat an uncomfortable problem it can also be hazardous to your health. The health hazards lurking inside car interiors, where most Americans spend 90 minutes on average each day, have largely escaped scrutiny. Air quality decreases during times of hot temperatures because the heat and sunlight essentially cook the air along with all the chemical compounds lingering within it. Heat and Ultraviolet Light Trigger Pollution Inside Cars However, on January 11, 2006, the Michigan-based Ecology Center released a report entitled: "Toxic at Any Speed: Chemicals in Cars and the Need for Safe Alternatives." In this new report, researchers detail how heat and ultraviolet (UV) light can trigger the release inside cars of a number of chemicals linked to birth defects, premature births, impaired learning and liver toxicity, among other serious health problems. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (or PBDEs, often used as fire retardants) and phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastics) are the primary culprits. Part of the seat cushions, armrests, floor coverings and plastic parts in most car interiors, these chemicals are easily inhaled or ingested through contact with dust by drivers and passengers. The risks are greatest in summer, when car interiors can get as hot as 192º F. How Can Drivers Reduce the Risks of Pollution Inside Car Motorists can lessen their risks by rolling down car windows, parking in the shade and using interior sun reflectors. But the Ecology Center is urging car makers to stop using such chemicals in the first place. "We can no longer rely just on seatbelts and airbags to keep us safe in cars," says Jeff Gearhart, the Ecology Center’s Clean Car Campaign Director and co-author of the report. "Our research shows that autos are chemical reactors, releasing toxins before we even turn on the ignition. There are safer alternatives to these chemicals, and innovative companies that develop them first will likely be rewarded by consumers." Window film can reduce any where from 30% to 80% of the heat that is allowed to penetrate your automobile windows. Depending on what type of film you purchase. In fact, some films can reduce infrared penetration by as much as 97 percent.
Glare Protection
Driving is definitely an activity that can cause a strain on your eyes. In addition to activities that cause you to focus the eyes for long periods of time some environmental factors can add to the stress placed on your eyes such as brightness and glare. Direct light causes the most glare. Reducing glare will dramatically reduce the strain on your eyes. Glare is caused by the reflection of light off of surfaces and is a primary cause of eye strain. You can get rid of glare by controlling the light source, the surface reflecting it or by filtering it before it reaches your eyes with window film. Eye strain can severely diminish the quality of your life. It can also be difficult to diagnose eye strain. Treating it is not that difficult but the best way to treat eye strain is to prevent it in the first place.
Skin Protection
  • Overall, exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight (radiation referred to as UVA or UVB) accounts for about 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging.
  • UVB primarily affects the outer skin layers. It is most intense when sunlight is brightest. People receive slightly over 70% of their yearly UVB dose during the summer.
  • UVA penetrates more deeply and efficiently. The intensity of UVA rays is less dependent on the time of day and season of the year than that of UVB rays.
The sun is the most important cause of prematurely aging skin (a process called photo aging) and skin cancers. Overall, exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight (radiation referred to as UVA or UVB) accounts for about 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging. Most of these effects occur by age 20:
  • Even small amounts of UV radiation trigger the processes leading to skin wrinkles.
  • Long-term repetitive exposure to sunlight adds up, and likely is responsible for the vast majority of unwanted consequences of aging skin, including basal cell and squamous cell cancers.
  • Intense exposure to sunlight in early life is an important cause of melanoma, a particularly aggressive type of skin cancer.
Initial Damaging Effects of Sunlight. Ultraviolet radiation penetrates the layers of the skin. Both UVA and UVB rays cause damage leading to wrinkles, lower immunity against infection, aging skin disorders, and cancer. They appear to damage cells in different ways, however.
  • UVB is the main cause of sunburns, and primarily affects the outer skin layers. UVB is most intense at midday when sunlight is brightest. People receive slightly over 70% of their yearly UVB dose during the summer. We receive only 28% during the remainder of the year. Window glass filters out UVB.
  • UVA penetrates more deeply and efficiently. The intensity of UVA rays is less dependent on the time of day and season of the year than that of UVB rays. For example, you receive only about half of your yearly UVA dose during the summer months, with the balance spread over the rest of the year. Window glass does NOT filter out UVA.
Both UVA and UVB rays cause damage to the body, including genetic injury, wrinkles, aging skin disorders, and skin cancers. Exactly how they cause this damage is not yet fully understood. All most all window film will block 99% of both UVA and UVB rays and some film will block 99.9%. Drivers who commute on a regular basis are 50% more likely to develop skin cancer on the left hand side of their face and left arm with no U.V. protection on their windows.
Passenger Safety
Ever had your window smashed in on your automobile and then continue to find glass for the next year every time you vacuum. Window breakage can be messy and if you’re in an accident even dangerous. Because window film is applied with an adhesive to hold the film on the window it actually holds the window together during the event of glass breakage.
Aesthetics & Privacy
A picture is worth a thousand words if you want to know how much better window film will make your vehicle look. Go to our Virtual Tinter to view glass tinting levels. This will give you an idea of how dark you want to go and what color you think will best compliments your automobile and your taste. We want you to be happy with your film selection so we always take as much time as you need consulting you to find the film that best compliments your automobile. If you would like to submit your auto for display in our photo gallery let us know and we will bring our camera when we service your automobile.
Protect Your Interior
Sun and heat fade fabric colors and deteriorate textile fibers. Darker colors and finer weaves are particularly susceptible to the effects of sun and heat.
Go Green and Promote Energy Savings
Being environmentally friendly is an important part of everyday activities. We just want you to know that lowering the emissions that your automobile produces will also lower green house gases. Window film can give you an edge on doing your part to help the environment by keeping your car cool, using less air conditioning during the summer months uses less gas. Individuals produce greenhouse gas emissions through everyday activities such as driving and using air conditioning or heating. The EPA provides an Online Energy Calculator For Estimating Personal Emissions

Top reasons to work with Hot Spot Tinting

Experience: We're at the top of the list of most experienced Atlanta window tinting companies.

Quality Products: We offer what we have found to be the best brands - LLumar, 3M, and SunTek.

Overall Value: We offer excellent workmanship, quality tint films and prompt scheduling at very competitive prices.

Reliability: No risk of trouble with the police. We do not offer or install illegal window tinting.

Specialization: Our business is installing only window tint films and protective films. Many of our competitors dabble in window tinting while selling car alarms, stereo systems and similar automotive accessories.