If you know anything about the city of Las Vegas, you know that the winters are short and the summers (relatively speaking) are long. To let you know what I mean by “long”, all you need to do is look at “pool” season in the desert. The resort pools usually open mid to late March, as the weather is just starting to warm up at that time. I know, I know, there is snow still happening on the eastern part of the US. This is probably why tourism in Las Vegas really peaks around March.
On the other side, pool season usually ends in September, and some pools even stay open until October!
Needless to say, the Las Vegas climate is basically non-stop sun.
That sun is also hot.
Here is a month-by-month chart of the weather in Las Vegas
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Your temperature may vary, though. You see, the official temps are taken at McCarran airport, but there are other areas like Henderson, that is usually hotter on average, than what these numbers show.
It is always funny to me that people who live in humid climates are always trying to say that their climate is hotter, and that the desert is a “dry heat.”
This makes no difference. The sun is just on you from around 7am to 7 or 8pm when the sun goes down.
And then it is STILL hot!
Just imagine living in an apartment complex where you have to park your car outside, or having to park your car in your driveway at your home because your garage is just full of needless stuff. Normally there are no clouds to be found, so the sun will beat down on your car all day long. the hottest time of the day in the Las Vegas area is around 5pm, and if you have to actually get into your car at that time, you will have to open the door and let it cool off a little before you sit down on the seats.
If you are wearing shorts, you can forget about it!
As far as I am concerned, auto window tinting in Las Vegas is a must.
Window Tint Laws Las Vegas
So, what are the window tint laws in Las Vegas anyway?
Like in other states, it depends on the positioning of the windows. Because of all of the heat in Las Vegas, it may seem like the laws will be a little more liberal when it comes to tint.
As far as the windshield, you should not have any tint on there, because……it is the WINDSHIELD! The front side windows should allow more than 35% of the light in. The back side windows and the rear window? Well, any darkness can be used.
That is pretty easy, right?
Is there anything I should know before I get my windows tinted?
Not all window tints are created equal. There are literally hundreds of manufacturers that are in this type of business, and there are a multitude of different films. If you do a little research, you will find that there are good films, and there are also bad films. There are large numbers of installers out there that will actually use bad films because they are cheaper to use.
Have you have ever been driving down the road, and all of a sudden you see cars with a purple window tint, or bubbles in the window tint? Well, that is BAD window film.
The issue with awful window film is that you will not now you have inadequate window film on your windows, until a year or so later when it…
- Starts to fade
- Turn purple
- Bubbles up
Can you imagine finding that out a year later, after you spent money to get your windows done?
Here are some of the basics about window tint.
Know the type of film is being put on your car
If a tint professional quotes you $100 for your tint, it is probably bad film.
There are different types of film on the market
There are three main types
- Dyed film
- Metalized film
- Ceramic film
Dyed film is your entry level, basic film. This is recommended for customers who just want to block some of the sunlight, while also attaining that nice aesthetic.
Metalized film…wait for it….has that metalized layer in it! It is a nice film, as it is great at blocking the heat. A lot of people like this type of film for exactly that reason. Metalized film does have it’s disadvantages, though. First off, it has a metalized mirrored look to it, so it does not match up on the factory tint that you will see on SUV’s and trucks. This type of tint can also interfere with the signals from mobile phones and GPS devices in your car. Because of this, most window tint businesses will not use the metalized film.
Ceramic film seems to be the most widely used window tint film. Ceramic film has the same infrared heat reduction that comes with a metalized film, but it does not have the signal interference. It also matches well with the “factory tint” that you see with the SUV’s and trucks.
Typically ceramic film will cost you around $100 more than the standard dyed films. It is more money, BUT is is nice to have that added value and performance. It will also last longer.
Know the type of warranty that comes with the window tint
Inquire about the warranty for the tint, as they may vary with each manufacturer. There are several that offer a lifetime warranty as it pertains to fading, color changes, and bubbling. Formula One, for example, comes with a one-time, no fault warranty. For any reason, if your window tint gets damaged, it will be replaced for free. If you scratch it, the window breaks, anything that happens that causes damage, just bring it back to the Formula One Llumar Dealer. They will pay to have it replaced.
Conclusion – Auto Window Tinting in Las Vegas
Do your research. Look into the companies that will possibly install your window tint. Look at their reviews, and find out what film they are using. Do not make your decisions based solely on price. There are several different factors that go into window tint installation. You do not want the cheapest film on the market. You will not like it a year after getting it installed. Be sure to inquire that you are in accordance with the window tint laws in Las Vegas, so you do not get a needless ticket.