Everything You Need To Know About Colorado Springs Window Tinting

If you are a Colorado Springs resident and you are thinking of tinting your car windows, you first need to understand the implications of that decision. Window tinting is a great way to make your vehicle interior a more private space and achieve better temperature control. However, state laws here in Colorado – and in other states for that matter – prescribe certain limits as to how you can tint your windows. In addition, you should consider some of the possible risks of tinting before you go ahead. With this in mind, Pro Auto Spa offers a guide to everything you need to know about Colorado Springs window tinting.

The window tinting laws

Window tinting is the process of adding a thin laminate film to windows and windshields in order to make them darker. The process changes the appearance of a car, making it difficult or impossible for anyone to see into the cab from the outside. Vehicle owners choose to tint their windows for different reasons. Some simply think it adds a certain style to the vehicle. Others may choose it because it obscures visibility and thus increases privacy. Still other car owners may choose to tint for health reasons: it can block out UVA rays and thus protect sensitive skin against sun exposure that may result in skin cancer. Another motivation is fuel economy. Tinting prevents something called solar gain – the technical term for interior heat in a vehicle. While this makes the car more comfortable for the occupants, it also reduces fuel consumption and AC use. The difference is incremental, of course, but it matters if it forms part of a larger effort to make a car more fuel-efficient.

Regardless of your reasons for wanting Colorado Springs window tinting, you should be aware that Colorado law has very specific rules about how dark you can make your windows. Using the wrong tint could be an infraction in its own right, and it can also result in a driver being made liable for an auto accident – taking certain other circumstances and conditions into account. 

Some motorists may object, but laws governing window tinting exist all over the world – and they are put in place for the safety of all road users. Drivers need to have good visibility so they can see the road clearly while driving. Also, criminals have taken advantage of tinted windows in the past, using the impaired visibility to ensure that they are not identifiable to other drivers or passersby. In some countries, this situation has actually led to the complete banning of tinting. Here in the US, however, we are content simply to limit the extent of window tinting. You can darken your car windows to keep you cool, shield you from the sun and add a touch of style to your ride, so long as you stay within the legal parameters.

Pro Auto Spa is a leading Colorado Springs window tinting provider, and we have offered our services to plenty of customers. We understand the state laws on the matter, and always ensure that our clients’ cars are within the prescribed limits before they drive out of our workshop. We tint all kinds of vehicles, including SUVs, family cars, limos, trucks, RVs – even boats. We use XPEL’s Prime XR Plus, a high-quality ceramic window tint film that combines sleek looks with high performance, thanks to its multi-layer nano-technology. Before you give us the go-ahead, we will talk you through all you need to know about being the owner of a car with tinted windows and answer any questions you may have.

Colorado Laws On Window Tinting

The window tinting laws in Colorado mostly refer to VLT – visible light transmission. This is a measure of the percentage of visible light that passes through a window. This measurement is also used in the production of eyewear. An untinted window would generally have a VLT of 100%. With the addition of tinting film, the VLT decreases to the desired level. The VLT level chosen (legal limits notwithstanding) depends on the exact purpose of the lens or window, as well as the amount of light it will typically be exposed to. In the case of car windows, they are exposed to full, bright sunlight at least some of the time. In the case of eyewear, this would necessitate a very low VLT but, with car windows, the VLT can only drop to a certain prescribed level.

Laws On Window Tinting-

Colorado law states that a car’s side windows and rear window can have a VLT of no less than 27%. When it comes to the windshield, up to 70% non-reflective tinting is allowed on the top four inches of the glass. The rest of the surface of the windshield must be entirely transparent. Full tinting of the windshield is prohibited because it goes against the legal requirement for a completely unimpeded view of the road. If the back window is tinted, the car must have mirrors that allow good visibility of possible obstructions and hazards. Unlike in some other states, Colorado does not require vehicle windows to carry a sticker that marks the tint job as legal. The contravention of these laws is a Class B infraction and a finable offense. If a vehicle with illegal tinting is involved in an accident, there are other implications as well. If a driver has a window tint with an illegal VLT and causes an accident from lack of appropriate visibility, that driver will very likely be regarded as liable for the collision and the resulting damages.

Risks Of Window Tinting

While window tinting offers a number of benefits, it does have several risks too, which car owners should be aware of. These risks are the reason that the legal limits outlined above exist. Firstly, tinting limits drivers’ ability to communicate with one another. As road users, we all need to be able to see other drivers to some degree. This helps us to predict their next move or to see non-verbal communication signals. Dark window tinting prevents eye contact and makes it difficult to see what another driver is doing – all of which can lead to mistakes and accidents that jeopardize the safety of everyone involved. If you have tinted windows, you, therefore, need to be extra cautious and do your best to communicate as clearly as possible with other road users. If there is a risk that another driver has not seen your signal, you should proceed more slowly and carefully. In short, if you choose to tint your windows, always remain conscious of the lower visibility and adjust your driving style accordingly.

Benefits of a Window Tint

Risks aside, window tinting does offer several key benefits. The most important advantages are:

  • Enhance your vehicle’s look and appeal
  • Increase personal driving comfort by making your car cooler and more private
  • Reduce glare and driver fatigue
  • Block UV rays, protecting sensitive skin against the sun
  • Preserve your upholstery: the reduction of UV rays also prevents your seats and dashboard from fading.
  • A cooler car means you use your AC less, thus saving fuel.

Types Of Car Window Tints

Before you choose a provider of Colorado Springs window tinting, you should be aware of the various types of tints available. Each one has its own advantages. Find the one that suits you best:

  • Infrared film: This type of window tint blocks UV rays and heat, but retains maximum visibility. Since they don’t darken the windows much, you don’t have to worry about your tinting being within the legal limits. Infrared film can last for a very long time without peeling or chipping.
  • Metallic film: This type of window tint is also highly resistant to UV rays and heat, and also has a dark sleek look. Make sure the VLT is correct if you opt for metallic film. This type of film can also block cell phone and GPS signals, so it may not be a good choice if you use your phone’s apps often.
  • Carbon film: Carbon film offers all the benefits of metallic film but does not block cell phone or GPS signals.
  • Ceramic nanoparticle tint film: This type of film, which Pro Auto Spa uses exclusively, blocks 99 percent of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays and more than 98 percent of its heat and infrared radiation—and contains no metallic ingredients at all.

Can I Tint My Own Windows?

If you are the type of person who likes to work on your car yourself, it is entirely possible for you to do your window tinting at home. However, you should be warned that window tinting is a time-consuming, messy and difficult job. If you don’t have a good grasp of the techniques involved, as well as the right tools, it can easily go wrong. Leaving it to the professionals will ensure that the job is done correctly, without any bubbles, peeling, or visibility problems. 

If you are looking to enhance your vehicle’s appearance, protect its interior and enhance its privacy, contact Pro Auto Spa, the leading provider of Colorado Springs window tinting. We also provide ceramic coatings and other car detailing services.