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427 Aaron Street, Suite A
Cotati, CA 94931
(707) 584-6670

Serving Sonoma County including Santa Rosa, Windsor, Guerneville, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Healdsburg.

Services include High-End Automotive Window Tinting. Brands include 3M.
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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose an auto window tinting company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified auto window tint company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated auto window tinting company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

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Customize Your Car with Tinted Windows

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Whether you drive a sporty car that deserves a customized look, want to protect your loved ones from sun exposure in the family van, or like the privacy that tinted windows provide, having tinting film applied to your car's windows can help make your vehicle better meet your needs.

Professional window tinting shops in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Healdsburg, Sonoma and Cloverdale and throughout Sonoma County offer skilled application of professional-grade car window tints for any make and model of vehicle. From passenger vans and family vans to sports cars, limousines, fleet vehicles, delivery trucks and more, you can get the type of window tinting you want to customize your vehicle and protect your interests.

Read on for more information about window tinting and Sonoma County tinting shops near you. In the following articles, you'll learn what window tinting services can mean for you and your vehicle, different types of tint available to you, how to keep your tinting legal, questions to ask during your interviews of local Sonoma County window tint services, and more.

Why Consider Auto Window Tinting Services?
Many car owners choose auto window tinting because they like the way it looks. While it's true that window tints add a custom touch to vehicles, there are also other reasons to consider having your car or truck windows tinted.

·      Window tinting helps block glare from the sun that can cause distraction and vision problems.

·      Some types of window tint can actually keep your vehicle cooler. Specially-formulated window tints block the sun's rays and can prevent your car from heating up while parked and while in motion. Professionals note that the darkness of the tint doesn't impact the amount of light and heat reflected, so even front windows can be tinted lightly and still protect from heat.

·      Dangerous UV rays come through untinted windows, causing fading in your vehicle and damage to your skin. Tinted windows, especially those done with tints certified by the Skin Cancer Foundation, can help protect you against cancer-causing rays and keep your vehicle's interior from fading, cracking and looking old before its time.

·      Tinted windows are also harder to shatter. While films and tints can't keep glass from breaking in an accident or break-in, the layer of tint can strengthen windows and provide protection against injury and damage caused by shattered glass.

·      Privacy for you and your belongings is another bonus of having your car windows tinted. Dark window tints in the back windows can give you privacy and prevent would-be thieves from seeing what's in your car. From limousine-dark tints to lighter tints, reflective films, mirrored film and other options, car window tinting can protect you and your belongings from unwanted exposure.

Vehicle Window Tinting Choices Available in Sonoma County
There are four main types of window tint film available in Petaluma, Windsor, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati, Guerneville and Rohnert Park and beyond. Each type has pros and cons, so it's smart to learn about your options and what each can offer you.

Dyed window film is a dark window film that blocks up to fifty percent of outside light from entering your windows. It is non-reflective and gives some of the darkest results available. As a non-metallic film, it won't interfere with radio waves or GPS systems. It is a very cost-effective type of window film that can protect you and the interior of your vehicle from sunlight, UV rays and bright lights from other vehicles. Beware that over time, the sun's rays can damage the film and discolor it. It also isn't the best option for car owners who want to block heat from their cars. Additionally, dyed film must be installed correctly or it can appear bubbled.

Metalized window film blocks heat, UV rays and much light. It's known for blocking glare and being very durable over time. However, car owners with in-glass antennas can notice interference. It can also interfere with tire pressure monitoring systems, radio waves and more. Metalized film has a layer of metal that reflects heat and glare, but that makes it very shiny. This can give a different appearance to vehicles. It's also a more expensive option to install.

Customers who want the best of both worlds can choose hybrid tinting film. This film is a blend of both dyed and metalized window tint, but it has few of the disadvantages. It is, however, generally one of the most expensive types of window film to install. Hybrid window tints block heat, UV rays and glare. It can reduce fading inside your vehicle and protect your skin from the sun's rays. It is durable and hardy, and it isn't as reflective as pure metalized films. Additionally, because there is less metal content than metalized film, hybrid film generally doesn't interfere with radio signals, GPS systems, cell phones and other car components.

Ceramic window film is a newer option that's just gaining traction with customers. It is a thin film that has a thin ceramic layer that blocks heat, light and UV rays. It also effectively blocks glare. Ceramic film won't fade like dyed films, and it won't block radio signals like metalized films can. It isn't as reflective, so it can give a more classic look than metalized films. The major drawback is the cost, but car owners who want value are often interested in this choice.

Make Sure Your New Tinted Windows Meet Local Laws
California does have laws that pertain to tinted windows and window films. These laws are for your protection, so it's important to know the boundaries. Good Sonoma County auto window tinting shops should be able to help you find window tints and films that meet your needs and follow local laws, but you're ultimately responsible for what you have applied to your vehicle. If your window tint doesn't follow guidelines, you may invalidate your warranty and you may have to have the tint removed in order to make your vehicle street legal.

In California, cars, SUVs and vans can only have the top four inches of the windshield covered in a non-reflective tint. Tinting on front side windows must allow in at least 70 percent of light. However, back side windows and the rear window of the vehicle can have any darkness of tint. Colored tints are allowed, except for red, amber or blue tints. No vehicle can have reflective tint that is more reflective than the standard window glass.

Additional laws for vehicles for tinted windows may apply in Guerneville, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Cotati, and Cloverdale, and the rest of Sonoma County and the Greater Bay Area. For example, in most areas, vehicles with tinted rear windows must have dual side mirrors. The window film installation company must provide a certificate or sticker that states the installation company name, and the manufacturer name and address. Check with your local DMV office for more information about laws about window tinting.

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Know What You Want
Decide What You Really Want from Auto Window Tinting Services

You know you want your windows tinted, but there's more to getting shaded windows than that. In fact, it's important you spend some time thinking about your needs and wants before you call local car window tinting companies in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Cotati, Cloverdale and Rohnert Park and other areas near you....

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You know you want your windows tinted, but there's more to getting shaded windows than that. In fact, it's important you spend some time thinking about your needs and wants before you call local car window tinting companies in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Cotati, Cloverdale and Rohnert Park and other areas near you.

It's wise to learn about your options in terms of materials, brands, types of window tint, installation techniques, guarantees and other factors that can impact your decision. You should also have an idea of the amount of customer service you expect. Some shops are known for taking better care of customers than others, and some customers want more hand-holding through the process. Knowing what you want and expect will help you more clearly communicate with your Sonoma County auto window tinting company and, likely, get better results.

Write down what you want so that you are better able to communicate it to the window tinting companies you interview. You may want to collect notes, photographs and other items that will help you describe what you want or the outcome you expect.

Here are some questions to get you started:

1.     Do I want a Diamond Certified window tint company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?

2.     Why do I want to tint my car windows? (Reduce glare, added privacy, UV protection, heat reduction, style or looks, customization, etc.)

3.     Do I want plain window tint, colored window tint, dyed window tint, mirrored window tint, metallic window tint, hybrid window tint or other specialty window tint?

4.     Do I want a particular window tint brand or manufacturer?

5.     How dark do I want my window tint to be? (Remember, California state law places limits on how dark your front window tint can be.)

6.     How many windows do I want tinted?

7.     What is my budget for car window tinting services?

8.     How long do I plan to have the vehicle?

9.     What personal and professional qualities am I looking for in a window tinting shop and installers?

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What to Ask on the Phone
Questions to Ask Sonoma County Window Tinting Experts Over the Phone

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Now that you have an idea of what you want, it's time to call local window tinting companies.

This is your chance to learn about their services, brands and value without wasting a lot of time visiting shops in person. Once you have narrowed down your choices, you'll have time to meet with each window tinting professional in person. But for now, focus on getting the answers you need to some critical questions that will help you refine your list to only the local window tinting services in Cotati, Windsor, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Guerneville and Healdsburg and other areas near you that offer the products you want and the service you expect.

Here are some questions to ask during phone interviews. Take notes during your conversation with each shop representative so you can remember which company offers the best value and can best meet your needs.

1.     Has your company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?

2.     Can you help me choose the best window tint for my needs and for my vehicle?

3.     Do you specialize in the type of window tinting (mirrored window tint, metalized window tint, colored tints, UV tints, back window tinting, etc.) and window tinting services I want?

4.     Who will perform the work?

5.     How are they trained?

6.     Do you guarantee your work?

7.     Do your products and materials come with manufacturer warranties?

8.     Will you give me a written, itemized estimate that includes brands, material details and more?

9.     How soon can you do the work?

10.  How long will it take to install my new auto window tint?

11.  Can I visit your shop and see some examples of your recent work?

12.  How long has your window tinting shop been open in Sonoma County?

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What to Ask in Person
Meet with Window Tint Installers in Person

Once you've performed some interviews with local auto window tinting shops, you should have a good idea of which are the better choices. Now it's time to meet with representatives in person and see their shops and their work....

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Once you've performed some interviews with local auto window tinting shops, you should have a good idea of which are the better choices. Now it's time to meet with representatives in person and see their shops and their work.

Good Sonoma County window tint services should be happy to show you examples of their work and have you see their shops. They should also be willing to spend some time talking with you about your needs and their recommendations for your vehicle. It is appropriate to set up an appointment to do this so that the shops can have a dedicated staff member ready and able to talk with you.

See the How to Work With section below for helpful tips on what to look for when visiting Sonoma County window tint shops in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Healdsburg, Sonoma and Cloverdale, Cazadero, Camp Meeker, Bloomfield, Temelec, Stewarts Point Rancheria, Schellville, Two Rock, Jenner, Eldridge, Fetters Hot Springs, Duncans Mills, Glen Ellen, Monte Rio, the Geysers and other areas.

If a shop is unwilling to meet with you before you set up an appointment or they're unable to satisfactorily answer your questions over the phone or in person, move on to the next option. Local window tint services that can't be bothered to answer your questions or meet with you before they have your business will not likely give you the best service after you've hired them or if you have concerns or issues after the work is done.

Here are some questions you may want to ask during your in-person interviews.

1.     What type of window tint and tinting services do you recommend for my car and my needs?

2.     What are the benefits and drawbacks of the various choices?

3.     Do you have a vehicle here that I can see that has similar tinting to that you're recommending?

4.     How long will it take to complete the work?

5.     How soon can I book an appointment?

6.     Will you remove the windows in order to tint them, or will you leave them in place? (Different companies work in different ways. However, those that remove the windows in order to tint them may risk damaging your doors or windows. Make sure they guarantee their work and guard against damage.)

7.     Is this film or tint street-legal in California? (Illegal tints or illegally-placed window film can nullify manufacturers' warranties and you may be required to remove it if you are pulled over. Ensure that the film you're choosing is a legal darkness and installed on windows that can be tinted.)

8.     How long will the tint that you're recommending last?

9.     Does this type of tint come with a guarantee against fading and discoloring?

10.  Is your work and  materials guaranteed from both the shop and the manufacturer?

11.  Will you give me the names names and phone numbers of customers who had similar work done to that which I'm considering so that I may contact them as references?

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What to Ask References
Talk About Window Tinting Services with Local Customers Who Know

Every company will tell you that they're your best option. So how can you find objective accounts from customers who have worked with these companies to find the best Sonoma County window tinting shop for you?...

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Every company will tell you that they're your best option. So how can you find objective accounts from customers who have worked with these companies to find the best Sonoma County window tinting shop for you?

It’s best to choose among Diamond Certified car window tinting services because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass. If you want quality from car window tinting services in Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company.

Convenient Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. You’ll also never have to worry about being fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual, verified customers.

If you can’t find Diamond Certified car window tinting services in Petaluma, Windsor, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati, Guerneville and Rohnert Park or within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. In that case, it’s wise to call references provided by local window tinting shops. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by companies are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. Instead, references given to customers from companies are usually cherry-picked to include only satisfied customers rather than randomly selected from their complete customer database.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company’s 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied. Then call and ask the following questions and any others you may have that will give you the information you need to make a smart decision.

·      What services did _(Sonoma County auto window tinting shop name_) provide for you?

·      When did they tint your windows?

·      How have the tinted windows held up over time?

·      Were you satisfied with the automotive window tinting services from this Sonoma County shop?

·      Were you pleased with the scheduling and turn-around time?

·      Did the service writers and car window tinting installers listen to and communicate well with you?

·      Was the price was fair for the work you had done?

·      Did the final cost reflect the estimate the Sonoma County window tint shop initially provided you?

·      What did you like best about this Sonoma County window tinting service?

·      Would you go back to shop in the future?

·      Would you/have you recommend this auto repair garage to friends and family?

·      What was the best part about working with this shop?

·      Is there anything you wish you would have known before choosing this shop or the products you chose?

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Review Your Options
Take Steps to Hire Good Window Tint Shops in Sonoma County

It can be tempting to rush into hiring a window tinting company, but you have a lot to gain by carefully researching and considering your options before signing a contract....

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It can be tempting to rush into hiring a window tinting company, but you have a lot to gain by carefully researching and considering your options before signing a contract.

Start by researching and talking with good car window tinting services in Sonoma County, including those in Guerneville, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Cotati, and Cloverdale, Salmon Creek, Rio Nido, Occidental, Russian River Meadows, Graton, Gulton, Forestville, Cazadero, El Verano, Alexander Valley, Freestone, Bodega Bay, Agua Caliente, Asti, Penngrove and your area. Learn which materials and brands they offer, at which services they excel, and their record of customer service. Talk with the installers, and find the one that you feel can best meet your professional and personal expectations.

Take notes during your interviews, and then, before deciding on the best car window tinting services for you, review your notes and ask yourself the following questions.

1.     Is there a local window tinting company that can satisfy your needs when it comes to services, materials and brands, timing, installation techniques, guarantees and overall value?

2.     Does the window tinting company you're considering communicate well with you? Do you trust them to have your best interests in mind?

3.     Is the shop conveniently located?

4.     Will the Sonoma County window tint services back up their work with written guarantees?

5.     Does one stand out above the rest as a better fit for you and the services you want?

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How to Work With
Learn More About Types of Window Tint and Installation Differences

You'll want to make sure that you're choosing the right window tint products and services for your vehicle. So start smart and do some research before you make a commitment....

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You'll want to make sure that you're choosing the right window tint products and services for your vehicle. So start smart and do some research before you make a commitment.

Start by learning what you can about your options. There are many different types of window tint and window film, including reflective window tints, colored window tints (also known as dyed window tint), reflective window films, mirrored window films, metalized window tint, hybrid tinting film, and more. Each provides a different array of benefits and disadvantages, so it's good to know what you need and what you're looking for in a window film.

Brands also matter. Some brands offer much better warranties and guarantees on their products, and they guarantee their products not to fade, bubble or peel. These may cost more than cheap window tints, but they last much longer and look better. It is important to remember that window tint manufacturers often create different lines of tint, so while brand matters, the quality of the exact product you're selecting matters more. Even the best-known brands create lower-quality lines.

Sonoma County auto widow tinting specialists  in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Cotati, Cloverdale and Rohnert Park and your area should be willing to talk you through your options and help you make the best decision on the type and brand of car window film.

How that window film is installed also makes a difference. Some companies do a better job installing, and that can impact how the film looks now and in the long run. Choose well-known, expert window film installers for better services and quality work that will make your vehicle look better and add value to your car.

How to Proceed with Getting Your Car Windows Tinted
Once you've selected the type of window tint and know the quality of work you're seeking, it's time to learn more about the window tint installers in Cotati, Windsor, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Guerneville and Healdsburg and throughout Sonoma County. You have many choices, and it's up to you to make an educated decision. After all, you can have the best product installed, but unless it's done by trained professionals, it won't turn out like you expect.

Talk with each of the window tinting shops you're considering. Learn what they have to offer and what type of work they do. Then look at samples of their work, talk with references, and learn about their local reputation. Get detailed estimates that outline the exact materials, products, product lines, services and windows to be tinted or filmed.

Compare estimates and ensure that each shop is bidding on the same scope and details. Again, you're shopping for quality and value, not for the lowest price. Put a priority on the shops that offer fair prices, good materials, expert installation, good guarantees and superior customer service.

What To Look for In a Good Auto Window Tinting Shop
Take time to visit the stand-out shops to see what they can offer you. This is a chance for you to view their shop and to see examples of their most recent work.

·      Look for shops that have been in business for several years, under the same name, at the same location. You may also want to seek out shops that have multiple locations or branches. This can be an indicator that it's a good shop with a good reputation, and that it will be there for you in the future if you have problems with the new window tint or installation services.

·      Good shops will carry a variety of window films and window tints from at least one manufacturer. Window tint shops that carry only one brand or only one line of window tint may not be your best choice. You deserve options so that you can find the manufacturer, line, type and quality of film that fits your needs and your preferred outcome.

·      Choose Sonoma County window tinting shops that guarantee their work and that offer products covered by manufacturer warranties. These should cover you against installation mistakes, material defects, and color fading. Many cheaper lines aren't guaranteed not to fade or discolor over time, so you are often wise to choose a quality product that is guaranteed to hold up over time rather than a cheaper product that you may have to replace in a short amount of time.

·      Don't choose shops that don't want to give you a tour or show you their work in person. Customer service is important, and it can be an indicator of poor installation or poor customer service if the Sonoma County window tint companies won't show you their shop or work.

·      Look for shops that work in clean, indoor shops. Window films and tints should be installed in a clean and dust-free environment to prevent dust and dirt from adhering to the window film and  marring the surface of the windows and tint.

·      Ask to see samples that they've already completed. Pay attention to the details—has the window tint film been applied in one solid piece, or has it been cut into strips? Does it fit tightly to all edges, or are there gaps? Have the installers nicked or damaged the paint around the windows or the gaskets around the door frames? One thing to remember, though, is that it can take up to two weeks for newly-applied window tint to dry out and become completely clear. You may see slight streaking, some discoloration or very tiny bubbles under the film that will go away as the film dries and cures to the window. Large bubbles are a sign of inferior installation, however.

What to Do Once You've Chosen a Window Tinting Shop
When your choice of shop is clear, it's time to sign a contract. In some cases, this is a copy of the estimate you were given. In any case, never sign an incomplete or blank estimate. This is a legal document that you can be held responsible for, so it's your right and duty to make sure you agree with everything written in the estimate.

Be sure the contract represents your interests and those of your Sonoma County window tinting shop. This contract is your assurance that you're getting the services, materials and workmanship you expect, so you must read, agree and sign before the work begins.

Then make an appointment for your car window tinting services and drop off your vehicle. 

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Be a Good Customer
Good Car Window Tinting Customers Can Get Better Results

You trust your car window tinting service to install quality auto window tints and give you a good value. Here are a few simple ways you can contribute to the process and be a good customer when hiring Sonoma County car window tinting services.

·      Be clear and upfront with the car window tinting services. Let them know what you want from your new window tint, the long-term outcome you’re expecting, and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations....

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You trust your car window tinting service to install quality auto window tints and give you a good value. Here are a few simple ways you can contribute to the process and be a good customer when hiring Sonoma County car window tinting services.

·      Be clear and upfront with the car window tinting services. Let them know what you want from your new window tint, the long-term outcome you’re expecting, and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.

·      Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way in creating and maintaining a good working relationship.

·      Before you hire car window tinting companies in Sonoma County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local window tinting services occur because of a breakdown in communication. Clear communication can help avoid many problems.

·      Ask the car window tinting shop if you should call to check on the progress or if they will call you with updates.

·      Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they're working on your car. The window tinting will move along more smoothly if the shop can reach you with updates, questions or work authorizations.

·      Return calls promptly when your window tint installer contacts you in order to keep the tinting services on schedule.

·      Pay for the car window tinting on time and as promised.
 

Why would you want to be a good customer when working with car window tint shops?

Good tinting services in Sonoma County, including those in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Healdsburg, Sonoma and Cloverdale and other areas, appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Taking steps to be a good customer helps sets the tone from your end and can help build a good working relationship. This may very well help the job go smoother and allow any problems to be more easily resolved. 

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Check the Work
Get the Auto Window Tinting Services You've Paid For

Window tinting shops in Sonoma County should offer you a complete, detailed invoice once the new window tints have been installed.

It's your job to review the invoice and the completed work before you leave the shop in order to verify that everything was done as expected. Have your window tint installer show you the work and explain any details. Ask questions you might have, and learn how you can best care for your newly-tinted windows. You should also confirm any warranties offered by the installers or the manufacturers, and any other details that pertain to the job....

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Window tinting shops in Sonoma County should offer you a complete, detailed invoice once the new window tints have been installed.

It's your job to review the invoice and the completed work before you leave the shop in order to verify that everything was done as expected. Have your window tint installer show you the work and explain any details. Ask questions you might have, and learn how you can best care for your newly-tinted windows. You should also confirm any warranties offered by the installers or the manufacturers, and any other details that pertain to the job.

The invoice from your car window tinting services company should include the following:

  • The car window tinting shop name, physical address and state license number.
  • A complete list of all work performed.
  • An itemized list of all materials used.
  • The total cost for the car window tinting services services, including the itemized amount charged for labor.
  • A written explanation of any warranties or guarantees provided by the product manufacturers and the car window tinting services.
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Written Warranties
Guaranteed Window Tint Installation Protects You and Your Car

Part of the price you'll pay for quality installation of new window tint will cover good installation techniques and materials that are guaranteed to hold up over time. Don't go for the lowest price when buying window tint or having it installed. Most cut-rate window tint shops can't guarantee their work. Instead, you'll want to hire a shop that offers the quality you expect....

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Part of the price you'll pay for quality installation of new window tint will cover good installation techniques and materials that are guaranteed to hold up over time. Don't go for the lowest price when buying window tint or having it installed. Most cut-rate window tint shops can't guarantee their work. Instead, you'll want to hire a shop that offers the quality you expect.

The following items should be included in any written guarantee document. Make sure you get all guarantees and warranties in writing before leaving Sonoma County auto window tint shops in Petaluma, Windsor, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati, Guerneville and Rohnert Park and other locations.

·      The Sonoma County car window tinting services name, physical address and state license number.

·      A description of exactly what the warranty covers. This should include whether the window tint company will repair or replace faulty materials or workmanship.

·      Any exclusions to the warranty coverage must be explicitly stated.

·      Your responsibility in the case of a problem and what you need to do in order to redeem the warranty.

·      How long the warranty is valid, and whether it expires on a specific day or is prorated (meaning, the warranty coverage and amount owed for repair or replacement diminishes over time).

·      If the window tint warranty coverage is transferable to the new owner if you sell the car in which the window tint was installed.

·      Any actions on your part that may invalidate the warranty.

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Top 10 Requests
Sonoma County Auto Window Tinting Services

You have many options when it comes to car window tinting. There are a variety of manufacturer brands, materials, services and more. The following are some of the more commonly requested window tint services available in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Cotati, Cloverdale and Rohnert Park and other areas....

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You have many options when it comes to car window tinting. There are a variety of manufacturer brands, materials, services and more. The following are some of the more commonly requested window tint services available in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Cotati, Cloverdale and Rohnert Park and other areas.

Car Window Tinting Services
Car window tinting services, also known as auto window tinting, include selection of the proper window tint, preparation, and installation of window tint film. Car window tinting can be done on the front side windows, back side windows and rear window of vehicles in California. Windshield tinting can only be applied on the top four inches of the windshield and must be non-reflective tint in order to fall within legal limits.

New Car Window Tint
New car window tint is a fresh application of window tint to the windows of a vehicle. This can be replacement window tint that takes the place of old film once it's been removed by Sonoma County window tinting companies, or it can be installed to windows that have never been tinted before.

Auto Glass Tint Replacement
Auto glass that has been tinted, either by the factory or by a local window tinting expert, may have to be retinted after a certain amount of time. That's because good car window tints have a life expectancy that often ranges about 10 years. After that time, it may begin to crack, peel, bubble, fade or show scratches and wear. Auto glass tint replacement services in Guerneville, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Cotati, and Cloverdale and other areas will remove the old window tint and replace it with new film.

Car Privacy Window Film
Car owners who want a degree of anonymity for themselves and their belongings may choose privacy window film or dark window tints. This is specialty window film that is dark or mirrored to prevent passersby from looking into the vehicle. Be aware, however, that law specifies how dark or reflective window tints can be. Ensure that the film you've chosen meets local limits for tint darkness and reflectivity.

Window Tint Removal / Window Tint Removing Services
Whether you need new window tint, want your old window tint replaced or want to remove old car window tinting that's present on your vehicle, Sonoma County window tint removal services can help. These services carefully remove existing window tint and can replace it or leave your windows as they were when your vehicle left the factory. Good tint removing services will take care not to damage car windows, doors, seals, paint and other parts of your vehicle as they remove the old window tint. They will also leave your windows clean, clear and free of tinting residue.

Precut Car Window Tint
Some stores and online retailers offer precut car window tint that can be applied to certain makes and models of vehicles. While this can be a very affordable option for window tints, it's also a much less professional way of tinting your car windows. If you go this route, be aware that window tinting is hard to apply and should only be done by a skilled, trained professional window tinting shop. Doing it yourself can leave you with streaks, bubbles, embedded dust and debris, and other unwanted results.

Mobile Window Tinting
A few Sonoma County window tint shops offer mobile window tinting. This can seem like a great time-saver, think carefully before booking these services. That's because window tinting should be done in a clean and dust-free environment to reap the best results. Window tinting that's done outside, even that performed by good mobile window tinting services, runs the risk of having dirt, dust, pollen and other debris become stuck to the windows or the tint as it's being installed. This can result in particles becoming trapped between the window and the window film or tint, and that can leave ugly bumps, bubbles and suspended particles that can never be removed.

Window Tint Shades
New window tints come in a variety of shades. These can be shades of black and even colored shades, sometimes called dyed film. This can add a custom look to your vehicle. However, your Sonoma County window tinting service should give you advice on which colors and darkness levels don't meet California law. While back windows can be tinted to any darkness, front windows must not be more than 30 percent darkened, and the windshield cannot be tinted other than the top four inches. Likewise, colors such as red, amber and blue are not allowed for street-legal vehicles.

Windshield Tint
Car owners who want to tint their windshields must be very careful. Local laws state that vehicle windshields can only be tinted at the top four inches and with a non-reflective film. Other types of windshield tint will make your vehicle illegal to drive on California roads. Most cars come with some windshield tint that is legal in all 50 states.

Commercial Vehicle Window Tint
Commercial vehicles, including delivery vans, limousines, fleets and more can benefit from window tinting. It can add a degree of privacy, protect transported items, and make vehicles stand out from other passenger vehicles. If you need commercial vehicle window tinting services, be sure to seek out Sonoma County window tint specialists who have experience working on your type of vehicle. The number of windows to be tinted, size of windows and other factors may not allow every window tinting shop to meet your needs.

Trusted Brands for Automotive Window Tinting Materials
Window tinting shops often have preferred types of film, and you may have a window tinting brand you're most interested in having installed in your vehicle. The following are some of the most well-known window tint brands available in Sonoma County and the Greater Bay Area.

Remember, though, that most brands offer a variety of quality within their window film lines. So ask for the top quality line from a good brand in order to assure you're getting the best possible value and good window tint that will last for years.

·      Llumar

·      3M Auto Window Tints

·      Axis Professional Window Films

·      Max Pro Window Films

·      Hanita Coatings

·      Huper Optik Ceramic Window Films

·      FormulaOne Performance Automotive Film

·      Bekaert

·      Solar Gard Window Films

·      Sun-Gard

·      SunTek Window Films

·      Johnson Car Window Films

·      ASWF – American Standard Window Film

·      V-Cool

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee for Tinted Car Windows

Diamond Certified car window tinting companies throughout Sonoma County are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee....

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Diamond Certified car window tinting companies throughout Sonoma County are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Whether you live in Cotati, Windsor, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Guerneville and Healdsburg or beyond, if the car window tint service you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve a conflict or concern by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways To End Conflict with Sonoma County Car Window Tinting Services
If you've been smart about researching and hiring a good auto window tinting company known for using quality window tints, the best installation methods available, and for taking care of its customers, you will likely have a smooth experience and end up with window tints that meet your needs and look great for years to come.

However, even the most careful consumers and the most competent companies can have problems.

It's good to know, then, that most good auto window tinting companies care about their customers and are looking out for their best interests. If you have a problem with your new window tint, the window tinting services, or any part of the transaction, it's best to talk directly with your Sonoma County car window tinting company. You can often find a mutually-beneficial resolution without too much hassle.

If something does go wrong, follow these helpful tips to get the best outcome:

·      Talk directly with your service provider or the window tint shop owner as soon as you have a concern. Explain the problem and give details about what you see as a fair outcome.

·      Read through your agreement together and talk about where the gaps in service, materials or work arose and how they can be remedied so the job fits your original agreement.

·      Remain calm and polite even if you're frustrated or upset. Becoming agitated or angry doesn't help to fix the situation and can make the issue harder to resolve.

·      Take pictures or document the problems in writing. Take notes including the dates and times you contacted the Sonoma County auto window tinting company and their response. You may need this information for future arbitration.

·      If you can't reach an agreement, tell the window tinting service that you're going to file a complaint with the Department of Consumer Affairs and do so.

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Glossary of Window Tinting Terms

It can sometimes seem that window tinting services have their own language. Most installers use industry jargon to describe services, materials and procedures they use every day. But you can and deserve to understand the terms they're using. Below you'll find a helpful glossary of some of the most common automotive window tinting terms. Remember, though, that you can always ask your window tinting service for more information and details about the terms they use, and services and materials they offer....

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It can sometimes seem that window tinting services have their own language. Most installers use industry jargon to describe services, materials and procedures they use every day. But you can and deserve to understand the terms they're using. Below you'll find a helpful glossary of some of the most common automotive window tinting terms. Remember, though, that you can always ask your window tinting service for more information and details about the terms they use, and services and materials they offer.

adhesive
The layer that binds window film to auto glass is known as the adhesive layer. Different adhesives are used for various types of window film and various applications, including pressure sensitive adhesive, high impact adhesives, high strength adhesive, removable adhesives, clear adhesive and distortion-free adhesive.

Also known as: car window tinting adhesive, window film adhesive

ceramic window film
Ceramic auto window film is a newer option that's just gaining traction with customers. It is a thin film that has a thin ceramic layer that blocks heat, light and UV rays. It also effectively blocks glare. Ceramic film won't fade like dyed films, and it won't block radio signals like metalized films can. It isn't as reflective, so it can give a more classic look than metalized films. The major drawback is the cost, but car owners who want value are often interested in this choice.

Also known as: ceramic tinting film, ceramic car window film, ceramic tinting

commercial vehicle window tint
Commercial vehicles, including delivery vans, limousines, fleets and more can benefit from window tinting. It can add a degree of privacy, protect transported items, and make vehicles stand out from other passenger vehicles. If you need commercial vehicle window tinting services, seek out window tint specialists who have experience working on your type of vehicle. The number of windows to be tinted, size of windows and other factors may not allow every window tinting shop to meet your needs.

Also known as: commercial window tinting services

curing time
All window tints need time to cure or dry. Curing hardens the window tint to the window, and is the time when the additional moisture in the film evaporates. This bonds the tint to the window and removes streaks, fogginess and tiny air bubbles. You shouldn't roll down your windows during the curing time to prevent the window film from peeling or rolling away from the window.

Also known as: drying time, cure time, curing

dual-reflective film
Car window film with a silver, reflective finish on the outside and a neutral finish on the inside is known as a dual-reflective finish. It provides the same effect as a one-way mirror, letting the car occupants see out, but providing privacy from those looking in. Various degrees of reflectivity are available.

Also known as: one-way mirror film, mirrored window tint

dyed film
Dyed window film includes a layer of dye between the adhesive layer and protective top coating layer. It is the most common automotive window film. It blocks between five and fifty percent of light entering the vehicle and is a very cost-effective solution.

Also known as: dyed window film, non-reflective window film, non-reflective tint

fading
Window tints can fade over time, particularly dyed films.  UV light, visible light and heat from the sun can cause the tints to become more purple and less black in color. Additionally, fading of the interior of the vehicle can be caused by the sun. Window tints can prevent this type of car interior fading.

Also known as: car interior fading, window tint fading

glare reduction
Visible light that is rejected or cast off from the window tint is known as “glare reduction”. Different auto window tints offer various degrees of glare and glare reduction.

Also known as: visible light rejection

hybrid film
A car window film that encompasses both metalized film and dyed film to achieve a certain performance, color and look. This film is a blend of both dyed and metalized window tint, but it has few of the disadvantages. It is, however, generally one of the most expensive types of window film to install. Hybrid window tints block heat, UV rays and glare. It can reduce fading inside your vehicle and protect your skin from the sun's rays. It is durable and hardy, and it isn't as reflective as pure metalized films. Since there is less metal content than metalized film, hybrid film generally doesn't interfere with radio signals, GPS systems, cell phones and other car components.

Also known as: dual film, hybrid window film, hybrid window tinting

metallized film
Metalized window film blocks heat, UV rays and much light. It's known for blocking glare and being very durable over time. However, car owners with in-glass antennas can notice interference. It can also interfere with tire pressure monitoring systems, radio waves and more. Metalized film has a layer of metal that reflects heat and glare, but that makes it very shiny. This can give a different appearance to vehicles. It's also a more expensive option to install.

Also known as: metalized window film, metallized film, metalized window tints for cars

mobile window tinting
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ew window tint shops offer mobile window tinting. That's because window tinting should be done in a clean and dust-free environment to reap the best results. Window tinting that's done outside, even that performed by good mobile window tinting services, runs the risk of having dirt, dust, pollen and other debris become stuck to the windows or the tint as it's being installed. This can result in particles becoming trapped between the window and the window film or tint, and that can leave ugly bumps, bubbles and suspended particles that can never be removed.

Also known as: mobile window tint shops, mobile window film application

natural film
Natural window film often has a non-reflective look even though it contains some metal. It appears more like a dyed film with the benefits of a metalized film.

Also known as: neutral film

privacy window film
Car owners who want a degree of anonymity for themselves and their belongings may choose privacy window film or dark window tints. This is specialty window film that is dark or mirrored to prevent passersby from looking into the vehicle. Be aware, however, that law specifies how dark or reflective window tints can be. Ensure that the film you've chosen meets local limits for tint darkness and reflectivity.

Also known as: reflective window tints

safety film
Films used to increase glass protection are known as safety films or safety tinting. While it can't completely prevent windows from being broken in a crash or break-in, it can help strengthen windows and prevent glass from shattering.

Also known as: safety window film

scratch-resistant window films
A coating added to the surface of many car window films that is applied during the manufacturing process is a scratch-resistant layer that resists abrasion, scratches and other damage. This layer helps prevent minor scratches that occur during installation, cleaning, and daily use. Scratch resistant coating acts as a protective layer and can make the window tint more durable over time. It can't protect against sharp objects or very hard impacts, however.

Also known as: protective window film, scratch-protecting window film

total solar energy rejection
TSER is the total amount of solar energy, including UV rays, visible rays and more, that are blocked by auto window films. Window tint is rated on the TSER scale. The higher the TSER value, the better the film is at protecting against the sun's rays and damage from heat and light.

Also known as: TSER

ultraviolet rays
UV rays, also known as ultraviolet rays, are invisible rays of the sun at the violet end. UV rays are found in sunlight. These rays easily penetrate glass and windows, and they are known to cause fading of materials and skin cancer. Many types of auto tinting and window films can block UV rays to protect you, your family, and your vehicle.

Also known as: UV rays

window tint removal
Whether you need new window tint, want your old window tint replaced or want to remove old car window tinting that's present on your vehicle, window tint removal services can help. These services carefully remove existing window tint and can replace it or leave your windows as they were when your vehicle left the factory. Good tint removing services will take care not to damage car windows, doors, seals, paint and other parts of your vehicle as they remove the old window tint. They will also leave your windows clean, clear and free of tinting residue.

Also known as: window tint removing services, window tinting removal, window film removal

window tint shades
Car window tints come in a variety of shades. These can be shades of black and even colored shades, sometimes called dyed film. This can add a custom look to your vehicle. However, window tinting services should advise which colors and darkness levels don't meet California law. Back windows can be tinted to any darkness, but front windows must not be more than 30 percent darkened, and the windshield cannot be tinted except for the top four inches. Window tint colors such as red, amber and blue are not allowed.

Also known as: colored window tints, colored window tinting shades

windshield tint
Windshield tint is a car window tinting added to the windshield of vehicles. Car owners who want to tint their windshields must be careful. Local laws state that windshields can only be tinted at the top four inches  with a non-reflective film. Other types of windshield tint will make your vehicle illegal to drive on California roads. Most cars come with some windshield tint that is legal in all 50 states.

Also known as: auto windshield tint, windshield tinting, windshield film

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FAQ About Window Tinting Services in the Greater Bay Area

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Q: Why choose Diamond Certified car window tinting services?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a car window tinting services with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only car window tinting services rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified car window tinting services.

Q: How long does it take to install window tint?
A: That depends on how many windows you are having tinted, what type of vehicle you have, and what type of tint you want. A typical job takes between one and four hours. Ask your window tinting company for a specific estimate for your exact vehicle and job.

Q: Will the window tint company have to remove my windows to tint them?
A: Most window tint services prefer to leave car windows in place during the tinting process because it keeps them stable and at a good angle for application. It also limits liability and prevents car windows and doors from becoming damaged. Talk with your window tinting service about whether or not they will remove your car windows to tint them, and what type of guarantees they have in case of damage or breakage.

Q: Can I tint or shade any windows in my vehicle?
A: California law has no regulations for tinting back side windows or the rear windows, but front windows can only be lightly shaded. In fact, they must allow no less than 70 percent of light in. Windshields can only be coated with a non-reflective tint on the top four inches of the windshield. No other tinting is allowed. Your auto window tinting expert should be able to help you find the right materials and options to give you the look and protection you want while still following the law.

Q: Can kids and pets damage car window tint?
A: Most high-quality window tints are made with a hard, scratch-resistant coating that protects against scratches, damage and daily wear. This includes incidental and daily contact by children and pets. Beware, however, of sharp objects, loading and unloading hard or sharp materials, sports equipment and other items that can scratch and damage window tints.

Q: Is mobile window tinting available?
A: Some companies do offer mobile window tinting. However, most car window tint services don't. That's because it is hard to install window tint well in a location that's not carefully controlled. Dust, dirt, debris and other undesirable items can easily become attracted to and stuck under the window film during installation. Most window tinting shops prefer to do installations in their facilities where they can keep a controlled environment that limits the possibility of dust and debris from marring a perfect installation.

Q: Can I roll down my windows right away?
A: Most window tinting specialists recommend waiting three to five days before rolling down newly-tinted windows. This prevents damage to the tint and gives it time to completely adhere to the window surface. As this can depend on the type of film applied, your window tinting company should tell you how long to wait before rolling down your windows after tinting. Most shops will not include damage caused by rolling down windows too soon in their warranty coverage, so you will likely have to pay for reapplication if you roll down your windows too soon after application and cause damage to the new window tint.

Q: How should I clean my car windows after my window tint has been applied?
A: Wait a few days after your window tint has been installed before cleaning your windows so that the window tint has time to completely adhere. Use a soft paper towel or lintless cleaning cloth and any non-ammonia cleaner. Beware of blue window cleaning formulas because most have ammonia in them. Vinegar and citrus cleaning formulas should be a safe choice. There are cleansers made especially for tinted windows that are ammonia free and free of any abrasive ingredients. Before you leave the window tinting shop, it's smart to ask what they recommend for cleaning tinted windows. Additionally, the manufacturer of your window tint may have a preferred cleanser.

Q: Can window tints interfere with navigation systems and radios?
A: Some metalized window films can cause interference problems. Talk with your window tint installer about the products they offer and what possible interference may be caused. To be safe, you may want to ensure the window tints they install don't include metalized materials.

Q: Why shouldn't I buy cheap window tint from an auto parts store and apply it myself?
A: Cheaper window tint and precut window tint you can buy at auto parts stores and online may look good at first, but it can quickly fade, peel, bubble and deteriorate. Even well-known name brands make window films with different levels of quality, so you can't always rely on the brand name alone. You need to choose a quality grade film for best results. It's also very hard to correctly install window tints. Bubbles, ridges, dust particles and other problems can occur and are often impossible to fix. You're smart to call a professional to have your window tint installed. You'll likely get a better value and a better outcome that way.

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Consumer Agencies
Agencies and Associations Dealing with Auto Window Tinting

Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
International Window Film Association (IWFA) (www.iwfa.com)

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Contractors State License Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
International Window Film Association (IWFA) (www.iwfa.com)

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