Car window tinting can give your vehicle a very sporty look, and also make it more comfortable for those who live in the tropics or anywhere that gets an abundance of sunlight. It can help protect your car's upholstery from fading as well. If you're thinking about auto window tinting, note a few questions you might have and then discuss this option with an installer. 

1. Can window film keep the windows from shattering?

Window film can hold broken pieces of glass together if a window should shatter, but it won't make the window unbreakable. Your car's windows can still break from an accident or from being hit by a rock, baseball bat, and the like, but in those cases, the film may make it safer for you since the pieces are less likely to go flying into the cab of the car.

2. Will window film interfere with the defroster?

Keep in mind that the car's defroster doesn't typically get as hot as you think since only a small amount of heat is needed to melt ice and snow, and the coils for the rear defroster are contained in the glass of the rear window. Car window film is meant to withstand the heat of the front and rear defrosters so that it won't melt or otherwise get damaged. It also won't interfere with the window defroster's function either.  

3. Will the film stop all fading of the interior upholstery?

While window film for your car will block much of the sun's harmful UV rays, note that it doesn't block all of it and so it cannot completely stop the interior from fading. If you're concerned about a special fabric you've purchased or leather trim and the like, be sure you're taking other steps to protect them. This can mean parking in the shade, conditioning the leather regularly, and so on.  

4. Does window film come off in bad weather?

It's good to note that car window film is typically applied to the inside of your windows, not the outside. This helps to protect them from inclement weather including sleet, hail, and the like. This also protects the film from shredding if something should fall on your car or scratch it, such as tree branches. The film installer may put the film on the outside of the car windows to measure and then cut it, but the film is then applied on the inside for maximum durability.