FAQs

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Auto Glass / Insurance FAQs

Installation Questions

How long does it take you to replace my windshield?

We will need your vehicle for 2 – 4 hours. Based on humidity, temperature and other factors required in the installation. If calibration is required, we will require vehicle for approx. 1/2 day.

Is it dangerous to drive around with a crack in my windshield?

Please stop by our shop so we can take a look at the vehicle – if it can be repaired, we will try and bring it in right away.

It is important to have windshield cracks repaired right away. Cracks, especially at the edge of the windshield tend to spread very quickly and can compromise the structural integrity of the glass. They can also impair your vision as they spread.

Do you offer a warranty?

Flynn Auto Glass and Tinting offers a lifetime warranty against manufacture defects and labour for as long as you own your car. 

Do you offer OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) glass?

Yes, but not every insurance policy covers OEM Glass, so it is best to check your coverage. We offer a variety of glass, all of which meets or exceeds the original specifications for safety and quality of the glass that came with your vehicle.

Stone Chip Questions

How much does a stone chip repair cost?

No Cost to you – Covered under your insurance – you do not pay your deductible. Insurance companies want you to try and repair the windshield.  

We direct bill your insurance company – you do not have to do anything. This does not affect your premiums.

Insurance Questions

Is the cost of windshield replacement covered by insurance?

If you have comprehensive insurance, the cost will be covered. You will have to pay your comprehensive deductible, which is different from your collision deductible. Please check with your insurance representative to find out the amount of your deductible if you are unsure or we can do this for you.

Do you bill my insurance company directly or do they reimburse me?

We will bill your insurance company directly, so you don’t have to go through any of the hassle. 

Does windshield replacement affect my insurance rates?

No. Insurance is affected by collision claims, not comprehensive claims, which is what windshield replacement falls under. 

Tinting FAQs

Does the window tint come with a warranty?

Yes. Most of our automotive films come with a lifetime warranty, which is backed by the manufacturer. It covers both product and labour in the event of the window tinting failing under normal use. 

What are the major advantages of tinting?

The 5 BIG BENEFITS of Vehicle Window Tint are:

  1. Reduce heat inside your car (which saves you gas by using your air conditioning less)
  2. Reduces distracting flare and driver fatigue
  3. Protection from UV rays (help keep fabric and everything in your car from fading)
  4. Enhances the vehicle’s appearance
  5. Keeps glass from shattering in an accident
How long does it take to tint my car?

Between two and three hours, depending on the type and size of the windows fitted in your car.

What can I expect to pay for window tinting?

This will vary depending on the vehicle size, number of windows etc.

Will my tint Bubble?

Our Lifetime Warranty guarantees that your tint won’t bubble. 

Will my tint fade or turn purple?

Only if the tint is dye-based will it turn purple or fade. None of our films are dye-based so you can be assured that no fading or purple colouring will occur.

Can I tint my front windscreen?

No. Tinting is not permitted on the front windscreen except on the upper 10% of the window and out of the path of your windscreen wipers.

How long will in take for my new window tint to fully dry?

It will take about 3 to 5 days for your new window film to fully dry. During the summer the film can dry in a few hours, but in the colder winter months, the film could take up to a few weeks to fully dry. It is important to remember that during this time the window will appear cloudy and there may be some small water bubbles. Don’t worry about these bubbles, they are just caused by excess moisture trapped between the glass and the film forming a kind of ‘blister’. Under no circumstances should you squeegee, prod, or poke these water blisters, they will disappear once all the water has evaporated. Please remember NOT to roll your tinted windows down until they are dry. If you do, the film may not cure properly to the window and could peel. 

What is the best way to clean my tinted windows?

The best way to clean your tinted windows is by using a soft cloth or regular paper towel (not the brown, scratchy stuff) and soapy water. Stay away from ammonia based products such as windex, unless they are specially designed for aftermarket tint. Over time, the ammonia could react to the chemicals used in the film and cause blotchiness – yes, we have actually seen this happen. Stick to soap and water! 

How does tinting actually work?

Window film is made out of an optically clear polyester with a very thin layer of tinting agents such as dyes and/or metals deposited onto the film. These layers are assembled and finished with a strong scratch-resistant coating. Window film is always applied to the inner surface of the glass which protects the film from the elements and flying debris outside the car. When applied to the inside surface of glass, window film provides significant solar insulation.

Window tint is available in many different shades to suit your preferences. It is a myth that window film has to be dark to be effective. Unlike sunglasses that do impair your ability to drive at night, window film is designed to reduce glare and not impede night-time driving.

Once tinting film is applied to a window, the characteristics of how visible light comes into the car changes. Normal auto glass without tint reflects around 5% of visible light (known as VLR%), absorbs another 5% (known as VLA%), and transmits 90% of visible light (known as VLT%) into the car.

Depending on the type and quality of tinting film applied to a window, these percentages change dramatically. Some films are more reflective, and others absorb more light. The number you will most commonly see is the VLT% (Visible Light Transmittance). Almost all the official names of films include the VLT% within it like Johnson HP Quantum 28.. VLT% tells you how much visible light is allowed to shine into the car, and also indirectly how dark the tint looks.

Tinting film doesn’t just block visible light. It also blocks harmful cancer-causing ultra-violet (UV-A and UV-B) rays as well as infra-red (IR) rays that cause heat to build up in your car; however, how effective a film is in blocking these rays depends on the type of film, the manufacturer, and the quality of installation.

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