Shade Band Windshield Replacement - What You Need to Know

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This page explains what windshield shade bands, or windshield sun visor strips, are and how they work. Plus, it also explains what you should know for windshield replacements with a shade band or sun visor strip.

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What's a Windshield Shade Band?

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A shade band, or sun visor strip, is a strip of tinted glass at the top of your windshield where it meets the roof of your vehicle.

Most shade bands are between 3"-6" in height.

Shade bands are not mandatory for road vehicles, so they are generally not standard on vehicles.

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Do I Have a Shade Band or Sun Visor Strip on My Windshield?

To check if your vehicle has a shade band, look at the top of the windshield where it meets the roof.

If the top area is tinted darker than the rest of the windshield, then you have a shade band.

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What are the Benefits of a Windshield Shade Band?

  1. The main purpose of a shade band is to reduce sunlight in the driver's eyes when driving.
  2. Shade bands are especially helpful on sunny days and at dusk right before the sun goes down.
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Shade Bands and Windshield Replacement

Shade bands are generally not standard on passenger vehicles. If your vehicle has one, it was likely added after the vehicle was initially purchased or a dealer add-on when new.

Shade Bands & Windshield Repair

Since the shade band is applied on the inside of the windshield, it shouldn't be affected by small repairable chips.

Shade Bands & Windshield Replacement

If you need to replace a windshield with a shade band, a new shade band or sun strip can be applied to the new windshield after it's been installed.

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Other Windshield Technology Types

Click a link below to learn about the other types of windshield technology.

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