Window tinting serves a number of purposes for your vehicle, and all of those purposes work together to protect your investment.
Whether it’s removing the glare off of your windshield so you can drive more safely or keeping the hot Texas sun from baking your leather interior, window film is an absolute must.
Do I Need Window Tinting?
If you’re already shopping for window tint, you’ve found the right shop for the job. Follow this link to get a free quote. If you’re not sure if you need window tinting, here are a few advantages you may not have considered.
Window Tint Increases Privacy and Security
Your vehicle spends a good part of its life in the public eye. And without proper tinting, so do all of your belongings that are inside of your car. Any level of tint increases your car’s security by lowering the chance of someone seeing your belongings.
Window Tint Protects From Shattered Glass
In the event of a car accident or collision with an object, window film holds your window or windshield in tact, preventing from flying glass and from passengers being ejected.
Window Film Helps with Heat Rejection
We’ve all climbed into our car on a hot Austin Texas day, or battled with an air conditioner that can’t keep up with your needs. It’s awful. Tinted car windows can block anywhere from 35-65% of solar heat that turns your car into an oven.
Some people try to install window tint in their garage, and the results are a perfect example of why it should be done by a professional. Incorrect installation or the use of low-quality products lead to bubbling, peeling, and flaking film that leaves your vehicle unprotected and looking rough.
Types of Tint
Dyed window tint is one of the most commonly used tints in aftermarket window tinting jobs. It blocks up to 50% of sunlight coming into your car and absorbs heat into the glass.
It’s the most affordable option for car window tinting, but eventually the sun’s UV rays will break down the dye and the tint will need to be replaced.
Carbon tinting film is typically darker than other window films, and it blocks up to 40% of the sun’s heat through an attractive matte finish that won’t fade over time. Because carbon film doesn’t contain any metal, you won’t have to worry about electronic or radio interference.
Carbon window film is widely considered to be the next generation of window film, although for now, it falls on the more expensive end of the window tint price spectrum.
Metalized window tint involves several layers, including one made from metalized film that reflects heat and up to 40% of sunlight. The metal particles also boost window shatter resistance, keeping you safe from broken glass in the event of an accident.
One of the main advantages of metalized window film compared to dyed film is its durability—the metal particles won’t fade over time like dye.
Ceramic window film works similarly to metalized film, but instead of a layer filled with metal particles, the ceramic film uses nonconductive ceramic particles that won’t interfere with electronic equipment. It also blocks up to 50% of solar heat while allowing maximum visibility, day or night. The main drawback of ceramic window tint is the price tag, but it’s worth it.
Compared to other tinting options, the ceramic film boasts the highest resistance to UV rays, glare and fading, and offers superior shatter resistance in the event of a break-in or accident.
Hybrid window tinting film offers the best of both worlds. It combines a layer of dyed film with a layer of metalized film in between the adhesive and hard coat layers.
The result is an affordable window tint option with superior heat and UV blocking qualities, long-lasting durability, and less electronic interference than with other metalized window films.
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