Whether you’re considering having your car windows tinted by a specialist or about to attempt the project yourself, it’s important to know what the different types of window tint film are and their differences. Having this knowledge can be the distinction between an inadequate result and the perfect match.

Uses for Window Tint Film

Window film tint is best-known for its use is on vehicle windows. Not only does it provide privacy for occupants, but it keeps out heat build-up in the summer months and maintains a warmer internal temperature in winter. Its versatility and reasonable pricing are what makes it one of the most popular choices when it comes to vehicle upgrades.

Did you know that window tint film has many different uses other than for cars though? It is also used for tinting office windows to improve the quality of the interior work environment, and in homes when a reduction of glare is needed, but the light and visibility must stay the same.

Not all the types of window tint film have the same properties. There is no one-type-fits-all tint on the market, so it’s important to know what type of window tint film to choose for the purpose you want.

Types of Window Tint Film

Dyed Window Tint Film

This is the best-priced window tint film on the market, but it is also the least functional. Dyed window tint film blocks sunlight with an addition of a tinted dye to the film. The tinted dye material is placed next to the adhesive side and is what provides the window with protection from sunlight.

This product has a flat, dark look when placed on the window which gives privacy to the occupants while they are still able to see outside. This look in vehicles may not be legal in many areas due to blacked-out car window restrictions in some cities and states.

The intensity of darkness provided by this product does fade with time which may cause problems when it comes to resale as faded window tint film tends to give a vehicle a cheapened appearance. The heat reduction properties of this type of film are mediocre which is not ideal in hotter climates.

Metallized Window Tint Film

Similar to dyed film, metalized film deflects heat away from the car’s interior. The difference is that it’s done by tiny metallic particles in the film itself. This type of film provides strength to the window glass, thus making it more shatterproof.

Metalized tint looks shiny rather than black. It is also more resistant to scratching and fading. The biggest drawback to choosing this film is that the metallic particles can inhibit cell phone reception inside the vehicle.

Carbon Window Tint Film

This type of window tint film is an improvement on the previous two. It has a dark, matte finish that blocks out 40 percent of UVB light reducing heat buildup in the interior and stopping upholstery fade. Carbon window tint, on the other hand, does not fade over time.

Ceramic Window Tint Film

Ceramic window tint film is the highest quality and has the best functionality. It’s also the most expensive. Ceramic window tint is made from ceramic particles rather than metallic eliminating concerns over reception.

It’s a recent innovation in the window-tint-film market and is manufactured to the highest specifications. It cuts solar heat penetration (UVB) down by 50 percent and allows maximum visibility. All reception inside the vehicle still functions perfectly, and it’s completely resistant to fading and glare while remaining highly shatterproof.

Ceramic window tint is the best option for anyone concerned about sun exposure (UVA) on long journeys as it blocks 99 percent.

Now that you know more about the benefits and drawbacks of the various types of window tint film and their differences, feel free to call on your professional window tint installer to ask them what they recommend for your car.