Want to improve your car in an affordable way? Sometimes subtle changes are better for a customized look. If you agree, window tinting may be the best option. Window tint is a layer of film placed on the interior or exterior of your car windows.
Window tinting comes with a variety of benefits, which makes it incredibly popular. Some of the best benefits associated with window tint are:
- Keeps the vehicle cooler
- Protects the inside of an automobile
- Blocks UVA rays
Before purchasing window tinting services, you probably need a general understanding of the differences between tinting types. These different types include dyed, metalized, hybrid, carbon, and ceramic.
Dyed tints are customarily used more for appearance than functionality. This type of film will provide the darkest look for the automobile by using a deep black color. This black color appears opaque when it is viewed from the outside.
When using this tint, a layer of dye is placed between the protective polyester top coating and the adhesive layer. The topcoat protects your window from being scratched while the adhesive side sticks to your auto glass.
The dye between the two will fade over time from UV exposure. This exposure will turn the stain from a deep black to purple. You can only prevent this fading by storing the vehicle in a garage or protecting from the constant sun in some other fashion.
The advantages of this type of tint include blocking the glare from bright reflections such as headlights and the sun. It will not interfere with any of your technology because it does not block radio waves. The dyed tint is the most affordable option on this list.
The significant disadvantages of this type include delamination, which means the layers can separate from each other. It does not block as much heat as the other four options. If this tint is not installed correctly, you will notice a bubble appearance.
Small metallic particles are embedded in metalized tint. These particles make it one of the thickest types of film of the five. This film contains four layers. The first layer is an adhesive base layer. It is the layer that will bond to your car window.
The next layer is a treated layer to help block UV radiation, while the third layer is a metalized layer. The third layer helps to reflect heat, and it darkens the auto glass. The final layer is used to protect the tinted windows from nicks and scratches.
The unique advantage of metalized tint is the metal elements strengthen the window. This support makes the window more durable and shatter-resistant. These elements also give a shiny appearance to your windows from the outside.
Another advantage of metalized tint is it will not fade like a dyed tint. It also reduces heat from entering your vehicle because of its reflective nature. As with all tints, metalized tint also has a variety of disadvantages.
The most significant disadvantage with using this type of tint is it can interfere with technology, including your radio, cell phone, and monitoring systems. The metal particles also increase the price of this tint.
When hybrid tint was made, they combined all of the advantages of dyed tint and metalized tint while leaving out all of the disadvantages. This type of tint requires three different layers being applied to the car window.
The first layer is the adhesive layer, which sticks to the glass. The next layer is a combination of dyed and metalized. This layer is incorporated into the film and is topped with a protective layer that prevents scratches and nicks.
These three layers are bonded together using a laminating adhesive. With the combination of the top two types of film, this option is one of the most high-performing. The hybrid tint will block heat, UV rays, and glares, even though it remains lighter than the other tints.
Another excellent advantage of this film is it will not interfere with your technology like the metalized tint. It also does not have a reflective look to it. The only disadvantage associated with hybrid tint is it is more expensive than dyed tint.
Carbon tint is an excellent choice if you want a dark, matte finish for your windows. This tint is made from hundreds of microlayers of carbon and polymer. This combination works together to block infrared light from getting into your car.
If you have leather seats, carbon tint can help prevent UV light’s detrimental effects on your car seats. This type of tint helps protect all kinds of upholstery from fading due to the blocking of infrared light. The carbon in this tint also ensures the inside of your vehicle stays cooler.
One of the best advantages of carbon tint is it will not fade over time and does not give your car windows a mirror look. This film also provides a realistic black look. Carbon tint will also not interfere with your technology.
As with hybrid tint, carbon only has one major drawback, which is it is more expensive than dyed and metalized tints.
While ceramic tint is the most expensive of the five types of film, it is also the highest quality film out of the group. This tint contains ceramic particles instead of dye, carbon, or metal. These particles are nonconductive and nonmetallic.
This material allows the tint to resist glare and fading. It also is shatter-proof. This high-quality film uses ceramic particles to reflect and reduce solar heat and UV rays, making your car cooler during the summer months.
It also allows for maximum visibility, which is essential for some states due to specific laws. This window film is considered the most technologically advanced tint on the market today. This technological advancement allows the film to provide optical clarity, so your ability to see is not impeded.
Even though ceramic tint is considered the best on the market, it does come with some disadvantages. The most significant problem of ceramic tinting is it is definitely the most expensive option of the five types of film. The only other major downside is it does not offer you as much privacy as some of the others on the list.
At Discount Autoglass, we can help you choose the perfect type for your situation. We understand all of the advantages and disadvantages associated with each type of film. Call us today to schedule an appointment or visit our website.