Until recent years, dyed and metalized window films had dominated the market in terms of window tinting. These films offered privacy and style to automotive applications. However, they lacked longevity and performance. Recent years have seen the advancement of technology and the introduction of many high performing window film products such as ceramic window films. This article will explain the differences between these films, so you can see what films make the most sense for you and your budget.
Differences between Regular Tint and Ceramic Tint
Regular window tint products are almost exclusively for sun protection and privacy. Construction wise the film is made of a thin laminate, and is dyed to specific VLT (visible light transmission levels) from lighter to darker levels. These products do block out the sunlight, but they are not known for efficiency or heat reduction.
These dyed sheets are covered with a scratch-resistant coating. While this coating does protect against normal wear and tear, it can still be harmed by sharp objects scratching or gouging it. As technologies are advancing so are these scratch resistant coatings.
When it comes to cost, regular window film is significantly cheaper, however it isn’t as durable. Due to the dyed technology of this film, there is potential for the product to turn purple and fade overtime. Which in the case of this happening would lead to a large removal fee to remove the old film and replace--therefore you would end up spending more money long-term.
This film is designed slightly differently, and is considered top of the line. It uses the same concept of thin sheets, but these sheets are coated with ceramic nanoparticles as a result of newer technology. To the naked eye these particles are invisible, but they reject UV and sun glare, as well as significantly more heat. Ceramic window tint comes in a variety of darknesses similar to regular film. However, with ceramic window tint you can expect higher performance even in lighter films. This is why a clear ceramic windshield is becoming so popular for the heat and glare benefits without reducing visibility. Its stability also makes it less susceptible to scratches and tears overtime.
In laboratory studies, ceramic window tint outperforms all of the other window tinting products on the market in terms of:
Sun glare reduction
UV ray rejection
We Have The Answers
Interested in learning more about the differences between regular vs ceramic window tint? Or for professional assistance determining which one is best for your application? Contact us here at Shade9 Window Tinting. West Virginia’s leading, locally-owned window tinting company! We are located on Old Bridgeport Hill in Clarksburg,WV.