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The Types of Automotive Window Tint

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Automotive Window Tint Types

Auto window tint is more than a simple, one-size-fits-all process. Window tinting comes in a vast variety of materials and shades, each possessing unique properties and offering distinct advantages. With the array of different types, automotive window tint allows for a unique customization experience.

In short, car window tinting is the application of a thin layer of laminate film to a vehicle’s glass windows. Window film absorbs and reflects the Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which reduces glare and maintains a comfortable cabin temperature year-round.

In this article, we’ll introduce the different types of car window tint film we offer, along with their appearances, benefits, and price points. Keep reading to discover the right car window tint for you.

High Performance Window Tint

High Performance (HP) film is a metalized charcoal material with vacuum sputter-metalized technology (sounds fancy, doesn’t it?).

Metalized window tint creates a classic shiny appearance, with the option to choose different gray-colored tones. These tinted windows block 99% of harmful UV rays and offer protection from solar heat entering the cabin. HP metalized tint is the most affordable option

automotive window tint types

Carbon Window Tint

The carbon-infused film provides an elevated appearance with a high gloss finish. Carbon film is very durable and long lasting, ensuring that it won’t fade. This car tint film also blocks 99% of harmful UV rays, which ultimately protects your skin and the interior of your car.

Additionally, the matte finish blocks over 40% infrared radiation and provides superb privacy. Carbon film lies in the mid-range for price point.

Ceramic Window Tint

Ceramic window tint is the highest quality car window tint in the industry. It is developed by using small ceramic based particles, which are highly non-conductive, meaning it will not cause any electronic interference.

Similar to the other films, ceramic window tint blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays, but offers the most UV radiation protection – blocking over 50% of solar heat from entering the vehicle. It also provides shattered glass prevention, providing a safer environment for all passengers. Ceramic film is a top-of-the-line product, making it the most expensive

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of automotive window tint, check out our recent blog post.

How to Determine the Best Type of Automotive Window Tint for Your Vehicle

There are several factors to consider when selecting window tinting materials. To determine the best window tint film for you, ask yourself the following questions:

What features are most important to me?

This question allows you to identify what your non-negotiables are, as well as what your negotiables are. For some, it may be appearance, in which case the carbon tint would make the most sense.

For others, it may be UV protection with exceptional visible light. In this case, ceramic tint would probably be best. Figuring out what you’re looking for will help you decide on the type of window film you want to invest in

How long do I want it to last?

Are you looking for longevity with your tinted windows? If you plan on owning the vehicle in question for a long period of time, ceramic tint would be your best choice. The alternative window tinting options are good, but won’t last quite as long.

What is my budget?

The cost of vehicle window tinting can depend on several factors, such as the type of vehicle, the type of film, and the window tint percentage (which is the darkness level).

Generally speaking, the larger the vehicle or the more intricate the glass is, the more you can expect to pay for window tinting

Conclusion - The Types of Automotive Window Tint

Tinted windows can provide you with a better driving experience and overall vehicle ownership experience. With three primary types of window tint film to choose from, you’ll have to weigh which features are most important in order to make the right decision.

Our shop has over 20 years of experience installing automotive window film, guaranteeing you can trust our highly experienced professionals and know you will be receiving top-notch window tinting products.

If you are interested in receiving a quote, give us a call at 763-312-6137.

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