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The Difference Between Ceramic Window Tint and Regular Window Tint

Your car, truck, or SUV is an important investment worth protecting. Adding ceramic tint or regular tint to your windows is an excellent way to protect your car from the harsh sun and heat. There are two main types of automotive window tints, ceramic and regular window tints. In this blog, we’ll go over the primary differences between regular and ceramic window tint so that you can make a more informed decision about which tint option to use on your vehicle.

Regular Window Tint vs. Ceramic Window Tint

Regular window tints are made from polymer or laminate sheets. They are excellent at darkening your windows to give you additional privacy, reducing how much direct sunlight is allowed to come into your car, and enhancing your vehicle aesthetic. Higher tint percentages create a darker-looking color. How high of a tint percentage you’re allowed to go depends on the regulations regarding automotive window tinting in your state. For example, in Minnesota, front side, backside, and rear windows must allow 50%+ of light in. No tint is allowed on the front windshield. 

Ceramic window tint is also made from polymer or laminate sheets that are non-conducive, which helps them to further reduce heat without compromising on clarity. It does not contain metal, dye, or carbon. It has special coatings that reflect the sun’s UV rays away from your car. This protects it from the heat and the UV damage you’d have with regular window tint.

Advantages of Regular Window Tint

Regular window tint has been around for a long time. Just like with ceramic window tint, it will reduce the amount of sunlight that enters your vehicle, provide extra privacy, and improve the appearance of your car. It is available in a wide range of colors and styles so that you can find the right tint for your needs. It is more affordable initially than ceramic tint, which makes it appealing to many drivers.

Disadvantages of Regular Window Tint

Regular window tint doesn’t last long. You may start to notice wear and tear on your tint after only a year. You’ll see it turning a purplish color in no time. This is because the sun’s UV rays damage tint quickly. Regular tint does not keep UV rays out of your car, which can also damage your vehicle’s interior over time. It can also cause glass to heat up in a way that ceramic window tint doesn’t.

Advantages of Ceramic Window Tint

Ceramic window tint is an investment that helps to truly protect your car from UV rays. It can block most of the UV rays from the sun from damaging the inside of your car. It keeps your seats, dashboard, and consoles in better condition than if these areas were constantly exposed to the direct sun.

Ceramic tint also does not interrupt radio signals, which can be a problem with other tint options. For cell phones and similar devices without an antenna that extends out of the car, you get a clearer signal. 

Disadvantages of Ceramic Window Tint

Ceramic window tinting costs more than regular window tinting. If you have a very small budget or an older car that you plan to get rid of in the next year or so, ceramic window tint may not be the most affordable option upfront. However, ceramic window tint doesn’t need to be replaced as often as regular window tint. Over time, replacing regular window tint repeatedly will cost more than ceramic window tint. At Tint Pro’s our ceramic window films come with a lifetime warranty.

Does Ceramic Tint Look Darker Than Regular Tint?

Ceramic tint is not necessarily darker than regular tint. Because of its UV-resistant properties, ceramic tint looks darker for longer periods of time. While it will eventually fade, it takes many years before it starts to lose its color. 

Ceramic tint is more effective at reflecting light glare from different sources. That means that inside the car, you get a clearer view since more of the light that blocks your view is reflected. This is especially important for driving at night, where a clearer view means better visibility while driving. It may seem darker inside your car at night because more of the glare is reflected.

Contact a Minnesota Window Tint & Paint Protection Shop to Learn More

For most people, ceramic window tint is the right decision for automotive tinting. However, no matter which type of tint you choose, make sure to find a talented installer. Poorly installed window tint can have bubbles and perform worse than professionally installed tint. If you are in the Medina or Spring Lake area, contact Tint Pros to learn more about our available tint options and to schedule an appointment. 

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