The 4 Main Types of Window Film
Window tinting is a fantastic way to increase privacy and reduce heat and sunlight damage. However, there is more than one type of window tint film that can be used, and the different types have varying benefits and restrictions.
Below we have detailed 4 of the main types of window tinting films that are in common use today.
Dyed window tint film
This is the most affordable choice of window tinting. However, it is more prone to fading over time than some other tint types and so will need to be replaced after a while. This film is made by layers of dye being applied to the adhesive film, building up a darker colour. It appears opaque from outside and will provide increased privacy for those inside. It will stop some light and some heat from penetrating through into the inside as the particles of dye reflect some away, but it does not block as much heat from entering as some films can. This tint is best for those on a tight budget who primarily want tint for privacy and not heat reduction.
Metalized window tint film
Metalized window tinting film uses tiny metallic particles to reflect the sunlight away from the window and it reduces light and heat penetration better than dyed window films. It is also more scratch resistant than dyed film and is less prone to fading over time. The metal in the film also increases the strength of the window, reducing the chance of glass shatter. From the outside, a window with metalized window tinting film appears shiny. One potential downside of metalized tinting is that it has sometimes been thought to interfere with clear phone or GPS signals. Though it is more expensive than dyed window film, its durability and heat reflective properties may make it a worthwhile investment.
Carbon window tinting film
Carbon window tint film contains no metal and so, unlike metalized tint film, it has a matte finish when viewed from the outside. This can be appealing if this effect is preferred to a shinier finish. Carbon window tint blocks up to 40% of infrared radiation, reducing the amount of sunlight damage done to upholstery, and carpets and furnishing in buildings. Carbon film reduces heat penetration and increases privacy, and is an all round good choice for auto window tinting or residential or commercial window tinting. Like metalized window film, it is less prone to fading than dyed window film. Carbon window film is less associated with signal interference than metalized film.
Ceramic window tinting film
The most expensive and the highest functioning window tinting film, ceramic film is fairly new but already getting very popular. Blocking up to 93% of infrared radiation, it can also block up to 99% of ultraviolet radiation, reducing the chance of skin damage though the glass. This tint film is good for reducing light and heat penetration, thus reducing fabric fading and glare. Ceramic film consists of non-conductive, non-metallic particles, and is not known to interfere with electrical signals. Though a more expensive film, it is highly durable and long lasting, scratch resistance, fade resistance, highly effective and can help to strengthen windows. An excellent choice if your budget will stretch to it.