When choosing window tint film, the shade of tint should not be your only concern. The quality of window tint film should be your first decision. There are several different qualities of window tint film available and within those qualities of film, you can choose many different shades of window tint film.
Window Tint, also called window film or solar film, has come a long way from the old school tint of the 1990’s. It’s now a necessity and an investment for your home, office and car. Whether applied to the windows of an automobile, a home, or a business, window tint film is an inexpensive, attractive, and convenient way to improve the quality of interior space. Therefore, we at Spectrum Window Tinting feel you should become more familiar with what you are spending your hard earned money on. Types of Film
Ceramic Window Tint Film – What is Ceramic Tint?
Our ceramic window tint film, in any shade of film, out performs all other window tint films in laboratory studies in heat rejection, glare reduction, clarity, UV protection and longevity. We highly recommend ceramic window tint film to all of our valued customers to get the most for their money. Though a ceramic window film costs a little extra, the benefits in terms of heat rejection, UV ray protection, and sun glare reduction are massive.
In the past, keeping cool meant choosing a darker shade of tint. With our ceramic window tint, even the clear ceramic film offers some of the highest heat rejections on the market due to it’s IR blocking properties. You can choose shades of window tint film from clear to 5% (limo) and the heat rejection is still superior with ceramic window tint. Here is how it works. Infrared light, also called infrared radiation (IR), is heat. This is the heat we feel when sitting in direct sunlight next to a window in your vehicle, home or office. More than half the Sun’s power output is in the form of infrared light. Infrared radiation (IR), or infrared light, is a type of radiant energy that’s invisible to human eyes but that we can feel as heat. All objects in the universe emit some level of IR radiation, but the most obvious source is the sun. Our ceramic window tint film contains a proprietary blend of ceramic particles to act as a solid barrier to infrared heat. Our multi-layer nano-ceramic particle technology blocks up to 98% of the infrared heat. Our ceramic window tint film is made using nano-ceramic technology which is non-conductive to heat and nonmetallic (will not interfere with GPS, satellite or radio signals).
The multi-layer nano construction in Spectrum Window Tinting’s ceramic window tint film provides ultra-high performance without reducing outbound visibility meaning the clarity is unsurpassed by any other film. Our ceramic window tint film is a true blue black shade of film and provides SPF 1,000 protection that effectively blocks over 99% of harmful UV rays that can lead to numerous skin cancers, premature aging and skin cell damage.
Everything you need to know about Ceramic Window Tint by Ralph Van Pelt with FlexFilms.
Carbon Window Tint Film – What is Carbon Tint?
Developed with a hybrid dyed metal construction, our carbon window tint film offers better heat rejection than traditional dyed films. Its enhanced reflective finish makes it a perfect blend of value and performance. Although our carbon window tint film contains a metalized layer, we have specifically formulated our hybrid construction so it does not interfere with radio, cellular, or Bluetooth signals. The black color of our carbon window tint film series provides a great match to OEM privacy glass and remains the same over the years. Carbon tint is infused with carbon particles, which are effective at blocking infrared light. This helps keep car interiors cooler and won’t fade over time the way dyed films do. However, the main disadvantage of carbon is that the particles are so large that light can bounce inside the film, creating glare and haze that make it difficult to see through at times. The carbon content of the film blocks about 40% of the infrared light (the kind that causes warmth) that enters through the windows. Carbon window-tinting film is effective in blocking heat; its use will effectively cool inside space while also helping to prevent fading to upholstery. Thus the air conditioning will not need to work so hard to cool the space during the summer, nor will the heating system be so heavily impacted during the winter. Unlike dyed film, carbon film will not fade with time.
Metallized Window Tint Film – What is Metallized Tint?
Metallized window tint film keeps heat away from interior space by reflecting it away. Metallized window tint is most commonly installed as privacy film in the home and office because of its reflective characteristics. In the case of metallized film, this is done by very small metallic particles, invisible to the eye, embedded in the film. This metallic content strengthens the window as well. The window will be that much more shatter-resistant when metallized film is used. Metallized window-tinting film creates a shiny, reflective appearance from the outside which creates excellent privacy when used on residential windows. It is more resistant to scratches than dyed film. However, the metallic content has a tendency to interfere with cell phone and GPS transmission. This film is more commonly used on residential and commercial windows.
Dyed Window Tint Film – What is Dyed Tint?
Dyed window tint film, is the most economical type of window tinting film – least expensive and rather less functional than the others – blocks light rays by the addition of dye to the film; the dye is placed in a layer next to the adhesive, and then applied to the window. Solar heat is absorbed by the dyed layer in the film which prevents some of the heat from entering through the window. Dyed film is a flat opaque appearance. It is not recommended for by most window tinting companies because it will fade over time however it is the most budget friendly of all films. This film has the least amount of heat rejection. We do not offer any warranty of any kind on dyed window tint film.
Decorative Window Film – What is Decorative Film?
Frost decorative film doesn’t just transform the look of windows, partitions and other smooth glass surfaces; it also changes the way you think about designing and utilizing space. An unexpected addition to areas both intimate and public, decorative film inspires fresh ideas for enhancing interiors, creating privacy, filtering light and more. Decorative frost film is primarily installed on residential and commercial windows and is less expensive than replacing the windows with privacy glass.
Safety Window Film, Security Window Film and Impact Resistant Window Film
Safety Window Film – Security window film and impact resistant window film are polyester, or PET films that are applied to glass and glazing in order to hold them together if the glass is shattered (similar to laminated glass). The main difference between film and laminated glass is that these Shatter Safe films can be applied to the glass or glazing after manufacture or installation. These films are used widely all over the world; they can be found on trains, buses, cars, homes and buildings. Safety and security window films are designed to perform under adverse conditions such as a hurricane, tornado, vandalism, burglar break-in and other impact type accidents. Suntek Security Film. Xpel Safety & Security Film. Huper Optik Security Film. Edge Security Films.
Low-E Window Film – What is Low-E Window Film?
There are two types of Low E surfaces on glass. One is a conductive coating put on glass as it is being made. It gives some heat loss reduction during the winter, but does little to reduce heat gain into a building during the summer. The second type is a more complex system of multiple layers of metals and conductive coatings deposited on glass after it has been made in the form of a window film. This type of Low E film gives heat reductions of 30% to 50% in the summer in addition to reducing heat loss during the winter.
Texas Automotive Window Tint Film Laws
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