With all the benefits of car window tinting you can delight with, it is expected that most car owners prefer having the extra layer in their windows. Aside from the desirable privacy it provides, it also boosts security, protects the car from damaging sunrays and makes the vehicle look more attractive. 

Pros and Cons

If you are a car owner that is currently looking for a car tint that will be a perfect fit to your preferences, here are the pros and cons to consider before choosing what type of tint you should be avail. 

Dyed 

This is the film that has a layer sandwiched between the outer protective layer and the adhesive. The darkest effect it can give doesn’t have to break the bank. It can prevent 5 to 50 percent of UV light from penetrating your car windows. 

Pros 

  • Can reduce sun blaze 
  • Non-reflective 
  • Cheap 
  • Has a dark pigment Cons 
  • Layers are prone to divide over time 
  • When constantly exposed to sunlight, the color can fade over time 
  • Not as effective in blocking heat 

 

Metallic 

This type of film has a chemically-treated inner layer between the outer protective layer and inner adhesive layer plus a metallic layer on the other side. These layers block out UV lights, reflect heat radiation and darken the window. The metallic film also has protective coat that is scratch proof. If installed by a reliable window tinting company, it can block about 60 to 90 percent of UV light. 

Pros 

  • Blocks glare and reflects heat 
  • Long lasting 
  • Not prone to fading over time 
  • Effective in blocking UV rays  

Cons 

  • Expensive 
  • Shiny appearance 
  • The metal layer isn’t always friendly to your phone, GPS, radio reception and other gadgets 

Hybrid 

This is the combination of dyed and metallic sans their weaknesses. It is composed of adhesive, dyed and metabolized layers with protective top coat. All of these layers are fused by a laminating adhesive.It can block up to 50 percent of light. 

Pros 

  • Excellent glare reduction 
  • Not as reflective as the metallized layer 
  • Long lasting, due to the metallized layer 
  • Radio signals and Mobile Friendly 
  • More affordable than the metallic film  
  • Fading is less noticeable 
  • More affordable than metallized film 
  • Can block glare, UV rays, and heat 

Cons 

  • Expensive 

Ceramic 

Ceramic film is composed of adhesive layer, thin ceramic layer and protective top coat to prevent scratches. It can block 50 to 70 percent of UV light, up to 70 percent of solar heat and up to 97 percent of infrared heat. 

Pros 

  • Non-reflective 
  • Radio signal friendly 
  • Doesn’t fade like dyed film 
  • Blocks UV rays and glare

 Cons 

  • Very expensive 

Carbon 

People who are conscious with the aesthetics of their car will love this. The matte finish of Carbon films looks classy and appealing. It is perfect for hitting the road with style. The carbon film is also shatter proof and who doesn’t like that? It can deflect 99 percent of UV lights and 50-70 percent of infrared heat. 

Pros 

  • Cool and Stylish 
  • Conserve cool temperature well 
  • It can block out 40% of light.  
  • “True Black” appearance 
  • Fade resistant 
  • Shatter proof 

Cons 

  • Very expensive 

Crystalline 

Crystalline films blocks ultraviolet rays and solar heat with its clear design. This is perfect for those who don’t like to change their car’s appearance without sacrificing the heat-blocking feature. 

While it can allow 70 percent of light inside your car, it can still deflect up to 60 percent of the heat penetrating your windows and block up to 97 percent of infrared light. 

Pros 

  • No fading films to replace 
  • Visibility 
  • Cheap 
  • Long Lasting 
  • No modifying of your car’s appearance 

Cons 

  • Less privacy and security