One unique way you can reduce wear and tear to the inside of your car is through the use of window tint. It not only protects your vehicle?s interior, but it can also help decrease the heat in your car during the summer months and manage glare while driving during sunny days. Some window tint is factory installed when you purchase a new vehicle while others are aftermarket add-ons.
There are two types of window film: metalized and non-reflective. Both provide heat reduction, but in two different ways. Metalized tint reflects the sun to prevent interior heating, while non-reflective absorbs UV rays. Keep in mind though that some metalized films are not legally allowed in certain states because of how much they darken windows. This is for safety reasons to ensure law enforcement can observe the vehicle?s occupants when they pull someone over.
Car window films also come in three main categories of materials: ceramic, carbon, and dyed. Ceramic film is one of the best for heat reduction, but it can fade over time. Carbon film is a denser material that does not tend to discolor, but due to its thickness it can cause issues with sun glare. Dyed film is the cheapest overall in terms of cost, but it also does not standup to UV rays for long and may need to be replaced. A recent add to the window film market is a hybrid between ceramic and carbon called nano ceramic. It is the best of both worlds and is the prefer material for most window film installations.