Does Window Tinting Help Keep Out the Blazing Texas Sun?
Summertime in Texas is beautiful for any number of reasons, but it is also incredibly hot with a sun that simply doesn't quit. Getting into your vehicle can feel like entering a well-heated oven. How can you protect your vehicle and yourself from the blazing sun? Window tinting offers a variety of benefits such as keeping your car cooler and protecting your skin from damaging rays.
Benefits of Window Tinting
Window tinting blocks a particular volume of UV rays from entering your vehicle, effectively stopping damaging sunlight in its tracks. Sun not only heats up your interior, but it can also crack dashboards and leather seats and damage or fade plastic interiors as well. Aside from your vehicle, did you know that window tinting can also protect your skin while you're driving? Blocking some of the damaging UV rays from hitting your skin can help protect your skin from the ravages of time: wrinkles, sun damage and even cancer.
How Window Tinting Works
There is a variety of window tinting and each works in slightly different ways to keep your interior cool. The four main varieties of window tinting are:
Dyed Window Film: A layer of dye is placed between a protective polyester and an adhesive, to adhere to the glass while protecting the dye from scratches. The darkened dye is non-reflective and can block between five to fifty percent of sunlight. It also doesn't interfere with radio waves and reduces overall fading from sunlight. However, it can bubble when applied incorrectly, or the layers can separate in a low-quality product.
Metalized Window Film: Several layers of film are adhesively bonded to your window to block ultraviolet radiation, prevent scratches and reflect heat. Heat effectively bounces off of the film, allowing superior glare and UV ray blocking. Since the material is metal, it will not fade over time and is incredibly durable; however, it can interfere with cell phone or radio reception. The appearance is also shiny and is more expensive than dyed films.
Hybrid Tinting Film: Offering the advantages of both dyed and metalized films, hybrid tinting film has few of their disadvantages. It can block up to fifty percent of the light and includes a metalized layer, dyed layer, adhesive and a protective top coat. Hybrid film blocks the majority of UV rays and glare, has superior longevity from fading and is highly durable.
Ceramic Film: While relatively new, ceramic film includes a thin ceramic layer, a top coat and an adhesive layer and is incredibly effective at blocking heat, light glare and UV rays. It doesn't fade, and allows for the passage of radio and cell signals and isn't as reflective as metalized options. While it sounds like the ideal option, it is more costly than the other varieties of window tinting.
Texas window tinting regulations require that the tint immediately to the right and left of the driver allow through 25 percent of light or they will fail inspection. The same rules apply to the windshield, while other parts of the vehicle have looser requirements. Want to learn more about protecting the interior of your vehicle with a sun-dampening tint? Contact our professionals at Auto Tek. Our customers know that our service levels are second-to-none, and we always keep your needs in mind! Contact us today to make your appointment for a cooler vehicle.