Choose the Best Type of Window Tint & Install it at Tinting Chicago
What are the main types of window tints and how to choose the best one for your car? The experts at Tinting Chicago answer all your key questions in this article. And remember, you don’t have to perform tinting by yourself- our specialists are here to help! The process of tint installation in our shops only takes about 2 hours!
4 main types of window tints
1. Carbon window tint film — recommended
This type of automotive window tint delivers great results in blocking UV rays and heat. That’s why here at Tinting Chicago we chose it as one of the key products to work with.
- Carbon window tints look darker and have a matte finish, giving your car a luxurious look.
- The carbon content of the film blocks about 40% of the harmful infrared light and is very effective in blocking heat.
- Unlike dyed film, carbon film will not fade with time.
- Carbon films don’t contain metal, so there is absolutely no interference with cellular, radio, or Wi-Fi signals.
2. Ceramic film — highly recommended!
These are the highest quality window tint films, and also the most expensive on the market. But we are sure they are worth it! Ceramic film appeared on the market quite recently but has already proven its superiority in terms of protective properties and durability.
It contains ceramic particles that provide only top-quality results:
- Reduction of the solar heat from 45% to 50%
- Allows for maximum visibility both during the day and at night
- No interference with radio, cellular, GPS, or Wi-Fi signals
- Resistance to glare and fading
- Reinforcement of windows (makes them shatter-proof)
- Blockage up to 99% of UV rays
Ceramic films are the result of extensive manufacturer research and a true technological breakthrough on the market. The product that we use are the pinnacle of what the industry can offer today.
3. Dyed film — not recommended
Dyed films are the cheapest of all and much less functional than the other choices. Mostly they are used simply for their darker appearance and do not provide any protective properties.
- The dye additives in the film layer next to the adhesive block the sunlight.
- From the outside, the dyed film looks opaque, providing some privacy while still allowing visibility from the inside.
- The heat-reduction properties of the dyed film aren’t high. That is why at Tinting Chicago we don’t use these films at all!
4. Metalized car window tint — not recommended
Like the dyed window films, metalized tints keep the interior of the car darker but in this case by reflecting the heat away. This is done by using very small metallic particles — invisible to the naked eye — embedded in one of its layers.
- The metallic additives strengthen the window as well, making it shatter-resistant.
- Unlike the dyed films, they have a shiny, scratch-resistant outside surface.
- However there is one huge drawback of metalized films — their metallic additives severely interfere with cell, Wi-Fi, and GPS transmission.
That is why Tinting Chicago doesn’t use metallic films in its work and never recommends them to clients.
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Carbon and ceramic films are the best options for window tinting. And these are the two main types of automotive window films recommended by Tinting Chicago professional installers.
There are 4 main types of window tint films out there on the market: dyed, metalized, carbon, and ceramic. To really dig into their differences, pop in for a free consultation at one of our shops, or call 773-455-0467 and 312-212-0493 to speak to our 24/7 customer service.
If you are somewhere close to one of our Tinting Chicago shops, you can always drop by for a free estimate and to have a look at our samples. Visit us at 3621 N Harlem Ave or 2720 W Grand Ave in Chicago, IL, or at 1402 N Rand Rd in Palatine IL, or call 773-455-0467 and 312-212-0493 for a professional consultation 24/7. If you decide to tint your windows with us, you will need just about 2 hrs for a full car. Prices start from a little over $200 for a sedan.