When you are looking to tint the windows on your car, you will be faced with a plethora of options, and it can be really hard to decide which is best for you. For most people, the hardest choice will be between regular and ceramic tinted windows.
Many of the differences between these two can be the deciding factor for most people, factors such as the safety features, the color options, the durability, and how dark the tint is.
Why tint your windows in the first place?
The main reasons that people tint their car is usually to improve the cars’ appearance, however it can also provide privacy, and it will also benefit health in reducing the sun’s rays in the car, it can block out heat and harmful UV rays. This is probably the most important benefit of having tinted windows in your car.
As you reduce the heat coming from the sun, you can enjoy a cooler climate inside your car, meaning you do not need to jack the AC up as high as you otherwise would have, saving gas in your car and giving your car’s engine a bit of a break from multitasking.
Understanding the benefits that different window films offer is the main way you can choose which type of window film to tint your car windows. For you to make the comparison of what does what best, you need to look at the difference between the types. Privacy and aesthetics are important, but most of all you want something that won’t make your car feel like a sauna.
Thinking about regular tints
Regular tints are dyed, they are made from polyester sheets which are dyed to a specific grade from light to dark, so you can choose the level of the tint on your car, they can also be in different colors too.
This is the most available option for most people, and they do have a small degree of sun-blocking ability. However, after time they usually need replacing as they will fade and discolor. With ceramic, you will not have this issue regardless of how long it is exposed to the sunlight.
Regular tints- color and quality
One issue with regular tints is that even after they get their car tinted, it is often still too hot. A common misconception is that the darker the tint is the better the heat reduction and the better the cooling abilities, this is not the case.
Generally, you will require special technology that blocks out the sun’s rays and reduces the heat, a darker tint will not necessarily do this.
Regular tints are the most affordable window film, they do block light rays and can absorb some heat, they are ideal for those who want privacy but are not concerned about light rejection. They are also good for a variation of tint options. However, they do discolor and fade over time, and their heat reduction ability is sub-par.
Considering ceramic tints
On the other hand, ceramic tint can reduce heat up to 85%, it is scratch resistant, and is more durable than alternatives. You also get better protection against potential robberies. If someone does try to break into the car, they will have a hard time trying to get through this type of window tint.
Ceramic tints- what they have to offer you
Similar to regular tint, you can get a variation of tint darkness with ceramic tints, but all of them will have a make-up that absorbs a ton of heat regardless of how dark it is, so you can block out a lot of heat and drive in your car during the summer without feeling like you have taken a trip to the sauna.
The technology used in it can often reflect the sun, reject UV and sun glare too! But what we really like about ceramic is that it has the outstanding ability to keep and have all of these amazing properties without needing to have the darkest percentage of tint.
Some people may not want a super dark tint, and some laws in certain states may not allow it, with a ceramic tint, you get the full benefits with an even lighter tint.
Tint darkness and quality: A verdict
So in terms of which is lightest, you can get either at a light grade tint, however, you get the most benefits from a ceramic tint when it is not at its darkest. While you can get a light regular tint, you won’t get the benefits and full- potential that you get when you have a ceramic light tint.
Ceramic of any grade tint offers many more benefits, and while it does cost more, it is less likely to fade, discolor, and need replacements over time than a regular tint will. So, really, you save money in the long run. Since it won’t fade, like a regular tint will, you do not need to replace it, and you can get it as light as you want and still reap all of those amazing benefits.