How Does Window Tinting Work?

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Pulling Back the Curtain on Car Window Tinting

Let’s roll up our sleeves and start with the how, before we get to the why. Window tinting works by applying a tinting film onto a window’s glass surface. Contrary to popular belief, the films are not installed on the outside of the glass. Instead, the tint is applied on the inside, in order to protect the tint for external sources, including flying debris and other objects that may come into contact with the car windows.

A sheet of strong polyester laminate is treated in a variety of ways to improve the look and performance of existing windows. On this clear polyester film, another thin layer is applied based on the type of car window tint you are receiving – metal, dye or ceramic. The second layer of tint can be installed to block harmful sun rays as well as UV rays that can cause harm to skin.

Overall, there are many different types of window tints, all of which follow the basic principles:

  1. Reflection
  2. Radiation
  3. Absorption
  4. Transmittance

You’ve got the knowledge, now let’s learn the benefits of putting window tinting in your vehicle:

  1. It keeps the heat in – Keeping the heat in is key not only for your house during the winter but especially for your vehicle. Window tinting your car provides your vehicle with more insulation but providing a layer of insulation on your windows that help keep the heat in during the cold winter months. This means it will take less time to heat up your car. There’s no need to wait around for your car to heat up; you can jump in sooner (even on below zero mornings), making a much better start to your day.
  2. Glare – Glare is dangerous no matter what season you are in, but it is especially bad in the winter. With the season being overall bad for road visibility and driving conditions (from sun reflecting off snow to snow squalls) you want to prevent glare as much as you can and keep your field of vision clear. Auto tinting reduces glare from the snow and from oncoming headlights, meaning you can drive safely, even when the roads are not in the best condition. Driving with a clear line of sight is one of the biggest reasons car tinting is worth the investment.
  3. Less fade – Window tinting your vehicle will prevent less fade year-round. What exactly does this mean? Tinting prevents the colors inside your vehicle from fading, keeping your stylish leather or cloth seats and interior looking newer for longer by protecting it from UV Rays. And, as a bonus, it also protects passengers from UV Rays. This is a major plus for the longevity and potential resale value of your car. Keeping it looking younger, inside and out, means it will help your future sale price.

When is the best time to get your windows tinted?

The best time to get your windows tinted is the fall. Not only does this get your car prepared for the winter weather but it is actually the best time for window tint installation. During the fall, temperatures are milder and the humidity is down. Avoiding the harsher weather like snow and even extreme heat allows your vehicle’s window tinting to not dry as fast or adhere to your window as well.

What different types of window tints can you get?

There are numerous window tints and window tint brands you can use for your vehicle, including Ceramic Window Tint, Crystalline Window Tint, Carbon Tint Film, Hybrid Dye and Metallic Tint Film, Metalized Window Tint and Dyed Window tint. Each varies depending on the type of window UV Ray protection, window breakage protection and interior protection you are looking for. And the two best window tint brands are 3M and SolarGard.

Where can I get a window tint? Check out Auto Image, serving Brick, East Brunswick and the surrounding areas since 1987. Auto Image professionals Window Tinters can help install your tinting to help protect you and your vehicle this winter season and beyond by providing you with the best results! Auto Image has all of the different types of window tinting available as well as 3M and SolarGard window tints.

Try it out!

Try before you buy (or book an appointment) Check out Auto Image’s Tint Simulator. See how window tints can improve the look of your vehicle here.

Looking for a window tint shop in New Jersey?

Contact Auto Image today to request an estimate or book an appointment for your window tint installation. Give us a call at our Brick store at 732-920-0606 or our East Brunswick store at 732-254-2727, or visit us online.