Types and Benefits of Auto Glass Tint

Many cars come from the factory with clear or transparent glass. However, you can reduce the transparency of the glass if you install a window tint. Below are some of the types and benefits of auto glass tint.

Tints for automotive glass come in different types. Below are some of the most common.

Metalized Tint
​Metalized window films have a metal layer as its main material. The metal layer blocks sunlight and reflects heat. Though metalized films are durable (do not fade easily), the metal blocks some electromagnetic waves, such as radio waves.

Dyed Tint
As the name suggests, dyed window tints have a layer of dye as the main reflective material. The dye’s shade determines how much sunlight it blocks. However, the dyed tint does not block much heat, at least not as much as other types of tints.

Carbon Tint
Carbon tints block more rays, including ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays. Many people also find carbon tints attractive due to their matte finish.

Ceramic Tint
Ceramic, a nonmetallic mineral, is the main material in this tint. The ceramic material blocks heat, glare, and UV rays. Since ceramic is durable, aesthetically pleasing, and shatterproof, it is also one of the most expensive types of tints.

Hybrid Tint
Hybrid tints combine different types of materials, such as metal and dye. Thus, hybrid tints give you the best of both worlds. For example, hybrid tints are dark and block considerable heat, but they are not extremely reflective and don’t interfere with radio waves as much as a metalized tint.

Car tints have multiple benefits. Below are some of them.

Reduce AC Use
Most tints block heat in addition to light. Reduced heat penetration means your car’s inside doesn’t get as hot as it would be without the tint. Thus, you may not need to use the car’s air conditioner as much as you would without the tint.

Maintain Good Health 
Some tints also block UV rays, which are bad for your health. The rays increase your risk of multiple health issues, including skin cancer, sunburn, premature aging, and vision problems. Thus, a good tint is good for your overall health too.

Protect Car Interior
Extreme heat accelerates the deterioration of most of the materials that make up your car’s interior. In fact, heat is one of the reasons car interiors fade. If you tint your car, you will cool the interior of the car and protect its interior.

Reduce Glare
Most tints also reduce glare from sunlight, incoming cars, or roadside lights. Glare can affect your view of the road and increase your risk of an accident.

Improve Privacy
With a good car tint, those outside the car won’t see you unless they place their eyes on the glass. Thus, you don’t have to worry about invasive eyes when, say, you change your clothes in the car.

People differ on what makes a car beautiful. However, many people find tinted cars more attractive than cars without tints.  

Improve Security 
Lastly, a good window tint is also a security measure. Many criminals are opportunistic, which means they only steal when they see something valuable. A good tint will keep your valuables in the car safe since thieves won’t easily see them.

In addition to choosing the best tint for your car, you also need to get a good installer for the tint. That way, you will get the right shade of tint, and it will be durable. Horizon Auto Glass & Tint has over 30 years of experience in the glass tinting industry. Contact us today so that we can help you choose the best tint and install it for you.