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Types of Window Tinting Films

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A window film is a thin, protective film made with polyester then treated with a scratch-resistant coating. Some films come with multiple polyester layers other come with a single layer. Several layers of window films are applied over the window to achieve the desired results. The films are applied over the pane glass of the window with adhesive.

Window films work to reduce the intensity of light that passes through the window. The kind of window film to get will depend on your local area’s climate, the orientation of the window and the type of features you want in a film. Below are the most common types of window films to consider:

Dyed Film

Also known as colored films, dyed window films have a darker tint. This type of window film is often used in cars and outdoor vehicles. The film helps reduce glare, minimize heat and even deflect light. The color of the film will depend on the melting and stretching process utilized to manufacture the product. Depending on the deepness of the tint, the film can deter crime and vandalism because perpetrators cannot see the inside of the vehicle. The drawback of a dyed film is it tends to trap heat when used as backing for thermal film.

Metalized Film

Metalized film is made by infusing metal to the material. The metal is inserted into the film during the manufacturing process. The film and metal are fused together on an atomic level.  Usually, the metals used are aluminum, nickel, and copper.  The surface of the film is opaque enough to deflect sunlight as well as insulate heat. Of all window films, metalized film is the best for homeowners who live in very cold places. This film is also suitable for homes and offices alike.

Deposited Films

Just like metalized film, deposited film is also made by infusing metals into the film to reduce heat and deflect sunlight. The only difference between the two is that the metals used to make a deposited film are limited to aluminum or nickel. Of all window film type, this is the least widely available.

Hybrid Films

As the name implies, a hybrid film is made by putting the best elements of metalized and dyed film and making one hybrid film. A hybrid film effectively reflects sunlight away. It effectively repel heat and protect from ambient heat. However, the film is not completely opaque. Hybrid window film has a lighter tint color. The lightness of the tint does not affect the film’s ability to deflect sunlight. To achieve the desired level of tint, you’d have to layer several films.

Ceramic Films

This is the newest type of window film. It’s made by combining nanotechnology and advanced window tint technology!

Ceramic window film has the ability to minimize the amount of interference that colored or dyed films possess. This film doesn’t just protect from sunlight, it also reinforces the glass itself once it is installed!

Of all window film types, ceramic window film is the most durable. It can withstand severe weather conditions and reduce the risk of glass shattering. The only downside of ceramic window film is the price. It’s more expensive than traditional films because of the technologies used to develop the product.


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