Different Types of Window Tint Explained

Window tinting offers a variety of options to suit different needs, preferences, and situations. Here are some common types of window tint along with their characteristics.

What is window tint?

Window tint is a thin film applied to the interior or exterior of glass surfaces in vehicles, homes, and commercial buildings. It reduces glare, blocks harmful UV rays, provides privacy, and helps regulate temperature by reflecting and absorbing heat. Different types of window tint, such as dyed, metalized, carbon, and ceramic, offer varying levels of performance and benefits.

Dyed Window Tint

Dyed window tint is one of the most popular and affordable options on the market. It features a layer of dye between an adhesive layer and protective outer coating. This type of tint effectively reduces glare, blocks UV rays, and enhances privacy by darkening the windows. However, dyed tint may fade over time and can be less effective at heat reduction compared to other types. PuriTint does not recommend dyed window tint due to how quickly it will fade and turn purple. While the cost is much cheaper, ranging between $150 to $200 for a 4-door sedan, in the harsh Arizona weather, you will be replacing the tint every few years.

Metalized Window Tint

Metalized window tint contains small metallic particles embedded within the film. These particles reflect sunlight away from the vehicle or building, providing excellent heat rejection and glare reduction properties. Metalized tint is also durable; however, because it is a film that is still using the dyed method, it will fade over time. Metalized tint may interfere with electronic signals, such as those used for GPS, cell phones, and radios. This type of film is an outdated technology not used in typical applications. The average cost based on a 4-door sedan is relatively affordable, ranging from $200 to $250.

Carbon Window Tint

Carbon window tint is known for its superior heat rejection capabilities and color stability. It contains carbon particles that block infrared light, helping to keep the interior cool and comfortable. Carbon tint also offers excellent UV protection and does not interfere with electronic signals like metalized tint. Additionally, it has a sleek, matte appearance that enhances the aesthetics of the vehicle or building. Suntek CXP is the industry-leading film used if you are wanting a more affordable alternative to ceramic tint.

Ceramic Window Tint

Ceramic window tint is considered the premium option for window tinting and is the main type of film PuriTint offers to our customers. It contains ceramic nano-particles that provide maximum heat rejection without interfering with electronic signals or blocking radio frequency. Ceramic tint offers superior clarity, color stability, and UV protection. It is also highly durable and resistant to fading, making it an excellent long-term investment for vehicles, residential, and commercial properties.

Choosing the Right Window Tint for Your Needs

Each type of window tint offers unique characteristics and benefits, allowing you to choose the option that best suits your priorities and budget. Whether you prioritize heat rejection, UV protection, color stability, or electronic signal compatibility, there’s a window tint to meet your needs. By understanding the differences between the various types of tint, you can make an informed decision and enjoy the many advantages that window tinting has to offer.

Our experts are ready to help you find a solution! Contact us today at (602) 644-1595 to learn more about our selection of high-quality tint films and find the perfect solution to protect your vehicle, home, and business investment.