Most consumers don’t realize the sheer number of window tint options available to them when they first begin the journey to getting their vehicle’s window’s tinted. When they find out the number of different colors, shades, and types that are available, they tend to become overwhelmed. Some become so overwhelmed, in fact, that they never follow through with the project.
The good news is that, with a little research, consumers can become more informed on the different variations of window tint film available for them to choose from. Below we’ve broken window film down into type, format, and shading.
Best Types of Window Tint Film for Price & Performance
The best types of window tint film will depend on whether you are looking for something that will offer the best price (for those on a budget) or the highest grade of performance (for those where the price is not an issue).
The best type for those working with a budget is dyed window tint. It will protect you and the interior of your vehicle from the sun’s UV rays, while appearing flat and mostly opaque from the inside. This offers a high amount of visibility. Dyed film is cheap to make, and those savings are passed on to the consumer. The downside is that it blocks the least amount of heat and UV rays compared to other types of window tint film.
The best type based on performance is ceramic window tint. It offers the most protection from UV rays – blocking up to 99 percent. This provides the most protection for both your health and against interior car fading. It is much more expensive than other windowing tint types, however, and is the newest type on the market.
Best Formats For Price & Convenience
There are two different formats available for purchase – rolls, or precut tinting film. The rolls are the better option in terms of price, but they can be difficult to work with for many people. If, however, a person is good at both measuring and cutting straight lines, purchasing rolled tint can be a solid financial option.
The most convenient format to purchase window tint in is precut pieces. These are designed to fit directly over your window, with limited to no cutting necessary. They are more costly than rolls, however.
Best Shading for Window Tint
The question of the best shading isn’t an easy one to answer. Tint should be shaded dark enough to suit your needs and preferences, but light enough that it is legal in your state. Each state has it’s own unique set of window tint laws that tell consumers how dark and reflective window tint is allowed to be.
To find the answer to which window tint shade is best for you, first find out what your state’s laws are. This information can be found at your local police station, through an online search, or by speaking with a well-informed window tint distributor. Knowing your choices from there, you can pick a shade that you feel is best.