If you are in the market for a professional commercial window tinting job, you may have been faced with a variety of price points. The most natural question for a consumer to ask of course is, “well, what’s the difference?” There are a variety of things that account for price variation, however, let’s focus on the primary factor: heat protection.
If you hail from a warm weather climate with unforgiving heat, this will absolutely be something that must be considered. Imagine entering your car and no longer feeling the grueling heat outside. If you have leather seats, you may not miss the burn you feel when you sit in them after a full day of your car sitting outside.
So, first of all, what determines heat protection?
A common misconception is that the darkest tint always blocks the most heat. This is something which window tinting technicians are prompted to explain each day. While darkness is certainly one factor, let’s focus on some other ones that you may not have thought about previously.
The thickness of film: Believe it or not, a tint does not reflect heat; it absorbs it. Films in the less expensive range will be relatively thin. This allows the manufacturers to cut production expenses and thus sell a less expensive film. A thin film, as you may imagine, does not have the capacity to absorb as much heat as its thicker counterparts. While thicker film varieties may cost more, some view the expense as worthwhile for the heat protection.
Material of film: Thickness and darkness are both important factors in heat protection. But let’s not forget what ties it together. The film material used is paramount. Think about a turbocharged 4 cylinder engine outperforming it’s 6 cylinder counterpart. It’s possible because the former leverages its power through efficiency. So too, the more efficient material will harness its heat absorption capabilities over their counterparts.
A dyed polyester film, normally, will not provide ample protection. While it’s less heavy on the wallet, it does not possess high heat protection efficiency. Meanwhile, a carbon (and more so ceramic film) is designed especially to absorb heat in large quantities. This is a highly critical thing to focus on.
Heat protection from window tint may range from blocking 11% of heat to upwards of 70%. Understanding the climate in which you live will be awfully helpful in making the determination of what you need. Because you live in Nevada, you may wish for more heat protection than your friend in Wisconsin. A rock solid heat protection window tint should aim to block minimally 40% of heat.
In conclusion, heat protection is an essential property of any tint. It is highly influential on price levels you can expect to pay. Be sure to focus on this as you make an informed consumer decision.
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