When it comes to window film, there are high quality and lower quality films that aim to do the same thing but won’t do them for as long. High quality window tinting can last a lifetime, if installed and cared for correctly. To help you distinguish between high and lower quality film, we take a look at 5 types of window tint and how to make your tint last.
LOWER QUALITY FILM
Lower quality film can protect against the harmful rays of the sun and provide color to your windows, but they are prone to fading and will need replacement a lot more frequently. These tints can start fading or lifting one year after installation. If you are looking for an inexpensive, short term tinting solution your options are:
- DYED WINDOW FILMDyed window film is among the inexpensive film currently on the market. The tint can add color to your windows and can protect against the harmful UV rays of the sun. Dyed window film looks different on different windows – in your home it could look opaque from the outside, while it could look black when applied to the windows of a vehicle. On the down side, dyed window film is not designed to stand the test of time as it will fade and as it does, your UV protection will too.
- METALIZED WINDOW FILMMetallic window film is similar to dyed window film as it can add color to windows and reduce the amount of heat absorbed by your windows. It is stronger than dyed film as it is made up of tiny particles that strengthen your windows to make them more shatterproof. Although stronger than dyed film, metallic window film can limit your radio reception, GPS and cellphone network.
HIGH QUALITY FILM
High quality film is an investment in your family’s health, security and in the longevity of your home and vehicle’s interior. This is because higher quality film does more to protect against the UV and infrared rays and can even act as protective window film. High quality film can last for 30 years and even a lifetime if installed and cared for correctly. They include:
- CERAMIC WINDOW FILM: Ceramic window film is one of the most durable films available and is a great investment. It reduces heat and protects while remaining crystal clear. The benefits of ceramic film are endless, it provides up to 90% protection against infrared rays and is 99% effective in protecting blocking UV rays.
- CRYSTALLINE WINDOW FILM: Crystalline window film is a metal free window film and is a great choice for mobile tint as it goes beyond aesthetic appeal. The tint is designed to protect passengers and drivers. Crystalline window film is darker and as result, absorbs less heat, with up to 99.9% UV protection. It also reduces infrared rays by up to 97% and still allows visible light to enter your vehicle but is less reflective than other types of window films resulting in safer diving.
- CARBON WINDOW FILM: If you’re looking for a matte, non-reflective or black finish, carbon window film is for you. The film can block up to 40% heat, providing for a cooler home or vehicle. Unlike lower quality films, this tint will not fade once installed, saving you more money in the long run as you won’t have to keep replacing your film.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR WINDOW TINTING LAST
A number of factors can influence your window film’s lifespan. These include weather conditions, daily wear and tear and whether your tint was left to rest during installation. When caring for your window film, be sure to use the correct cleaning products – products that contain ammonia and are high acid can cause your window film to lift or peel. Try to avoid scratches by pets or young children as small scratches can lead to tears that damage your window film. While choosing a window film installation company, do your homework properly and find one that has a proven track record as poorly installed film will need replacement sooner.
What Causes Some Window Film to Fade and Turn Purple?
One of the questions we’re most commonly asked here at Window Tint Shreveport is whether the window tint will fade or take on a purple hue once it has been installed. Our 3M window tint does not turn purple, but even if it did it would be fully covered by our warranty so you would have absolutely nothing to worry about.
What Causes Some Window Film to Fade or Turn Colors?
You may have noticed over the years that some tinted windows fade and turn purple in color. Not all window film will face this fate. Fading is more common with window film for auto and not common for architectural grade window tint, however, it can happen with non-3M brands.
There is no watertight conclusion as to why window film turns purple, but many experts have come to the conclusion that UV rays can cause a failure in the dye used by many window film manufacturers. This is most likely to happen if the dyes used to tint the film have been applied after the UV coating is applied. This is commonly the case in the production of cheaper window films, which is why it is always better to buy window film from a reputable source like Meridian Window Tint. We only use the highest quality window film to ensure the longevity of our products and services and offer a warranty to give you extra peace of mind. When window film comes with a warranty, you can bet that it has been manufactured to the highest standards, and is unlikely to turn purple, because it simply would not be economical for companies like ours to have to keep replacing faded and discolored window film, which is just one reason why we use high-quality materials, your satisfaction being the other.
Why Does Some Window Film Turn Purple?
Now you know that inferior manufacturing processes can lead to the discoloration of window film, but why is purple the most common color? Some experts suggest that window film most commonly turns purple because green and yellow dyes are far weaker than red and blue dyes, which remain far stronger for far longer. As you will know, red and blue combine to make purple, so when the dye bleeds through, it is often in the form of a purple discoloration.
Purchase Window Film from a Reliable Source
Window film is dyed so that the desired level of darkness can be achieved. However, cheaper companies will often dye over UV protection that is also a vital part of window film. Over time, UV rays will weaken and breakdown these dyes resulting in a purple appearance.
If you want to avoid purpling of your window films, you will need to buy high-quality coatings, preferably coatings which have been metalized and are thus more stable. We at Meridian Window Tint are: