This answer boils down to your preferences. If you want to save money while also getting good levels of heat rejection, a carbon or metalized window tinting film will be fine. That said, the cost difference is minimal—a couple hundred bucks. So even though a ceramic window film costs a little extra, the benefits in terms of heat rejection, UV ray protection, and sun glare reduction are massive.
What Makes Ceramic Window Tint the Best?
Ceramic window tint films are the newest technology on the market. They are made using nano-ceramic technology which is non-conductive to heat and nonmetallic (no cell phone signal interference). The material itself simply outperforms all other films in laboratory studies in the areas of UV light rejection, infrared light rejection, sun glare reduction, and visibility. In addition, it adds structural stability to the window making the window more shatter-proof.
What are the Different Types of Window Tint Films?
Of all the different types of window films available, they typically boil down to the following types. We’ve quickly defined the main differences between these window film materials as well as give you an idea of a “good, better, best” type situation.
- Dyed Window Tint (Good) – Most economical window tint film. Dyed window tint blocks light rays and absorbs some heat. Ideal solution for those who just want privacy but aren’t concerned about UV light or infrared light rejection.
- Metalized Window Tint (Better) – Reflects heat using metallic particles in the film. A step up from dyed film, it looks a tad shiny from the outside. The major downside to metalized window film is it can interfere with cell phone and GPS signals.
- Carbon Window Tint (Better) – A step up from metalized window films, carbon window tint uses carbon particle mixed into the film. This window tint rejects more heat than metalized, without cell signal interference, and it provides a unique matte look.
- Ceramic Window Tint (Best) – The best results from a window film. Ceramic films use ceramic particles to reject heat, sun glare, and UV rays. This film offers the highest levels of all categories while never sacrificing visibility.
Is security an issue for you?
While we can argue that ceramic tint is better than carbon tint, most clients don’t necessarily require the level of security offered by ceramic window tinting, which is virtually shatter-proof. If you have a warehouse or office building in a less secure part of town or your business is repeatedly vandalized or broken into, the security benefits offered by ceramic window films – called security window film – are worth investing in.
Are you more interested in energy-efficiency?
If energy-efficiency is your top concern, you’re probably more interested in carbon window tinting, which does the job in terms of preventing solar heat gain and sun fading but has a lower price tag. Metal window films will do the job, too, but you may prefer the opacity of carbon to the shinier, or more reflective qualities of metal options.
Would your home or business benefit from privacy?
Are you starting to feel like fish in a bowl? Whether your home or office are located on a busy street, or close, Bay Area proximity means your bedroom window is up against your neighbor’s kitchen window, most window film options offer the benefit of privacy. Carbon and ceramic are both options in this case, but we’d only recommend paying the higher price tag for ceramic window tinting if you also desire heightened safety, security, or anti-shattering properties.
In some cases, you may desire in-house privacy, so the screens large and small are unable to read. This is a popular choice for businesses with window-lined conference rooms where sensitive data may be displayed on screens visible to the outside.