Since the 1990s, window tinting technology has developed to provide not only greater protection from more of the solar spectrum wavelengths but have also evolved “clear film” and “dual reflective” applications for both the home and the workplace.
Reduction of the sun”s glare and some of the heat has been a basic property of window tinting films for over five decades. Vehicle owners who also seek to safeguard their privacy with “cool look” tints can still opt to install a basic “dyed” window film but their overall performance will be lacking when compared to today”s advanced “Spluttered” or “Ceramic” window film protection.
Concern over a rapidly depleting ozone layer, climate change and the increased dangers of skin cancers, especially at certain latitudes, have led many to install window tinting film as vital protection in their homes as well as in their vehicles.
In addition to visible light, the infrared and UV wavelengths will also attempt to penetrate glass. Tinted window film will block up to 99 per cent of the UV while at the same time regulating the levels of heat and light allowed to pass through according to solar protection film specification.
An important factor is not only the percentage of solar radiation prevented from being transmitted into a vehicle or building”s interior space but to the degree it is absorbed into the glass itself.
For those interested in gaining a brief and basic round-up of “Spluttered” or “Ceramic” window tinting film and why they represent a step forward in vital sun protection from standard window tinting:
Standard Dyed Window Films – simply absorbs light and heat according to the darkness of the film dye, but can retain heat on the glass surface causing the film colour to fade and discolour and with the possibility of glass damage.
Sputtered Window Films – are coated with metals containing aluminium, silver, nickel, gold, brass and copper, which not only have the capability of rejecting more heat and lower absorption on the glass but will operate at optimum performance for twice as long as dyed window film.
Ceramic Window Films – transmits much more visible light while at the same time rejecting higher amounts of infrared “felt” heat. Some film specification types are the result of a complex manufacturing process incorporating nano-particles of pure gold and silver and synthetic ceramic. Consequently, it is now possible to transmit up to 70 per cent of visible light while redirecting up to 94 per cent of the solar infra red radiation.