Ceramic window film is a transparent or translucent tinting film that acts very similarly to standard window tint. When you hear ceramic, you may think of dishes, flooring, or supercar brakes, and even when it comes to scratch prevention, most would think of ceramic coatings on cars, not ceramic protective film. The film is made of several layers of ceramic-based nanoparticles. These layers are fractions of a millimetre thick and combine to create a cohesive film that behaves similarly to the standard protective film. With varying opacities (from dark limo tint to fully transparent protection film), this film offers enhanced heat and UV light reflection compared to standard window tinting films.
For this article, as there are very few ceramic protective automotive films available, we will be using 3M’s Ceramic window film as a reference when discussing the product generally. Looking at 3M’s film itself, we can see that it boasts several benefits over standard tinting film, as listed below:
One of the primary advantages of ceramic window film is the absorptive nano-ceramic technology. Looking at 3M’s Ceramic IR Series window film offers 95% infrared reflection rates and up to 60% solar reflection rates. This reduces heat transfer to keep the vehicle cooler and more comfortable, reducing energy needs for cooling and increases fuel efficiency (this can be up to a 20% difference in some cases). 3M’s IR series also reflects almost all ultraviolet rays, providing SPF properties to the outside of your car, protecting occupants, interior surfaces, and paint.
Additional benefits include a 90% reduction in the glare from reflected light and sunlight. Because the ceramic film does not have any metals in its composition, it does not affect GPS and Cellular signals (while these are minimal issues, a small minority of owners may find this to be compelling).
IS IT WORTH It?
Ceramic window tint is usually more expensive than metallic window tint, so you may be wondering if it’s worth it. The simple answer is yes. Yes, it’s worth it. In addition to the comfort and energy savings, you’ll see and feel, you’ll also reap the long-term benefits of reduced exposure to the UV rays that cause skin cancer, sun damage and fading.
Beyond automotive applications, ceramic window tint may be extremely useful for use within residential and commercial applications. With up to 80% rejection of infrared rays, up to 63% rejection of total solar energy and up to 99% rejection of UV rays, the result for you is reduced energy consumption and costs, comfortable interior temperatures and less glare on your TV and computer screens. And you don’t have to worry about reflectivity ruining your view. Unlike metallic films, 3M Ceramic film has low reflectivity so that you can enjoy the view from your windows day or night.
By blocking UV rays, 3M Ceramic Film reduces sun damage to interior surfaces, so your floors and furnishings stay vibrant much longer. This improves sustainability by reducing the number of times you have to replace furnishings.
Beyond this, many customers wish to change the aesthetic of their glass panelling, either going for dark tint (reducing cooling costs and increasing privacy) or for reflective films to refract sunlight even more efficiently.
Whether you are looking to step up your defences against paint blemishes, increase efficiency in your environment, or just for the look, ceramic window tinting film is the best way to go for those without a budget. Even with one, it may be the best choice.
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