How Does Window Tinting Actually Work?

window film installationHistorically, window tint was known for being dark pieces of plastic that stuck to car windows but over the years has involved to be much more than that. The transparent pieces of adhesive film are creating using modern nanotechnology and have a plethora of benefits for cars, businesses, and even homes.

History of Window Film

Making its first appearance in a small handful of luxury vehicles around World War II, the factory tint inspired the invention of window film in 1966. In the years between, individuals who wanted this tint on their windows but were unable to get it would use spray-on tinting in the attempt to get the same effect. The outcome was less than ideal – windows were left dark, uneven in color, and didn’t do the job they were supposed to.

The first generation of window film was invented in 1966 and was a dye-based film. The biggest issue with this first generation film was that it would absorb heat instead of reflecting it, making the interior of a car or building absorb the heat. It also had the tendency to bubble in the sun and discolor over time.

The second generation of window film came in the early 1990s and hybrid of the original dye-based film. The version contained a dye to absorb the heat and metallic particles to reflect the suns rays, which approached 50% heat reduction. The biggest issue with this second generation film was that due to the metallic particles, GPS and radio frequencies were often interfered with.

Window Film as We Know It

Window film as we know it today has come a long way since the 1940s. With new technology, window film is now made from top of the line materials, reflect light and reduce heat, do not interfere with electronics, and are no longer dark. The goal now with window film is to install it, have it reflect light, give privacy to those inside, but avoid windows from looking like there is a film installed.

The new window films block a majority of UV rays, which reduces discoloration of interiors, energy bills, and even interior sunburns.

Are you ready to install window film in your home? Give Sonny’s Glass Tinting a call today at 781-233-3647.

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