Is Ceramic Window Tint Worth It?

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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers.

Does Ceramic measure up? It does, and it is the best value for your dollar.

But before we get into the details, let's back up a second and talk about window tint in a broader sense.

Why We Want to Block Heat in Your Vehicle

This is a pretty obvious one in Arizona, as our summer heat is in legendary abundance. Is there life without air conditioning? We don't want to know, and being able to block more heat from entering your vehicle as it sits in the parking lot or at a stoplight means that your A/C unit is able to keep up and cool you better. Your comfort vastly increases with every degree that tint can save you.

When we block heat and transmissible light, the temperature inside the cab goes down as does the glare. The more light we block, the cooler you will be, and our brains assign even more comfort to a slightly darker space (regardless of temperature). Although there is a limit on tint darkness, for safety reasons, because driver visibility is a safety priority.

It's very important that you get a film that blocks the heat today but also next year without losing effectiveness. Window tint that is short lived will do its job initially but can fade in as little as 1 year. Year 2 and onward the tint's ability to cool you is very diminished, and this is absolutely a problem with some materials. On the other hand, the newer more advanced films can give very good heat transmission for their entire lifetime and in a variety of shades, not just the darkest.

All this to say: blocking heat is a very high priority for us Arizona drivers. And the more heat we can block through science and new material innovation, the better. Cool is comfortable, and you deserve it.

Why We Want to Block UV Rays

Modern science tells us that UV rays are not just inconvenient, but can be dangerous to our health. While our bodies do get some benefit from them (some boost to our Vitamin D production, for example), the risks are significant and UV radiation is classified as a complete carcinogen - something to be protected from.

Your skin is about 16% of your body and your largest organ, and UV does damage in these ways:

  • Tumor initiator (UV is a mutagen)
  • Tumor promoter
  • Atrophies the skin
  • Creates wrinkling of the skin
  • Leads to pigmentation issues

Over 1 million Americans are affected by skin cancer each year, and genetics can increase the risk.

We spend a lot of time in our cars, and we owe it to ourselves to be as proactive as possible to reduce exposure to carcinogens. Commuting is not particularly fun, and skin cancer is absolutely not good. There are window tint films that can block 99% of UV rays, making this is a no-brainer choice.

You may be wondering about the windshield, which is traditionally left out of a "full service" window tinting. Yes, there is 99% UV blocking "clear window tint" available for your windshield. You do not need to leave this surface unprotected. Your dashboard and your skin will thank you for this upgrade, should you choose it.

So your window tint really does need to be able to block heat and UV for the long haul, in addition to looking sleek and perhaps adding some privacy to your vehicle.

How Well Does Regular Tint Work?

Since we've pinpointed the two most important benefits of tint, let's now look at what an average film will bring to your vehicle. We'll use our Premium Window Tint as the example film. Notice that the darker you get, the more solar energy (heat and light) is kept out of your vehicle. The industry metric is Total Solar Energy Rejection and it takes into account more than just visible light, for the full picture.

Tint "Total Solar Energy Rejection" Chart

film type TSER film description blocks UV?
Carbon 70% 27% energy rejected Very light tint Yes
Carbon 55% 31% energy rejected Light tint Yes
Carbon 45% 34% energy rejected Relatively Light tint Yes
Carbon 35% 38% energy rejected Our pick for front door glass Yes
Carbon 25% 40% energy rejected Our pick for rear and back glass Yes
Carbon 18% 44% energy rejected Even darker Yes
Carbon 5% 46% energy rejected Limo tint shade Yes

The film percentages in the chart above go from very light film to very dark, and you will notice that the numbers don't increment in a linear way. But if you were to see the swatches, it scales nicely in the visual sense.

35% has been marked in red, so that you can easily compare the energy rejection to Ceramic in the next chart. You can see that if you were to outfit your glass in this shade of tint, you would be getting 38% energy rejected from the sun to your car's interior, and 99% UV rejection. Just by adding tint to your vehicle! That's huge, and it only takes one stop-and-go traffic incident to make you wish you were getting hit with about 40% less heat and sunlight.

You will also dramatically reduce your UV exposure, and that's a big deal. Dermatologists and optometrists regularly advise their patients to get tint, and even can write specific prescriptions for certain shades. Takeaway: you want to block those UV rays.

It's worth noting that there is a wide variance in the "everything less than ceramic" category. It is always a good idea to ask for product specifics when you are purchasing window tint, to ensure you are getting the best protection for your dollar. A "regular" film in a different shop may have significantly lower TSER numbers than the chart above (we do spend more to get a premium product) and may or may not block UV.

Is Ceramic Window Tint Worth the Price?

Would you like about 20% less solar energy hitting you, your family, and your interior? This is where ceramic delivers.

Here's a similar chart to the last one, and you'll notice something very cool: even the lightest shade is still significantly higher performing than a regular film (even a very good one).

Ceramic TSER Chart

film type TSER film description blocks UV?
CIR 70% 46% energy rejected Very light tint Yes
CIR 50% 51% energy rejected Light tint Yes
CIR 40% 53% energy rejected Relatively Light tint Yes
CIR 30% 55% energy rejected Our pick for front door glass Yes
CIR 20% 58% energy rejected Our pick for rear and back glass Yes
CIR 5% 62% energy rejected Limo tint shade Yes

Notice how the closest value to 35% in this line is going to reject 55% of the total solar energy. That's a difference you can feel, and if you'd like to check it out in person, then we invite you to do so on our heat box display. It's very tactile and straightforward, your own hand will give you the straight scoop!

Marked in a muddled yellow on this chart is our nearly-invisible film at 70%. Even the clearest, highest visibility Ceramic film is going to reject more heat than our Premium 35%. This is why we always do windshields in Ceramic, and why you can get great tint without having to go dark.

Bottom Line: Get Your Windows Tinted

No matter what, please do not drive around in full blazing Arizona sun with the full brunt of the sun's rays beating down on you. Get the UV protection, available in Premium or Ceramic films, and get something that will last for the lifetime of your vehicle. There is nothing cool about window tint that is effective for only a single season, and consider how much of the sun's energy is going to beat down on you over the years. GET TINT. Treat your skin right and be at ease every time you buckle up.

If you are able to do so, we highly suggest upgrading to Ceramic and adding the windshield. You are going to get in the range of 45-58% TSER protection that will not fade or degrade. The ownership cost is negligible over all the years that you drive the car.

It's a win for your skin, your eyes, your family, privacy, comfort, and style.


Doing the Math

If you like Excel spreadsheets and running the numbers, this section is for you! You will see that the annual cost is a pittance to upgrade to Ceramic tint, compared to the average length ownership of about 7 years.

Value & Cost of Ownership Numbers

type blocks heat? blocks UV? install cost lifespan reinstalls cost after 7 years cost per year
Low quality film Yes but fades ? Varies $99 1-2 years 3-6 times $700 if redone every other year ($400 in new tint + $300 in removing old tint)
to $1300 ($700 in tint + $600 in removing old tint)
$100-185
Common quality film Yes but fades Likely $170 3 years 2 times $710 if redone at years 3 and 6 ($510 in new tint + $200 in removing old tint) $101
Good quality film Yes Yes $229 Lifetime none $229 $32
Ceramic quality film Best Yes $395 Lifetime none $395 $56

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