Solar film is one of the options for car window tinting. It is a flexible film that can be applied to windows and windscreens of cars to protect you by rejecting high levels of solar infrared heat and ultra-violet (UV) rays. Recent years have seen its popularity rise due to their functional benefits rather than being viewed as just an aesthetic option.
What is a Solar Film?
Benefits of Solar Film
Safer and More Comfortable
Solar films minimise sunburn, damage to eyes, and premature aging of the skin by deflecting UV rays from the sun. In addition to reducing glare, they prevent infrared heat from penetrating into our cars, allowing for more comfortable and safer drives with fewer distractions.
Reduction in Fuel Consumption
Solar films help to maintain a cooler temperature within the car due to the deflection of heat, thus reducing the need to turn air conditioning all the way up. In the long run, this helps to reduce your overall fuel consumption.
Types of Solar Films Available
These are basic polyester films that are simply dyed to provide tint. Apart from reducing glare, they offer no heat deflecting UV protection benefits. Furthermore, they tend to discolour and bubble.
Like the name suggests, these polyester films are coated with a fine layer of metallic substances. They work well for rejecting heat and UV rays, but are often only available in clear colours without tint. In addition, the metallic substances interfere with radio and wireless signals from mobile devices.
Hybrid films were first introduced in the 1990s. They utilise both metallic substances and dyes to reflect heat, UV rays as well as to reduce glare with tint. They work well and are still used to this day with companies offering many variations.
Ceramic films are the latest development in solar films. Apart from offering better performance than hybrid films, they do not contain metallic substances. Instead, they are sputtered with nano-ceramic particles. This means that it will not interfere with radio and wireless signals from devices such as mobile phones and GPS systems.
Tips for Solar Film Installation
To ensure windows do not look dirty, do ensure that the solar films are installed in a clean and dust-free environment.
Hiring a Professional
Professionally trained installers will ensure the solar films last long and look good. A poorly installed film will crack due to oxidation, peel, and water bubbles will even appear on your window panels.
It is important that you avoid winding down your windows for the first few days. Winding your windows may cause the edges to peel if the film has not dried completely.
Why Choose New Age Polish?
At New Age Polish, your car will always be treated with love. We pay attention to every little detail to ensure your car looks as good as new. We will also take the time to explain the processes and products we use, so you never have to worry.
We constantly strive to offer only the best quality and durable products at competitive prices.