As you can see in the visual representation above, factory tint lets through visible light, solar heat, and UV rays; whereas, window film keeps out the solar heat and harmful UV rays.
There are two types of ultraviolet rays; UVA and UVB.
UVB rays, simply put, are the cause of sunburn. Although UVB rays are more intense, especially during the summer months, they can’t penetrate through glass. So unless you have the windows down, you don’t have to worry about getting burnt in your car.
UVA rays are the ones you really have to worry about because they’re dangerous at all times of the year and can penetrate through glass. If your mother ever told you to put sunscreen on even when it’s cloudy out, she’s right. Accounting for up to 95% of UV radiation, UVA rays play a major role in skin cancer, aging, and wrinkles.
So why is all of this information important and what does it mean? Since studies suggest you will spend about 4 years of your life driving, it’s important to make sure that you’re aware of the potential damages of UV rays and how you can be affected.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that, “since UVA penetrates glass, consider adding flat, tinted UV-protective film to your car’s side and rear windows as well as to house and business windows.” With 74% of all non-invasive melanoma skin cancer cases on the driver’s side of the body, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Check out the protection performance of factory tint versus window film in the chart below.
The chart above measures the differences in performance of privacy glass versus aftermarket window film.
“We get a lot of people in here that think they only need their front two windows tinted. When we explain the difference between factory tint and window film, most, if not all of our clients choose to get their entire vehicle tinted, usually with air blue 80 window film,” says Tim Cooke, COO of the Window Tinting division at Absolute Perfection.
There are different window films out there that provide UV filtration and heat rejection without making your windows too dark, but it’s important to ensure you’re protected from harmful UV rays.
Avoid the risks of skin aging, wrinkling, and cancer by researching your local tint shop to find out what films they offer and what will provide the best protection you and your family deserve.If you’re interested in tinting your windows with quality FormulaOne window film, give Absolute Perfection a call at (888) 481-8468 orclick here for a FREE quote!