Are you looking for ways to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature without relying solely on your HVAC system? Installing window films is a cost-effective way to keep your interior cool in summer and warm in winter.
However, selecting the correct type of window film is critical to ensure optimal temperature regulation without losing the natural light in your home.
At Sun Tint, we often recommend a ceramic reflective tint installation. These window films offer an extensive range of benefits beyond indoor heat reduction.
This guide discusses how reflective ceramic tints work and the reasons to consider this high-end window film.
What Is Ceramic Reflective Tint?
Dual-reflective ceramic tint is a type of window film that we apply directly as a top layer to the windows of buildings and vehicles, including cars and trucks.
The construction of ceramic tint films features ceramic particles of titanium dioxide, the active ingredient in sunscreen products. Titanium dioxide acts as an ultraviolet filter that absorbs the sun’s UV rays.
A dual-reflective ceramic tint has a non-reflective coating on the inside surface and a reflective coating on the outside. The shiny outer surface reflects infrared radiation away from your windows. This dual-reflection ability also allows natural light transmittance into your home.
But what does all this mean? Below, we discuss the benefits of this revolutionary window film technology.
The Benefits of Installing a Reflective Ceramic Tint
A ceramic reflective tint’s features, including the titanium dioxide filter and dual-reflection surfaces, have various practical uses for property and vehicle owners:
Prevent Heat Build-Up from Infrared Light
The sun’s energy consists of the following types of radiation:
Infrared makes up around 50% of the sun’s radiation energy on earth. The human eye can’t see infrared radiation, but we can detect it as heat.
The shiny side of a ceramic reflective tint bounces infrared radiation away from your windows. As a result, infrared radiation can’t enter your home and heat your interior. By eliminating infrared radiation from your home, the load on your cooling system is lower, resulting in lower energy costs.
Protect Against UV Rays
Ultraviolet radiation is a type of energy that the sun emits. Like infrared radiation, UV rays are not visible to humans.
However, UV rays can wreak havoc on hardwood floors, varnishing, and furniture. Typical signs of UV damage on flooring include fading, cracking, discoloration, or degradation. Incidentally, UV radiation is also the leading cause of skin cancer.
The titanium dioxide layer is a UV block scratch-resistance membrane in ceramic reflective tinting. This layer absorbs UV rays, preventing them from entering your building via the windows. By installing these window films, you protect your interior against UV damage.
Reduce Indoor Glare
Your interior needs as much natural light as possible. However, direct sunlight shining into your building can be too strong and dazzling, causing eye strain and fatigue. Glare can also reflect off of television and computer screens, making it harder to make out details.
A ceramic reflective tint installation is one of the most effective ways to reduce glare in your building. You need to select a tint with a suitable visible light transmittance (VLT) rating. The higher a tint’s VLT rating, the more visible light it allows through.
For example, if you don’t have a problem with glare, a 70% VLT tint should be sufficient. However, if your property is at the top of a high-rise building, and you want to reduce the visible light coming into your interior, consider a darker tint with a 10% or 20% VLT rating.
Take Advantage of Natural Light
A significant benefit of a reflective ceramic tint is that you don’t need to forgo natural light to keep your interior cool. These window films only prevent infrared and ultraviolet rays from entering your home while allowing natural light in.
Unlike other types of solar radiation, the heat from visible light is minimal. In other words, you can have a bright, sunny interior that is cool and free of harmful UV rays. Of course, if visible light causes glare, you have the option to install a low-VLT tint.
Improve Your Property’s Aesthetic Appeal
Dual-reflective ceramic tint is an increasingly popular option among commercial property owners. If you need tinting for a glass office building, a reflective ceramic tint is one of the most attractive window film options.
The reflective surface of these tints can give your building a contemporary appearance. As a result, property owners often choose ceramic reflective tinting to blow new life into their older properties and give them a futuristic look.
Add Privacy to Your Home
During the day, when the dominant light is outside, it is impossible to see past ceramic reflective tinting into your home. Even if someone stands right outside your window, looking in, they will only see a reflection of themselves. This window film gives you privacy without drawing your curtains and losing the natural light.
A reflective ceramic film is ideal if you live on a busy street with plenty of foot traffic. Similarly, you should consider this reflective tint if your neighbors have a direct view into your rooms.
Enjoy Night-Time Views
After the sun goes down, your windows will reflect your interior lighting when looking out. However, if your home or office has a beautiful lookout over a city skyline or lights, you don’t want this indoor reflection to inhibit the view.
The inner surface of a ceramic reflective tint is non-reflective, which means you won’t see any background reflection when looking out of your window at night.
Sun Tint: Transform Your Interior
At Sun Tint, we are a leading installer of reflective ceramic tints in Kentucky and Indiana. Please schedule a consultation with us to learn more about the different types of ceramic tints we have available. Our team will help you select the ideal window film for your windows, then provide a free, no-obligation installation estimate.
Contact us today if you want to ensure a comfortable indoor temperature and make your home more energy efficient.