Tinting the sunroof is a necessity in Canada where UV rays are far harsher than many other parts of the world. If you spend a lot of time driving your car, you will see the effects for yourself. Your left arm that’s closer to the window may be a shade or two darker than the right, even if you wear full sleeves. This is because UVA and UVB rays penetrate right through your clothes. When you tint the sunroof, you create a barrier that blocks up to 90% of UV rays. If the days are particularly hot, the interior of your vehicle can get damaged too.
You may want to consider a darker tint to keep off the sun but do consult a professional before you do so. You may be surprised to know that a darker tint will retain more heat, hence is more suitable for cooler climates. In hotter regions, a silver tint that reflects the sun’s rays may be more suitable. Surprised? Then listen to a few more misconceptions so you know just what you need to use for your window sunroof.
Myth #1: It is easy to install a car sunroof tint so you don’t need to look for a professional.
Answer: Tinting the sunroof on cars is a common practice but it comes with several concerns. While regular window tinting in homes is easy, car sunroofs are harder. This is because, in homes, the installer simply reaches out to the window to do his job. In cars, the installer has to hang upside down inside your car. This uncomfortable position can create several errors:
• The blades can clip when they are being trimmed
• The blades can scratch the glass
• A duller cutter can create frayed edges or loose ends
• Improperly installed sunroofs may be difficult to open and close smoothly
Myth #2: A tint will shatter your car sunroof
Answer: Most cars are tougher than you think. The windows all around you, from the sides to the windshield and rear window, are made of laminated, shatterproof glass with rounded edges. However, your sunroof is made of tempered glass that will shatter so that heat is dispersed evenly. When the temperature drops, it holds shape, but in the event of an accident, the rigid surface will shatter on impact. Since the glass is made to shatter, it will crumble under pressure, whether it is tinted or not. If the manufacturer builds a sunroof that is not designed to shatter, a tinted sunroof will not give way.
Myth #3: Window tint doesn’t help with dual pane Low-E glass.
Answer: True, not all window films are suited for Low-E glass but there are certain films that are specially made for them. You need to consult professionals to install the right type of film for Low-E glass. They understand that with Low-E glass, you need lighter and clearer films that reduce the glare from the sun but does not reduce visibility in the process. You double the effectiveness of UV ray deflection if you install the right window tint for Low-E glass.
Myth #4: Cheap window tints work as well as expensive ones.
Answer: Like most products, a good brand makes a difference when it comes to car accessories too. It is equally important to choose a window tint that is effective in deflecting UV rays without clouding your vision, keep off the sun’s rays, have aesthetic appeal, and be affordable. There is no cookie-cutter solution. You need to scour the market for the right brand. The best and easiest way is by consulting a certified professional who is aware of window film technologies. They can help you choose between Dual Reflective Technologies, Ceramic Nano Technologies and Spectrally Selective Low-E car window films. Make sure you get the right technology for maximum protection.
Ceramic Pro for Superior UV Resistant Nano-Ceramic Sunroof Coating
Ceramic Pro is a multi-layerable, clear, liquid nano-ceramic coating that transforms itself on the surface to a permanent, rigid, flexible glass shield. It is an additional clear coat with three times the hardness and self-cleaning properties. Call us to find out how you can go beyond window tinting your sunroof to protect your glass like no other product.