While both car window tint and home window film may be manufactured similarly and be used for a lot of the same reasons, there are some important differences.
According to the International Window Film Association, in its simplest sense the films used for car window tint and home window film are composted of a polyester substrate with one side a scratch-resistant coating and the other an adhesive layer with removable liner. The liner is removed and the film is adhered to the glass window. In some other cases, there is no adhesive involved – instead the window film stays in place through static cling. Both materials for car window tint and home window film can be applied by other consumers or experts. And being car windows can have tricky curvatures, having the film cut and applied correctly may need an expert’s touch.
Both car window tints and home window films are applied to glass windows to help:
- Cut down on UV rays from the sun
- Keep materials on the inside (such as car or furniture upholstery) from fading
- Help keep a more constant temperature inside, resulting in less heat and AC usage
- Increase privacy
- Increase shatter-proofing by enhancing the window’s strength
However, there are some differences between home window film and car window tint. For car window tinting, each state has its own specifications on what the car window tint can or cannot due. For example, in the state of California the darkness of a car window tint can only be 70%, while in Texas the state law is 25%. Additionally, states differ in where the tint can be placed, percentage of reflectivity, and even restricted colors. These differences also differ depending on what what country you are living in.
The International Window Film Association has downloadable guides (https://www.iwfa.com/NewsEvents/Legislation/StateLawCharts.aspx ) that detail restrictions on car window tints for different US states and countries.
Just as there are specifications for car window tinting, home window film may have its own restrictions when it comes to building codes. Before applying any home window film, it is important to check your city, state, and even country’s building codes to ensure you are using a product that meets them.
Daystar Window Tinting Inc. doesn’t offer car window film, but specializes in all areas of architectural window film including residential window tinting. For a quote, call us today or fill in the handy form on the right of this page!