Key Differences Between Window Tint and Window Film

Key Differences Between Window Tint and Window Film

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July 15, 2022
Key Differences Between Window Tint and Window Film

Window tinting is, hands down, one of the best ways of investing in your home, car, or office.

In recent months, we’ve seen many MA residents choosing to put their trust in Pelicar for all the benefits of window tinting. But one common misconception is that window tint and window film are one and the same.

However, they aren’t synonymous. To help clear up any misunderstandings (and for future reference), here’s a list of the key differences that set window tint and window film apart.


What is window film?

Window film is the generic term used to refer to any window film product. It’s usually composed of a thin polyester sheet installed in cars, industrial and commercial buildings, and homes to meet particular needs.

What is window tint?

Window tints are dyed or colored films. So we can say all window tints are window films, but not all window films are window tints.

One good example of window tints is adhesive films specially made to decorate a commercial building area, though the term can also refer to the act of adding a shade or material to panes to block out UV rays.

Read more: 8 main benefits of Car Window Tinting

What benefits do window tints and film share?

Both window tints and films help preserve your furniture, carpets, and upholstery. Without them, the sun’s rays seep through the windows unfiltered. Prolonged exposure can cause fading over time and shorten the life of personal items.

But window films and other kinds will keep out 99% of UV rays from getting in.

Some tints also act as insulators, keeping out the heat in the summer and keeping it in during the winter. That means adding extra comfort to your home and helping you save on energy costs for heating and air conditioning.

home window tinting blocks the UV rays

Window tints can also contribute to safety! Darker shades, for example, might help prevent people with bad intentions from peeping into your vehicle.

Window tints can also add resistance to your car windows with their extra layer of protection. And in case of accidents, films will prevent the glass from shattering and falling onto drivers and passengers.

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How do window tints and films differ?

One notable difference is that window tinting means changing the shade of windows, some more radically than others.

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But regardless of the chosen color or shade, the ultimate goal is to help reduce energy costs and shield against UV rays.

Window tints are usually applied to commercial buildings, and window films are more likely to be installed in houses and apartments. 

That’s because window tints are known for blocking natural lighting from getting in, which is a benefit for office environments where glare might be a problem.

Window films generally have a lighter finish, catering to homeowners who want to prevent UV rays from getting inside their homes without losing natural lighting.

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Where can you have window tints installed?

Do you live in or around MA? Then your search for the best window tinting installer shop is over!

Pelicar Window Tinting has over 30 years of experience installing films for cars, homes, and offices.

With a combo of cutting-edge technology and expertise, we offer customized solutions to ensure you get a film that meets your needs and fits your budget.

3M™ Pro Shop Dealer

We’re 100% committed to the high quality and durability of the products used, which is why we choose to work with 3M™ Automotive Films.

3M™ Automotive Films can guarantee:

  • Protection against excess heat;
  • Privacy;
  • Protection against UV and IR rays;
  • Preservation of vehicle interiors;
  • Aesthetics to match your style;
  • Lifetime maintenance at any authorized 3M™;
  • Added comfort for drivers thanks to reduced glare,
  • And extra safety for you and your personal items!

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