Tinting your windows is no small feat. It takes lots of research. You have to find the right installer. You need to price the cost around. You’ll need to know which type of tinting you want done. There are several types of film used. Deciding which one you want is an important step. Dyed Window Film Dyed window film is the most economical and affordable type of tinting. This process uses a bottom layer made of adhesive and the top layer is made of a protective polyester top coating. Dye, hence the name, is placed between the two. This type of tinting is more cosmetic than functional. The top coat prevents the nicks that come with rocks and ice and gives the window some strength against shattering. The dye provides the color and the privacy. It does prevent some heat from entering but not as well as the others. Time is not kind to this form of tinting. The dye can fade or change colors. Metalized Window Film The process of metalized tinting is similar to the dyed tinting processing but is more effective with a few more layers and increased strength and higher heat reflection. They are more scratch resistant as well. They are more functional in blocking the sun’s glare and UV rays. The downside to this particular type of tinting is the metal used in between the layers. These are microscopic and aren’t visible, even if examined closely. The metal can also interfere with cell phones, radio and GPS signals. It also may give off a shiny appearance. Carbon Window Film This result looks most like the dyed window tint but is more functional. The look is the same but it blocks more sun and heat from entering, offering a higher level of cool. It does not fade nor does it interfere with radio, GPS and cell phones like the metalized tinting does. Hybrid Window Film This is a blend of the dyed and metalized window tinting. It has four layers: the adhesive film, the dyed layer, the metalized layer and the protective top coat. Less metal is needed in this process so the interference isn’t a problem. The less metal also means its less reflective, giving it the more polished look you want with tinting. Ceramic Window Film This is a newer option available to consumers. It is the most expensive and high quality. There are three layers to this, similar to the metalized window film but instead of metal, it uses a ceramic layer. This fixes the problem of interference with radio, cell phones and GPS coverage. This is the most effective form of UV protection, sun and heat protection and the strongest protection against shattered windows. It is less reflective than metalized tinting and does not fade. Just be prepared to pay for this form of tinting. Once you’ve decided which type of window film you want, spend time with your installer making sure it’s the best option for your needs.