Have you ever thought about the need for UV protection while driving in your car? If not, keep reading. This article explains why it is important and how a professionally installed automotive window film can help.
First, what are automotive window films?
Automotive window tint is a thin film applied to the windows of a vehicle to reduce the amount of visible light that passes through them. While it is primarily used to provide privacy and reduce heat buildup in the interior of the vehicle, window tint also provides several benefits related to UV (ultraviolet) radiation.
How do they help with UV protection while in my car?
Here are some of the UV benefits of automotive window tint.
- Protection from UV rays: Automotive window tint can block up to 99% of UV rays, both UV-A and UV-B. UV radiation can cause skin damage, premature aging, and even skin cancer. By reducing the amount of UV radiation that enters the vehicle, window tint provides protection for both the driver and passengers.
Check out this article from The Skin Cancer Foundation that states:
“When you think of sun protection, a few habits probably come to mind immediately. Wearing hats and sunglasses and applying sunscreen, for instance, are almost no-brainers for anyone looking to keep their skin safe from UV rays. But there are plenty of other products and behaviors you can incorporate into your sun protection strategy. Some of them can benefit you in situations you may not have realized are hazardous.
One such situation is riding in a car. You may not know that while window glass blocks most UVB rays, the ones that can burn you, UVA rays, which can cause tanning and premature aging, still get through. (Both UVB and UVA rays cause skin damage that can lead to skin cancer.) Window film, a laminate capable of blocking up to 99 percent of UV radiation, is an effective solution that’s often underused.”
- Reduced interior fading: UV rays can also cause damage to the interior of a vehicle, particularly to the upholstery and dashboard. Over time, exposure to UV radiation can cause fading, cracking, and other forms of damage. By blocking UV radiation, window tint helps to preserve the appearance and value of the vehicle’s interior.
It’s important to note that the level of UV protection provided by automotive window tint can vary depending on the type and quality of the tint film. If you’re considering window tint for UV protection, it’s recommended to choose a high-quality film that has been specifically designed for this purpose. Also, be sure to check the local laws as they relate to window film use on a vehicle in your area.
We hope this article opened your eyes to the UV protection benefits of auto window tint that you may not have thought of. If you have any additional questions, contact us at (206) 403-1366. We are your premier source for automotive window tint in the Tukwila, Seattle, Bellevue, Kent, and Tacoma, Washington area.