Ceramic vs. Carbon Tints: What Are Their Differences? (Infographic)

Tinting the windows come in multiple alternatives; it varies in types of materials or chemicals used to coat the underlying material.In the market, the most popular tinting options nowadays are ceramic and carbon, primarily because of theaesthetic value they add in the exterior of the house. When it comes to pricing, it depends on the strength and durability of the layer’s attributes.

While dyed is the window tint that works well, and the most affordable option, other products like ceramic and carbon may have the highest quality.

Before we compare and decide which of the two types of tint to go for, you better have a run-down of the other classes – dyed and metalized. 

Dyed Window Tint

The most economical window tint film, dyed window tint blocks light rays and absorbs some heat. If you are looking for privacy but not concerned about UV rays or infrared rejection, this may be the ideal solution for you.

Metalized Window Tint

Metalized window tint reflects heat using metallic particles – a step up from dyed film and looks a tad shiny from the outside. Its major downside is that is can interfere with cellphone and GPS signals.

Carbon Window Film

Infused with carbon particles that are very effective at blocking infrared light, carbon tint helps keep car interior cooler – it doesn’t fade through time like dyed films. However, its particles are large – light can bounce inside the film. As a result, it creates glare and haze – at times, it’s difficult to see through.

Benefits of Carbon Window

  • No Electronic Interference
  • superior scratch resistance
  • Guaranteed no fading or purple
  • 50% solar energy rejection
  • 99% UV Ray rejection
  • Neutral Black color


eramic Window Film

A tint made with non-conductive ceramic particles, ceramic window film prevents glare or haze while blocking infrared light. However, ceramic car window tint oxidizes much faster, which makes the film’s original color lighter over the years.

Benefits of Ceramic Window Film

  • The highest quality of window tint film – both nonconductive and nonmetallic
  • Cuts from 73% to 91% of the solar heat that
  • Allows maximum efficiency in the functioning of radios, cell phones, and GPS systems
  • Surpasses the other types in its resistance to glare and fading
  • Renders windows highly shatter-proof
  • Most effective in its blocking of ultraviolet light from the interior
  • Can block up to 99% from entering the interior

Which One to Choose?

In terms of quality and durability, the ceramic window is the best option. However, it doesn’t mean it’s what you need, especially if there’s an issue with the budget.

Although ceramic is better than carbon in terms of quality, many clients don’t require the level of security that it offers – its shatter-proof feature. However, for warehouse or office buildingsbased in a less secure area, ceramic window films are worth the investment.

Carbon tinting also prevents solar heat gain and sun fading, but for a lower price – ideal if energy-efficiency is the top-concern.

With regards to privacy, both carbon and ceramic are terrific options. However, if you want a heightened safety, security, anti-shattering properties, and willing to pay for a higher price tag, go for ceramic.

If you still can’t decide which one to choose – we’d be happy to help! Global Tint UK offers window tinting services in Birmingham, call us today on 0800-158-8005, and we will guide you in choosing the window that you need.