Radio Waves & Window Tint
Does window tint affect radio waves? If so, what can I do about it?
There have been rumours floating around the internet for years that window tinting can affect your vehicle’s radio reception or even obstruct the cell phone reception from within the cabin. Is this true? Well, it can be, but there is a very simple solution to make sure this is a non-issue.
Some window films are known as “Metallic” window films. That is because they have fine metal particles in them to create a mirror appearance. These metals do not just reflect visible light, they can also affect the radio reception in certain types of vehicles. If you see a small antenna wire that runs from the top of your windshield to your rear-view mirror, you should avoid putting a metallic window film strip across the top of your windshield. The same goes for an antenna wire that runs along your rear windshield. If your vehicle uses a physical antenna on the hood or roof, or has a shark fin style antenna, you have nothing to worry about.
How to get a worry free window tint
The truth of the matter is that metallic window tints are yesterday’s technology. They look great, but the increased reflection (mirror) make them illegal in many places, they are more expensive than classic window films, and they adversely affect radio and cell reception. This is why even our less expensive line of window films are not metallic.
If you have a few extra bucks and want a window tint that does not affect radio waves or cell reception, has increased heat rejection with less impact on visible light, reduces dangerous UVA and UVB rays, and looks better for longer, you really need to consider a ceramic window tint. Instead of reflective metallic tints, ceramic films use a double layer nano-ceramic technology to block a large part of the sun’s heat, saving your car’s interior from heating up to harmful levels. They will reject 99% of ultraviolet radiation and also keep infrared radiation out, all while giving you crystal clear radio and cell reception. That’s what we call a perfect storm.
Be in touch to speak with a technician about your options when you are getting tinted at Diversity. We love to hear from you.