Do Tinted Windows Block UVA Rays?
UVA rays are a major heath concern and Tinting King’s commitment to safety extends to your physical health. It often seems like reports of new health scares increase by the day. Particularly frightening are the large numbers of people who suffer from some form of cancer. Thankfully, some types of cancer can be prevented. For example, skin cancer is a completely preventable disease if you take the necessary precautions and learn how to avoid putting yourself at risk. Tinting King can help with your risk level of UVA rays. Scientific studies have shown that 90% of skin cancers are tied to exposure to ultraviolet radiation, which you are exposed to when your skin is unprotected against the sun’s rays. This radiation can then mutate some of the cells in your skin to cause unnatural growths that can put your overall health and even your very life in danger.
The good news is that by taking the necessary precautions, your risk of contracting skin cancer can be dramatically reduced. One of the methods you can employ to reduce your risk to this potentially fatal disease is to get tinted windows for your car, office, and home. Almost every window tint will block some percentage of the UV radiation from coming through the windows, meaning that your exposure time to these dangerous and concerning rays is cut down dramatically. At Tinting King, we have several products that can block up to 99.9% of the UV radiation that is present in the sunlight.
Here is how it works: every kind of glass has a different kind rate of sun protection factor, or SPF. Some are very good at filtering out UV radiation, while others do next to nothing to help protect you from those potentially dangerous rays. Your car windshield, for example, is made out of laminated glass, which consists of two thin pieces of glass with a piece of stretchy plastic in the middle. This plastic is meant to prevent your windshield from shattering in the eyes of the driver, providing protection for the entire car. However, it also provides safety protection by way of effectively blocking out a large percentage of the UV rays that could potentially enter your car. Windshields, completely unaltered from the factory style, generally have an SPF of about 50. This makes them a smart choice for the front of your car for multiple reasons.
However, not all glass is created the same. Side windows in a car or windows in your home do not have the layer of essential plastic that helps windshields be so efficient at blocking out the sun. Generally speaking, their SPF rating can be as low as 16, which is lower than most commercially available sunscreens. For people who do not drive a lot, this may be an acceptable level of protection. But for those who spend large amounts of time in the car or in windows areas of your home or office, this level of protection is unacceptable. There have been scientific studies conducted in recent years that connect people who drive significant periods of time to skin cancers on the left side of the body – specifically on the face, neck, shoulder, and arm, places of the body which are directly exposed to the sun streaming though the side windows of the car.
Tinting King want to protect your long term health and safety. Several of our window films are specifically designed to filter out the harmful UV rays that come from the sun, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the sunshine without spending time worrying about your overall health. Most of our filming products are different kinds of plastic that are adhered directly onto the surface of the glass. This allows them to perform a similar function to the layer of plastic inside the laminated glass of your windshield, filtering out the radiation so that you can drive knowing that you are protected. These films will also protect your dash and interior from excessive fading, help keep your car cooler, and generally provide a level of customization that can’t be beat. In your home or office, window tinting can provide these same benefits on a much larger scale, keeping you safe while also beautifying your spaces. Call Tinting King today so that you can take the first steps to a customized look for all of the windows in your life. After all, an investment in window tint is, in many ways, an investment in your future.