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How XPEL Window Film On Windshields Maximizes Interior Comfort And UV Protection 

Published On 7/24/2023



Most of us spend a considerable amount of time inside our cars during the week. That time adds up when you include weekends, road trips, and other occasions requiring you to drive. Racking up miles behind the wheel means exposure to the sun's UVA and UVB rays through a vehicle's windows, including the windshield. 

While the factory windshield provides some protection against harmful UV rays within its laminated construction, the front side windows usually carry a lighter percentage of tint compared the rear passenger and back windows. There are significant benefits to having a windshield treated with XPEL window film, but it's essential to understand what kind of sun protection your vehicle's windshield already provides. In addition to knowing how PRIME XR PLUS window film can enhance the quality of a car's interior while helping to improve its overall efficiency. 


How Applying XPEL PRIME XR PLUS To Your Car's Windshield Helps Improves Interior Quality

We've all experienced the uncomfortable sensation of stepping into a car or truck after it's been sitting in a parking lot all day under the sun. Feeling the wave of furnace-like heat hit you in the face the moment you open the door. Being careful not to touch to exposed metal part of the seat belt buckle or risk the sharp pain of burning skin. Rushing to turn down the windows and crank up the AC to get the heat out of the car as fast as possible. Yet, still having to wait a considerable amount of time before you can feel comfortable again. The solution to this summertime dread is having XPEL PRIME XR PLUS window film on your vehicle's windshield. 

Besides a panoramic sunroof, the windshield is typically the largest window in a vehicle. Meaning it lets in the most amount of heat. PRIME XR PLUS offers an optically clear film to deflect up to 96% of infrared heat. Reducing the amount of infrared heat helps your vehicle's interior stay cooler during high temperatures. This means the car's air conditioning system can cool down the interior faster and won't need to work as hard to maintain the desired temperature because the outside heat coming in is reduced thanks to XPEL window film. 


How A Windshield Prevents You From Getting Sunburned

There are two kinds of glass in vehicles with unique construction used for specific purposes, tempered glass and laminated glass. Tempered glass is created by heating a piece of glass and then cooling it down rapidly. This process gives the material better resistance to impacts and is commonly featured in side and rear windows for its durability. Anyone who's ever tried to punch through a car's side window like on TV and movies, can attest to how strong tempered glass can be. 

Windshields use laminated glass. This method involves a layered process of two pieces of glass with a transparent plastic film sandwiched in the middle. In the event of an accident, the plastic film holds the shattered glass together to prevent shards of glass from flying into the interior. 

This safety film also protects against UVA and UVB rays. More significantly, UVB rays, which is why you can drive all day with the sun beating down on your face, hands, and arms without getting burned, but UVA rays can still penetrate through. UVA rays are the ones that can damage your skin and increase the risk of developing skin cancer. 


Being Exposed To Harmful UV Rays While Driving

When you drive past a car dealership, you'll notice that modern SUVs, trucks, and sedans come from the factory with dark rear and back windows. However, front-side windows, sunroofs, and windshields are often left untreated. 

According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, ultraviolet rays can penetrate through your car's glass windows, increasing your risk of skin damage and skin cancer. Particularly the left side of our bodies, which is in constant exposure to the sun through side windows with little to no UV protection while driving. Having quality window film on your car is a matter of safety and improving privacy and interior comfort. 

Privacy Without Compromise 

Technology in window film for cars has advanced milestones in recent years. The old "darker is better" way of thinking is no longer relevant regarding privacy. It used to be that if you wanted privacy from the outside world, you needed "limo tint," which came with the drawback of being unable to see at night. Plus, the possible legal issue of having dark window tint on side windows, depending on your state's law. 

With PRIME XR PLUS window film, you get performance without compromise. You can have the aesthetic and privacy of dark window film without affecting outward visibility. Plus, the added peace of mind that whether you get 5 percent or 70 percent tint on your car, its UV and infrared heat-blocking performance remains at an industry-leading standard.


Is Windshield Film Legal In My State? 

It varies from state to state. Some states only allow the top five inches of a windshield. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the general rule is tint on a windshield is allowed, under the condition that at least 70 percent of outdoor light enters the vehicle. However, XPEL's windshield film is optically clear to meet any state law concerning window film application on vehicle windshields. 

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