I got a new 2015 with the solar roof yesterday. It's going to take some getting used to but I really like it. I'm looking forward to learning more here.
I would think a "Tint" job would also be effective at keeping the interior heat down, with the added benefit of blocking cancer causing UV rays, even in the 55% darkness range.Welcome.
Unless they have changed the design recently, the "solar roof" ONLY operates a tiny little vent fan helps keep the interior from getting so hot when it is parked in the sun.
Reports I have seen indicate that parking it in the shade is still much more effective.
The only practical tint, IMHO, is the "solar" one but it's expensive.with the added benefit of blocking cancer causing UV rays, even in the 55% darkness range.
I think I read that the windshield, because it is laminated, does block most UV rays (it is actually the plastic lamination that is providing the protection, not the glass). Having said that, it is also my understanding that the rest of the glass (tempered), does not offer the same UV protection.The only practical tint, IMHO, is the "solar" one but it's expensive.
Standard tints don't really help with the heat until they are so dark as to be dangerous, especially at night. And illegal too in some places.
Plain glass blocks something like 97% of the UV rays by itself so you really don't have to worry about UV.
The heat comes in with Infared light (IR) and the amount of IR blocked by most common tint films is LESS than the number quoted for visible light.
Your understanding is totally wrong.Having said that, it is also my understanding that the rest of the glass (tempered), does not offer the same UV protection.
I was shocked to learn the lack of protection provided by factory privacy (or dyed) glass.
Here is an educational clip from youtube that I first found on the EPGAA (Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association), website.Your understanding is totally wrong.
ANY actual glass blocks most of the UV (tanning) rays. Various types of plastic gives varying protection.
Neither normal glass nor plastic blocks any of the IR however and the heat passes right on through. The "solar" film blocks a large percentage of the invisible IR without cutting down on the visible light much at all.
That obviously is a biased "marketing" clip, designed to make a point for the sale of their products.Here is an educational clip from youtube that I first found on the EPGAA (Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association), website.