Whether it's to keep the sunlight from heating up the car interior or to give a sporty accent to the rear and side windows, a window louver can be a fresh new addition to any car. But with so many choices available on the market, it can be hard to decide on the right window louver. So if you are planning on getting a new set of car window louvers, here are some tips that might help you make the right choice.
ABS or aluminum?
Window louvers as basically made from one out of two materials: ABS and aluminum. ABS is a kind of thermoplastic that is injection molded to form the louver. ABS window louvers are known for their extremely light weight and high resistance to heat and shock. They are also much cheaper than their aluminum counterparts. However, ABS louvers tend to warp and discolor if left out in the sun for too long, making it unadvisable for cars that are parked outside 24/7.
Aluminum window louvers, on the other hand, are more expensive than ABS louvers but are more durable and will not warp or discolor from sunlight. Also, unlike plastic louvers which can crack into shards when damaged, aluminum louvers will only bend and dent. This makes it a better, albeit costlier, choice for more safety-conscious buyers.
How will the louver be installed?
Another thing you need to take into consideration when buying window louvers for your car is how the louver will be installed onto your vehicle. Different louver models have different methods of installation and may modify the structure of the car itself. For example, some window louvers have to be attached to the car windows using a series of bolts. And in order to accommodate the bolts, holes have to be drilled across the windows, permanently modifying the car exterior. There are also adhesive-based louvers, however, which use tape and silicon sealant to keep the louver in place on the car window. But these are not as stable as bolted-on window louvers especially if the tape and seal are not affixed properly and is exposed to moisture.
Before you purchase a window louver, make sure to check first how it will be installed on your car. If the louver you've bought requires its hardware to be drilled onto the car body, it will be difficult and costly to restore it to its original state once you grow tired of the louver.