Drivers all around the country, from the rainy Northwest to the muggiest corners of Florida, love the comfort and style that comes with a set of Vent Visors. These Deflectors let you get a little fresh air no matter if it's raining outside or if you're doing 80 on the highway. Plus, they really tie your vehicle's exterior look together, whether you drive a sport-compact or a full-size truck. There's one question we get a lot when it comes to Deflectors, however: What is the difference between In-Channel Vent Visors and Tape-On Deflectors, and which style is better? Here we'll show the difference between the two styles and hopefully help you find the best Window Deflectors for your particular needs.
Classic Tape-On Window Deflectors, like AVS Vent Visors, are designed to lay over the frame of your vehicle's windows. They affix with strips of pre-applied, automotive-grade tape (usually made by 3M). They're also custom designed to fit right in place, without any need for cutting or drilling.
- Easy Installation - The tape liner makes for a relatively quick and pain-free installation. Just clean the window frame (thoroughly!), peel off the tape backing, and stick the Deflectors on.
- Better Water Intrusion Protection - Because these Deflectors rest outside of the window, they provide additional shelter around the entire window channel. In-Channel Vent Visors do not have this benefit.
- No Window Contact - Also because of their out-of-window design, Tape-On Deflectors don't make any contact with the glass or window mechanics. That means there's no risk of scratching the glass or interfering with window operation.
- Difficult To Remove - In the case that you'd want to remove your Tape-On Deflectors, it's a bit more difficult than with In-Channel ones. The removal of old tape can become a process, compared to In-Channels, which pop out fairly quickly.
- Potential For Stains/Gunk - If you do end up removing the Deflectors (or, say one does happen to get damaged or knocked off), there's a chance the leftover adhesive can leave behind a hard-to-remove residue. Some customers have reported stubborn stains or a gunky buildup left behind where the tape was.
- Less Low-Profile Look - Tape-On Visors stay completely outside of the window, so they often protrude a bit more than In-Channel Deflectors. If you're looking for a tighter, lower-profile style, a set of In-Channels might be the better choice.
In-Channel Window Deflectors, like EGR In-Channel Vent Visors, mount up and into your vehicle's window channels. There's no adhesive, no drilling, and usually no tools involved. This video shows the basic installation process for WeatherTech In-Channel Vent Visors. In fact, the rear deflectors in this video are tape-on style, so you can see how those install as well:
- Smooth Looks - In-Channel Vent Visors tend to have a more low-profile look, because their mounting flanges are hidden from view.
- No Adhesive - These Deflectors are held in place by the tightness of the window channel, so there's no adhesive to worry about.
- Easy To Remove - If you decide it's time to change up your style again, In-Channel Window Deflectors are a cinch to remove; they simply pop right out of the channel, with a little bit of force.
- Installation Concerns - In-Channel Deflectors are made for a super snug fit, so that the window channel gets the strongest grip on them. This means you may have to use some extra force to get them in the channel properly. Sometimes a little bending and flexing is needed to install them, and occasionally people have broken a deflector while trying to force it too hard. Be careful!
- Rattling/Loosening - Occasionally, drivers report that after a year or two their In-Channel Deflectors begin to loosen up, rattle, or even fall out entirely.
- Window Contact - Because of their location, In-Channel Deflectors make contact with the very top of the window. This introduces the possibility of lightly scratching the glass, or of the window damaging the deflector. However, with proper installation and cleaning, this should not be too big of a concern.
Clearly, both In-Channel and Tape-On Vent Visors have their unique ups and downs. But the good news is, whatever style you choose you're sure to enjoy the benefits of Window Deflectors either way. The best way to find out which are the best Vent Visors for you is to read our customer-submitted Deflector Reviews and get a first-hand account. And, our customer service crew is on call at 800-663-1570 if you have any more questions. Good luck!
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