Window film can increase your energy efficiency, reduce glare, and prevent harmful UV rays from fading your furniture and carpeting. If you’re considering tinted windows, you may be wondering how long you can expect this film to last. The good news is that with proper care, window film can last for a number of years.
The biggest thing that will determine how long your film lasts is the quality of film you choose. Some manufacturers offer up to a 30-year warranty, provided certain conditions apply. One of those conditions is typically that the film be installed by a professional. The reason is that it must be placed on your windows properly to prevent peeling, cracking or fading.
Before purchasing window film, find out what the manufacturer’s warranty is and what conditions apply to it. Spending the extra money for good quality film with an extended warranty is worth it in the long run, as it ensures you won’t have to replace it for some time to come.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Even when window film is properly installed, it can still peel or crack if not cared for properly. The manufacturer provides guidance on how to care for window film that must be followed if you are to avoid damage. Be sure to read these instructions carefully so you will know what things to avoid. A few common mistakes people make when cleaning windows with film are:
- Using harsh chemicals such as ammonia
- Cleaning with abrasives such as scouring pads or scrub brushes
- Scrubbing or using intense pressure to remove stains
- Drying the glass with newspaper, a squeegee or terrycloth towels
- Using high-pressure water from a garden hose or power washer to clean windows
For best results, do not clean your windows for 30 days after having window film installed. This will allow it plenty of time to “set”, so that it is less likely to rub off during its first cleaning. Rather than commercial cleaners, use a homemade solution of mild dish soap and water, rubbing lightly with a micro-fiber cloth to remove any solid residue.
The fact that window film lasts a long time is good news, because you can continue to enjoy your investment for many years. The key to long-lasting window film is to purchase good quality materials and have them installed by a professional. Doing so may be more expensive initially, but will more than pay for itself as time goes on.