How Long Does Window Tinting Lasts?
Byon September 18, 2018
Where do you spend most of your time? If your answer is home, workplace and car, then installing window films is definitely a practical investment because it can make your stay comfortable. Window film allows you to enjoy the natural light of the day and maintain your view while providing daytime privacy from your nosy neighbors or anybody for that matter who doesn’t seem to know that peeking into anyone’s home is rude. But how long does it actually last?
How Long Will It Last?
High quality films can last for years, so there would be no need for frequent replacement unlike blinds and drapery. What quality to choose depends on your budget and usage of car? Top tier tints are long-lasting and appealing, but costly. Saying that quality comes with a price is not just some marketing tactic to get you to spend unnecessarily. When it comes to heat resistant window tint, invest in those with higher quality because cheap one tent to have weak adhesive which results to bubbles forming in the window tint. Yes, bubbles and fading happens with car tints; however the bubbles only occur when it’s not professionally installed. Meaning someone opted for a DIY using a material that is not designed to be a permanent addition to the car. Aside from that, it should take 20 years before the tint fades too.
Factors That Affect Longevity
Even high quality tints wouldn’t last long if you don’t know how to maintain it. You should keep your windows rolled up for two to four days after getting them tinted. The tint needs time to set and rolling them down sooner than two to four days will peel off the tint. After you get your windows tinted, you should not clean them for a couple of days because that can pull off the tint before it has dried. Although you cannot just leave your windows dirty, you also have to be careful when it comes to cleaning it when you just had them tinted. As much as possible, you should wait for the tint to dry. But if you really need to clean it, use soft paper towel and any non-ammonia cleaner or a cleaner specifically made for tinted window.
In case you accidentally spilled something sticky on your windows or there’s a stubborn residue on the tint, always remember to use non-abrasive cloth. Microfiber ones are great because they’re so soft that it doesn’t damage the tint but still gets the job done.
Okay, maybe there are cases where microfiber cloth wouldn’t be enough to clean your car windows. However, if you need to use a cleaning agent, think gentle. Definitely avoid products with ammonia because it can damage the film. To be safe, just opt for soapy water, gets the job done but doesn’t cause any damage.
How Do You Know You Got A Good Quality Window Tint?
You know a service provider is confident in their ability to deliver when they have no problem offering a warranty on their work. So if you know a place that offers lifetime warranty, that’s a good sign that they’re really good. Aside from that, it also assures you that when the time that your window tint needs to be replaced, since all window tints needs to be after a while despite maintenance, you’d have the same quality film installed for free.
If you purchase it from and get it installed by an authorized dealer, it should be covered by a warranty. Aside from that, you also have to ensure that you follow your states regulations on car tints; otherwise any warranty would be void. Aside from that, do not forget to make sure you receive a manufacturer’s warranty that is completely filled out by your installer, so you’re covered even if by chance your installer ever goes out of business.
On the other hand, most tints come with a lifetime warranty of about 10-20 years. The film is made to withstand natural elements so there’s no need to worry about protecting the film from ongoing sun exposure or other weather conditions. But, window films will not stand up against households’ pets and kids scratching or scraping it. Please remember that the warranty would not protect the film for these types of incidents. For the most part window film is incredibly resilient.