How Long Does Automotive Window Film Last?
Byon September 16, 2019
Installing automotive window films is an investment that can give long term benefits ─ to the driver, passenger(s), and the car itself. But the fact that nothing lasts permanently will make you ask one of the frequently asked questions when it comes to window tinting: HOW LONG WILL A CAR WINDOW FILM LAST?
2 CLASSIFICATIONS OF WINDOW FILMS
Determining how long will a window film lasts depends on a number of factors, one of which can be based on the quality of the film ─ whether it is high quality or low quality. If you are planning to get your vehicle’s windows tinted, you might encounter a range of window tinting solutions. For sure, you will go for the automotive window film that will last a lifetime, but how can you be able to distinguish which films are high-grade and which are low quality? To help you decide, below are the different types of automotive window films and to which classifications they belong.
Window films that are made from high-quality materials are can benefit you, your family, and your car in many ways including health, security, and the longevity of your car’s interior. High-quality films can last for 30 years and even a lifetime if installed professionally and taken care of properly. It includes films like:
CERAMIC WINDOW FILM: If you’re looking for a great car UV protection, installing this kind of film on your vehicle’s windows is a smart choice! Ceramic window film helps in reducing the heat that penetrates through your car’s windows. This kind of car window film also effectively blocks up to 90% infrared rays and up to 99% harmful ultraviolet rays while remaining crystal clear.
CRYSTALLINE WINDOW FILM: As for those car owners whose main reason for installing window film is to give their car an aesthetic appeal. Due to the fact that this kind of car window film comes darker than ceramic window film, the tendency is it absorbs less heat. However, it does great when it comes to UV protection as it blocks up to 99% ultraviolet rays and rejects up to 97% infrared rays.
CARBON WINDOW FILM: Although this can only block up to 40% heat, this matte, non-reflective/blackish finish window film is perfect in making your vehicle cooler without depending too much on the use of air conditioning system. Another good thing about this kind of film is the fact that it does not fade once installed ─ unlike lower quality films. Thus, saves you money and eliminates the thought of replacing your automotive window film.
LOWER QUALITY FILM
The same with high-quality window film, lower quality film can give you protection against the destructive rays of the sun, as well as help in upgrade the color of your windows. However, lower quality automotive window films can start to fade or lift a year after installation, hence a high tendency to replace it a lot more often. Examples of automotive films that are of lower quality include:
DYED WINDOW FILM: If you want to add color to your windows and protect yourself as well as the people your with inside the car against the destructive UV rays of the sun without breaking the bank, dyed window film is for you. As a matter of fact, this type of automotive window film is one of the currently inexpensive films available on the various window tinting companies. On the other hand, dyed window film cannot give long-term UV protection and aesthetic appeal to your car as it can fade easily over time.
METALIZED WINDOW FILM: Similar to dyed window film, metalized or metallic window film is great in providing color to your car’s windows. It also reduces the amount of heat entering through your windows and strengthens your windows so they won’t shatter easily in case of break-ins and/or collisions. However, metalized window film can limit your radio reception, GPS, as well as cellphone network, given that it is made from metal.
TIPS TO MAKE YOUR WINDOW FILM LAST LONG
Taking proper care for your window film is one of the top secrets to make it last longer than it should normally be. When cleaning a tinted window, it is important to know that there are specific cleaning products that should only be used in order to prevent the window film from being damaged ─ make sure to avoid cleaning materials that contain ammonia or strong cleaning chemicals. But if you just had your car windows tinted, it is suggested to not clean the windows right away and avoid rolling down your windows for a week or even longer as until the film has completed the curing process. Another important tip that will surely let you enjoy your automotive window film for a longer period of time is to prevent them from being scratched. That being said, do not use razor blades, scrapers, or any squeegees with sharp metal edges when cleaning the car windows. In addition, try to avoid scratches by young children or pets for what seems to be only small scratches can be the start of tears that ruin your window film.
Looking for a window film company that provides professionally installed automotive window film? Infratint can walk give you quotations, as well as help you distinguish which film suits you and your car’s needs! You may contact us through our customer care hotline 6684 5330 or 9456 0888.