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Is Window Film Durable?

Is Window Film Durable?

A common question we get here at Greenlight is about the durability of window tinting. How long it will stay on windows. This lifespan is important for those who want to calculate the potential ROI. As it happens, window film is a very durable home improvement. One that will likely last over ten years depending on some factors that influence the wear and tear.

Factors That Influence the Life of Window Film

The Location of the Film: Window film is a good way to protect your home from intense sun exposure. It is important to understand that on Dallas windows that get a lot of sun and those that face south or west–window film will wear down faster. These windows will need the window film replaced before others. But remember–the windows that need film are the ones that are getting you the most ROI through energy savings. 

The Quality of the Film: When it comes to solar films, polyester films are cost-effective and work really well in residential applications. However, they are not nearly as resistant to damage from scratches as more expensive films made of more advanced materials. Therefore they won’t last quite as long. Ceramic window films are more expensive and more durable. Nearly every window film at a higher price point will be of better quality. Most likely, the more you spend per foot–the longer lifespan and/or warranty.

 The Skill of the Installer: You could try to install your window tinting on your Dallas home windows on your own. But be warned– it will likely mean a shorter lifespan and a lot of work. More importantly, this process voids the warranty too. When you hire a professional (one that is approved by the window film brand manufacturer) you ensure the correct adhesion and a flawless appearance. Also, you will likely get two warranties–installer and manufacturer.

For more information on window films and their warranties–contact us today.


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