Window film is an extremely popular home upgrade. This is because it solves many issues stemming from windows. Yet, it is incredibly affordable. It is also beautiful and adds to the aesthetically pleasing look on the windows of your KC home. The ROI on window film fast and it will continue to make you money as long as it lasts. But how long does it last?. The general answer is–anywhere from 10-20 years–depending on a few influencing factors. Below we’ve listed what those factors are.
Factors The Affect The Lifespan of Window Film
Window film is incredibly durable and will last up to 20 years in the right conditions. But, as we all know–very rarely are conditions perfect. To get a better grasp of what kind of wear and tear could affect the life of your window film consider the following:
- The exposure of the film to the sun: While window film is designed to hold up to the intense sun, in very hot climates or when applied to windows facing east or west – film will wear down faster. Meaning some windows on your home may have to have the film replaced before others. However, the windows on which the film gets the most wear from the sun are also the ones that desperately need film. Therefore, this film is likely getting you the most ROI.
- The Quality of the film: Polyester solar films tend to adhere more easily to windows than other films. But, it is not nearly as resistant to scratches. Ceramic window films are the highest quality window tint. Which is why they are more expensive. Since they are extremely resistant to scratches they tend to last longer than other solar control films. In fact, most higher-priced films are of better quality. Which in turn means a longer lifespan and/or warranty.
- The skill or experience of the installer: Window tinting is something you can DIY but doing so could very well lower the lifespan of your film. Also, It will likely null the warranty. By having your window film installed by a trained professional, you ensure the adhesion is correct, it looks great and that the warranty stays intact.
Window Film Warranties
When it comes down to it, when window film is installed correctly will last longer and get you a better ROI. This is because quality window film manufacturers offer very good warranties on their films.
Commercial Window Film Warranties
These are usually very generous. At the very least window, tint companies offer a 10-year commercial warranty. Considering window film pays for itself in 2-3 years–this gives commercial properties plenty of time to lock in a solid ROI.
Residential Window Film Warranties
Window film warranties for homes are usually even better than commercial ones. It is not unusual for many residential window film companies to give a lifetime warranty. So, if you have an issue with your film the manufacturer will send out a certified technician to fix it.
The Warranty From the Installer
Another benefit of hiring a window film installer approved by the film you are installing is– they will offer their own warranty on installation. This will vary from company to company but any reputable window film installation company will offer a 10-year warranty on defects due to installation.
As you can see, window film is a great investment. It is durable, will last for ten or more years and pay for itself in as little as two! For more information on window film for your Kansas home or business, contact us at Greenlight Window Film today!