One of the most frequent questions we get here at Denver Home Window Tinting is about the life of window tinting–how long it will stay on windows. This information is important for those who want to accurately calculate the potential ROI. As it stands–window film is a very durable product. One that will likely last 10 years or more depending on some factors that influence the duration of window film on windows.
Factors That Influence the Life of Window Film
- The Location of the Film: Window film is great to curb intense sun exposure–for years. But it is important to understand that in high altitude areas, like Denver, or on windows that get a lot of sun (those that face south or west) window film will wear down faster. These windows will need window tinting replacement before others. But remember–the windows that need film are the exact ones that are earning you the most ROI through energy savings.
- The Quality of the Film: When it comes to solar films, polyester films are affordable and work relatively well in residential applications. However, they are not nearly as resistant to damage from scratches as more expensive films–therefore won’t last as long. Ceramic window films are more expensive and therefore more durable. The fact of the matter is 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 DIY your window tinting on your Denver home windows. But be warned– it will probably mean a shorter lifespan and a lot of work for you. You will likely get some bubbling too. More importantly, this process nulls the warranty too. In the long run, doing it yourself ends up with expensive consequences. By hiring a professional (one that is approved by the window film brand manufacturer) you ensure the correct adhesion and a flawless look. Also, you will likely get two warranties–installer and manufacturer.