How long does Window Film last?
The lifespan of a window is a critical factor that people consider when looking for window film. Window film offers great protection against UV rays, reduces energy bills, and enhances security. While window film has many benefits, people worry that it will not last as long as they think. People often worry that they will need to get the film replaced or repaired within a year or two. This isn't always the case. The amount of care you put into maintaining the window film will greatly improve its lifespan.
It's important to clean your window film regularly to extend its life. If you don’t keep up with the maintenance of cleaning the film, there is a chance that the film won't provide the best protection possible. Try to clean your windows anytime you notice dirt, or at least once or twice a month.
Don’t use these
- When cleaning your window film, you want to avoid using abrasive cleaners. Exposing the window films to powerful acids can corrode them and reduce their effectiveness and lifespan.
- Alcohol and ammonia-based cleaners have mildly corrosive properties that can affect the window film's adhesiveness.
- Stay away from sharp cleaning objects. Any cleaning object with sharp edges can destroy the film surface. Which can cause rips and tears that will extend with the day, significantly reducing the film’s lifespan.
To clean the film, you want to use a soft, lint-free cloth. You may also use a sponge or squeegee. If you have dirt or smudges on the film, rub gently with liquid dish soap mixed with water. Glass cleaners like Windex can also be used on window film. To dry the film, use a different, clean, soft cloth or soft rubber squeegee. It is important to not leave the film wet.
What to look out for
Fading is the most common sign of a window film deteriorating. Many reasons can lead to film fading, the most common being heat exposure and sun exposure. The sun’s beams and heat can break down the adhesive that attaches the film to the glass. This can cause bubbles between the window and the film. When the adhesive film attached to the window wears off due to the sun's heat, the edges of the film can start to peel off the window. Lastly, window damage due to the sun’s exposure can make the film turn brittle over time, making it easier to crack when hit.
The installation process also determines the longevity of your home window film. At Sun Control, we install the window film on the inside. Installing on the outside would be harmful to the film, as here in Minnesota we get hit by rain and snow for much of the year. It's important not to clean the film for 30 days after installation. Allowing the newly installed window film to go undisturbed during a 30-day post-installation period will help ensure proper curing of the adhesive system to the glass.
After learning how to take care of your window film, you are better positioned to benefit from the film for many years. Residential window film is a great investment that can give a higher return on investment if taken care of properly. Window film should last 5–10 years, but if you take care of it properly, it can last up to 20 years. At Sun Control of Minnesota, we offer a wide range of decorative window film options that meet the needs of our clients. We work with 3M to provide the highest quality products, and our team of experts can provide professional installation to ensure a flawless finish. Contact us today to learn more about our window film services and how we can help enhance the look and function of your space.