We have home and business owners alike reach out to us all the time wanting to know how long decorative films will last. Many of them hear that it is easily removable and are concerned it may not be durable. While it is true that decorative window film is easily removed–nothing could be further from the truth. Needless to say, being removable does not mean decorative window film will come off easily. Like other window films, except for those adhered with C-Bond for security reasons, window film has a life of about 10-20 years. But that is kind of a big range. This is because the lifespan of decorative window film, like other tints and films depends on several factors we will explain below.

3 Factors That Will Make (or Break) The Lifespan of Your Decorative Window Film

As we mentioned, most decorative window films will last over a decade and even two. But, there are a handful of factors which influence how long the film will last and look over time. Most decorative window films last roughly ten to twenty years. However, it is situational. Here are some factors that may cause the film to break down prematurely.

1. Decorative Window Film That Is Installed Incorrectly

We have seen a number of botched window film installations in our years as a window film contractor. From privacy tinting to decorative films this process can easily go askew. We appreciate all of the intrepid DIYers out there but, needless to say, if you want a decorative film to last for a good length of time–it is best to leave it up to a professional. Film isn’t difficult to apply per se but it is easy to get wrong. Just the smallest bit of air or trapped moisture could ruin a whole window. Also, when you apply decorative window film yourself you almost always void the warranty. For decorative window film that looks fabulous and lasts for years to come–always hire a seasoned professional.

2. A Poor Quality Decorative Window Film

Any type of decorative window film that is bad quality will not last long or look good for that matter. Trusted brands cost more but are worth their cost in aesthetics and lifespan. This is another reason to use a time-tested professional for the installation of your decorative window film. Not only will they have the best selection of quality decorative films–but the films they installed are almost always backed by a manufacturer’s warranty.

*Side note: There are two types of decorative window films–static cling films and adhesive films. Both are installed the same way but one, static cling decorative window film, is reusable. This does not mean it is cheap or poor quality but, because of it’s removable nature, it likely will not outlast a more durable and permanent adhesive film

3. The Orientation Of The Decorative Window Film

The other two factors discussed above are all in your control. However, this last one there isn’t much you can do about. How fast window film breaks down is directly affected by what it is exposed to–namely the sun and moisture. Decorative window films that get more sun exposure–will wear down faster. Likewise, film that is constantly wet will as well. Using water to clean a window is fine–just don’t over soak or clean too much. Another factor is cleaners that are corrosive to decorative window film. The main thing is to be sure whatever you use is ammonia-free. The good news is, for commercial window film applications there a fairly generous warranty period of about ten years or more. And residential window films often come with a lifetime warranty.

For more information on decorative window films for your San Antonio, home or business contact us at San Antonio Window Tint today!

Mike Kinsey has been installing window film in the San Antonio area for over a decade. He has experience working on a wide range of projects, including those involving residential, commercial, industrial, public, and government buildings. During his time working as the Operations Manager for San Antonio Window Tint, he has installed an estimated 250,000 square feet of window film. In addition to site management, Mike also oversees critical operation such as sales, training, and customer relations. He has completed numerous professional development courses and is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education.