At some point, all good things must come to an end. And that includes your window film’s lifespan. Whether you’re considering window film for your Dallas home for the first time or you’ve already have had your windows tinted, at some point you may find yourself wondering when it should be removed. Does window film have an expiration date or is there a good rule of thumb to follow? Here’s what you need to know.

How Long Do Window Films Last?

How long a window film lasts depends on a variety of factors, including the conditions its exposed to and the materials its made of. However, in general, we tell our customers that the average lifespan they can expect is about 7-10 years.

A cheap window film will only last 2-3 years at most. However, a high quality film that’s taken care of properly can last for up to 20 years.

When Should Window Film Be Removed?

At some point, the window film on your Dallas property will begin to breakdown. Window films are fairly durable, but they don’t last forever. Years of exposure to heat, rain, and wind eventually take their toll. Even window films applied on the interior eventually lose their gusto.

Here are some signs that your window film should be removed:

  • Bubbling or peeling of the film
  • Discoloration
  • Noticeable scratches or tears
  • Windows that are unusually hot or cold
  • Window film that is pulling away from the glass
  • Dirt or moisture behind the film
  • Window film that is over 10 years old

Can I Remove Window Film Myself?

We don’t recommend it. This is to avoid damaging your windows or voiding your warranty. Additionally, professional removal ensures that there will be no adhesive or material left behind.

Due for Window Film Replacement

Is your window film due for replacement? Give our Dallas team a call today!

Mike Kinsey possesses a deep knowledge of the window tinting industry which backed by an extensive background in project management and construction. For the past ten years, Mike has been working as the Operations Manager at Window Film Dallas. He and his team have installed over 250,000 square feet of window film for homes and buildings in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Mike's knowledge of the climate and environmental conditions in which he operates as well as the architectural needs of buildings in the area give him the ability to select the perfect film in every situation. He is well versed in the industry's best practices and is up to date on the latest innovations. On top of his vast product knowledge, Mike is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education.