How Long do Security Window Films Last?

by | Mar 13, 2023

How Long do Security Window Films Last?

From providing privacy and shielding from harmful UV rays to providing security from break-ins or shattered glass, security window films offer plenty of benefits. Whether you own a business or are a homeowner, it is worth considering having security film installed

If you’re thinking of investing in security window film, it’s only natural to wonder how long the film will last. 

How Long Does Security Window Film Last?

There are various factors that can affect the longevity of security window films. Naturally, high-quality window films last much longer than DIY installations available on the internet. Some window films can last up to 20 years (or even longer than the windows themselves), depending on the conditions they were installed in.

If you’re moving into a property that already has window films installed, it can be a good idea to get them inspected by a professional to ensure their efficacy and longevity. If you notice signs like peeling, fading, bubbling, or cracking, then it’s time to get them replaced immediately.

  • Climate: 

Extreme weather conditions like very hot temperatures can take a toll on your window films over time. Additionally, window tints can fade over time if the sun constantly beats down on them. The shadier the area surrounding your windows, the longer tints will last. We are still talking about around 10 – 12 years here, so you still get a great return on your investment.

  • Window Placement:

Speaking of harsh sunlight, the direction your windows face can also factor in how long your window films last. Windows on the east and west tend to bear the full brunt of the sun, especially during summer. So, security window films on windows facing the north and south tend to last longer as they are less exposed to the sun. Similarly, window films installed on skylights will need to be replaced sooner than those on some of your other windows.

  • Condition of Your Windows:

How old your windows are can also play a role in how long security window films last on them. Older windows tend to show signs of wear and tear, which means the surfaces aren’t as smooth for the adhesive to hold on to them for a very long time. Don’t worry though, you still get a smooth finish when security window films are installed by professionals. The anchoring process used by Vancity Window Films secures the window film to the frame with industrial-grade caulking making them last longer and providing additional security.

  • Cleaning and Maintenance:

How well you take care of your security window film also plays a factor in how long it lasts. While window film is really easy to clean, using the wrong cleaning agents can cause it to degrade. Using alcohol or ammonia-based cleaners (like Windex) or any other abrasive cleaners is a complete no-no. All you need is a soft rag and a mild dish soap and water solution to keep your security window film clean. 

  • Quality Film and Quality Installation:

The quality of the security window film itself plays an important role in how long the film lasts. Lower-grade films tend to start peeling or bubbling a few years after installation.

Vancity Window Films uses 3M security window films that have some of the highest quality dyes, adhesives and laminates on the market today. Additionally, highly-trained crews know how to install the film to make them last with a smooth finish. You also get comprehensive 3M manufacturer’s warranties on your film that are a decade or longer, depending on the type of film you choose. 

Now that you know how long security window films can last, getting them installed is an easy decision to make. The experienced team at Vancity Window Films can help you pick the right option for your needs and install it too.

Get in touch with our team to get a quote today.