Everything has a lifespan or a shelf life—your vehicle and its window tints included. Every part of a vehicle will eventually need some maintenance and replacement. In the same way that parts of your vehicle will tire and wear over time, window tints also eventually need to be replaced.
Here are some signs that yours need some replacement sooner or later:
- Bubbling and air pockets
One of earliest signs that call for tint replacement are the presence of bulges and air bubbles in between the film and the glass window. It is a sign that you should consider replacing your window tints sooner or later. More than just being an eyesore, the forming of bubbles will eventually cause more problems in the long run and should be addressed as soon as you can.
- Scratches and scrapes
More than making your car look older than what it really is, scratches and scrapes can lead to more serious problems with your tints. If you spot this problem, the tint films can be easily ripped off or peeled, making the condition of your car much harder to look at.
Ideally, once peeling starts—no matter how minimal it is, car owners should take it as a sign that it needs to be replaced ASAP. Over time, the adhesive used starts to lose its grip to the windows, causing the corners to peel off.
- Fading and Purpling
Another ugly sign that you should replace your window tint is its change in colour, particularly when it starts to fade from dark grey to purple. Usually, tints begin to fade because of too much exposure to direct sunlight.
- Damaged Interiors
If your window tint is old and needs urgent replacement, your furniture may be getting bleached by all those UVA and UVB rays. The worst part is that the change is likely so gradual that you won’t notice right away. Deciding to replace your tints is a wiser choice than spending more on interior repairs or changing of seat covers and upholstery. One of the giveaway sign that you need to change tints immediately is when it is no longer doing its function.
- Fuel Inefficiency
Have you noticed that you run out of fuel much faster because the air-conditioning unit is always on full blast? It may be a tale tell sign that you should replace your window tints already. If you find yourself full blasting the air conditioning units to the fullest, yet it is still warm inside your vehicle, it might have to do something with your window tints.
The longevity of your tints may depend on different factors such as film quality, too much sunlight, or even the type of window cleaner you always use.
Quality of Tint Films
Of course, one of the biggest determinants of the lifespan of your car tints is the duration of every thing depends on various factors, especially the product’s quality and the quality of the service of your chosen tinting company. Cheap dyed tint film can last shorter than more expensive and higher quality ones, which can last for 5 years or more.
Exposure to UV light
Constant exposure to a harsh sun for prolonged period of time will reduce the lifespan of the tint. Studies have proven time and again that the more you drive your vehicle and expose it under the blazing sun rays, the faster the tints will fade over time.
Time and Work Spent Tinting
The tinting company’s performance can also determine the lifespan of your car’s tint. If the tints are properly applied and had undergone the correct process, then you can expect to reap the benefits of your tints longer than expected. This is why you should only choose a reputable tinting company that has proven their competency in the industry. Make sure you research about their previous works and credentials before deciding to trust them with your vehicle.
Care and Maintenance
Taking care of and maintaining your tints should be one of your top priorities if you want it to last to its full potential. Maintaining your tinted windows involves knowing how to clean it properly. Cleaning newly-tinted windows is a simple process as long as you know what materials and cleaners to avoid.
Keep in mind that all things have a life span and needs to be replaced over time. While the average average lifespan of window film ranges from about 10 to 15 years, make sure you get the most benefits out of it by investing in high quality ones, cleaning it properly, and trusting only the best ones in the business to install it.