Window tint is built to last, with lifespans varying drastically based on the quality of the window tint. With life spans between 1 and 10 years, your return on investment can last a long time. Beyond the previously discussed quality factor that contributes to window tint aging, other factors include sunlight exposure and environmental conditions. Inevitably, your window tint will need to be replaced, and today, we will discuss when, and how to tell that, your window tint needs to be replaced.
One of the most obvious signs that your car’s window tint needs to be replaced is the formation of bubbles in the window tint. While other factors including poor application and high sun exposure can also cause bubbles to form, inevitably some bubbles will form, even after years. Beyond reduced visibility and being an “eyesore”,
If you start to notice that your window tint is starting to fade, it is possibly time to consider replacing the window tinting film. If discoloration is clearly visible, or if the tint level is no longer consistent, then the film has started to degrade, and lose its efficacy. Significant sun exposure, along with prolonged exposure to harsh weather (sand, dust, and debris) is typically the main culprit for accelerated tint degradation, however tint quality can also play a role. If you notice this happening, and wish to have tint on your car for an extended period of time after replacement, considering high durability & high quality tint options is advisable.
A fully working window tint helps keep your car cool as it blocks out heat and UV light. If you notice that your car is warmer than usual, and other signs of tint film degradation is visible, this can be a clear sign that your window tint needs to be replaced.
One of the most easily identifiable indicators that your window tint needs to be replaced is that the corners or edges of your window tint are peeling and separating from the glass. Tint separating from the glass is typically a result of degradation in the adhesive between the glass and the film, and can be aggravated by extended sunlight & rain exposure. Beyond this, poor installation can also contribute to premature degradation of the tinting film.
While there is a laundry list of ways to tell if your window tint has expired and needs to be replaced, the primary component that influences the tint’s lifespan is the quality of the tint. A high quality tint can last multiple times longer, and while the price increases to reflect the increased utility, the added convenience of the longer lifespan and the lower cost of only installing the film once. That being said, if you have window tint on your car that has expired, the easiest and most economical way to find a shop to reinstall it for you, check out our website for the best window tint installers in your area.