There isn’t a person on this earth who doesn’t like saving money. We all work hard for our money, so the idea of being able to save more of what we earn is an exciting prospect. That’s why more and more homeowners are investing in energy efficient technology as it becomes available. They know that they’ll have to spend a little bit to get started, but in the long run, the savings will be well worth it.

Window film is one of those investments that does require a small upfront cost, but can save a significant amount of money on energy over time. This means, over the years, homeowners end up spending less than they would have without the film, even with the extra upfront costs.

One factor that has a big role in determining how much you save is the longevity of the film. We get asked all the time, how long does window film last? But there’s really no one specific answer. Films can last anywhere from ten to twenty years. However, there are many factors that affect the longevity of the film and, ultimately, the property owner’s ROI. Let us explain.

Differences in Window Film Products

When shopping around for window film, it’s important to choose a product that’s made from high quality materials. Ultimately, these films will last much longer than cheap films made from flimsy materials. You want to avoid those thin, fragile films that look like they can rip in half at any minute, no matter how cheap they are.

Films that are made from high grade PET, metal and ceramic materials, and strong adhesives will last much longer than the ultra budget-friendly options. So even if you pay a little more to start with, you’ll be glad you did when your film doesn’t peel off at the first sign of bad weather.

Factors that Affect the Lifetime of a Film

Besides material composition, there are a few other factors that can play a role in determining how long a film lasts. Some of these are impossible to control, but it’s good to be aware of them.

Orientation of Your Home

The orientation of your home in relation to the sun can have an affect on how long your film lasts. Windows on the east and west side of your home get the most sun and therefore any film installed on these areas will break down faster.


If you live in a very warm climate or a very cold one, this can also affect the durability of your film. Window films in hot climates are exposed to more uv rays and infrared heat. Those in cold climates are faced with moisture, snow, and freezing temperatures. Being exposed to harsh conditions can cause film to degrade faster than normal.

Professional Installation

We understand the desire to want to DIY all of your home improvements. After all, there’s few feelings more satisfying than a project you’ve completed all on your own with no prior experience. But this is a project that’s best left to the professionals. Improper installation of window film, primer, or attachment systems could cost you a lot of money. If you make any errors, you’ll have to have to remove the film, throw it away, and buy new material, which will be more expensive than just paying for a professional to start with.

So, How Long Does Window Film Last?

To answer your question, on average, window film lasts about 15 years, give or take a few. But it all depends on your home and the choices you make with your purchase. The good news is, if you’re not sure what product or option is right for your home, you can just ask a tinting contractor in your area and they’ll probably be more than happy to help you.

Get More Information

Do you still have questions? Looking for more information? Call our Dallas window tinting team! We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you have about specific products or the installation process. Call today to get in touch.

Mike Kinsey has been performing window film installs in the Dallas metropolitan area for the past ten years. After years of working in the construction industry as a project manager, Mike obtained a position at Commercial Window Tinting Dallas and is now the company's Operations Manager. Mike brings a unique perspective and wealth of knowledge to every project. His extensive knowledge of security, energy efficiency, and privacy film gives him the ability to implement the ideal solution for nearly any commercial property, regardless of the size, age, or architectural composition. Over the years, Mike has received extensive training and has attended numerous seminars and professional development courses held by industry's top professionals. He is certified by 3M, EnerLogic, and AIA for continuing education and is trusted by property owners all throughout the Dallas area and the state of Texas.