Natural light coming in from windows tends to brighten the atmosphere and mood of those around it. But it also lets in harmful UV rays that cause damage to our skin, an increase in energy costs, and the weathering of furniture and other furnishings. UV Window film blocks up to 99 percent of UV lights while allowing you to still enjoy the benefits of the light from the sun. The need for sun control accounts for almost 47 percent of the types of window film sold globally. It’s a popular investment that people are making in their homes, buildings, and cars. It’s no wonder that they want to know how long the film will last.
Factors Affecting UV Window Film
The material used to make UV window film is intended to last a very long time. However, there are many factors that weigh into its longevity. One such factor is the brand of the UV window film. Just like buying a car, there are certain manufacturers that offer higher quality film that will have a longer shelf life. Do research to understand what brands have the reputation of making good quality film. While the quality and brand directly impact how long the film will last, there are other factors that create challenges. These factors are explained below.
The climate of the window location will make an impact on how long UV window film will last. UV window film that’s applied to buildings in more temperate weather will not be as affected. On the flip side, hotter climates that catch more sun throughout the year will be more punishing on UV window film. This makes installing UV window film more practical in hotter climates. One major reason is that the temperature and direct sunlight can heat up the surroundings, making air conditioners work harder to cool a building, causing more wear and tear that can lead to more maintenance. You can also see the financial effect on your energy bill each month.
Window Size & Location
The window’s construction and type of glass will also have an effect on the lifespan of the UV window film. A professional installer will use their expertise to ensure that the right material is used based on these factors. The compass orientation of the windows that will have the film installed is also a factor. For example, windows that face the east or west will be more exposed than those on the south and north side of a building. This is due to the sun’s rising and setting in those directions. You can use the same logic in this case as to why UV window film is recommended in hotter climates. UV radiation is also the cause of 99 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers. UV window film will dramatically reduce exposure to these harmful rays. You’re getting a higher return on your investment.
You must have UV window film installed correctly for it to work as intended, in addition to ensuring that it’s long-lasting. There are people who try to save money by purchasing the film on their own, and they try to install the film themselves. There’s a huge risk here in taking the do-it-yourself approach. Film that’s not properly prepped, cut, installed, or cured can end up cracking, peeling, or bubbling. You end up throwing a lot of money down the drain. It’s best to let experts who have experience with installing UV window film do it for you. They will come out and assess your windows to recommend the best material for your situation. Professionals know how to install the film properly, which will help optimize it’s lifespan. Most also will have warranties, so you aren’t taking a risk.
Care of UV Window Film
After the film is applied, it goes through its curing phase when it will dry and stick to the glass. During this time, no disruptions should occur, otherwise the film could have issues that will affect its lifespan.. Caring for UV windows is relatively easy after it completes its curing phase. You should ask the installers about caring for it and read the manufacturer's instructions. Abrasive products should be avoided when cleaning the film.
The best way to protect your film’s lifespan is by getting it professionally installed. That provides you with the best warranty protection. Manufacturers generally offer warranties on their products. These generally last for at least 10 years and sometimes up to five years. The manufacturer’s contact information will be included with the warranty. A professional installer may also guarantee their work by offering a warranty.
Contact Atlantic Sun Control for More Information
Want to ensure that your window film is installed the right way? Experts at Atlantic Sun Control have experience working with commercial and residential properties. Contact us if you have questions or want to schedule a walkthrough.