How Long Do Tinted Windows Last?

If you are looking to get a window tint for your car, you want to make sure that it will be worth the while. You want to know it will last, and different window tints will last for different spans of time.

There are generally four factors that will determine the lifetime of a window tint film, these can range from being the overall quality of the tint, the quality of the installation (so DIY installations will not last as long as professionally done one’s will, the heat or sun that the film is exposed to, and what products you sue for cleaning. 

Of course, always remember that everything has an expiration date, nothing lasts forever, and even the best window tints will eventually need replacing, no matter how good they are, how well installed they are and what you use to keep them clean. 

What affects window tint lifespan?


The quality of the tint really does matter, standard films will often last about half a decade on average. On the other hand, higher quality films that are made with metal, ceramic, and high grade polyester can last up to a decade at any time.

You should always remember that the lifespan of a window tint will inevitably decrease over time, especially if you do not maintain it properly. 

Improper care of your windows and tint will alter the quality of it, and it will prevent it from offering you the best overall protection too. 


Another thing that can affect the lifespan of your tint is how it is installed. If the installation is poor then it can prevent the film from adhering properly to the glass, and it will cause it to wear down quicker.

A professional will install it, and ensure that the film is cut and installed precisely for your car, providing a perfect fit and an optimal lifetime performance.

UV exposure

Depending on the type of film you have, direct exposure from the sun and sunlight can cause window film to degrade faster, especially if the film is not of the best quality. This is why higher grade films are most recommended in hotter climates, such as Nevada, Texas, Arizona, and so on. When you choose a tint, always keep in mind sun exposure.

While higher grade tints and stronger types of tint may cost you more, if they last longer, you are actually saving money in the long run. Harsh sun has the potential to cut the life of your tint short on lower quality tints. 

Cleaning and care

How you clean the tint also matters. Some cleaners may contain chemicals such as ammonia and other harmful substances. These can cause the window film to deteriorate, Drivers should always take care with what substances you use on your car, especially with glass cleaners. 

You should be sure to ask about your window tint and its lifespan when you purchase it. Do not be afraid to ask maintenance questions, so you can get expert advice from professionals on the best way to clean your tinted windows without damaging their lifespan. 

These are just 4 of the things that can influence the lifespan of your window tint film. You need to make sure that you stay mindful of this when you are shopping for a window tint. You may also find some window tints may have a lifetime warranty, some may not have this, but if it does, this is even more beneficial to you in the long term. 

When should I replace my window tint?

You may ask, ‘how can I tell if it is time to replace my window tint?’ Well, one of the earliest signs is bubbling and air pockets, despite this being an eyesore it can eventually cause issues, so you should replace it pronto. 

Scratches and scrapes are another sign it needs replacing, it can make your car look a lot older than it is, which can cause more serious issues with your tints. They could easily be ripped off or peeled. If this is on your windshield, then this is a bigger issue, especially when you use your wipers. Any peeling that happens needs to be tackled straight away, even if it is just tiny.

Over time the adhesive will lose its grip, this can be a big problem, so the moment you notice it, tackle it. 

Any fading and purpling is a sign that you need to replace the window tint. If it starts to fade at all, it will usually be due to too much UV exposure.   if your interior starts to get bleached by UVA and UVB rays, this will mean that the tint is no longer functioning as it should, and it is old and needs replacing. 

Window tints can last from half a decade to a decade, depending on the type and conditions. The best way to achieve longevity is to simply choose the best quality and look after it well.