Hi everyone I'm Brad with Campbell window film, and today I'm going to go over one of the most common questions I get in the window film industry, and that is 'How long do window films really last?' If you're a homeowner or a commercial property owner and you're thinking of investing in window film, this may be the video for you Welcome to the second edition of "2 Minutes on Film"
I'll start the two minute countdown clock right now I'd like to make a distinction between automotive window films and residential and commercial window films These are two very different products for very different applications On this vlog series we're only covering residential and commercial window films Now the longevity of window films for commercial buildings and homes will vary depending on whether it's a very low end film or a very high end film
Just like anything, whether it's camera gear, tires for your car, kitchen appliances, or sports gear, you're going to have varying longevity based on the quality Window films are no different, so if you buy a lower end film that's inexpensive you're probably going to have problems with it anywhere between five and ten years That's typically what we see for low end films Higher end films will usually far outlast their warranties I get called out to commercial properties sometimes where an owner has purchased a new property or it is a used property and they're going to rehabilitate it
They'll have me come in to evaluate the window film that's existing on the glass So I see a lot of film that's 15 to 20 years old and it still looks pretty good, especially high exposure areas, and I'm amazed that it's still [hanging] in there This is 20 year old technology, so today's technology is improved – better adhesives, better polyester mylar substrates, and the films will easily last two to three decades The warranties however for commercial buildings will typically only be 10 to 15 years, even though they'll far outlast that For homes generally you're going to get a lifetime warranty
Now lower end films, and I see them all the time, they have the same warranties as the high-end films That does not mean they're going to last that long There is a certain expectation [on the part of some manufacturers] that people will lose their paperwork or or somehow you know lose touch with [who installed] it or what brand it was and they'll get off the hook I also see a lot of manufacturers that go out of business and their warranties are worthless paper So I definitely encourage you to invest in a higher end film for a home or [commercial building]
You do not want to have to go through a warranty claim So that's all the time I have today A couple of final points though, even though I've run out of time Installation is as important as the product If it's not installed properly you may run into problems with longevity and have to go through a warranty claim
So look for a very reputable residential and commercial-specific installation company So today we covered interior window films I'll cover exterior window films and the longevity of those products and a different episode I'm Brad Campbell, and this is "2 Minutes on Film" If you like this video, please remember to subscribe to the channel, give us a thumbs up, and of course comments are welcome
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