3 Signs That It's Time To Replace Your Home's Window Tint

Window tinting film is most often associated with cars and trucks, but this film can be applied to any piece of glass. 

More and more homeowners are making the choice to have the windows in their homes tinted. Tinted windows can protect your belongings from fading and help improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Unfortunately, window tint isn't designed to last indefinitely. The key to maximizing the benefits that window tint can offer is knowing when to replace the tint on your home's windows.

1. Blotchy Color

One of the easiest ways to determine that you need new window tint is to monitor the color of the film on your windows. Manufacturers mix together blue, red, and yellow dyes to create the muted tint that is seen in most residential settings.

The yellow dye found in most window tints is the least stable, which means it is the first to degrade when exposed to the elements. Over time, you may start to notice that your window tint looks blotchy. 

Purplish patches of color will start to appear in areas where the yellow dye has faded. You know it's time to invest in new window tint when your existing tint becomes blotchy.

2. Bubbling and Bulging

Tinting film is attached to your home's windows using specialized adhesives. These adhesives can start to break down and degrade with continual exposure to the sun.

Aging window tint will start to develop areas where bubbling or bulging is visible. These bubbles and bulges are created when the adhesive fails and the window tint separates from the glass.

You will need to replace bubbling or bulging window tint as quickly as possible to avoid having the damage spread across the entire surface of your windows.

3. Cracking

Another type of visible damage that can affect your residential window tint is cracking.

Extended exposure to direct sunlight can cause the tint film to become brittle. Brittle tint film is not able to expand and contract as outdoor temperatures change, causing it to crack under this pressure. Cracks in your window tint create gaps where sunlight can filter through.

If you don't replace cracked window tint quickly, large pieces of the tint film could slough off the glass and leave your home exposed to sun damage.

If you are able to recognize the signs that your window tint is failing, you will be able to schedule a new application before the damaged tint can affect your home.

Contact a local service to learn more about residential window tinting.

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