Intro to Window Tinting Prices
If you’re planning on having your vehicle professionally tinted, be sure to understand some of the things that are likely to impact the prices you pay. Window tinting manufacturers produce a wide variety of film products in order to cater to each type of consumer. For this reason, you can count on finding window tinting prices as low as $100 per sedan – and as much as $500+. Just like most consumer products one purchases, there are a variety of things that will cause the price you pay to fluctuate. Understanding which features are important to you (or not as important), will go a long way on returning the best value for your window tinting dollar.
1 – What type of heat protection is offered?
For those living in warm weather climates, this may be essential. Those calling a four-season city home may find a more moderate need. The variety in heat protection offered on window tinting is pivotal to note. While many entry-level films may offer a low 10-20% heat protection, most higher-end films may boast ratios upwards of 60-70%.
Many experts advise those living in more temperate climates to aim for a minimal heat blockage percentage of 30%, while those living in regions where temperatures regularly soar above 90 degrees, a good target is 40-50% minimal protection. It’s important to consider your heat protection needs before zoning in on the type of product you will ultimately choose. This will have an immeasurable impact on the window tinting prices you pay.
2 – What sort of aesthetic quality should I expect?
If you stand on a street corner where many vehicles pass by, it is likely that you’ll notice a large difference in the aesthetic quality in the window tinting. While some tinted vehicles boast the appearance of a glossy, factory-installed film, others may present a more basic, after-market type look. Some vehicles may even have a film that has changed color or has begun deteriorating.
One component that dictates much of this is the film material used. Polyester dye-infused films are popular for giving window tinting consumers breaks on their wallets. From many of these entry-level films, one can expect a basic after-market installed look and unfortunately, a limited life span.
Other films utilize materials such as metal, carbon, and ceramic. Although more costly, these films tend to have more of a factory finish that consumers traditionally seek. But in any event, the practical thing to do is to always view a film sample of any window tint prior to having it installed. This will ensure your confidence with the specific look the film gives before your vehicle is wearing it.
3 – What type of warranty is offered?
It is essential to know what type of warranty covers the window tinting that you plan to have installed. There are two types of warranties. Be sure both cover the tint if you desire the most protection.
The first warranty is a manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty ensures that the manufacturer will replace the window tinting product your film used should there be any defects in the film. If the film begins to distort or if the adhesive fails and causes peeling, this is something a manufacturer’s warranty will cover. Understand that a manufacturer’s warranty does not cover the installation of the film.
That is the second type of window tinting warranty, the installation warranty. Often times “lifetime warranty” may only refer to the manufacturer’s warranty. For peace of mind, Eclipse Window Tinting offers a full warranty on the installation in addition to the manufacturer’s warranty.
4 – Company Reputation:
The reputation that the company has established for itself is also extremely important. Many consumers tend to compare pricing strictly on the product itself without taking into account the reputation a company has spent years establishing. Some consumers may find peace on spending a little more with a company that has been around for several years versus a company that has only been in business for a short while. Another suggestion is to always view consumer reviews and ratings on Yelp!, Google, Kudzu, and Angie’s List.
Window Tinting Prices – In Conclusion
These things are essential when deciding on what type of window tinting product and company is right for you. For most of us, the window tinting prices the consumer we will set on will be somewhere in between the $100 – $500 range. Even though this is a rather large range, as mentioned previously, there is a product for all consumer types. For those seeking a basic warranty window tint with a lower heat rejection, a range in the low $100’s should be expected. Mid range films tend to be in the upper $100’s to low $200’s based on tinting a four-door sedan; while High-end films will easily run from $300 to well over $500+. Doing your homework and researching the product types that best fits your needs will go a long way in ensuring that you get the right product at the right price.
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