How Much Does it Cost to Tint Windows?
Home window tinting is not as popular as car tinting, but believe it or not, the benefits for residential window tinting far outweigh those for your car. Even better, the average window tinting cost is not too high and you can install tinted windows yourself. Nevertheless, there are several considerations to look at before making such an investment.
As always, if you’re ready to install tinted windows, ImproveNet can connect you with up to four window tinting pros for free.
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Table of Contents
- Window Tint Prices
- Car Window Tinting Cost
- Window Tinting Benefits
- Window Tint Types
- Window Tinting Vs. Window Coverings
- How to Choose the Right Window Tint
- DIY or Hire A Pro
- How to Install Tinted Windows
- How to Clean Tinted Windows
- Find A Pro
Window Tint Prices
Unlike most window projects, window tinting requires very few materials or tools to install. Furthermore, window tinting is a relatively quick process, largely depending on how many windows you’re tinting. If you’re tinting your home windows yourself, expect to pay between $2/sf and $4/sf. If you hire a professional window contractor, the price will likely cost between $5/sf and $8/sf. And, as you can see above, most American homeowners pay approximately $600 for their window tinting installation project.
Car Window Tinting Cost
While we will not cover car window tinting in depth, we know certain homeowners like to install tinted windows on their homes and automobile. If you’re looking to tint the windows on your car, expect to pay between $100 and $200 for basic tints. The window tinting cost for higher quality tints generally range between $100 and $500 for the entire car.
Bear in mind, there are strict rules when it comes to car window tinting. To see the specific rules in your state, please click here.
Window Tinting Benefits
There are plenty of advantages tinted windows bring. Some are quite obvious, like blocking the sun, but others, like protecting your furniture, not so much. See all window tinting benefits below and what each could do for your family:
Keep Home Cool
Needless to say, tinted windows will block out rays of light that bring heat into your house, meaning your home will stay cooler in the throughout the summer. While most homeowners enjoy natural light, others prefer a cooler home without lowering the thermostat. If you fall into the latter, you should strongly consider installing tinted windows.
Save Money on Energy Bills
Jumping off our first benefit, tinted windows will easily lower your electric bills. As our loyal readers know, the harder your AC has to work, the more expensive your electric bill will be. Luckily, even if it’s 100 degrees outside, your AC will not have to work as hard to maintain that comfortable 72-degree interior because you installed tinted windows. Furthermore, in the winter, windows that are tinted help keep that expensive heat your paying for in the house. As you can see, you’ll experience a few savings all year round.
Reduce Harmful UV Rays
Tans are great, but as research shows, prolonged exposure to the sun is not healthy and in extreme cases, causes cancer. Tinting the windows of your home will help protect your family from those same harmful rays of sunlight.
What do pets, food, children and direct sunlight have in common? They can all harm or ruin your furniture. Direct sunlight can cause discoloration of your furniture and carpet. The sunlight causes fabrics to fade, which means in time, your furniture, carpeting and drapery may begin to wear faster. As such, tinted windows could save you from having to replace your furniture or a pay $200 carpet repair bill.
What we do in our homes is our business and tinted windows ensure your privacy is never violated. Whether you want to walk around in your underwear or just want to block nosey neighbors, tinted windows offer a sense of privacy no regular windows can accomplish.
Furthermore, tinted windows also help protect your home against intruders. Most burglars scope out a house before they attempt a robbery. Well, if they can’t see inside your house, chances are, they’ll move onto the next.
Add Decorative Touch
Finally, decorative window tints can greatly improve your curb appeal and exterior design. Specific window tints can give your home that sleek and luxurious feel you always wanted. It can also give any window a stained glass appearance for a fraction of the real cost.
Window Tint Types
As we just touched on, there are a few different types of window tints available. Each offers its own set of advantages and costs. The four types of window tints are:
Decorative Window Tinting
As just discussed, decorative window tinting can improve your curb appeal and showcase the look of stained, frosted or textured glass. They’re also reusable and can be placed on other surfaces. However, decorative films do not protect against heat as well as the other options below.
Heat Window Tinting
As the name suggests, heat window tints largely reduce your energy costs by keeping your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They can also block almost all UV rays and heavily reduce glares in all rooms. Unfortunately, most heat window tints cost more than their alternatives.
Privacy Window Tinting
If privacy is your No. 1 concern, whether it be from your neighbors or burglars, go with privacy window tints. They come in varying degrees in darkness so no matter what your preference, there is a privacy window tint out there with your name on it.
Security Window Tinting
In addition to added privacy, security tints protect your actual windows from storms, tornadoes and even hurricanes. In fact, even if your window does break, security tints can hold the glass fragments in place, reducing your window repair cost. Therefore, if you live in a climate that experiences heavy storms, go with security window tinting.
Window Tinting Vs. Window Coverings
Typical window coverings such as blinds, shutters and curtains block out unwanted light, but in some cases, it simply is not feasible to install them because of the size and the number of windows. Tinting the windows in that case would be more economical and practical. Window coverings are also used to increase privacy for those in the home, but tinted windows provide more privacy than traditional light barriers that can leave gaps and spaces.
How to Choose the Right Window Tint
Now that we’ve discussed all options, you have to determine the right window tint solution for you, your home and your budget. In order to do that, you have to ask yourself these important questions:
- What are My Goals? Whether you’re looking to save money on energy, add privacy or reduce the glare, you must know what your priorities are before moving on in the process.
- What is My Budget? You must know what you’re willing to spend. Then, you have to determine how many windows you’re tinting. Both these answers will greatly affect your choice and final window tint price.
- Do I Need Decorative Tints? Functionality is more important than design, but aesthetics should never be ignored. Therefore, if there is a specific design you’re looking for, like one that will complement your existing exterior, plan ahead as this influences the window tint cost.
DIY or Hire A Pro
Your home will look more attractive from both the inside and the outside, if your window tinting is installed properly. Luckily, installing window tints is not a difficult DIY project and one many homeowners choose to do on their own. We listed out all installation steps below.
Nonetheless, getting in touch with a professional to take a look at your home and the dimensions of your windows will help ensure you get the most out of your investment.
How to Install Tinted Windows
If you’re tinting your windows without a professional, you’ll only have to remember three easy steps to complete the job quickly and efficiently.
- Clean the Windows
- Apply the Film
- Remove Water
Clean the Windows
You should thoroughly clean your windows before you apply the films. Most of the time, water and a dry towel will work, but if you want to ensure you tint looks as good as possible, use a window cleaner or make your own with baby shampoo and water. If you do make your own, pour into a spray bottle first. Then, use a paper towel to dry.
Apply the Film
First, wet your window with just water. Use another spray bottle from the house. Then, remove the film from the liner and spray the sticky side with water. Apply the film to your window and adjust as needed. There should be a small space along the outside of the window. Anchor the top of the film with a Lil’ Chizler or an old credit card. You want to make sure the film is applied evenly along the top of the window.
Now, spray the interior side of the film. Then, anchor down the center of the film. Next, anchor from the center to each side, starting from the top. You should be removing all water and all bubbles. Do not stop until you remove every drop. At this point, you can also remove excess film with an Olfa Knife if it does not fit your window perfectly.
How to Clean Tinted Windows
Just like your traditional windows, you have to clean your tinted windows to not only ensure their elevated appearance, but to maintain their function as well. First and foremost, do not clean your tinted windows with any product containing ammonia. Harsh chemicals, like ammonia, will blotch, fade, stain or even peel the tint you so carefully applied.
Luckily, regular dishwashing soap or a mixture of baby shampoo and water will work wonders for your tinted windows. Combined with a lint free or paper towel, you’re good to go.
Find A Pro
Window tinting will not only improve your home’s exterior design, but also help you save money and keep your home cool in the dead heat of summer. While it’s an easy DIY project, many homeowners hire window professionals to ensure they’re getting the best bang for their buck.
To get the most accurate window tinting cost for your home, let ImproveNet connect you with local window professionals. It’s always free to connect!
Last updated on Jun 29, 2016
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