Film for glass is useful for applications in the home, office and vehicle, and cheap window tint is capable of providing advantages comparable to higher priced products. Films come in a variety of colors, thickness, and gradients of darkness, while also having distinct, specialized functions. While there are differences between cheap window tint and the more expensive, higher quality film, both function in the home to reduce heating and cooling costs and protect skin from harmful UV rays that filter indoors through the windows. Ceramic films may be more expensive, but they are also more fade resistant and less likely to develop a purple hue over time, like some of the less expensive materials that use dyes in their construction. This does not necessarily mean that ceramic films are superior, but it does mean that they may have a longer lifespan, and that composition of materials can influence the price.
Films can be used for a plethora of reasons: to increase privacy, reduce glare on electronic screens or while driving, protect against dangerous ultra voilet rays, provide additional glass strength, diminish hotspots, and prevent direct sunlight from fading a variety of things, such as photographs, artworks, wallpaper, rugs, furniture and the upholstery on the seats in cars. Whether the purpose of the tint is to control the amount of light getting through or for decorative applications, the price can vary according to the intended function. Some films can be produced for less than other films that have unique qualities, benefits and applications.
Problems such as bubbling or peeling are not solely associated with cheap window tint; these issues have little to do with the price and material caliber and much more to do with poor installation. The thickness, size and curvature of a pane of glass must be taken into consideration during the installation of films, and a nonprofessional application could result in the aforementioned peeling or bubbling, regardless of the quality of the materials used and their cost.
The cost difference between cheap window tint and higher priced competitors can be an indicator of how effective a film is at providing benefits. For example, a tint with multiple features will be priced accordingly, but this does not mean that a cheap window tint cannot fill the needs of the consumer. A person who is simply trying to prevent fading in the sunny spots of their home would be able to purchase a less expensive film than someone who is interested in the thicker, security films that are available for strengthening glass to prevent burglaries or the scattering of glass shards upon breakage. Similarly, a person who only requires a single feature out of their film can get a more affordable price than someone who needs a multitude of special qualities. Matching a client's budget to their needs can be easily achieved. The darker a film is the more expensive it is likely to be because darker gradients cost more to produce. Pre-cut film also costs more than that which comes in a roll. Another factor to take into consideration when pricing films is the size of the order. A larger project might be less expensive than a small one because discounts can be applied when buying in bulk.