The cost of window tinting is affected by many variables. Is the purchaser going to apply the film personally, or is the purchaser going to turn to an expert installer? This is perhaps the most considered question when it comes to placing film on a vehicle or structural property. The price differs significantly for the do-it-yourselfer and the one that turns to the expert. But what really goes into the total price? Is it worth doing it personally, or is it more advantageous to hire a pro?
For the do-it-yourselfer, the needed items for purchase are the film and the tools necessary to complete the application. In addition, the type of application is going to determine the price of the materials needed for a successful application. When a consumer decided to turn to a professional installer, everything is already considered in the price of the application.
Automobile Application Process Prices
A professional auto tint installation is generally going to be more expensive than completing the project personally. The price may depend on the materials used, the quality of the materials, the location of the company, the vehicle type, and the fee for the manpower needed to complete the task. Most companies have a fee starting at $300 and can go as high as $1200 depending on the vehicle.
Professional installation can get expensive. In addition, the consumer never really knows what type of film is being applied or the quality of the application. Yes, the cost of window tinting a car, truck, minivan, van, semi, or other vehicle can be pricy, but there are alternatives.
For the consumer comfortable with home projects, it is easy and affordable to purchase the materials and then apply them with the proper tool kit. A tool kit usually costs around $25, and then the film must be purchased. Precut film will be a bit more pricy with most vehicles starting at under $50. Now for purchases of rolled film, the consumer can expect to spend considerably less. The cost of window tinting when completed by the consumer can be as little as $50!
Residential or Commercial Structural Prices
Since structural needs vary a great deal, the price of architectural tint is often difficult to compare. However, a professional installation can cost literally thousands of dollars; whereas, the skilled do-it-yourselfer can often complete the project for a few hundred dollars. The consumer capable of completing the project personally can save as much as 77% off the price of a professional install. The advantages of doing it personally also include being able to complete the entire project in sections instead of all at once.
Choosing to self install rather than hiring a professional can save money. The cost of window tinting itself is usually about the same from consumer to professional with the difference coming in the professional experience of the installer. Adding specialized film to glass can be time consuming, and often, the consumer just doesn’t have the skill or time.
Is the cost of window tinting too much for the consumer? Is it worth hiring a pro? Regardless of who applies the film, appropriate film can save a property owner thousands of dollars in damages while increasing the value of the automobile or property.