As with everything on the market, several variables define window tint price guidelines. Availability, popularity, shading degree and the state in which the film is retailed can all be driving forces that dictate the final cost of the product.
Every product on the retail market is offered at different fees, depending on the superiority of the product. Items made with more inexpensive materials tend to be cheaper, even though the tradeoff for the inexpensive window tint price may mean having to replace the film sooner. This is because the cheaper film lacks ingredients in the material in which it is produced from to keep it from cracking, chipping, peeling and turning a purplish hue over time. However, the more expensive types of film have materials added to them that help resist deterioration, thus they last much longer. The results also appear more professional.
Another point of reference when determining the window tint price is the degree of darkness that the film displays. The darkness of the film is measured in VLT percentage or visible light transmission percentage. When more light can be transmitted through the film then it also displays less darkness. A VLT percentage that does not let in enough light can make it difficult for a driver to see out of the windshield and costs more as well. The higher the percentage, the more light that comes through. Fifty percent is almost no darkening affect at all. Thirty-five percent makes the windshield or other glass somewhat darker but a driver or homeowner can still easily see out of the glass. Whenever a vehicle is ordered with shaded glass, it more than likely will arrive with a VLT percentage of twenty. It is possible to peer into a vehicle with this VLT percentage if standing next to the car, but the view is still somewhat muted. Of course, the VLT percentage will affect the final window tint price. A five percent VLT percentage allows no light in at all and is most often found on vehicles such as limousines.
The finish of the film will also have an effect on what consumers pay. Mirrored finishes tend to be more expensive than films that have no reflective value to them.
A few decades ago when film became quite popular, laws were put into effect that set strict guidelines for the color, finish and darkness that is allowed on vehicles. These mandates also limit which parts of a vehicle can have the film applied. Some states do not allow the windshield to have any film on it. Other states do not allow the drivers or passenger’s glass in the front of the vehicle to be darkened. There are also some states that do not allow any sort of film on a vehicle. Because of these laws, the cost has been driven up slightly.
Preference plays a big role in the final window tint price that a customer ends up paying. The purpose that the film will often be the deciding factor in which one is chosen, and it plays a big role in the cost.