The biggest question that is asked when one wants to install window tint for home or office use is 'How much is this going to cost?' Many variables come in to play when needing an accurate quote.
The first variable to consider is if the window tint for the home or the office is going to be done by a hired team of professionals or if the consumer plans to make this a do-it-yourself project. Labor is oftentimes more expensive than the actual product. This should not come as a surprise considering this fact is across the board for almost everything. Installing brakes, replacing an alternator, or even changing the oil on a vehicle is cheaper when done by the owner. Buying a steak, a baked potato, and fresh veggies from the grocery store is often less than half the cost of going to a restaurant and having the cook prepare the meal.
An important consideration when buying window tint for home application is the number of panes that will need the product. Are all the glass panes going to be covered or just those on the front of the house? Then, is this a single story dwelling or are there several floors? There is sometimes an additional cost if the house is multi-level and the professionals have to bring scaffolding to get to them.
Most of the quotes will be determined by the square footage when a professional is hired to install the material, or per roll as a do-it-yourself project. Some companies will offer a pre cut option. This option consists of sending in measurements of the glass surfaces being covered and the company cutting them ahead of time for an easier installation process. This upgrade will cost a little more for the property owner.
There are various types of window tint for a home. Because of the variety, the costs will be slightly different depending on which one is desired. A product that is darker will typically have better solar heat resistant properties. Some are thicker than others. The thicker products are better suited for safety purposes against severe weather, break-ins, and accidents. They will keep most of the glass attached to it in the event there is a breakage. Therefore, there will be less of a chance of injury from multiple flying shards of glass, and clean up is much easier as well.
UV (ultra violet) sun protection is another important factor that people will consider getting when they purchase the film. Just because they are in the house does not mean they will not be affected by UV rays. They bounce off of objects and enter through the glass. Most films that have UV protection have at least a 99% guard against UVA and UVB rays. Some are designed to reduce the glare coming in through the glass. This option is exceptionally important when working with computers and is great for reducing the reflections on television sets as well.
There is decorative window tint for the home or office as well. These may or may not contain any of the above benefits. They can be used on shower doors, glass faced kitchen cabinets, glass partitions, or as an architectural statement. The decorative films are almost limitless as to the different styles available. They can look like a stained glass window, have a linen pattern, be frosted, or have a graphic design on them. The options are seemingly endless.