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Window Tinting Prices: The 3 Essentials


Intro to Window Tinting Prices

If you’re planning on having your vehicle professionally tinted, be sure to understand some of the things that are likely to impact the prices you pay. Window tinting manufacturers produce a wide variety of film products in order to cater to each type of consumer. For this reason, you can count on finding window tinting prices as low as $80 per sedan – and as much as $450. Just like most consumer products one purchases, there are a variety of things that will cause the price you pay to fluctuate. Understanding which features are important to you (or not as important), will go a long way on returning the best value for your window tinting dollar.

1 – What type of heat protection is offered?

For those living in warm weather climates, this may be essential. Those calling a four-season city home may find a more moderate need. The variety in heat protection offered on window tinting is pivotal to note. While many entry-level films may offer as low as 10-20% heat protection, the most high-end films may boast ratios upwards of 80%.

Many experts advise those living in more temperate climates to aim for a minimal heat blockage percentage of 30%, while those living in regions where temperatures regularly soar above 90 degrees, a good target is 45-50% minimal protection. It’s important to consider your heat protection needs before zoning in on the type of product you will ultimately choose. This will have an immeasurable impact on the window tinting prices you pay. A film with solid heat protection can often be had for $200-$250 on a sedan. A film with moderate heat protection can often be had as low as $160 per sedan.

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2 – What sort of aesthetic quality should I expect?

If you stand on a street corner where a lot of tinted vehicles pass by, it is likely that you’ll notice a large difference in the aesthetic quality in the window tinting. While some tinted vehicles boast the appearance of a glossy, factory-installed film, others may present a more basic, after-market type look. To the extreme, some vehicles drive with film that has changed color or has began deteriorating.

One component that dictates much of this is the film material used. Polyester dye-infused are popular for giving window tinting consumers breaks on their wallets. From many of these entry-level films, one can expect a basic after-market installed look. A look that is presentable for many, especially those which carry lifetime manufacturer’s warranties.

Other films utilize materials such as carbon and ceramic. Although more costly, many window tinting enthusiasts laud the materials for affording vehicles a show-room like image with the film they’ve installed. Some high end tint can top a $400 bill for installation on a 4-door sedan. Aesthetics boil down to a matter of preference to many. Chances are, you’ll be highly satisfied with a window tint that is somewhere in between the extremes. But in any event, the practical thing to do is to always view a film sample of any window tint prior to having it installed. This will ensure your confidence with the specific look the film gives before your vehicle is wearing it.

3 – What type of warranty is offered?

It is essential to know what type of warranty covers the window tinting that you plan to have installed. There are two types of warranties. Be sure both cover the tint if you desire the most protection.

The first warranty is a manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty ensures that the manufacturer will replace the window tinting product your film used should there be any defects in the film. If the film changes color, this is something a manufacturer’s warranty will cover. Understand that a manufacturer’s warranty does not cover the installation of the film.

That is the second type of window tinting warranty, the installer’s warranty. Should the manufacturer be responsible for replacing the film if the only issues were the installation? When film bubbles or peels, it is typically the fault of the installer. Be sure your installer covers their part of the warranty in writing. Often times “lifetime warranty” may only refer to the manufacturer’s warranty.

While some films boast 1, 3 and 5-year warranties, most films bear a lifetime warranty. Most consumers for window tinting find it essential to ensure lifetime warranty coverage. Most of the time, a no-frills lifetime warranty film can be had for $150 on a sedan. While the heat protection and aesthetics may only be basic, it does not cost a whole lot to at least ensure that your film is covered as long as you have the vehicle.

Window Tinting Prices – In Conclusion

These things are essential when deciding on what type of window tinting product is right for you, and in turn, how much it’s worth. For most of us, the window tinting prices we will set on will be somewhere in between the $100-$450 range. For those of us wanting a basic lifetime warranty window tint, $150 will often suffice. Mid range films should be expected to cost $200-$250 to tint a sedan. High-end films can run from $300-$400+. Doing your homework on window tinting prices and products will go a long way in ensuring that you get the best return on your dollar.

For a free tint quote, please contact a representative at Detail Wiz Window Tinting.


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