Scottish Window Tinting is one of the most trusted window film providers in the nation. We offer top notch services at low, affordable rates. Our window film pricing is structured in a manner that allows our clients to experience the benefits of high quality film for their home or business without worry or unnecessary expense. We never sacrifice the quality of our service and are 100% committed to providing outstanding results for every project.
One of the questions that we’re frequently asked is how the price of window film is determined. The cost of the window film itself tends to vary between $4-24/sq ft. Additional factors that are taken into consideration to determine pricing are the type of film and the extent or intensity of the project. The following information is meant to serve as a brief guide that explains how window film pricing works.
The type of film that we use typically depends on the client. Once we’ve determined your goals and needs, we recommend a few different options of film for you to choose from. These are some of the factors we ask our clients to take into consideration.
Glare: Are there areas in your home or office where you’re receiving too much glare from the sun?
Fading: Are there floors or furnishings that need protection from fading caused by ultraviolet radiation?
Safety: Do you have any concerns about the security of your building or the safety of those inside such as theft, vandalism, or violence?
Indoor comfort: Is it uncomfortably hot inside during the summer or particularly cold in the winter?
Energy cost: Are you looking for a way to reduce your energy expenses?
Aesthetics: Is the appearance of your home or business in need of change or do you want things to continue looking exactly as they are?
The total cost of installing your film will depend on a variety of factors. Some of these variables include but are not limited to:
1. Cost of manufacture: Lower quality films typically cost less to manufacture than those of higher quality. While low quality films may be less expensive, they are also less effective. High quality films are made using several coatings of dye, metal, and ceramics whereas low quality films are made simply by adding dye to thin sheets of polyester.
2. Project size & complexity: The scope and extent of your project will also affect the cost. If the installation is quite large, time consuming, or difficult, it will probably require additional labor and be more expensive. However, large commercial projects may be able to receive a discount.
3. Quality of service & warranty: Another factor to consider when determining pricing is the quality of the service that’s being performed. In essence, you get what you pay for. An experienced company may be more expensive, but they’re also more likely to provide better end results.
The following information can be used to determine the general cost of a certain type or style of film. Please note that actual cost may vary per project.
Spectrally selective: Spectrally selective films are typically used to reduce the presence of heat, glare, and uv radiation. The cost of this type of film typically ranges from $9-18/sq foot.
Low-E: Low-E films are best used for dual climate regions. They offer year round comfort and energy savings. The cost of low-E film usually starts at $20/sq ft.
Safety & security: Safety & security film is used for protection against theft, vandalism, and high impact forces. Security film ranges from $8-16/sq ft. Attachment systems cost an additional $2-5/LFT.
Bullet resistant: Bullet resistant products offer defense against gunfire and other ballistic forces. This product averages around $125/sq ft.
Decorative or frosted film: Decorative and frosted films are great for branding or creating private rooms. Decorative films range from $6-12/sq ft.
Our owner, Martin Faith, recently had an interesting conversation with a client about the cost of window film. You can read about this encounter below.
I got a call from an existing client asking us to come out and install some more of our “Free window film” I was confused but he insisted that we did the west side of the house and he got it for free and he sounded really happy. After an awkward silence on my end he eventually he said. “When Mike came to my home in 2012 I asked him how much I could save on my energy bills. He told me most people pay the film back in 3-5 years. So I got out my old bills for the previous 12 months and wrote down how much I spent each month. Then for the past 3 years or so I’ve been keeping track of how much I save each month and as of last month I have now saved the same amount as I paid you guys for the film. So there you have it. The next time someone asks me how much does window film cost all I have to say is “It’s Free!”