How Much Does Home Window Tinting Cost?
When most people think about window tinting, they think of car windows. But, applied as a laminate film, application to any glass surface is possible. Tinting your home’s windows is a great home improvement project that helps protect against UV rays, increases privacy, and can add a unique look to a home. Home window tinting cost depends on the size of the windows, the number of windows you’re looking to tint, and how easy it is to access the windows.
We interviewed LV Pro Tint, one of our Las Vegas-based windows tint shops, to give us insight into home window film. They had this to say about why people come to them for home window tinting:
“Energy use reduction and privacy are the leading factors leading consumers to seek our services.”
Window Tint Pricing Guide
How much is window tinting for home use? LV Pro Tint continued the interview by saying this about residential window tinting cost:
“There are many factors that will determine the cost of window tint… The average cost of jobs sold ranges between $900-$1,250 for home window tint.”
The least amount a homeowner would pay depends on your tint shop: “The least our company would go out for is $359.00. That is our minimum requirement.”
House window tinting costs will vary depending on the following factors:
- Film brand
- Material of film
- The overall square footage that needs tinting
- The cost per square foot
- Types of windows
- Whether the windows consist of many smaller glass panes or a single, large glass pane.
- Your location
Types of Home Window Films
There are varying types of window films available on the market suitable for your house:
- Ceramic film
- Non-reflective window film
- Frosted or decorative window film
- Security window film
- Silver reflective window film
Ceramic Window Film
Ceramic window film is the high-end and most popular type of film in the market right now. This film is coated with ceramic particles that offer superior performance compared to other film materials. It is well known for offering excellent heat and glare reduction. Ceramic film also protects your furniture and family from potentially harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. This will not only keep you safe, but it will also allow you to achieve a modern home interior with clear views outside.
The price of ceramic window film ranges from $70-$140 per square foot for a residential home. Bear in mind that pricing will vary depending on your installer and location.
Rayno’s nano ceramic film features a premium quality of ceramic materials engineered in nano scales that can block 90% of heat. Excellent for large windows, ceramic window film still lets in a great deal of light with high clarity. Our film allows you to maintain the current levels of natural light in your home in rooms that typically get very hot during the day. Lab tests show that it reduces heat by up to 24° and offers superior IR rejection with a 15.2% energy reduction for our Platinum series film.
There are three home window tints that Rayno carries: Platinum, AIR7090, and Trinity. Each offers unique features to fit any home needs.
Non-Reflective Window Film
If you want something simpler that is more affordable than the ceramic window tint, this regular tint can be an option. This window film blocks about 35% of heat transfer or more. It is perfect for those looking to block UV rays and save money.
Frosted or Decorative Window Film
Decorative or frosted window film is perfect for doors and bathrooms, providing privacy while still letting light into a room. It is also a great way to add a splash of personality to your home with different designs and colors.
Security Window Film
This window film is transparent and comes in multiple thicknesses. It reinforces your windows against natural disasters such as hurricanes or, sometimes, even forced entry. The thicker the film, the stronger the protection. Our Rescue Film strengthens windows up to 20 times for the safety and security that homeowners need. Learn more about how security film works.
Silver Reflective Window Film
The ultimate privacy film that looks mirrored during the day, silver reflective window film also blocks a tremendous amount of heat. Safe to use on single-pane windows, this film blocks up to 75% of heat:
With so many options, choosing the best film can be hard. To boil it down, here is what you should look for in a film according to LV Pro Tint:
“The main concern in our environment is heat reduction without turning your home into a bat cave. What customers look for the most is heat reduction with enough visible light transmittance to refrain from having to turn the interior lights on in the daytime.”
What type of film should a homeowner get for privacy?
LV Pro Tint offers the following recommendation: “Customers usually decide on a dual-reflective film for privacy that has an absorption rate below 50%. The absorption rate is required to be under 50% to be considered dual-pane safe.”
Benefits of Tinting Your Home Windows
There are many benefits to using Rayno Window Film on your home’s windows:
- Energy savings: Our products can improve your energy efficiency by reducing the amount of infrared light that enters your interiors by an average of 50%. This reduction means your rooms stay cooler and require less air conditioning, adding up to significant savings in your energy bills to help save money.
- UV protection: Our UV window film helps block harmful UV radiation, offering protection from skin cancer. It also protects your eyes from harsh sunlight while trying to read or use electronic screens in your home.
- Privacy: Available in various shades, our tinting gives you a greater level of privacy in your home. This privacy gives you an extra sense of security, knowing others cannot see inside your home.
- Safety: Our products can help make your windows stronger and shatter-resistant, keeping your family safe in the event of a storm or potential break-in.
- Prevents Fading: Your expensive rugs, wooden floors, and sofas can take a huge beating under the sun’s UV rays. If exposed for too long, your furniture can fade. UV window film can prevent sun damage and fading from happening.
Window Tint vs. Blinds
While the benefits of window tint and blinds are similar, window tinting provides easier maintenance. It also does not obstruct the view from a window while still reducing heat, glare, and light.
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DIY vs. Hiring a Professional Tinter
There are many pros and cons of DIY window tinting. Choosing the DIY route or hiring a pro will depend on your confidence and skill level. Tinting windows is a time-consuming and precise process. This process is best left to professional tinters unless you want to end up with bubbles between the film and the glass of your windows. The entire tinting process involves:
- Cutting the film to precisely the right size
- Cutting in a straight line
- Cutting in an arch for curved windows
- Removing the film backing without ruining the film
- Not leaving any fingerprints on the film
- Successfully applying the film, removing any air bubbles
In terms of how long it takes to get your windows tinted, LV Pro Tint had this to say: “We have a unit large enough that we can tint over 100 individual panes of glass in a single day.”
How to Maintain Your Home Windows
When asked if homeowners should maintain and how to care for window tint, LV Pro Tint replied: “Yes. Cleaning your film with an ammonia-free product, as you would a regular untinted window, ensures that you maintain visibility and product longevity.”
As for how long tinting lasts: “In [Las Vegas], customers can enjoy their tint uninterrupted for approximately eight years. At this time, because of the intensity of our heat, they would have to warranty their film due to the slight fading in color from our sun.”
To recap our interview with LV Pro Tint, here are all of the questions we asked and their answers. Please keep in mind that the following answers may vary depending on your location, tint shop, windows, and specific needs.
Q. What are the main cost factors for home window film?
A. “Energy use reduction and privacy are the leading factors leading consumers to seeking our services.”
Q. What’s the most an average homeowner could pay?
A. “The average cost of jobs sold range between $900-$1,250 for home window tint.”
Q. What’s the least an average homeowner could pay?
A. “The least our company would go out for is $359.00. That is our minimum requirement.”
Q. What should a homeowner look for in a film (how to choose the right film product for their home)?
A. “The main concern in our environment is heat reduction without turning your home into a bat cave. What customers look for the most is heat reduction with enough visible light transmittance to refrain from having to turn the interior lights on in the daytime.”
Q. How long does home window tinting last?
A. “In our desert, customers can enjoy their tint uninterrupted for approximately 8 years. At this time, because of the intensity of our heat, they would have to warranty their film due to the slight fading in color from our sun.”
Q. What type of film should a homeowner get for privacy?
A. “Customers usually decide on a dual reflective film for privacy that has an absorption rate below 50%. The absorption rate is required to be under 50% to be considered dual-pane safe.”
Q. How should homeowners maintain their tint?
A. “Yes. Cleaning your film with an amoena-free product, as you would a regular untinted window, ensures that you maintain visibility and product longevity.”
Q. How long does it take to get home windows tinted?
A. “We have a unit large enough that we can tint over 100 individual panes of glass in a single day.”
Window Tinting Prices Near Me
Check out the Rayno Window Film Dealer Locator to find a dealer near you and request free estimates. Don’t take on window tinting yourself, go the professional installation route for long-lasting window tint. Rayno Window Film manufactures protective window films to block out the sun’s harmful rays. At the same time, our window films keep your home safe and your life private.