The average cost for residential window tinting is $2,177, or $6.50 per square foot. Hiring a window pro, you will likely spend between $1,614 – $2,692 for home window tinting. The price of home window tinting can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). Get free estimates from pros near you.
When window tinting your home, you’re choosing to reduce the UV rays, heat, and transparency of your windows, giving yourself greater control over your AC use and privacy. The final cost of tinting will mostly depend on the number of windows to tint. Considering the cost of applying window film compared to the other possible energy efficient measures available to homeowners, window film is a clear leader because of the lower cost and superior results.
To put some real numbers on the effectiveness of tinting: It can result in a reduction of as much as:
In recent market data about this $8B industry, which is expected to double by 2025, controlling the sun accounted for the purchase decision for just over 45% of window tint installations globally, followed by decorative treatment at around 25%, safety and security at 19%, and privacy at 11%.
Darrell Smith, the executive director of the IWFA, says,
Glare inside the house is caused by sunlight coming in through your windows. During daylight, this glare will affect your ability to enjoy any product with a screen, including your televisions, cell phones, and computer monitors. Having a tint applied is like getting a big pair of sunglasses for each of your windows, eliminating the need to close curtains during the day or relocate your equipment, making for a more enjoyable media experience.
Depending on the season of the year or local weather conditions, tinting can make the difference between using or not using the AC due to its effectiveness.
If you want to leave your curtains or blinds open during the day but would prefer that neighbors not be able to see in, you can install a privacy window film—thereby reducing or completely eliminating their ability to see in. In addition to making your home more private, it also works to make you less vulnerable because no one can see who is in the house or what particular valuables might be in a particular room.
Tinted windows will protect your carpet and wood furniture from repeated exposure to the sun, especially when you have large windows or floor-to-ceiling glass doors with furniture, carpet, or wood floors directly inside.
A study published by the International Window Film Association (IWFA) stated:
Save money on your electric bill by reducing the daily heat that comes in through your windows and forces your AC or fans to work harder. Homes today come with larger windows, and more of them. Bang for the buck, window tinting will make an immediate impact on your utility bill by reducing the temperature inside the home.
Overexposure to the UV energy in sunlight can be harmful to your health. Because of the potential to damage your skin and eyes, a window treatment film can help protect your health.
Tint: A major factor in this decision is the amount of light you get to keep. If you tint your windows, the light can still come in. Tinting also costs less.
Cover: Blinds, curtains, or shutters usually eliminate most of your daily sunlight, which is rarely a desirable option during daylight hours. You have to close and open blinds, shutters, or curtains manually every day.
The end cost is mostly based on the average number of windows in your home. According to the EPA, the square footage of windows is roughly 15% of the entire square foot total for the entire home.
In the 1970s - the average home was 1,600 sqft – 240 sqft of windows.
Today – the average home is almost 2,700 sqft – 405 sqft of windows (according to recent numbers from the Census Bureau).
Thus, at an average cost of $6.50 per square foot, the approx. cost of professionally window tinting your home is:
Tinting companies will also charge more for a second floor of windows and/or odd-shaped windows and their pricing may include a minimum trip charge.
Superior Windows Solutions in San Diego, CA, say, “It takes us about 15 minutes to install residential window tinting on a standard glass door. This means we can complete most homes in one afternoon.” They ask that you stay home on the day the film is to be installed so you can confirm they have ordered the right film and so you can answer any questions that arise during installation.
The window tint film is stuck to the interior side of windows with an adhesive. The film measures only a few millimeters thick and is constructed from layers of polyester with a scratchproof coating. In the production phase of the film, either layering or dye treatments are incorporated to achieve the effect of reducing sunlight heat or UV, or providing privacy.
Another type of tint film has metal elements embedded in the polyester—which creates a mirror-like finish often seen on commercial building windows. More recent products use ceramic elements to create that reflective quality. Tint Shoppe in Woodbridge, VA, offer window film made with European ceramic technology they offer a lifetime residential warranty on.
Tintcenter.com says, “We recommend the products from: ASWF, SolarGard, and SunTek. Our experience with these major window tint brands has been top rate over many years. They honor their warranties and their window film lines has been steadily improving to suit the needs of professionals and consumers alike.” Tint Center also has an excellent list of major brands and a description for each on the site.
Amazon usually has a top ten list of window films based on sales and star ratings. We found this one, which is updated hourly.
Unless you are willing to dedicate some serious time to watching videos and reading step-by-step installation instructions, it is probably best to leave this to the professionals. The areas in the install work that usually trip people up are:
The entire job gets a lot more difficult with bigger windows or tall glass doors, and it is pretty safe to say that doing it successfully without the assistance of at least one other person is next to impossible.
When narrowing down your list of installers, look for installers who have as many of the following as possible:
Hire your window tint installer today.
Let us know about your needs so we can bring you the right pros.
Receive quotes from multiple pros that meet your exact needs.
Compare quotes, message or call pros, and hire only when ready.