Window Tint Pricing & Costs
How much does window tint normally cost?
In short, a new install of window tint can cost anywhere from $125 to $800. That said, the average tint package typically costs between $150 to $550 depending on a number of factors.
What factors affect the price of window tint?
The most common factors that influence the cost of window tint are quality of tint, vehicle size, brand of film, overhead of shop, uniqueness of vehicle, experience of installer, age of vehicle, and existing tint to remove.
Quality of Material
The quality and type of material used to make the tint you select can substantially affect the price. Dyed tints tend to have a much shorter lifespan before failing and can therefor be a little cheaper to install, where carbon and ceramic tint last significantly longer. Ceramic tint has additional IR blocking abilities and therefore costs a bit more upon install.
Essentially, vehicles with less windows require less material—which means a lower price. Conversely, a vehicle with more windows tends to have a higher cost. Some makes and models have larger pieces of glass that require more material sourced from a larger roll. For example, a rear windshield on a Tesla Model 3 is significantly larger than most back glass and required the use of a larger roll of film. This adds to the cost of that particular install.
Brand of Film
You get what you pay for. The actual brand of window film used will definitely affect the cost. A shop that installs a high end film will be backed by manufacturers warranties and will be rated higher in looks and quality. Where an imported cheap tint or even one sold at big box stores tends to be low grade and will cost much less. High quality, manufacturer backed window films can only be installed by certified tint shops. This certification is mandated by the manufacturer so they can ensure their tint always out-performs their competition.
Overhead of Shop
Tint installed at a shop will have overhead that someone working in a parking lot will not. The use of high-end equipment (pattern plotters, lights, squeegees, knives, proper spray, torches, etc…) has added cost. A high quality tint shop will also have a controlled environment. The ability to control the temperature and work in a clean shop ensures minimal contaminations (dust, hair, dirt) and makes the tint install significantly better.
Uniqueness of Vehicle
Some vehicles are uniquely built and have aspects that increase the price of tint. As stated above, a Tesla Model 3, for example, has a large rear windshield which greatly increases the amount of time and material needed for the installation. Some vehicles require interior trim panels (doors, hatches, quarter panels) to be removed in order to facilitate the maximum quality tint installs.
Experience of Installer
Installing window tint takes incredible patience and skill. The art of cleaning, prepping, cutting, installing, and shrinking film takes years to master. Many new installers may lack the experience and may be able to save you some cost on the install, however, we find that experience always wins for quality.
Age of Vehicle
Older vehicles can be more costly to tint. They are much harder to clean, as there may be years of dust and dirt down in the window seals that need to be thoroughly cleaned prior to install. They can also be more complex because there are no templates for them for a tint plotter so the tint for older windows must be hand-cut to size. Most shops won’t actually charge more for older vehicles, you may just have a longer install time.
Existing Tint Removal
If your vehicle has existing tint installed that needs to be removed, there is an added cost. Old tint usually fails because of poor quality film or adhesive. This can lead to a headache for an installer as bad film usually leaves lots of residue behind that requires cleaning before new film can be installed.
So how much will it actually cost to tint MY car?
At EZ AUTO SPA we offer two film quality options, Ceramic and Carbon. Carbon looks amazing and is long lasting, while ceramic add additional heat barriers by blocking out IR rays from the sun. Ceramic films costs the installer significantly more and therefore cost the client more if selected.
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What are examples of other cost that can be associated with window tint?
|Removal of old tint||$100-150|
|Single Window Replacement||$50-125|