How much does home window tinting cost in 2021?
... plus some money saving tips everyone can use
In 2021 the cost of window tinting a home or office is based on:
Smart Buyers Tip: Find the lowest price
In Google search, enter the word price + film manufacturer name + film name of the film you want to price (eg. "price 3M Prestige 70" or "price ASWF Sky 20")
This works because companies with the lowest film prices want everyone to know - they publish their film price online and Google shows these companies at the top of the search results
the cost to quote the job - about $134 on average size job),
the cost of the window film - varies between $45m2 for a reflective film up to $200m2 for a clear low-e film, and
the cost to install the film - between $15m2 and $20m2 plus extra costs for more difficult installations and for equipment hire.
How to Reduce the Cost of Quoting the Job
Most homeowners searching for a solution to excessive heat and glare in their home or office contact their local tint shop, or one of the many online quote sites, and book a FREE measure and quote with a sales representative. (We also offer a free measure and quote service)
The sales rep will come to your home or office, discuss with you what you want to achieve/what problem you want to solve and recommend a couple of films from one, or maybe two, film manufacturers they represent. The sales rep measures the windows and gives you a quote to supply and install the film. You are not charged for the quote.
BUT a Free Quote does not mean the sales rep drives to your place, measures your windows and quotes your job for nothing
- The sales rep adds 15% sales commission to the cost of the job to cover their time and expenses.
- When you accept the quote, the sales rep is paid $134 in commission on the average size tint job in Australia.
Booking a Free quote is the highest cost way to purchase window tinting in 2021, but the homeowner receives a full service.
The homeowner only has to accept the sales rep's film recommendation (and the film and installation charges) and an installation date is set and the job is done. Easy!
However, homeowners are increasingly wanting more control over the film selection process. Given the rising costs of electricity and a growing concern about the effects of carbon pollution, more homeowners want to assume responsibility for their purchase decisions and be sure the film to be installed in their home is the best available for the job. Homeowners not only want to be sure they select a film that will make a real difference (to electricity cost and to the environment) but want to be sure the film selected is the most cost effective (why waste money!). In these circumstances it has to be acknowledged the sales rep's self interest may not be the same as the homeowner. Poor film selection can result in a sub-optimal outcome.
Homeowners can save $134 in sales commission on the average size tint job in Australia
Many homeowners are choosing to measure and quote their own job using our On-line Job Costing App to not only save the 15% sales commission that adds to the cost of the job but to access a wider range of films from which to identify films that will give them a better result.
Homeowners are taking control of the film selection process.
Tools are available to assist homeowners select the "right" film for their job
How to Reduce the Cost of Window Films in 2021
The Window Film Comparison Site compares the price and the performance of the top film brands, making it easy to find the highest performing film at the lowest cost. The site lists 460 films and compares each manufacturers against its competitors in that category: [ Money Saving Tip: The comparison site makes it easy to find the highest performing film at the lowest cost]
- Compare Solar Control Films
- Compare Frosted Privacy Films
- Compare Safety and Security Films (Under the Building Code of Australian Schools, Family Day Care, and Aged Care Facilities are required to comply with Australian Standard AS2208)
The windows in your home or office are the major source of excessive heat inside the building, putting extra load on the air conditioning system, increasing the cost of electricity and adding to carbon pollution.
The installation of solar control window film is the most cost effective solution to reduce the heat passing through the windows and into the building.The installation of a solar control film will also block the UV light and reduce the rate of sun damage and fading to carpets and soft furnishings, moderate the amount of natural light entering the building that can cause a glare problem at certain times during the day, and provide day time privacy.
We are Australia's leading online film supplier based in Brisbane with installers in each state capital and many regional centres, and celebratied 25 years in the industry in 2019. We have applied numerous brands and styles of film over the years as fashions and technology changed and based on our experience can offer this general advice on the cost of window film. Professional grade of window film is priced by the square meter, with the cost of film installation dependant on the size and complexity of the job and on whether scaffold, a lift or a ladder must be hired to gain access to windows and complete the job.
Do you know?
If you are quoted a price that is less than our online quote we will beat it by $50
Film Cost - How much does home window tinting cost per square metre?
The cost of residential and commercial window tinting varies with the type of film, the job size and the brand of film.
(All prices/costs shown below are inclusive of GST).
Reflective Window Films
- A reflective silver or bronze film is highly effective at blocking heat but today is used almost exclusively on commercial and industrial buildings because many homeowners do not like the shiny/reflective appearance and building owners apprecate these films cost effectiveness.
- Expect to pay between $40m2 and $52m2 for the following films
Non-reflective Neutral Films
- A non-reflective neutral film (makes the glass appear dark externally) is the type of film most homeowners choose today and will cost between $55m2 and $70m2
- The non-reflective films are divided further by the amount of light that passes through the film (VLT - Visible Light Transmitted)
Visually Clear Window Films
Spectrally-selective clear window films embody some very high technology and fall in a higher price range. The level of light reduction is nearly undetectable to the human eye in these films, so the fact that these films can reject up to 58% of solar energy is impressive. These films also act as an after-market low-E coating, which can reflect heat back into the room, saving energy in the winter although, due to the high initial cost of the low-e films, there is some doubt as to whether the energy cost savings for most Australians who live in a milder climate than that in Europe and North America will be able to recoup the purchase cost over the expected life of the product.
- Spectrally Selective Clear Films are frequently installed in apartments where the body corporate disallow window films that change the external appearance of the building. Homeowners with outstanding views at night will also select a clear window film because it won't, unlike darker tinted films, spoil the view at night. These films typically cost between $90m2 and $140m2
- Low-e Spectrally Selective Clear Insulating Films have all the benefits of the clear films and also help to insulate the windows against heat loss in winter and will cost about $190m2
The Cost of Film Installation
The film installation cost in 2020 is between $15m2 and $20m2. This is a base installation harhe for windows that can be accessed without the use of access equipmet (eg, ladder, scaffold, sissor lift, etc) which will increase the cost of installation.
- A call-out fee is usually added for small jobs to cover travel time/costs. Some instalers have a flat charge of about $88, others may have a sliding scale call-out charge which diminishes as job size increases, while other installers may have a minimum job charge of $240 that includes 2m2 of reflective or non-reflective film.
In addition to the above, site specific additional charges may apply for installations that are more difficult to install and/or will take more time than a 2 or 4 pane aluminum window or sliding door that can be accessed at floor level. For example,
- Small and fiddly panes of glass (eg French doors) are usually charged per pane - allow $5 per pane
- The removal of old film is frequently requires hard physycal work to scrape off the glass taking longer than the time taken to install new film - many installers' removal charge is the same rate as the installation charge
- The replacement of colonial bars (aluminium strips glued to the glass) - allow for a return site visit (call-out fee plus hourly rate) after 4 - 6 weeks to reattach the aluminium strips
- Excessive putty, paint or silicone on the edge of the glass to be filmed that must be removed/ glass cleaned before the film can be installed - allow for additional hourly rate charge for cleaning the glass
- Odd shaped windows - allow for additional hourly rate charge for shaping the film to the window
- Skylight application - it is not fun attempting to install film over your head with cleaning solution dripping on your face and the film falling off the glass onto your head - allow for additional hourly rate charge
- Window/Door hardware removal/replacement - allow for additional hourly rate charge.
- Blinds & curtains are standard obstructions that can usually be moved out of the way to install the film and the installation price would not normally be affected by their presence. Where curtains and blinds cannot be moved aside and must be removed to access the glass, removal by the homeowner will expedite job completion and avoid an additional hourly rate charge.
- Furniture items should be moved at least 1 metre from the work area by the homeowner to allow installer access to the window. Most installers will be happy to help you move one or two larger items that require two people (such as a lounge suite) but will baulk at moving "too many" items or "too big, too heavy" items.