How much does home window tinting cost in 2020?
... plus some money saving tips everyone can use
The cost of tinting a home or office in 2020 is based on three variable costs:
the cost to quote the job - sales commission is usually about 15% ($134 on average size job in Australia),
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.
We show how to reduce these costs
1. 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 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 2020.
However, the homeowner does receive a complete service. All the homeowner has to do is accept the sales rep's film recommendation (and the film cost and installation charge) and an installation date is set and the job is done. Easy!
In 2020 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 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 priority may not be the same as the homeowners, and a poor film selection can result in a sub-optimal outcome.
Homeowners have discovered that taking responsibility for film selection also means they don't need a sales rep. Why pay a sales rep $134 just to measure your windows? ($134 is the sales commission paid on the average size tint job in Australia).
Money Saving Tip: Measure your own windows and quote your own job using the On-line Job Costing App. Not only will you save 15% sales commission but you will access the full product range of the top USA film manufacturers (not just a couple of films the sales rep chooses to show you).
The Window Film Comparison Site is the largest film comparison site in the world and compares the price and performance of 460 films from the top brand films, making it easy to identify the best film for the job - the highest performance at the lowest cost.
Tools have been developed and data is now available to assist homeowners select the "right" film for their job
Money Saving Tip:
Use Google to find the lowest price
Search price + film manufacturer name + film name (eg. "price 3M Prestige 70")
Companies with the lowest film prices want everyone to know and they publish their prices online. The top search results will show prices, making it easy to find the lowest price.
What do you want to do?
- Instead of booking a sales rep, you measure your own windows and save $134 in sales commission on the average size job in Australia
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2. How to Reduce the Cost of Sun Control Films in 2020
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 with installers in each state capital and many regional centres. We celebratied 25 years in the industry in 2020 and have applied the top film brands, and styles of film, over the years as fashions and technology has changed. Our experience in the industry over many years places us in a position to offer advice on the cost of window film. Professional grade 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 to complete the job.
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Film Cost - How much does home window tinting cost per square metre (m2)?
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 reflective silver and bronze films
Non-reflective Neutral Films
- A non-reflective neutral film will cost between $55m2 and $70m2. These films make the glass appear dark externally and is the most popular film type for homeowners n 2020.
Spectrally-selective 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.
- Spectrally Selective Clear Films cost between $90m2 and $140m2 and 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.
- Low-e Spectrally Selective Clear Insulating Films are an alternative to double glazing and will cost about $190m2 These high tech window films have similar (or better) insulating benefits to double glazing (insulating the windows against heat loss in winter) at a fraction of the cost of double glazing, plus the UV blocking benefits of the clear windows films which reduce sun damage and fading of treasured possessions.
3. How to Reduce the Cost of Film Installation
The film installation cost in 2020 is between $15m2 and $20m2. This is a base installation charge 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 the job size increases, while other installers may have a minimum job charge of, say, $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.
Money Saving Tip: We at Online Quote SAVE 15% claim to have the lowest price on top USA film brands. You can do an online quote and then use Google to search for a lower price on that film (eg price ASWF Sky 20) and if you discover a price that is less than the price shown in the Online Quote email, you can use the lowest price guarantee to take $50 off the lowest price and save $20 on shipping).
DIY Film Installation (aka Do it yourself window tinting)
Don't Do It! - We do not recommend DIY installation unless you have successfully installed film in the past because it is a lot more difficult to do a good clean installation of window film than it looks watching a professional who has done it for many years. While this is true for many DIY jobs, unlike most other materials window film is very unforgiving and any mistake you make will most likely mean buying a new piece of film, which can become a very expensive learning experience.
- These comments apply to polyester (window tinting) films. Vinyl films used for signage and some frosted films are much more forgiving and installation of these films could be undertaken by many DIYers.
- Any of the savings tips shown above are much easier to do that film installation.
Money Saving Tip: If you do decide to DIY installation we would strongly advise buying a good professional quality film and not a cheap asian made film which our professional installers have found to be more difficult to install. For example, we have taken a commercial decision not to install Pillar Window Film, a Bunnings product, for customers. This is our Review of Pillar Window Films.