A Guide to Window Film Pricing in San Francisco
How to Determine the Cost of a Window Film Install
Calculating the cost of a window film install is fairly straightforward, but there are a few variables that can influence the price. At San Francisco Window Film, we strive to be as honest and transparent as possible about our services. That’s why we’ve put together the following information to serve as a guide to help our customers gain some insight and understanding regarding the price of their film project.
Select the Best Type & Style of Film for Your Space
The first and foremost thing to do when calculating the cost of an install is to determine the type of window film that you need. This usually depends on what you’re hoping to accomplish. Are you trying to lower your energy costs? Do you need something to prevent your flooring or furniture from fading? Are safety, aesthetics, or glare more of a concern for you? Once you identify the problem, then you can start looking for a film that has the capabilities you need.
Factor in Installation Costs
Once you’ve determined the type of film that you need, you can move on to the next step of calculating the cost of an install: factoring in the variables. There are typically three different variables that can affect the total cost. These include the quality of the film being used, the intensity or scope of the install, and the workmanship and/or warranty provided.
Film quality: Lower quality films are less expensive, but they do not generate the same results of higher quality films. These films are manufactured using cheap materials and typically consist of nothing more than dyed polyester. Higher quality films are manufactured using better materials such as precious metals and ceramics, so they produce better results and last for a longer period of time.
Project size or intensity: If the installation is difficult due to the location of the windows or size of the project, this can also affect overall costs. These projects generally require more materials and labor and can therefore be more expensive, but they may also be eligible for a bulk discount under the right circumstances.
Workmanship & warranty: It’s also important to consider the quality of the service that’s being provided. A larger company may be more expensive, but they’re also likely more capable of producing better results. A reputable company will stand by their work and often provide a warranty with their services.
Window Film Pricing Estimates
Once you’ve gained an idea of the scope of your project and know the type of film you need, you can begin comparing prices. Here are some price estimates for different types of film:
Spectrally selective: $9-18 per sq ft – Used for climate control, energy efficiency, and UV protection
Low-e film: $20 per sq ft on average – Used for climate control and energy efficiency in dual climate regions
Safety/security: $8-16 per sq ft – Used for protection against accidents and break-ins
Bullet resistant: $125 per sq ft – Used for protection against ballistics and severe impacts
Security attachment systems: $2-5 per linear ft – Used to hold security window film in place
Decorative: $6-12 per sq ft – Used for privacy, decoration, and branding
These prices fluctuate, so they should only be used as a guideline for calculating estimates.
Get More Information
To learn more about window film pricing or to receive an actual cost estimate for your project, please contact our office. One of our staff members would be more than happy to provide you with additional information or answer any questions that you may have.