Glare Reduction Film in San Francisco

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, though there are certain variables that need to be considered to determine window film pricing. 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 these matters.
Selecting the Right Type & Style of Film
The first and foremost important thing to calculating the cost of an install is determining 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 in place to prevent your flooring or furniture from fading? Or are safety, aesthetics, or glare more of a concern for you? Once you can identify the problem, then you can start looking for a film that has the specifications and capabilities that you need.

Calculating Installation Costs
Once you’ve determined the type of film that you need, you can then 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. This includes 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 do not generate same results as those of a higher quality. 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, produce better results, and last for a longer period of time.

Project size or intensity: If the installation is determined to be difficult due to the location of the windows or if the project is larger in size, this can also affect overall costs. These projects generally require more materials and labor and can therefore be more expensive, but may also be eligible for a 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 may also be capable of producing better results. A reputable company will stand by their work and oftentimes includes 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: range from $9-18 per sq ft; used for climate control, energy efficiency, uv protection

Low-e film: cost $20 per sq ft on average; used for climate control and energy efficiency in dual climate regions

Safety/security: range from $8-16 per sq ft; used for protection against accidents and break-ins

Bullet resistant: cost around $125 per sq ft; used for protection against ballistics and severe impact

Security attachment systems: cost $2-5 per linear ft; used to hold security window film in place

Decorative: cost $6-12 per sq ft; used for privacy, decoration, and branding

*Prices fluctuate and should only be used as a guideline for calculating estimates

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To learn more about window film pricing or 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.

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