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Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Welcome to my blog. My name is Deborah. About 15 years ago, I bought an old home. We worked with several contractors to rehabilitate it, but ultimately, the foundation simply wasn't stable enough, and we had to tear it down. After that, we worked with a construction crew to build a home from the ground up. The experience was exciting and challenging, and I learned a lot through that process. I want to share construction and contracting facts and information with others so I decided to start this blog. I hope that you like the results, and I thank you for reading. Enjoy!

Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Estimating the True Cost of Home Window Tinting

by Samantha Russell

For someone looking to open up their home and create that expansive feeling the outdoors pours into a home, large windows and extensive glass siding may offer a solution. Unfortunately, homes with such open spaces protected by a layer of mere glass can suffer higher internal temperatures courtesy of the sun. The sun also brings damaging amounts of UV rays that will quickly fade draperies and furniture and may even damage carpets. Fortunately, a solution can be found in home window tinting. Window tinting can effectively block the damaging aspects of the sun from your home, while sufficiently allowing enough light to illuminate the interior. How much will it cost you? Here is what you need to know to estimate the cost of home window tinting.

Type of tint

In the past, home window tinting merely involved applying colored film on windows. This film either blocked sunlight, or prevented people from seeing inside your home. Today, however, technological advances have seen the introduction of many types of window films that are for different purposes. You can find:

  • Reflective tint that can keep out heat from the sun.
  • Frosted tint that enhances privacy by preventing visibility from the outside.
  • Tinted films that simply reduce glare from any source of light.
  • UV protective films that can filter out UV rays from the sun.
  • And the decorative films that are mostly for aesthetic purposes.

All these films come at varying costs. UV protective films will probably cost you more due to the technology involved with them. You should narrow down your intended purpose for the film. For instance, if you want your bathroom to let in natural light but still maintain privacy, you could choose to use the frosted films in that area while a different type in other rooms. Window tints may also be priced based on a light-percentage rating. What you need to know is that this rating reflects the amount of light the tint allows through. The higher the rating, therefore, the more light is permitted into your home.

Service cost

If you have small and easily accessible windows, you can attempt home window tinting as DIY. Professional window tinting, however, is best recommended when your windows are large or inaccessible. The films for window tinting are relatively inexpensive. You can buy them yourself at per square meter charges, or contract a home window tinting company to do this for you.  The charges you incur from the professionals also factor in the area of work done and even the difficulty of the installation. In some cases, you may be required to buy other additional materials such as adhesive if the film requires it.

Since most home window tinting professionals charge by the hour, you may want them to first come and measure your windows and prepare, then come back to install the film next time. This can save you several hours on the installation day. You can click here for more info.