Window Film Pricing
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Our first commitment is always to our customers. That’s why we strive to stay honest and transparent about all aspects of our work, which includes disclosing information about window film pricing. As Chicago’s trusted window film contractor, we feel that this part of our duty to our customers, whose trust we value and appreciate deeply. The following information should serve as a guide to provide insight about window film prices and the cost of installation.
How to Choose the Right Window Film
Because there are hundreds of different types of window films and brands, deciding on a window film can feel overwhelming at first, but it’s actually quite a simple matter. Finding the right film is all about identifying your goals. Are you looking for a way to save money on energy costs or is security a bigger concern? What do you hope your home/building will look like once the film is installed? Once you have your goals figured out, you can narrow down your options much more easily.
Calculating Actual Installation Costs
Once you’ve determined what type of film you need, the next step is to calculate the cost of the actual install. Though all installations vary because every building is different, there are generally three variables that affect the total cost: the cost to manufacture the film, the size/intensity of the project, and the quality of the service being performed.
Cost of manufacture: Cheap films may cost less but usually don’t last as long since they’re just thin sheets of dyed polyester. Higher quality films cost more because they are made of more expensive materials like silver, ceramic, and high grade polyester, but produce better results.
Project size/intensity: Larger projects typically cost more because they require a larger crew and more materials. Difficult installs can also be more time consuming, which also affects the price. However, large commercial projects are sometimes eligible for a discounted rate.
Quality of service: The quality of the workmanship should also be taken into consideration. While a smaller company may be cheaper, they may also not be as experienced. A larger company will have more experience and can generally produce better and more rapid results. Large companies, like ours, also generally include a warranty with their work.
General Price Estimates
Window film prices are usually calculated per square foot. Prices vary depending on the type of film and the brand. However, here are some general estimates on commonly used films:
Spectrally selective: costs around $9-18 per sq ft; used for blocking out heat, glare, and uv radiation
Low-e film: costs around $20 per sq ft; used for year round climate control and energy savings in dual climate regions
Safety/security: ranges from $8-16 per sq ft; used for protection against forced entry, accidents, and inclimate weather
Bullet resistant: costs around $125 per sq ft; used to strengthen glass and protect against impact, ballistics, and severe danger
Security attachment systems: costs $2-5 per linear ft; used to attach security window film for increased impact resistance
Decorative/frosted: cost $6-12 per sq ft; used for creating privacy or decorative features
*Please note that prices vary and those listed may not be reflective of actual costs.
Get a Quote on Window Film Pricing in Chicago
If you would like to learn more about the cost of window film or have any questions about window film pricing in Chicago, please contact our office. One of our staff members would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have or provide you with an estimate for your project.