That is a great question which is not easy to answer. There are so many variables like is it for commercial or residential use? Is it being installed on a vehicle? How many windows, and type?
Probably the best way to answer that question is by establishing common criteria when comparing the cost of automotive tinting. For example; does the film come with a manufacturer's lifetime warranty?
If not the true cost may be hidden. Using inferior films can result in the film failing down the road. By failing we mean bubbling, peeling or turning purple. That $99 tint special will rarely offer a lifetime warranty.
Most tint shops in San Antonio charge between $140-$200 just to remove film and residual adhesive. Why? because sometimes it takes more time to remove the film and adhesive than it does to tint the vehicle in the first place. So if you save money today, but a few years from now have to pay to have the film removed and re-tinted, then you really have not saved a penny.
So assuming you are offered a manufacturer's lifetime warranty, what type of warranty is it? Some manufacturer warranties will not cover things like discoloring or fading. Many do not cover scratches, nicks, or other types of damage. Some of the more reputable tint companies offer a "No Fault" warranty.
This special warranty covers most things that fall outside the scope of the manufacturer's warranty, things such as scratches, nicks, tears, and even film replacement in the event of glass breakage.
Then there is the question of Ceramic versus Infrared versus carbon versus metalized... etc., etc., etc.,... get the picture?
Given the outstanding performance of the newer technologies such as IR rejecting films and Ceramic films, we believe those types of films represent the smartest choice in window tint.
Now the nitty gritty, How much should window tint cost?
Well, car dealerships seem to be among those that charge the highest. Some dealerships can charge as much as $800 for a 4 door car. Many are in the $500 range. Most reputable tint shops will charge $400-$500 for a 4 door car with ceramic film installed, but don't offer a "No Fault" warranty.
So when shopping for the best value you should always specify that you want a high-quality installation, using the latest window film technology, and offering the very best warranty. Your chosen professional should always deliver those 3 things at a great price. If not...keep shopping!
At Fletch Window Tint we want to always treat you right and deliver a great value. Please call us with any questions! 210-669-2940