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A Guide to Custom Tint Solutions Pricing in Austin and San Antonio

We are a customer-forward company that always prioritizes you. That’s why we strive to stay honest and transparent about all aspects of our work, which includes full disclosure on window film pricing. As Austin and San Antonio’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 starting guide to provide insight about window film prices and the cost of installation.

How to Choose the Right Window Tint

Due to the fact that there are hundreds of different types of window tints and brands, choosing the right window tint can seem daunting as first. We always recommend prioritizing your goals and needs in order to start determining which investment is right for you. Are you seeking to improve energy efficiency or would you like to optimize your security benefits? Do you have a certain aesthetic you’re looking for? Once you have determined your priorities and goals, we can help you choose the right window tint solution for your residential or commercial property.

Calculating Actual Installation Costs

Once you’ve determined what type of window tint you need, the next step is to calculate the cost of the actual installation process. Though all installations vary because every building is different, there are generally three variables that affect the total cost:

  1. The cost to manufacture the tint
  2. The size/intensity of the project
  3. The quality of the service being performed

Cost of manufacture: Cheap tints may cost less but usually don’t last as long since they’re just thin sheets of dyed polyester. Higher quality window tints cost more because they are made of more expensive materials like silver, ceramic, and high grade polyester, and offer higher performance.

Project size/intensity: Larger projects typically cost more because they require a larger crew and more materials. Difficult installs on nontraditional or hard to access sites 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 tint prices are usually calculated per square foot. Prices vary depending on the type of tint and the brand. However, here are some general estimates on commonly used window tint products:

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 natural disasters

Ballistic 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 Tint Pricing in Austin and San Antonio

If you would like a more specific estimate on window tinting products you’re interested in, please contact us. We offer free on-site consultations as well to further determine exact pricing and offer insight on window tint product knowledge.


Custom Tint Solutions is honored to announce our recent award on behalf of Eastman and Llumar SelectPro for “Best in the West” window film contractor. As the Western Vista dealer of the year, we’re humbled by the recognition of our work ethic, consistency, and dedication to our customers and community. We strive to continue being the recognized leader in our industry and are proud of our recent accomplishments, our hard working team, and all of our wonderful clients.

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