When it comes to home improvements a lot of us worry about cost of a professional installation. It can get pretty pricey doing any type of home update so being budget conscious is a must. Far too often though to save money homeowners opt to take on the challenge of doing it themselves.
Some projects are fine to watch on YouTube first and then DIY and try your hand at it, but others are not worth trying to save a few dollars on. One of those home improvements is solar window film. Attempting to do it yourself could end up costing you more money and cause damage to your glass. Let’s discuss some of the reasons why we urge you to contact a licensed professional contractor when installing window film.
Let’s Explore the Benefits of Professional Installation
Products you can buy off the shelf at your local hardware store do not compare in quality to those we can get direct from professional manufacturers. Think about haircare products as a reference. If you have ever dyed your hair with over the counter products it does get the job done but the color is never as vibrant or lasts as long as professional grade hair dye.
The phrase “you get what you pay for” is so absolutely true in this case. The reason the products are more affordable is because they are not professional quality. They tend to be thinner, less effective and flimsy. Why go through all that effort for half the quality? When you make an investment you want it to last.
The lifespan of a product typically is a reflection of the quality of the product. Better quality products are made to last because the materials they are made from come from qualify sources. Notice a pattern here? Quality plays a huge role in everything. Window film off the shelf isn’t made as durable which means its likely more prone to scratching, peeling, bubbling and other defects. The lifespan is up to ten years.
The lifespan of professionally installed window film is normally around fifteen to up to twenty years. There’s a possibility of you doubling the lifespan by investing a little bit more into your window films by hiring a qualified professional like AZ Solar Control Glass Tinting. You definitely get a better bang for your buck!
In terms of protection from solar energy, again quality is everything. Professional grade window tint can offer up to 86 percent protection from solar energy and nearly 99 percent safety from dangerous UV rays. Lower quality products cannot offer the same level of protection. Another way you get more protection with professionally installed solar window films is with warranties. Most professionally installed products come with manufacturers warranties that protect them for the lifespan of the film.
These warranties offer coverage against risk of peeling, bubbling, fading and other damage that may occur over that fifteen year lifespan. If you opt to install film yourself you do not get to take advantage of the added warranty protection. Finally, some products offered here at AZ Solar Control and other professional organizations also provide warranties on your existing glass. Not only does it cover the film but it also protects the window against breakage. Can’t beat that kind of coverage!
When you’re installing something yourself for the first time it’s a learning curve. You watch a bunch of videos and then take your attempts to make it happen. There’s a reason there are so many “Pinterest” fails online and phrases like “third times a charm” exist. More than likely you will not be successful your first try.
The risks of improper installation include damage to your glass. You could permanently scratch your glass, break it or even get adhesive stuck to it that just won’t come off. In addition to that risk you could also end up ruining product you paid for. If you don’t get the film installed perfectly straight or without air pockets you will have to start over and discard that piece of film.
Ultimately the risk of waste is high which won’t be saving you money after all. By hiring professionals to install your window film the product will be installed properly the first time and will be custom fit for each pane of glass. It will be no hassle for you and we can have it done rather quickly, at least a lot faster than you can with our team of experienced and knowledgeable techs.
So now that you know some of the risks with attempting to install window film yourself, trust me when we say you want to hire someone who knows what they are doing. Here at AZ Solar Control Glass Tinting we have over 30 years, yes three plus decades, of hands on professional installation experience. We can get you the product you want in a timely manner and work around whatever budget you set.
So don’t try to convince yourself you can save money taking on the job, we all know how that always ends. We have all tried to be a DIY pro once or twice on some project we weren’t qualified for. Don’t be the next “Pinterest” fail. Pick up the phone and call us at 623-780-4950. We are ready to get you that free quote and give you peace of mind as you are in good hands with us at AZ Solar Control.