Knowing what pitfalls to avoid when considering window film installation at your place of business can save you time, money and future headaches. It is a fairly simple process if you avoid these top 3 mistakes.
1. Not Finding a Reputable Company
Far too many business owners skip this step and end up frustrated with the results. Make sure to get multiple bids and compare not only price but also film quality and warranty coverage. Going with a substandard film can result in peeling and/or bubbling.
Make sure that you’re investing in a reputable window film installation company that specializes in commercial window films. They can use their experience and know-how to ensure desirable results on your windows. Ask for references. A reputable company should be able to supply you with at least three references with contact information. Contact them and ask them the following questions.
1. Do the previous clients seem satisfied with the results?
2. What was the turnaround time like for the services provided?
3. Would they recommend the service to others?
4. How helpful was the company during the decision-making process?
5. Were there any issues with the film or installation? If so, how were they addressed?
Check out the company’s online reviews. Finding out about potential quality or customer service issues can be as simple as a Google search. Doing a little homework can save you time and costly repairs in the long run.
A reputable company will warranty their labor in addition to any product warranty offered by the film manufacturer.
2. Investing in Lesser-Quality Brands
Hiring a reputable company is only the first step. It’s also vitally important that you invest in high quality products. With many film brands and types, it is easy with the help of a professional estimator to choose the best product within your budget. The least expensive film is not always the best choice.
Lesser quality films may not be as durable or effective. Films that are adequate for residential installation may not be appropriate for commercial use. Suntek and Solar Gard films are top tier products. They offer the strongest, most energy-efficient, and durable commercial window film products on the market today. A reputable company can provide the information and resources so you can make an educated decision on your window film installation.
3. Not Scheduling a Free Estimate/Consultation
The process should always begin with an initial appointment. It’s an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns with a trained professional who can talk over your concerns, measure the windows properly, bring product samples for your consideration and discuss the logistics of installation.
The estimator should take their time and answer any questions you might have. The initial visit should give you peace of mind. You should not feel rushed or pressured into completing the sale before you’ve obtained multiple estimates and considered your options carefully.
The initial estimate appointment should always be free and be followed up with an estimate in writing. All terms, including film type, number of panes, and pricing should be clearly stated and understandable. Payment terms and methods of payment should also be discussed at the visit.
Discuss your company’s accounts payable process in advance for having the work performed. Some window tinting companies do not honor purchase orders, require check or credit card payment upon completion, or may offer Net 15 or Net 30 options. Always make sure that your company’s payment terms and methods are compatible before scheduling the work.
Now that you are aware of the most common mistakes to avoid when considering your window film installation, be sure to use this to your advantage. For more information, contact us and we will be happy to assist.