home window tinting

Old 06-07-08, 10:34 AM
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home window tinting

As my AC is struggling to keep up with Florida summer heat, I am going to tint my east and west windows. These are single pane, double-hung 80 year-old windows. I'm in a historic district, so reflective glass is not allowed. I've looked at the Lowes/HD supplied film, and it is not impressive. It seems like there is new technology out there, namely ceramic-type film, which has been recommended by several installers.


1) Can anyone recommend a brand of film given price, warranty, etc? I've been quoted Huper Optik Nano-Ceramic, CPFilms Vista product, Lumar N1050 Solar, with the Huper brand being recommended the most.

2) Is there any way to purchase a high-end film, and install yourself, or hire someone yourself (it's certainly not rocket science). I'm getting quotes from $25 to $38/pane to install. This seems high as some info i have says that the product should cost the supplier about $3/s.f.

Thanks for any recommendations, suggestions, or websites for further research!

Old 06-07-08, 10:46 AM
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Vista is the most recommended. It takes some time to put it on and do it right. People need to charge for their time and experience.
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Make sure that what you plan to do does not void window warranties. Insulated draperies are effective for keeping out the heat.

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