Cost to Apply an Insulating Window Film

Cost to Apply an Insulating Window Film

How much is insulating film for windows? The contractor cost to apply an insulating film is $326 vs. doing it yourself for $153 and saving 53 percent. Add your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 6.4 DIY 7.5
Money Pro $326 DIY $153
Per Square Foot Cost
Per SF Cost $5.43 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Anyone who has a south-facing room with long hours of sunshine knows that it can be costly to replace carpeting, upholstery or draperies damaged by the sun. To protect furnishings from harmful damage caused by the sun and help conceal glare from strong sunlight, conside rapplying an insulating film on the windows. It may help to lower your heating and cooling costs.

Window film is sold in a variety of lengths and widths that cover most standard size windows and patio doors. You’ll find it at hardware stores, home centers and glass dealers. It comes in shades of gray that give the glass a slight tint of a protective coating. The applicationis easy and is designed for do-it-yourselfers.

The job involves cleaning the window, cutting and measuring the film, wetting the glass with a solution, applying the film, removing its backing and then smoothing and trimming the film. The insulating film and concentrate solution for 30 square feet of glass costs about $153 A handyman will charge an additiona $326 to install it. By doing it yourself, you'll save 53 percent.

To apply the film you will need a squeegee, spray bottle, utility knife, razor blade, tape measure, transparent tape, paper coffee filters and some bottled water.

Don't want to do the job? Click here to get to Home Advisor and it will open in a new tab and you’ll have to answer some basic questions about your job followed by Handyman Contractors in your area.

Gila Window Film has a series of how-to videos to watch Window Film How-to Videos.

Now you know the average cost to apply an insulating window film, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020

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