Window film is not a commodity, despite the efforts of some window tinting firms to sell it as such. “I’ll do it cheaper than anybody else” has become somewhat of a mantra in these challenging economic times; and it is sometimes hard to ignore a large difference in price between competitors.
Because most people do not commonly deal with window tinting, they do not know what questions to ask of a potential vendor – and many play on this “ignorance of product” to get a sale. Most people sit politely and let a salesman tell them why he and his products are “the best”; but they don’t know to ask the questions that will truly reveal them as good or mediocre. Are they selling dyed products that will change color? Are the films “performance certified” by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)? How long is the warranty? Who is backing the warranty – the dealer, or the manufacturer? How can a client with no experience in buying window tint tell the difference between what he or she sees as just a “sheet of plastic” that looks much like everybody else?
Start with some analysis.
Is the salesman just trying to sell you what he has in stock, or is he taking an interest in your personal needs? Is he showing you a wide array of products, and helping you narrow your choice based on your preferences? Is he asking for your input; asking about your lifestyle? Maybe you’d like a lighter film that gives you more natural views; or maybe you’d prefer a product with little or no reflectance that would allow you to see out better at night. All of these technologies are available to you, but their cost varies. A “mirrored” film is going to cost less than a “dual reflective” or “spectrally selective” film, but is that really what you want?
How about the installers? Are they experienced in all phases of installation? Many film manufacturers have training “academies.” Have the installers attended these, or are they “self-taught?” Are they employees, or itinerant “independent contractors?” Are they properly covered with Workers’ Compensation Insurance? Is the dealer properly insured? All of these are important questions that need to be asked for your protection – and they all add overhead cost!
In this economy, some film dealers are quoting prices that we haven’t seen in twenty years or more! While prices like that can be tempting, they are often a prelude to going out of business. If you have a problem, “the number you have reached is no longer in service” is not going to be the voice you want to hear on the other end of the line.
True “value” is the coming together of quality products and fair pricing. That’s what you can expect from Solar-X of Sarasota every day. Trusted by the people of Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice for 37 years. Call today.
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