When you tint the windows of your vehicle or home, you have two different options. You can choose to hire a professional installation company to do the job, or you can try the do-it-yourself route. Each option has a distinct set of pros and cons. We’ll discuss these today to help you make an informed decision on how to tackle your next window tinting project.
If you decide to take the DIY route, chances are high that you’ll save a significant amount of money if you do it correctly. It may also be more convenient for some people, as you don’t have to make an appointment and rearrange your own schedule to get the tint put on.
The DIY route also has several cons. For starts, it could end up costing you a lot more money if you do the job incorrectly and have to purchase all new tint. Some may find installing window tint a difficult project, so it isn’t ideal for those without handyman experience. If something goes wrong, you’ll be entirely responsible. There is also a chance you will get a lot of bubbles in your window tint, which can be both annoying and cause the tint itself to become inefficient if not altered.
Professional Installation: Pros
When you choose to get your window tint professional installed, it can be a lot easier and hassle-free since someone else is handling the headaches for you. Usually, you also get the peace of mind in knowing that if the installers mess up, they’ll handle it. They can also help you ensure that vehicular tint is within your state’s laws and regulations.
Professional Installation: Cons
Having a professional installer can be more expensive than doing it yourself, but only if you get the DIY job done properly the first time around. You may also need to rearrange your schedule to have the job done properly.
To summarize, both doing it yourself and hiring a professional installation company presents it’s own unique set of pros and cons.
- Might be cheaper
- Don’t need to rearrange your schedule
- Could end up costing a lot more money
- You are solely responsible for mistakes
- Might be botched
- Someone else handles all the headaches
- Installers responsible if something goes wrong
- Can ensure vehicle tint is legal
- Typically, more expensive
- Better job
Which is better?
This leads us to the ultimate question of which is better: professional installation or doing it yourself? The answer isn’t cut and dry, but generally it is recommended that you have a professional installation company do the work for you. That is, of course, unless you have experience as a handyman and have installed window tinting on homes or vehicles before.
This doesn’t mean you can’t try to install the tint on your own. But it does mean that window tint installation is not as easy as it seems, and even the smallest tear in the tint can cause it to be ineffective.