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DIY vs Professional Window Film Installation

May 23, 2012 | 2 comments

You’ve made the decision to increase the energy efficiency of your home by investing in window film. Now, it’s time to decide whether to install it yourself or to hire a professional to handle your window film installation. It’s not a decision to take lightly because improper installation can leave you with spots, bubbles and peeling window film, which can lead to decreased performance from the film itself. But don’t fear, you can get a flawless-looking finish that performs to its full potential whether you DIY or hire a pro. Here are some pointers to help you decide if you feel up to installing the window film yourself to save money or whether it’s best to hire a professional installer to give you peace of mind.

DIY to save on window film installation costs

The do-it-yourself movement is huge right now. We’re big fans of DIY projects, and residential window film installation is one that you can tackle yourself if you have the patience and the right skills. The biggest benefit of the DIY option is saving money on window film installation costs. And while everyone likes spending less, this option is best if you’re handy, can spare the time and have plenty of patience. So if you enjoy hanging wallpaper or tackling other crafty projects, installing window film yourself could be the right choice for you.

If you choose the DIY route, you can buy residential window film at most hardware stores. The film should come with directions, but you can also find some excellent video tutorials online to help you learn how to install window film. Proper installation is more important than skimping to saving a few bucks, so make sure to buy the specific tools you’ll need for installation. And remember, installing window film is a time consuming process, so plan on about 30 minutes per window.

Get professional peace of mind

If installing window film yourself sounds a bit too intimidating or you don’t have the time, you can always call a pro. They’ve got the proper training and experience to install your window film. Professional installation does cost more than installing it yourself, but it gives you peace of mind and saves you hours of hassle. Plus, only professional installers carry Vista window film. Your local Vista dealer can even help you select the proper film for your home to ensure that you get great looking windows that give you the energy-savings that you want.

All Vista installers go through an extensive process to learn how to properly install your window film. We have a state-of-the-art training center to train installers and web-based technical support is available to Vista dealers at all times. Plus, there are hundreds of Vista dealers with certified installers located around the U.S. and Canada. Just use our dealer locator to find a Vista window film dealer near you.

It comes down to your personality and priorities

So when it comes down to it, deciding whether to DIY or hire a pro to install your window film is all about your personality and priorities. If you like getting your hands dirty and saving money is at the top of your list, you’re probably a DIYer. If you’re the type who wants the job in the hands of an expert and values the peace of mind that comes with it, you should probably go with a pro. Either way, enjoy your new window film and the wonderful energy savings it will bring you.


  1. Jim Freeman
    May 31, 2012

    Nice article on the installation, however, there way no discussion on the difference between DIY film and the quality and features of using a VISTA product. Try to install DIY film on a 53″ by 78″ trap window.

    There is a major difference between the films not just the installation portion.

  2. Tom Young
    August 2, 2012

    Unless you really know what you’re doing, I would go with a Pro. DIY can sometimes be a waste of money, and frustrating too.

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