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Does Window Replacement Make Sense?

Do I really need to replace my windows or should I just upgrade them with energy-efficient window tinting?

When I was in the glass and window business we ran into many issues concerning our clients that were looking to replace their windows. The truth was that over 50% didn’t need new windows. Most of the time we concluded that they replace the fogged glass and not the frames while adding solar window film to the new glass. This solution would give them a high performance energy-efficient window at quarter of the price of a new window.


  • Most box store windows salesmen aren’t educated in energy alternatives.
  • Most box store window salesmen don’t want you to know you can replace the insulated glass unit without removing the frames.
  • Salesman love to sell you the most expensive window they can because they are on commission sales.


  • Over 50% of homes don’t need new windows unless one or more of the questions below apply to you.
  • Window film is a much more cost-effective way to save energy and the pay back is much faster than new windows.
  • Educate yourself on the myths about window film.

Window Film Before and After Window Films are an alternative to replacement windows at a fraction of the cost. You will see an instant return on your investment with both, but what are your costs? Professionally installed window films or tints will cost you about 1/3rd of replacement windows. Window tinting your existing windows should pay for the investment between 9-13 months. Replacement windows could be 2-3 years!

Energy-Efficient Window Film is VERY useful if you have older, or low-efficiency, but still airtight windows, and when you know that you really need to increase their energy efficiency. Window films give you an option to upgrade without spending a lot of money.


Applying window films does not improve the framework of your window so here are a couple questions to ask about your existing windows:

  • You live on a busy street and cars and noises bother you all the time?
  • Do you have dry rotted areas around the outside of your windows?
  • Are your windows aesthetically unappealing?
  • Can you see light through your window frames?
  • Do you have aluminum-framed windows and are these damaged, faded to rusted brown, or yellowish?
  • Do you see broken seals around your window frames, the grids are fallen, or have other major issues?
  • Can you hear your windows shaking when slamming a door?

If you answer yes to any of the above questions, then spending money on replacement windows could make sense. We can, however, still tint those windows and make them more efficient. You should get gaps and broken seals fixed. If we block the solar energy coming in the window with film you are just going to lose it back out the gaps in your frames.

Below are some benefits of applying window film to your existing windows:

  • Tinting reduces annoying glare
  • Tints can allow in more natural light than blinds and shades
  • Tints also balance outside appearances of your home, giving it a whole new look
  • Substantially reduces your electric bill
  • NFC rated films--our safety films are documented for performance
  • 99.9% UV rejection from our window tints protect your furnishings from fading
  • Privacy
  • Our films have a lifetime warranty 
  • Energy-efficient film can upgrade windows, sliders, doors, sun rooms, etc.
  • Some of our films qualify for tax or and energy rebates
  • Security films will protect your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Tinting will allow light to pass through your windows while screening out heat and dangerous ultraviolet rays
  • We can help to eliminate hot and cold spots in your home or office
  • Gain over 80% solar rejection with some of our films
  • Our low emissivity (Low E) films improve insulating properties for year-round energy savings
  • Our tints are protected by durable, patented, scratch-resistant coatings and are applied with long lasting distortions-free adhesives
  • Our ceramic films offer superb heat rejection properties without compromising visibility and do not appear shiny
  • Ceramic films easily outperform all dyed, metallic and powder-coated films, while maintaining a clear view
  • You can start “Going Green” with window films and tints
  • Energy-efficient window films are equal to other energy saving measures such as high efficiency lighting, new control systems, and HVAC upgrades

Solar Reflective Window Film

Starting to do research on improving the efficiency of your home is great step on lowering your electricity bills or even better trying to lower your carbon footprint. Remember your air conditioner usually is the highest part of your electrical costs in your home or office.

Go Green with Window FilmAccording to a recent Life Cycle Assessment, Solargard architectural window film products become carbon neutral in less than two months after installation. With an average service life of 15 years, this means that these products are typically providing 14-plus years of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions after accounting for the products’ total carbon footprint.

Not only does Vista window film deliver a positive impact for the environment in energy savings and GHG emissions reductions, it also contributes to an avoidance of solid wastes typical of window replacement.





Check out our independent test on a standard energy-efficient window from a box store...

Average house window replacement cost:

10 windows and one six foot slider = $ 8,500; window film  = $950.00 (savings of 88.5 % over new windows)


  • Pay-back on window film – 2-4 years average
  • Pay-back on new windows-- 10-15 year depending on the quality of the glass and frame