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(925) 398-3562

Serving the Greater Bay Area including Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Sacramento County.

Services include sun/solar control, safety film, decorative film, energy savings, anti-graffiti film, residential & commercial, window & screen cleaning, gutter Cleaning and holiday lighting.Brands include Huper Optik, Bekaert and MSC...
License 424976 | DCID9256346008
(877) 312-1248

Serving Northern California

Services include Decorative Film, Designer Film, Graffiti Film, Heat & Glare, Reduce Fade, Safety Film, Security Film, Window Films, Window Tinting. Brands include Armorcoat Safety Security, Bekaert Film, Denco Sales, Llumar, Madico Sunscape...
License 636209 | DCID8009993828

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Why Trust Diamond Certified Window Tinting Companies Rated Highest in Quality?

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a window tinting company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified window tint company. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated window tinting company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

How to Choose
How to Choose a Good San Francisco Window Tinting Company

Are the furnishings and flooring in your home being damaged by the sin: bleaching, fading and cracking? Do rooms in your home or business heat up with direct sun exposure? You can keep direct sun and UV rays from fading your carpet or your favorite furniture, and save money on your electric bills by installing specialty window tinting....

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Are the furnishings and flooring in your home being damaged by the sin: bleaching, fading and cracking? Do rooms in your home or business heat up with direct sun exposure? You can keep direct sun and UV rays from fading your carpet or your favorite furniture, and save money on your electric bills by installing specialty window tinting.

There are several good window tinting shops in San Francisco that can help. In fact, you can find high-quality window tinting services in San Francisco that service the major cities of Sunset District, Richmond District and Mission District, as well as Barbary Coast, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury, Laurel Heights, Outer Richmond, Telegraph Hill, Sea Cliff, Potrero Flats, the Presidio.

Window tinting services in San Francisco have experienced technicians that hand-cut window tinting film or use computer-guided cutting systems for a perfect fit. An accurate fit is essential in window tinting, and so is consistency of color and reflectivity. With specialized equipment, window tinting experts can guarantee exact color uniformity and fit, and they can offer specialty tints that address your needs and preferences.

Residential window tint centers in San Francisco might even offer additional services like same-day service, color matching for existing window tints, and safety or privacy tints.

Learn More About San Francisco Window Tinting Centers
You'll need to do some research to find the right local window tinting shop for you in the Tenderloin, the Excelsior District, and Bernal Heights and beyond. It is important to select a reputable tinting center that applies tinting in accordance with manufacturer specification, and that offers the protective and stylistic features you need.

You'll want to start with a phone call to make sure the San Francisco window tinting shop fits your needs and can offer what you want. Then, you may want to visit the shop to see examples their work and meet with representatives in person.

Here are some factors to consider when interviewing and visiting San Francisco window tint stores:

  • Great tint specialists are attentive to customer service. The representatives should be happy and willing to spend time with you explaining how their shop works and how they chose and apply window tints. Keep in mind, if they don’t spend time with you now, you may not be able to rely on them once they've gotten your business.
  • A tint company’s area of work should be inside and clean. The tools and the window films should be organized in a professional way.
  • Ask to see some samples or photos of recent work they've finished. Look for bubbles, streaks or other flaws.
  • Learn about your options, special features of the window tints available to you (UV reducing, heat reducing, privacy window tints, etc.), and guarantees or warranties.
  • Ask who will do the work and what type of training they've had.
  • Learn about the brands of window tinting used by the San Francisco window tint stores. Insist on name brands and high-quality window films.
  • Ask how long it will take to get an appointment and then book one to fit your schedule.

The following articles will give you more detailed information on hiring good window tinting companies near you.

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Know What You Want
What to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Window Tinting Company

Once you are ready to hire a window tinting service that works throughout San Francisco, or your area of  Pacific Heights, North Beach, Excelsior District and the Sunset District and beyond, you'll need to know what you want.

Unfortunately, some window tinting companies are less than professional and don't meet high standards for window tinting. To avoid these companies, you'll need to do some research....

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Once you are ready to hire a window tinting service that works throughout San Francisco, or your area of  Pacific Heights, North Beach, Excelsior District and the Sunset District and beyond, you'll need to know what you want.

Unfortunately, some window tinting companies are less than professional and don't meet high standards for window tinting. To avoid these companies, you'll need to do some research.

Use the questions below to help determine what you really want from your window tinting service and you are almost guaranteed to find a reliable and trustworthy window tinting company in San Francisco. The benefits will be well worth the time you spend considering your options.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified window tinting company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • Where do I need window tinting services (home, apartment, office building, office park, professional building, etc.)?
  • What problem am I hoping to address or fix with professionally-applied window tints? (This can include reducing UV rays inside, reducing fading on furniture and carpeting, heat transfer reduction, privacy and other issues.)
  • How many windows do I need to have tinted? (Knowing the size and scope of your job will help you avoid spending more than you need to or being talked into a larger job than necessary. It will also make sure that you've considered all of the windows that need tinting so that you don't underestimate the job and have to schedule a second job for follow-up services.)
  • Do I want a company that provides its own supplies and equipment?
  • Do I want a reputable San Francisco window tint company that is fully insured and bonded?
  • Do I want a company that uses environmentally friendly materials and supplies?
  • What is my budget for window tinting services?
  • How dark do I want my windows to appear from the inside and outside?
  • Do I want any specialty finishes or properties such as safety tint, shatter-proof tint or privacy tint?
  • What is my timeline for the work?
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What to Ask on the Phone
Questions to Ask San Francisco Window Tinting Companies on the Phone

When you start calling San Francisco window tinting businesses  in Nob Hill, North Beach, the Sunset District, SOMA and the Bayview District and your area, you should know the basic facts of your job. For instance, if you want residential window tinting or business window tinting, know rough measurements of the windows and the number of windows you will need covered. This can help the company know if they can help you, or if your job is too large or small for their abilities....

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When you start calling San Francisco window tinting businesses  in Nob Hill, North Beach, the Sunset District, SOMA and the Bayview District and your area, you should know the basic facts of your job. For instance, if you want residential window tinting or business window tinting, know rough measurements of the windows and the number of windows you will need covered. This can help the company know if they can help you, or if your job is too large or small for their abilities.

The questions in the section above will help you outline this information so you will have it handy.

Once you've verified that the San Francisco window tint service you're talking with can help you, ask some questions to learn more about them. You won't want to waste time interviewing companies that can't meet your needs or expectations, so get some basic questions out of the way first. That way, you can make appointments to meet with the best candidates without spending a lot of time weeding through less competent companies.

To make sure you aren’t trusting your windows to laymen or installers without the qualifications you demand, ask the following questions over the phone.

  • Has your San Francisco window tinting shop earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • Tell me about the window tinting brands and products you offer. Which might be the best matches for my needs?
  • Is your shop a full-time window tinting company, or is it part of another business?
  • How long has your company been serving clients in San Francisco and the Bay Area?
  • Will you give me in writing the manufacturer's specifications of the film?
  • Do you guarantee your work and are your window films warranted by the manufacturers? (Look for lifetime warranties on installations that include both film and labor.)
  • Who does the measuring and installation work?
  • How much experience do they have?
  • Where or how were they trained?
  • Will you provide me an estimate for the entire price of the job?
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What to Ask in Person
Questions to Ask San Francisco Window Tinting Companies in Person

Once you’ve narrowed down the field to a few of the best window tinting companies, visit some in person or invite them to see your job. This will allow you the opportunity to meet the San Francisco representatives and learn more about their company and what they have to offer you....

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Once you’ve narrowed down the field to a few of the best window tinting companies, visit some in person or invite them to see your job. This will allow you the opportunity to meet the San Francisco representatives and learn more about their company and what they have to offer you.

If you visit those few remaining prospects in person, be sure to note the professionalism with which they run their shop. If they visit your home or business in Bernal Heights, Bayview, Richmond District and Nob Hill or another area of San Francisco, note whether they treat your home or shop with respect.

Then consider the following questions to help you obtain critical hiring information.

  1. Do you frequently work on my particular type and size of windows, whether they're home windows or business windows?
  2. What are the types (colors, materials, brands) of window tinting films that  you use?
  3. Which do you recommend for installation on my windows?
  4. Will the work completed by your window tinting company affect my manufacturer's warranty?
  5. Is a written and itemized estimate of the glass tint job provided?
  6. Will you provide a written contract for the window tinting services?
  7. How do you calculate the price for window tinting?
  8. What warranties are offered on your glass tinting services?
  9. How long will it take to get an appointment and, once the work has started, to finish the work?
  10. Are there examples of your recently-completed window tint jobs that I can see?
  11. Will you give me references that I can call that hired you for work similar to the job I need done?
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What to Ask References
Questions for References of San Francisco Window Tinting Companies

It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified window tinting company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass....

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It’s best to choose a Diamond Certified window tinting company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can’t pass.

If you want quality from a window tinting expert in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, including those in Sunset District, Richmond District and Mission District and near you, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews. That’s because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can’t find a Diamond Certified window tinting specialist within reach, you’ll have to do some research on your own. It’s wise to start by calling some references provided by your San Francisco window tinting company.

Keep in mind, however, that references provided to you by local window tinting companies are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That’s because references given to customers from companies are usually cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all of their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the window and glass tinting company’s most recent customers in San Francisco. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

Then call them and ask the following questions and any others that you may have.

  1. What window tinting services did _(window tinting company name_) do for you?
  2. Were you satisfied with the window tint services from this San Francisco window tinting company?
  3. Did the window tinting company listen to and communicate with you?
  4. Do you feel the price was fair for the window tinting services you had done?
  5. What did you like best about this particular San Francisco window tinting company?
  6. Would you hire this window tinting company for future services?
  7. Would you/have you recommend this window tinting company?
  8. What was the best part about working with this company?
  9. What do you wish you would have known before you had your windows tinted?
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Review Your Options
Find and Hire a Good Window Tinting Company in San Francisco

Your choice of a window tinting company is an important concern. More expensive companies do not necessarily offer better value. On the same token, cheaper companies may not provide the service that you want. So it's not always wise to hire based on price alone. Instead, look for a commitment to quality and a history of satisfied customers.

Every tinting company will perform the window tinting a little differently, and some will be better able to customize their approach to your needs and to your unique job....

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Your choice of a window tinting company is an important concern. More expensive companies do not necessarily offer better value. On the same token, cheaper companies may not provide the service that you want. So it's not always wise to hire based on price alone. Instead, look for a commitment to quality and a history of satisfied customers.

Every tinting company will perform the window tinting a little differently, and some will be better able to customize their approach to your needs and to your unique job.

Before deciding on the best window tinting company in San Francisco, it’s important to consider the following questions.

  1. What does the window tinting company offer that is specific to my needs?
  2. Is the window tinting company bonded and insured?
  3. What are the billing practices of the window tinting company?
  4. Can a window tinting company in San Francisco satisfy my requirements for scheduling and customer service?
  5. Is the window tinting company devoted to your satisfaction?
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How to Work With
Getting the Most Benefit from Window Tinting Companies in San Francisco

Once you find a local window tinting company in San Francisco that meets all your standards, it is time to ask for a written contract. This contract should include the written details about the price of the window tint and the installation, as well as the date when the job will be done....

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Once you find a local window tinting company in San Francisco that meets all your standards, it is time to ask for a written contract. This contract should include the written details about the price of the window tint and the installation, as well as the date when the job will be done.

Be sure to read and understand all the terms and restrictions before you sign the contract. This contract should protect your home or business and your interests, as well as those of the San Francisco widow tinting company you've hired. Because of this, you should never sign an incomplete or blank estimate, or one that you don't agree with.

Do not be afraid to write specific requests or verbal agreements in the contract. This will protect you and confirm that you get the services you agreed on. You might include issues that are not always in a contract, like vehicle damage from installing the window tint.

Get Ready for Your Window Tinting Contractor
While you've done your best to hire a good window tinting professional in the Tenderloin, the Excelsior District, and Bernal Heights and the rest of San Francisco that can handle the details of even the most complicated job, it's still a good idea to take a few steps to simplify the work or make the job go more smoothly. This can create a better working environment, a strong working relationship, and a better outcome.

Here are some tips for saving time (and perhaps even some money) by planning for your window tint installation services.

Provide adequate storage and work space. Some window tint installation contractors in San Francisco have facilities or travel trailers in which to store and prepare the window tinting materials and equipment before and during the job, but others expect clients to provide a clean, dry and accessible storage area. Ask your contractor if you’ll need to have short-term space for material storage and preparation and, if so, how much space is needed.

Supply clearance and parking space for work trucks. Construction vehicles are often large and may need special parking consideration depending on the size of your driveway or available street parking. This is particularly true for large jobs, or work on larger homes and office buildings. Ask your window tint installer how many work vehicles will need parking space, and whether trailers or other large vehicles will be on site. It may also be wise to walk through your property with your San Francisco window tinting company representative and have them advise you of any clearance issues or potential hazards that you can deal with before the work begins.

Prepare your home for window tinting services. Remove or move window treatments, furniture, decorations, rugs and other movable objects from the rooms where the window film will be applied. This will protect your belongings from accidental damage and clear the area for the window film application. You may also want to temporarily store any heirlooms or expensive items that are located in high traffic areas of your home.

Keep children, pets, employees and others away from the construction area. For their safety, keep household pets or children, employees or customers out of the area when your window film application contractors are working. It’s wise to keep everyone away from the construction area even when no one is working as tools, window film and other materials may pose a safety hazard or can become easily damaged.

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Be a Good Customer
How Can You Be a Good Window Tinting Customer?

It's the window tinting company’s responsibility put in quality window tinting using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of the window tinting services, too.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring San Francisco window tinting companies in Pacific Heights, North Beach, Excelsior District and the Sunset District and beyond....

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It's the window tinting company’s responsibility put in quality window tinting using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of the window tinting services, too.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring San Francisco window tinting companies in Pacific Heights, North Beach, Excelsior District and the Sunset District and beyond.

  • Be clear and upfront with the San Francisco window tinting specialist. Let them know what you want from your window tinting, the long-term outcome you’re expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
  • Before you hire a window tinting company in San Francisco, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the window tinting representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local window tinting company occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
  • Ask your window tinting expert if you should call to check on the progress or if they will call you with updates.
  • Be sure they have a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they’re tinting your windows. The work will move along more smoothly if your window tinting company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the work on schedule.
  • Pay for the window tint services promptly.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Window tinting professionals in San Francisco appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved. 

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Check the Work
Check the Window Tint Work Against the Invoice

When the window tint has been completed, your window tint service representative will give you a written invoice that includes:...

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When the window tint has been completed, your window tint service representative will give you a written invoice that includes:

  • The name and physical address of the window tinting shop.
  • A list of all window tinting services completed, including warranty repairs done at no charge.
  • An itemized list of work completed.
  • The total cost for your window tint installation, including the amount charged for labor.
  • Any applicable warranties provided by the window tint manufacturer or the window tint company.

It is wise to compare the completed window tint work with what was written on the invoice. Ask your window service company representative to show you the work or repairs. Check what was done against the invoice. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your window tint. If you have any questions about the work that was done or the materials used, now is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Ask for Written Warranties from Your San Francisco Window Tinting Company

Good window tinting companies in San Francisco, including those in Nob Hill, North Beach, the Sunset District, SOMA and the Bayview District, will generally offer some type of warranty on their work or on the materials that they used.

All warranty details should be provided in writing during the contract stage or at the completion of the job. This written warranty information should include:...

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Good window tinting companies in San Francisco, including those in Nob Hill, North Beach, the Sunset District, SOMA and the Bayview District, will generally offer some type of warranty on their work or on the materials that they used.

All warranty details should be provided in writing during the contract stage or at the completion of the job. This written warranty information should include:

  • The window tinting company’s name and physical address.
  • What products and services are covered. This should also include whether the contractor will replace or repair your these parts in the event of a product failure.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Limitations and exclusions on the materials and workmanship.
  • If the warranties are transferable if you sell your home or the building where the new window tinting film has been applied.
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Top 10 Requests
Popular Service Requests Made of Window Tinting Services in San Francisco

Window tinting services in San Francisco provide all types of window tinting services. However, some tinting services are more common than others.

The following are the most familiar requests for window tinting shops in San Francisco, including those in Bernal Heights, Bayview, Richmond District and Nob Hill, Noe Valley, Rincon Hill, Glen Park, the Castro, Cow Hollow, Eureka Valley, Japantown, Inner Sunset District, Potrero Hill and other areas....

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Window tinting services in San Francisco provide all types of window tinting services. However, some tinting services are more common than others.

The following are the most familiar requests for window tinting shops in San Francisco, including those in Bernal Heights, Bayview, Richmond District and Nob Hill, Noe Valley, Rincon Hill, Glen Park, the Castro, Cow Hollow, Eureka Valley, Japantown, Inner Sunset District, Potrero Hill and other areas.

Window Tinting Film
A tinted film applied to windows of homes, offices, stores and other buildings both commercial and private. There are many types of window films available in the market for a variety of uses from solar heat reduction to UV protection, privacy to safety and security, decorative applications to heat retention.

San Francisco Window Tint Removal Services
The window tint and the adhesive that adheres it to the glass can be removed, but sometimes leaves residue on the glass. Many San Francisco window tinting companies will offer window film removal, either as a stand-alone service or before applying new window tints.

Precut Window Tint Application
Window tint that is factory cut and ready to apply. These can be applied by the consumer or a professional window tint installer in San Francisco and beyond. There are many types of films available in the market for a variety of uses from solar heat reduction to UV protection, privacy to safety and security, and decorative applications to heat retention.

Residential Window Tinting
Residential window tint offers solar, safety and lower energy costs for your house. Rooms stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with this tinting, no matter where the sun is shining. Also the tint helps to maintain your home by reducing interior fading and improving exterior appearance. It is shatter resistant and bonds to glass and even holds glass fragments in place should breakage occur because of accidents, natural disasters, or an illegal entry.

Office Window Tinting Application
Some offices in San Francisco will tint shopfront windows or office block windows. Window tint can be applied to any object that is made of glass.

Energy Saving Window Tinting Services
Window tint that offers solar, safety and lower energy costs for your house. Rooms stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with this tinting, no matter where the sun is shining.

Custom Window Tint Services in San Francisco
This tint is made according to individual specifications to reduce the harmful effects of the sun, and to reduce problems such as glare, faded furnishings, room comfort, and energy savings. Custom tint for windows is made with transparent plastic film that is applied to custom shaped  windows.

Privacy Window Tint Application
Window tinting that allows different levels of visibility: slight visibility to completely darkened with no visibility.

Commercial Window Tinting
Commercial buildings, such as stores, shopping centers, businesses, schools, and more, can benefit from window tinting services. Window tint films can block unwanted sun, glare, UV rays and heat, cutting down on cooling costs, minimizing fading and UV-related damage to furnishings, and increasing resident and employee comfort.

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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee

Diamond Certified window tinting companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the window tinting shop you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified window tinting companies are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the window tinting shop you’ve hired is Diamond Certified and you can’t resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Easy Ways To End Conflict with San Francisco Window Tinting Companies
Most window tinting companies in Sunset District, Richmond District and Mission District, Chinatown, Diamond Heights, Duboce Triangle, Hunters Point, the Mission District, Twin Peaks, Western Addition, Bayview District and throughout San Francisco are honest and look out for their customers’ best interests. Still, you should know what to do if you are ever dissatisfied with your local window tinting company or the services that they provide.

If you have a complaint or concern about your window tint or the service you received from your window tinting company, immediately ask to speak with the service manager. This is often the best way to resolve problems directly with the window tinting company management, minimizing conflict and getting your window tint done correctly and on time.

When talking with the service manager or company owner, keep these tips in mind:

  • Meet in person with your window tinting company representative immediately when you have a complaint or a concern with the installation crew, materials or workmanship. Don’t wait until the job is done to bring up your concerns.
  • Remain calm and polite as you verbally try to resolve the problem.
  • Explain the problem, and detail what you see as a fair outcome.
  • Let the window tinting manager know that you’re willing to compromise or negotiate a mutually-beneficial agreement.
  • Write down your complaint and, if possible, photograph the workmanship or products you’re concerned about. Also document the times you contacted your San Francisco window tinting contractor and their response.
  • If you do not get an appropriate response, you may consider calling a local building inspector or hiring a window tinting and window film expert to neutrally evaluate the problem.
  • You may legally withhold payment until the dispute is resolved.
  • File serious grievances with the Contractors State License Board.
  • Contact your state attorney general if you are considering pressing charges for serious violations.
  • Fire the window tinting company as a last resort. Releasing the company from your employ can void or break the contract, which can result in lengthy project delays and costly lawsuits.

Document in writing your concerns with the window tinting company or the service provided or photograph an example of the service issue if you possible that you have documentation of the actual problem. Write down the window tinting company’s response to your complaints in case you need records for future arbitration. If you can’t reach an agreement that’s satisfactory, tell the window tinting company you are going to file a complaint and do so.

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Window Tinting Terms

Below are key window tinting terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your window tinting services from the beginning to the end.

custom window tint
This tint is made according to individual specifications to reduce the harmful effects of the sun, and to reduce problems such as glare, faded furnishings, room comfort, and energy savings. Custom tint for windows is made with transparent plastic film that is applied to custom shaped windows....

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Below are key window tinting terms and descriptions that will help you navigate your way through your window tinting services from the beginning to the end.

custom window tint
This tint is made according to individual specifications to reduce the harmful effects of the sun, and to reduce problems such as glare, faded furnishings, room comfort, and energy savings. Custom tint for windows is made with transparent plastic film that is applied to custom shaped windows.

Also known as: windows tint, window tinting, custom window tinting, window tint, window tint film, residential window tinting, custom window tints

dyed window film
Window film which uses a submersion process or a dyed adhesive process to  deposit dye onto its surface to give the look and quality of tinted film is often called dyed film.

Also known as: glass tinting, types of tint, windows film, decorative window film, types of window tint, privacy window film

emissivity
The surface's ability to absorb or reflect far-infrared radiation. The better the insulating quality of the window film and glass, the lower the emissivity rating will be.

Also known as: emissivity of materials, thermal emissivity

energy saving window tinting
Window tint that offers solar, safety and lower energy costs for your house. Rooms stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with this tinting, no matter where the sun is shining.

Also known as: energy saving window film, solar window tint, reflective window tint,

hybrid film
Hybrid film is a window tinting film that is made up of metallic film and dyed film to get the quality and look of window tint

Also known as: hybrid films, thick film hybrid

metallic film
A window tinted film which uses a sputtering process or deposition process to deposit metals onto the surface to get the qualities and the look of tinted film.

office window tinting
Some offices will tint shopfront windows or office block windows. Window tint can be applied to any object that is made of glass.

Also known as: window tinting, window tint, commercial window tint, home window tint, windows tinting, professional window tint

polyester film
This window tinting film is a semi-crystalline film.

Also known as: PETF

precut window tint
Window tint that is factory cut and ready to apply. This film can be applied to windows of buildings, stores, homes, or offices. There are many types of films available in the market for a variety of uses from solar heat reduction to UV protection, privacy to safety and security, decorative applications to heat retention.

Also known as: pre cut window tint, precut window tint kits, window tint film, pre cut window tinting

privacy window tint
Window tinting that allows different levels of visibility: slight visibility to completely darkened with no visibility.

Also known as: privacy window film, reflective window tint, privacy film for windows, solar window tint, privacy window films, home privacy window tint, house window tinting, window tinting privacy, professional window tinting, office window tinting, mirror window tint

reflectance
The amount that is bent, reflected, or sent back by window tinting materials.

Also known as: diffuse reflection, reflectance measurement, light reflectance

residential window tinting
Residential window tint offers solar, safety and lower energy costs for your house. Rooms stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter with this tinting, no matter where the sun is shining. Also the tint helps to maintain your home by reducing interior fading and improving exterior appearance. It is shatter resistant and bonds to glass and even holds glass fragments in place should breakage occur because of accidents, natural disasters, or an illegal entry.

Also known as: residential window tint, home window tinting, residential window tinting film, window tinting residential, window tint, window tinting, residential window film

solar absorptance
The percent of  solar radiation which is absorbed through the window film and glass system. The less solar radiation absorbed, the lower the number will be.

Also known as: solar absorptivity, solar absorption

solar reflectance
The percent of incident solar radiation that is reflected by the window film. The lower the number, the less solar radiation reflected.

solar transmittance
The percent of incident solar radiation which can be transmitted through the window film. The less the solar radiation transmitted, the lower the number will be.

transmittance
The amount that is allowed to pass through window tinting film.

Also known as: visible transmittance, absorbance

ultraviolet light
Ultraviolet light has a shorter wavelength and a higher energy than visible light does. This light is potentially damaging skin, furnishings and other surfaces. Some window tints can prevent a certain percentage of UV light from entering homes and businesses.

window tint removal
The window tint and the adhesive that adheres it to the glass can be removed, but sometimes leaves residue on the glass. Razor blades and alcohol remove it.

Also known as: removable window tint, home window tint removal, car window tint removal, car tint removal

window tinting film
A tinted film applied to windows of homes, or offices. There are many types of window tinting films available in the market for a variety of uses from solar heat reduction to UV protection, privacy to safety and security, decorative applications to heat retention.

Also known as: window tint films, window tint film, home window tinting, home window tinting film, glass tinting film, residential window tint film, home window tint, tint window film

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Frequently Asked Questions
Window Tinting Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Window Tinting Company?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified Window Tinting Company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a window tinting company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only window tinting company rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified window tinting company.

Q: How do you clean tinted windows?
A: Use a soft cloth and warm water. You should never use window cleaner except those that are specifically formulated for use on the aftermarket tinted windows.

Q: Why do I sometimes see little bubbles right after installation?
A: Little bubbles are very normal. A lot of water is used to activate the adhesive so the film can be moved around and positioned for perfect installation. As much of the water as possible is squeegeed out, but a small amount remains between the glass and the film. As the water is evaporating through the film, you could see some little bubbles. These will be gone within a few days as the water evaporates. Call your installer if you still see bubbles after 72 hours or the amount of time they specify.

Q: Can you remove window film?
A: Yes, you can. It can be removed any time after installation. Window tinting professionals know all the tips and tricks on properly removing tint, so calling a professional is your best option. Removing tint is very tough and messy, and it is not recommended for beginners. Most window film installers also offer tint removal services.

Q Is fading a problem with window tint?
A: All tint will fade with time. Talk with your window tinting expert about the best window film brand and product for your needs. You may want to invest in a higher quality film to prevent fading. It's often worth spending a little more upfront than having to replace the film sooner than expected.

Q: Do you put window tint on the inside or the outside of the window?
A: Window tint goes on the inside surface of the window which keeps it out of the elements and protects it from exterior damage.

Q: Is window tinting very durable?
A: Window tinting is protected by a hard scratch-resistant coating that can stand up against everyday use. The word "resistant" does not mean "scratch-proof". Even glass can be scratched, so you will want to be careful with sharp objects, repetitive scratching and other potentially damaging surfaces and movements. These things can easily make small nicks which won’t be covered by warranty. If your windows are in a high traffic area or an area that may get a lot of wear, such as a store window or a home with pets or small children, ask about higher quality window films, more scratch resistant films, and films that stand up to harsher circumstances.

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Consumer Agencies
Window Tinting Associations and Consumer Agencies

The Better Business Bureau  (BBB)(www.bbb.com)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
Glass Association of North America (GANA) (www.glasswebsite.com)...

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The Better Business Bureau  (BBB)(www.bbb.com)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)
Glass Association of North America (GANA) (www.glasswebsite.com)
Independent Glass Association (IGA) (www.iga.org)
International Window Film Association (IWFA) (www.iwfa.com)
National Glass Association (NGA) (www.glass.org)
Protective Glazing Council (PGC) (www.protectiveglazing.org)
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) (www.sema.org)   

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Industry Information
San Francisco Window Tinting Information
Popular Window Tint BrandsTypes of Window Tinting Services Available in San Francisco Districts Served Zip Codes Served
V-Kool Filmresidential window film (flat glass film)Barbary Coast
Bayview District
Bernal Heights
the Castro
Cole Valley
Cow Hollow
Diamond Heights
Duboce Triangle
Eureka Valley
Excelsior
Financial District
Fisherman's Wharf
Fort Mason
Glen Park
Golden Gate Park
the Haight
Haight-Ashbury
Hayes Valley
Hunters Point
Inner Richmond
Inner Sunset
Jackson Square
Japantown
Laurel Heights
Marina District
Mission District
Nob Hill
Noe Valley
North Beach
Outer Richmond
Outer Sunset
Pacific Heights
Potrero Flats
Potrero Hill
Presidio
Rincon Hill
Russian Hill
San Francisco
Sea Cliff
South of Market Street (SOMA)
Sunset District
Telegraph Hill
the Tenderloin
the Presidio
Treasure Island
Twin Peaks
Union Square
West Portal
Western Addition
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Vista Window Filmcar window tinting
Huper Optik Window Tintingsolar window tinting / solar film
Solar Gard Window Filmscustom window tint
Accutech Window Tintsprivacy window tint / privacy window film
Suntek Window Tintwindow tint removal
Ziebart Window TintUV window film
3M Window Tinthome window tinting
Gila Window Tintwindow film application
Llumar Window Tintsafety window film
Bekaert Filmsecurity window film
Denco Window Tintdesigner window film
Madico Window Tintingdecorative window film
Panorama Window Filmenergy-saving window tinting