We are all painfully familiar with the series of threats, both real and inferred, targeting religious institutions across the USA.
These threats are not isolated to a specific religious group or category of school.
Childcare Centers, K-12 as well as community colleges and universities face dangerous times and concerned communities are taking proactive measures to increase people and asset protection
Advanced Film Solutions is one of Florida’s leading security protective glazing window film installation companies. We have protected Universities, child care centers and religious institutions and Houses of Worship throughout the region.
Protective glazing films are employed by the Federal Government to protect Military personnel, Federal buildings, state and local governments and landmark building that may be the target of terrorism threats.
These coatings meet strict standards and documented, tested capabilities to withstand blast and intrusion.
Our team professionally installs these coatings to the interior (and exterior in some cases) of the building envelope on the exterior facing windows and doors. Attachment systems are utilized to fix the film installation to building frames thus creating a complete system that bonds the glass in place.
Shatter resistant coatings are available in clear as well as combination solar iterations that will lower interior temperatures, provide privacy and lower monthly electric cooling costs.
These invisible systems are cost effective and offer superior life saving benefits.
If you are responsible for securing your facility we recommend that you inquire about a free estimate.
Throughout the long history (nearly 60 years) of the window film industry it became evident that thicker security glazing window film coatings provided a significant level of protection against forced entry, smash and grab crimes and flying debris.
The Federal government has employed these films to protect GSA and Military personnel and property around the USA as well as overseas.
Blast protection (mitigation) particularly after Oklahoma City focused on a specified level of protection and Federal officials determined a baseline level of performance expectations that many manufacturers have met (documented testing available.)
Advanced Film Solutions is unique by offering multiple brand choices but all of our selections have met or exceeded the DoD and GSA Testing requirements.
There are certainly aesthetic differences as one might expect between these brand offerings. Metallic privacy and silver films, clear or lightly tinted iterations as well as multiple light transmissions and levels of reflective or non-reflective.
In all cases Advanced Film Solutions offers an optional but highly recommended Dow 995 attachment system that anchors the film, frames and glass into one complete system.
We should note that our single competition 3M Safety and Security Film does NOT offer any documented safety or security advantage over any of the scores of choices we install on a daily basis.
There is absolutely no advantage for 3M or performance benefit measurable by any independent testing; nor can 3M provide any documented advantage.
In fact the 3M portfolio is extremely limited in the selections offered in terms of apperance, light transmissions and reflectivity.
Why glazing security films:
The bottom line is the efficacy value of these coatings. Thicker 8 ML coatings hold glass in place against force and physical attack. They are recommended for blast protection and store burglary protection. These films are employed by school districts to prevent intrusion by armed perpetrators.
These films have been tested and have met wind storm small and medium large missile impact testing and cycling .
Most home and business owners require solar versions of these films to lower cooling costs or provide privacy. The dual benefit of a solar security combination film improves the ROI immeasurably.
Protecting your property, people and assets from vandalism, criminal entry or terrorism is unfortunately a growing concern during these turbulent times.
Glass windows and doors are the weakest point of entry and while alarm systems and night time lighting are critically important; taking the addition step of hardening your windows and doors is also crucially important.
Advanced Film Solutions installs a retrofit security glazing film to the interior or exterior of your window openings. These coatings are much thicker (minimum 8 ML) compared to the thinner solar versions.
Security glazing films are attached to store front frames using a wet seal attachment systems.
These films are available in clear and tinted versions so you can enjoy glare and heat control with additional privacy.
Security glazing films are used by high profile buildings, retail stores, public and private schools and Federal offices throughout the state of Florida.
Advanced Film Solutions team of installers has protected Sarasota International Airport, The VA Hospital and government and retail stores throughout the South-East USA.
The time to take action is now!
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Homes with clear single pane glass have several problems that can be resolved by an application of solar security window film.
Thicker solar security films stop heat from entering through the windows while strengthening your glass from criminal entry, flying debris or accidents.
Advanced Film Solutions has installed safety solar films on thousands of homes and businesses throughout west and central Florida. Our Eastman Chemicals LLumar, Vista, Huper Optik coatings can lower monthly electric bills by 30% and stop nearly 80% of the heat from entering your home.
These coatings also eliminate 99.9% of harmful UV rays.
How strong are these films?
Our solar security films are the exact same films used by the Federal Government to protect government offices from bomb blasts. At minimum our 8 ML thick coatings meet GSA and DOD performance criteria.
Advanced Film Solutions has been protecting schools and day care centers throughout Tampa Bay, Orlando and Sarasota with security glazing window film.
These transparent coatings are thicker and the adhesive stronger than standard solar control window film.
Typically 8 ML thick, security glazing window film is designed for maximum impact strength, tensile strength and puncture resistance.
There are instances when a privacy security film should be considered during a lock down event or safe room situation. These films will provide visibility from the interior to the street but prevent targeting from the exterior.
The safety administrators for these institutions prefer the covert nature of these coatings. The appearance of the school’s windows can remain unchanged or if they prefer a lightly tinted coating for energy savings and glare reduction.
The objective is to keep the “bad guys” out and security glazing window film maintains the window envelope. These films are the very same coatings used on the US Capitol Building and embassies throughout the world.
Property management and asset protection, security management have a critical responsibility to ensure safety for people and assets at soft target locations.
By soft target we are referring to facilities that may be targeted by extremists for potential explosives where security personnel are not typically employed.
Glass is an ineffective barrier and flying glass shards and debris can become catastrophic during a blast event.
The Federal Government under the auspices of the GSA and Department of Defense have established blast mitigation standards since the Oklahoma City bombing in 1994.
The Glazing protection films installed by Advanced Film Solutions meets these standards and these films provide this level of documented, tested people and asset protection.
It is highly recommended that the film installation is attached to storefront frames using an approved attachment system.
Advanced Film Solutions typically utilizes Dow Corning 995 Structural Silicone which has been tested and approved by the Federal officials including the Army Corps. of Engineers.
Advanced Film Solutions is flexible in the approved window film brands that meet these standards.
Eastman Chemicals LLumar, Vista and SunTek
Madico and Madico Sunscape
There are aesthetic variations between these films but the safety level is equal as all the films represented meet the GSA standards.
Many property and asset protection managers consider solar safety security films that not only provide the life safety benefits but also provide solar heat gain reduction and privacy (reflective combination films.)
We recommend that you consider a free site survey and estimate.
These are difficult times and no one is happy about the need to consider these covert methods for protecting your personnel and assets. Nevertheless; if you are concerned about a potential threat (think religious institution or schools) than these effective methods should be strongly considered!
Our expert installers will perform superior installations throughout the Tampa area transforming clear glass into enrgy smart windows.
Glare and UV will be virtually eliminated and cooling costs will be reduced by as much as 30%.
Window film is an invisible retrofit solution that business owners and smart home owners employ to keep their rooms and offices cooler and safer. Thicker solar security films not only stop heat and glare but they also protect against forced entry.
Now that the summer heat is in full swing the time to make your life cooler and comfortable with window film is right now.
Advanced Film Solutions has earned the confidence of more than 14,000 home and business owners throughout west and central Florida.
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Vista Window Film Dealer of the Year 2015 (Southeast USA ) Huper Optik Window Film Dealer of the Year 2015 (Florida)
ABOUT THIS BLOG AND AUTHOR
Having spent 33 years with 3M in numerous positions including National Sales Manager for 3M Window Films the author now runs his own show as Vista, Huper Optik, Armorcoat, Geoshield and FormulaOne Window Film Dealer in the USA. One door closes and another one opens. No more red tape (Scotch or otherwise!) "Whosoever wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Knowledge is not intelligence. In searching for the truth be ready for the unexpected. Change alone is unchanging. The same road goes both up and down. The beginning of a circle is also its end. Not I, but the world says it: all is one. And yet everything comes in season." Heraklietos of Ephesos