Tampa Bay, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area home and business owners understand that no matter how efficient their AC is the amount of heat coming through their windows presents incredible challenges for your AC unit as well as your pocketbook!
Tampa Bay, Orlando and Sarasota boast some of the more exclusive gated communities in the country.
Homeowners appreciate the deed restrictions that prohibit activities that can lower property values.
While homes in gated communities suffer from heat, glare and rising cooling costs their deed restrictions prohibit the use of reflective window film.
Advanced Film Solutions offers the best heat rejecting non-reflective window films that meet all deed restrictions.
Huper Optik ceramic films provide the best heat to light ratio performance of any non reflective films.
These non dyed and non-corrosive films out-perform all competitive offerings including the 3M Prestige series (dyed, multi-layered films.)
When we discuss anticipated performance on various glass types (single-pane, tempered, IG, etc.) we refer to documented characteristics as outlined by the NFRC.
Huper Optik, Eastman Chemicals has a wider range of choices than the dyed prestige films.
Huper Optik clarity is superior compared to the multi-layered 3M choices.
Huper Optik offers a lifetime warranty and of course our choices eliminate 99.9% of the UV.
There are many gated communities that have allowed reflective films in their communities.
If the HOA approves than you might consider the Eastman Vista Series or our LLumar Dual Reflective films.
These films are available in a wide range of light transmissions in either the Vista or LLumar lines and these choices out-perform our 3M Night Vision competition.
Once again check our documented results on the NFRC website. You’ll note that our Eastman choices are available in a 5%, 14%, 15%, 18%, 25%, 28%, 35%, 38%. 45% while 3M is limited to a scant 3 choices.
Our Eastman coatings have a transferable lifetime warranty as compared to 3M ‘s non transferable warranty.
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.
Many consumers both residential and commercial are familiar with the 3M Brand. We would hope that these consumers are familiar with Eastman Chemical‘s the spin-off company from Eastman Kodak.
What most consumers don’t know is that Eastman Chemicals is the world’s largest manufactuerer of solar and solar security window film.
Their brands include LLumar, Vista, SunTek and Huper Optik.
Still there may be a perception that 3M is the leader in window film based on their well known Scotch brands, etc and this inaccurate belief may skew some consumers into believing that the 3M window film is the top choice for residential and commercial films.
This is decidedly not the case in any objective comparison of product depth, capabilities or performance.
Eastman films out-perform the limited 3M choices in each major product category:
The Eastman solar film portfolio includes a wider choice in light transmissions and appearance.
Reflective and dual reflective films as well as non-reflective ceramic and spectrally selective films.
These Eastman films are all NFRC certified and can easily be compared to the very limited 3M NFRC database. In terms of security films used for life safety and asset protection there is really no comparison.
Eastman’s LLumar film meets all critical testing requirements including GSA, DOD and ASTM and European Smash standards.
Choices include several neutral choices, silver and several dual reflective security films as well as thicker coatings of 7, 8, 11 ml or thicker for various applications.
The Huper Optik ceramic films are IR heat blocking choices ideal for deed restricted or gated communities. These films out-perform the 3M prestige series as they provide superior heat rejection and better glare control features. Additionally the clarity of the Eastman adhesives is superior to the 3M adhesives.
Huper Optik is dye free unlike the aforementioned Prestige films so the heat filtering capabilities of the Huper Film will not degrade over time.
Today’s consumers have the advantage of being able to do their research about window film solutions using Internet resources like GOOGLE or BING.
Unfortunately no matter how detailed websites are or our online references might be; the number of potential suppliers and conflicting information can make deciding on which vendor to contract a daunting experience.
Advanced Film Solutions understands how confusing a decision can be and we have taken this challenge by becoming the best qualified window film supplier in the West and Central Florida area.
In terms of our product portfolio we have unique solutions like the Eastman Vista, EnerLogic and LLumar SelectPro window films.
We also represent the Eastman Huper Optik Series which are arguably the best non reflective films and these coatings out-perform the 3M Prestige Series in terms of clarity, choices, durability (unlike 3M we have no dyes in the composition) and heat rejection.
Security solar films include the aforementioned Vista Films along with LLumar, SunTek, Madico, Sunscape, Johnson, Hanita and Armorcoat.
We have a long track record of providing superior installations for residential and commercial clients. Our installations carry a full warranty and we are unique by having earned the Super Service Award from Angie’s List for seven straight years as well as an A Plus Better Business Bureau rating for 10 years in a row.
We are fully insured and have a real location (as compared to many single self employed window film dealers who work from their trucks.)
Our reputation is critically important and that’s why our installers are the best in the state of Florida.
If all this sounds like a cloud of smoke to justify high prices we can assure you that is not the case.
We provide the best solutions and we do so at a very competitive investment cost.
Our recommendation is to compare our choices and proposals against any alternative supplier.
Heat: The amount of heat streaming through your glass is the next third of your problem. darker is better for fade protection and thanks to dozens of choices your home need not be dark or uninviting.
Light: the amount of light is the final third of the problem.
Advanced Film Solutions Eastman Films can filter out up to 95% of the visible light. This might be ideal for a bedroom but most homeowners prefer lighter coatings that block 60-85% of the visible light.
The best strategy would be to get a free estimate by calling our office toll free at 877-575-3456
Advanced Film Solutions, with offices in Sarasota, Tampa Bay and Orlando is justifiably proud of our teams success over the last 11 years since leaving 3M Window Film.
We have consistently striven to meet and exceed our customer’s requirements. Our installers placed in the top eight in the world during the recent International tint-off contest in West Palm Beach and we have earned seven straight Super Service Awards from Angie’s List and an A Plus Rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Superior installations and the capacity to handle any size job including airports, Universities and homes throughout Florida are just some reasons our clients trust their homes and offices to Advanced Film Solutions.
The window film we promote is an obvious essential component for our success. The Eastman Chemical portfolio of window film is unmatched in the variety of choices throughout their many leading brands.
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