Window Film Facts vs. Fiction | Sarasota Window Tinting

Window Film dealer sarasota FloridaWindow film is often described as a product that has “very low customer awareness;”  but “very high customer acceptance” once its properties are explained. And the accuracy of that statement is “spot on!” Many people have very little awareness of all the good things that window tinting can do for you, your home or your office environment; and oftentimes what little they do know (or think they know) is way off the mark. If you think that all window film is “too shiny,” “too dark,” “not natural-looking,” or “turns purple;” then you’ve got some catching up to do! The list of window film’s positive properties is long indeed, but just those listed below make these superior products worthy of consideration:

Reduces heat and glare. Window film stops up to 82% of the sun’s heat and eye-watering glare from coming through your windows, while simultaneously filling your rooms with pleasing, natural daylight. Provides an increase in comfort as soon as its installed! And today’s films are lighter (in some cases, virtually clear), less reflective, and provide a much more natural view!

Reduces Ultraviolet light. Window film stops 99%+ of the harmful UV rays that cause fading of drapes, carpeting, furnishings and artwork  – not to mention premature skin aging and skin cancer.  In fact, many of our products are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation!

Makes glass safer. Window film reduces the possibility of cutting and piercing injuries if glass is broken; and safety films such as SolarGard® “Armorcoat®” are proven to help hold glass in place under extreme circumstances such as violent weather or blasts. It also acts as a very strong deterrent to home invasion or “smash and grab” burglary by making it extremely difficult to gain entry.

Increases comfort. By eliminating “hot spots” near windows, and stabilizing temperatures, window film can create a uniform “comfort condition” throughout your entire home or office.

Saves Energy. And saving energy saves money! In today’s economy, that means something. Window films can save as much as 30% off your energy bill! Sort of brings a whole new meaning to “being cool”. . .

Solar-X of Sarasota has been the area’s leading window film contractor since 1973; selling and installing the complete line of exceptional SolarGard® products; including Panorama® and Armorcoat®. We can give you even more facts about these superior quality window films when you contact Solar-X  for a free, no-obligation consultation and price quotation.  Installed with unmatched care and attention to detail by experienced, factory-trained technicians. Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

Window Film “Saves Your Skin” | Skin Cancer Awareness Month

It feels like summer already! Temperatures are rising, and people everywhere are heading for the beach. So it seems fitting that May is “Skin Cancer Awareness Month.” Take some time to educate yourself about the dangers of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light – how it can prematurely age your skin, and how prolonged exposure can lead to skin cancers of all kinds. If you are going out for a day in the sun, make sure that you apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 – and you should apply it often!

Ultraviolet poses a danger to your interior environment as well. Wherever visible light enters your home – through windows and sliding glass doors – invisible ultraviolet also enters. Its effects are most often observed when drapes, furnishings, and carpeting fade. What most people don’t think about is the effect it is having on their skin at the same time! There is a way to reduce the risk of UV light to both skin and interior furnishings.

Quality SolarGard® Window Films; including Panorama® and Armorcoat™, stop virtually all UV light from entering through the windows of your home or office, and protect you with an SPF of 285 and more!  You can be confident that you are protecting your home, yourself, and your family when you apply Skin Cancer Foundation-recommended SolarGard® Window Film products to your windows.

Solar-X of Sarasota has been helping clients protect themselves and their homes from sun and ultraviolet damage since 1973. As the area’s leading SolarGard® dealer, and exclusive supplier of premium quality Panorama® Window Films, we can help you choose the best film for your home or office needs. If you need someone to “save your skin,” contact Solar-X today for service from Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, to Sarasota and Venice. Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

Earth Day 2012 | Window Tinting and Sustainability

Green FootprintEarth Day 2012 is rapidly approaching, and Solar-X of Sarasota is all about energy conservation and green products. Perhaps that’s because our SolarGard® window film products; such as SolarGard® and Panorama®,  were the first (and to date; only) window films to undergo a complete “life cycle analysis;” resulting in the largest Environmental Product Declaration of its kind, proving SolarGard® and Panorama® sun control films to be “Carbon-Negative.”

A “life cycle analysis” is a study of the “carbon cost” of a product throughout its entire useful life – from the manufacturer’s acquistion of raw materials to the product’s ultimate disposition in a landfill. It is a costly and time consuming process that reflects not only upon the product, but the environmental commitment of the manufacturer as well.  It’s easy for a window film dealer to claim that his products are “green” because they save energy once installed; but unless those products are manufactured in an environmentally conscious manner, they are not truly “green.” All SolarGard® products are manufactured with strict adherence to the highest standards of accountability. SolarGard has certified the carbon footprint of its own manufacturing facilities, and has been named in California as a Climate Action Leader. Environmentally sensitive consumers and commercial property managers alike, are more frequently insisting that the products they are installing in their homes and offices be backed with the scientific data to substantiate any “green” claims.   

At Solar-X of Sarasota, we stand ready to assist any client in gathering the scientific data they need to make an informed purchasing decision. Whether they have questions regarding sustainability, performance, or matching the best product to their objectives, we can provide our clients with the answers they need, and the data to back them up. Nearly four decades of industry involvement and continuing education go into every Solar-X project – from initial consultation to final installation. Contact Solar-X today. Proudly serving the entire area from Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, to Sarasota and Venice since 1973. Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

Facility Managers Eye Sustainable Products | Window Tinting

green building window filmCommercial buildings are the leading consumers of energy and produce 39% of all CO2 emissions. As a result, forward-thinking facility managers and property management companies are actively seeking to make those facilities more sustainable.  Energy-saving practices are being put in place, and budgets prepared  for the purchase of  proven, sustainable products that will improve building environments and reduce utility costs. Carbon-negative window films such as SolarGard®, and SolarGard® “Panorama” can help facility managers achieve their goals; and substantial utility rebates can “jump start” savings from the day the film is installed!

SolarGard® and Panorama® window films reduce heat input into buildings by as much as 82%; making interior environments cooler and more comfortable. Improved comfort conditions and reduced glare make employees more productive; and the 99% reduction of  harmful UV light shields employees from premature aging of skin and even skin cancer. Managers who want these benefits and an elevated level of physical security may want to consider SolarGard® “Armorcoat” Safety and Security Film as an affordable “upgrade.” For those who are trying to achieve LEED certification, SolarGard® products may qualify for LEED credits in multiple catagories. Finally, buildings that focus on sustainability are more attractive to prospective tenants; posting higher occupancy rates than competitors who are less energy efficient. Sustainability means lower operating costs, and that means big savings for tenants over the course of a long-term lease!Carbon Negative Logo

Solar-X of Sarasota is well equipped to work with facility managers or property management companies in helping them achieve their sustainability goals.  Proprietary modeling programs can outline potential energy savings and ROI. We’ll work together with clients to determine which film best meets their needs, and we’ll install that film with an attention to detail that will please the most discriminating buyer. Contact Solar-X today. We’ll focus nearly forty years of industry experience on your project – in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, or statewide. Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

How Big Is YOUR “Footprint?” | Going Green With Window Film

Carbon Negative LogoToday, it seems as if nearly everyone is talking about “going green” in order to reduce energy consumption. There are many building products available that will legitimately do so. Insulation, energy-efficient windows, and high SEER air conditioning systems can drastically cut your monthly energy bills. And you can add one more – window film! Quality products such as SolarGard® and Panorama® have been studied, tested, and proven to reduce energy consumption by 30% and more! They have been shown to give a return on investment that is superior to the return from newly installed low-e windows – at considerably less cost!  SolarGard® and Panorama® films stop as much as 82% of the sun’s heat from penetrating through windows and glass doors; along with 99% reduction of harmful UV light – the same light that fades your furnishings and prematurely ages your skin! Your home or office interior will be made infinitely more comfortable; with no “hot spots” near the windows, and no annoying glare on TV’s or computer screens.

Many window film dealers claim to have “green” window film; and to the extent that it reduces energy costs, they can try to make that argument. But there is so much more to it than just that! What is the environmental impact of their manufacturing process? How environmentally responsible are their manufacturer’s facilities? In the entire industry, only SolarGard® and Panorama® window films have been proven to be “carbon-negative” – by means of a complete “life-cycle analysis,” and backed by the largest  and most extensive Environmental Product Declaration of its kind. All SolarGard® and Panorama® films are manufactured in the United States and adhere to the highest environmental and quality standards.

Solar-X of Sarasota is the area’s most active SolarGard® and Panorama® window film dealer. We’ve been installing environmentally friendly, energy-saving window film products for our clients in Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice since 1973! Let us help you “go green” and save some “green” while you do it! Contact Solar-X today for a free, no-obligation estimate, and install the one window film brand that can truly say – and prove – that their products are “the real deal” when it comes to helping save the environment. Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

Low Cost, Big Savings, Exceptional Benefits! | Window Film

Who doesn’t like the idea of saving money? Who doesn’t want to protect their family? Who doesn’t want to be more comfortable in their home? Benefits such as these – and many more – can easily be achieved with a simple, affordable application of window film.

Issues such as comfort, safety, privacy, and fading are common to homeowners who want to improve their interior environment. Quality window films such as SolarGard®, Panorama®, and Armorcoat™ Safety and Security films can provide these benefits, and more:

                    • Improved comfort  
                    • Reduced glare
                    • Virtually eliminates harmful UV, while letting in natural light
                    • Lowers monthly energy bills and reduces your carbon footprint
                    • Added security, and safety from accidental contact with glass

While films share many common benefits, however, there can be vast differences in both performance and appearance. Films can run from virtually clear to darker, or more reflective. Many condominiums or gated communities have rules regarding film appearance that must be complied with. These and other considerations make it advisable to have an experienced professional help you choose a film that meets your performance goals, while pleasing your eye, and staying within your budget. Window Film dealer sarasota Florida

Solar-X of Sarasota has been helping homeowners with their comfort and safety issues for nearly four decades. An experienced, well-trained professional will be happy to assist you in defining your goals, and choosing the most appropriate film to meet them. Open your drapes and enjoy the view! Contact Solar-X today, and experience the customer service that has made us “the area leader since 1973.”

Boost Comfort, Cut Energy Costs | Commercial Window Tinting

green building window filmFacility managers are constantly tasked with finding ways to reduce energy costs; in the areas of consumption, as well as system operating and maintenance costs. In office buildings, the two most obvious places to look for savings are in lighting efficiency, and air conditioning costs – and a good starting point for both is with the windows…

Windows let in light; and the more daylight that is let in, the less artificial lighting is needed. You don’t pay for electricity when the switch is “off.” Natural daylight imparts a sense of well-being, and large expanses of glass allow desirable views.  However, windows also let in huge amounts of undesirable heat, and that drives up air conditioning costs. So how do you let in light and reduce heat at the same time?

According to The U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the most cost-effective way to upgrade a building’s windows is to install window film*. That’s a pretty clear statement from a source that knows what they are talking about. High quality window films such as SolarGard® and Panorama® will let in light, preserve desirable views, and reduce heat intrusion by as much as 82%! Energy consumption is reduced by as much as 30%, and the reduced running time of the HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system means lower maintenance and repair costs. That means when calculating payback, the cost of the film can be spread over multiple levels. Finally, if “green” technology is on your list of considerations; SolarGard® and Panorama® are not only “carbon-negative;” they qualify for LEED credits under six different catagories!

Solar-X of Sarasota; the area’s largest SolarGard® and Panorama® dealer, has been helping facility managers lower their energy costs and boost their comfort levels since 1973. We can help you get utility rebates, accurately predict savings with a detailed energy analysis; provide exceptional warranty coverage, and install your window film with no disruption to office routine – all with a level of professionalism that is unmatched in the area.   Contact Solar-X today, and let us help you get started!

* “Cost Effective Building Envelope Options for Reducing Cooling Loads to Commercial Buildings,”
   Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California.

Protecting Your Interior Environment | Window Tinting

Everyone loves a bright, “airy” home. Large glass areas let in plenty of light and impart a feeling of well-being that creates a haven to be enjoyed by the whole family. But those sunny areas can also let in too much heat, glare, and harmful ultraviolet light. Heat; of course, creates discomfort and “hot spots” near windows, as well as overloading air conditioning systems and making your utility bills skyrocket. Glare can ruin your viewing pleasure, hurt your eyes, and affect your ability to see your TV or computer screen. Ultraviolet light is even more insidious. It causes fading of drapes, carpeting, artwork, hardwood floors – everything that makes your home…your home! It also causes skin cancer, premature aging, and damage to the eyes. And wherever you have visible light coming through your windows, you have invisble – ultraviolet – light, coming in with it.

All of these issues can be addressed with one affordable installation of high quality SolarGard® or Panorama® window film. Available in a number of colors and densities, these tested and proven products will reduce up to 82% of the unwanted heat entering your windows, providing a uniform, stable comfort condition that keeps your home cooler and eliminates eye-watering glare. An amazing SPF Factor of 285+ will protect you, your home, and your family from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light. SolarGard® and Panorama®  films can lower your utility bills by 30% and more; and they are “carbon-negative” – so while you are saving money and protecting your family, you are also doing something good for the environment.

Solar-X of Sarasota has been helping area residents improve the quality of their interior environment for nearly four decades; bringing comfort and safety to thousands of homes. We can help you decide which film best suits your needs and fits your overall lifestyle. Our factory-trained, experienced installation craftsmen will install your window film with unmatched attention to detail; ensuring your total satisfaction. And you’ll feel better knowing that your home and family’s well-being are protected.  Contact Solar-X today!

Performance And Quality Means Repeat Business | Window Film

Proven Performance of Window Film Keeps Clients Coming Back

Performance RibbonA very high percentage of our clients are “past customers;” home or business owners who have had window tinting installed on their windows in the past, and who now won’t do without it. Why? Because window film works! Heat and glare streaming through windows is reduced; “hot spots” near problem windows are stabilized, and dangerous ultraviolet rays are eliminated – protecting interior spaces and the people who occupy them. An exceptional  level of comfort is achieved along with the added benefit of reduced utility bills – up to 30%!

 So, oftentimes when our phone rings, it is a past customer who wants more work done. A homeowner for whom we did a few rooms now wants their entire house done. Or, perhaps they have purchased a new home, and want the same protection and comfort they had in the past. The point is, they keep coming back for the proven benefits that quality window films consistently provide

Quality Products and Installation Create Customer Loyalty

There are no higher quality products sold than SolarGard®, Armorcoat™, or Panorama® window films. Outstanding optical clarity, appearance, longevity, and superior warranty coverage make these industry-leading films stand out against competitive products. Also, their commitment to environmental responsibility make them unique in the film industry. All SolarGard® amd Panorama® films are certified “carbon-negative,” and are the only window film products supported by an Environmental Product Declaration.

And you won’t find a dealer more commited to quality installation than Solar-X of Sarasota. In business for nearly forty years, our product knowledge and installation skills are unmatched; with an obsession for quality and customer satisfaction that only comes from factory training and continued education. That’s why, again and again, our clients come back for more; and they tell their friends about us too! Before you make a window film purchase, see what we’re about. Contact us today for service in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, or for statewide commercial contracting. Solar-X  of Sarasota. The area leader since 1973.

There’s Window Film . . . And There’s Panorama Window Film

Clearer, Lighter, Eco-Friendly, Best Warranty. This Window Film Has It All!

Panorama Window Film - Sarasota FLIf you’re going to spend your money on a window film product to protect your home from heat, glare, and fading, you’d better like what you see once it is installed. That’s why you should install Panorama® Window Film. A premium quality offering from the industry-leading makers of  SolarGard®, these exceptional sun control and safety window film products will delight you with their superior optical clarity and natural light levels. Panorama® films let in more light and stop more heat than traditional films; without the highly reflective appearance. In fact, Panorama® “HiLite 70™” has the best “visible light-to-heat reduction” ratio in the industry!

Panorama’s low reflectance allows for marked improvement in both day and night time viewing through your windows. During the day, natural light streams through without the discomfort of heat overload; and at night, the lack of annoying “roomside” reflectance gives the windows a much more pleasing appearance than other film products.

No longer do you need to worry about discomfort from heat intrusion, or the damage from ultraviolet light. Since Panorama® window films are performance certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), you can be assured they perform as advertised. Because you’re reducing your energy consumption,  greenhouse gases associated with energy production are reduced, so you’re helping the environment. And the Panorama® “Premier Plus” Warranty protects you with the most expansive warranty coverage available anywhere.Premier Plus Logo

You can get your Panorama® window film exclusively from Solar-X of Sarasota; the area’s leading window film contractor since 1973.  Installed to the most exacting standards by our factory-trained installation craftsmen. Contact Solar-X today for a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate.

Do Something “Cool” on Earth Day 2011 | Window Tinting

Small measures can mean big results…

You don’t have to want to live “off the grid,” or in some 60 square foot tree house in order to qualify as someone who is genuinely interested in helping the environment. The fact that some people choose to live that way is commendable, but  people who don’t opt for that lifestyle can still honor the spirit of Earth Day. Little things can be done that don’t cost much and can mean a lot, environmentally speaking.  Isn’t that what Earth Day was created for?

Put rain barrels under your gutter downspouts.  The water saved can be used to water potted plants and landscaping. Inside, think about  a tankless water heater; beef up skimpy attic insulation, and caulk around windows and doors to eliminate leakage of heating and cooling.

At Solar-X of Sarasota, we’re inclined to recommend an installation of  carbon-negative SolarGard® or Panorama® window film. These high quality energy-saving products can reduce your air conditioning bill by 30% and more. Reduced energy consumption  means reduced production at the power plant, and that means fewer greenhouse gases. Did you know that the production of one kilowatt of electricity in a coal-fired power plant produces one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of carbon? Look at your next electric bill and see how many kilowatts you used.

SolarGard® and Panorama® window films are affordable. They can be installed almost immediately, with little or no disruption. They will give you a better return on your investment than low-e glass, and their long life span means they will keep on giving you positive return for years to come. They will improve the comfort of your environment, and protect you and your family from harmful ultraviolet light. They are a perfect way to honor Earth Day 2011.

Solar-X of Sarasota is proud to represent a manufacturer whose record of environmental stewardship is unimpeachable. Recognized as a “Climate Action Leader; first to perform a complete life cycle analysis of its products; first and only window film manufacturer to achieve an Environmental Product Declaration – the largest and most complete of its kind ever performed!

This Earth Day do something for “Mother Earth,” and yourself. Take a step toward helping the environment, and save some money at the same time. Contact Solar-X; Sarasota’s premier residential and commercial window film contractor, for a free no-obligation consultation.  Learn what our ‘Carbon-negative, Earth Positive” products can do for you.

The Future Of Commercial Energy Savings | Window Tinting

Commercial Energy Consumption Will Soar Worldwide.

CO2 emissions from commercial buildings are expected to grow faster than any other sector in the next 25 years. Energy consumption by commercial buildings produces 39 percent of the total CO2 in the United States – 2236 million metric tons – per year! 12.7 percent of the energy they consume is for cooling; and  fully one third of that is from the effects of  solar heat gain through windows…

Facility managers who have been assigned the task of lowering energy consumption in their buildings  in an environmentally sensitive way are increasingly including window film in their future plans. Here’s why:

     • Low impact. Installation causes little or no disruption to office routine,
       and can even be done at night.
     • Environmentally sound. There is no massive change-out of existing
        windows and frames – no dumping in landfills.
     • Low cost. Installation is extremely affordable.
     • Window film saves money. Exceptionally fast return on investment;
       and long product life ensures continuing positive cash flow.
     • Lowers carbon emissions. Lowered energy consumption reduces carbon
       emissions at the source – the power plant.
     • LEED Credits. Window film qualifies for LEED credits under six
       different categories! EPAct tax credits too!

No other energy-saving product offers so much at such an affordable price! Installation is virtually immediate; and can be done independently of any other “grand scale” cost-cutting projects such as lighting upgrades, or HVAC replacement.

Choosing the right brand of window film is important too. Quality film products such as SolarGard® and Panorama® are the only brands available that have been scientifically proven to be “carbon-negative.” Manufactured under strict ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 quality standards, these exceptional quality window films are available from Solar-X of Sarasota to our commercial clients locally and across Florida. We can assist you in getting available utility rebates; and help you in your planning with accurate building information models; using proprietary software to aid in determining return on investment. Contact Solar-X today. We’ll put you on the “fast track” to long term energy savings!

It’s All About Providing Solutions | Residential and Commercial Window Tinting

 

The best service that a business can provide for any client is an effective solution to whatever “problem” that client may bring to them.  At Solar-X of Sarasota, our clients – both residential and commercial – typically share the problems of  discomfort due to excessive heat intrusion; uncontrollable glare, or concerns with harmful ultraviolet light. Yet, different circumstances in each instance – customer likes and dislikes, color, density, appearance, and priorities –  dictate the use of different window film products; and it is our extensive knowledge of those products – and the solutions they provide – that has elevated Solar-X above so many competitors.

Clients are interested in product types only insofar as they provide the best solution to their concerns. It is our job at Solar-X to deal with the details – balancing perfomance with appearance, light levels, and appropriate film-to-glass combinations; to list a few – and after careful consideration, present the client with the best possible solution for their needs and objectives.

Our residential clients are consistently delighted with the comfort, appearance, and protection solutions suggested by our sales professionals. Commercial clients benefit from “value added”  services; such as proprietary building model software – energy modeling tools that will provide accurate energy savings information – and help with LEED credits, utility rebates, and tax credits. In short, we provide everything the client needs for an effective solution to their energy and comfort problems.

Solar-X of Sarasota is proud to offer the complete line of SolarGard®, Armorcoat™, and Panorama® window films. Backed by some of the industry’s most comprehensive warranties and manufactured under stringent ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards, SolarGard® and Panorama® films are the only window film brands scientifically proven to be carbon-negative. Contact Solar-X of Sarasota today. Expectand get – solutions from the area’s premier window film contractor since 1973.

Facility Managers Work Toward Sustainability | Commercial Window Film and Tinting

A Leading Source Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions…

Commercial buildings are one of the most significant consumers of energy, and produce 39% of total CO2 emissions. That’s why the vast majority of facility managers are striving towards making their buildings more sustainable. Solar-X of Sarasota is here to help; with quality SolarGard® and Panorama® window films that can assist in achieving that goal. Here’s why:

Windows in an office building are responsible for most of the environmental woes within that structure. Unchecked heat intrusion makes the areas near the windows uninhabitable for just about anyone working near them. “Hot spots” and unstable temperature conditions make the interior environment miserable. One side of the building feels like a meat locker, the other side feels like an oven. Window film can stabilize those temperatures, and keep comfort demands more manageable by stopping up to 82% of the sun’s heat – balancing heat loads and reducing the peak energy usage that costs so much.

Harmful UV rays are another source of worry. Protecting office workers from the harmful effects of ultraviolet can reduce incidences of skin cancer, and harmful effects on the eyes. SolarGard® and Panorama® films stop 99% of the ultraviolet with an SPF factor of better than 285! And the reduction in glare makes it so much easier to see computer screens that productivity is actually increased! For those with a low tolerance for sunlight and UV, window film represents the perfect protection. In fact, many of our films are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Physical safety of building occupants can be just as important to facility managers as their comfort. In today’s uncertain world you never know when or where someone may commit the next act of violence. Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Window Films retain glass fragments, and hold them in place after impact, explosion, or the high winds associated with violent storms; protecting against cutting and piercing injuries that are part of these events. And because Armorcoat™ is available in “sun control” densities, the use of these superb products can be easily interfaced with any planned energy saving measures.

Immediate energy savings. Increased comfort. Reduced carbon footprint. UV protection. Personal Safety. All these features rolled into one product that can easily be installed; quickly and with little or no disruption in office routine. These products qualify for LEED credits is six different categories! And Solar-X can help you save more with utlility rebates and incentives!

Solar-X of Sarasota can assist your planning with building models and technical services that will accurately pinpoint savings and projected ROI’s. We can help you choose the most efficient products in order to achieve those goals. Contact Solar-X today for a thorough, professional consultation and let us assist you in gathering the information you need to implement your energy saving plans. Whether your facility is located in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, or you need our contracting services statewide, we’re here to help!

Hot weather’s On The Way! Start Saving Now | Window Film and Tinting

Summer Heat WaveSummer coming to Florida is as subtle as a brick through a plate glass window. Spring seems to last only days, and then the furnace door opens. Heat comes pouring through your windows and glass doors like a blow torch; causing discomfort, “hot spots,” fading, and sending utility bills through the roof!

Why put up with that? There’s no law that says you have to suffer through Florida’s summer heat! An affordable application of quality window film such as SolarGard® or Panorama® will put an end to discomfort instantly! By reflecting up to 82% of the sun’s heat and glare, these eco-friendly, “carbon-negative” window films will make your interior spaces uniformly cooler, more comfortable, and easier on the eyes. Stopping 99% of the harmful ultraviolet rays will reduce fading of carpeting, drapes, and furnishings.  And the reduction in energy consumed will substantially lower your utility bills – by up to 30%!

You can protect your home and family further with an application of Armorcoat™ “Safety and Security” sun control film. Four times thicker than regular sun control film, Armorcoat™ keeps glass in place after impact from violent weather or accidental contact, and provides a significant deterrent to possible burglary by making it much harder (and noisier) to gain entry.

Performance-certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), these easily affordable products – installed by Solar-X of Sarasota – will help you get through this summer in comfort and safety. Check out our Savings Specials, and then contact Solar-X of Sarasota for a free estimate anywhere from Ellenton to Englewood; or Longboat Key to Lakewood Ranch. We’ve been keeping people comfortable and helping save energy since 1973.

Panorama Window Film – When Only The Best Will Do | Window Tinting

Panorama Window Film - Sarasota FLAs one of the first Panorama® Window Film dealers in the United States, and winner of multiple awards in the sales and marketing of Panorama® products, Solar-X of Sarasota has always taken great pleasure in offering this superior quality window film line to our clients. Manufactured under the strictest of quality standards; and with the most stringent consideration for the environment, Panorama® Window Films provide unrivaled optical clarity, natural appearance, and the perfect balance of high visible light transmission (VLT) and strong performance. Backed by “Premier Plus™”  – the industry’s most expansive warranty coverage – Panorama® films; and their related brand – SolarGard® – are the only window film brands proven to be “carbon-negative.” 

Reasonably priced “Slate™” and “Autumn Bronze™” dual reflective window films provide high performance and low “interior reflectance” – giving you nightime vision and appearance that is vastly improved over traditional reflective films. A wide range of heat reflection – from 53% to 79% – and a 99% reduction of harmful ultraviolet rays, make this product worthy of consideration under any circumstances.

Outstanding even amongst this fine line of products are  “HiLite™” window films. Possessed of incredibly high visible light transmission – the lighter version is virtually undetectable – these films stop 55% to 61% of the total solar energy entering through your windows, and protect you and your drapes, carpet, and furnishings from 99%+ of the ultraviolet light with an SPF factor of 285! These films provide uncompromised viewing both day and night.

Past winner of the “Panorama HiLite™ ‘Dealer of the Year’ ” award; we would be happy to show you any of the superior products in the Panorama® window film line. Safe for installation on any of today’s more sophisticated glazing systems, eco-friendly, and performance-certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council, these films are arguably the finest quality products of their kind available today. Contact Solar-X for a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate.

“Green” Awareness Brings Window Tinting “Full Circle” | Window Film

Clients’ Desire To Save Energy, Cut Carbon Emissions, Takes Window Tinting “Back To Basics”

Building "Green"When Solar-X of Sarasota opened in 1973, we found ourselves trying to conduct business in the midst of the OPEC oil embargo. People were vitally interested in conserving energy then, and Solar-X had the products that could help them. While peoples’ motivations for buying window film and tinting products have occasionally shifted, today everything seems to have come full circle.

For years, people were motivated by the increased comfort window films offered, or the often-touted protection against fading of furnishings. Hurricane Charley’s landfall on the Gulf Coast focused peoples’ attention on Safety and Security films. But with ever-rising energy costs, and a desire to reduce their “carbon footprint,” people are returning to basics. Window film reduces heat intrusion into your home. Reducing your energy consumption by installing window film reduces carbon emissions and saves you money.

Surprisingly, very little attention is given to window film products on “green” websites. That’s about to change. Most green websites tend to stress caulking or sealing around the edges of windows, or expensive window replacements. But window films like SolarGard® and Panorama® offer a better return on investment than low-e glass units. They are less expensive than new windows, they have lower “carbon costs” in manufacture, and, in fact; SolarGard® and Panorama® films are the only brands proven to be “carbon-negative.”  And when windows are perfectly serviceable, an affordable application of quality window film such as SolarGard® and Panorama® might be all you need to save substantial amounts of energy – not to mention saving up to 30% on  your utility bills.

Solar-X of Sarasota is the area’s largest SolarGard® dealer and the exclusive installer of Panorama® window films. All Panorama® films are backed by the Premier Plus® warranty; the longest warranty available anywhere in the film industry.

If you live in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, or the surrounding area, contact Solar-X today to get the full story on our eco-friendly products – and start saving before summer’s hot weather gets here!

A Practical Way To Go “Green” | Window Film and Tinting | Sarasota

Many homeowners; when asked if they consider the environmental impact of products they purchase for their home, affirm that they do, indeed; take that into consideration. In fact, there are homeowners that embark on major remodeling projects who will not purchase a single product for that project until they know everything about that product’s environmental “pedigree.”

We’re not talking about questions like, “Does it save energy?” That’s easy! We’re talking about concerns like, “Where did it come from? How is it made? What were the ‘carbon costs’ involved in manufacturing this product? What is the environmental impact on disposal?” In other words, the “up front” environmental costs, to them; are just as important as sustainability and performance after the product has been installed!

When it comes to window film products, only the manufacturer of SolarGard® and Panorama® sun control films can definitively answer those questions. That’s because SolarGard® and Panorama® films are the only window films to have undergone a complete “life cycle analysis” and have a published Environmental Product Declaration which conclusively proves that these industry-leading products are, in fact; “carbon negative.” SolarGard® and Panorama® films have positioned themselves as environmental leaders in our industry because sustainability is a core principle of the manufacturer – right down to the environmentally friendly packaging of the products.

SolarGard® and Panorama® films provide a practical way to “go green;” with truly affordable products that can lower your electric bill from the day the film is installed. Enjoy increased comfort, a stable interior environment, protection from harmful ultraviolet light – and get all that from a product that has been manufactured with the protection of the environment as its top priority.NEW Carbon Neg Seal

Solar-X of Sarasota is the area’s largest and most active SolarGard® window film dealer, and the area’s exclusive Panorama® dealer; a sales and installation contractor with 38 years of industry involvement – right here in the greater Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice area.  If environmental friendliness is on your list of priorities when you buy home improvement products, call Solar-X for a professional consultation today.

 

 

Panorama Window Film | “Premier Plus” Warranty | Window Tinting

Panorama® “Premier Plus™” Warranty Offers Most Expansive Coverage In The Window Tinting Industry

Premier Plus LogoToday’s more advanced glazing systems require more sophisticated window films in order to maximize your protection.

Many manufacturers of insulated glass, low-E, and impact (laminated) window units will void their warranties if window tint – or any applied product – is installed on them, citing the fact that they have been “altered in the field.” Potential lack of warranty coverage was a point of concern to many consumers until Panorama® window film  introduced the Panorama® “Premier Plus™” Warranty.

The Panorama® “Premier Plus™” Warranty eliminates any residential consumer protection concerns. First, it matches your glass manufacturer’s warranty against insulated glass “seal failure,” and provides ten years coverage against product-induced glass breakage, with the highest replacement cost allowance available. In addition, it provides a lifetime warranty on both material and labor, plus a five year transferable warranty to a new owner if you should decide to sell your home. All at no cost to you! “PremierPlus” is the only warranty in the industry that can say this.

On commercial installations, “PremierPlus” will match the manufacturer’s warranty, provide 16 years worth of material and labor coverage, as well as 10 year breakage protection. Here again, Panorama films provide more complete warranty coverage than any other window film manufacturer; at no additional cost.

Solar-X of Sarasota is the Sarasota area’s exclusive Panorama® Window Film dealer, and a 38 year veteran in the window filmPanorama Window Film - Sarasota FL industry. Let us assist you with an honest, educational consultation, and unparalleled installation quality. See for yourself why we have been “Sarasota’s leading window film contractor since 1973!” Serving Bradenton, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Venice and surrounding area; as well as state-wide commercial contracting.

“Green” Claims For Window Film | Buyer Beware | Window Tinting

Putting “Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” When It Comes To Sustainability Claims.

NEW Carbon Neg SealAnyone remotely familiar with window film and tinting knows that the product saves energy. It reduces the single strongest source of energy demand in your home or office – heat input through the windows – thereby reducing the need for air conditioning. This; of course, reduces overall energy consumption. Simple enough…

In the most basic sense – the argument could be made – that makes window film a “green” product. Add the ability to make glass safer, reduce annoying glare, protect against ultraviolet and increase interior comfort to window film’s existing energy saving properties, and you certainly have an outstanding product; a product that is worthy of consideration as one of the most important home improvement products out there! But is that all it takes for a product to be truly “green?”…

Several years and several million dollars ago, the manufacturers of SolarGard® and Panorama® Window Film commissioned aSarasota Window Film Service complete “life cycle” analysis that would measure the carbon cost of every aspect of the product – from raw material aquisition, through manufacture, application and use over a projected lifespan, and ultimate disposal – a painstaking and lengthy process. And a historic one. Upon completion, they were able to publish what is the largest and most detailed Environmental Product Declaration ever; one that proved that SolarGard® and Panorama® films were carbon-negative. That means the film saves far more carbon emissions over its lifespan than those created or expended during manufacture; in fact 1001 times more! Among other things, research also determined that film has a better return on investment than low-e glass! It is important to note that no other window film manufacturer has conducted this type of study; nor shown the type of environmental commitment that SolarGard® has in publishing this information.

So it is no surprise that some local window film dealers are starting to make claims as to how “green” their products are. But sustainability claims should be much more than just how much heat the product stops.  As a proud, longtime SolarGard® dealer; and the area’s exclusive Panorama® film dealer, we would submit that those claims are questionable until proven by an impartial third party study; and that should include a complete life-cycle analysis . Many of today’s environmentally conscious consumers want to know exactly what they are installing in their homes prior to purchase – what are the materials, what is the carbon cost – and just claiming that window film reduces energy is not the answer they are looking for. Nor should it be! At Solar-X of Sarasota, we have those answers. Contact us today!

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