3M Named as a World’s Most Ethical Company for Second Consecutive Year

In the fast-paced world of global business, it takes more than a written compliance policy to keep a company doing business the right way. That is why Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, has named 3M as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company® for the second time. The designation recognizes 3M’s impact on the way business is conducted through its efforts of fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.

“At 3M, living by our Code of Conduct is a team effort and a responsibility we uphold for our customers, for our shareholders and for each other,” said Jim Zappa, 3M’s chief compliance officer. “The commitment of our people to the highest ethical standard and to doing business the right way promotes trust with our customers and in the quality of our products. Furthermore, it gives us confidence to grow our business anywhere in the world.”

In particular, Ethisphere recognized 3M’s compliance and ethics program and how effectively it is applied throughout the entire multinational company, creating strong social responsibility and corporate citizenship.

“The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance. These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership and understand that creating an ethical culture and earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition involves more than just an outward facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer Timothy Erblich. “Earning this recognition involves the collective action of a global workforce from the top down. We congratulate everyone at 3M for this extraordinary achievement.”

Solarx/NBIsuncontrol is proud to be the area’s only 3M authorized window film dealer.

So Many Benefits In One Product! | Sarasota Window Tinting

Window film is such a well known product in Florida, that it’s easy to forget that there are people out there who have never heard of it; nor are they familiar with benefits that this easily affordable product provides! So occasionally, it’s constructive to tell potential clients what window film is, and what it does…

Window film is a specially coated polyester material that is applied directly to the surface of residential and commercial windows. Most clients choose to install film for the following benefits:

Window film reduces heat gain; increases comfort: When sunlight enters through your windows, it can really wreak havoc; causing “hot spots” near windows, and making some areas almost unlivable. Closing drapes and blinds won’t help – the heat is already through the glass! A quality window film such as SolarGard®, or Panorama® will allow natural light to stream in without annoying glare and discomfort; reducing heat gain by up to 82%.

Window film protects you and your home from UV damage: Ultraviolet light ruins drapes, carpet, furnishings and artwork, and causes irreparable harm to your skin and eyes! Window film stops better than 99% of UVA and UVB rays, protecting against premature aging of skin and eyes; all while saving your valuable furnishings and art!

Window film saves energy: By reflecting as much as 82% of the sun’s heat, window film can reduce your cooling costs by 30% and more – all while maintaining a uniform “comfort condition” within your home.

Window film makes glass safer: Add an extra level of security with Armorcoat® Safety and Security Film; in “Clear” or “Sun Control.”  Armorcoat® helps hold lethal glass fragments in place if your your windows are impacted, protecting you, your family, and your pets from the piercing and cutting injuries that so often occur when glass is broken.

Decorative Films: Add a “designer touch” to windows, entry doors, shower enclosures – anywhere! With textured, patterned or embossed decorative films, there is no limit to what you can do. Enhance the appearance of problematic window areas to give your interior environment a “one-of-a kind” look that is uniquely you!

Solar-X of Sarasota sells and installs SolarGard®, Panorama®, and Armorcoat® window films. We also sell and install decorative films and applied products that enhance appearance and provide privacy; and we install them all with pride and unrivaled attention to detail. If you are considering an installation of window film on your home or office, contact Solar-X today; and see why we have been the area’s leading window film contractor since 1973! Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau. Serving Parrish, Palmetto, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota, Venice, Englewood, and North Port.

 

 

 

40 Years In Business | Solar-X of Sarasota | Window Tinting

sarasota window filmAny way you look at it, forty years is a long time. To be in business for that long is a significant milestone – one that few businesses achieve. It is a measure of success that is maintained every day through hard work, quality products, and customer service.

Solar-X of Sarasota has reached that forty-year milestone. In 1973 we opened our doors with the objective of bringing the best quality window film and installation to our customers in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice, and we have never lost sight of that goal. We have grown with our industry; offering more film types, densities, and performance options as they were made available to the consumer. As window film technology has advanced, so have we; through continuing education and field experience. We have served the needs of residential, commercial, and government clients – whether those needs were safety and security, or sun control and energy savings – and have grown to serve commercial clients around the state.

It doesn’t hurt to represent the full line of SolarGard® window film products. Whether you are interested in SolarGard®, Panorama®, or Armorcoat® Safety and Security films, you can be assured that there is no finer product line on the market. Manufactured in San Diego under the strictest quality standards, these industry-leading films will last for years under the harshest possible conditions – and all are backed in writing with a factory warranty that is second to none!

As proud as we are of our products, we are equally proud of our craftsmen who install those products daily with unwavering care and attention to detail. They too, are educated in the latest glass technology, proper film and glass combinations, innovations in installation techniques; and they are relentless in their pursuit of the highest quality installation on every job.

So where do we go from here? Well, we’re going to start looking forward to celebrating our fiftieth! And we aren’t going to lose sight of our original objectives that have made us “the area’s leading window film contractor since 1973.” Contact Solar-X today for an estimate on our most important project to date – yours! Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

 

 

 

 

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.

Protection Against Gusty Weather | Armorcoat Safety Film

Tropical Storm Debby has brought torrential rains, and some powerful squalls to our area over the last few days. There is some localized flooding, a few trees are down, and lots of smaller limbs and branches are covering peoples’ lawns and some roads. It’s a perfect time to think about installing a Safety and Security window film such as Armorcoat® to the windows of your home or office. When a squall comes through your area bringing lots of rain and wind, knowing that you have Armorcoat® protecting your windows can bring real peace of mind. Armorcoat® can provide a significantly elevated level of protection when gusts of wind carry small branches, organic debris, or any other loose items; and send them flying – possibly shattering glass and driving rain into your home or place of business. It is the perfect basic protection against weather events such as Debby.

Of course, Armorcoat® protects against more than foul weather. It can provide an effective deterrent against home invasion or burglary by holding glass in place and making entry more difficult; and “sun control” versions reduce heat, glare and fading as well – making your home or office more comfortable and energy-efficient, as well as providing an increased level of safety.

If your home or place of business could use a higher level of security as well as a “dose of comfort,” contact Solar-X of Sarasota today for a free no-obligation estimate. We’ve been making people safer and more comfortable since 1973. We’ll help you choose the right film for your project and install it with the attention to detail that only the area’s most experienced installation creftsmen can provide.  The premier window tinting contractor in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Venice; Solar-X of Sarasota is 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.

Armorcoat Safety and Security Film – Needed More Than Ever!

murrah building oklahhomaIt’s hard to believe that 17 years have passed since the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City; the most destructive act of terrorism in America until the September 11th attacks six years later. Carried out by home-grown terrorists, the bombing damaged or destroyed over 300 nearby buildings, wounded almost 700 people, and took the lives of 168. Many of the wounds sustained were caused by devastating – even lethal – flying glass shards. It has also been said that the building was specifically targeted because of its expansive glass facade. One result of this horrific event is that most private office space leased by the government today is required to have some form of security-oriented glazing.

It is a well known fact that flying glass can cause monstrous cutting and piercing injuries. And it certainly can be “the weakest link” in maintaining the security of any building – either home or office. For that reason, many homeowners and facility managers are taking action to strengthen their glass; either through the purchase of laminated safety glass, impact-resistant glass, or the installation of a quality Safety and Security Window Film such as SolarGard® Armorcoat™. Properly installed; with “edge attachments,” Armorcoat™ can help deter “smash and grab” burglaries and home invasions. Armorcoat™ can help protect building occupants from the devastating effects of glass shattered by severe weather such as high winds and hail.  Armorcoat™ is also a tested and proven blast mitigation product that is often used by the U.S. government in Federal offices, embassies, and military bases. Available in both “clear” and “sun control” versions, Armorcoat™ is a surprisingly affordable “upgrade” for those who want to add an elevated level of protection to their home or office window film installations. Combining its protective capabilities with an ability to reflect up to 79% of the sun’s heat and glare – as well as 99% of the harmful ultraviolet light – makes Armorcoat a most impressive energy saving and security product.

Solar-X of Sarasota is the area’s leading Armorcoat™ dealer. Experience and unwaivering attention to detail is what counts in achieving a quality Safety and Security Film installation; and the factory-trained professionals at Solar-X know how to get the job done right! Contact Solar-X today for a free no-obligation estimate. From Ellenton to Englewood; Lakewood Ranch to Longboat Key – or for statewide commercial contracting – count on our nearly four decades of industry experience to ensure your satisfaction. That’s why we’ve been the area’s leading window film contractor 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.

Low Awareness – High Acceptance? | Window Films and Tinting

Window Film dealer sarasota FloridaWindow film is oftentimes accurately described as a product that has “low customer awareness; but high customer acceptance.” Put another way; many people don’t know much about window film. Therefore, they don’t think about it as a solution to their comfort issues when heat intrusion, glare, and fading of furnishings compromise their lifestyle. However; once they are made aware of all the things this unique  product can do to create a comfortable interior environment while protecting furnishings, flooring, and artwork from fading – or providing an elevated level of protection from breakage or impact – they are quick to accept window film as a product they would like to purchase in order to enhance their quality of life. 

High quality window films such as SolarGard®, Panorama®, and Armorcoat® have high customer acceptance because of their ability to eliminate “hot spots” near windows and glass doors; providing uniform comfort throughout your living space while allowing natural light to stream in and enhance your overall environment. Not only are your prized possessions protected from fading, but your skin is shielded from the premature aging or even skin cancer caused by dangerous ultraviolet light. Protection from cutting and piercing injuries – or even dangerous flying glass shards – is enhanced; giving you peace of mind. And all of this is available with one phone call…

At Solar-X of Sarasota, we would rather educate you than sell you. We’re sure that once you see all the benefits to be gained from an  installation of these affordable yet exceptional products, you’ll want to join the thousands of other clients we have helped since 1973. Our factory-trained installers will apply your window film with the attention to detail that has made us the area’s leading window film contractor for nearly four decades. Upon completion, you’ll be presented with a factory-backed written warranty that is second to none. Whether you are in Sarasota, Bradenton, or Venice, you can be sure of getting the finest products and service available. Contact Solar-X  today for your free, no-obligation consultation. Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

Energy Savings and Commercial Buildings | Window Tinting

Large Commercial BuildingsFew sectors of the window film industry represent as much in the way of potential energy savings as commercial buildings. Office buildings gobble up huge amounts of electricity to provide adequate lighting, interior cooling and heating, and of course; for office equipment. Many building managers are upgrading their lighting to more modern standards; and they should – oftentimes lighting is the single largest line item on their utility bill. Air conditioning (HVAC) usually comes next, and that’s where window film can really help…

Heat intrusion into a building can wreak havoc with interior comfort conditions. Work spaces near windows can become unbearable, and unwanted glare can make it virtually impossible to see computer screens; resulting in a substantial loss of productivity.

An installation of quality window film such as SolarGard®, Panorama®, or Armorcoat® can immediately change all that. These industry-leading products will reject up to 82% of the total solar energy, and will protect bulding interiors and inhabitants by stopping 99% of the harmful ultraviolet light that causes premature aging and skin cancer. And Armorcoat®; with its impact resistance and aggressive adhesive will add an elevated level of safety and security from dangers of all kinds.

Most importantly, these high quality films can save 30% and more on energy consumption – and that saves money! SolarGard® and Panorama® films are  carbon-negative; they qualify for LEED credits in multiple categories, and can provide a better return on investment than low-e windows when comparing cost of installation and performance. Installation is quick, quiet, and non-disruptive to office routine. And delivery time is immediate – no waiting for permits, window tear-outs and replacements, no dust, no noise – so savings can begin right away!

Solar-X of Sarasota has been actively helping building managers save energy for nearly four decades. Our experienced staff will get the job done right the first time, and move smoothly through the job with absolute minimum disruption to personnel. Start 2012 right, by taking control of your runaway energy costs. Whether you are in the Sarasota, Bradenton,or Venice area; or if you need an experienced commercial window film contractor statewide, contact Solar-X today.

Better Business Bureau – Rated “A+” | Solar-X of Sarasota

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Oftentimes at Solar-X of Sarasota we are told by clients that they opted for us to install their window film because of our “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau. They know that an endorsement from the Better Business Bureau is a time honored way of letting our potential clients know that they will be treated with respect; they won’t be taken advantage of, and that the quality of our work will live up to or exceed their expectations. In short; they believe that they are going to get a great job at a fair and honest price!

What they may not know is that in almost forty years of being in business, Solar-X of Sarasota has never had a complaint registered against them through any consumer agency! Are we perfect? Nooo…but we try to be! If we do get a call from a client who is less than satisfied (and that is rare indeed), we make sure that their concern is handled quickly and cheerfully; and that they are totally satisfied when we are done. Isn’t that what you should expect?

We hear terms like  “professional, on time, …done right the first time, friendly, tidy,…never any problems,” and most importantly, “I was referred to you by…” on a daily basis, and it is a constant reminder that we have to keep up our vigil – that we have to consistently try to be our best for our clients.  An “A+” endorsement from the Better Business Bureau just validates those efforts and makes them all worthwhile.

So when you want quality window films such as SolarGard®, Panorama® or Armorcoat® in the Bradenton, Sarasota, or Venice area, be sure to call Solar-X of Sarasota for a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate from the area’s premier window film contractor. We’re going to make sure you’re glad you did! Contact Solar-X today!

The “Smart” New Year’s Resolution | Window Film and Tinting

Here’s a possible New Year’s resolution that’s easier to keep than quitting smoking or going on a diet. Make 2012 the year that you take control of your interior environment, and install some quality window film such as SolarGard®, Panorama®, or Armorcoat® Safety and Security Film. No other product can give you so many benefits for one affordable price.


Increased Comfort: 
Sun control film reduces up to 82% of the sun’s heat from coming through your windows. It eliminates “hot spots” near your windows and glass doors and creates a uniform comfort condition throughout your home. No more closed draperies and blinds! Let natural light in and at the same time, enjoy the view!

Increased Safety:  Safety and Security films add an elevated level of protection from unexpected or accidental impact; keeping your family safe from dangerous shards of broken glass. Safety films also provide a significant deterrent to would-be burglars who are looking for a quick, quiet entry in and out of your home. And safety films come in both “clear,” and “sun control” versions that will keep heat out as well!

Reduce Fading:  All window films stop better than 99% of the sun’s dangerous UV light; the single strongest source of interior fading, as well as the agent for premature aging of skin and even skin cancer. An SPF factor of 285+ means incredible protection for your family as well as your furnishings.

Window Film Saves Money:  By reducing heat input into your home, window film cuts energy consumption; lowering your utility bills, and reducing your carbon footprint – paying for itself in a surprisingly short time!

Whether you’re a full or part-time resident of Venice, Sarasota, or Bradenton; you should call Solar-X of Sarasota to help you eliminate heat, glare, and fading from your environment. We’ve been installing the area’s finest quality window films since 1973. Trust Solar-X to provide the expertise and attention to detail that you expect and deserve. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation estimate. Rated  “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

Protect Your Christmas | Armorcoat Safety and Security Film

Christmas Burglary Home Intrusion“‘Tis the season to be jolly” shouldn’t mean providing gifts to those grinches who would break into our homes and steal them. It’s no secret that home burglaries spike during the Holidays as thieves grab whatever they can get for free. That beautiful tree and piles of presents on display in your front window is like a beacon to those who want to take advantage of a “five finger discount” on the latest iPod, laptop, or the season’s most popular toys.

One way to help keep thieves from stealing your Christmas (or anything else) is an application of impact-resistant Armorcoat® Safety and Security Window Film. Tough, resilient Armorcoat® can help keep glass in place if smashed; providing a strong deterrent to would-be burglars by making entry so difficult or noisy, that they will go elsewhere – in a hurry! Tested and proven to be an effective anti-theft product, Armorcoat® is also known to mitigate the dangers of flying glass, and will provide an elevated level of protection in case of violent weather. Armorcoat® is available in both “clear” and “sun control”  versions; so energy savings, increased comfort, and increased personal protection are all available in one affordable product.

Home security isn’t just something you should think of at Christmas.  Armorcoat® Safety and Security Film can help protect you from unwanted intrusion of all kinds; whether it is from heat, glare, fading, high winds – or burglary! And Solar-X of Sarasota  can install it expertly; with care and the attention to detail that has made us the area’s premier window film contractor for nearly four decades. Contact Solar-X today for a free estimate, and get the year-round security and peace of mind that comes from knowing your home and family are protected. Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau. 

 

“Ho-Hum” Becomes “Sensational” With Decorative Window Film!

Decorative Window Films For Interior DesignBy any measure, the largest part of our business at Solar-X of Sarasota is the window film business – that is both “sun control” film and “safety and security” film. But a rapidly growing segment of our business is the sale and installation of decorative films – embossed, textured, patterned and frosted products that add a whole new dimension to the appearance of ordinary windows, doors, and mirrors.

These products can be used for both residential and commercial applications, and we are happy to show you any of the hundreds of films available!decorative-film-florida Homeowners love the appearance upgrade on shower doors, front entries that need privacy from the street,  home offices, glass-fronted kitchen cabinets, etc.  Businesses appreciate the privacy given to glass-walled conference rooms, partitions between work stations, reception areas, and glass doors into private offices. In addition, we can custom fabricate corporate logos, or unique creations that enhance glass appearance and add a “designer touch” – all at a cost that can be less than half the cost of actual etched glass.

Lakewood Ranch Country Club Window TintingFor large-scale applications, we can provide custom imaging done with solvent printing – a process where actual images can be printed on a clear film “base” and applied to large areas of glass to become a one-of-a-kind mural; or unique design. Or we can install printed “architectural wraps” on storefronts. Today’s printing technology can provide imagery with “high definition” optical clarity, and provide the business owner with a means to promote his or her business that is truly eye-catching!

No matter what you choose, Solar-X of Sarasota can provide the decorative products to take your glass from “so-so” to “sensational!” Contact Solar-X today for more information about these exciting products that can bring affordable elegance to your home or office setting. Decorative films are one more item that keep Solar-X in the top echelon of our industry, and help us to remain “the area leader since 1973.”

Reduce Expenses, Increase Comfort | Sarasota Window Tinting

Household FinancesIn today’s economy, there isn’t a home owner, or business owner who doesn’t want to reduce expenses. And you can do that in a significant way; simply by installing a high quality window film such as SolarGard®, Armorcoat®, or Panorama® on the windows of your home or business.

Window films reduce heat intrusion by up to 82% – increasing comfort while drastically reducing utility bills! They control annoying glare without having to close your blinds or draperies. Window films protect your furnishings, flooring, and most importantly, your family; from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light – reducing interior fading, and protecting skin by stopping better than 99% of the UV with an SPF of 285+! Finally; Safety and Security window films such as Armorcoat® help protect your family from the dangers of flying glass shards by holding the fragments in place when struck – either by accident or from severe weather. They also provide an effective deterrant to burglary or intrusion by making it harder to gain entry. 

For those who are interested in helping the environment, SolarGard® and Panorama® window films are “carbon-negative.” They are the first and only film products to achieve an Environmental Product Declaration (the largest of its kind), and they will dramatically reduce your carbon footprint by reducing your utility consumption. 

Solar-X of Sarasota is the area’s largest and most active dealer of SolarGard®, Armorcoat®, and Panorama® window films. This award-winning company; rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau, has been installing quality films for nearly four decades. We bring an unrivaled level of product knowledge, industry experience, and installation craftsmanship to every job – whether it’s a home in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice; or statewide commercial installation. Contact Solar-X today, and get the service that has made us the area’s premier window film contractor since 1973!

Run Out Of Customers? Not A Chance… | Window Tinting

Graph/ChartIn the nearly thirty-nine years that Solar-X of Sarasota has been in business, a commonly asked question is, “Don’t you think that sooner or later, you’ll run out of customers?” Our answer is a resounding “No!” Why would we? Every year, millions of square feet of architectural glass are manufactured in this country.  It will go into homes and offices across this land, and inevitably, the sun will shine through it and cause discomfort, or glare; fading, or a safety issue that someone will need to contend with. And window film will address them all with a quick, easy, and affordable installation.

…”Well, what about all the tinted, low-e, and insulated glass being manufactured today? Won’t that cut into your market share?” Not really. For while there have been advancements in the “energy-saving” and “comfort” performance technology of glass, there have also been advancements in the window film industry; and  quality films like SolarGard®, Panorama®, and Armorcoat™ are being installed every day on these more modern glazing systems. Why? Because they can significantly boost the performance and safety aspect of even these newer glass products. Improvements in optics, performance, appearance, and lifespan have; over the years, elevated window film to a level of respect and product consciousness that matches any glazing technology out there. Homeowners and Facility Managers alike are increasingly recognizing the utility and quality of these products; and they are installing them in ever-increasing numbers. Window films can stop up to 82% of the sun’s heat, reduce glare, and eliminate over 99% of all the ultraviolet that is so harmful to furnishings and skin. Performance certifications from respected third parties such as the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) add further legitimacy.

Run out of customers? No way! Over 38-plus years, we’ve seen our share of economic upheavals. But the overall “trend line” on our sales graphs is always “up,” not “down.”  And we intend to keep it that way – with high-quality, advanced technology window films and the outstanding customer service for which we have always been known. For the best in residential window tinting in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice; or statewide commercial contracting, contact Solar-X of Sarasota today – the area’s premier window tinting contractor since 1973. Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

Window Film – The Best “Toolbox” Product For Problem Windows

Windows are so ubiquitous in our homes and workplaces that we seldom think about their effect on our daily lives. But there is a “duality” to windows in terms of how they affect our interior environment. On one hand, they let in light, provide enjoyable views, impart a feeling of well-being, and increase productivity. On the other hand, they let in excessive heat, bothersome glare, and dangerous UV light. They also present a safety issue in the case of accidental contact, and a security issue relative to burglary, explosions, violent weather, and earthquakes.

Homeowners and Facilty Managers alike seek to increase the comfort of their homes or buildings while reducing their utlity bills. They want to minimize annoying glare while preserving their views. They want to protect their homes and work environments from the harmful effects of ultraviolet light, and they certainly want to provide an environment that is safe from the dangers of accidents or flying glass.  

The only way they can accomplish all those objectives without “breaking the bank” is through the use of a multi-faceted “toolbox” product; and that product is efficient, affordable window film.  Quality products such as SolarGard®, Panorama®, and SolarGard® “Armorcoat™” can stop up to 82% of the sun’s heat and glare. They can provide protection against interior fading, premature aging, and skin cancer by eliminating 99%+ of the ultraviolet light. The proven performance of Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Film puts fears to rest regarding accidents, flying glass, or other security issues. And finally, window film can be installed with a minimum of disruption or “down time” – allowing for business as usual throughout the entire process.

Solar-X of Sarasota has been providing the safety and comfort of these quality window films  to area home and business owners for over 38 years! Our unrivaled product knowledge and extensive training allows us to ascertain the best product for each building’s unique needs; and our experienced installation craftsmen will carefully and efficiently see your job through to completion. Contact Solar-X today to get the ball rolling with a free, no-obligation estimate and consultation, and experience the service that has made us “the area leader since 1973.”

Safety and Security Window Films, and Glass Retention

Office Building Hurricane DamageSeveral times this week, while reporting on the progress of Hurricane Irene as it advances up the east coast and toward New York, reporters have commented that a huge worry in the city would be all the flying glass. They wouldn’t say that if they knew how effective high-quality Safety and Security Window Films such as SolarGard® “Armorcoat™” are in keeping broken glass together. Winds howling between high-rise buildings can create a “tunnel” effect, accelerating the wind speed and literally sucking the windows out of a building. But Armorcoat; with its aggressive adhesive – along with a properly installed “edge attachment” system – can help to hold the film and glass combination in the window frame. The proven glass fragment retention properties of this product have been known about for years. That’s why Armorcoat has been installed on many government buildings and offices; including our nation’s Capitol. In fact, a standard clause in many government leases today includes a provision for the installation of Safety and Security window film as blast protection before the department or agency even moves into its new space.

The fragment retention properties of Armorcoat make it ideal for holding glass together and minimizing the danger of cutting and piercing injuries after impact and breaking. That means when Irene has finished with New York and moved on, many high-rise windows that would otherwise be sucked out of their frames, might still be in place – even if broken.

 Solar-X of Sarasota is the leading installer of Armorcoat Safety and Security Film in the Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice area; helping people protect their homes and businesses from burglary, vandalism – even errant golf balls! – keeping their glass together after impact. Our experienced installation crew knows how to provide for any protection level; from accidental human contact to blast mitigation. And since Armorcoat comes in both “clear” and “tinted” versions, you can use it to save energy and reduce heat, glare, and fading inside your home or office. Contact Solar-X today for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your safety and security needs.

Riots, Mayhem, and Glass Protection | Armorcoat Safety Film

Riot DamageRioting in Greece. The bombing in Oslo, Norway. Now rioting in London. It seems that almost daily our TV screens are filled with scenes of mayhem. Burning cars, stone-throwing demonstrators, and broken glass – always lots of broken glass. . .

No one likes to think that something bad could happen in their hometown; or,  in particular; to their home or business.  Surely London shopkeepers didn’t anticipate damage to their stores when they locked up for the night. Yet, “In Tottenham, shop windows were smashed as residents looted the stores, pushing shopping carts full of stolen goods down the street” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sunday, August 7, 2011). And here in Sarasota, people are increasingly coming home to discover that someone has smashed their glass and stolen their property.

There is a product that can help protect you, your home, and your place of business from these devastating events. It is called Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Window Film. Applied to windows and glass doors, the impact resistance of Armorcoat™ can provide a serious deterrent to would-be burglars who rely on stealth and speed to enter a home. On storefronts, the glass fragment retention properties of Armorcoat™ – along with properly installed “edge attachments” – could discourage looters by preventing entry long enough for law enforcement to arrive on the scene. It’s a lot easier to replace a smashed window than it is to replace personal possessions or business inventory.  Available in both “clear” and “tinted” versions, Armorcoat™ can be used on display windows or double as a “sun control” film for home or office.

Solar-X of Sarasota is the area’s most active Armorcoat™ dealer; with factory-trained, expert installation technicians who are serious about maximizing your protection. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate for your home or place of business. You may not like to think that you need protection, but remember:  you don’t need 1,000 rioters; you only need one person with a bad attitude and a brick in his hand to bring chaos into your life. Ask any friend or neighbor who has “been there.” Consider protecting your home or business with Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Film.

A Good Product in a Bad Economy | Window Film and Tinting

Solar-X of Sarasota: Providing Window Film Solutions Since 1973

Graph/ChartEven in a bad economy, we at Solar-X of Sarasota still believe there are more opportunities for window film sales than ever before. One only needs to look at all the applications for window film products to understand why.

Both residential and commercial consumers are taking sun control film more seriously due to utility company rebates, tax credits, and window film’s proven ability to reduce energy use and lower utility bills. Performance certification from the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) also adds credibity. Perhaps most importantly, our clients are always impressed by the quality, performance, and outstanding warranty coverage of our SolarGard® and Panorama® window films.

Safety and security-minded clients trust our tested and proven Armorcoat® films to protect their homes and offices; based on the ability of Armorcoat® to provide a strong deterrent to burglaries, break ins, and home invasion. A sad by-product of hard times, we are seeing more inquiries from homeowners who are aware of increased burglaries in their neighborhoods, and business owners who want to protect themselves from theft. Armorcoat® film may provide the protection they need by increasing the impact resistance of the glass and making it harder to gain entry.

Interest in decorative films continues, with many budget-minded clients wanting to achieve an upscale look on entry doors, shower glass, and atrium windows without the expense of using etched or patterned glass. Our commercial clients continue to take an interest in our ablity to created “etched” logos and provide a custom “privacy” look to conference rooms, glass-fronted offices, and glass partitions using state-of-the-art computerized plotting and cutting equipment.

Even in this economy, clients will continue to have needs that these high quality products can affordably address. Satisfying our clients’ needs has been our top priority at Solar-X of Sarasota since 1973. That’s what makes us the area’s premier window film installation contractor. Contact Solar-X today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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