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.”

Beat Summer’s Heat With Window Film | Window Tinting

Cooling OffSummer’s heat is here with a vengeance. Record temperatures are being recorded all over the eastern and midwestern part of the country. Air conditioners are working full time everywhere to keep people comfortable in their homes, and power companies are under tremendous strain just to meet the demand. Yet oftentimes, going inside to “get out of the sun” brings no relief to those who want to cool off…

That’s because the sun’s heat pounds through their windows and sliding glass doors, creating uncomfortable “hot spots;” raising room temperatures, and forcing people to “crank down” the thermostat in a futile attempt to make the interior environment barely livable, let alone comfortable! Pulling draperies and blinds is only a partial “fix.” By blocking your body’s direct absorption of sunlight, it may make you feel some relief; but in truth the heat is already through the glass, where it will only be absorbed by the draperies and re-radiated into the room. It will still cause discomfort and you won’t do much to help your air conditioning  run less.

The best way to keep unwanted heat out of your home is to apply a quality window film such as SolarGard® or Panorama®. These films are capable of reducing heat input by as much as 82%! That means stopping heat intrusion before it ever comes through the glass. Window tinting allows your air conditioning to cool your space more effectively and more efficiently; reducing your electric bills and making your home a truly comfortable refuge from the relentless summer sun. And while these films are making you comfortable, they can lower your electric bill by as much as 30% and protect against interior fading by stopping 99% of the harmful ultraviolet light.

Solar-X of Sarasota has been installing high quality window films such as SolarGard® and Panorama® for area residents since 1973! You’ll feel relief from the moment we start our installation, and the increase in comfort will astound you. Contact Solar-X today for a free, no-obligation estimate. Our experienced, factory-trained craftsmen will install your film promptly and courteously; making sure to leave your home as neat and clean as when they arrived. Expect – and get – the very best service available from Solar-X of Sarasota!

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.

The Crusader Building Is Definitely “Cool” | Bradenton Palmetto | Window Tinting

A block off the Manatee River in Palmetto is a beautiful old building that is a great example of what can be done to restore and modernize an older structure for use as an office building. The Crusader Building was once a three-story hotel; with a relaxing, shaded veranda on each floor facing the street. The hardwood floors are beautiful, and the way the owners have installed new, hurricane-resistant windows while incorporating the old woodwork around them is really impressive. Artifacts from the building’s heyday give you the feeling that you’ve stepped into yesterday, when things weren’t quite so hurried, and people did business “on a handshake.” However; in today’s real world of “comfort demands”, and “energy costs,” heat blasting through the South and West elevations caused severe discomfort to the tenants, and very high utility bills. A consultation with Florida Power and Light resulted in their recommendation for an installation of window film to help cool the building’s interior, lower energy consumption, and save money.

Because of the laminated construction of the hurricane-resistant windows, many window manufacturers will void their warranty coverage if any products are applied to the window units. Therefore, Solar-X recommended Panorama® “Slate 10™”; a high quality “dual reflective” window film whose exclusive “Panorama Premier Plus” commercial warranty coverage picks up and matches the terms of the window manufacturer’s original warranty. And its sixteen year manufacturer’s defect (peeling, cracking, loosening, etc.) coverage is the most expansive commercial protection in the film industry today. Add to that the experience of our installers, and their ability to get the job done with little or no disruption of office routine, and it’s easy to understand why Solar-X was chosen to perform the installation.

Tenants will now be cooler, and the 80% heat rejection of the film will help save on those high utility bills! Now this beautifully restored building not only functions as a unique office complex; the window film will make it more comfortable for all concerned. The building owners were so impressed; that before we were even finished on the South and West elevations, they added the East windows to the job as well! 

At Solar-X, we appreciate the fine workmanship that went into the restoration of the Crusader Building because we’re craftsmen too! If you appreciate attention to every detail, contact Solar-X for your next window film project, and find out for yourself how satisfying it is to work with true professionals. And we’ve been bringing that professionalism to our clients in Bradenton, Palmetto, Ellenton, and Parrish since 1973!

International Window Film Association To Speak At “Energy Day” | Window Tinting

IWFA to make presentation on window film performance and energy savings.

Energy Saving Products Sarasota FloridaOn October 13 in Washington, the Consumer Energy Alliance will be hosting its fourth annual “Energy Day;” a gathering of businesses, manufacturers, energy providers, and government entities (to name a few) who will meet to discuss various energy issues, and strategies to improve our nation’s energy security. For the first time, there will be a Sustainability Forum; with presentations by energy experts and business leaders highlighting how businesses and local governments have initiated programs to reduce energy consumption, boost energy efficiency, and improve sustainability.

Making a presentation this year will be the International Window Film Association (IWFA); representing over 6,000 member window film contractors and the industry’s premier window film manufacturers. Dedicated to educating the public as well as businesses and municipal governments about the performance and energy savings of window film; they will be a prominent contributor to the Sustainability Forum.

Solar-X of Sarasota is proud to be a member of IWFA, and has been a member since its inception. With a focus on educating the public, business, and government sectors on the advantages of window film in the field of energy conservation, the IWFA has been an essential representative of the window film industry. As our customer base becomes increasingly conscious of sustainability not only in our products’ performance, but in their manufacturing process as well; we are also proud that the manufacturer we represent is the only window film manufacturer whose products have been measured and certified to be carbon-negative! Over the life of the window film it will save 1001 times the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that were expended in order to manufacture it!   

You can learn more about window film and its ability to aid the einvironment by calling Solar-X for a free, no-obligation consultation. We have been providing a better environment – inside and out – since 1973.

Bradenton Window Film and Tinting | Fall Savings | Residential and Commercial

Autumn’s Arrival Doesn’t Eliminate The Need For Window Tinting!

Bradenton Sarasota Window Tinting SpecialsJust because the weather is finally getting cooler, the need to protect your home from Florida’s tropical sun doesn’t “go away.”  Southern-facing windows in particular really start to feel the heat intusion as the sun stays lower on the horizon. And along with all that heat comes brutal ultraviolet fading of expensive drapes, carpet, and furnishings! Add the fact; that, while storm season may be “winding down,” the season doesn’t end until November 30 – and safety window film can give elevated levels of protection against all sorts of “security” concerns.

Our friends and neighbors in Bradenton, Palmetto, Parrish, and Ellenton will be pleased by our “Autumn Specials.”  Priced well below our normal rates, many of our most popular window film and tinting products are now more affordable than ever!

Stopping up to 82% of the sun’s heat and glare, and 99% of the harmful ultraviolet, an application of quality SolarGard® or Panorama® window film will bring a level of comfort to your home that will surprise and delight you.  An installation of Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Film can protect a child’s playroom windows from accidental contact, or help protect your entire family from burglary, or violent weather and flying debris.

Take advantage of these Autumn Specials to lower your utility bills; and make your home safer and more comfortable.  At Solar-X we’ve been giving people “a better environment – inside and out”  since 1973. Call us today for a free, no-obligation estimate for your home or business!

Football Watching Is Better Without Glare | Window Tinting

Are You Ready For Some Football? Watch It In Comfort!

Now that life (at least as some of us know it) is returning to our television screens it’s time to consider the optimum conditions for conducting our weekend viewing enjoyment. Saturday for college; Sunday for pro – it’s so much better when you can clearly see the game on that “big screen” you spent your hard earned dollars for. Without annoying glare, and without the family room being uncomfortably hot!

So many of today’s modern homes have big family/TV areas with windows placed around the TV cabinet at the end of the room, and huge sliding doors leading out to the patio. Many homeowners choose not to put blinds or window treatments in these areas; preferring the “open” look that comes with so much glass. But all that beautiful glass sometimes lets in a blinding amount of glare which is uncontrollable; and from early to late afternoon it is almost impossible to see the TV screen without the picture being almost completely “faded out.” What can you do?

brett farve football televisionWell, if you want to be able to count Bret Favre’s grey hairs in “Hi-Def,” you’d better install some window tinting from Solar-X. Our films not only control heat and fading – making your TV area much more comfortable; they also reduce and control the excess light we call “glare” – and that will ramp up your viewing pleasure to a level you have only dreamed of. Our window tinting products will make your TV viewing as easy on the eyes as watching your favorite squad of cheerleaders…and isn’t that what football is all about?

Contact Solar-X today, and be watching your favorite team in comfort by next weekend.

“WESCO Turf” Trims Heat Intrusion With Window Film, Sarasota FL

Toro® Distributor Chooses Solar-X of Sarasota Window Tinting To Cool Facilities

Factory-tinted glass windows and a large number of trees keep many of the gound floor offices at “WESCO Turf” cool and comfortable. But the second floor windows at the Sarasota Toro® Distributor are another matter altogether. Above the treeline and facing south and west; the windows in the training center let in huge amounts of heat and made the center very uncomfortable for those inside.

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Company management decided the time had come to take action, and contacted several local window tinting contractors to assess the job and submit proposals. After a consultation with company officials, a plan was submitted by Solar-X for an installation of SolarGard® “Solar Bronze” window film capable of reflecting 78% of the total solar energy.  The performance factor of the window film also qualified for the maximum allowable incentive from Florida Power and Light Company under their “commercial building envelope” program. As a “Participating  Independent Contractor” in that program Solar-X was able to secure an “up-front” incentive that made the purchase of window tinting all that more attractive.

Our professional approach, competitive pricing and reputation as a totally reliable vendor “sealed the deal,” and the job was completed without disruption of office routine in one day. Management was delighted with the efficient way in which the job was done, and we at Solar-X are happy to have contributed to their comfort. If you own or manage a business that is in need of comfort improvements, contact Solar-X today for a no-obligation consultation. We’ll help you decide which product is best suited to solve your problems, and start you on the way to increased comfort and substantial energy savings.

Phone: (941)-366-4364
Toll-free: (866)-343-4567

Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice and Lakewood Ranch Window Tinting Discounts – Summer 2010

Summer 2010 Window Tinting Specials

SolarGard® “TrueVue™” Dual Reflective Window Film Series

Outstanding optical clarity, low reflectance, and natural appearance! Be the first on your block to install this latest offering from SolarGard®and receive a 10% discount on installations over 100 sq. ft. – 15% on installations over 200 sq. ft.
Offer expires 8/31/10

Panorama® “Hilite 40™” Spectrally Selective Window Film

Already renowned for its appearance, clarity, and quality, HiLite 40 is the latest addition to the HiLite spectrally selective film series. Only slightly darker than its sister film – HiLite 70 – HiLite 40 reflects an impressive 61% total solar energy while remaining clear and non-reflective. Take 10% off any installation over 50 sq. ft.
Offer expires 8/31/10

Panorama® Safety and Security Window Film Series

Panorama’s two most popular films in an 8mil thick Safety and Security series. Wow! See for yourself why these two films are so well thought of when it comes to appearance and viewing enhancement. Once you see and feel the quality difference, you’ll be hooked! Take 10% off any “whole house” installation of these sensational films!

Does Window Film Work? Watch How Ice Cream Melts With and Without Window Film.

Time lapsed video demonstrating how fast ice cream melts under heat lamps with Panorama Sterling 20 window film and without.  If you are seeking window film or tinting services, call 1(866) 34-FILMS (34567). Solar-X is the Sarasota and Bradenton area’s exclusive Panorama film installation service -since 1973.  

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No Warranty? No Coverage… Protect Yourself! | Window Film and Tinting

Written Warranty Provides Coverage…And Proof Of Purchase

Window Film Sarasota FLConsumers who purchase window film and tinting for their homes or offices commonly spend hundreds; even thousands of dollars on that investment. So it is a constant source of amazement that – just as commonly – they don’t protect themselves by insisting on a written warranty from the contractor who installed the film.

Scenario #1. Recently while giving an estimate to a gentleman for his home, he inquired about the “lifespan” of window film; citing a neighbor who claimed to have film that was only two years old and had failed completely. The dealer from whom they had purchased the film  was out of business, and the customer was “out in the cold.”

Scenario #2. A couple who had purchased safety film from another dealer for the sliding doors in their home to strengthen the glass against storms called to have us complete the installation on the rest of the house. Why? Because the “hurricane film experts” they had purchased from were already out of business! They wanted to match the existing film for appearance sake, but had no proper proposal or invoice identifying the film type, no warranty, and of course, they couldn’t tell us who the film manufacturer was.

Protect Yourself! In both the above scenerios, a written warranty would have provided replacement coverage or manufacturer and product identification.  Every reputable window film manufacturer provides warranty coverage on their products. Not one; however, will provide coverage to a consumer who has no written warranty with which to provide “proof of purchase”. “Fly by night” window film dealers won’t provide you with proper documentation. If you don’t get a written manufacturer’s warranty from  your window film dealer upon completion of their work, don’t pay for it until you do!

Better yet, call Solar-X for quality work and peace of mind. Our proposal/invoices identify every detail of the job – rooms done, film type used, special conditions – and we provide you with a written manufacturer’s warranty on every installation. We can’t make you keep it for your records – but we would highly recommend that you do. Our quality products have lifetime replacement coverage on residential; up to 16 years commercial. And you won’t find our number “out of service” when you call – we’ve been proudly serving this area since 1973!

Phone: (941)-366-4364
Toll-free: (866)-343-4567

Keeping Comfort In Balance At State College Of Florida|Window Tinting Bradenton, FL

Commercial Window TInting Bradenton FloridaWith multiple campus locations and a host of buildings to maintain, State College of Florida has to keep a careful eye on expenses; especially increasing energy costs. One energy concern at the Bradenton campus was at the Neel Performing Arts Center. Consisting of a Music Studio, a Studio Theater, and a central core with a large glass area and an intense western exposure, it was very difficult to maintain a balanced temperature throughout the building. Sunny areas were too hot; areas with fewer windows were too cold. The College was having a tough time keeping all the studio pianos in tune when the temperatures spiked in the afternoons.  In order to control the heat at the windows, SCF decided to consider window film as a solution.

Solar X has completed multiple projects for SCF and was invited back by their energyCommercial Window Film Bradenton FL manager, Douglas Bucciarelli, to give some professional advice on how solar film might assist in resolving this particular issue. SCF wanted a product that would not be too noticeable, yet one that would perform at a level that would bring some relief to the building occupants and assist with the afternoon temperature spikes. Panorama “Slate 40” was chosen after carefully weighing all the performance and appearance factors. The 53% total solar energy reduction and the low exterior reflectance were perfect for the situation. The result? According to Douglas, the entrance no longer has a temperature balance problem! Stopping the Commercial Energy Saving Rebates Bradenton Floridaheat intrusion at the windows has helped to solve the problem and maximize the efficiency of the buildings HVAC system.

We are proud to work with institutions like SCF in assisting with consulting, solutions with the right products, and efficient professional installations. When you need the kind of expertise that only comes as a result of nearly four decades of deep involvement in the window film industry, you call on the professionals at Solar-X. We can make you cooler and more comfortable – just don’t expect us to tune the piano…

Phone: 746-1654
Toll-free: (866)-343-4567

The “Environmental Conscience” of the Window Film Industry

Solar-X of Sarasota Proud To Represent “Climate Action Leader”.

Some people lead; other people follow. San Diego-based Bekaert Specialty Films – manufacturer of SolarGard®, Panorama®, and Armorcoat® Window Films – is the undisputed environmental leader in the industry.

As the first window film manufacturer to certify their carbon footprint, they were recognized as a “Climate Action Leader” by the California Climate Action Registry; the country’s most rigorous voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program.

That is just the beginning. Bekaert also achieved ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 14001:2004 status – a rigorous program whose goal is to minimize manufacturing impact on the environment by reducing the ecological footprint of a business, and decreasing pollution and waste. Shortly thereafter, Bekaert earned ISO 9001:2008 certification; a program establishing quality management systems whose goal is consistency in product quality and dedication to customer satisfaction. To date, Bekaert is the only window film manufacturer who has made the commitment – both financial and ethical – to these high standards in the day-to-day conduct of their business. Further, SolarGard® window films are recognized by the Clinton Climate Initiative as being a “key resource for saving energy,” and  are included under the Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program.

Solar-X of Sarasota is delighted to represent a manufacturer whose environmental pedigree is so well-founded. If you are contemplating a window film purchase as a move toward “going green,” we would urge you to consider Bekaert’s strenuous commitment to the environment, product quality, and customer satisfaction when making a buying decision. Couple that to our own 37-year commitment to superior workmanship and corporate integrity, and you will find that Solar-X and Bekaert make a formidable team. Call us today for a free consultation.

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