IMG’s Pendleton School Cuts Glare With Panorama Window Film

Few –  if  any – sports training academies can boast the roster of famous alumni/atheletes that IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida can. Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, Paula Creamer – the list goes on and on! And many younger atheletes who train at the superb facilities attend the Pendleton School, located right on the campus. It’s a beautiful modern building, with large windows that let in plenty of light…

…In many ways, too much light! Even with modern shading devices over the windows, a number of teachers were forced to put up cardboard to keep the light out; especially when using the many overhead projectors and other media devices that are regularly used in class. Not wanting to completely block the view with unsightly, dust-catching blinds, the school’s Headmaster thought that window film might be the perfect solution to cut excessive light from entering the East, South, and West-facing classrooms.

Solar-X of Sarasota has a long history of working with IMG Academies installing both sun control film as well as custom made logos and glass imaging. A consultation with the Headmaster led to a test installation of Panorama® “Slate 10™” dual-reflective window film to ensure that the  film would meet all the school’s needs.  It was an immediate hit. The appearance both inside and out was exactly what they wanted. The resulting light level was perfect for media presentations in the classrooms without additional room-darkening shades or blinds; and the film stopped 79% of the sun’s heat from entering through the windows – an extra bonus that is keeping the classrooms cooler and saving energy. The one day installation was done on a Saturday, so there was no disruption to classroom routine.

IMG Academies is just one example of the ongoing relationships we have with many clients. Architects, contractors, interior designers, assisted living facilities – and many others with ongoing needs –  all know that they can count on Solar-X of Sarasota for prompt professional consultation and service.  They know we’ll recommend the right film for any job, and we’ll install it with care and attention to detail that is second to none. If you are considering a residential or commercial installation in the Bradenton, Sarasota, or Venice area, contact Solar-X today, and see what has made us the area’s premier window tinting contractor for nearly four decades. Rated “A+” by the Better Business Bureau.

Wall Street? Hah! Get A Better Return With Window Film!

How’s your 401(k) doing? Are you having fun watching the stock market go up and down like a yo-yo? Putting money into cash won’t make you any appreciable income, and CD’s aren’t doing much better. . .

So where can you get a good return on your money? Well, you might want to think about investing in energy-saving products for your home – for  no other reason than to save money! We at Solar-X of Sarasota would suggest that you consider investing in window film as one of the most cost-effective home energy saving products available.  It may not be as exciting as the “white knuckle” ride on the Dow Jones rollercoaster, but quality window films like SolarGard®, and Panorama® are a sound investment that can routinely help people save 30% and more on their utility bills. That’s real money you can put in your pocket. Films can pay for themselves in two or three years – even less! You’re not going to get that kind of return in this market. And when you throw in all the benefits of a more comfortable interior environment, furnishings that are protected from harmful ultraviolet light, and the elimination of eye-watering glare; that investment can begin to look pretty darned attractive. 

That investment is environmentally sound too. Both SolarGard® and Panorama® window films are certified “carbon-negative” by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).

Savings can start the day you install these attractive, affordable products! And the cool, restful comfort you’ll enjoy right from the start will alone make every penny of your investment worthwhile. From Bradenton to Lakewood Ranch; Sarasota and Venice, Solar-X  has been making people comfortable and saving them money for nearly four decades. Experience, integrity, and quality products have made us the area’s premier window film contractor since 1973. Contact us today!

Window Tinting and Your Budget | Solar-X of Sarasota

Oftentimes, when we are contacted by a potential client, they say, “I’m on a limited budget, but I do want to save energy and make my home more comfortable. Do I have to install your product on every window of my home to get any benefit from it?…”

The answer is, “Absolutely not!” Though it would be fair to say you will probably maximize any potential savings with a total installation package, you can get plenty of  “bang for your buck” by starting with your most troublesome windows! The family room sliding doors that get pounded all day by the sun; turning the room into an oven and creating so much glare you can’t see the TV. The west-facing bedrooms that don’t cool down to a comfortable level until midnight.  You get the picture…

Our Quality SolarGard® and Panorama® window films will stop up to 82 % of the sun’s heat from ever coming through your glass. That eliminates the “hot spots” near the windows, and helps keep rooms cool and comfortable. It can also save 30% and more on your electric bills. And while these films are saving you money, they are protecting your carpeting, drapes, and furnishings from fading and “sun rot” by stopping 99%+ of the ultraviolet light -the same harmful light that causes skin cancer.

At Solar-X of Sarasota, we are happy to work with you and your budget. We can save you money and help you achieve your most important goal – making your home more comfortable – by helping you prioritize which windows need film the most. And even if your budget calls for only “a few windows at a time,” we’ll be delighted to work with you in any way that we can.  Great service, products, and workmanship have made us the area’s leading window film contractor since 1973. Contact Solar-X today, and let us help you enjoy all the benefits of window film while staying within your budget.

Keeping Up With Technology | Window Film and Tinting

Knowledge Is Crucial To Understanding Today’s Films and Glazing 

Over the nearly 40 years that Solar-X of Sarasota has been in the window film business, there have been tremendous changes in the industry. We’ve gone from six or seven films to hundreds. Manufacturers have improved the quality, and extended the life of the products. Window film has “come of age,” and is being taken seriously by building mangers and homeowners alike as an important part of their overall energy savings strategy.

Have window film dealers grown in sophistication along with the increased technology of their products? Well…some have. But many today can’t tell you with any degree of competence about window film and its compatibility with today’s more complicated glazing systems. They can’t explain the actual testing that window  films undergo, and they can’t explain why those tests are important in meeting codes. They might be able to tell you how much heat their films stop, but they can’t tell you how the film works in order to do it.Sarasota Window Film Service

As this area’s exclusive Panorama® Window Film dealer, all members of our sales and installation staff are required to participate in continuing education – from the President of the company to the newest installer – if we wish to maintain our active status.  That means we are going to be up-to-date on the latest products, technologies, installation techniques, and glazing systems. We’ll know which films are the best for any given application, and be able to explain why. Yet Panorama® is the only window film brand that requires this stringent training.  Why is that?

As our clients, we  feel you deserve nothing less than the best. Our product recommendations are based on knowledge and training – not hype. And the quality of our workmanship is unmatched. That’s why discerning homeowners and business professionals in the Bradenton, Sarasota, and Venice area have been putting their energy-savings and comfort needs in the hands of  the Solar-X professionals since 1973. Contact Solar-X today!

Commercial – FPL Rebate Program | Florida

Some things you can’t control when you’re running a business…like higher fuel prices and hurricanes.  But you can take more control of how energy efficient your company is and FPL can help.  FPL offers a number of alternatives and incentives to help you pay for energy uprgrades and save you money.

Window Film Advantages

Installing window film treatments is one way to become more energy efficent.  Benefits include:

  • Reduces energy usage by blocking intense solar rays, keeping unwanted heat out of your building.
  • Helps your air conditioning system operate more efficiently and last longer
  • Allows for better comfort – making the workplace more productive.
  • Eliminates glare and reduces fading of furnishings, rugs and artwork.

FPL’s Rebate Helps You Pay

When you decide to become more energy efficient, FPL will help make improvements easier.

  • FPL pays up to $1.00 per square foot on window film installed on the western facing glass.
  • Window treatment improvements must include solar film, solar screens or high efficiency window replacement.
  • You must choose an active FPL Participating Independent Contractor to do the work.

Getting Started

For more information on the FPL rebate Program, please Contact Solar-X.  A representative is standing by ready to assist you.

Energy Conservation: Saving Money Or Saving The World? | Window Tinting

Taking A Serious Look At Window Film And What It Can Achieve…

When the topic of saving energy comes up, people almost immediately take one of two sides. One side wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and take action against global warming. The other side says, “I just want to save money!” We at Solar-X take the approach that; no matter what the motivation is, if we all take action to save energy, we’ll all get to the same place!

For those of you who take the more ecologically sensitive side, here are a few tidbits about SolarGard® and Panorama® window tinting products that may surprise you; and perhaps give you a sense of respect for these top quality energy-saving films:

  1. SolarGard® and Panorama® sun control films are the only brand name window films that have been measured and certified to be carbon-negative.
  2. They are the first U.S. manufactured building improvement products to achieve a Climate Declaration, verifying that they are carbon-negative.
  3. The “carbon cost” to manufacture one square meter of SolarGard® or Panorama® window film is less than one kilogram.  A low-e wood frame window of the same size has a carbon cost of 253 kilograms!
  4. Over a projected useful life of 15 years (global average), SolarGard® and Panorama® sun control films will save 1001 times more greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere than those expended during its manufacture.

For those of you who are mostly interested in saving money, try these facts:

  1. Applying SolarGard® and Panorama® films to your windows has been shown to reduce your energy use by up to 30%.
  2. SolarGard® and Panorama® sun control films deliver 6.6 times more energy savings per dollar invested than high performance, low-e glass replacement windows across all climate zones.

We could cite fact after fact, but the truth about these quality window tinting products is this. They save money. They reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They also make your environment cooler and more comfortable. They reduce harmful ultraviolet light and fading with an SPF factor of 285+! And many of these products are virtually undetectable once installed. Contact Solar-X today for a free, no-obligation consultation, and start saving money and  the environment at the same time! We’ve been helping people from Palmetto to Port Charlotte do both since 1973…

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint With Window Film | Window Tinting

“Green” Before Anyone Knew What “Green” Was…

Today, everyone is talking about “going green” to reduce energy consumption. Solar-X of Sarasota has been installing “green-friendly”, energy – saving window films since 1973!  Thirty seven years ago, we just called it “saving money.” We didn’t know we were helping people “go green.” And while we always knew that window film was wildly successful in helping to reduce energy consumption in homes and offices, hard data is coming to light on an almost daily basis that shows  just how good these products really are. For example, window film has a better return on investment (ROI) than low-e glass. And while the carbon cost of manufacturing one square meter of window film is less than one kilogram; the carbon cost of manufacturing one square meter of wood framed low-e glass is 253 kilograms!  Here is another interesting fact: over their lifetime, “carbon-negative” SolarGard® and Panorama® window film and tinting products will save 1001 times more carbon emissions than it took to make them! It’s no surprise then, that these high quality films are at last being included in important Federal energy legislation; or that they help qualify for LEED credits in six categories! Finally, SolarGard® and Panorama® window films are the only film brands in the industry to have been measured and certified as carbon-negative!

Helping Bradenton, Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice consumers improve their comfort, save energy, and reduce their electric bill is nothing new to Solar-X of Sarasota. Our NFRC* Certified window films reduce heat, glare, and fading in your home or office; and save you money while they do it. Why not let us save you some “green” today?  We’ve been right here all along…

Call Solar-X today for a free estimate!

* National Fenestration Rating Council.

October Is “Energy Awareness Month” | Got Window Tinting? | Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice

Energy Saving Products Sarasota FloridaSolar Control Window Film saves energy. A lot of energy. But that’s just scratching the surface of this amazing product. Like the proverbial “renaissance man,” window film does so many things well that it is truly mind-boggling. Sure it saves energy by reducing heat intrusion. But in the process, it also enhances comfort, relieves annoying glare, reduces fading of valuable furnishings, carpeting and window treatments, makes glass safer – the list goes on and on!

But let’s concentrate on energy savings. One of the primary sources of “energy overload” in any building – home or office – is the heat coming through windows. Air conditioning systems work full time to cool home and office spaces so occupants can be comfortable and productive – and that costs money. Quality window films such as SolarGard® or Panorama® can reduce the sun’s heat by up to 82%! They can help your home or business consume up to 30% less energy by keeping interior temperatures more stable. Films are less costly than installing new windows, and more efficient than low-e coatings at rejecting heat. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California found that window film tops the “Return On Investment” list when compared with window replacements, blinds, awnings, shade trees and reflective roofs.

In your business, film not only saves on energy expense; it can help your building achieve points toward LEED certification in six different catagories! Additionally, window film qualifies for immediate cash incentives from Florida Power and Light; providing significant “up front” savings and making the installed cost even more attractive.

Now think “green.” SolarGard® and Panorama® Window Films are the only film brands certified to be “carbon-negative!” Over their expected useful life SolarGard® and Panorama® will save 1001 times more greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere than are used or created during their manufacture! 

More “green” points to ponder: 

The carbon cost of one square meter of SolarGard® or Panorama® sun control film is less than 1 kilogram. By comparison, a low-e wood frame window has a carbon cost of approximately 253 kilograms per square meter!

SolarGard® architectural sun control film installed from 2007 to 2008 saved 3.6 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. Thats equal to:
                      • the carbon attributed to combusting 367 million gallons of gasoline, or
                      • the carbon offset by 83,740,126 tree seedlings grown for ten years

Those are some pretty impressive “side effects” from saving energy with one affordable, attractive, and obviously effective product. Energy savings, comfort, UV protection, glass safety, and helping to save the environment. Invest a few minutes out of your “Energy Awareness Month” to find out more about these incredible high quality products from Solar-X of Sarasota. We’ve been helping home and business owners save energy – and the environment – since 1973!

Weatherize Without New Windows | Sarasota Window Tinting

window film installation serviceWeatherizing a home or building can involve many products or services – one of the most common being window replacement.  However, new windows are expensive, and when budgets are tight, “weatherization” projects may end right there. Many people don’t know that proven energy savings are easily achieved at a fraction of window replacement costs by installing a quality window film product on existing serviceable (properly sealed, etc.) windows – leaving the homeowner or building manager with a lot more money to add other weatherization products, and increase savings. Typically window film can save up to 30% and more on the air conditioning portion of your electric bill; and when “piggybacked” with other energy-saving products can substantially reduce utility bills, carbon footprints – even qualify for LEED credits!

Solar-X of Sarasota is Sarasota’s original window film dealer; serving the area since 1973. We carry a full line of high quality products; including SolarGard® and Panorama® window film – both acknowledged industry leaders. These environmentally responsible window films – the only brands measured and certified as “carbon negative” – are recognized by the Clinton Climate Initiative as a proven energy saver!

Some of the advantages of  window film installations are:

Carbon Impact of Window Replacement•Performance is certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).
•Installed cost is a fraction of window replacement.
•No building permit is necessary. Delivery is immediate
•Rapid return on investment.
•Less environmental impact on landfills (disposal of construction materials and old windows).

Finally there is cost. To install a 3′ x 5′ window with “Low E” glass would cost approximately $450.00 to $500.00. Removal and installation labor would cost approximately $200.00, and there may be some construction work needed. To install window tinting on a similarly sized window would cost less than $100.00. Window tinting installs in minutes, with no construction work, and the cost savings can be put to use purchasing other energy-saving products; leading to additional savings on overall electric bills!

Call Solar-X of Sarasota today to discuss your weatherization project! You could save a great deal. In this economy, who doesn’t need that?

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

LUBE Of Sarasota Gets “Up Front” Savings With FPL Incentive | Window Tinting

Custom Cabinet Store Says, “Show Me The Money;” Receives FPL Incentive

Sarasota Window TintingNo one would deny that LUBE of Sarasota (pronounced “lou-bay) sells and installs custom Italian-made cabinetry that is stunning in its quality and appearance. So it is no surprise that they would use a talented interior designer like Kurt Lucas of the JKL Design Group to best showcase the company’s products in their new location downtown on the Tamiami Trail. Despite his many talents, however, there was one problem Kurt couldn’t solve – the unbelievable heat coming through the extensive west-facing showroom windows. It was so hot that the receptionist’s work area had to be moved away from the windows to the back of the store.  And the electric bills! Over $900.00 per month!…

Sarasota Window FilmBut Kurt knew who he could call to solve his problem –  Solar-X of Sarasota! Since Kurt has worked with Solar-X on several other occasions, he knew he could count on us for the best advice. Senior sales representative Brian Gregg met with Kurt and LUBE General Manager Kerrie Miley to fully ascertain the extent of their problems. First, Brian suggested that they get a Florida Power and Light audit to help pinpoint all the potential sources of excess energy consumption that were costing them so much. FPL strongly recommended window film, and gave LUBE a cash incentive to help with the cost. With the costs in place (and very attractive), Kerrie  gave us the go ahead. After that, it was a matter of picking the best film for their purpose – heat reduction with unobstructed viewing from outside so that their beautiful products could be seen by passersby.  Cost was definitely a factor, since the building that they are presently occupying may be torn down within the next few years and rebuilt; therefore, there was no sense in buying “super high-end” window tinting.

Solar-X was able to recommend an affordable, quality window film product that perfectly suited their purpose and met their desired criteria. Light and clear enough to easily see into the store from outside, the film also stops 43% of the total solar energy and 99% of the damaging ultraviolet that can fade or mar the perfect finish on the cabinetry. There is no longer a “no man’s land” near the windows, and the rest of the store is much more comfortable.

Product knowledge and sound, professional advice to clients has made Solar-X the area’s leading window film contractor since 1973. Whatever your special needs; we can help you address them to make your home or office more comfortable and more energy efficient. Call us today, and be more comfortable tomorrow.

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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Thinking “Outside the Box” With Window Tinting | Sarasota Florida

“Multi-faceted” Window Film Solves Many Window Woes

Window Film Sarasota FlSome things just can’t be put in one box. Mention the term “window film” or “window tinting” and people will say “it stops heat.”  Some will say, “it reduces fading”, while others say “it saves energy.” Some will mention that window film is “green,” or “eco-friendly,” while others think “storm protection.” How can a single product elicit so many answers? Because it can do all of the above and more!

In today’s environmentally conscious society, and in an economy where everyone is interested in saving money, an application of window film can be appropriate for any of the above reasons. Homeowners may be concerned with “comfort,” or “anti-fade,” or even the “security and protection” aspects. Commercial property managers may concern themselves with window film’s “eco-friendly” energy-saving properties. Perhaps their interest lies in the fact that window film is eligible for certain tax credits, power company rebates, or can even help qualify a building for LEED certification. Window film will do that as well, and remember that window film can do all this while being virtually undetectable!

Today, identifying and addressing problems associated with heat intrusion, fading, and glass areas goes far beyond “traditional” window treatments. Our extensive line of SolarGard®, Panorama®, and Armorcoat® window tinting and safety film products can provide powerful protection against any sun-related problems you may have. Let Solar-X of Sarasota put together a complete window design package that will meet all of your needs. From initial consultation to final execution, we are ready to assist you with top-quality products and installation!

Contact Solar-X today!

Phone: 941-366-4364
Toll Free: 866-343-4567

Q: How long will my window film take to pay for itself?

A: There is no such thing as a “typical” payback period, or return on investment (ROI). Though it is easily possible for high-performance window film to save up to 30% of the air conditioning portion of your electric bill, there are many other factors involved. Square foot area of glass, the direction in which the glass faces, age and efficiency of your air conditioning (HVAC) system, the local utility rates, total solar energy rejection of the film, and cost of installation – all affect your ROI. Most common ranges would be 2-6 years, with the occasional installation paying for itself in under a year. Most people agree that the “comfort factor” alone makes the installation worthwhile!

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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