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.




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. 


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.

Armorcoat Safety and Security Film Deters Burglary | Window Film

A Bad Economy Brings Increase in Burglaries, Home Invasions

Home InvasionThe number of calls we have received since the first of the year regarding SolarGard® “Armorcoat™” Safety and Security Window Film has been stunning. It’s not like a few years ago when everyone was talking about Safety and Security Film for storm protection either. These calls are from people who are frightened by the number of break-ins in their neighborhoods – oftentimes neighbors’ homes; sadly, sometimes; their own. No neighborhood is immune! Police departments and community associations alike are recommending Security Film as a strong deterrent to burglary simply because the film makes it so much harder to gain entry into a protected home. Either it takes too long, or it is too noisy; and no burglar is going to risk getting caught because of that!

Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Films are tough, impact-resistant films that will hold glass together if broken; providing a significant level of protection against “smash and grab artists” who want to gain quick, quiet entry into a home. And since Armorcoat™ is available in both clear and tinted (sun control) versions, many homeowners find it an attractive, affordable upgrade over simply installing sun control film to control unwanted heat, glare, and fading.hurricane-window-film-protection-sarasota

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your home won’t get “hit.” Home break-ins occur every few seconds; and few things are as unsettling as the helpless feeling of violation experienced by a homeowner whose sense of security has been destroyed. If you live in the Bradenton, Sarasota, or Venice area, you should contact Solar-X of Sarasota today and see how affordable an installation of Armorcoat™ can be.

Top Five Reasons For Buying Window Film | Window Tinting

Whatever your reason for considering a purchase of window film, you can bet that this multi-faceted home improvement product will give you many more benefits than you anticipated. Over nearly four decades, we at Solar-X of Sarasota have heard any number of motivating factors, but these would certainly be our “top five.”

1. Energy Reduction:  People love to save money; and window film consistently lowers energy consumption and utility bills – by as much as 30%…

2. UV Protection: Ultraviolet light is the single largest cause of fading – furniture, drapes, carpeting, art – and your skin doesn’t like it much either! Window film eliminates greater than 99% of harmful UV rays, protecting your home and family.

3. Increased Comfort: Nothing says “comfort” like a stable interior environment. Window film eliminates “hot spots” near windows and helps maintain consistent interior temperatures. It reduces annoying glare and allows you to open your drapes and enjoy the view.

4. Security: Impact-resistant Safety and Security Film is an affordable “upgrade” that can significantly deter burglary or “smash and grab” thefts by making it harder to gain entry into your home. It can minimize cutting or piercing injuries from glass breakage due to accidental contact. And it can add a substantial level of protection from violent storms and the flying debris that comes with them.

5.  Helps Protect The Environment: By reducing energy consumption, window film reduces the greenhouse gases created by the utility companies through reduced energy production.  That can save millions of tons of carbon emissions each year!

Solar-X of Sarasota is proud to represent the full line of SolarGard®, Armorcoat™, and Panorama® window films. These industry-leading products reduce up to 82% of the total solar energy entering through your windows. An SPF Factor of 285+ eliminates better than 99% of harmful ultraviolet light. The ability of these top quality products to reduce heat and glare will definitely improve your comfort. Finally, SolarGard® and Panorama® films are carbon-negative. And they are the only window film products to be proven so by means of a complete life-cycle analysis and Environmental Product Declaration. Contact Solar-X today for a free, no-obligation consultation and estimate.

‘Tis The Season To Be … Robbed? | Safety and Security Window Film

Holiday Season Can Bring Out The Worst Among Us. Sad But True…

Christmas Burglary Home IntrusionThe Christmas Season doesn’t just bring happiness to those of us who get together with friends and family from far away; sharing good food and good fortune. It is also a time when the worst elements among us come out to help themselves to free gifts – though unfortunately those gifts may come from under your tree!

There isn’t a police department in the country that won’t tell you home burglaries increase by a staggering degree during the Holidays. And businesses aren’t exempt either. Packed to the ceiling with increased Holiday inventory and large amounts of cash; stores are a magnet to those intent on enjoying the season at someone else’s expense!

Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Window Film is the perfect defense against the kind of “smash and grab” crime that abounds during the Holidays. Speed is key to these types of burglaries, and impact-resistant Armorcoat™ can slow thieves down to the point that the home- or storeowner can react to the attempt at forced entry, or the authorities can be alerted. Properly installed and anchored; Armorcoat™ can make it so hard to gain entry that thieves will give up and go elsewhere in order to avoid getting caught and arrested.

Don’t let thieves run off with your Christmas spirit! If you are thinking of installing window film on your Sarasota, Bradenton, or Lakewood Ranch home or business; now is the time to consider upgrading to Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Film. It is available in both “Clear” or “Sun Control” versions and is easily affordable – especially when you consider the value of feeling safe and secure.

All of us at Solar-X wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Feel free to contact us for more information or a no-obligation estimate on the products and protection levels that you desire for your home or business – and thanks so much to all our clients who have made 2010 another successful year for us! We truly appreciate your patronage!

Security Film Saves Port Charlotte Store | Window Tinting | North Port | Port Charlotte

Safety Window Film Prevents Prevents Burglary, Man Arrested

Validation is always gratifying, even when the circumstances surrounding that validation are not the nicest. The newspaper today reported that a man had been arrested and charged with burglary on three stores in Port Charlotte. He was successful in burglarizing two, but; according to the newspaper, was thwarted from entering the third by the existence of safety and security window film (the paper called it hurricane film) on the store’s windows.

Solar-X didn’t install this job, and we are in no way trying to take credit for it. We are however, proud of our industry, and the products we sell. They work! And though the store owner will undoubtedly have to replace some broken glass; that is a far better alternative than having his cash stolen and his storefront left vulnerable to expensive board-ups or looting.

Burglaries occur all day, every day; in homes, stores, and businesses. An affordable application of Safety and Security Film can prevent a lot of heartbreak. Nothing is worse than coming home to find your most prized possessions gone and the contents of every drawer in your house spilled all over the floor; or cash and inventory gone from your business that you have to replace out of your own pocket. Once most burglars are confronted with a window film that makes it difficult if not impossible to gain entry, they will move on – quickly – before the police arrive. 

Keep in mind that Safety and Security Film can prevent serious injuries from accidental contact with broken glass, and keep the glass in place after it has been broken. Available in “sun control” versions as well, Safety Film becomes a very affordable “upgrade” to a typical window film installation on homes or offices.  It’s like buying insurance – you hate to pay for it, but you’re sure glad to have it when something bad happens!

Contact Solar-X today for a free estimate on Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Film. We’ve been helping clients in Venice, Englewood, North Port and Port Charlotte since 1973!

Keeping Our Guard Up | Safety and Security Window Films | Solar-X of Sarasota

The recent discovery of explosives on board flights into the United States from Yemen should serve as a stark reminder that the world is a dangerous place, and acts of violence can occur anywhere; at any time. The idea of a terrorist act in our community is appalling – as it undoubtedly was to the people of Oklahoma City. But people with bad intentions come in all stripes – stalkers, predators, vandals, burglars – and many times when they do enter our lives it is through our windows…

The leading cause of death in the Oklahoma City bombing was from flying glass. Vandals shoot out storefronts with pellet guns in the middle of the night; leaving those businesses vulnerable to looting, and requiring expensive “board ups” and glass replacement. And these days it seems everybody knows someone whose home was broken into while they were at work, or away on vacation. How did the thieves get in? Probably through a window that they kicked in or broke in some fashion.

An affordable application of Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Window Film can protect your home or office with a significant level of impact-resistance. A pellet gun can shatter a window; but Armorcoat can hold the broken glass in place – many times eliminating the need for board ups while waiting for replacement glass. “Smash and grab” artists looking for quick entry are routinely deterred because of the effort required to penetrate the window, or the noise they make while trying.  Armorcoat can protect you and your family from injury due to accidental breakage. And yes; Armorcoat is commonly used on government offices (including our nation’s Capitol) and large street level windows in urban areas as a tested and proven blast mitigation product.  Also available in “sun control” versions; Armorcoat can reduce heat input through your windows and reduce your electric bill; all while making your home or office more comfortable!

broken glass protectionIf you are a business owner or homeowner in Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, or North Port who would like to better secure your windows for any reason; including violent weather or high winds, contact the professionals at Solar-X. We’ll show you the best way to protect your windows, and our prompt, experienced installers will have you feeling safer in no time. The bad guys are always out there. But you don’t have to be their next victim. Protect yourself today…

Q: What is “Hurricane Window Film?”

A:  Actually, the term “hurricane film” is a misnomer; and ultimately, can be dangerously misleading. The proper name is “Safety and Security Window Film.”  Safety and Security film is a highly impact-resistant product that is excellent for glass fragment retention if the glass is struck and broken. It will provide a significantly heightened level of protection in cases of vandalism, explosions, violent weather and even hurricanes – but you must understand that it is a component of your overall glazing system – not a “stand alone” product.

Picture it this way. If your home has old windows that don’t come close to meeting today’s hurricane codes, an application of film to the glass surface is not going to bring them into compliance. The windows themselves must be well supported and properly installed. Understand that the “baseline” for all performance claims of safety window film are based on the film being installed on heavy “storefront” – type frames and include “edge attachment” systems. If your film is installed differently, on different style windows, your performance will not be the same. That’s why “blanket” claims by unscrupulous window film dealers that the film is “good to 200 mph” are so dangerously misleading – they give the impression that the performance is the same for all windows – and it is not!

The protection that safety film does give is real and legitimate; however, and claims that “film doesn’t work,” or “provides no protection” are just as misleading as the overblown performance claims.

We suggest that you visit our website and read our manufacturer’s statement of performance, and familiarize yourself with the performance characteristics of any storm mitigation product before buying. Your safety – and that of your family – is too important to be casual about. Call Solar-X of Sarasota today for an estimate on Armorcoat™ Safety and Security Film – and get the straight story on what it can do for you.

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

Q: Are Thicker “Security” Films Darker Than “Regular” Window Film?

A: No. The density of the coatings on the film – not the thickness of the film – determine how dark the film will be. This question is commonly asked by people who are considering the purchase of Safety and Security Window Film but are concerned about the resulting light level in their homes.

All window films are multi-layered products that incorporate a coating of metals within them to control heat intrusion. The density of that coating determines how much light enters through it; as well as how much heat the film reflects. Several popular  films (SolarGard® “Stainless Steel 35™,” for example), are available in thicknesses from 2 mil, to 4 mil, to 8 mil; and they all look and perform virtually the same – with occasional slight variances in total solar energy rejected.

Remember that these films are made with specific purposes in mind; such as (“sun control”) reducing heat intrusion, or (“safety”) accidental human contact; or (“security”) bomb blast mitigation, violent weather, or “smash and grab.” There are prescribed testing protocols for each use. Make sure you choose a window film contractor who has the training to match the correct product to your purpose.

If you have questions regarding specific product usage, we have answers. Call or contact us today for the information you need.

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

Getting Down To Business | Safety and Security Window Film

Secuirty Window Film Sarasota FloridaAccording to all sources, we seem to be off to a pretty “normal” 2010 Hurricane Season, with most respected storm analysts still standing by their predictions of “above average” storm activity as we move into the peak part of the season. If you own a business, and you don’t have a  plan in place  for storm protection, now is the time to initiate one. Setting a budget, requesting proposals, purchasing decisions, and installation all takes time; so why not use the “lull before the storm” to be proactive?

Think about what you are trying to accomplish, and the most practical means by which to do it. Obviously, you want to protect your business from storm damage. If you are a retailer, that means protecting your inventory. A professional firm will want to protect computers, phone systems, office furnishings – infrastructure. No matter what your business, the goal of protection is to be able to quickly resume operations after a storm has passed.

How about practicality? If your office is on the 4th floor, shutters aren’t going to be a very good solution when you have no outside access to the windows. And a retailer on the ground floor may not want to spend large amounts of money protecting a space that he or she is renting – even if they do want to protect their inventory.

One possible solution to both situations is Armorcoat® Safety and Security Window Film. Properly applied with “edge attachments”; Armorcoat can provide a significantly elevated level of protection against flying debris and the damage incurred by shattered windows – without busting your budget. Its tough multi-layered construction may also deter looters after the storm. See our “manufacturer’s statement” regarding safety film and protection.

The protection that Armorcoat provides is more than just storm-related. The retailer using “clear” Armorcoat on his display windows will reduce the fading associated with ultraviolet light, and protect his merchandise. The professional office may choose “tinted” Armorcoat to reduce heat glare, fading – and save money on their utility bills. The office space will be more comfortable, and their installation may qualify for a rebate from their utility provider as well – offsetting some of the original installation costs.

Why not call Solar-X of Sarasota today, and schedule a free consultation? You’ll find  Armorcoat to be a cost-effective, sensible solution for your protection needs, and our nearly four decades of industry experience will ensure the highest quality, most professional service available.

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

Safety and Security Window Film | Edge Attachments

Getting What You Paid For When It Counts The Most

Sarasota Protective GlazingMost people who purchase Safety and Security Window Film are seeking a “storm protection” product, or a film that protects them from burglaries or home invasion. These are serious concerns, and prospective clients should do some research prior to making a buying decision in order to acquaint themselves with proper installation methods.

Many clients seem to have trouble understanding the importance of “edge attachments” as they relate to a proper installation of safety film.  Edge attachments (either ‘mechanical’ or ‘wet glaze’) are the means by which Security Film is attached to the window frame; retaining glass fragments, and keeping the glass itself within the frame after an explosion, or after being struck.

There are many ways to attach the window film to the frame; however the “wet glaze” method is probably the easiest and least expensive. This method consists of applying Dow Corning 995 Structural Adhesive Sealant to the film and frames at the edge with a caulking gun. Film is more than adequate for glass fragment retention; however, once shattered the broken glass and film can be forced out of the window frame by wind pressure, explosions, or intruders. An edge attachment significantly heightens the resistance to these forces.

Proper edge attachment performance is not achieved by using “whatever is on sale”! Products like “Tub and Tile Caulk”, and clear “Silicone Sealer” do not have the bonding strength to hold glass in the frames. Insist that your Safety Film contractor use only Dow Corning 995 Structural Sealant.

Better yet, simply call the professionals at Solar-X of Sarasota and get the job done right the first time. Our nearly four decades of industry experience will put you on the path to a strong, properly installed job, and years of satisfaction. Contact us today!

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

Hurricane Season Is Here | Be Prepared!

Protect Your Building Envelope!!

Today is the official start of the 2010 Hurricane Season, and our thoughts, hopefully, turn to implementing a protection plan for our homes, families, pets, etc. Hurricanes are not a “minor inconvenience;” their damage can be devasting, and long-lasting. If you are a business owner, you could lose more than just your home, you could lose your entire source of income! So it makes sense to protect your home or office windows from the destruction caused by windborne debris.

Armorcoat® Safety and Security Window Film Can Help

Safety and Security Window Film is a well respected product that may add a level of protection against debris that would otherwise shatter glass and allow the wind and rain to enter your home or office – not only causing great damage, but possibly lifting the roof off the structure – completely exposing your prized possessions to ruin. Keeping glass in the window openings is vitally important to protecting your home or place of business if it is to remain intact. After the storm, safety film may provide a deterrent against burglary or looting.


Safety and Security film can give you a vastly improved level of protection when properly installed.  However! It must be remembered that, once installed; safety film is a component of your overall glazing system, and as such relies on the structural integrity of that glazing system to give you the level of protection that you may be hoping for. Safety film is a legitimate storm protective product; however, installing it on glazing that is not of adequate quality or structural strength will result in less than adequate protection.

If you are interested in Armorcoat Safety and Security Window Film as a protective product for your home or office, we would encourage you to call us for a professional and knowledgeable consultation. Thirty-seven years in the film industry has endowed us with a level of competence not always found in other window film dealers. Call today.

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

Wet Glaze Attachment Systems

Maximize Your Application of Armorcoat® Safety and Security Film.

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The application of Safety and Security window film has become a recognized method of turning glass from a hazardous “liability” to a defensive “asset” when trying to protect against violent weather, burglary, or terrorism. No one doubts the proven strength of these tough, transparent polyester products. It is important, however, to understand that film alone, while keeping the glass together, will not ensure that it stays in the frame. Maximizing the film’s performance requires the application of a structural adhesive sealant; called “wet” glazing, such as Dow Corning® 995, which attaches the film/glass combination to the frame (see figure 2). Alternatively, there are “mechanical” glazing systems as well, that are either “stand alone” systems, or use Dow Corning 995® as the adhesive component. No other attachment process outperforms Dow Corning in keeping the glass in place after being broken.

The application of these high-quality; performance enhancing products can add a substantial cost to the installation; however, the cost of these products is high, and the process is labor intensive. But what is the point of applying something that does not work?

Simply running a bead of silicone, tub and tile caulk, or other sealer around the edge of the window will not ensure proper performance. Insist on a proper glazing system from a professional installer – and do not accept “whatever is on sale” from your local home improvement store. There are prescribed standards for a proper application of these products. Building owners and managers who are purchasing Safety Film should insist that their film vendors be qualified in the proper application techniques in order to meet these standards.