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!