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Practical Sun, Glare, Heat & Fade Window Tinting, Advanced Film Solutions

Dizzy Dean once said

“If you did it, it ain’t bragging”


We are experiencing unprecedented demand for solar safety energy reducing window film throughout the state of Florida.

 
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These films are less reflective than glass and the ambiance is unchanged.

The color is stable and won’t scratch off like our prestige friends. 

If you’re looking for a film to match your prestige home; you’d sure expect the film to stand up to a scratch.

That’s why we encourage our clients to consider Huper Optik Ceramic Films.

You can obtain tremendous energy savings but why would anyone in their right mind sacrifice the beauty of their home with many of the cheap films you might find at a flea market or some moonlighting car tinter who does homes “On the side.”

No one would buy a “brand name” without comparing costs or “their” films’ performance on glass!

  • Don’t let the power companies rip you off with outrageous electric rate hikes.
  • Reduce your bill and get rebates that help pay for the installation.

  • Consider a dual benefit film that keeps the glare and heat out while also protecting your home against smash and grab crime.

Advanced Film Solutions has taken Florida by storm.

 
Call Toll Free: 877-575-3456
 

 

Consumer Comparisons: Eastman Huper Optik Vs. 3M Prestige Window Film

Thanks to the relentless heat, glare, UV and escalating electric bills that Floridians tackle; window film has become a cost effective energy savings retrofit.

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In fact window film has documented savings that support window film as the most cost effective and fastest ROI of any home retrofit solution.

Given that backdrop and the reality that many Florida homes have single pane clear glass windows and clear tempered glass sliders the implementation of solar control films is highly recommended.

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There are many types of solar control coatings manufactured to solve these issues.

Advanced Film Solutions is unique by offering our clients the largest and deepest portfolio of solar control, UV, Low E and solar security window film.

The topic of this posting however is a  critical comparison between our Eastman Chemical’s Huper Optik patented window film Vs. 3M  and Home Depot 3M Prestige Window Film.

This direct comparison is typically developed when our client requires heat, glare and UV filtering coatings that do not alter the reflective appearance of the homeowners windows.

In other words; the consumer wants the benefits of solar control window film without fundamentally changing the appearance of their home.

This is frequently codified by deed restrictions and Home Owner Association rules and restrictions.

Many homeowners who live in coastal communities or hi-rise condo’s simply prefer the non-metallic, non reflective qualities of the films being compared (Huper Optik Vs. 3M Prestige) or simply have received a quote from a 3M agent, Home Depot or any number of resellers for 3M Prestige films.

Background:

10007413_731450313555109_2027544993_nBoth 3M Prestige and Eastman Huper Optik offer films that are non reflective.

Both film lines filter 99.9% of the UV

Both films block high quantities of IR wavelengths.

3M continues their misleading jargon of filtering 97% of the IR but a cursory review of the technical literature related to the narrow wavelengths being discussed identify the weak importance of this factor.

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Fortunately the window film industry in cooperation with the Dept. of Energy has created the NFRC ratings for Applied Films that takes the guess-work out of this discussion because the specific effectiveness of these films is tested and documented by independent laboratories.

IWFA – IR Ratings of Window Film

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Whether 3M’s prestige film actually blocks 97% of the entire IR wavelength (it does not) the bottom line solar heat gain coefficient, or total solar energy rejected are exactly measured and the Huper Optik coatings in a 20, 30 and 35% VLT out-perform the best heat rejecting Prestige film.

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The technology being employed by Eastman Huper Optik is patented ceramic coatings.  These nanotechnology coatings are able to lower the visible light transmitted without the use of fragile dyes.

The 3M prestige coatings rely on older dye technology to lower the visible light transmission.

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The clear Huper Optik adhesives (which are visible of sample cards provided during estimates are pristine and the clarity is superior to the adhesives used by the 3M and 3M home depot prestige film.

This is not evident when comparing sample cards because the 3M sample card has no adhesive on the sample.

This can frequently persuade an unassuming consumer that the film sample is the actual product that will be installed.

This is not the case for 3M.

Their film sample has no liner or adhesives on the card provided and the black border around the film sample is designed to make their film sample appear lighter.
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3M and 3M Home Depot agents will typically use IR French Fry lamps and BTU meters to present the illusion that their film blocks more heat than coatings that are darker or significantly more reflective. This is a trick to confuse because the actual sunlight is much cooler and the complete electro-magnetic spectrum from the Sun obviously includes visible light!

3M and 3M Home Depot agents may also claim that their film works better at angles than any other window film and infer that somehow this trait is unique for 3M or potentially built into the film as an advantage to their product and by extension the consumer.

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Once again this is completely false.

All coatings as well as glass itself work in the exact same manner. There is no advantage and any claims otherwise are spurious or simply put: LIES!

Advanced Film Solutions always deals in  factual information.

Documented results and intelligent clients who do their own research and ask the right questions.

Our experience is unmatched and our track record for providing superior installations throughout west and central Florida are incomparable.

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We are A Plus rated by the Better Business Bureau. We have earned the Super Service Award from Angie’s List for 8 consecutive years.

Call our office toll free for a free estimate: 877-575-3456

Advanced Film Solutions

Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Orlando

Gated Deed Restricted Approved, Tampa, Orlando Huper Optik Window Tinting

Huper Optik Window Film is the preferred choice for deed restricted, gated communities in the Tampa Bay region.

The Home Owner Associations in these communities restrict the use of reflective films.

These reflective films can block incredible levels of heat but they do alter the aesthetic appearance of your windows from the street view.

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Huper Optik provides our clients with the level of heat rejection you’d demand from a sun control film without increasing the interior or exterior reflectivity of your home’s windows.

Why would any smart consumer walk away from this type of incentive?

Well– They wouldn’t!

Huper Optik:

NFRC Certified

100% dye free (unlike our nearest competitor 3M Prestige)

100% corrosion free.

Durable hard coat (color is consistent and will not rub off)

Works better at angles (just like glass!)

Wide widths 72 inch in all light transmissions.

Patented ceramic multi-layered technology.

Optically clear – non haze or distortion

Vibrant light without altering the hue to a blue light.

Lifetime warranty with glass breakage seal failure warranty.

Deed restricted?

It’s time for Advanced Film Solutions and Huper Optik!

Call Advanced Film Solutions

Toll Free 877-575-3456

Eastman Window Film Comparison Vs. 3M Tinting

If there’s one thing I’ve learned the last 14 years since retiring from 3M, it’s that many consumers recognize their logo and assume their window film  matches their brand reputation.

This is the “perception” challenge we must overcome despite the reality of 3M’s weakness in their window film solutions.


A feature-benefit-performance characteristics comparison (documented rather than hyped) weigh overwhelmingly in favor of the coatings Advanced Film Solutions represents.

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Here is a sampling of indisputable FACTS that quantify the superiority of the solutions we represent.

There are many fine manufacturers of window film products but the unquestioned global leader is Eastman Chemicals.
 

 In many product categories of the diverse Eastman portfolio our competition 3M Window Film offers no alternative product solution.

For example- – –
 
  • Bronze films in multiple light transmissions and interior and exterior reflectivity.

Heck we have blue films, green films and gold films; but why brag?

  • Dual reflective films: Here again the comparisons between 3M and Eastman are almost unfair.  Our Eastman portfolio includes the dynamic Vista Film dual reflective films ranging from the 14% Ultimate, the 18% Celeste, 28% Luminance and 38% Mirage. We also have lighter dual reflective films in a 48% and 58%.
  • Our LLumar DR series also ranges from a darker 5% and 15% to the 25, 35, and 45% light transmissions. 3M?

    They have a NV 15, 25 and 35 (I introduced this back in 2000!) and 3M re-boxes a 15% and 25% from another company under the Affinity name.

    Our Vista and LLumar clear adhesives compared to the 3M pressure sensitive adhesives are far superior in terms of clarity and durability.

    The re-boxed Affinity has the outside company’s adhesive which is a lesser quality version of the LLumar adhesive.

    Small wonder that interior designers choose Vista.

    Choices equate to meeting exactly the requirements of our clients rather than the other way around!

  • Non reflective residential and commercial films in escalating light transmissions starting at a 5%.  (See LLumar DL Series) 
    These films are ideal for privacy particularly when a reflective film is prohibited. 3M dealers may attempt to offer a car tinting substitute since they have no solution for this requirement.
  • One-Way Vision Films ideal for maximum privacy and heat rejection.

  • Solar security safety shatter films in a Silver 20, Neutral 20, 40 and 50 along with dual reflective shatter solar films in various light transmissions. 

    3M discontinued their Silver 20 security film as well as their 50% neutral film. 

  • Ceramic non metallic non-dyed Huper Optik patented and available in light transmissions ranging from 20-70% 

(3M has contracted with an outside coating company that supplies a single layer ceramic film for many companies.

That ceramic film is only available in a 5 foot width and does not have the heat rejecting performance of the patented Huper films) It is also more reflective than the patented Huper Optik films.

Let’s now compare clear solar films that block IR and UV without altering the appearance of the glass.

Our Eastman portfolio includes Vista Spectra select, Terre films and the dymanic Huper Optik Sech Drei series.

Huper Optik has zero dye in their film (unlike 3M!)  and its durability and scratch resistance easily out-perform the 3M film.

The optical clarity of our Vista and Huper clear films easily surpasses the 3M prestige film a fact that is self evident in any direct side-by-side comparison!

Our warranties on Vista Films are transferable and our glass breakage warranty standard as well as optional exceed the 3M protection in scope and value of replacement.

The point is made and further it’s being made by a veteran of 33 years at 3M and once upon a time having been the National Sales manager of 3M Window Film.

Call Advanced Film Solutions today.

Toll free: 877-575-3456
Offices Tampa Bay-Orlando

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Huper Optik Window Tinting Designed For Prestige Orlando Homes

There’s nothing like the sweet smell of success.

Our Orlando sales team has been giving their Tampa counterparts a run for the money these last several months.

There has been a huge demand for effective and practical solutions that drive cooling costs down without altering the aesthetics of your home’s windows.

 

ClearHuper Optik’s patented nano-ceramic technology provides the perfect answer for the hot Orlando summers while meeting all HOA rules and deed restrictions.

Our clients in the Kissimmee, Windermere, Oveido, Orlando area have been doing their homework comparing the features, advantages and benefits of Huper Optik compared to the 3M-Home Depot competition.

For home after home; the winner is Huper Optik!

hoWhy prestige homeowners select Huper Optik?

 
  • Huper Optik is available in many more light transmission choices.

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  • Huper Optik’s clarity is vastly superior to the 3M adhesive system they employ.
  • There are no dyes in Huper Optik film.
  • The hue of the light through our Huper Optik films is natural and your interior color scheme is preserved. Our competition has a blue light hue that changes the look and feel of your home.

  • Huper Optik is NFRC certified.
  • We never use gimmicks like phony heat lamp tricks with a rigged BTU meter to trick clients that these films out-perform dark reflective films (they do not and 3M’s film does not!)

  • Your investment is protected by a lifetime warranty and a glass breakage warranty.

 

  • Our installation is pristine and your cost is based upon the amount of glass in your home. We are very competitive.

Call our office at 877-575-3456 for a free estimate.

Advanced Film Solutions

Orlando’s Huper Optik Installation Company

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