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Huper Optik Ceramic Films Meet All Deed Restrictions Tampa Bay, Orlando

Many exclusive homes in Florida are located in deed restricted areas and gated communities. 

 
 
The HOA rules restrict all reflective window films.
 


While reflective window films perform extremely well by factoring out heat, glare and UV many home owner associations simply prefer a non reflective appearance to the exterior facing glass.
Huper Optik has developed a suite of nano-ceramic window films that meet these restrictions with no sacrifice in heat rejection and glare reduction.

 

These non-metallic- non-reflective films are the number one choice of homeowners throughout the Tampa , Orlando and Sarasota-Bradenton area.

Advanced Film Solutions has completed installations in East Lake, Cheval, Hunters Green, Lakewood Ranch, Arbor Green, Fish Hawk Estates, Windermere and Saddlebrook to name just a few!

 
Why go ceramic?
 
 
 
  • Superior heat rejection certified by the NFRC. While our 3M competition implies their film works better at angles (utter nonsense!) as all films do;

  • The optical clarity of these German engineered films is incomparable. 

  • We have done direct film to film direct comparisons against 3M- Home Depot Prestige Films (see picture above) and have never lost!You will see the difference immediately since the prestige film offers low level haze and a blue shift.  Don’t get snookered by their sample card that has no adhesive on the film!! It’s the adhesive that is hazy and presents the distortion. Obviously a sample card without that adhesive tends to look clearer than what you’d get on your glass (see below!)

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  •  3M Film top left panel- Huper Optik the balance of the windows- We replaced this 3m  hazy film!

  • Glare?  The Ceramic 30 blocks 70% of the glare while the prestige home depot product can only block 60% at the most!

  • Yeah- -we can use Windex, and our warranty is lifetime!
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  • Our ceramic films are all available in a wider width.  3M Home depot’s ceramic film is a single layer -more reflective on the exterior and limited to a 5 foot width. Try using that on palladium glass or aquarium glass in your dinette!

You don’t have to live in a deed restricted gated community to select the best!


Toll Free: 877-575-3456
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The Heat Is On. Tampa Bay IR Heat Rejecting Window Film Truth Vs. Illusion

Most people don’t realize that energy hitting us from the sun is divided into visible light and infrared wavelengths.

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What our bodies feel as heat in most cases is the thermal IR wavelengths. 

Temperatures however reflect the combined wavelengths of visible light and the IR wavelengths. Infrared light from the Sun accounts for 49% of the heating of Earth, with the rest being caused by visible light that is absorbed then re-radiated at longer wavelength.

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Most reflective and non-reflective solar control window films filter the amount of visible light based on the consumer’s requirements. For example a film that factors out 95% of the visible light will be extremely dark (car tint will call this limo!)

This limo film will provide almost complete privacy (which is why it’s used!) but just how much heat is it blocking?

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Well a metallic reflective 5% visible light film will block nearly 83% of the total solar energy from the sun!

A quality non reflective car tint like LLumar ATR will block 63% of the total solar energy.

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The missing heat is largely in the IR wavelengths.

Now lets say you could develop a coating that can block ir heat by 80% and a low amount of visible light. You’d have a 70% visible light transmitting film that amazingly can filter out 49-50% of the total solar energy! Considering how light that film would be a 50% total solar energy heat rejection would be pretty darn good!

Let’s also assume that the technology to produce that film might require a manufacturing cost either in materials, technology or the raw materials that could accomplish this feat. Naturally a supplier would add a premium cost that would be passed down to the consumer.

Ideally you’d consider a combination of visible light and IR heat rejection to find the perfect balance between visible light and IR rejection to match what your customers required.

Now let’s try to sell a film coating that is very light and blocks roughly 50% of the total solar energy at a high cost to a consumer for their car.

Let’s take Florida where the tint laws allow you to have a 30% VLT film on the front windows and a 15% VLT film on the rear windows.

You could explain to your potential client that they can have their windows very light (allowing glare, additional interior fading and greater visibility from the exterior)

You might extol the virtues of safer night driving for older consumers.

Or you could trick them, gimmick them and snake oil sell them into believing this lighter film blocks more heat than a darker; better heat rejecting film.

If you could trick them- -would you?

Well unfortunately you can deceive consumers in a very simply easy to do gimmicky piece of illusion.

You take a French fry IR heat lamp that blasts IR heat only at temperatures hotter than 800 degrees. These lamps have a very low level of light so your lamp is only targeting 50% of the heat of the real world.

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You could use a BTU meter to pretend that your film was knocking down 97% of the heat and compare it directly against a coating that blocks much more visible light heat and a smaller amount of IR.

Your IR film would look like it’s kicking the butt of that visible light film because your mark (you the consumer!) doesn’t know that they are leaving out 50% of the sun’s energy.

You could even stoop to sticking a candy bar in front of that lamp comparing how fast it would melt with a limo type film compared to your very light IR film.

Just for drill take two layers of limo tint and compare it against a very light IR film!

The soon to be hoodwinked consumer would really be impressed with this trick wouldn’t they?

That is until they realize this is a scam. That this film is only blocking half the real world heat and that in order to get their film to a modest light transmission for the real world like a 40% light transmission; they would have to use fragile dyes that will eventually degrade.

That’s 3M Crystalline film for you!

The same trickery being used at home depots to make believe their film blocks more heat for higher prices.

You might even hear baloney about this film working better at angles (glass works the same way and all films work better when less total solar energy hits the glass or film!)

Call Tampa Bay and Orlando Window Film Advanced Film Solutions toll free at 877-575-3456

No baloney just NFRC rated, tested and documented performance.

No French fry lamps, no gimmicks, no nonsense, no melted candy bars!

Just the best home, commercial and automotive films in the world!

 

Window Film Comparisons Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Orlando Home & Office Tinting

Advanced Film Solutions is Florida’s leading window film installation company with offices serving the Port Charlotte, Sarasota-Bradenton, Tampa St. Pete Clearwater and Orlando region.

Advanced Film Solutions is unique by offering our clients the widest and deepest range of solar and solar security brands of film and choices.

We compete directly against 3M window film which is sold via Window Genie, Home Depot, Window Film Depot and numerous agents and resellers.

Our objective is to offer better value films with documented superior performance and alternatives that the 3M resellers can not match.

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Once again our selections are all NFRC rated and credentialed.

This means that the performance expectations are lab tested and confirmed. This is extremely important when we compete against 3M resellers who frequently stretch the performance attributes of their films.

Our experience having worked at 3M for 33 years and keeping current with their portfolio of films is a distinct advantage for our sales consultants.

There are several popular consumer choices that 3M does not offer; there are many reasons for their limited range of films but for the sake of this comparisons it is unimportant why they choose to restrict their choices:

Non reflective Ceramic Films for deed restricted communities, condo’s etc.

Advanced Film Solutions represents Huper Optik Ceramic films. These films meet HOA rules and all deed restrictions.

Available in multiple light transmissions ranging for 5% to clear.

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Our Huper Optik films filter more heat than the 3M prestige films 

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Solar films like bronze, 15, 20, 25, 35 etc. Silver and blue reflective films, dual reflective 5% and non reflective 5%, 10% and 15% films.

(3M has nothing to offer!)

Solar safety and security films:

Advanced Film Solutions easily out-performs the limited 3M line. Our solar and clear security films are minimum 8 ML thick. 3M repackages an 8 ML clear film. Our choices are unmatched from LLumar, Vista, Huper Optik and SunTek (Eastman!)

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Madico and Madico Sunscape Films similar to those films on the Supreme Court Building and Embassies throughout the world.

Armorcoat Solar security Films that are also on the US Capitol Building and airports and military bases.

Avery-Dennison Hanita: the Israeli security films

We have tinted versions ranging from a dark reflective 20% to neutral 20, 35, 40. 45, 50, etc.

Dual reflective security films in a 28, 35, 38 and 45

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Small wonder that major installations and government offices choose Advanced Film Solutions to protect people and assets.

Call Advanced Film Solutions for a free estimate.

Toll Free: 877-575-3456

 

Prestige Florida Homeowners Select Eastman LLumar, Vista, Huper Optik Window Film Solutions

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It’s all about location when choosing your home.
 
 

When it comes to making your prestige home energy efficient, comfortable and safe the best choice is Advanced Film Solutions, Florida’s leader in window film installations.

Advanced Film Solutions is Tampa’s Vista, LLumar and Huper Optik window film installation company.


Window Film that lowers your monthly electric bill by as much as 30% a month.

  • Glazing films that last a lifetime with optically clear adhesives warranted by Eastman Performance Films the global leader in the window film industry.
  • Incredibly clean precise installations with our unmatched experience and attention to every detail.
  • Fact based estimates that define our difference between hype and real-world performance.

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Thousands of satisfied clients that have one thing in common:
 


Advanced Film Solutions transformed their windows into energy efficient glass.

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You can join our growing client base. 
 
 
 

 

Home Security Cool Comfort Window Film Tampa Bay

Advanced Film Solutions installation crews were busy today installing our Vista Luminance film on another beautiful home in Riverview, Fl.

Our client had several key objectives:

 

  1. Combination solar security films to improve home security and glass protection.
  2. Privacy particularly for the home’s rear facing glass and sliders.
  3. Glare control.
  4. Eliminate UV that can damage furnishings.

Our Vista Film met all their goals and more.

As we head deep into  summer the heat has no end in sight.

This is the ideal time for a free window film estimate!

Lifetime, transferable warranty and stunning optical clarity.

Get your free estimate by calling Advanced Film Solutions

Toll free 877-575-3456