Category Archives: Window film

Window Film Protects Tampa Homes From UV Sun Damage

The sun is relentless and that means bad news for your home furnishings, wood floors and ARTWORK.

Sure there is nothing like letting natural light into a space and simply relaxing.


But unprotected  windows increase damage by letting that light into your home.

 Advanced Film Solutions, Inc. improves the way you let light in while making you more comfortable.

There are lots of advantages to choosing to work with Advanced Film Solutions, Inc. to upgrade your home  with our tinting.

With a commitment to quality, service, comfort, and savings, our home window film services, we know how to make a difference when we work with our customers.

Our residential window tinting  keeps the temperature in your home more regular, reducing glare, minimizing glare, and shielding your family and guests from dangerous UV rays.

Florida’s home owners rely on Advanced Film Solutions, LLumar or Vista window film solutions.

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The big three factors that attack your valuables are the problem!

Advanced Film Solutions, Tampa Bay, Orlando and Sarasota’s Window Film Experts.

Our transparent coatings are applied to the interior side of your windows and sliders.  The benefits are immediate since we filter out 99.9% of the UV rays.

We customize our solutions to match your specific requirements for light shade and appearance.

These choices include clear light films and non-reflective coatings that match every home owner association rule and deed restriction.

Add decades of enjoyment and protection for your investment!

Your home will be UV free and the colors of your accessories will remain robust and vibrant for a lifetime!

Toll Free 877-575-3456


Keeping the colors you love colorful!



Consumer Window Tinting Comparison Advanced Film Solutions Vs. 3M

Thanks to the power of the Internet, consumers have incredibly detailed resources to conduct their own research on nearly any product or solution.

It’s no different for investigating window film solutions for homeowners in Tampa Bay, Orlando or throughout the USA.

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Let’s assume that you recognize that window film is the right solution for glare, heat, uncomfortable rooms, rising electric costs and fading.

There are scores of choices and companies who are all vying for your business.

You may be familiar with certain brands and that’s understandable.  After all you have heard of Scotch Tape and 3M Post-It Notes; so that 3M logo might be tempting.

As an independent window film solutions provider Advanced Film Solutions established a differentiation strategy that allows our clients to find the perfect film for their specific requirements.

Our background (33 years at 3M) and more recently the last 14 years as Florida’s fastest growing residential and commercial window film installation company is unmatched in Tampa Bay and the Orlando region.


Our commitment to detail and superior customer service has been recognized by Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner for8 straight years! 

We are also proud of our Accredited A Plus Rating from the Better Business Bureau.


  • Is there a difference in the optical clarity of one film versus another?
    There are differences in optical clarity between the various window film brands. Advanced Film Solutions recommends VISTA, LLumar and Huper Optik Films that offer pristine clarity and unmatched durability.


  • When in doubt; we recommend that you compare the actual window film being proposed in a side-by-side comparison. Advanced Film Solutions has never lost this “see for yourself” comparison.
  • How about reflectivity?
    Most manufacturers produce reflective, dual reflective and non reflective window films to meet a variety of consumer requirements.
  • Reflective metallic films are effective in keeping the heat from entering your home.Advanced Film Solutions recommends our Vista dual reflectives based on the heat rejection, durability and optical clarity that are mandatory for Interior Designers.
  • Non-Reflective Films:

    Ideal for HOA rules and deed restrictions the best alternative is Huper Optik.  They have outstanding durability, clarity and superior heat rejection.

    Huper Optik is available in a wide range of light transmissions and all are less reflective than glass.

  • We have seen 3M Prestige at Home Depot and they claim that this film works better at an angle (like when the Sun is at 3 PM or 9 AM) they also claimed that their film blocks more heat than silver reflective films or very dark films. Is this accurate?

    The short answer is an emphatic – NO!

  • All window films and glass itself appear to work better when the heat source is at an angle to the glass. This is not unique to 3M Prestige Film or frankly any window film.


  • But we saw a heat lamp demo and we could actually feel a dramatic reduction in heat with a clear Prestige Film? Seeing is believing!How could such a great demo be inaccurate or misleading?

  • The trick is fairly easy to explain.

    The french fry lamp blasts IR heat in a narrow wavelength. 

    The Prestige film blocks IR wavelengths in this bandwidth.

    The BTU meter is configured to measure IR heat in that specific wavelength.  In other words it’s a snake oil trick.Collage


There are important differences between the various window film solutions available.

Advanced Film Solutions consultants can explain the differences and customize the perfect solution for your home.

We win supported by facts over perception and our clients reap the reward of a lifetime of comfort and energy cost savings.

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Advanced Film Solutions, Window Film USA Comparison Shopping

Many of you are reading our Blog for the first time. 
(I know that because GOOGLE Analytics tells me so.)


If you are considering a window tinting or window film solution; you are exactly where you should be!


We design and execute the installation of outstanding window film solutions  throughout Florida via  Advanced Film Solutions and across the entire USA with Window Film USA.

We are unique.



Now, selling window film solutions against 3M or their Home Depot 3M agents isn’t the unique part (there are thousands of window film dealers that offer competitive brands, and candidly a huge growing percentage of 3M Window Film dealers offer alternative brands as well.  


We are unique because we spent a good deal of time with 3M (33 years!) and we know what there is to know about 3M Window Film.

After all I was once upon a time the National Sales Manager of 3M Window Film.  A salient point that is chock full of irony. Unlike many of our competitors we clearly and objectively identify the brands of film we propose, and perhaps more importantly, we understand and explain the nuances between  these superior solutions to the novice consumer.





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We don’t just theoretically understand how these films perform or compare to each other; we know based on real world every day field installations and direct consumer feedback.


We know which films are NFRC rated and quantified.

If you have received a quote from a window film installation company and you are concerned about some aspect of their proposal. . .

Call me at 877-575-3456

We might affirm your choice and validate the performance you should anticipate.

On the other hand. . .

Why Not Call Us Today. .

Talk to an expert.


Glazing Protection Window Tinting Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota

Many schools, hospitals and government buildings are considering the application of security window film at main entrances and ground floor accessible windows.

These thicker (minimum 8 ML) film is professionally applied to the existing window pane.

The film is attached to the frame so that in the event the window is shattered, the film system will keep the glass in the opening, making it much more difficult for an intruder to gain access.


Glass is the weakest and most inviting point of entry.

Slowing down or stopping entry can mean the difference between tragedy and life safety!


Advanced Film Solutions provides window protection and solar tinting combination window film in the Tampa, Lakeland and Orlando area.

Commercial installations like the VA Hospital and USF and hundreds of retail stores and homes have been protected by Advanced Film Solutions.


There are numerous alternatives in the appearance of these coatings. Many clients prefer the invisible versions for maximum visibility.

On the other hand there are scenarios where privacy is extremely critical. In these situations we recommend a host of reflective versions that provide the safety requirements while lowering energy costs, eliminating glare and offering the same shatter capabilities.

Frankly no other Florida company offers as many choices!

Tampa-Orlando Glazing Protection:

Choose Advanced Film Solutions

Toll Free: 877-575-3456



Window Film USA, 2021 The Smart Consumers Choice

Window Film USA has been growing our installation business across the USA.


Our efforts are under the radar because we concentrate in our own backyard of Tampa Bay and Orlando and Sarasota. 

Why would a client in Arkansas choose Window Film USA over local competitors?

There are many juxtaposing factors that contribute.


Perhaps a consumer became confused by local sources about window film attributes.

Local sources may quote higher pricing for their installations simply because they are isolated and face limited same brand competition.

The internet has driven smart consumers to websites that have factual information and largely objective analysis.

We offer every brand but 3M Window Film.

Since I spent 33 years at 3M and was once the National Sales Manager of 3M Window Film it’s more than obvious that I might know the limitations of their portfolio.

Given  the fact that since leaving 3M their portfolio has, with rare exception, not  improved my solution comparison is as current as today and more important it’s a winning strategy for our clients and our company.


Slight modifications like having an exterior version of Prestige is inconsequential in the larger scheme of things.  “Talk” of light directing films on the horizon don’t amount to a hill of beans for a consumer looking to control energy costs or improving home security.

Our selling premise remains elegant in simplicity.

A substantial portion of consumers are afraid to take the chance that a brand of window film they have never heard of may offer tremendous, quantifiable advantages in on glass performance over the 3M offering and typically at better prices.


You may choose to give that 3M dealer your trust without comparing what they are offering to another supplier.  On the other hand; if you are a savvy consumer who appreciates that perception is not reality; than calling Window Film USA is a sound alternative.

Why not have that conversation?

Window Film USA represents Vista Film, Huper Optik Ceramic Film, EnerLogic Low E Film and a host of solutions you may never have heard of before.

Toll Free: 877-575-3456