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Tampa Bay, Orlando Advanced Film Solutions Energy Conserving Window Tinting

This has been an unusual year to say the very least and as a small family owned business the challenges have made us creative and more competitive than ever..

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Window Film solutions are more important than ever given the heat we experience here in Tampa and the amount of East, West and South facing glass our homes present.

The more glass openings the higher your AC costs and our local utilities are encouraging energy savings window films by offering rebates for a large variety of Advanced Film Solutions window films.

Advanced Film Solutions offers the world leading window film brands.
 
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VISTA Films are the number one designer recommended films.  They are optically clear films that reduce glare, heat and UV by 99.9%. 
 
 

The only window film that offers an automatically transferable lifetime warranty and more choices in light transmission and aesthetics than any other window film company.

Huper Optik: Ceramic films that provide superior heat rejection without that shiny appearance that can turn some consumers off!  These ceramic films are low reflective from both the interior view and the exterior view which is exactly what a Deed Restriction is all about!

New home owners want privacy, protection for their wood floors and furnishings and a measure of safety and security that window film can provide!

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We will never be undersold (where have I heard that before?)

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Cooler Living Central Florida Window Film

Our Orlando sales team was primed and ready given the never ending heat!

Advanced Film Solutions was promoting the incomparable  VISTA, LLumar and Huper Optik Ceramic Films.

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  • Our films qualify for window tinting rebates from Duke Energy and Orlando Utilities.

  • We offer literally 10 times as many choices , light transmissions and non reflective films as our 3M competition. Just g to a home depot store and compare our unmatched clarity and warranty.2942595
  • Our Huper Optik Ceramic Films are patented and out-perform the 3M re-boxed ceramic single layer film in terms of heat rejection and lower reflectivity.12442770973_e269b5ef01_z
  • Our shatter films have met ASTM missile tests for debris and cycling.
  • The clarity of our films is unmatched. We have never lost a side-by side comparison to our hazy competitors.
  • All of our selections have been certified for documented performance characteristics by the NFRC

ADVANCED FILM SOLUTIONS

KEEPING ORLANDO COOLER AND SAFER WITH WINDOW TINTING
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Advanced Film Solutions Vs. 3M Window Film Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota

Fall season in the Tampa or Orlando area is simply the most fun Advanced Film Solutions can have.

You see; we have the unique opportunity to take on our local 3M Window Film competition head to head, mano a mano. . .

That’s the direct challenge we founded this company upon.

Every aspect of Advanced Film Solutions , the superior films we offer, the unmatched warranties and optical clarity, the superior level of tests our films have passed and our installation capabilities are all critically designed winning advantages. 

It certainly doesn’t hurt our cause that we know more about their films than the folks who represent them in these markets.

Let’s review the balance sheet.
 

Consumers have heard of 3M.  They have been around more than 100 years. They make lots of innovative products and they have earned their place in the consumer’s mind share.

If their window film was an industry leading product. 

If their films were superior in performance, durability or unique in some fashion that had applicability in your home, they would be a worthy adversary.

They are not.


Our hurdle is to demonstrate to our clients that  our VISTA and Huper Optik films are
factually superior.

 

That these facts are documented with NFRC ratings and independent testing.

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That our choices are deeper and wider and that our estimates are exact and based on realistic cost parameters. 

That we are offering fact over perception, reality over overpriced hype.

 
Here’s a short list of our advantages :
 


  • Our Vista films offer dual reflective films in more light transmissions including 14, 18, 28, 38 and 40%
  • Our LLumar dual reflective films in a 7, 15, 25, 35, 45
  • Our ceramic film is patented. It’s a dual layer while theirs is a re-boxed single layer.
    Their ceramic is only available in a maximum 5 ft width and has a greater exterior and interior reflectivity with less heat rejection.
  • Our Vista security films have passed the ASTM medium large missile test and small missile on residential applications.  Their tear resistant films (with the exception of a 6 ML clear films) can not pass these independent levels of performance.
  • Our Vista residential warranty is transferable-theirs is not.
  • Optical clarity? See for yourself but we’d be happy to do a side by side mock-up.1457705_667075529992588_888455922_n
  • Our films can be cleaned with Windex. That canard by our local competition hasn’t been true since the 1970’s and for God sakes I would know since I was at 3M in the 1970’s.  There is absolutely no advantage in the 3M hard coat versus our films. NONE. In fact we would love to show you the hard coat on their prestige films. .really.
  • All films work better at an angle . Not just theirs, and no- -they did not invent a unique test to prove the obvious.  On that note, their prestige film does not block 97% of the entire infrared spectrum. Read their small print.

So our challenge when we meet with our prospective clients, is to determine their needs and identify exactly why Advanced Film Solutions has the better value for our clients.

Call it busting myths!
 


The result:

We win.
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Toll Free 877-575-3456

Go ahead; call them first.

Then call us!

 

Huper Optik Window Film, Sarasota, Tampa Bay, Orlando Ceramic Tinting

German technology defines quality and performance. 



The Huper Optik Nano-Ceramic Window Films have incredible clarity and since they are non metallic, these window films meet all Deed Restrictions.

German Innovation

Hüper Optik ceramic films utilize German technology to create the world’s first nano-ceramic solar control films for the window film industry.

Employing advanced techniques and enhanced process control, fine ceramic coatings are deposited onto ultra clear films that transform the end product into a high performance heat, glare and ultra-violet barrier.

This patented technology is unique only to Hüper Optik, enabling our films to easily out-perform all conventional dyed, metallic and powder coated films available in the market today.

Ceramic Performance

Hüper Optik Ceramic films are 100% metal-free, 100% dye-free and will not dye-metalized nor fade. Ceramics (often associated with demanding industrial applications) are known to be the most durable material capable of enduring the harshest environments, on land and at sea.

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Unlike dyed or metalized films, Hüper Optik spectrally tuned ceramic films offer superb heat rejection properties without compromising visibility, have low reflectivity and will not appear shiny. A natural view is maintained both day and night.

Hüper Optik ceramic films protect interior furnishings from fading by shielding them from 70% of the sun’s destructive heat and 99% of harmful ultraviolet rays. 

By comparison, tints or reflective coatings block out natural light transmission, reduce visibility, detract from aesthetics, and do not provide safety and security at home.

Cool Comfort and Energy Savings

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Hüper Optik coating provides significant heat reduction, minimizing air conditioning cooling loads and energy consumption, reducing utility bills and creating a comfortable living environment.  

Benefits

  • Reduces air conditioning and utility costs -Blocks up to 70% of infrared heat.  This measure is factored across the entire infrared spectrum. 3M claims their film has higher IR rejection but this statement is true only between  a narrow 850-900 nm.  This is a misleading data point designed to inflate their performance characteristics.  This is also true for any claims about better performance at various angles of incidence.  All films perform better at an angle and glass itself performs better at an angle.
  • Protects skin and reduces interior fading – Blocks 99.9% of UV rays
  • Increases visibility -Virtually transparent
  • Zero interference with EM transmissions like Bluetooth, GPS, Fiber Optics, wireless PC’s etc.
  • Improves interior comfort – Reduces up to 70% solar heat gain
  • Enhances safety and security – Improved glass shatter resistance . 
  • Superb durability – 100% metal-free, dye-free, salt resistant, no demetallization or discoloration.  The Huper Optik Films are far more durable than a particular nano-layered film from a competitor.  Their “tint” is applied to the top surface of their films and therefore, can be easily scratched off.

We filtered out the blue!

One  competitor  3M, has a very hard time filtering out the “blue” shift in all of their multi-layered films!

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Huper Optik provides natural hues rather than the blues! 

We prefer the color of your light to be natural and true to the color scheme you have designed for your home. You’ll never hear us try to convince you that a window film should somehow make the sky blue(er)!!

Call toll free: 877-575-3456 

 

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 avery 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!