Tampa Bay Window Film Comparing Non-Reflective Window Film 3M Vs. Huper Optik

Advanced Film Solutions is Tampa Bay’s leading provider of non reflective solar window films.

These ceramic films are ideal for gated communities that frequently impose deed restrictions that prohibit any reflective films.

When we define reflective films we are focused on solar films that increase the exterior reflectivity of the glass facing the front of your home.

Many if not most HOA’s will not approve these films.

There are many non reflective dyed films that can meet deed restrictions but dyed films will not maintain their color or effectiveness over an extended period.

There are however several window films that meet deed restrictions by lowering the exterior reflectivity of glass.

Here in Florida the two key choices are Huper Optik and 3M Prestige series window films. (Prestige is sold through home depot and several agents and resellers locally.)

Why Huper Optik:

Huper Optik is manufactured by chemical giant Eastman Chemicals.  These are patented ceramic coatings made in Germany. Available in several light transmissions ranging from darkest VLT’s (Visible Light Transmissions) 20-70%

3M prestige is a multi-layered optical film that utilizes dyes in their darker VLT’s. The best heat and glare blocking 3M prestige film is a lighter 40% that did not meet TECO rebate.

requirements. Their 20% film would not be acceptable on dual pane glass because of the heat absorption issues.

Huper Optik has a distinct clarity that surpasses the 3M offering.

Both 3M and Huper block 99.9% of the UV.

Both films factor out more than 90% of the IR spectrum which makes the homeowner feel cooler.

Both films work exactly the same at an acute angle despite 3M’s foolish mentioning that their film somehow works better at an angle. This is simply ridiculous.

3M does market reflective films like Night Vision and Affinity that are less reflective on the interior side. Eastman of course has these films as well and in great variety and light transmissions.


Frankly Eastman makes the higher reflective Affinity films for 3M. In both the Night Vision and Affinity cases these films are too reflective to meet deed restrictions.

While this is an obvious fact we have found numerous instances where the exterior reflectivity of these films was not mentioned!


In fact the competing 3M folks failed to leave their sample cards behind which clearly show the exterior reflectivity percentages. Had this happened only once we would not mention it. Unfortunately this is happening all the time!

Call Advanced Film Solutions for a free estimate and compare.

Our Huper Optik films are NFRC certified and warranted for a lifetime.

Call our offices toll free at 877-575-3456 for a free estimate and comparison.

Advanced Film Solutions

Tampa, Sarasota, Orlando


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