Yay!! New Fasara Book!!

Every 2-3 years something magnificent happens! The release of the latest 3M Fasara Films Catalog. We love decorative film at Solar Vision Inc., and when a new Fasara catalog comes out, that means new creative finishes to enhance retail, office, and residential spaces throughout Colorado!

One new product of note is the addition of 3 new 3M Fasara Cloud colors shown below. 3M Fasara Cloud has been a huge hit since it’s introduction in 2017, and 3M has answered the call for more options of this dual gradient film.

There’s much more than just new 3M Cloud Colors. Check out all the designs here, and call Solar Vision Inc. for more information on 3M Fasara Glass Finish Films.

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Why Exterior Film?

One of the questions we get the most as a window film company is “does it go on the outside or inside”? Our answer is “both”! Generally window film is applied to the interior portion of your glass. This is great for durability, and access, and while interior window films perform great, sometimes they’re just not enough, and that’s where exterior film comes into play.

Exterior window film can be a great option for a couple of reasons. The number one is performance! Exterior film reduces the heat in its tracks. The heat is absorbed prior to even hitting your glass. Since the heat is absorbed on the first surface, this significantly reduces if not eliminates any potential glass breakage, while absorbing a drastic amount of heat. Another great use for exterior film is access. Skylights, and other hard to reach windows might not be accessible from the interior.

At Solar Vision Inc., our favorite product is 3M Exterior Prestige Window Film. 3M Exterior Window Films offer great performance, and come with up to a 15 year warranty. 3M Exterior Prestige Window Film is designed to last, and will keep your home or building cool, and comfortable for years to come.

Click here for 3M Exterior Prestige Technical Details!

3M Prestige Exterior 40 (PR40X) applied to first floor windows at this apartment complex to reduce heat in gym area.

3M Prestige Exterior 40 (PR40X) applied to first floor windows at this apartment complex to reduce heat in gym area.

3M PR40X can enhance the look of your home or building.

3M PR40X can enhance the look of your home or building.

Alex Moore

Last week Solar Vision Inc. had our quarterly meeting. This is a time where we go over the state of the company, and have the opportunity to discuss how the previous quarter went for Solar Vision Inc., and address any employee issues or concerns. During this meeting we also have the opportunity to focus on an Employee who truly made the difference that quarter. While it would be easy for Management to pick this person, at Solar Vision we make this a peer nominated award, which makes winning this award extra special. We tend to work extra hard in the window film industry during quarter 2, so being recognized by your peers during a stressful quarter is no small feat.

Q2 2019’s peer recognition award went to Alex Moore, and I couldn’t agree more with his co-workers. Alex joined the Solar Vision Inc. team in October of 2017. Since starting he’s gone from an Apprentice to a very skilled Installation Technician. Along with installing all of our window film products. Alex is also responsible for our graphics, from design to production and installation. Alex has proven himself to be an asset at Solar Vision Inc. He’s always first to arrive for the daily Installer meeting, and on many days the last Installer to leave.

Thank you Alex for being a part of the Solar Vision Inc. team! We hope you are here for years to come!

Alex Moore, Graphics Coordinator and Installation Technician

Alex Moore, Graphics Coordinator and Installation Technician

Alex working on Graphics

Alex working on Graphics

Completed graphics by Alex Moore. Alex worked alongside the Graphic Artist at Blueprint on production and installation of their custom designs.

Completed graphics by Alex Moore. Alex worked alongside the Graphic Artist at Blueprint on production and installation of their custom designs.

2019 BOMA SPRING CLEAN UP DAY

Solar Vision Inc. is a proud member of our local Business Owners and Managers Association, and our Denver BOMA knows how to have a good time! There is no shortage of fun events here in Denver, like golf tournaments, parties, and afternoon Happy Hours. However among these fun events many Chapter Members also take time out of there busy schedules for the annual Community Affairs Committee Spring Clean Up Day.

This year’s Spring Clean Up was at the Mt. St. Vincent home. Mt. St. Vincent Home provides mental health treatment and foster care services for children throughout Denver. They also offer K-8 school, Early Learning, and many other services for our community, making this a perfect organization to support.

BOMA Allied Members come from all kinds of different trades, from landscaping, painting, and roofing to window tint companies like Solar Vision Inc. Having all these skilled trades on hand allows us all to pitch in and give organizations like Mt. St. Vincent home a refresh every year.

Bryan, Susie, Heath, and I posing for the obligatory group photo that I insisted we take.- Shelley

Bryan, Susie, Heath, and I posing for the obligatory group photo that I insisted we take.- Shelley

This year Solar Vision Inc., along with 3M’s generous film donation, updated some window tint at Mt. St. Vincent. We also added an exterior film to some windows that were making the interior classrooms uncomfortably hot for the students and teachers.

While these film projects were difficult, our Solar Vision group had a great time. From being fed lunch (not typical when installing film) to Bryan and Heath getting a kick out of watching Susie and I remove 30 year old film. It was a super fun day, and while I still have some loss of feeling in my right thumb, I enjoyed getting my hands dirty, and working my tail off like our Installers do every day. - Shelley Meador

Heath Meador installing some 3M Prestige 50.

Heath Meador installing some 3M Prestige 50.

Susie Schurr and Bryan Gonzales removing very old film.

Susie Schurr and Bryan Gonzales removing very old film.

What the damaged film looks like, and if you look hard enough you can see Bryan removing it.

What the damaged film looks like, and if you look hard enough you can see Bryan removing it.

Bryan installing some exterior film. He’s been with us every summer for 3 years, and has become an excellent Window Film Installer on his breaks from College.

Bryan installing some exterior film. He’s been with us every summer for 3 years, and has become an excellent Window Film Installer on his breaks from College.

SOLAR VISION CUSTOM GRAPHICS

Solar Vision had the opportunity to work with a company called Blueprint here in Denver. If you haven’t heard of Blueprint, they are a super cool online company that will help you learn to make anything. Think of Pinterest, but without the Pinterest Fail.

Their in house Artist created some awesome designs for their meeting room glass, turning this blank canvas into inspirational graphics that highlight all the artistry they can teach their customers to do.

It wasn’t an easy application, but luckily at Solar Vision, our Graphics Coordinator Alex can create, produce, and install your work. Keeping everything in house from design and production to application, ensures a picture-perfect finish.

Custom Graphic cut from 3M Dusted Crystal

Custom Graphic cut from 3M Dusted Crystal

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3M Fasara Arpa Window Film

3M Arpa Window Film is a great way for your office to obtain a chic look and feel. The vertical line feature of 3M Arpa Decorative Film adds the illusion of more height to a simple meeting room, while the frosted white color of the vertical lines enhance light, and add a unique design scheme to otherwise basic office glass.

Visit our decorative films page to view all of 3M’s Fasara Decorative Window Films.

3M FASARA “ARPA” Professionally installed by Solar Vision Inc.

3M FASARA “ARPA” Professionally installed by Solar Vision Inc.

3M FASARA ARPA WINDOW FILM

3M FASARA ARPA WINDOW FILM

3M FASARA ARPA

3M FASARA ARPA

WINDOW FILM IN THE WINTER?

Definitely! The winter can be some of the most intense sunshine of the entire year. Especially for those south facing windows. Some homes with large picture windows can even become uncomfortably hot in the winter. Along with heat, the winter glare can be incredibly intense. Plus, UV rays don’t care about the temperature outside. They’ll cause just as bad, if not worse damage and fading to your homes furnishings and window coverings in the winter, as they do in the summer.

Depending on your situation you have many window film choices. If heat and glare are your main issue, then a traditional window film will work great. However if you’re also looking to retain the heat in your home while blocking the heat during those intense part of the days an insulating film might be what you need. An insulating window film like 3M Thinsulate will make your home more efficient 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Solar Control Window Film is a necessary upgrade for any home, any time of the year, and there is no better time than the winter time to make your home more comfortable year round.

3M Night Vision 25 applied to the windows at this home in Avon, CO. Great views of the slopes, less the glare, and UV Rays! A must

3M Night Vision 25 applied to the windows at this home in Avon, CO. Great views of the slopes, less the glare, and UV Rays! A must

3M Prestige Window Film application in Vail, CO.

3M Prestige Window Film application in Vail, CO.

3M Prestige 70

3M Prestige 70 window film is the perfect solution for heat and UV reduction. You can hardly tell it’s even there, but you can feel it! If you’re looking to protect your home, or building without changing the appearance, 3M Prestige 70 might be just what you are looking for.

  • 3M Prestige 70

  • 69% Visible Light Transmission

  • 50% Solar Energy Rejected

  • 99% UV rejection

The window on the right has 3M Prestige 70 applied to it, the window on the left doesn’t.

The window on the right has 3M Prestige 70 applied to it, the window on the left doesn’t.

CUSTOM GRAPHICS!

Check out our latest job! Custom graphics printed on clear film then installed on the glass all around this company's office building! Some rooms have 3M's dusted crystal on the second surface of the glass with the graphic on the first surface. We also created and installed all the vinyl graphics such as their meeting room names, a few giant numbers for their "phone rooms" and also trash can and recycling symbols for each of their cabinet doors where the proper bin was located. Thanks to the work of the entire team here at Solar Vision, this job came out looking incredible, once again! Give us a call if you want your office to be unique and fun like this! -ALEX MOORE

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Meet the Solar Vision Inc. Team

When Heath and I started this small window film business out of our garage in 2004, we had no idea it would grow to be what it is today. Originally Heath would do the installs, and I would invoice and process warranties. In the beginning we were mostly a sub-contracting window film company that other local window film companies would hire to do their installs. It worked out pretty well for a few years, and we were able to grow and bring on more installation help. However as the jobs got harder, and more demanding, we couldn't help but notice a genuine need for a legitimate window film company in Colorado's ever increasing construction market. 

After hiring more Window Film Installers, and a Residential Sales Manager it was time to expand out of the home office and garage to our first commercial space. With all the new growth we needed more help, and that's when we brought on an Office Coordinator. From there the growth continued by bringing on more full time installers, a Graphic Artist, and Estimator. Solar Vision Inc. is now a team of 14 people working out of a new 6000 square foot shop, and warehouse space! 

We're super proud of all the people we have on our team today. We have a fulltime office staff to answer your calls and questions, and a large install crew consisting of 3 teams that can complete your jobs quickly and efficiently. We've got our customers covered!  -Shelley Meador

Back row from left to right: Bryan, David, Dylan, Alex, Ben D., Ben U., Brad, Josh   Front row from left to right: Julie, Yvette, Heath, Shelley, Susie, Lucinda

Back row from left to right: Bryan, David, Dylan, Alex, Ben D., Ben U., Brad, Josh

Front row from left to right: Julie, Yvette, Heath, Shelley, Susie, Lucinda

In House Graphics

Did you know that Solar Vision Inc. produces most of our graphics in house? Relocating to our new 6000 SQFT space in Henderson, CO has made it even easier for us to design, produce, and install your business' graphics. 

Send us your ideas, and artwork, and we'll produce a proof for your review. 

Send us your ideas, and artwork, and we'll produce a proof for your review. 

Our in-house graphics plotter can turn your concepts and designs into actual artwork for your office or store. 

Our in-house graphics plotter can turn your concepts and designs into actual artwork for your office or store. 

Our Graphic Artist and Install team can produce what you need in house. Making the turn around on your graphics installation quick, and efficient.

Our Graphic Artist and Install team can produce what you need in house. Making the turn around on your graphics installation quick, and efficient.

One of many customer ideas designed, produced, and installed by Solar Vision Inc. 

One of many customer ideas designed, produced, and installed by Solar Vision Inc. 

TEAMWORK!

Teamwork. It tends to be a dismissed term, due to overuse and cheesy break room posters. While almost everyone can agree with TEAMWORK, only certain companies actually put it to use?

We know it works, and when put to good use it not only benefits the TEAM involved but generally results in positive outcomes for the end buyer. At Solar Vision Inc. we believe Teamwork is the driving force in any success we have, and we do it without cheesy break room posters. 

Solar Vision Inc. is made up of 14 people who work together daily to ensure projects are completed, goals are met, and customers are satisfied. We have 2 Owners, 3 Office Personal, 2 Sales Professionals, and 7 Window Film Installers. That's right! We have the same amount of sales and support staff as Professional Window Film Installers. 

Before our Installation Team arrives at your location, your project will probably have spent most of it's time with our Office Support Personal than anyone else at Solar Vision Inc. However as the end user, you'll be most familiar with your Installer. That's why we find it important to ensure they have all the resources and support they need to complete your project. 

Solar Vision Inc. Window Film Installers are part of the TEAM! This may not seem to impressive, but in todays landscape, most window film companies sub-contract out their work to other companies or independent contractors, and this can be true for many trades. 

At Solar Vision Inc. every position is important, and no job is completed without the efforts of our amazing installation crew, combined with our sales, and support staff. When Solar Vision Inc. is hired for a project, our method of operation is collaboration! We do this by conducting morning meetings between our Installation Crews, and Support Staff, by setting goals, and meeting them together, and by genuine trust and respect amongst each other. 

TEAMWORK. It isn't just a cheesy term, but a method of operational management that sets the difference between stellar organizations, and mediocre ones. 

Solar Vision Morning Meeting.   Pictured: Heath (Owner), Dylan (Lead Installer), Ben D. (Install Supervisor), Brad (Installer) 

Solar Vision Morning Meeting. 

Pictured: Heath (Owner), Dylan (Lead Installer), Ben D. (Install Supervisor), Brad (Installer) 

Solar Vision Inc. GM Lucinda Costello, and Office Assistant Susie Schurr.  You probably haven't seen them, but if you've worked with Solar Vision Inc., you've probably spoken with Susie and Lucinda. 

Solar Vision Inc. GM Lucinda Costello, and Office Assistant Susie Schurr.

You probably haven't seen them, but if you've worked with Solar Vision Inc., you've probably spoken with Susie and Lucinda. 

Decorative Office Glass

Glass is everywhere! It's the best way to change out an existing office space without having to build walls. Because we use so much glass in office spaces today we have the ability to customize this blank canvas anyway we want. Even a simple band of frosted window film can turn a dull space into sleek work environment. 

 

Simple 36inch band of 3M Fasara Milano. 

Simple 36inch band of 3M Fasara Milano. 

Custom cut 3M Dusted Crystal. 

Custom cut 3M Dusted Crystal. 

3M Fasara Prism and Dusted Crystal.

3M Fasara Prism and Dusted Crystal.

What are Your Processes?

This New Year's Eve our family opted for a quiet movie marathon over crowds, and parties. We each chose 1 movie, and perused Amazon to decide what movies we'd watch. The 11 year old went with "School of Rock", an oldie but goodie that never disappoints. The husband rented "The Mountain Between Us". Perhaps he should of read a couple of reviews, because what we thought would be a harrowing disaster movie turned into a love story that made little sense. I decided to go with a free movie and stumbled across one I'd been meaning to see for many years, "Temple Grandin". We definitely saved the best for last! 

The movie got me thinking of a time our company, Solar Vision Inc., worked indirectly with Dr. Grandin at Colorado State University. We were asked by the Contractor to produce some window graphics for their newly remodeled Animal Sciences building. One of the graphics they asked for was one of Dr. Temple Grandin's cattle handling designs. When we were working on the graphic about 3 years ago, I'd heard of Temple Grandin but honestly did not fully understand the depth of the importance behind her work.  After watching the movie, and doing some internet research on Dr. Temple Grandin, I have a renewed respect for processes in life and in business. 

Dr. Temple Grandin at a relatively young age took a well-established process and made it much better. Her process for cattle handling in the beef industry changed the way we process food, by making it more efficient and humane. What if she didn't have autism, would that process have ever been developed? What if she'd taken "no" for an answer? She was different, she was female, what did she know? 

Think of all the times you might have dismissed an idea, or process that could make your business or life better because maybe the person suggesting the idea didn't know anything about your trade, or they were too young, or just didn't see things the way you did. Have you missed an important opportunity? 

Processes are what can make or break a business or industry. If something isn't working in your business process, can you fix it? If not, can you put your ego aside and let someone else have a look? 

I thoroughly enjoyed "Temple Grandin", and I've enjoyed learning more about her afterword. The Business Owner in me found myself focusing on the processes and efficiency of what her mind created, however the human in me found myself intrigued with what the mind is capable of, and how sometimes to easily we dismiss people who don't fit our mold, or make us uncomfortable. Without the beautiful minds of individuals on the autism spectrum, I can only imagine a world with less innovation, technology, and creativity. 

As the daughter of someone who works with special needs children, I assumed that I had a good understanding of the subject. However I was very wrong! Watching the movie helped me better understand how someone with a different mind from me sees the world. It's rare that a movie can be enlightening, educational, and pull on your heart strings at the same time. If you have some free time, I highly encourage watching "Temple Grandin". 

Temple Grandin window graphic on display at the CSU Animal Sciences Building. 

Temple Grandin window graphic on display at the CSU Animal Sciences Building. 

Window Film and Water

Most windows films are applied using a solution of soap and water. The adhesives of window film are on the film. To activate the adhesives they need to be completely soaked with water, making water one of the most important aspects of a good window film installation, well that, and a great Installer.

Because water is so important, Solar Vision Inc. has decided to partner with Culligan Water to ensure we are only using the best water on the market for our window film installations. Our in-shop water filtration system uses reverse osmosis, and softening to ensure the cleanest install possible. 

Water can be different all over town depending on the city you live in. Some cities have very hard water which can leave a haze on your glass, and make the install very difficult, by using purified Culligan water straight from our shop, our installs are consistent, no matter what part of Colorado you are from. 

A good film install starts with a great Installer, the best window film on the market, and Culligan Water. 

A good film install starts with a great Installer, the best window film on the market, and Culligan Water. 

This little co-branded contraption is a pressurized water tank used for installing window film. 

This little co-branded contraption is a pressurized water tank used for installing window film. 

This glass is ready for pick up!

Sometimes it just makes more sense for Glaziers to have their glass dropped off so that we can do the film install in our shop. This allows our Installers to control the elements like dust and dirt, while working more efficiently and quickly, which in turn saves our customers $$$. 

The film product featured below is 3M's Black Electrocut. This film is a great solution for hiding walls, and building interiors you do not want viewable from outside. 

Solar Vision Inc. Installer Josh is just finishing up this 3M Black Electrocut Install. 

Solar Vision Inc. Installer Josh is just finishing up this 3M Black Electrocut Install. 

Custom glass racks make it easier, and safer for us to transport the glass to your trucks. 

Custom glass racks make it easier, and safer for us to transport the glass to your trucks. 

Ooh La La...New Fasara Book, and New Fasara Films!

Attention Designers and Architects! They're finally here! New 3M Fasara books, with new designs. Call us 303-862-6376 or email us info@coloradosolarvision.com for a copy and start specifying over 30 new Fasara Window Film Products. My personal favorite is the new Fasara Decorative Film Walnut series. 

They'll go fast, be sure your library is updated with the most current products. 

 

New 2017 Fasara 3M Glass Finishes Sample Book.

New 2017 Fasara 3M Glass Finishes Sample Book.

Over 30 new 3M Glass Finishes Films!

Over 30 new 3M Glass Finishes Films!

Loving this new Frost Walnut series, especially Smoke. 

Loving this new Frost Walnut series, especially Smoke. 

3M Daylight Redirecting Film

Imagine using a free resource to light your home or building? Well now you can using 3M Daylight Redirecting Film! Clerestory glass and other high up windows can cause a lot of heat and glare, which results in a nuisance below.  You can reduce the glare by using a typical solar control film, however, if you want to make the most use of your free natural resource you can use 3M Daylight Redirecting Film instead.

3M Daylight Redirecting Film takes the sunlight and guides it to the center of the room, instead of straight down. 

Below is an example of 3M Daylight Redirecting Film at work from start to finish. The pictures were taken at a local Denver bank. The lobby has a beautiful tower with large windows to allow in natural light. Unfortunately that light was causing a lot of glare issues in the lobby for the customers and employees below. After completion the light is now where it should be....up above!! 

Visit our DRF page for more info on this awesome new product by 3M! http://www.coloradosolarvision.com/3m-daylight-redirect/

This is a great photo to highlight what was happening with the light before 3M Daylight Redirecting Film was applied. This was still early in the day, so you can imagine where the sun glare ended up in the afternoon. In the eyes of everyone below! 

This is a great photo to highlight what was happening with the light before 3M Daylight Redirecting Film was applied. This was still early in the day, so you can imagine where the sun glare ended up in the afternoon. In the eyes of everyone below! 

These high windows required a scissor lift for the application of 3M Daylight Redirecting Film! This photo highlights the soothing frosted appearance of 3M Daylight Redirecting Film. 

These high windows required a scissor lift for the application of 3M Daylight Redirecting Film! This photo highlights the soothing frosted appearance of 3M Daylight Redirecting Film. 

Here's a partial application of 3M Daylight Redirecting Window Film. As you can see the windows on the right are receiving the most sun during this photo, and the light is directed up. 

Here's a partial application of 3M Daylight Redirecting Window Film. As you can see the windows on the right are receiving the most sun during this photo, and the light is directed up. 

Here's an unaltered photo of the completed look. The 3M Daylight Redirecting Film has stopped the glare and downward direction of the sun's rays. Now the light is directed to the center of this tower allowing a beautiful glow to illuminate the lobby area of this bank.

Here's an unaltered photo of the completed look. The 3M Daylight Redirecting Film has stopped the glare and downward direction of the sun's rays. Now the light is directed to the center of this tower allowing a beautiful glow to illuminate the lobby area of this bank.