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.
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".
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.
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.
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/
While Security Window Film may seem like a new invention, it's actually been around for a long time, over 40 years! Safety and Security Window Film may not be new, but it has come a long way, and new features like the Attachment System have been recommended to increase its performance.
If you've landed on this BLOG, you're probably a bit interested in the product, and you've probably watched footage of security window film being put to the test on YouTube, and other sites. While these videos do give us a good idea of how Security Window Film performs, they can also be a bit confusing.
Let's start with answering the question, just what it is Security Window Film?
Security Window Film is a thick piece of window film ranging from 4 mil - 18 mil's (a mil is a thousandth of an inch) in thickness. Some of these films are developed using a cross woven process of the polyester material (I'm sure that was confusing). Long story short, in a blast an 8 mil cross woven film may provide as much protection as a 14 mil security film that isn't cross woven. Check with the window film manufacturer or a reputable window film dealer to better understand what type of Security Window Film will work best for you, and be sure to ask for the testing data. Recommended installations, and test information should always be provided by the manufacturer, and this information is readily available.
Regardless of the mil, security film is designed to hold the glass in place should it break. Holding the glass fragments together can reduce injury, as well as deter potential intruders by making the glass more resistant.
Another important component of any Security Window Film system is the addition or lack thereof, of the Attachment System. Any video you've watched online most likely has an Attachment System applied along with the Security Window Film.
So just what is this attachment system?
The Attachment System is typically a silicone bead, much like you see on the frame of commercial glass, applied after the installation of the Security Window Film, the Attachment System bonds the Security Window Film to the frame of the glass, giving you the highest level of security. In some instances Security Window Film, and an Attachment System are strong enough to withstand a bomb blast! With that said, the attachment system will not work with all window frames, it’s important that the frames of your glass can accommodate at a minimum 3/8 to 1/2 inch bead of silicone attachment to the film and frame of the glazing system in order to achieve optimal results.
So what if you're not concerned with a bomb, why do YOU need to consider the Attachment System? Think of it this way, many times the most trouble free windows for an intruder are typically ones like your sliding glass door, or the front entrance to a store. That is because tempered glass (safety glass) is used on these areas. Tempered glass is designed to shatter into thousands of pieces once broken to prevent large shards of glass from injuring someone. Making these windows pretty easy to break out.
Let's say you put Security Window Film on tempered glass without an Attachment System. The Security Window Film will hold the glass together, leaving the intruder to push the glass out in one piece. You may have just help the intruder not get cut while he’s breaking in. If the attachment were to be added, that film is anchored to the frame, making it very difficult to penetrate.
If you add the Attachment System, does that mean your glass in impenetrable?
Well, no. Like most security products, security film is a deterrent. It is not 100% foolproof. However it can assist you with more time to respond.
Also, the attachment system simply won’t work on some window frames. Recommended silicone attachment is between a 3/8-1/2 inch thick bead, ideally being 1/2 inch. Some frames just can’t support this, allowing the Security Film System to give you some additional benefit, but not optimal performance. It’s important to consult with professional window film company to ensure your window frames are suitable for a Security Film System.
The most FAQ window film dealers get is: Is it bullet proof?
The answer is no. Our 3M Security Window Films are not bullet proof.
Another important question is cost. About how much does a Security Window Film install cost?
Price can vary depending on where you live, the brand of security film you are purchasing, and the company you are hiring for your film and installation. A professional Security Window Film installation will probably run you between $12-$20 per square foot installed. The Attachment System will be in addition, and is charged per linear foot. Many times the Attachment System can be as much as the film, this is due to the labor and skill required for the application. Be sure to work with a reputable experienced window film company when purchasing security film, you'll get what you pay for!
A professional estimate and site visit should be required for Security Window Film installations as they aren’t all the same. The application and type of security window film will be determined by your windows and frames. The Attachment System simply won't work in every scenario, and may have a high potential of turning out ugly, think Wood Framed French pane windows, not a good look with the Attachment System, and more importantly, not effective. Always work with a credible window film dealer that works alongside a credible window film manufacturer like 3M, to ensure you are having your film applied to the manufacturers recommendations by a Professional Window Film Installer.
Also, Window Film Dealers may be experts in our field of window film, however we are not “security” experts. Consult with a security expert if you need assistance deciding which windows in your home or building need Security Window Film the most.
In the above Safety and Security Film a 3 part Security Film system is used, starting with an exterior safety film 3M S70, the interior side of the glass has 3M S14 applied with 3M’s IPA.
It's that time of year again, it's starting to warm up, and the sun is staying out longer. There are many reasons to have film added to your homes windows, but the number one concern we hear from our customers is heat. In spite of our best efforts…air conditioning, blinds, curtains, it still might not be enough! This is where home window tinting can help.
Home window tinting can lower your overall utility cost by blocking up to 50% of the heat entering through your homes windows, and since the film is absorbing that heat you can leave the blinds open longer. Think about it, why have windows in the first place if the blinds are closed, and the curtains are drawn all day, we might as well build windowless homes. That'd be super-efficient, but not very attractive. Adding a 3M solar control window film to your homes windows will allow you to open the curtains and enjoy your natural light and views again.
Other benefits of home window tinting are less fading, and less glare. We spend so much time choosing furniture, flooring, and window coverings, it would be a shame to allow all of those costly items to deteriorate quickly. Adding a 3M solar control window film to your homes windows will drastically slow down the fading and damage caused by UV Rays. Think of what the sun’s rays can do to your skin? They cause the same damage to your home and furnishings, only much quicker.
Home window tinting can also drastically reduce the glare in your home. If you have glare issues and trouble seeing your computer screen, or worse yet your television, our 3M solar control window films can help with that too.
There are many reason to add 3M window film to your home. It's a no brainer, call Solar Vision Inc. 303-862-6376 today for a free estimate, and learn how you can cool off your home, protect your furniture, and reduce glare.
You probably didn't noticed but 3M™'s Dusted Crystal Window Film is all over town as it's one of the most versatile window films on the market. Using 3M™ Dusted Crystal alone can give your windows an etched look for a fraction of the cost of sand blasted glass, but aside from that, did you know you can print, and custom cut 3M™ Dusted Crystal too?
Call Solar Vision Inc. today @ 303-862-6376 if you're looking to upgrade and customize your glass using 3M™ Dusted Crystal Window Film, or any of our 3M™ Window Film products.