Saturday, June 29, 2013

Armor Glass SAVES SCHOOL When Window Broken by Third Party

We have been asked to quote to put our blast-rated Armor Glass Security Film on a major gov't installation in a foreign country. Can't tell you which one or I'd have to shoot

But just last week it proved extremely valuable to a school that had installed it just a few months ago in a suburb of Houston.  A contractor installing a video camera system drilled into the glass, which shattered it into a million pieces - but instead of a gaping hole, the broken glass was
ALL CAPTURED BY OUR SECURITY FILM. And our Large Missile/Blast-rated film was held in place in the frame with our special frame attachment.

Normal, unprotected tempered glass is like your car window exploding. The school would have a security breach immediately. They were immediately subject to weather and human intrusion, which is inconvenient if it happens at 5 o'clock!  It requires scrambling for plywood which isn't really secure. It requires overtime on weekends and after hours. It's the same for everyone else who has bare glass.

The school said that it took a WEEK to get NEW GLASS in! Imagine living with plywood on your windows for a week, waiting on glass!
It would be so easy to cut through or pull off plywood late at night if someone wanted to get in.

Instead of that nightmare, our film kept their building dry and secure until the new glass replacement (same as the old) was installed. 
Then we put a new piece of the same Armor Glass Security Film on the new window, bond it to the frame with a special Dow 995 structural sealant - and they are good to go again! What parent wouldn't want their kid going to a school like that? 

And the special film we used has cut their energy costs as it cuts over 50% of the solar heat coming into the building. So, its paying for itself in more ways than one.

 BEFORE this incident, Bonnie, the Head of the School wrote a testimonial, which we will post shortly...

I keep discovering new ways how Armor Glass security and safety films make people more secure by armoring their weakest link - their glass, more comfortable from the heat,  and helps them financially by cutting energy use and their power bills. What could be better than that?

Friday, June 21, 2013

TV Report: Mom Watches Guys Break Into Home - Where Her Nanny and Child Hide in a Closet

I was just watching local news KPRC about a mom who was watching her home via her smartphone - when she saw two men break into her home - where her Nanny and child were

"I'm on the phone with her and she just tells me, 'Someone's in the house! They broke the glass!'" Shary told Local 2.

It was apparently a terrifying experience for the young mother and her nanny. I am attaching the link to the video posted by KPRC.

This is another reminder WHY PEOPLE NEED ARMOR GLASS SECURITY FILM on their GLASS. It could have kept this mother and her family from terror.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Severe Weather - $110 Billion in Losses in 2012

According to this report from NCDC report by Homeland  Security News Wire,

"The U.S. Climate Data Center (NCDC), a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has just issued a report saying that 2012 saw eleven weather and climate disaster events in the United States — each with losses exceeding $1 billion in damages. With a total of more than $110 billion in damages throughout the year, 2012 is the second costliest year since 1980, which incurred $160 billion in damages due in part to four devastating land-falling hurricanes."

Some of these damages could have been avoided had the buildings been "hardened" - especially the weakest link -- the windows.  For example, Hurricane IKE caused over $5 million in damages to just one building - Chase Tower - when windows on one side were "sucked out" by the vacuum created by winds swirling around it.

Already we have seen severe tornadoes in the north and hurricanes developing before hurricane season officially starts.  Making your windows "impact resistant" would reduce the damages and injuries in future storms.

Armor Your Glass, Protect your Ass-ets!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tropical Storm BARRY - Bad Omen of an EARLY storm for this year

Something very ODD is going on this year. Normally hurricanes season "starts" June 1 (ends Nov. 30) but we don't see a thing until August or Septemer.

NOT this year - we had a couple storms in the Pacific BEFORE hurricane season started. And now we have Tropical Storm Barry coming out of the Gulf of Mexico and hitting Veracruz - probably tomorrow.

This is a Bad Omen for this Storm Season - its way too early for storms, yet we are already getting them. So what is it going to be like when the PEAK hits in a month or two?

What I am seeing is that a lot of people have fallen asleep this year. They are not preparing for hurricane season like they have in years past. They are buying cheap solar film crap that doesn't keep windows from blowing out during hurricanes - which leads to roof loss. Everyone seems to be thinking "tomorrow tomorrow" as the song goes.

Then it will be too late. You can't just throw together window protection at the last minute when one is rolling our way. Windows are the weakest link of every structure. Lose a window and you can lose your house. Project "Safe Windows" study of the 2004 Florida hurricanes proved it.

What is your house worth if destroyed because it had unprotected glass? What is your family's security worth? Tropical Storm Barry showed another thing - don't count on a lot of time to prepare. The warning could be less than 24 hours - just like Barry.

PLYWOOD - As last century as riding a horse to work..

Excerpt from upcoming Armor Glass book...

How about Plywood? The “poor man’s shutters”….

Do you still ride a horse to work? Plywood is as out of date as horses are for our primary transportation.  Plywood is so last century yet “experts” continue to call for its use – despite the fact it is as handy to put in place as lifting an elephant. I think this happens because so few people, including experts, know that security film exists.  We intend to change that.

When plywood is not in use covering a window, it is taking up space in your garage and attracting insects—or becoming part of your next woodworking project.  If a 24-hour storm pops up or you are out of town, then it is useless. Many people don’t want to put-it-up, take-it-down for each storm scare. So often, they just do without it and “hope for the best.”

Much like hurricane-panel shutters, plywood can be dangerous to install at upper floor levels if a person installing the plywood is using a ladder and the plywood catches wind. Ever try to lift plywood at a hardware store? It’s HEAVY! And bulky. Getting it installed is not a one person job...

Keep in mind that neither shutters nor plywood cut solar heat or save energy. Security film does. Neither shutters nor plywood reduces harmful UV rays when not in place. Neither pays for itself over time. Neither shutters nor plywood are “carbon negative” as security film is. Security film is applied once and works 24/7, eliminating the need to make the risk of climbing a ladder to hang heavy plywood on a second floor window in a high wind. One slip and you can end up on the next county, or in the hospital.

Once while my crew was installing our security film for a retired manager for the International Space Station who lives in Clear Lake, the man told me an interesting story. A hurricane was approaching so he was trying to get a heavy piece of plywood up a ladder to a second story window. Somehow a gust of wind caused him to drop it. It landed right on a sprinkler head, instantly producing a thirty foot gusher of water. Now he had two problems.  I told him that would make a great commercial! His reply: “It wasn’t very funny at the time.” 

Bottom line: FORGET the Plywood. Armor Your Glass time installation. No plywood up-down-up, no storage issues or death-defying installation required...Free quote.