Saturday, March 28, 2015

What Clients of Armor Glass said when CAUGHT ON TAPE - at Texas Home SHow 2015

Today at the Texas Home Show a customer happened by our booth who suddenly stopped and said "We have that installed on our house!"  It caught us by surprise. Luckily, we caught their feedback on tape (Go Pro set up with our display).  

Here what this couple said about Armor Glass and our installation crew - less than 2 minutes (edited).
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Dear Texas Legislature - Please Upgrade Our Building codes and Efficiency Laws

I just sent this letter to our Texas Senators and Representatives, trying to get them to upgrade our building codes to protect Texan lives and property.  

I invited them --and invite you-- to join us any time the next 3 days at the Texas Home Show at the George Brown Convention center in Houston March 27, 28 & 29 - to see a life saving technology that keeps houses intact in hurricanes and kids unharmed from broken glass. We are at booth #837. Here is the letter:
  
26 March 2015
Dear Senator/Rep. «Name»:


I wrote to members in 83rd Legislature in 2013 about upgrading our building codes after a tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma and an explosion ripped through West, Texas. I am writing again because some experts are predicting that the 2015 Hurricane season will be the most dangerous in ten (10) years.


Yesterday tornadoes were once again ripping through Oklahoma. They also threaten millions of Texans who still live in “houses of straw” that are regularly breached by burglars breaking glass and hurricane-force winds. Coastal Texans remain vulnerable to high winds, yet are told they must remain vulnerable or buy extraordinary-expensive shutters or impact glass most cannot afford.


On February 18th, 2015, I wrote requesting your consideration of giving building owners an insurance discount for upgrading their buildings to withstand hurricane force winds since studies have shown glass breakage by wind-borne debris is what leads to structural failure, not to mention internal damages, mold and months of reconstruction that could have been avoided by updating our building codes and using lower cost protective technologies available on the market.


The losses to homeowners and insurance companies could be drastically reduced by adding a simple technology that was used on the federal buildings in Washington DC after 9/11. It is explained in a book entitled “Houses of Straw Houses of Wood” which is available at this link: www.ArmorGlass.com


I have supplied proposed language to Sen. Taylor and Rep. Paul (from my district) for your consideration. The same technology would also save people money by cutting their solar heat, which cuts their energy use. It would eventually pay for itself, unlike most technologies I am aware of.


As a strong advocate of energy efficiency, I also endorse passage of HB 2392 and HB 3363, bills which will facilitate sustainable financing for residential energy efficiency. Additionally, I suggest that HB 1736 either be modified or rejected since it would slow the adoption of new building codes in Texas which are desperately needed to take our buildings to the next level insecurity and efficiency. I endorse the following modifications to HB 1736: 1) Remove the 6 year waiting period for adoption of new energy codes, 2) Include the immediate adoption of IECC 2015, 3) Remove the bill’s applicability to commercial buildings, 4) Allow local jurisdictions to adopt more stringent codes if desired, and 5) Ensure that the Texas A&M Energy Systems Lab approval is required for any alternative approach to current energy code requirements.


If any of you will be in Houston this weekend and want to see what security window film technology looks like or wants to ask questions, Armor Glass will be at the Texas Home Show at the George Brown convention center Friday 2-7 p.m., Saturday 10 -7 p.m. and Sunday 11-5 p.m. Booth #837. We have a few complimentary tickets; if you wish to have one, let us know at 713-213-5080.


Thank you for your consideration
Very truly yours,

Michael Fjetland
President
Armor Glass International, Inc.
www.ArmorGlass.com. 
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TORNADO at TULSA OK

Did we leave out the TORNADO threat? Oops.  We've got one raging near TULSA OK tonight. Spring has sprung.

Well, you need Armor Glass protection for that too!

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2015 Hurricane Season Predicted "To Be Most Dangerous Season in the Last 10 Years"

The 2015 Hurricane season is about to begin and one entity predicts that "it will be the most active in 3 years."  They also declared it "will be the most dangerous (season) in 10 years."

Global Weather Oscilliations (GWO) accurately predicted the 2014 season as well as the last six hurricane seasons. you can see more at the website here.

But don't wait to see if the prediction comes true. Get your 'castle' protected today with Armor Glass.

CEO David Dilley says GWO has issued “the most accurate predictions of any organization 6 years running, and GWO is the only organization to predict the correct number of hurricanes in 2014 and that an El Niño would not form.” - See more at: http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/2015-hurricane-season-predicted-to-be-the-most-active-and-dangerous-in-3-years/#sthash.6I6KaHbX.dpuf
CEO David Dilley says GWO has issued “the most accurate predictions of any organization 6 years running, and GWO is the only organization to predict the correct number of hurricanes in 2014 and that an El Niño would not form.” - See more at: http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/2015-hurricane-season-predicted-to-be-the-most-active-and-dangerous-in-3-years/#sthash.6I6KaHbX.dpuf
Global Weather Oscillations Inc. (GWO), a leading hurricane cycle prediction company, says, “The 2015 Atlantic Basin hurricane season will be the most active and dangerous in at least 3 years, and the next 3 seasons will be the most dangerous in 10 years”. - See more at: http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/2015-hurricane-season-predicted-to-be-the-most-active-and-dangerous-in-3-years/#sthash.6I6KaHbX.dpuf
Global Weather Oscillations Inc. (GWO), a leading hurricane cycle prediction company, says, “The 2015 Atlantic Basin hurricane season will be the most active and dangerous in at least 3 years, and the next 3 seasons will be the most dangerous in 10 years”. - See more at: http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/2015-hurricane-season-predicted-to-be-the-most-active-and-dangerous-in-3-years/#sthash.6I6KaHbX.dpuf
Global Weather Oscillations Inc. (GWO), a leading hurricane cycle prediction company, says, “The 2015 Atlantic Basin hurricane season will be the most active and dangerous in at least 3 years, and the next 3 seasons will be the most dangerous in 10 years”. - See more at: http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/2015-hurricane-season-predicted-to-be-the-most-active-and-dangerous-in-3-years/#sthash.6I6KaHbX.dpuf
Global Weather Oscillations Inc. (GWO), a leading hurricane cycle prediction company, says, “The 2015 Atlantic Basin hurricane season will be the most active and dangerous in at least 3 years, and the next 3 seasons will be the most dangerous in 10 years”. - See more at: http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/2015-hurricane-season-predicted-to-be-the-most-active-and-dangerous-in-3-years/#sthash.6I6KaHbX.dpuf
Global Weather Oscillations Inc. (GWO), a leading hurricane cycle prediction company, says, “The 2015 Atlantic Basin hurricane season will be the most active and dangerous in at least 3 years, and the next 3 seasons will be the most dangerous in 10 years”. - See more at: http://www.stlucianewsonline.com/2015-hurricane-season-predicted-to-be-the-most-active-and-dangerous-in-3-years/#sthash.6I6KaHbX.dpuf

Unbelievable Huge HAIL Hits Australia - Taste of what's to come when Its Our Turn?


Australia entered its first day of fall (which is our first day of spring in the northern hemisphere) and was hit by a massive hailstorm with baseball size hail that locals say is "unprecedented."  They had never witnessed anything like it. could this be a harbinger of what we will be facing when fall comes to the U.S.A.? 

Check out the wind damages:

Hurricane season is rapidly approaching. Burglars operate 247. Armor your weakest link from human intrusion and Mother Nature with Armor Glass security film.  Read our free Ebook "Houses of Straw" to learn more about it.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Expect More CAT 4 and 5 storms - Might even need a CAT 6 category

Our winter in the northern hemisphere is summer south of the equator.  And this year they are getting huge cyclones (we call them hurricanes) with winds exceeding 160 miles per hour!  Some of the gusts exceeded 200 miles per hour!

When "Pam" hit Australia it was classified a CAT "6" at one point! Up until now CAT 5 has been the highest rating for a storm.

Scientists think we will get more of these giant storms, even if we get fewer of them. That means what we get will tear buildings to pieces unless we have armored our existing buildings to handle the stress. From the above article we quote:

"It's very simple physics," Professor Matt England, a climate scientist at the University of NSW, says. "A warmer ocean leads to a more intense cyclone. The model projections show a robust increase of those category 4 and 5 strength storms," he says. "You're loading the dice for a much greater chance of a higher intensity storm."

Much of this intensity is due to warmer water in the Pacific. Our Storms come from the Atlantic, which is also the hottest on record.


                                    Cyclone "PAM" over Vanuatu in the Pacific - CAT 6

Bottom line: Hotter water = bigger storms. It's just a fact.

Studies have shown what causes houses and buildings to be leveled during a hurricane - breach of the weakest link, the windows, by wind-borne debris (flying tree limbs, toys, street signs, gravel, etc.)

For a detailed review of how to upgrade your building to defend against violent winds (and human intrusion) we invite you to read the Free EBook "Houses of Straw" available at www.ArmorGlass.com

Then give us a call for a free quote. It's too late to call when the winds are roaring. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Lady Who Regrets Buying the More Expensive Impact Windows Instead of Armor Glass

Yesterday I received a call from a lady in the Houston area named Betty, who was quite distraught. In 2008 she had purchased laminate windows from a company that has since gone out of business, which eliminates a warranty claim.  

The 18 windows cost her over $23,000 - and now 7 of them have seal failure. The cost of replacing them without a warranty is prohibitive for the 74 year old woman.

Laminated windows (impact windows) typically cost 3 to 5 times MORE per square footage than applying Armor Glass security film to existing windows.  If a window is broken in an incident (we have had everything from flying golf balls to attempted burglar break-ins) the replacement cost is also a fraction of what it costs to replace a broken laminated window.  

Yet our security film provides the same basic protection as a laminated impact window. 

I advised the lady that she might be better off replacing the failed laminated windows with regular double pane windows, and then have our Armor Glass film applied to them - if she isn't in a hurricane zone requiring impact windows. It would cut her costs substantially. Otherwise she is facing spending another $10,000 on replacement laminated windows.

Hurricane season is approaching. Burglars are still breaking in 24/7. Armor Your Glass today, in the most affordable way possible.



Friday, March 13, 2015

A 3 headed Cyclone Beast (Triple Hurricanes) and CAT 5 is Ripping the Southern Hemisphere NOW

A triple-headed monster of 3 hurricanes (called cyclones in that part of the world) are surrounding Australia - one of them a CAT 5, one of the biggest storms on record. Here is a photo:
In 2013 this area experienced another CAT 5, which are becoming "normal'.....(Our winter in the northern hemisphere is summer south of the equator, hence it is their season for hurricanes).

Our hurricane season will start June 1. 


What is happening in the Pacific is a warning of what could lie ahead for us as the Atlantic heats up.  We better get prepared for monster storms of our own.  It is only a matter of "when" not "if" another one will strike.

Studies show that glass breaks from wind-borne debris in storms is what leads to roof uplift and structural collapse. Read more about how to protect your weakest link from breach in "Houses of Straw" at our website, where it is a free download, then contact us.

Because it is too late to call when a monster is already bearing down on our coast...Protect your family and property by being prepared. Our technology will also pay for itself in energy savings and provide burglar protection in the meantime.


 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

An Accident That Shows GLASS KILLS

The L.A. Times just ran a story about a singer "Maxee" Maxwell who fell on a glass, which cut her throat an killed her.

Although this is obviously a freak accident, it does show how deadly broken glass can be. In "Houses of Straw" I wrote about a documented death in a hurricane from broken glass breached by wind-borne debris.  


Our book also describes an incident less than a month after we installed security film on floor to ceiling windows when a child ran into it -- and broke the glass! She was unharmed because of Armor Glass security film. But without it, the story would have ended in the emergency room. Someone recently told me about a guy who walked into a tempered glass door (that's supposed to be 'safety glass'). The man ended up with 80 stitches!

Glass is dangerous. It's the weakest link of every building and an easy mark for burglars or storm debris.  

Armor your glass. Don't rely for protection on something 5,000 years old. While it would not stop Maxee's unfortunate encounter with a broken water glass, it could prevent injury or death in many encounters with broken windows.