Watch Out for Labor Day Storm on Gulf Coast

Forget Katia – there is a tropical wave near Cancun that computer models show hitting somewhere on the Gulf Coast around the Labor Day weekend. It could provide just rain, or become a roaring hurricane.

It is not yet fully organized but the Gulf of Mexico waters are extraordinarily hot- nearly 90 degrees – which could ignite the afterburners and rev up a big storm with little advance notice.

Warm waters act like throwing gasoline on a fire when it comes to tropical storms. Hot water can turn a small tropical storm into a killer Hurricane in less than 24 hours. People used to having days notice to “board up” (the outdated way of preparing for a storm) may have less than 24 hours notice before it hits.

Whether or not it will rev up to hurricane strength is unknown. Keep your eyes on this one. It could provide a nasty surprise, or much needed rain, or both.

Fortunately, Armor Glass security film customers are already prepared and won’t have to “board up” to be ready. While waiting on the next storm they are also getting solar heat relief and break-in protection.

Stay tuned. It will be a wild few days ahead. Anything is possible…


LEED Building Comparison with/without Armor Glass

Notice the difference in photos.

The first is a photo of how a LEED building looks after a hurricane — with Armor Glass security film and attachment installed.

The second is a photo of how a LEED building looks after Hurricane IKE without Armor Glass security film and frame attachment (note the plywood replacing windows which were sucked out during IKE, not even a CAT 2 or above storm).

Notice the difference? The difference is millions of dollars in losses to the building owners and occupants, water damage and months of reconstruction –all could have been avoided using an Energy Star security film from Armor Glass.

Single pane glass, double pane glass and Low E glass: none are breach resistant. Armor Glass security film makes each of them hurricane/tornado/burglar resistant. They also save enough energy to pay for installation.

Armor Glass films are a way to make windows “low E” at a fraction of the cost, while “armoring your glass.” Our films are “carbon negative” – it costs less to make them than what they save in energy.

A building loses 40% of its energy through its windows, which are often left unprotected and untouched in most LEED certifications for buildings located in a hurricane or tornado zone.

Armor Glass solar security film generates 1-4 LEED credits. Think of Armor Glass films as LEED Plus!

Which is better – to have a LEED building fighting hurricane force winds with Armor Glass security film, or without?

Ask your insurance company and tenants who lost windows during IKE…

Katia Forms in Atlantic – Target?

A new tropical storm KATIA has formed in the Atlantic.

It is too early to tell WHERE it will end up as it moves west. Some models say it will curve north and miss the U.S.

Others are suggesting that Texas will get hit by tropical moisture by Thursday/Friday of this week.

Keep in mind that we are approaching our peak time for hurricanes – mid-September. The season won’t end until Nov. 30 so we have a long way to go.

Stay tuned! Get prepared! Stay prepared…


ANOTHER HURRICANE could be hitting the U.S. in 10 DAYS!!

ANOTHER HURRICANE could be hitting the U.S. in 10 DAYS!! Checking details…
It is just getting into our PEAK THREAT window….stay tuned on our Blog at


Don’t look now, but Tropical Depresson #12 has formed

Don’t look now, but Tropical Depresson #12 has formed in the Atlantic, right behind T.S. Jose, which is heading north into the Atlantic.

Fortunately, IRENE didn’t form an eye wall and caused less damage than IKE (which cost about $25 billion in damages to the Houston area).

It ain’t over right folks! September is the PEAK, and it won’t end until Nov. 30…

Stay tuned! (And get prepared NOW).


Advice for Those Facing Hurricane IRENE (from an IKE survivor)

If you are in the path of IRENE, do this NOW:

1) Get away from water. Some people in Bolivar Island near Galveston, TX refused to leave their houses when Hurricane IKE hit Houston in 2008. Their bodies were found in another county, along with huge piles of debris that floated across Trinity Bay. One man was found –alive–hanging in a barbed wire fence in an empty field, miles from his former house.

You are safer if you are not trying to avoid being drowned in high winds. The water will have a lot of floating debris like splintered wood, so it is to be avoided.

2) The weakest link of every building is the glass. The higher you are in a building the higher the winds. A CAT 1 on the ground will be a CAT 2 when you get over 25 floors high (and a CAT 2 becomes a CAT 3). The glass in a Houston Penthouse blew in during IKE. The residents tried to open the door to flee into the hallway — but the wind pressure was so high they couldn’t open the door! Imagine that scenario.

Flying glass from broken windows (or windows that are sucked out as happened to commercial buildings in Houston) will be the biggest threat after rising water. Glass is like shrapnel. A break causes internal air pressure that blows off the roof of houses and opens the building to water damage, mold and MONTHS of rehab. If you don’t have armored safety glass or a chance to ‘board up’ try to cover the windows from the inside until this passes. It’s all you can do at this point. After the storm passes, armor your glass!

IKE blew out windows over 50 miles inland. (IKE raised hell and blew out power all the way to OHIO, after hitting Houston in 2008). IKE was just a CAT 1, like IRENE might be when it gets to New York. IRENE is actually much wider than IKE.

If the hurricane “eye” passes over you – it’s not over! Several TV crews in NC had that happen to them. They forgot that the winds would hit them again from the OPPOSITE direction. When that happened it knocked down their satellite dishes! Don’t get out in it – a flying metal street sign could impale you.

3) Fill your bathtub with water – you’ll need it to flush your toilet. Don’t plan on drinking it.

4) Get a lot of bottled water. You’ll need it for drinking and cooking.

5) Get a camp stove if you don’t have a gas stove.

Your freezer will thaw so you’ll end up cooking it ASAP (in Houston we had neighbors over for camp stove meals – a lot of people did the same). Then have canned food available because that’s all you will get after the freezer meat is eaten or spoils – until restaurants and food stores can reopen. It took about three or four days for many of our grocery stores to reopen. A BBQ grill also comes in handy. Don’t expect to have pheasant under glass (no pun intended).

6) If you have a car, get a full tank of gas. Power outages will prevent the pumps from working and you’ll soon be out of gas. Even if the stations have gas in their tanks, without a generator they won’t be able to run their pumps.

7) Get a solar charger for your cell phone. You probably won’t be able to make calls if cell towers are down but texting usually works – the cell systems aren’t designed for 100% use which tends to happen in a storm or 9/11 type event.

8) If you have a car charger for your phone you can recharge your cell just by plugging it in (leave the engine off – the big car battery should not run down for the tiny phone battery). If the battery does take low it will recharge when you start the car for an errand).

9) Get ready for a lack of electricity for days or a couple of weeks! Fortunately natural gas lines still worked after IKE so people with gas water heaters could take a HOT shower in the morning, even if the house was DARK and HOT. Just getting a hot shower every morning helps you feel better!

10) It will take a while for power to be restored – trees fell on our lines during IKE so some people never lost power and some were out of power for almost two weeks. It will happen whenever it happens. Nothing you can really do except get a generator – but few will run an entire house. And the noise of gasoline generators will drive your neighbors crazy. After a few days, I wanted to blow up the neighbors noisy generators after a few hot nights trying to sleep. Usually a generator is not big enough to run your air conditioner.

11) Watch out for people offering to “cut your trees off your house” after the storm, especially if they want a deposit. We had a lot of “cowboys” after IKE who showed up with a borrowed chain saw. Our neighbor hired one of them since a giant tree was leaning against his house. The guy cut a piece too big and it created a big hole when it fell through his roof!

12) Watch out for downed power lines. Stay away.

13) Houston’s streets looked like “Sherwood Forest” after IKE – totally GREEN from leaves, branches, etc. Amazingly, people came out of their powerless houses, and starting sweeping! In a couple days it was all in neat piles on the side of the road.

Our rebuilding after IKE took over a year. It took a couple months just to get homes cleared of debris, trees off roofs, etc. It cost almost $30 billion in damages. Small businesses like mine (and a lot of people) lost three month’s of income before things started to roll again.

Anyone hit by IRENE will face the same problems. Our hearts go out to you.



27 August 2011

For Immediate Release


Upgrade to 21st Century Technology

Do you still ride a horse to work? Then WHY would use plywood for Hurricane Protection? That’s last century’s technology.

Have you ever tried to lug a heavy plywood board up a ladder to a 2nd or 3rd story? It’s a suicide mission. Can you install plywood on a stucco house? No. Does it make sense on a glass building? No. Does plywood offer any solar heat reduction benefits or burglar protection? No.

It’s the 21st Century. Throw out yesterday’s technology – plywood– and install hurricane-rated security window film on your glass. It goes on the inside of the glass, so you can put it on your 2nd floor or on the 20th floor of a high rise or on 50-story office buildings.

“Project Safe Windows” study of the 2004 Florida hurricanes found that it is windborne debris breaking a window that leads to roofs blown off due to the internal pressure. Window breaks also cause internal damages from water and flying glass, including mold. The study found that security window film made the difference between a house surviving a hurricane or being destroyed by high winds.

Armor Glass® Hurricane-rated security window film can prevent a breach even if the window is broken. It would have prevented the Chase Tower windows from being sucked out by the vacuum caused by Hurricane IKE.

It works 24/7. It saves energy costs enough to pay for itself. And it prevents break-ins by burglars. It can even protect people from an explosion. It costs a fraction of shutters and impact glass. Same film was installed on the federal buildings of DC after 9/11. Generates 1-4 LEED credits. Cuts UV 99%.

See how it works by viewing the 2 minute video on our website at

For more info contact us via the website or call 713-213-5080.



Historic Hurricanes

Another good article on “Historic Hurricanes” from the past…

And this one on Hurricane IKE, the last big storm to hit a major city in the U.S….”It took about a year for all the broken windows in the city’s skyscrapers to be repaired.”

(Those windows would NOT have been blown out had our security film been installed and anchored to the frames)…


What Damage Does WIND Do?

This is a good article on what WIND can do to a building…

“Trouble really starts at 60 mph, or Level 10 on the 200-year-old Beaufort wind scale, developed by a British admiral to estimate wind speeds before the invention of instruments to measure it. “You can get windows blown out,” Elsner said, and parts of roofs may fly off.

Above 75 mph, the situation is dire. “You can get some full-scale compromises of buildings,” Elsner said.

If buildings break apart, airborne debris becomes a problem. Shingles, glass and nail-riddled wall studs can all start flying around. And the wind will whip even faster through tight areas, such as the tunnel-like alleys between two houses built within spitting distance….”


IRENE Aims Toward Armor Glass New York

Hurricane IRENE is now a CAT 3, about 120 mph as it roars over the Bahamas.

It is expected to sweep up the East Coast towards New York, the first hurricane they have had in decades. This will be the 10th extreme weather event we have had in 2011 — or 11th — from triple vortex tornadoes that took out Joplin and Tuscaloosa, floods, droughts, an earthquake in Washington DC. It’s been a very strange year weatherwise (and otherwise).

If so, it will run into a Chase Bank on Long Island that is protected with Armor Glass Hurricane film – the first use of hurricane film on Long Island (so we were told during installation).

The Chase bank has over-sized windows – 10 feet x 13 feet! There is no other way to afford-ably protect such large windows 24/7. Our film also keeps burglars from breaking into the bank and is cutting cancer causing UV by 99%, which also destroys furnishings. Glass provides almost zero UV protection.

Standby for IRENE, about to jeopardize millions of people living with unprotected windows along the east coast.

“Project Safe Windows” study of the 2004 hurricanes that hit Florida that windborne debris breaching glass is what leads to internal pressurization that causes roofs to be blown off, not to mention internal damage from water, mold, and flying glass.

Get prepared now, because you won’t have time when another Irene pops up. Hurricane season won’t end until November 30.