Testimonial from Former Building Manager at Rice University

Testimonial from a former building manager at Rice University:

When I was working at Rice University in Houston I needed to find a way to shelter my on-campus students in place during a hurricane or other high wind event. Shutters, security screens, other window film, specialty windows and frames, etc were all examined.  None of these products were aesthetically pleasing, cost efficient, long-lasting or could be put up fast enough.  I wound up searching for several years before I found Armor Glass. Not only did Armor Glass apply to our existing windows and frames, it also had the added benefit of cutting the thermal load of a building while still letting the light in. For instance, we had a building where the residents had to keep their bedroom doors open to the living room all the time or the rooms would get hot. Extremely hot.  I recorded temperatures of 110-120 degrees in there, even with the A/C blowing. The students therefore didn’t have privacy, were not comfortable, and the A/C was at maximum load. 

Rice University
We tested Armor Glass along with 3 other competitors films. You could tell immediately when we put the Armor Glass film in-the temperature dropped immediately and the kids loved it since it still let the light in. Honestly I was stunned. It did better in all of our categories than the competitors and provided the necessary protection so that my students could shelter in place in their rooms.
We decided to install Armor Glass in all of our rooms with temperature problems and I’m glad we did. When I checked the energy usage for our A/C system for that building we saw it had dropped like a rock and was staying low!  We calculated that the payback would easily be between 4-6 years.  This is great because Armor Glass had the only 12 year commercial warranty against cracking, color change, bubbling, fading, etc. That beat all the other film companies, who only had warranties between 90 days to 3 years.  Also, none of their other warranties had guarantees against cracking, color change, bubbling, fading, etc that Armor Glass did.  We already had one building, Jones Hall, whose windows were a mess because of a cheap tint film, but we were glad we wouldn’t have that with Armor Glass.  Before I left this job we installed Armor Glass in several more locations around campus that had heat and security  issues and it worked out great.
In short, here is what I love about Armor Glass:
·        Great warranty-12 years!  No cracking, peeling, bubbling, color change, etc.
·        Reflected, not absorbed the heat, so the windows and room stayed cool.
·        Aesthetically pleasing-our head architect couldn’t tell which windows it was on when we did our tests!
·        Great ballistic protection, especially against multiple hits. It stays in place without penetration into the room.
·        We didn’t have to spend money in overtime and scramble to take down or put up window protection-it’s already there!
·        UV screening protected furniture and carpets from fading.  Exceptional visual clarity too!
·        Quick installation – the building was completed ahead of schedule.
·        Fast payback-the windows will not only protect but pay for themselves with the energy saved on cooling costs.
·        Great customer service – if there was any question with installation, they just redid the window for free. No hassle, no fighting.
·        It gets the job done.
When I buy a house I’m having all of the windows fitted with Armor Glass before we move in.”
Mark Chaszar

This Break in was a Wake Up Call

A radio guy who shall remain nameless endorsed our product in a series of ads that ran this summer, but I could not get him to let us give him a quote. He assumed it would be “too expensive.”

Well, today I got an email from him – a couple days ago while he and his wife were gone someone broke into his houses and stole his wife’s jewelry, etc. He got the call when he was out of town – and the video recorded it all. But video cameras don’t stop break-ins; they only let you know that you are in the process of being robbed. By the time police arrived, the thieves were long gone.

Now he wants a quote. It was a wake up call.

(It turned out that the quote worked out to be only $2,500 for his house, which had about 18 windows–quite a bargain versus the loss.)

The surprise: the burglars didn’t break the big glass in the front or back, as one might assume. They picked a small kitchen window that was six feet off the ground and only 13″ x 28″! One cannot assume “which” window they will strike, so do all of them.  It beats living in fear and being vulnerable.

Inside Kitchen showing broken window burglars used. Only 13" by 28"!
Inside Kitchen showing broken window burglars used. Only 13″ by 28″!

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Cutting Solar Heat When Iowa Is As HOT as Texas – And Pays for Itself

SUMMER seems to have arrived LATE this year in Houston. We had a rainy first half of the year when it was uncommonly COOL. I had a neighbor who kept her door open behind a screen door to let the sea breeze in.

NOT NOW. She, like all of us, hides behind closed doors with an air conditioner on high. But that HEAT has not been limited to the south.

I was in Iowa over Labor Day weekend, where the temperatures were as hot in Mason City Iowa as it was in Clear Lake, Texas – and with equal humidity. Her back room was like an oven, despite the best efforts of her fan. The window unit in another room wasn’t big enough to help. She lives in a converted hotel with big windows open to the elements.

I had packed in my van some of our Armor Glass tinted security film that was light enough to cut the heat at least 45% but doesn’t change the look of the building. I put it on to protect her and make her place cooler although I am not an installer and it showed by the bubbles I left behind despite having the right tools! It shows why we use professional installers and not me!

Armor Glass security film
Armor Glass security film

Mom didn’t care because she can’t see very well and was glad to have the heat relief and security from future tornadoes, hail and hurricane-force storms in the windy state (Iowa is No. 2 in wind turbines, right behind Texas.)

Our special films reject that heat from coming through your windows. That means you are having cool half the heat as before. That cuts energy use. Over time Armor Glass security films will pay for itself in energy savings – whether it is a house, school, or office.  Then its money in the owners pocket since the product has a lifetime residential warranty and 12 year commercial warranty.

What else have you invested in that actually pays for itself? I am not aware of cars paying for themselves, nor children! lol.

So, we are truly unique – advancing your security by armoring your weakest link while cutting energy and paying for itself.

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