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Record Number of Hurricanes 2020 Getting STRONGER

We just hit the “W” of hurricane names – a full month ahead of the record set in 2005. Hurricanes are more numerous and now more powerful in force than ever before. Once they break your glass, the winds pressurize the building and blow it apart. Game over.

Armor that glass. The storms aren’t slowing down or getting weaker, just the opposite.  Read the article here.

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HEADS UP! Gulf is HOT HOT HOT. Is your Glass ready for Howling Winds?

HEADS UP! We have a Tropical disturbance entering the Gulf of Mexico. This time it looks like Texas is in the target zone. This one may be more rain than fury but its a warning shot over our bow.

It is just a warm-up act and will not be the last storm of the season, folks. The Gulf waters are HOT HOT HOT – averaging over 86 degrees, a record amount of heat this early in the season. Usually, its late August before we get to this point – and that’s when the storms start taking off. Any water over 80 degrees is jet fuel for hurricanes.

All this boils down to you sitting in a house with fragile windows with winds hurling objects at them. Window failure is what leads to internal damages, mold, roof uplift, and structural failure. Get prepared because you are sitting in a house made of “straw” with a weak link that is so fragile a child can break it.

Buckle your seat-belts folks, the lady said: “It’s going to be a bumpy ride” for the next few months. We’ve got both pandemic and Mother Nature going wild.

Armor your “castle” since its where you want to be right now. Don’t be there without Armor Glass security films “armoring the glass” when the winds start howling. Don’t be sitting there wishing you had called us in the calm before the storm. It’s too late for us to help you.

We had people call just as Hurricane Harvey was coming ashore, wanting us to send a crew into a storm that would have washed them off the road if they had been dispatched. They stayed home.

The same people called again — months later after the damage had been repaired and skies were clear. We put Armor Glass on their windows and now they are ready for the next storm (and burglar).

Are you?

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Mother Nature Could Give us DOUBLE Whammy. COVID19 AND Hurricane!!

Picture this.

We have yet to peak COVID19 which is forcing people to stay home, often without a paycheck. But its necessary as deaths have topped 40,000 so far in just the USA. The stay at home orders could go on for weeks as this progresses.

If that weren’t trouble enough, Mother Nature won’t be giving us a pass this storm season. Tornadoes are already blowing out windows causing building collapse, injuries, and death. Hurricanes will soon be joining them in wreaking havoc.

Because the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters are at record temperatures, experts predict an “above-average” year for hurricanes. We could see one or more hurricanes threaten the east or south coast just as we hope the virus is diminishing (at least round 1).

Imagine how horrible that would be –stuck home isolating followed by hurricane-force winds blowing in the glass, which uplifts the roof and pushes out the walls. People will have to mingle to deal with the tragedy, which could spread the disease further.

That bizarre series of events is entirely possible. Why? Because the hurricane forecast for 2020 is “above” average for storms, which gets back to the hotter ocean waters which are like Jet Fuel for Hurricanes.

This puts Armor Glass in a quandary too – because our installers are valuable assets that we cannot risk falling to a virus that has a death rate 50 times that of the flu. But yet they are needed to protect more places from the coming storms as well as the present-day burglar disease. And the school shooter disease (dealt a blow by Covid19 with all schools now closed).

Today we are only installing in EMPTY buildings, so far, at least through April. After that, facts and science along with the total days spent in isolation of potential clients will determine when we can “armor the glass” in an occupied space. After all, close contact is a risk to the client as well as our crew, who are following isolation protocols.

We have received a steady number of quote requests despite covid19. Because security from Mother Nature includes more than the invisible Covid19. It includes the visible wrath of hurricanes and tornadoes with will not going away because its an inconvenient time for another disaster.

So here we are – needing to protect ourselves from both. We can do it, thoughtfully and safely, one step at a time. This blog will keep you updated on our status. In the meantime, feel free to inquire at Info@ArmorGlass.com

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COVID19 and Hurricane Season Above Average – We are Essential. Safety Comes First

ARMOR GLASS STATEMENT ON COVID19 –We are  Open and Essential.

Yet Safety of Crew and Customers is No. 1 Priority

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As a security company, we remain open and essential. However, we are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our crew and clients. Our crews are self isolating until they can be assigned a safe job with clients who have been self-isolating for a minimum of 30 days.

Mother Nature is not going to give us a break despite COVID. Hurricane season will not be going away just because it would be really inconvenient to pile another disaster on top of another.

The BAD News is that Hurricane activity is predicted to be “ABOVE-Average” this year! I would be happy with “normal” but prepare for the worst and hope for the best (not the other way around).

Imagine how hard it would be to isolate if a hurricane blows out your windows and lifts your roof? With no power. We have already seen tornadoes rip apart buildings where people were self-isolating.

Don’t count on burglars to be isolating. They won’t be focused on homes because they know everyone is home! They focus on empty places with easy access to smash and grab glass windows and doors. In and out in less than 2 minutes! (Armor Glass messes that up bigtime).

We are getting calls from major chains that have been targeted by specialized crooks. Armor Glass security film is one part of that defense system (which should also include motion detection, etc.). So, security remains an issue due to continuing threats to our buildings that are all sitting ducks with fragile glass.

So with COVID, we are screening before committing to sending a crew. Our minimum safe zone is those people who have been in isolation 30 days or more. The other option is if we are installing in an empty building (like a church or school.)

Tornadoes just tore apart more buildings in large chunks of eastern America. NOW is prime time for these killers. They kill buildings the same way hurricanes do –by throwing wind-borne debris through your glass–destroying its “shield” which opens a hole for high-speed winds to roar inside, carrying glass and rain with it. That wind is pressurizing your building –like blowing up a balloon until it pops. That’s when up goes the roof and walls are pushed out. All in the blink of an eye.

“Armor the glass!” Protect the house and office from breach of its weakest link which even children can break. There is no better or more affordable solution. Armor Glass film also saves money by cutting solar heat and UV.

In the meantime, keep isolating so we can “flatten the curve on COVID” and the sooner we can get back to normal again

 

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New COVID19 Policy on Installations –

April 1 2020
For Immediate Release
 
No joke. We have a Pandemic and there is no “business as usual.” Therefore, Armor Glass issues the following statement:
 
Due to COVID, we are either (1) delaying installs of our anti-burglary/hurricane/shooter security film until after the worst has passed (hopefully May–Houston expects the peak to be around May 2)
 
OR
 
(2) installing on OUTSIDE of glass (normal is on the inside) if a client considers installation an emergency and doesn’t mind the outside install does not come with a warranty ,
 
OR
 
(3)  installing it the usual way on the INSIDE because it is safe to do so because the space is either vacant or the occupants have self-isolated long enough not to pose a risk to our crew (a minimum 14 days.)
 
Our No. 1 priority is the health and safety of our staff and crew because, without them, we have nothing. Yes, the security provided by our product is essential, so is a safe working environment in installing it.
 
None of us can afford to take risks these days since COVID has killed young and old alike.  Until COVID19, installation safety has not been an issue so this is a first. If the occupant has not been self-isolating, then that is NOT a safe environment for our crew to enter — not until the peak has passed and “stay-at-home” orders are lifted.
 
Inside installs carry a warranty but not outside installs due to weatherization over time.
 
It is already tornado season and Hurricane season approaches, so we face a quandary. Home-wrecking storms don’t care that we are experiencing a Pandemic and hunkering down when the windows blow out from debris strikes on fragile glass by 100 mph-plus winds, uplifting the roof and letting in the rain.
Pandemics don’t stop burglars, especially with people out of work, short of money and only a think fragile piece of glass stands between them and forced entry.
 
So, day by day, we will take calls and answer emails and provide quotes and do select installations, inside or outside, whichever is safe.
 
As CEO, I wanted you to know the situation and how we are balancing an essential need versus the safety of our people and our clients who are people like you. –Michael Fjetland.
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Coronavirus Leaves Empty Office Buildings ripe for Break-ins We Can Stop

Our crews continue to operate as we are an essential security industry. Hurricanes and burglars are not going to take a vacation due to a virus.  We are practicing social distancing and have always worked in isolation.

Coronavirus has emptied offices and buildings across America. Our products provide both security from break-ins and storm damage, but also saves energy and blocks harmful UV.

Coronavirus is a security threat in more ways than one.  Burglars prefer to strike empty buildings. Normally that means they hit homes during working hours and commercial buildings at night. With Covid19, everyone is staying home, so the vulnerable buildings are now closed storefronts and office buildings.

Empty buildings and reduced security personnel make them ripe for burglars to break in via the weakest link – the glass. It takes only a second to smash a large tempered glass window and be in and out of a space in less than a minute or two. It’s classic “smash and grab.”

Armor Glass (a U.S. registered Trademark) security films “armor the glass” to avoid the grab after the smash. They also cut solar heat and dangerous UV, saving energy at the same time, making it both security and carbon negative. It is the same film that was installed on the Pentagon and all federal buildings after 911 because it is also rated for explosions on top of hurricane-force winds and large missile impact.

That’s why we also put it on schools for shooter protection — as we are this week while the school is closed. We are an essential industry providing security by hardening your buildings’ protective envelop from breach by humans and mother nature.

Few people are aware of this technology that is a vast improvement over thin solar films that only block the sun but have zero security properties. Armor Glass does both!

 

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Coronavirus Update – It won’t stop Threats from burglars and hurricane-force winds

Our past crazy week.

Things are popping here at Armor Glass despite the coronavirus. In the past WEEK, we:

  • adopted an updated New logo that you can’t miss – makes it clear we sell a film that armors glass, not glass.
  • We acquired a New automated software program for handling our inquiries, work orders, scheduling – it lets us create and send work orders while tracking how well sales reps are doing and what taxes we owe. It does everything but make coffee, so thankfully it won’t take that job from me! All of it automatically goes to Quickbooks.  The paperwork burden was just cut 80% or more.   We STARTED training on it today.

Last Tuesday I was sent an email about a large project in another city – they had already done the walkthrough and perhaps they weren’t impressed with who turned up. They must have found us online because they sent us an email invitation to bid, with the bid date extended to give us only a few days to meet it (one week).

With the uncertainty about coronavirus possibly impacting our business, I did not want to pass it up.  Besides, we are one of the few companies certified by the manufacturer to install security film and one of fewer still who do it 100% of the time.  Not having us bid is almost negligence on their part! Lol.

So I drove for 8 hours Thursday on a beautiful day and got to the project city. Then in the night, the skies opened up as if we are under a nonstop waterfall. It continued all day Friday while I reviewed the project, trying not to get sick for obvious reasons as I had to duck in and out of buildings and get to the open parking lot without drowning.

Visual inspection of the building revealed that it has far more windows than the architect and documents say. Oops.  We spent one last night under pounding rain with thunder, lighting and a non-stop assault of cold rain on the RV, with the heater going full blast. We woke up to a chilly wet 41 degrees.

So I drive back 8 hours Saturday after taking dogs for a break in the rain. They were not excited about it but did their business like good little boys, jumped back in the RV, got under their blankets and we rolled back to home base. By the time we hit Texas, the rain had gone and the air was getting warmer and more comfortable. It felt great!

Compiled project size numbers on Sunday.  On Monday, double-checked the numbers and completed all paperwork — but could not get a bid bond in time due to coronavirus slowdown; their agents were home and could not access the office system, so I had to send the quote to meet the deadline with a cashiers check for 5% as a guarantee that we can perform (that was first time in 12 years anyone even asked for a bond).

Today it is sunny in Houston and we are working online and the phone as always. Since our crew always works isolated, that isn’t a problem.

Our sales rep team is also self-isolating as recommended, but meeting with potential clients is still OK since it is less than 10 people and no one will be shaking hands. I like the idea of doing the hands folded Namaste greeting for a while. Lol.

Standby for updates. One of our delayed projects is a school, which may remain empty for a month, or more. The world has gone upside down.

But viruses won’t stop burglars and the next round of hurricane-force winds from jeopardizing peoples’ security. Don’t stay home or leave it without Armor Glass protection.

FYI. Our new logo..

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Texas Plant Explosion Blew Out Windows Miles Away –But Not Ours!

A chemical plant just blew up at Port Neches, Texas and we have heard reports that the shock wave blew out windows in homes miles away!
This link article shows one of those failed windows. Luckily the explosion happened late at night when no one was looking out their window when it was hit by the blast wave and turned the glass into a thousand deadly shards. Armor Glass film would capture it.
 
We have been putting our 8 mil Armor Glass security film on buildings used in these plants as well as schools (for shooter/storm protection), businesses, homes, etc. It is Level 2 explosion rated, large missile impact rated – and Miami Dade rated.
 
We hope no one was hurt or killed in this explosion. Unfortunately, it again demonstrates how vulnerable we are with fragile glass, the weakest link of every building. Armor it today for your future safety and protection.
Check out our 1 minute video that shows how easy it is to breach plain glass versus that same glass with Armor Glass security film on it!
 
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Testing 8 Mil Armor Glass vs. 4 Mil Junk Our Competitors are Pushing that FAIL large impact test.

Instead of offering certified large missile impact film to customers seeking security for their weakest link from storms or human intrusion, many of our competitors are offering a fraud — a cheap substitute 4 or 6 mil product that FAILS impact tests.

Often they claim that their product is “just as good” as ours. It is happening even today. They know thinner films are cheaper. Its a con and a lie that these thin films will provide security on glass.  Click to see our 1 minute video testing 8 mil versus 4 mil versus bare glass. Click here to see video proof in a little over 1 minute.

In this actual test on a residence, we put 8 mil and some 4 mil film on the windows of a house for one of our sales reps. He was planning to get new windows so we used his old windows for a test of 8 Mil vs. 4 mil (and bare glass) when a large missile hits it. For our “missile” we used a brick which is close to the 4.5 lb. Level C (ASTM 1886/1996 standard). So, on the day he was getting new windows we did this test to break his windows and see what happens.

In about 1 minute in this video you will see that Armor Glass 8 mil security film worked, as it has for many of our clients over the years.

But the brick went through the window with 4 mil film like a hot knife through butter! Was saving some money buying an inferior substitute really worth the pain of a failure during a break-in (or a storm throwing wind-borne debris through your windows).

Don’t fall for the con! Insist on 8 Mil certified Armor Glass security film. More details at our website: www.ArmorGlass.com

 

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New Atlantic Record for Strongest Hurricane

Never before have we recorded a CAT 5 hurricane in the eastern part of the Atlantic Ocean, until Hurricane Lorenzo. The weather continues to set new records for higher winds and more destructive rain, both hazards facing humans and our fragile shelters from the elements.
 
While those not in its path may feel Lorenzo’s record doesn’t mean much, it should. Because it means that the next storm that does come your way is probably going to be STRONGER and more dangerous one.  Existing structures are proving inadequate from being blown apart.
 
This will mean that buildings will have to be made stronger to survive these killer winds. Glass remains the weakest link of every building on the planet. When it blows out, a building is instantly “pressurized” –with roaring winds blowing off roof and the walls out. Studies show if the glass seal is maintained, so is the buildings structural integrity (barring rising water, the other storm threat).
 
Armor Glass addresses that weak link by “armoring the glass” with our unique security film which has passed the critical Miami Dade and Large Missile impact tests. That is why it was picked for all the federal buildings in Washington DC after 911.  We have put it on everything from retired teachers houses to NASA’s Mission Control glass.
 
These storms are a warning that people need to pay attention to. Because if it your glass blowing out in a future storm, the chances of injury or death or your family is increased dramatically. 
 
In the meantime, we have been busy installing our film on SCHOOLS (for shooter protection) and even put it on an historic mansion on Galveston Island recently which has glass dating back 100 years ago.
 
Our film not only strengthens it, we used the tint version because of the huge solar heat issues they were having. Armor Glass film now provides both hurricane protection and has cut the solar heat entering the house by 50 percent! (Not to mention 99% of harmful UV). So, now they are cooler and safer.
Check us out and get a quote. The life you save may be your own.