Armor Glass’s Michael Fjetland, appeared on KPRC’s Houston Life with Melanie Camp to compare taking a baseball bat to regular glass versus a window covered with Armor Glass. The demonstration was dramatic showing how Armor Glass works in securing windows and glass doors.
This is how downtown Houston looked after Hurricane IKE hit in 2008. Had Armor Glass Security Film been on those windows, they would not have lost a single one, not even if broken! So get prepared for the next wind event – don’t count on it being a water event like Harvey.
Armor Glass just wrapped a job at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab for NASA in Houston (the first word uttered from the moon._ Got to see astronauts in training for space flights in a weightless environment.
It was a great honor that they sought us out specifically for this project (as they did in 2016 for the Mission Control section).
Turns out that the full-scale ISS is many times bigger than this pool! ISS is 450 feet long – about 1 and a half football fields.
A woman was home alone in a high-end Sugar Land home when the doorbell rang. She didn’t answer it, assuming the person would go away. She went back to the bedroom near a wall of glass facing their pool when suddenly she heard something crash against the glass a few feet away.
Normally when that happens the paver (or rock) goes through the glass, the intruder follows it, and is gone within 2 minutes — long before any police can arrive. In this event, he would have run right into the woman. Nothing good would have come from it.
Instead, the paver bounced off the glass! The impact crashed startled here, causing her to scream. And the guy — who had assumed no one was home — took off!
Yes, it cracked the glass but there was no breach, no broken glass all over the room and in the carpet, no hole to worry about, no need to call the glass company for an emergency visit, no possibility that the rains later that day will come in and spread mold. No personal confrontation between the woman and the robber.
All because of a special high-tech, polycarbonate 8 Mil Security Film that “armors your glass,” every building’s weakest link. It is rated for Miami Dade Hurricane-force winds and “large missile” impacts (think rock or a brick). It was installed on her windows by Armor Glass just a few weeks earlier. The same film was installed on the Pentagon and federal buildings after 911, yet it costs a fraction of impact glass and shutters that are three to ten times more per square foot. Those expensive options don’t cut the solar heat up to 50%, saving energy costs, or cut harmful UV 99% that causes skin cancer and furnishings to fade. Armor Glass Security Film does that.
All glass is fragile and an accident waiting to happen. When it fails in a hurricane, its goodbye house. Yet the cost of Armor Glass security film is so reasonable that retired teachers have had it installed. We have put it in schools for shooter protection (it delays the shooter at the glass entrance instead of blowing it out with a hail of bullets in one second.) We have installed on glass at NASA’s Mission Control, numerous Whataburger’s, homes, storefronts, hospitals, offices and schools.
On a residence, it’s a lifetime warranty. On a commercial building, it’s 12 years. Armor Glass films have prevented numerous break-in attempts on homes, and storefronts while providing 24/7/365 hurricane-force wind protection. No need to “board up” for a storm. No need to try the suicide mission of lugging heavy wood or shutters up a ladder to second-story windows!
Think of Armor Glass security film as “invisible burglar bars” or “invisible shutters.” It has prevented little kids from being hurt–one ran into a glass wall right after we installed our film. Instead of blood, a ruined event and trip to ER (with rain coming in through the broken window) and triple overhead weekend charges, the child bounced off the film and was not harmed and the party went on. The broken glass was out of the child’s reach on the outside.
Check us out at www.ArmorGlass.com and contact us for a FREE Quote before Hurricane Season kicks off June 1. Experts say it will be our 3rd above-average storm season in a row. It’s too late to call when the storm has a name. Armor Glass: Don’t leave home or live in one without it.
In 2008 Hurricane IKE hit Houston, causing billions in damages. Countless buildings across the city lost windows from flying debris. The worst-case was the downtown Chase Tower which lost an entire side of windows as the winds sucked them out of their frames, along with the contents of each office. It was shut down for nearly a year and cost over $5 million to repair the damage just to the building, not including the tenants’ losses.
ALL of these damages would have (not could have) been avoided had they applied 8 Mil Armor Glass Security Film with frame bonding before the storm. Even if broken, the film would have contained the glass and the frame bonding would have kept it on the frame instead of flying through the air and smashing into thousands of shards that would have killed anyone below. Broken windows would have stayed in their frame.
To this day, not only Chase Tower but almost all buildings like it remain sitting ducks for the next hurricane-like IKE. Some buildings have solar film installed but thin 2mil solar film is not designed to protect from a breach, only the sun’s rays. Upon impact, it will fail. However, our 8 Mil Security Film is rated for ASTM 1886/1996 Large Missile Impact (Level C 4.5 lbs) and would hold. But even that would fall out of the frame unless a structural sealant is applied to anchor the film to the frames on tempered glass (it’s not needed on plate glass.)
The installation cost of 8 mil Armor Glass Security film (a high-tech polycarbonate that was put on the Pentagon and all federal buildings after 911) and bonding would have been a fraction of the damages Chase Tower incurred.
During the 2020 riots, companies with glass walls called in a panic. We applied the film to prevent glass breaches from bricks and rocks that destroy glass in a second, leaving empty frames anyone can walk through, exposing the interior to wind and rain damage as well.
Our Security Film has stopped numerous break-ins by burglars. And at the same time it was cutting solar heat and harmful UV, just as the solar film does, but with the advantage of providing glass security that solar film doesn’t. It’s carbon negative and cuts energy use. Adding our film to your glass is like changing your 2 ply tires that will blow out under stress and high loads with 8 ply tires that won’t.
We live in a storm zone 24/7/365. Hurricanes are an annual event. And as the earth warms, the storms are bigger and more powerful. Burglars are a 365 threat and potential riots, explosions, kids and pets running into it, make glass a dangerous accident waiting to happen – until you “armor the glass” with Armor Glass Security Film.
Here is a Houston KHOU Channel 11 video made in 2009 that demonstrates how hurricanes/tornadoes destroy and it mentions Armor Glass security film as an option.
As you can see from our friend in the photo, glass is fragile and dangerous, the weakest link of every building. It can leave you “hanging” with no support when you need it the most!
Every pane of glass on the planet needs Armor Glass Security Film on it to “armor” it from breaches by guys throwing a brick or by hurricane-force winds that destroy homes when flying debris breaches a glass door or window.
This was confirmed by a 2004 study of 4 hurricanes that hit Florida. The question was: WHY is that house still OK while the ones around it look like they were hit by a bomb?
The Answer: Window protection. If you had it, the building survived. If not, it didn’t. Then the question became: What KIND of window protection? Expensive shutters that rust and aren’t protecting anything while up? Or expensive laminated glass that requires special frames and still breaks, so it has to be replaced with a more expensive window? Heavy plywood that is a suicide mission to put on a second story and fills your garage or storage?
Or Security Film, which works 24/7/365 while it is also cutting solar heat and harmful UV, and costs a fraction of impact glass and shutters? And the answer is: It doesn’t matter! ANY protection is better than no protection. (Details in our book “Houses of Straw” on the website.)
Our Armor Glass Security Film has prevented numerous break-ins of both residential and commercial buildings. It provides protection from rioters throwing bricks, burglars who break in within a second or two and be gone within two minutes, hurricanes, tornadoes and heat. It cuts your energy bill because it rejects from 20% to 79% of the solar heat entering a building. It is carbon negative, saving more energy than it takes to make and install it.
Every piece of glass is an accident waiting to happen. “Armor your glass” with our security film to protect your major investment and “harden the building envelope.” The residential warranty is lifetime and the commercial warranty is 12-years. For more info check us out at www.ArmorGlass.com and then ask for a Free Quote today!
You know what’s odd? This year things have finally gone quiet (our first break in over 2 years). Finally, I asked myself WHY? When stuff like this photo keep happening every day? We provide security to “armor” glass from breach by humans and mother nature. We’ve been covered up with work for years.
Then it dawned on me. Unlike last year we are not having RIOTS! That unrest motivated a lot of business last year. We had an election and everyone was on edge. Two major hurricanes skimmed past us in Texas to wallop Louisiana.
This year: No riots. We had Hurricane Nicholas and people shrugged it off. Things change. But the situation hasn’t changed.
People with glass still need us more than they know. Burglars haven’t retired. Storms will come again with more dangerous winds. We are in a temporary calm.
So, like any business, we adjust, just like everyone has had to adjust during the pandemic. We have become more pro-active. Hardly anyone knows what “security film” is — even though they need it if they have glass windows and doors, which provide a false sense of security.
Don’t believe me? Go home tonight and hit one of your home windows with a brick and see how fast it disappears. What happened to your security? What happens if its a human or a windstorm blowing in through that breach?
Do it again at your office. That’s all it takes to be insecure and vulnerable in a world that is still a dangerous place, even when the sun is out and weather is calm.
There is a short video on our website where I do that for you – hitting a glass slider with a baseball bat. And again, with our film on it. See the difference.
Armor Glass is providing that security to the weakest link of every building on the planet, the glass. Let us protect you and your property before the next incident happens. Free quotes.
Armor Glass has been on a roll. Despite Covid, we had a record year in 2020.
In 2021, we have seen even more demand. We just finished 5 schools in the Conroe ISD as well as another major hospital that needs it in more and more locations.
For a while, the supply chain issue led to a shortage of our 8 mil Tinted Security Film, but that has been solved and we have a large inventory in our warehouse.
We have also added a vaccinated crew to our staff. Our sales reps and administrative people have all been vaccinated.
We do have an un-vaccinated installer hold out. He is kept isolated from the others. If he gets covid, we now have teams to replace him. I’ve done all I can to convince him to take the vaccine (I had the Moderna). Apparently, my telling him that I took the shot and didn’t grow two heads and magnets still don’t stick to me wasn’t convincing enough. (some people have been falsely told that you become magnetized by taking the shot, meaning you would never be able to get unstuck from the refrigerator or your car if that were true! lol). I don’t even have a magnetic personality as a result of the shot.
I won’t risk my company because someone doesn’t want to take a vaccine that hundreds of millions have taken without a problem. That’s not responsible. I had to get a vaccinated crew to insure I had people who could do the work if others got sick.
My generation took the polio vaccine and the one for smallpox. When I got a job requiring international travel, I got further vaccines to protect me from diseases in less developed countries. None of the vaccines hurt me. In fact, they saved millions of lives. It’s what makes our science and medical expertise No. 1 in the world, where people are dying because they don’t have the same access we take for granted.
Now they are giving me 95% protection from covid versus zero for the un-vaccinated. It is the un-vaccinated who are 99% of those in the hospital with covid. Even in cases where someone with the vaccine gets covid, it’s much less severe.
We avoid this if everyone does the responsible thing and follows the experts and not the fake news on social media, some of which is even placed by hostile foreign powers (looking at you Russia and China).
We have increasingly had demand from customers for a “vaccinated only” crew, which we can now provide.
One of our new installers has over 25 years of experience, including installing the same film Armor Glass sells on all the federal buildings in DC after 911 — from the Pentagon to Congress, the White House, the FBI building, etc.
The 911 plane that hit the Pentagon hit an area in which the film we sell had been applied a year or two before. The study said that the security film on the glass had saved 600 lives that day! That’s why 500,000 square feet of it was applied from one end of DC to the other the year following 911. For them, it was protection from explosions. Now it’s protection from rioters.
We have been busy installing Armor Glass film on schools, churches, synagogues, county and city buildings, homes, businesses both large and small since 2008. It includes numerous storefronts that face constant breaches of their glass walls by Mother Nature and uninvited Human Intrusion.
All buildings built within 200 miles of the coast or tornado zone need Armor Glass film to avoid window breaches from flying debris in hurricane-force winds. We do this at a cost that is a fraction of expensive shutters and impact glass. Armor Glass spares a building owner from the Olympic trial of having to lift heavy plywood two stories up to protect windows in a high wind. His neighbors might find him blown into the next county in the process.
Armor Glass films also do something that the alternatives don’t do – they cut dangerous solar heat and UV, saving on energy costs. It’s a carbon-negative product – saving more energy than it takes to make it.
Stay tuned. We are scaling up to meet the demand. Every pane of glass on the planet is an accident waiting to happen and needs Armor Glass Security Film armoring it to protect the structure and those inside in the constant chaos of today’s world.
You might be wondering about how much external heat a person can tolerate. Live Science writes that most humans can endure about 10 minutes in 140–degree heat before suffering from hyperthermia, a lethal form of which is the aforementioned heat stroke. We are getting CLOSE to that.
The Hottest reliably measured temperature in world recorded history in August. Death Valley, California, hit an astonishing 129.9 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4°C) at 3:41 p.m. PDT, August 16, 2020, at the Furnace Creek Visitor’s Center. Round it to 130 degrees.
At that temperature, you can drink water continuously and still not be able to keep from collapsing. The graph above shows that Earth’s current temperatures are rising in that direction, fueled by the increase in carbon from our fossil fuel emissions. Humans have broken a “cooling and heating” cycle that stayed within a constant range for over 800,000 years. We broke that cycle. 2020 was the hottest year on record, one of a series since 2000.
From now on, the planet will only get hotter unless we make a change, caused by our runaway greenhouse gas emissions. That is what killed our sister planet Venus which is an inhabitable hell of 800 degrees, far above the tolerance of humans or life as we know it.
Scientists were able to make that chart of temperatures by drilling ice cores that record this history of our past long before man arrived. At the very end of this chart represents the last 200 years of industrialization — you can see that the temperature jumps far above the hottest temperatures of the past 800,000 years. And it’s moving up. It won’t be coming down again unless we make some changes to our continued emissions from the billions of global factories, houses, and vehicles emitting carbon every day. That’s why cutting carbon is vital to our children’s survival.
Ten thousand years ago only a few humans existed with a few campfires, so there was little impact on the planet. Nature could take its course. But now with 8 billion of us on the planet cooking, heating, driving, cutting forests, releasing methane from oil wells, emitting coal dust from power plants, we are overpowering mother nature in a death grip of carbon and methane releases heating the atmosphere. That is causing us to lose our ice sheets, earth’s freon. When the ice is gone so is our planet’s cooling system. We then become hothouse, Venus.
Do you remember the story of the frogs in the gradually warming pot, who allow themselves to be cooked to death? But if the water had been hot when the frog first went in, he would have jumped out. We are those frogs in a gradual death grip, heating the only blue planet in our part of the universe. Moving to dry airless Mars is not an answer. Fixing ours is.
The good news is that you can do something about carbon by cutting your own emissions and that there is a product everyone needs that would do just that. Armor Glass® Security Films armor the weakest link of every building – its glass – from breach by humans with bricks, burglars, and hurricane-force winds hurling debris. It is used to stop shooters, while it also cuts solar heat coming inside your building up to 79% and 99% of harmful UV. Cutting solar heat means your energy bill drops, saving you money. That’s a win-win-win.
Armor Glass® Film is one of those rare, Carbon NEGATIVE products, meaning that the films save more energy than it takes to make it, transport it and install it. It is but one of many solutions we need to pursue to a net-zero carbon world.
Doing nothing is not an option, because that equals planetary suicide. A planet too hot for life will spare no one of any nation or religion or form of government, liberal or conservative. The problem is global and so is the solution.
There is no Planet B to move to once this one at 130 degrees starts hitting 140 degrees, too hot to grow crops or venture out without immediate heat exhaustion. The time to act is running out.
If not for you, cut your carbon emissions for your kids who will pay the price of our inaction. We are doing our part at Armor Glass to make their future a better, cooler and safer one.
Its HURRICANE season folks. Get prepared. But what does “get prepared” include? DON’T do what the guy in the photo is doing!
Obviously, it means having a plan. A “Go” bag for a quick departure if you are in the forecast zone for impact. But what about your biggest investment – your house? Or your office? How do you prepare it from hurricane-force winds?
The weakest link of every building is the glass – when it is breached by hurricane-force winds, the building is pressurized as the winds try to find a way out. That “out” is what uplifts the roof and pushes the walls out. When IKE hit Houston it blew out windows over 100 miles inland.
Plywood is heavy and expensive and a suicide mission to get on a 2nd floor. Shutters are very expensive and don’t protect from heat or burglars when up.
Security Film “armors the glass” from breach while at the same time it is cutting solar heat and UV from entering the building – or a burglar with a brick. It costs a fraction of impact glass or shutters.
Lets the first part of “getting prepared” you should do. Harden your buildings’ envelop by upgrading the glass which is an accident waiting to happen.
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