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A Woman Home Alone Saved by…..Armor Glass Security Film

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.

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How Armor Glass Security Film Would have Avoided $5 Million in Damages to 1 building

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.

Details and contact for a Free Quote at: www.ArmorGlass.com

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Why Every Piece of Glass Needs our Security Film

Man flying out a broken window
Don’t Leave Home Without It

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!

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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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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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Armor Glass Beats the HEAT while Defending Glass from Storms/Burglars

Armor Glass has made a major upgrade to our installation team, which now has over 20 years experience installing Security Window Film.

This summer we have been putting it on schools across Texas (who shall remain anonymous for security reasons) as well as houses and a famous restaurant chain.

Our Solar security film will also cut 50% of that SUPER Heat over 2/3’s of our nation is suffering under. That means your AC only has to cool HALF the heat that was coming through your windows before Armor Glass Solar Security Film was installed.

It is also screening out 99% of harmful UV that not only fades your furnishings but is the No. 1 cause of skin cancer, so you can enjoy the view from your windows without being fried by the sun.

Ask for a quote – cut the heat while “armoring your glass” from intrusion by hurricane-tornado force winds and humans with a brick. Founded by a 911 Terrorism Analyst in 2007…

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Vital Items for Your Storm Emergency Kit

When storms hit these are 3 things to include in your Storm Emergency Kit.

No. 1. Hurricanes and tornadoes destroy building when wind-borne debris breaks the weakest link, the glass. Those winds look for a way out and the easy way out is to uplift the roof. That immediately allows internal damages from flying glass and water, mold, etc. So, “armor that glass” with our 8 mil Clear (cuts 21% of solar heat) or Solar tint (cuts 50% of solar heat) which is hurricane-explosion-large missile impact-rated.  No need to “board up!” And, as you can see, it can fit any size glass of any shape. It even curves!

When Hurricane IKE and Harvey hit Houston, people lost power for days – some for two weeks. The same happened when Hurricane Michael hit Florida.  When IKE cut my power, I had to plug it into my car charger and hope I didn’t run out of gas or run down my battery.

No. 2. So I found this solar charger for cell phones.

No. 3. But then I found something even better – a device on Amazon that is a radio, a cell phone charger, a flashlight, and a siren. It can charge by hand-crank, sun-power and it also has a place for a battery (even recharge-ables).  This device is small enough to take on trips or camping so you don’t run out of phone power in event of an emergency. This will give people weather information and keep their phones working when there is no other power.

Get prepared!  When the storm comes its too late to call or go shopping for emergency supplies.

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TORNADO Outbreak

Armor Glass film is not just for hurricane protection or keeping shooters from breaching the glass. It can also protect from vicious TORNADOES.

Tornadoes kill building just like hurricanes. They throw windborne debris though the glass. That instantly UPLIFTS the roof and its goodbye building.  If you “armor the glass” your building has a better chance of surviving those winds then with regular glass–like this high rise in Dallas that had windows stripped out by tornado winds.

This shows what happens when tornado (or hurricane) hits a high rise building. Armor Glass would have kept the glass in place, even if broken!

TEXAS actually has the HIGHEST number of reports of Tornadoes (131) according to this NOAA report.

Our 8 mil film has passed the ASTM 1886/1996 Large Missile Impact test (4.5 lb. Level C).  Compare that to what happens when a two x four hits a regular double-pane glass window in the photo below–it goes through the unprotected window, but stops at the window with Armor Glass film bonded to the frame!

Moral? Armor Your Glass today! Get a Free Quote: info@ArmorGlass.com

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Record Tornadoes And Hurricane Season Starts with a Possible Storm

After 12 days of a record TORNADO outbreak wrecking buildings across the U.S., we now enter HURRICANE Season (combined with Tornadoes).  Tornadoes wreck buildings by throwing debris through windows, just like a hurricane.
 
Tomorrow June 1 Begins HURRICANE Season. It is 6 months of threat every year, year after year.
 
And right on cue we have a tropical depression in the Southern Gulf of Mexico. Unlike Atlantic storms these babies always go into either Mexico or Texas, depending on where they fire up.
 
The Gulf waters are HOT. They are 85 in Galveston. Any water temps over 80 degrees are jet fuel to these storms. That is what they feed on…the hotter the water the bigger the storm.
 
GET prepared! Aside from batteries, extra food, generators make sure to armor the weakest link of your house or building — its GLASS. Once it breaks due to wind-borne debris it is immediate UPLIFT ON THE ROOF. Not to mention the internal damages from wind and rain, mold – months of reconstruction due to a darn window break.  Forget all that with Armor Glass!
 
A 2004 study of the hurricanes that hit Florida found that WINDOW PROTECTION was key to surviving a big wind event. It didn’t matter if it was the expensive shutters, heavy plywood or the least costly option — Armor Glass security film — it all worked!
 
Armor Glass advantages is that it works 24/7 providing security while cutting solar heat and dangerous UV at the same time, and costs less than impact glass and shutters (substantially less). And it is also providing burglar break-in protection since they love how easy it is to get through ordinary window glass — in less than 1 second!
 
But do it NOW because its too late to call when the storm has a name. Protect your biggest asset. Armor Glass has been providing this protection for over a decade. Contact us today.
 
Info@ArmorGlass.com
 
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Tornadoes Ripping Texas Oklahoma ….How they destroy buildings

TORNADOES are ripping across North Texas and Oklahoma as I write.  Over 85 of the have been reported since Friday. The threat runs from San Angelo to north of Oklahoma City.
Tornadoes destroy like hurricanes — they throw debris through the windows, causing instant UPLIFT on the roof which blows roof off and walls out. That is how it blows your house/building apart! HAIL will break windows and allow damaging wind and rain inside. You can do something to protect yourself.
 
Armor Glass security film “armors your glass” so that impacts won’t easily breach the windows and glass doors. It will keep hail from breaching your glass and damaging the interior. It’s been tested to Miami Dade standards and has passed the Large Missile impact test (4.5 lb. Level C–like a brick smashing into it).
 
Every year these threats will continue. We live in “Houses of Straw” and need to armor the weakest link, the windows, or watch them blow away in the wind, with people still inside.