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Window Tinting-Film-Covering Outdoes 3M

 A Common Question We Often Hear: “Are any window films better than 3M”?








Let’s start with the myth of familiarity.

For instance, who hasn’t heard about IBM, McDonalds, Subway, Pizza Hut, General Motors,  etc. We can all agree that these brands endured through the years to become “house-hold names”. Because they are familiar in our minds, it’s easy to assume that whatever they advertise is credible. But think about this. Is everything they make  the best? Or do some competitors offer services and products that are just as good….or wait a minute, even better?

Of course the answer is YES!

Longevity Doesn’t Always Equal Quality

After a century of innovation placing their label on over 55,000 products, 3M has earned plenty of clout. But let’s clear up some 3M myths. Though they claim to be the inventor of window film, listen up. So many companies claim to have developed film first that the industry now believes it was a joint effort and no single company won that race. And truthfully folks, window film technology has changed so much over the years,  who cares how it first got started. And by the way, speaking about false claims, much of the 3M window film that we so often asked to replace, isn’t even made by 3M!  Of any window film manufacturer in the window tinting industry, 3M is the biggest outsourcer. That’s right. THEY DON’T EVEN MAKE THEIR FILM ANYMORE! Too busy putting their labels on those other 55,000 products!

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“Hmmm, what else should I know before I decide which film is going on the windows of my business? After all, we’re not talking about a roll of adhesive tape! I want to be sure to choose window tinting that will make my building more comfortable and energy efficient. I’m looking for performance….not just a label.”

Our Window Films and Solutions are Factually Superior

First and foremost, we offer films that are based on documented NFRC ratings and independent testing. We are not “label pushers”. Our goal is to offer window tinting based on fact and not perception. When we perform a complimentary evaluation ,, we devote time to illustrate the difference between films and the results that you can expect.

Why We Out-Perform 3M

  • Our Huper Optik ceramic films are the only patented film on the market and are triple layered compared to 3M’s pre-boxed single layer of ceramic film.
  • Our EnerLogic or Low E films have twice the insulating value compared to their limited LE films.
  • Our Low E films offer a lifetime warranty compared to 3M’s five year warranty.
  • Our security films have passed the ASTM medium large missile test and small missile test on residential applications.  Their tear resistant films (with the exception of 6 ML clear films) can not pass with the same level of performance.
  • We offer more choices of dual-reflective films with greater light transmission compared to what 3M can provide.

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Our exquisite window film installations above increased comfort and decreased energy consumption. They blocked UV rays and glare without blocking views.

No 3M film on either!

Our crews are in St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, Treasure Island, Brandon and throughout Florida, installing films every day that resolve sun-related problems. It’s become common practice to remove peeling, faded, discolored, failed 3M film off windows and apply new tinting from our selection of films that are highly recommended based on factual results, not hype!

For more helpful information or to have us do a complimentary glass evaluation for a more energy efficient and comfortable environment, give us a call!

High Impact Glass Solutions
866-394-2599 / 727-498-1384

Protecting Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL.

St. Petersburg Welcomes the Woodfield Fine Art Gallery!

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On November 21st, Woodfield Fine Art Gallery held their grand opening celebration in St. Pete’s Grand Central District. Visitors were immediately “wowed” by a distinctive blend of paintings and sculptures representing an impressive depth of talent from local and international artists. The owners shared the vision to make the gallery inviting with natural light but concern about UV Ray exposure couldn’t be dismissed.

Did you know that Ultraviolet Rays cause fading and damage?










Though Ultraviolet radiation is invisible to the human eye, it’s the single largest contributing factor in fading and discoloration of interior furnishings. By blocking more than 99% of UV Rays streaming through the gallery’s windows, our museum quality film offered the protection that the Woodfield Fine Art Gallery needed. Our UV Ray film installation would preserve the vibrant colors in their art work and help to prevent fading of the gallery’s displays and flooring.

Other benefits of our UV Ray film were very “clear”. Being micro-thin and totally transparent, the filmed  windows no longer hindered views. With the ability of strollers to see clearly into the gallery, the film performed as an invitation for potential customers. The transparency also allowed natural light to flow in while reducing heat and UV rays, serving as long-term protection for the gallery’s interior valuables.  Watch the transformation here!

UVA rays streaming through windows are damaging to eyes and skin and may contribute to premature aging and even skin cancer. With one out of five Americans developing skin cancer, why live with this risk? Our UV window film carries The Skin Cancer Seal of Recommendation and is recommended by dermatologists as a preventative measure for patients with solar sensitivity, skin related diseases and cancers of the skin.

Whether your investment is a business……or loved ones in your personal home, don’t let UV light damage it!

For more information and your complimentary window film demonstration call today!

High Impact Glass Solutions
866-394-2599 / 727-498-1384


Security Window Film for Schools

The Last Place We Dare to Think of a Shooting is at Our Kid’s School

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Alarming reality check: Schools are being attacked because they’re considered “soft targets”.

The increase of horrendous acts of violence have safety professionals and parents searching for the most cost-effective protective measures to keep children safe at school. Decision makers are finding that security window film for schools is a unique and solid solution.

Powerful Protection

Multi-layered ceramic security window film is a highly effective way to increase the strength of glassed areas in schools. By filming the interior windows, a strong layer of protection is added to the glass that makes it increasingly difficult… if not impossible for perpetrators to break though the glass.

Glass is the weakest point of entry in any building and so often exactly how shooters have gained access into schools. This video illustrates how security film can help prevent future occurrences, if not by stopping entry altogether, by at least giving law enforcement much more time to respond.

To further enhance protective capabilities of safety and security, the filmed glass is bonded to the window and door frames. This additional step referred to as a “wet-glaze attachment system”, transforms glass into barriers of protection against the most brutally forced attempts of break-ins. Damage caused by hurricanes and even bomb blasts is minimized. In all situations, occupants are protected from injuries that would otherwise be caused by broken shards of glass.


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Children and  Schools Benefit from Security Film

With the increase in violence, more schools are choosing security window film as the best solution for defending students, teachers, administrators, and maintenance personnel against intruders whose purpose it to threaten the safety of everyone inside. Schools with safety film on their ground level windows benefit from minimizing the chance of intruders breaking multiple windows. Another huge benefit of window film is the time that it slows down potential break-ins, giving security and police enough time to arrive before it’s too late. In these situations, minutes matters!

Call for more information about our security films and how we can help your children’s’ school become safer!

High Impact Glass Solutions
866-394-2599 / 727-498-1384 

Tampa Bay Businesses Safer with Safety and Security Window Film

We hear it on the radio. We see it on the news.

Smash_and_Grab can be deterred with safety and security film

It takes a smash and grabber less than three minutes to break through glass. THREE MINUTES to take YOUR valuables – YOUR inventory – invade YOUR store that you’ve put YOUR hard work and investment into.  And in a flash they’re out. That’s right, by the time law enforcement arrives, the burglars are long gone.

You can protect your business from this catastrophic event.

Optically clear, colorless and undetectable on glass, our safety and security film maintains the natural appearance of your windows day and night. The resilient layers of high-tensile polyester and powerful adhesives provide impact resistant capabilities. Your glass becomes an invisible force of protection against vandalism and eliminates the dangers of flying glass that can cause damage and bodily injury. You know the safety film is there. We know it’s there. Intruders find out that it’s there, only to be frustrated with their failed attempts to break through your filmed glass!

Making Glass Your Powerful  First Line of Defense
Installing an attachment system along with safety and security film increases performance big time. Basically, the attachment system bonds the filmed glass to the window frame. The intent here is to prevent the entire window unit from becoming dislodged in the event of severe blunt force. It absolutely accomplishes this but the success of the entire system is highly dependent on the installer’s technique and skills.

At High Impact Glass Solutions, we train to be specialized in the art of installing attachment systems. As such we are often called by other window film companies to either train their installers or in many cases, we are hired for the project.  This level of expertise has earned us extraordinary  appreciation from both our personal customers and industry peers. 

Smash and grabbers? They hate us!

Crime is on the rise and anyone’s business could be a target. Taking steps for safety begins with “prevention”.

Filming this entry door and reinforcing it with the attachment system prevented a burglary attempt at the Mason Eye Clinic!

The human tendency to procrastinate is real. But the danger of being targeted for a robbery is also real. As Dr. Mason can attest, waiting would’ve been a crime! 

Call now for your free estimate.

               High Impact Glass Solutions
                     866.394.2599 / 727.498.1384

Wrist Band Tool Holdster for Auto Wrap and Signage Industry

Professional Tradesmen Know the Value of Using the Proper Tools


There will never be a shortage of traditional tools. No sense in re-inventing the sledge hammer, right?

But when it comes to signage, vehicle and boat wrapping, vinyl lettering, etc. Quick Draw Tools Wrist Holster is such a handy, “save you time” tool holder that you’ll wonder how you ever worked without it.

“Wrap” your mind around this!

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Who wouldn’t appreciate saving time and being more efficient? And oh, the band looks cool too!

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The Quick Draw Tools Wrist Holster is much like a band that wraps around and adjusts to any size wrist with the use of a Velcro closure. It conveniently holds various tools within six strapped holders. The metal that is sewn into the band is a huge game-changer for contractors using magnets.

It was “love at first sight” for our customers!

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We’ve already agreed that some tools will never change or need modifications. I think we can also agree that with the complexities of so many industries in today’s world, innovation is not only welcomed, it’s necessary.

Thank you to all of our valued customers. It is apparent that for contractors doing signage or vehicle and boat wrap, the Quick Draw Tools Wrist Holster is quickly becoming a very high demand item!

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