Volume 14, Issue 3 - May/June 2010


Two New Film Lines from Solar Gard
Several new film products are now available from. Solar Gard®. For starters, the company has added to its Sentinel Stainless Steel and Solar Bronze OSW film lines. These 2-mil films have a durable hard coat with weatherability features. They carry a five-year vertical warranty and two-year horizontal or sloped warranty. The new Sentinel OSW films can be used in a number of applications, including glazing with low-E coatings; structures with double-glazing and/or absorbing glass where traditional film applications may present significant risks for glass stress and breakage; and structures where indoor accessibility is limited or unavailable.

In addition, the company offers TrueVue™ films that are designed to protect buildings from heat, glare and UV rays, while preserving external views. The films offer solar performance, heat rejection and glare reduction.

automotive Films
SunTek® Introduces New Auto Film
Commonwealth Laminating & Coating Inc. / SunTek Window Films has launched a new automotive window film line, CarbonXP (CXP), which the company says is the highest-end automotive window film it manufactures.

CXP offers all the benefits of the company’s Carbon line, such as easy installation, fade-resistant color, clarity, and non-interference properties, as well as significantly better solar performance than the Carbon line, ranging from 10-15 percent better, according to the announcement.

The CXP film is manufactured with the latest in non-metal, nano-hybrid technology, and is available in five VLTs: 5, 18, 35, 45, and 55 percent. The company adds that the product is backed by a lifetime warranty that includes peeling, cracking, adhesive failure, and fading.

Double Duty
Johnson Window Films (JWF) has introduced Renegade, a new line of non-reflective automotive window films. As the latest in a series of dual-ply, non-conductive films from the company, Renegade features a universal black color for matching most factory tinted glass, a thick dual-ply design for durability and color stability, two dye-impregnated laminated film layers for ease of installation, optical clarity and protection from ultraviolet rays.

According to JWF company officials, the Renegade film used in combination with its Marathon metalized films can be used on rear windows and not interfere with radio signal devices such as GPS. The company says this combination can also be used for a visually matching, high-performance metalized window film on side windows, as both film types match well with factory tint.

3M Introduces FX Premium Automotive Window Film
3M now offers FX Premium automotive window films, which the company says it developed to deliver a high quality window film at an attractive consumer price point.

The FX Premium film comes with a limited lifetime warranty and a scratch resistant coating designed to help prevent peeling or blistering. It is also manufactured without any metals, resulting in no interference with signals for cell phones and GPS systems. The film is available with a range of visible light transmittance, including 5, 15, 25, 30, 35 and 55 percent to accommodate various state tinting laws.

In addition, it has 99 percent UV protection and carries the Skin Cancer Foundations recommendation as a product that offers effective protection from UV rays, according to the company.

architectural films
CPFilms Introduces EnerLogic™ Glass Insulation Technology
CPFilms Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Solutia Inc., announced what it is calling a groundbreaking new film product. The EnerLogic™ series is the latest addition to the Vista™ line-up of architectural window films, and features a patent-pending, low-E coating. The company says EnerLogic window film adds up to 92-percent more insulating power to existing commercial and residential windows.

Developed as part of Solutia’s ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, the company says EnerLogic window film has excellent insulating performance compared to other window films available. In summer, heat from the sun is reflected away from windows, easing the stress on air-conditioning. In winter, radiant heat from heating systems is directed back into the room, reducing energy use and improving comfort.

“A building is only as energy efficient as its windows,” Dave Kaliser, CPFilms’ director of product marketing – architectural, explains. “Traditional window films reflect heat out, providing substantial savings in summer, but adding relatively little value in winter. EnerLogic film helps keep the heat outside in summer and inside in winter, creating a perfect balance of energy efficiency, cost savings, and comfort.”

Features of the new product, according to the company include the following:

Energy Efficiency – The patent-pending technology of EnerLogic window film effectively transforms the insulating power of single-pane windows into double-pane; and double-pane windows into triple-pane. The result is a significant increase in window efficiency at a fraction of window replacement cost.

Quick Payback – Windows typically account for 15 – 30 percent of a commercial building’s heating costs, and frequently more than 30 percent of cooling costs. EnerLogic window film is a low-cost, high-return technology that compares favorably to other energy-saving measures both in terms of energy efficiency and cost savings. In fact, EnerLogic is said to outperform most alternatives in terms of simple payback – averaging just 2.75 years. Plus, it may be eligible for energy rebates and LEED certification points.

Widens Tax Credit Eligibility – The first product of the series, EnerLogic 35, significantly widens tax credit eligibility for residential applications, according to the announcement. Homeowners with vinyl frame, dual-pane clear windows may now be eligible for the Federal Tax Credit anywhere in the United States when EnerLogic 35 window film is installed.

“At CPFilms we understand that the greenest energy is the energy that isn’t used,” said Ray Kollar, CPFilms president and general manager. “This innovative new window film series offers excellent value by improving energy efficiency in every season, helping to reduce consumption and preserve natural resources. We are proud to be the first film company to introduce this revolutionary technology.”

Decorative Films
Making a Statement
To give sliding glass doors a new look, Wallpaper for Windows now offers its Deco Tint collection of films that provides a way to add color and transform their appearance.

Available in ten decorator colors plus frost and lite frost, Deco Tints give clear glass the look of stained or colored glass. The collection includes light tint colors (sky blue, mint, sandstone and dusty rose) and rich colors (amber, golden yellow, ruby, ocean blue, lavender and spring green).

Each color is available in both a see-thru and privacy version. The see-thru versions add color to the glass while softening the view, while the privacy tints have all the benefits of frosted glass, but in decorator colors.

According to information from the company, the Deco Tint adhesive-free films are easy to apply, easy to trim to size and resist fingerprints and smudges. The films can also help save energy and filter UV rays.

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