Window Tinting is not a hurricane approved product


September 9, 2010 Media Contact :Jenn Meale


Attorney General Warns Consumers of Unapproved Hurricane Protection for Windows

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Attorney General Bill McCollum today issued a consumer advisory warning Floridians about window film companies that have sold or are selling products to residential homeowners as “hurricane protection.” The implied benefits leave homeowners with a false sense of security, and ultimately very vulnerable to the destructive forces of hurricane winds and flying debris.Through information gathered from the International Hurricane Protection Association (IHPA), investigators have determined that aggressive sales tactics may have misled some homeowners to believe the hurricane protection for windows has been approved for residential as well as commercial use, when in reality the film protection advertised has only been approved for commercial use. The Florida Building Code compliant forms of hurricane protection contain no approval(s) for film applied to a residential structure. The consumer must be aware that passing some but not all testing does not qualify a product for approval.Purportedly, some window film companies are also falsely claiming that by purchasing the window film for residential use, the homeowner will be eligible for an insurance discount. In reality, the insurance industry may not recognize this discount because the window film does not meet the standards for use in a residential home.Recently, the International Window Film Association (IWFA) has began issuing manufacturer and dealer alerts in an effort to make sure companies are adhering to proper business procedures. While most members are following proper advertising and sales practices, some are not. Additionally, not all film manufacturers are part of the IWFA, therefore they are not held to the same standards.Attorney General McCollum offers the following recommendations to consumers to avoid falling victim to dealers who may be misrepresenting the film’s capabilities:· Ask to see the product approval and the corresponding number;· Go to and/or to assure that the number supplied is verifiable;· Check with your local building department. Most building departments require a permit to install hurricane protection; and· Report any company that is making fraudulent claims about window film.Consumers who believe they may be victims of fraud may contact the Attorney General’s fraud hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226) or file an online complaint at

     Some within the window film industry feel a new Florida law about product misrepresentation has gone too far. Florida HB 849, which went into effect July 1, makes it a violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, to advertise, sell, offer, provide, distribute or market any product as hurricane, windstorm or impact-resistant unless it is in compliance with the provisions for product approval in the Florida Building Code. This includes window film.In September, the Florida attorney general warned Floridians about window film companies that claim hurricane protection from window film. Reportedly, some window film shops had been selling window film to customers as a hurricane-proof product.“Frankly it’s a no-win situation for window film dealers,” says Mike Feldman, president of Advanced Film Solutions in Holiday, Fla. “The shutter companies have a strong lobbying effort and, candidly, there have been dealers who have exaggerated claims about ‘shutter-less protection.’ Having been the manufacturer and now as a dealer we are careful when we discuss the efficacy of films…”Others in the industry feel laws like this one hurt the industry and credibility of window film as a security product.“The timing is fortunate because nobody is selling a lot of storm protection products right now, so it’s not really affecting us,” says Lyman McNutt, president of Solar-X Window Film Systems in Sarasota, Fla. “But I will not hesitate to advertise the fact that window film provides an elevated level of protection against windborne debris in violent weather; because that statement is true and I’ll let the Attorney General’s office try to prove that my product has no merit whatsoever—because they cannot. That product has been tested and proven to pass ASTM 1886/1996 levels, so how can it be worthless?”The International Window Film Association (IWFA) is also concerned about the new Florida law.“It is unfortunate that the new Florida legislation restricting the promotion and sale of certain products went as far as it did,” said Darrell Smith, executive director of the International Window Film Association (IWFA). “By stating that products promoted or offered for sale that offer protection against windstorm debris during a ‘windstorm’ must have Florida product approval, the legislature effectively expanded the Florida requirements for ‘hurricane protection’ products to include other products which do (and can be proven to) give significant reductions in property damage due to wind and rain in lower speed hurricane conditions and in many lower wind speed ‘windstorms.’”“There is no question that there is an unfortunate history of unscrupulous film dealers over-extending their claims regarding the performance of so-called ‘hurricane’ films,” says McNutt. “But I also think that there is no question that safety film works and works well when properly applied; adding an elevated level of protection that far exceeds a non-filmed window.”Smith says that due to its inclusion with an unrelated bill the legislation snuck in without warning.“This change was included in a bill dealing with entirely unrelated issues and became law so quickly our industry did not have time to react,” says Smith. “The IWFA Government Advocacy Committee and the IWFA board of directors will be looking at what changes and what options exist to address this in next year’s Florida legislative session.”While some within the industry agree that there are dealers over-exaggerating the benefits of window film, they say the product still makes a difference.“There is no question that there is an unfortunate history of unscrupulous film dealers over-extending their claims regarding the performance of so-called ‘hurricane’ films,” says McNutt. “But I also think that there is no question that safety film works and works well when properly applied; adding an elevated level of protection that far exceeds a non-filmed window.

This a picture of a window that has been hit with a baseball bat to show you what the out come of installing security film window tinting  in order to they used 8 mill sercurity film to the demo . All it does is hold the broken glass in place. But the problem is that most window film shops don’t sell the all parts to make it work as the window film manufacture designed  it to . You need some type of anchoring system to bond  the window film,glass and window frame together to make a true 100% sercurity film installation. Be very aware of what type of anchoring system there are some and I seen from experience that they do not know what they are doing. You don’t go to your local home improvement store and get bathroom or kitchen caulk. this is a no no.. Bad becuase with the metals in most film it will make it corrode that is bad . They make a product from Dow Corning 995 that is made for the window film sercurity installation to bond the film to the glass and window frame But there are many different kinds of bonding products that are certified to use and recommended by window film manufacture like this Bondkap

 Using this anchoring system does not make your sercurity film hurricane film … Hurricane film does not exist for residential window film installation

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When I started tinting back in 1992. I got a break from a local shop in Ft Myers that don’t want to name the shop at this time . Shop is still around and is my competitor. I did not last long there like 5 months they told me that I did not learn fast enough for them so they fired me. Well about 2 weeks later had some guys from my dads office needing there new cars tinted. Here is the funny part I went back to the shop that fired me and bought enough film from them to tint 2 complete cars. I did the 2 cars and got more job and bought more tint. The shop that fired me was pretty mad that I could tint . They did understand why I didn’t do it there. Well a few month went by I got hired by another tint shop in cape coral this time that totally screw me. They would only use me for a few ours a day. Back then minimum wage was $5.25 hr. I was told if I wanted to keep my job I was to get a local business license and become a sub contractor for them and they have jobs for me to do but the kicker was that I was going to buy  the window tint I used from them they would not supply it. They made up there own price for the cost of film not wholesale like they paid even though i work for them. After few weeks went by after  I had already bought my business license I call my business (Tinting By Fred Johnson) and they told me they decided not to use me anymore and the owners wife would be taking my place…I told them what i thought of them and went on to be a mobile tint shop… I had my ups and downs in the window tint business after going on my own. Well about 1998 i got my first 1 bay shop. We added services through out the years like car audio installation and custom work and radio repair. I had gone to school and got certified as a MECP advanced car audio installer.We also do window cleaning and custom suspension work and welding. In 2011I changed my name of my business to Pro-Tech Tinting and it’s been 2 years and its going great. 2013 is almost over and I realized I  have been in the window tinting business for 21 years I have had my ups and downs and seen many window tinting shops come and go. Even throughout the bad economy  I have manage to be a well establish tint shop in cape coral since . I find that most shop do not like us cause we do A+ quality window tinting on auto-homes-businesses and take business from other shops on a daily basis .

If you haven’t notice there are a ton of window tint shops in southwest florida. All the shop have a different prices. Some shops are ridiculously low and make it harder for other shops to compete. Wonder why some shop can be so cheap and a lot cheaper than most shops. Because what you don’t see is the film being used in the install bay. They may advertise a brand name film and hang banners and promote a hi end brand but that is not what you get. You the consumer doesn’t know the difference until something goes wrong and they won’t honer there warranty they just make you pay again to retint or run you off.

Here at Pro-Tech Tinting we take pride in our work and stand behind our warranty 200% all you have to do is keep up with your receipt and warranty paper we give the customer at time of installation. So that when or if a problem comes up the manufacture can see the info of the roll of tint they sold us to warranty the claim. We have been here 21 years and will be here another 21 years.

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