SunTek is a line of window films made by Commonwealth Laminating & Coating (CLC), based in Martinsville, Virginia. The SunTek line includes window films for cars and buildings, as well as specialty films for safety and security.
Being CLC’s manufacturing plant is in Virginia, that means all SunTek products are made in the United States. Their modern facility helps CLC create SunTek products that are new, fresh, and advanced. Additionally their team of technical engineers and designers are constantly working on new products to keep up with customer demands. In fact, in November 2011 CLC announced it was expanding its production plant in Virginia with a $16.5 million expansion, not only allowing them to better serve their customers, but helping the economy by creating new jobs.
CLC prides itself in being a leader in the window film industry and is a member of a number of leading window film business organizations, including the Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand (WFAANZ), American Society of Interior Designers, and the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL). CLC’s products have also been rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) for energy performance under Energy Star’s standards for windows and doors.
Now let’s talk about the SunTek range of products. In the automotive market, SunTek offers a range of products to meet certain needs. For instance, the CXP(CarbonXP)TM line is SunTek’s latest non-metal offerings for cars. It was manufactured for high-end uses and features non-fading dark surface that will not fade. It also protects from the heat and UV rays of the sun, and was even made with technology in mind so that it will not interfere with cell phones or GPS systems used inside the car it’s on. If you are looking for a metalized option, SunTek offers the InfinityOP TM line, which although reflective helps cut down on glare and heat for comfort inside the car. This metalized film gives the car’s windows a mirrored appearance.
In the architectural category for window films used in buildings, SunTek again offers a range of products to meet all needs. For example, the Ultra-VisionDSTM offers excellent protection from the sun’s damaging rays, yet little reflectivity allowing an unobtrusive view of the outside world. The SilverDSTM line is all about reflection, giving windows a mirrored look from the outside while also providing solar protection for commercial buildings. And SunTek also offers a number of specialty window films that can be made-to-order, such as anti-graffiti, one-way mirror or completely white or black films for privacy needs.
And in the areas of safety and security, SunTek has a number of its window films that have been rigorously tested to help withstand a number of issues, including helping the window withstand smashing, but if if is then helping to keep window pieces from shattering when broken.
American Standard Window Film (ASWF) is a division of Erickson International, LLC, and currently makes a variety of window film products for homes, cars, and commercial applications at its production facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company is one of the new kids on the window tinting block, having opened its production facility in September 2009.
American Standard Window Film prides itself on its green efforts at its factory, which is energy saving and produces very little landfill waste. The company also boasts a process for the application of coating on its window films for less chances of product faults and quicker production times, as well as strict testing of all its products.
ASWF offers a large variety of different types of home window film – that can also be used in commercial buildings – to meet a variety of needs. All of American Standard Window Film’s architectural window wrappings feature long-lasting coatings immune to scratching, come in a range of sizes, and block out 99% of the sun’s rays.
The Solar range of products are all about different ways of letting in or keeping out light, everything from a home window film that is completely natural to one that imparts a one-way mirror type of reflection. For example, the Nature film is all about being invisible, so it is non-tinted and tries to keep as natural a view as possible while still providing reduction in glare and UV rays. Daydream was intended for use in homes to help stop the interior heat of the home from raising due to the sun’s rays. Illusion is reflective and offers privacy by giving the window a one-way mirror type finish, while Horizon offers heat protection and gives the windows a subtle bronze tint.
The company also offers two types of protective films. Safety not only helps protect the building’s interior from damaging UV rays, but helps keep windows from shattering by adding structural integrity to the glass. And Anti-Graffiti does what it sounds like – helps to combat graffiti artists and vandalism.
And if you’re looking for added privacy and to give your windows a decorative touch, ASWF offers a line of decorative home window film as well, utilizing either the colors white or black to offer extra privacy when applied to windows. Also in this category is the company’s UV Clear Film, which offers a great deal of UV protection without changing the appearance of the window it is applied to.
Interested in really getting to know ASWF and their products? The company offers free tours of its production facility to its customers. For schedule a tour, download spec sheets and warranty information on the company’s various products, or for more general information on American Standard Window Film, visit www.aswf.com.
Based in San Diego, California, Solar Gard has been creating window film for homes, buildings, and cars for more than 30 years. The company was recently acquired by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics – part of building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain – in October 2011.
Solar Gard currently makes its products in three facilities in California, Belgium, and China, with another facility expected to open in China in 2012. Solar Gard prides itself on its manufacturing process, which includes efforts to produce uniform products and patented technologies to meet a variety of customer needs.
Solar Gard is also known for its environmental prowess, including receiving ISO 14001 certification for its Environmental Management System and being awarded Climate Action Leader position. To earn these awards, the company has instilled a number of changes over the years including working on the energy efficiency of their manufacturing plants, and they have recently begun using recycled product packaging.
For a company so ingrained in being environmentally friendly in the production of its products, it’s no surprise that their home window film products would be just as eco-friendly. In fact, Solar Gard has gone so far as to assess the impact on the total environment of its building window film. The company announced in November 2010 that the solar window films they manufacture helps steady the temperature of the inside of a building, lowering the energy the building needs to utilize to cool itself down by 30 percent.
When it comes to home window film for helping to block the sun’s damaging rays, Solar Gard offers a variety of options that all help to stop 98 percent of UV light from getting in, and in many cases can block out up to 82 percent of heat from the sun. For example, Solar Gard’s stainless steel product utilizes a grey tint and low reflection for a natural effect. The company’s Graffitigard line helps protect windows from vandals, while still blocking 98 percent of UV rays. And the Quantum line are metalized to offer peak heat control, and is even available in a great enough thickness to be used as a safety film as well.
Speaking of safety films, Solar Gard also has a full line of those as well for those that need added safe guards to their windows. The company’s Armorcoat Clear product is totally natural and indiscernible on windows, however it offers full protection for windows and is available in a variety of thicknesses up to 14 millimeters. And the solar version of Solar Gard’s safety films offers everything the clear version does with the added benefit of solar protection through tints of grey, bronze or silver.
For more information on Solar Gard and their products, visit www.solargard.com.