Window Film & Tinting Case Studies

When residential designer Dan Sater designed “Casa de Huevos II,” a 12,200-square-foot, award-winning home in Greenville, Ohio, he used lots of windows to enhance the home’s grandeur… But while the windows added appeal to the home, they were also the source of intense heat and glare, allowing the sun’s rays to pour into the home. The sun’s rays also threatened to damage the furnishings and decor.

When cousins Michael and Bob Marto, and their friend Costanzo LaRussa, decided to invest in a shared vacation home for their families last year, it was Caribe Resort’s unobstructed views of unspoiled beaches and storybook sunsets that initially attracted them. At the same time, they were concerned about obtaining enhanced protection for their new high-end furnishings from the damaging effects of the sun.

Pittsburgh’s Clayton Mansion, built in 1860, is a gem of Victorian architecture. Its priceless antiques, art, hand-painted wallpaper, and rare fabrics required protection from the damaging effects of the sun to retain their original splendor and ensure preservation. When a $6 million renovation was undertaken for the first two floors of the mansion in 1990, the building’s curator wanted to be sure that a priority was protecting the furnishings and decor.

The Virginia Governor’s mansion, built in 1813, is the oldest continuously occupied executive mansion in the nation. As project managers neared the completion of a renovation of the house, they pondered how best to preserve the priceless antique furnishings and fabrics, hand-woven carpets, and artwork from the damaging effects of the sun. Additionally, they wanted to supplement the mansion’s security system by making it difficult to break through the building’s glass windows and doors.

A 13-story office complex in Vancouver, British Columbia, features floor-to-ceiling windows on its entire southern face. And while those windows are an aesthetic asset, until recently, they were a liability to the comfort of the occupants in the building once the sun rose over the horizon.

A national retail chain recently experienced a break-in at a store in Stuart, Florida. Burglars smashed through the windows, reached in, and quickly grabbed $35,000 worth of jewelry, before police officers could respond to the store’s security alarm. The company wanted to do something to defend its assets in the event of another burglary attempt.