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Look for the IWFA Logo When You Look for Window Film

The International Window Film Association exists to help ensure information about window films are as accurate as possible and that the industry is treated fairly so it can advance. Why do I mention this? For nearly three decades the IWFA has worked to improve people’s understanding of window film. Part of the IWFA’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for our members and the industry at large as well.

Back To School Security

- Darrell Smith

School buildings when I attended elementary school were designed far differently than today's structures.  The exterior was usually brick and the windows, while wood framed and single pane, were placed pretty high off the ground, so it would be difficult for someone to reach up to get inside. The front doors were solid wood flanked with narrow glass sidelites.

Summertime is also Break-in Time

We all want to get away for vacation and when we do, we don't want to be worrying if someone is breaking into our residence. But being worried about a break-in is a reasonable concern as the FBI's crime data paints the following picture:

  • July and August are the most popular months for break-ins (thieves like warmer weather too)
  • The hours in which most break-ins occur is between 10 am and 3 pm (I'd like to work just those hours too)
  • The most common entry point is the front door. Next most common is a window, followed by a back door.

When School's Out - The Retrofits Begin

Many public school's close for the summer months, making it an ideal time for repairs and retrofits to the buildings.

For cost savings and return on investment, window films are often the most cost-effective with a payback period that is in many instances less than five years. Full window replacements, on the other hand, may have decades long payback periods for schools, according to a report from the Building Technologies Office of the Department of Energy. It lists full window replacement payback periods for different climate zones at anywhere between 32.4 years (Las Vegas) to 151.8 years (Duluth)....

The Rules of The Road - For Your Protection

It's been a while since I completed driver education and passed the driver's test so I can drive. What I learned then has stuck with me and it has also kept me safe and saved me money too - no traffic infractions to pay and the associated insurance surcharges.

I also make sure my vehicle is 'up to code', meaning that I do my best to maintain it. When I go to the shop for an oil change, I make sure my tires have enough tread to handle the occasional harsh conditions that I drive.

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