Harvey, Irma, Jose…Maria?? Protecting Your Home From Storm Damage

Storm Damage

What You Can Do To Protect Your Home

Harvey, Irma, Jose….Maria?

It’s been an especially active and damaging hurricane season, and it’s not over yet. While Virginia has been spared most of the damage so far, we certainly have experienced our share of downed trees, power outages, and damage from flying debris over the years.

One of the most vulnerable parts of any building during any severe weather event is your windows.  Broken glass blown inward can cause a great deal of damage, injury, and even death.

Storm Damage Protection for Homes

At Clear View Window Tinting, we help homeowners protect their families and interiors from the inside out with 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films.  This affordable window film solution for residential customers is designed to:

  • Mitigates hazards from shattered glass due to natural and human causes.
  • Increases security and provides added protection against smash and grab burglaries.
  • Helps provide protection to people and property from flying glass in natural disasters.
  • Combine with 3M™ Sun Control Films to enjoy enhanced safety, as well as the benefits of a sun control film.

Learn more about how this film helped protect a Florida family’s home during a hurricane in this case study.

Storm Damage Protection for Businesses

Our window film solutions also include safety and security applications for businesses, decreasing damage and liability, and designed for large windows. Benefits include:

  • Mitigates hazards from shattered glass during natural disasters.
  • Helps protect people from flying glass shards, one of the most common causes of blast-related injuries and fatalities.
  • Micro-layered and tear-resistant to help increase security and provide added protection against smash and grab burglaries.
  • Combine with 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment Systems for additional safety and security.



Find out how affordable 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films can help protect your home or business, and save you thousands in damage, liability and cleanup costs.

We look forward to working with you-

The Clear View Window Team

Our Consultations are Fun, Educational, and Of Course Always Free.

Lessons From the Eclipse

Lessons From The Eclipse

Solar Protection Year Round

The Great American Eclipse of 2017

The August 2017 eclipse was the first with a path of totality crossing the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the U.S. since 1918. Millions of Americans had the opportunity to view at least part of the event, but with a vital tool- solar eclipse glasses.

Demand was so high for solar eclipse glasses in the days leading to the eclipse that they were nearly impossible to find. Prices soared up to $50 a pair for what retailed for $1.99 weeks earlier.

Thanks to nationwide outreach and education from NASA and other organizations, people from coast to coast learned proper eye protection was vital to safely view this amazing event without risking permanent eye damage.

Sun Protection 365 Days A Year

At Clearview Window Tinting, we also strive to educate our community on how important solar protection is for long term exposure to the interior of homes and businesses.  This also includes the health of the people who live in, work in, and visit your home or business.

Solar heat comes from two primary sources, the visible light you can see and the infrared light you can feel.

Prestige Series window films use non-metalized, multi-layer optical film and nano-technology to reject up to 97% of the sun’s infrared light and reject up to 60% of the heat coming through your windows. These films also reject up to 99.9% of damaging UV rays to reduce fading of your furnishings.

UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent and are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year. Window film can help prevent harmful UVA rays from damaging both your skin and your belongings. (SkinCancer.org)

So save your eclipse glasses for the next solar eclipse in the United States in 2024, and remember to protect your home, business, and your health in the long term with 3M Window Film.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has awarded its Seal of Recommendation to window films manufactured by 3M and professionally installed by the experts at Clear View Window Tinting.

Questions?  We would love to hear from you!


The Clear View Window Team


Our Consultations are Fun, Educational, and Of Course Always Free.

The Heat is On- Are You Keeping Your Cool?

The Heat is On- Are You Keeping Your Cool?

Beat the Heat Without Sacrificing Your View

Eliminate excessive heat.

If you’re avoiding certain rooms in your home because they’re uncomfortably warm in the light of the sun, it’s time to make your rooms livable again.

While curtains and blinds are great for privacy and help to block some heat, they do so at the cost of natural light. 3M™ Window Films help eliminate hot spots while preserving the view, making every seat in the house guest-worthy.

  • Reject the sun’s heat while preserving your view
  • Complement and protect your decorative curtains and blinds
  • Increase the comfort of your home
  • Protect your floors and furnishings
  • Save on cooling costs

Clear View Window Tinting has a solution to help you keep your home or business cooler this summer.  Family, employees, clients, guests, pets, everyone will thank you!  To learn more and schedule your free personal consultation, please contact us below.

Enjoy your summer, and stay cool- Thanks from your friends at Clear View Window Tinting!


Our Consultations are Fun, Educational, and Of Course Always Free.

Innovative Solutions for Odd Shaped Windows

Odd Shaped Windows...

Are Not A Problem...

...With Window Tinting Solutions from Clear View Window Tinting

Odd Shaped Windows?  No Problem.

Beautiful views no matter what size or shape your windows are, while protecting your interiors from heat and sun damage.

When dealing with ½ moon and trapezoid shaped windows it can be challenging if not impossible to fit these windows with traditional window treatments. In addition, high up and hard to reach windows can be problematic if you don’t have the budget for motorized shades or don’t want traditional treatments closed all day.

Clear View Window Tinting has the solution to this problem that’s effective, attractive and affordable.

Here’s a great example. Your home has upper Great Room windows.  You would prefer to keep the view unobstructed, but you still want to protect your fine interiors from sun damage.  This is how 3M™ Window Film and Clear View Window Tinting can help.

3M™ Window Films provide optical clarity, performance, and a warranty, and can be customized to fit the needs of your specific problem.The optical clarity and reduction of glare of our 3M™ Window Films make the colors more vibrant. Window tinting improved the view and reduced further fading.

Window film is a great option for odd-shaped windows because it can be custom fit to any size or shape.  Want to learn more about your options?  We would be happy to to visit your home or business and provide a customized free consultation.

Our Consultations are Fun, Educational, and Of Course Always Free.

Window Tinting Myths

Window Tinting Myths

Before window tinting at Maya Restaurant  Clear View Window Tinting 3M Prestige Window Film

Window Tinting Myths and Misconceptions-

You have probably seen our tinting

Clear View Window Tinting has installed 3M film in businesses and homes all over Central VA.  There’s a good chance you have been in some these retail spaces and restaurants. More importantly, if you’ve been to these places, you probably didn’t notice the window tinting on the windows. That’s because when window tinting is properly installed, it is virtually unnoticeable.

Myth #1

Window Film is too dark

Fact: Our window tinting will shade a window, however that does not mean it will be dark. 3M Window tinting comes in a wide range of shading options without making the room dark.  Our window tinting softens and filters light. Your clients can enjoy a room with an appropriate amount of light in comfort.

Myth #2

Window Film Does Not Last

Fact: The effective life of window film will vary by the type of film, type of glass, window construction, compass orientation of glass, and in which part of the world the building is located.  All 3M window films for residential and commercial use are warranted by the film manufacturers for a minimum of ten years and up to fifteen years.

Myth #3

Window Film Will Distort the View

Fact: Our 3M™ films are optically clear so there is zero distortion. Also, there are no bronzes, blues or greens added to our films like some other company’s films. So the colors seen through 3M tinting are unchanged. Our tinting actually improves the quality of the view. Our customers state that colors seem more vibrant and that the view is improved.

Myth #4

Window film will peel and bubble over time

Fact: Many people’s only experience with window tinting is when they have observed a window film that has turned purple or is bubbling. This looks terrible and is usually the result of a poor-quality, dyed film being installed.  Clear View Window Tinting uses  3M™ window films exclusively because they are optically clear and come with a lifetime warranty against discoloration, bubbling and peeling. Most people are unaware that the window film is even there.

Myth #5

Window Films are very expensive

Fact: The cost of window tinting is much lower than replacing windows and with the money you save on heating and cooling bills, they pay for themselves in as little as 2-4 years.

Here are a few of our customers that you may recognize,  Lampo Pizzeria, Mas Tapas, Maya Restaurant, and Sticks Kebob in Charlottesville Virginia. You should check out some of these places and see for yourself.

Want to learn more about what window tinting solution is right for your home or business?  Our Consultations are Fun, Educational, and Always Free.  Schedule Yours Today!

Thanks from your friends at Clear View Window Tinting.




Our Consultations are Fun, Educational, and Of Course Always Free.

Employee Productivity and Health

Employee Productivity and Health

Employee Productivity and Lighting

As an employer, you know that employee health and general well have a major impact on your organization, and your bottom line. Were you also aware how great a role lighting plays in affecting employee productivity?

Increased exposure to natural light in offices has been linked to happier workers, less absenteeism and sick days, and higher employee productivity. According to Ivy Cheung, the co-author of a Northwestern University Medicine study,“the extent to which daylight exposure impacts office workers is remarkable”.

People who work in day lit and full-spectrum office buildings report an increase in general well being. Specific benefits in these types of office environments include better health, reduced absenteeism, and increased employee productivity,

Improper Lighting Effects

Dim lighting causes eye strain and headaches because the insufficient lighting forces our eyes to work harder in order to see. This, in turn, can result in fatigue, and a lack of focus which are not ideal qualities in the workplace!

In the same way, florescent lighting equally provokes eye strain and is a major cause for migraines. Insufficient or unpleasant lighting can be dangerous in the workplace for several reasons. First, prolonged eye strain throughout the day drastically reduces concentration.
Secondly, employees are less motivated and carry out tasks less efficiently.  In addition, employees can also become tired more quickly which can lead to accidents.

Improper lighting conditions can result in excessive glare, high temperatures and increase the risk of headaches and migraines. The time lost due to employee fatigue and illness, made worse by poor lighting conditions, has a significant impact on absenteeism and productivity.

Office Health

Studies show that the proper use of daylighting decreases the occurrence of headaches, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) sleep disorders, and eyestrain. Headaches and SAD are related to insufficient light levels. The number one health problem in offices is eyestrain.

The proper integration and management of daylighting in an office building provides the best spectrum of light for the eye. Eyestrain is diminished with landscape view through windows because the combination of short and long range views allows the eye to refocus. When the eye is not allowed to refocus to different distances, the dilating muscles are conditioned to a limited range of perspective. This can lead to near or far sightedness.

Another important yet simple effect from daylighting could be a more positive mood for employees. Increased job satisfaction, work involvement, motivation, organizational attachment, and lowered absenteeism could result from an improved mood. The mixture of softening harsh glare while enabling your employees to have views of the outdoors is a benefit of the correct application of the appropriate window film.


Venetian blinds and shades by themselves are not a viable tactic.  Blinds and shades eliminate natural light and views to the outside and are not a sufficient heat reducing solution.

3M™ Window Films allow the proper amount of daylighting and reduce three to six times more heat from the sun than closed blinds or shades while allowing employees to enjoy the views of the outside.  Your employees’ views will be more pleasant and optically clear with the application of 3M™ Window Films due to their glare reducing capabilities and low interior reflectivity.

This in turn, decreases absenteeism and helps improve your organization’s productivity and offers a very quick payback in money saved and revenue increases.  In addition, 3M™ Window Films have a payback period of typically 2 to 6 years in energy savings alone. Couple those with the life expectancy of 3M™ Window Films at greater than 20 years, is the reason why window film was listed in a US Department of Energy Study as one of only four technologies that received the highest probability of success for payback.

To learn more about how ClearView Window can help you improve productivity in your workplace, please contact us for a free consultation.

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