I heard about Armorcoat on this blog and have since obtained a quote for a large window (42″ x 61″) and a glass door (66″ x 20″). To coat all the glass will cost me about $240 with Brower Tint and Graphics on the Eastside. Still waiting on a quote from Seattle Window Tinting.
Here’s what the Armorcoat web site says about it:
“To a thief, a broken window is an open door to the valuables locked inside. Your electronics, jewelry, merchandise and other costly possessions can all be gone in a matter of minutes after a criminal gains entry. Luckily, Armorcoat helps eliminate a burglar’s easiest access route – a broken window. By making a window more difficult to shatter and holding the broken glass firmly within the window frame after breaking, illegal access is much more difficult and less likely to occur.”
I included a picture of what happens when someone DOES try to break the Armorcoated glass. Sure, you end up with a broken window, but you keep Grandma’s jewelry.
The ONLY way an intruder could get into my house now is by breaking glass, because my window has been rendered inoperable and is bolted into its frame. A disturbing number of recent burglaries have happened because of broken windows or second-floor boost-ups. Just a friendly reminder: don’t leave anything outside that can be used to break the window (garden equipment or BBQ tools are common), and never leave a ladder against your house. That’s like saying, “Welcome, Burglar!”
Once I have this installed, I will post a followup about the experience and vendors.
UPDATE: I had Mark at Seattle Tinting come install the UV Armorcoat on the interior windows in my downstairs. They did a great job, despite fighting off my cat’s hair trying to get under the film! The cost for the install and all materials was $227 with tax and took them just over an hour to do three big glass panes. They were also very careful with my furniture and carpets, even taking off their shoes in my house. Nicely done!