A few years ago, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas received a FEMA grant and set out to find a way to secure the vast expanse of glass windows and doors that existed – unprotected – in the 850-bed facility. The goal was to find protection from damage occurring as the result of a natural disaster, and protect the hospital’s assets if looting occurred. After an intensive research and consultation process, they found a solution in window film, like the products offered by Glamour Glaze.
Benefits of Hospital Window Tinting
- UV Protection
A hospital is a place you go to be well, not to receive damage from the sun’s harmful rays. Modern UV-blocking films protect not only the patients and staff but also medications and equipment. Close to total protection from damaging UV rays can be achieved with many products.
In the healthcare setting, privacy is an increasing concern. Darker or mirrored tinting on lower street level windows provides patients with privacy while allowing them to maintain a connection to the outside world. Being able to see outside and observe the natural progression from light to darkness is an important consideration for patients with neurological conditions.
As the researchers at Baylor Medical Center discovered, window tinting film offers excellent protection from the shattering of glass due to accidental breakages, storm or wind damage, and intrusion attempts. The film works by adding a strengthening layer to one or both sides of the glass. The film can be tinted to any specification or completely transparent. In a hospital setting, double reinforced shatterproof glass coatings are frequently used on pharmacy and nursery windows.
Window tinting often offers a return on investment in energy savings alone as it offers the most cost-efficient method of reducing energy costs. In addition to blocking harmful UV rays, tinted window film can block as much as 86% of the sun’s heat. According to the US Department of Energy, 33% of heat is lost through unprotected windows. Due to its insulated properties, windows protected with window tinting film, retain more of the internal heat during the winter.
Increased Comfort for Patients and Staff
Comfort is a major concern in the hospital setting. It correlates directly with patient and employee satisfaction. The use of window film reduces the glare on computer and electronic screens, which eases eye strain. Productivity is known to be increased in settings where employees have a higher degree of comfort. Patients and staff that regularly sit by unprotected glass windows may become over-heated and can even receive sunburns as a result.
Glamour Glaze Can Help
Glamour Glaze is Utah’s premier window tinting company. As an authorized 3M Dealer, we offer unparalleled products delivered with the utmost knowledge and skill. We are so confident in our abilities, we offer a 15-year warranty on our window tinting film and installation; one of the most comprehensive in the industry. Contact us today for a free consultation and discover how we can meet your hospital, other commercial building or residential window tinting needs.