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Simple Ways to Strengthen Home Privacy & Security

2022-11-16T23:06:02+00:00November 16, 2022|

Over one million burglaries happen in America every year. Of those, more than half involve forcible entry. Residential properties are by far the most targeted, with most burglaries occurring during the daytime. Although most people are lucky enough to never experience a home intruder, there’s always a small chance that it could happen to you. But when you’re at home, you shouldn’t have to worry about what-if scenarios. You should always feel safe and protected in your own home. If you don’t feel safe, here are some simple ways to strengthen home privacy and security:

  • Install a Home Security System
  • Put Up a Privacy Fence
  • Add Window Treatments
  • Invest in Window Film for Home Privacy & Security

Install a Home Security System

One way to foster an increased sense of privacy and safety around your home is installing a home security system. Having an alarm system can help you feel more secure in your own home, especially if you’re alone. When paired with video surveillance, it can add more complete coverage to give you a feeling of full protection. However, these systems can be pricey and may require subscribing to a monitoring service as well.

Put Up a Privacy Fence

Neighborhoods are great for fostering a feeling of community, but they can often lack that sense of privacy. If you live in a subdivision or other area where the houses are close together, it can feel like you’re constantly living under a magnifying glass. Privacy fences not only can give you peace of mind by enhancing privacy, but they can also deter people from accessing your property.

Add Window Treatments

Windows are one of the easiest ways people see inside your home. Leaving windows exposed without any blinds, shades, or curtains could potentially allow burglars to scope out your house for valuables beforehand. By adding window treatments, you can improve privacy to keep onlookers from peering in when you’re not at home.

Invest in Window Film for Home Privacy & Security

What if there was a simpler way to improve home privacy and security that only required a thin layer of film? 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film applies to flat glass to delay intrusions, and frosted or reflective films can improve home privacy.

An Invisible Layer of Protection

3M™ Safety & Security Film not only makes glass more difficult to penetrate, but it also holds it together if it were to shatter. By making it more challenging to break through the glass, this window film delays intrusion and could potentially deter a burglary altogether. Even just having a few extra minutes can give you enough time to escape and call for help. When incidents like these occur, every single second counts.

Safety window film also helps prevent injuries associated with broken glass, making it beneficial protection to have in case of accidents or natural disasters. Flying shards of glass are not just hazardous but potentially deadly. Even though window film is practically invisible, it can add another layer of protection to your home. Plus, you can pair window film with any of the suggestions above for more comprehensive protection.

A Cloak of Privacy

Window film can also help create privacy for your home. While there are certainly clear varieties that will leave your windows’ appearance virtually unchanged, frosted and mirror films are also available for those who want to obscure views into their home. Something to keep in mind is that the privacy provided by reflective films is dependent on lighting conditions. If it is dark outside and you have lights on inside your home, people can still see through your windows. However, when it’s brighter outside than inside, the film provides a one-way mirror effect. On the other hand, frosted film offers privacy at all times. With a wide variety of patterns, textures, and opacities available, you can tailor the visibility and natural light transmission to your requirements.

You Deserve to Feel Protected

By investing in the privacy and security of your home, you’re enhancing your quality of life. If you’d like to learn more about the best window film for accomplishing your goals, contact the window tinting experts at Carolina Solar Security!

Carolina Solar Security is a 3M™ Authorized Prestige Window Film Dealer in Wilmington, NC. We have been providing North Carolina homeowners and business owners with window tinting solutions since 1985 and never stop working to bring our customers the best products paired with the most skilled window film technicians. Reach out to us for your free quote today!

Frost Bands: How to Add Style and Privacy to Your Office Space

2022-12-01T05:11:54+00:00October 24, 2022|

If you’re tired of looking at your office space and want to spice things up without disrupting the open design of your workspace, then frost bands might be the solution you need to add style and privacy to your office space. What are frost bands? Frost bands are translucent bands that attach directly onto glass doors, walls, and windows to give the impression that they are frosted when they’re not. Frost bands can also cover up scratches on glass panels and make them look new again while also helping to block out sunlight that shines through windows or glass doors during the day.

What are Frosted Bands?

Frosted bands are a type of decorative window film that includes an opaque, crystalized design. They can be cut or formed into any shape. The bands can be used as a partition between two offices, or even just for privacy in an open-concept office. If you want your company logo on the frosted film, we can use what is known as a plotter to cut out the shape. We at Carolina Solar Security can also use the plotter to create custom designs to add some style to match your brand!

Why use them?

Glass doors and walls look amazing. They make spaces seem larger, brighter, and more welcoming. But they can also make your staff feel uncomfortable. Imagine sitting in your all-glass office and seeing someone come by and stare in at you like a fish in a bowl. It’s just uncomfortable! But frosted bands can give your staff the exact amount of privacy they need to feel comfortable in your space.

Many office spaces use frosted bands, especially if they have floor-to-ceiling glass windows or doors. And it’s not hard to understand why, because the benefits of using decorative frost are plentiful:

  • It provides privacy without blocking out natural light from entering the space through the glass.
  • It’s cost-effective by decreasing heating and cooling costs by rejecting excess heat.
  • It can include company logos as part of a custom design.
  • And much more!

Where do you get them?

For more than 35 years, Carolina Solar Security has been installing decorative frosted window films across the state of North Carolina. As an authorized 3M window film dealer, we only offer the highest quality films available. And of course, that includes frosted window film products from the industry-leading manufacturers at 3M.

Beyond great products, we offer stellar professional installation services and project management. We make it our mission to make the window film installation process as easy as possible for you. So, just tell us what you need, when you’re available, and we’ll handle the rest.

What to consider in a vendor?

We have been installing frosted window film for businesses in North Carolina for decades. So it’s safe to say that we have the experience, training, tools, and know-how to help you with any frosted window film project you may have. Whether it’s adding privacy or style to your office space or creating a custom design that will impress staff and visitors, our team is ready.

But if you’re not in our region and looking for high-quality installation, we want to help you find the right fit.

You’re looking for a partner that can deliver superior quality at competitive prices. It’s simple, right? Not so fast. You also want a reputable company that provides solutions that make sense for your facility and get the job right the first time. Ultimately, you want an expert team with experience doing it well! And we’ve got exactly what you need. So, if you can’t work with Carolina Solar Security, make sure you’re working with an experienced installation company that has certifications to back their claims up.

Got an idea for frosted window film bands?

If you’re in search of frosted window film for your business, Carolina Solar Security is here to help. We can help you find products for any type of building—from offices and hotels to retail spaces and more. Frosted films are a great option for businesses that want to add style without sacrificing privacy, so if that sounds like what you’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you!

Don’t Let Hurricanes Smash Your Windows – Protect Them With Hurricane Safety Window Film

2022-09-23T16:31:10+00:00September 23, 2022|

What happens when your home’s windows are smashed to smithereens by the powerful winds of a hurricane? Water leaks in, and unless you have more than one set of replacement windows, you’re stuck waiting for them to be delivered. Plus, your home is exposed to the elements until the window replacement can be carried out. If you want to protect your home from hurricanes and strong storms, consider adding 3M security window film onto your existing windows instead of replacing them with new ones.

Carolina Solar Security values the safety of our community here in North Carolina. Our team understands that informed preparation leads to solutions. It should come as no surprise that North Carolina has Extreme Storms and Hurricanes that put our community in at risk.

Our top tips on making your home safer in a hurricane

First and foremost, you should make sure you have hurricanes on your radar this hurricane season. If you know when one is coming, you have time to identify proper shelter, gather some essentials, and establish an evacuation plan if necessary.

Still, one of the best ways to stay ready for bad weather is to install security film before there is a threat. Staying safe during hurricane season is all about preparedness. You need to prepare your windows for the inevitable storm by using Hurricane Security Window Films by 3M. This will prevent water damage and keep windows from breaking, which could be a serious safety issue.

Why install hurricane safety film

Hurricanes are powerful, but your windows don’t have to be weak points in your storm-safety plan. Hurricane security film can protect your glass from the force of a hurricane by stopping projectile glass shards and slowing water leaks and damage.

A 3M Certified Installation Professionals, like those at Carolina Solar Security, will help you find a hurricane safety film solution that fits your needs, property, and budget. We can also provide guidance on where hurricane safety window film will offer protection, and explain why it’s often part of a broader hurricane preparation plan.

The ways hurricane safety film helps you stay safe

The high winds of a hurricane can easily send projectiles that break your windows. The right window film will hold those glass shards together, which means glass will not be flying through your home at dangerous speeds.

It’s not just wind, either; the water from hurricanes is dangerous. It could contain chemicals from pollution and dirt from erosion. This water could also damage your electronics, leaving you at risk for electrical fires down the line.

These can damage your property in ways you never thought possible, but you can do something about it. Hurricane security window film is a protective barrier that is applied to your windows so they’ll be safe during storms. It prevents water damage and other hazards caused by hurricanes, strong storms, and flying debris.

Carolina Solar Security’s Quick Hurricane Safety Guide

We realize that was a lot of content to reach through, so we prepared a quick guide for you below. Our guide will help you prepare for a storm and stay safe with essential tips. Read on to stay ready, and contact us if you’re ready to increase your home’s resilience in storms.

Hurricane Precaution Pre-Planning Action List:

  • Install hurricane safety window film that will keep windows from shattering.
  • Make sure all forms of transportation has an adequate amount of gas
  • Plan for an emergency evacuation course
  • Use media outlets as a form of live updates of the storm

Hurricane Precaution Pre-Planning Supply List

A well-stocked and secured home is crucial during severe weather. A family’s supply list should focus on:

  • Nourishment: Water, Non-perishable food
  • Energy: Gasoline, Batteries, Generator
  • Safety: Flashlights, First-aid kit, Rope, Medicine
  • Cleanliness: Toilet paper, Sanitizer

The Arrival of the Storm: Safety Tips

  • Track the storm location using a form of social media or media outlets
  • Find shelter in a basement, closet or bathroom (anywhere away from windows)
  • Stand away from windows
  • Save battery life of all technological items

We hope this article has helped you gather pertinent information regarding your and your family’s safety during this Hurricane Season.

A Hole-In-One at UNC Pembroke

2022-11-16T23:30:42+00:00August 10, 2022|

Since joining the AP Corp family earlier this year, Carolina Solar Security has had a lot of amazing opportunities presented. One of our favorites is the chance to expand our services to include commercial graphics. And guess what? We’ve officially completed our first installation-a wall mural at UNC Pembroke. Read on to learn more about how AP, Carolina Solar Security, and UNC Pembroke are working together to create beautiful custom spaces.


Before we tell you all about the work we’ve done with UNC Pembroke, we want to tell you a little more about the university itself. Located in north Pembroke, North Carolina, UNC Pembroke is a public master’s level degree-granting university and part of the University of North Carolina system.

The university offers its students hundreds of pathways to undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as small class sizes. And as far as campus life goes, students have a variety of activities they can take part in. But, as is usually the case with college kids, students bond over cheering for the university’s NCAA Division II sports teams.

Our History with UNC Pembroke

While this is Carolina Solar Security’s first 3M commercial graphics project, it’s one of many UNC Pembroke installations for AP Corp. Beginning in 2019, AP and UNC Pembroke have worked together to create three different high-impact wall murals. These include a massive mural 42-foot mural in their gymnasium, a hallway mural showing snippets of the campus culture, and a conference room in their athletic building. Each wall mural at UNC Pembroke has been the visual embodiment of the UNCP Athletics Department’s spirit, values, and victory.

This year, UNC Pembroke reached out to AP and Carolina Solar Security for yet another vinyl wall mural featuring their school’s athletic excellence. But this time we got to do something a little different. We installed this custom printed mural in their newly renovated golf team locker room.

On the Green with UNC Pembroke

Let it be known that UNCP doesn’t do anything in halves, and this locker room is no exception. Yes, it has all the usual accommodations, but they took this project a couple of steps further. They put in a literal putting green, turf and all. They contacted us in May 20222 to add a little bit of scenery and bring some personality to the space.

This scenery was a 32-foot mural of a golf course featuring real UNCP golfers, the team’s name, and their mascot logo. Printed on 3M IJ 180, a 3M printed graphics material perfect for interiors and completed with a matte laminate, the mural adds a unique and inspiring backdrop to the unique interior features of the room.

The VIP Treatment

For a project as unique and large as this, we decided to pull out the big guns and give UNCP the VIP treatment. The installation was completed by Carolina Solar Security’s Partner and Regional Operations Director, Luke McLawhorn. And at his side was AP Corp’s CEO and founder, Bill Valway.

That’s right, Carolina Solar Security and AP Corp both sent their #1 guys to get this job done, and their expertise really shows. A 32-foot mural can be a challenge for anyone to install, but this project included a couple of intricacies that would through other graphics professionals for a loop. These included the electrical outlets and a protruding electrical box. While some companies would have left these out of the installation, we wrapped them to preserve the mural’s immersive effect.

Make Your Vision a Reality

Commercial Graphics can be a game-changer for any space. From the lackluster walls of a typical office to the plain white walls in a gym. They can bring people together, build team spirit, and inspire anyone to go all-out. At Carolina Solar Security we pride ourselves on delivering the best to our clients.  We are a one-stop shop that can design, print, and install your vision.

Carolina Solar Security is a certified installer of commercial graphics in the coastal Carolina region that offers turnkey solutions. Get in touch with us today to see how we can incorporate impactful commercial graphics into your North Carolina business.

A New Era at Carolina Solar Security

2022-11-16T23:56:59+00:00July 20, 2022|

A lot has changed at Carolina Solar Security this year, and all for the better. But we don’t want to leave anyone out of the loop. So, here we are, giving you an update on what’s been going on with us and what this new era at Carolina Solar Security means for the future. Read on to learn about our new structure, services, and website.

How This All Started

If you are a long-time client of our business, you may know that we were founded by U.S. Armed Forced Veteran John Norwood and have proudly served Wilmington, North Carolina since 1985. John dedicated his professional life to serving this community, providing energy-saving and security-improving window film solutions to home and business owners alike.

In 2021, John Norwood decided it was time to retire and began exploring ways to make sure the company continued to grow after his departure. Then, through a mutual connection to Manny Hondroulis, 3M’s Vice President of Energy Products Distribution, John met AP Corp’s CEO Bill Valway. After some months of discussion and negotiation, AP Corp finalized its acquisition of Carolina Solar Security, bringing the company into the AP family.

A lot has changed at Carolina Solar Security this year, and all for the better. But we don’t want to leave anyone out of the loop. So, here we are, giving you an update on what’s been going on with us and what this new era at Carolina Solar Security means for the future. Read on to learn about our new structure, services, and website.

About AP Corp

The AP Corp journey began in 2001 as a one-man auto tint shop in a residential garage. Over the years, our CEO identified related services and expanded the company’s capabilities. It started with additional auto services before moving into residential window tinting. Before long, AP Corp was expanding to commercial window tinting and even commercial graphics like wall mural sand building wraps.

Today, AP Corp is the 7th largest window film and graphics provider in the nation. We are proud of the company we’ve built, and we are especially proud to have built a company that John Norwood would trust with the organization he was so devoted to.

New People

First, our aforementioned CEO, Bill Valway. By now, you are more than familiar with his extensive work as the founder of AP Corp. Under his leadership, the company has been recognized in the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America list three times and has been named Window Film Magazine’s Top Dealer for 5-years running. While running our growing business, he is also the Co-Owner of 44Tools, a company offering the most comprehensive group of window film installation tools in the world.

Next, we’d like to introduce you to Chris Fong. Chris joined the team in 2011 as a graphic designer, and everything just snowballed from there. He quickly mastered the graphic design game, dominated in sales as the Director of Sales, and then learned to install every product we offer, and then became the most certified 3M installer on the East Coast.

Finally, there’s Luke McLawhorn, your go-to guy for everything Carolina Solar Security. Luke is a born and raised North Carolinian with a military background. He is a 3M certified window film installer who joined our team in 2018. With our acquisition of Carolina Solar Security, Luke has become a partner in our business.

New Products

Alright, we’re really excited about this one. Carolina Solar Security now offers 3M commercial graphics solutions to business owners throughout North Carolina!

If you’re unfamiliar, commercial graphics can include just about every kind of custom-designed building application imaginable. At Carolina Solar Security, commercial graphics can include everything from window graphics to wall murals. We can help you direct foot traffic with custom floor graphics or make a splash in the community with a full building wrap.

What makes Carolina Solar Security stand out amongst other vendors offering commercial graphics is our unique, turnkey solutions. We’re not one of those companies that just take your money and leave you to sort out the details. Instead, we offer professional graphic design options with our award-winning graphic design team. Then, we handle all the project management and coordination for you. This way, you don’t have to waste time juggling relationships with multiple vendors. You can just sit back and do what you do best, run your business.

New Website

If you’re reading this, then you already noticed that we have launched a new website. As we said, this is a new era for Carolina Solar Security. And a new era deserves a modernization of our technology.

But this redesign isn’t just about looks, it’s about the experience. We wanted to highlight the positive changes our company is experiencing by making the user experience on our website better. We have made it easier for you to get the information you need and get in touch when you have questions.

Since this website is so new, we encourage and invite you to deliver your feedback. As we grow, we will need your input to become the top window film and graphics provider out there.

What’s Next for Carolina Solar Security

So, what’s next in the new era for Carolina Solar Security? Well, we’re going to continue to grow throughout the coastal Carolina region. The first step will, of course, be growing our team of 3M certified installers to assist our clients in the most timely and efficient manner.

For those who have been here from the beginning, thank you. You’ve helped us get so far and we hope you will stay with us as we grow.

How to Grow Brand Recognition in your Local Market

2022-12-14T02:33:10+00:00June 6, 2022|

You’ve done it all by this point. Your company’s paperwork is filled out, you have your EIN, you have a logo and a website and everything else your business could possibly need. But now you’re facing the age old question – how to grow brand recognition in your local market.

We at Carolina Solar Security have been asking ourselves this same question since 1985, and we’re sorry to say that there isn’t a simple answer to the riddle that is local brand awareness. But we do have a few tips and tricks to help you get started. Keep reading to learn more. 

Build an Outstanding Website

A good website goes a long way, that’s why you need to build you website the right way. But, what is the right way? A good website is one that has a clean, clear design, is easy to navigate, and easy to find. To do this, you will need to have a clear understanding of what your website will look like and build it with proper search engine optimization.

Now, your new website won’t start bringing in hundreds of leads on day one. It’s going to take some time to build that kind of web traffic. Instead, focus your efforts on building a website that will pay off in the long run. You can do this by frequently updating your website will relevant and keyword rich information. This will help your website rank higher in local search results.

Attend a Community Events 

The easiest way to get your foot in the door of your local community’s market is to simply walk in the room. When your community holds an event that allows businesses to table, your name and brand will be visible to every person who passes your booth. 

Event Attendance Hack: No matter how many community events you attend, you’ll never get the chance to talk to every potential client. Some might not even walk in your general direction! To capture the attention of these attendees, many brands choose to sponsor the event itself. This way they have boots on the ground and their logo placed throughout the venue. 

Join a Networking Group 

At the end of the day, relationships keep your business going. Why not join a mentorship or networking group to expand your business and grow your brand recognition? 

In any given area, there are countless opportunities to network with leaders inside and outside of your industry. If you need help getting started, we recommend peer mentorship programs like Vistage (a favorite of our CEO, Bill Valway), joining the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, or looking into a local CEO Club. 

No matter what type of networking organization you join, you’re bound to make long-term relationships with leaders in your area who can help you grow your brand recognition. 

Get Involved with Charitable Giving

Getting involved in your community through charitable giving and volunteer work is a great way to connect with your local market. Charity projects are staffed by employees and volunteers who are active in their communities, and they will help you make new connections throughout the local market. 

Beyond expanding your network, charitable giving and volunteer work sends an important message to your staff and potential clients about your consideration for the community. It will help your team and clients bond over a shared goal that goes much deeper than business. 

Pro Tip: Do your due diligence before aligning your brand with a nonprofit organization. Since you are already making a bold statement about your companies values by getting involved in your community, ensure you stand by it’s practices. You can use helpful tools like Charity Navigator to do just that.

Social Media

Social Media is a no-brainer when it comes to local brand recognition. Sure, you can show off your favorite projects with social media, but you can also use it to engage your audience on a personal level, in real time. By making your brand easily accessible, you are making it easier to remember. 

One thing to note: People can tell when you’re being disingenuous. And being disingenuous is a social media death sentence. When you post, make sure it is relevant to your brands message and adding something to the conversation. To put it simply-post from the heart. 

Branded Commercial Graphics

Now, we know you don’t have all the time in the world for networking and posting on Instagram. You’re busy running your business! So when you’re too busy to attend that Lunch & Learn for CEOs, choose a professionally-designed commercial graphics instead. 

Carolina Solar Security began offering commercial graphics to clients throughout North Carolina following its acquisition by AP Corp in early 2022. As a branch of AP Corp, we can proudly offer professional design and installation services for everything from window graphics to building wraps. An attention grabbing window graphic or building wrap is an easy way to stand out from the crowd, simply because they demand the attention of those who pass by. 

Ready to make a splash in the local market? 

Whether you have a large building on the busy streets of Fayetteville, North Carolina, or a storefront on the side of a major road, vinyl window graphics or building graphics will help you reach new clients. 

So, when you’re ready to make a splash, contact your local commercial graphics company. For more information on our applied vinyl services, get in touch with us today!

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