Tornadoes Damage U.S. Towns; Window Film Helped in Isolated Cases

June 9th, 2011 by Editor

Of the 25-30 tinted windows at the Central Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa, only three were blown out.

Over the past two months tornadoes have left many states in peril and destruction. Images of rubble and piles of wood and nails have been splashed across television screens. Cities like Joplin, Mo. and Tuscaloosa, Ala. have been hit hard and residents are now left to pick up the pieces.

Mike Wilkins, owner of Precision Tint and Signs in Tuscaloosa, Ala. is one business that is helping to pick up the pieces.
“The recovery and cleaning up process is going on now. They are starting to rebuild in some places,” says Wilkins. “It changed the whole face of Tuscaloosa.”

Wilkins’ shop survived the storm, but many of customers’ buildings did not.

The glass in the door at the church was held in place by regular film during the storm.

“It did affect a bunch of my key marquee businesses that I have tinted. One of those was a Krispy Kreme doughnut store that I had tinted last year and it was one of my shining glories,” says Wilkins. “It got destroyed, but they are going to build back and we are going to tint it again.”

However, amidst the debris and clean-up Wilkins has seen some instances where film held broken glass together and minimized damage.

“In my church the building was destroyed, but out of 25-30 windows in the auditorium, only three of them got blown out. The rest of them held together,” says Wilkins. “That wasn’t security film either, just regular window film, but it did actually help hold the glass together.”

Like so many others, Wilkins has been busy doing his share to clean-up the city and that includes getting back to tinting.

“We have absolutely been getting more calls since the storm. That paired with the high heat is driving the phones,” says Wilkins.

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