Houston Tint Shops, Distribution Centers Begin to Reopen After Hurricane

July 10th, 2024 by Casey Flores

Tint shops in Houston are still suffering the effects of Hurricane Beryl, which hit the major U.S. city on Monday.

The storm slammed into southeast Texas on Monday, knocking out power to more than two million homes, closing ports, flooding roadways and killing at least seven people.

Window Film magazine reached out to multiple window film shops in the area on Wednesday; most of our calls went unanswered as the city continues to recover. A Wednesday morning call to Tint World Galleria resulted in an auto-text saying, “This is Shawn from Tint World Galleria. I see we missed your call, but we still don’t have power.”

Balu Patel, owner of Superior Tint and Alarm, is one owner who did answer. His shop didn’t get power back until yesterday at 6 p.m. central time. Today is the first day the company has been open since the storm, but Patel doesn’t expect much business.

“I don’t think we’re going to do anything because everyone is trying to fix their houses,” he says.

Luckily, his only loss was time and there was no damage to his shop. Many potential customers are still without power, he says, and he expects a slow week.

Ulises Vazquez, owner of Total Window Tint in the city, says today is the first day he’s been open as well. He has a generator for times like this.

Solar Control Window Film, a Global Hi-Tech Films distributor based in Houston, was closed for the past two days but is back in business as of Wednesday.

An automatic text that comes from Houston-based Tint World Galleria when called.

“At this point we are up and running,” says AJ Gonzalez, a customer service representative. “Some of Houston is still without power.”

She says they have yet to hear from UPS or FedEx as to whether they can expect film shipments to be delayed further but are working to make contact.

Solar Control Window Film owner Phillip Hollacher says they are working hard to get shipments out and that there was no damage to the distribution center.

This story is developing, and Window Film will continue to provide updates as they are made available.

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