Case Study: Tower on the Maumee Retrofit Windows – From Inefficient Eyesore to Sustainable Showstopper

November 21, 2023

In the heart of Toledo, Ohio, stands a testament to the transformative power of modern window film technology. A building that was once an eyesore and symbol of inefficiency has been reborn, thanks to the innovative use of 3M Prestige 40 window film. This case study delves into how Clearview Tinting played a pivotal role in this transformation.

Tower on the Maumee Background:

Built in the 1960s for Owens Corning, the 29-storey building, with over 2,150 windows, had seen better days. After Owens Corning vacated in the 1980s, the building remained empty for decades, serving only as a host for radio antennas. It was wrought with asbestos and had old, peeling window film on the exterior making the tower an eyesore for all who passed by. However, between 2016 and 2018, a significant renovation breathed new life into the structure.

The Challenge for Clearview Tinting:

The building’s windows, dating back to the 60s, were a significant concern. An old film applied in the late 60s had deteriorated, making the building look unappealing. Moreover, the single-pane glass made temperature regulation a nightmare, with the building becoming unbearably hot during summers and freezing during winters. These wild temperatures put significant strain on the heating and cooling systems in the building.

The Solution – Retrofit Windows with Prestige 40:

Clearview Tinting was brought in to address the challenge. The old film was removed, and 3M’s Prestige 40 window film was applied to over 60,000 square feet of glass. This film was chosen for its ability to block over 65% of heat, absorbing and reflecting it simultaneously, and allowing 40% of visible light in. This application ensured that the building remained aesthetically pleasing while becoming more energy-efficient as it helped regulate indoor temperatures and relieve strain on the HVAC system.

“It was a night and day difference,” said Tony Bishop, Owner of Clearview Tinting. “I mean, it’s between 15 to 20 degrees difference per floor after we put the film on the glass.”

Additional Benefits of Prestige 40 Retrofit Windows:

Beyond temperature regulation, the installation also brought other benefits:

Aesthetics: The new film gave the building a refreshed look, making it more appealing and modern from the outside. 

Improved Visibility: When inside the building, you can see out and enjoy the cityscapes without having visibility blocked by a film that is too dark.

Energy Efficiency: The film played a crucial role in ensuring the building’s HVAC systems operated efficiently, reducing energy costs.  

Cost Savings: A major benefit of retrofitting windows with window film is the decreased expense from not needing to replace the windows altogether. 

Reduced Waste: The building’s single-pane windows could remain intact and out of a landfill as the Prestige 40 film brought the existing windows up to have similar temperature regulating features as modern, double-pain windows.

Conclusion – Retrofit Windows with Window Film for Increased Sustainability and Visual Appeal:

The transformation of this building serves as a beacon for other businesses looking to retrofit their structures. As Mr. Bishop aptly puts it, “Any older buildings or buildings with existing glass where the glass is in good shape and they’re just looking to try and make their existing HVAC more efficient, window film is a great retrofit to help accomplish that goal.”

This case study underscores the potential of retrofit windows in transforming old buildings into sustainable, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing structures. With experts like Clearview Tinting leading the way, the future of building renovations looks bright.

If you’re ready to experience the benefits of window tinting for yourself, contact Clearview Tinting today to schedule a free consultation. We have more than 25 years of experience in the window tint industry, and our team would be more than happy to assist you with all of your window tinting needs. Clearview Tinting serves homeowners and business owners in Northern Ohio and Southern Michigan.