Residential Solar Window Film

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Residential Solar Window FilmWhen it comes to shelling out the money for another home improvement project, is tinting house windows really worth it? Sure, tinting home windows might cut down on glare and heat gain during warmer months, but is the ROI worth the cost? 

As experts in different types of window treatments, we can help you weigh the pros and cons of tinted home windows. Of course product selection is crucial when it comes to maximizing your investment. But what many homeowners overlook is the importance of having the window treatment installed professionally. This can be the difference between decades of savings or a few short years before the tint needs replacing. 

Pros and Cons of Tinted Home Windows

Are the windows in your home old, weak, or energy-inefficient? Treating windows with the right window film is one of the easiest and most economical ways to boost energy efficiency. But that’s not all. Certain types of window films are equipped with additional benefits for added reinforcement, UV protection, and daylight redirecting properties. Here are some of the pros of tinting home windows with the proper type of film. 

The “Pros” of Tinting Home Windows

  • Prevent fading of interior furnishing and upholstery – Have you ever noticed how curtains, drapes, and upholstered furniture near the windows fade over time? This damage is the result of prolonged UV exposure from the sun. To combat this from occurring, some window film products deliver 99.9% UV blocking capabilities.
  • Block infrared solar energy that causes heat gain – It’s no secret that if you sit by a window receiving direct sunlight, it’s going to feel warmer. That is unless the window is equipped with a sun control film. Such products are designed to block 97% of infrared light, which in turn can minimize AC-taxing heat gain all while enhancing comfort.
  • Control energy leaks and heat loss – With products like 3M™ Thinsulate™, low emissivity capabilities improve the insulation value of a typical single-pane window close to that of a double-pane window, and of a double-pane comparable to that of a triple-pane. This advanced yet invisible insulation technology helps retain heat keeping you warmer during colder months.
  • Improve visibility to the outdoors – Another common feature found in certain types of 3M™ Window Film is lowered interior and exterior reflectivity. In essence, this feature enhances outdoor viewing from the inside while maintaining an attractive look from the outside.
  • Redirect natural sunlight deeper into your home – With daylight redirecting window film, as much as 80% of sunlight can be redirected up onto the ceiling, casting light as deep as 40 feet from the window into a room. In fact, according to 3M™, there’s a link between enhanced natural light and increased productivity. Hospitals have even shown improved patient recovery with daylighting effects from such window film.
  • Enhanced safety and security – Taking the “pros” one step further, some window treatments are equipped with all of the latter benefits as well as added protection against forced break-ins and natural disasters. Not only do these safety and security films prevent shattering, but in the instance there is a break, the film helps hold the glass together, thereby preventing flying shards from causing injury. In many instances of forced entry attempts, these films will deter threats immediately.
  • Take advantage of energy tax credits – While a lot of homeowners see the energy-saving benefits of investing in window tint, they don’t always take into consideration additional opportunities to recoup their investment. Under current legislation, the US Department of Energy allows you to claim up to 30% of the cost of a qualified product, including installation fees. To learn more, visit our post on window film tax credits.

The “Cons” of Tinting Home Windows

  • Not all home window tints are created equal – Selecting the right window treatment is critical. Not only is it important to choose the proper window film for your climate, but going with a budget tint can provide limited benefits in terms of heat retention, sun control, UV blocking, and other aspects that might be important to you. In short, choose a window treatment wisely, ideally with the guidance of professional.
  • Certain products can invalidate the window manufacturer’s warranty – Home window tinting might help create an energy-efficient home by regulating the inside temperature, however some tints and films might void the window. For this reason, it’s important to work with a dealer who offers a window film that replaces the window manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Depending on the size of your home, it might cost you – Of course with any home improvement project there’s going to be a cost. Window tinting is no exception. For larger homes, a professional installation might cost several thousands of dollars when it’s all said and done. However, when you factor-in the long-term energy savings with such an investment, the payback can be as soon as just a few years. Just see some of our case studies for proof.

So, Is Tinting Home Windows Worth It?

When weighing the pros and cons of tinted home windows, the choice should be obvious. From improving the energy-efficiency, safety, and security of your windows to enhancing UV protection, daylighting, and visibility to the outdoors, the advantages heavily outweigh the disadvantages. However, this is only the case with certain window film products that deliver on these capabilities and provide years of ROI.

To learn more about whether or not residential window film is right for your home, contact us at Window Film Depot or call (866) 933-3456.

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Solar Safety Window Film: Combine Security with Energy ..

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solar safety window film

When we look at sun control window film and safety window film, we often think of two very different products. For some window film manufacturers, that may be the case. But with products from  3M™, you can have the best of both worlds. That is, a solar safety film that provides reinforced protection against forced entry break-ins and severe weather damage, as well as advanced sun control benefits that regulate indoor temperature and save on energy costs. 

What’s the Best Solar Safety Film on the Market?

While most safety and security window films from 3M™ also offer UV blocking and temperature regulating capabilities, one product line that gets the spotlight is 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film Solar Safety Series. This solar safety window film comes in a commercial and residential line, but offers advantages for a number of applications, including:

  • Retail storefronts – With large glass windows and doors a common design for retail shops, not only are they vulnerable to smash and grab events, but the sunlight alone can cause damage. The sun’s UV rays can cause products, fabrics, and upholstery to fade over time, not to mention the heat gain and heat loss that occurs with conventional storefront windows.
  • Schools and educational institutions – From elementary schools to major universities, student safety is of critical importance in today’s educational institutions. The right window treatment can help prevent unwarranted entry, all while blocking the sun’s glare, UV rays, and heat. This not only improves comfort, but also productivity.
  • Governmental buildings –  Also a sensitive target to threats and unwarranted entry, governmental agencies and offices can be vulnerable to both security threats and solar concerns. Security window film can help mitigate blasts and provide RF attenuation (or anti-eavesdropping) capabilities.
  • Corporate office buildings – Large, glass-exposed office buildings are susceptible targets to both solar and safety concerns. High rise office buildings are prone to heat gain and AC overuse during sunny warm months, not to mention security and vandalism threats.
  • Homes and residential complexes – Be it a home, apartment building, or condominium complex, all of the same solar and safety window film benefits apply. Not only can such films provide added safety from intruders, but the energy saving advantages can make a big difference on the utility bill.

Of course other types of businesses and organizations are no exception to the list of possible applications. This hybrid-natured solar safety film delivers benefits for just about any building and its occupants.

To learn more about the 3M™ Safety & Security Window Film Solar Safety Series, visit the residential or commercial product pages, depending on your desired application.

3M™ Safety & Security Window Film Solar Safety Series

In terms of security, not only does the Solar Safety Series help prevent intruders immediately upon forced entry break-in attempts, but in the instance of a blast or natural disaster, the film maintains the integrity of shattered glass, thereby preventing flying shards from harming occupants (this being one of the most common causes of blast-related injuries and fatalities.)

As for sun control, the Solar Safety Series from 3M™ is an energy-conscious window film that significantly rejects heat gain during warmer months. In addition to regulating temperature and minimizing AC unit overload, this film also provide anti-glare capabilities for improved visibility and increased reflection which helps enhance exterior privacy.

The Solar Safety Series is available in silver or neutral tones which allows customers to create a more uniform exterior appearance with that of its application. The film can be applied with 3M™ Attachment Systems which provides additional safety and security in areas of need. And if you’re concerned about voiding any warranty associated with the glass windows and doors themselves, rest assured knowing that the Solar Safety Series comes with a comprehensive warranty from 3M. 

Interested in learning more about solar safety window film options. Reach out to us at Window Film Depot by visiting our contact us page, or by calling (866) 933-3456.

Shatterproof Window Film Installation

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Shatterproof Window Film Installation

Window protection film comes in many forms and applications. From reinforcing glass storefronts subject to smash and grab events to preventing unwarranted entry and armed threats, protective window film can provide a combination of solutions for certain environments.

Like the many different purposes for window protection film, the variety of types are equally diverse. For instance, certain products are designed with shatterproof capabilities to mitigate hazards from broken glass. Similarly, other solutions deliver more advanced protection against human intrusion, including ballistic threats from firearms. 

Ultimately, the application and desired benefits will often dictate which protective window film products are most appropriate. Below we shed light on five different types of window protection film, and for which applications they’re best suited for.

1. 3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety & Security Window Films

Among the most universally-applicable options for window protection film is 3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety & Security Window Films. Available for residential and commercial applications, this product line mitigates hazards from shattered glass during natural disasters, blasts, or forced entry. As such, 3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety & Security Window Films deliver a wide range of protection for a number of possible occurrences.

Reinforced with 3M™ Ultra Series technology, the micro-layered and tear-resistant design of 3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety & Security Window Films increase security and provide added protection against smash and grab events. In addition to protecting against break-ins and flying glass shards, these films also provide solar and energy saving benefits as well. 3M™ Scotchshield™ Safety & Security Window Films are designed to significantly block the amount of UV rays that cause fading, as well as prevent dramatic temperature swings caused by solar heat gain. 

2. 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment Systems

Engineered to combine the resilience and protection of safety and security films, 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment Systems deliver some of the highest levels of protection. Designed as an adhesive or profile attachment system, this advanced glass protection solution provides assurance against impact energy from catastrophic earthquakes and forced entry events – with enough strength to even handle serious bomb blasts. 

In essence, 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment Systems integrate or attach the filmed window to the window frame, creating a powerful shield. This combination is proven to significantly outperform window film-only systems, providing added assurance and dependability. Learn more about about 3M™ Impact Protection Attachment Systems.

3. DefenseLite™ Forced Entry Glazing Solution

While technically not a protective window film, DefenseLite is a unique technology that offers similar benefits. DefenseLite is a retro-fit security shield that’s mounted onto existing window glazing, thereby creating the ultimate solution against forced entry. DefenseLite is a heavy-gauge architectural-grade polycarbonate and extruded framing system that’s 250 times stronger than glass alone. DefenseLite has been independently tested with many different blunt force objects ranging from batons, hammers and hatchets with amazing results.

As the name implies, DefenseLite is designed primarily for protection against intruders. Engineered using unbreakable UV-coated polycarbonates and proprietary anchoring mechanisms, common applications include schools, storefronts and buildings subject to break-ins and forced entry attempts. DefenseLite blends seamlessly with the existing window glazing, making for an invisible layer of protection without moving parts or unsightly reinforcements. DefenseLite is not a window film treatment at all and outperforms applied safety and ballistic film solutions exponentially. For more information, visit our DefenseLite page.

4. BulletShield™ Ballistic Panel

As a level-up from DefenseLite technology, BulletShield is also a transparent polycarbonate security shield that’s mounted over existing windows and glass doors. So while it’s not an actual film, BulletShield does provide a bullet-resistant, impenetrable layer that’s particularly designed to protect against firearm threats. It can be installed over existing glass windows and doors on either the interior or exterior of the glazing frame, which offers affordable retrofit protection.

Unlike most bullet-resistant window film treatment, BulletShield is the leading security glazing solution for schools, courthouses, government buildings, police stations, and businesses vulnerable to ballistic threats. It’s been independently tested to provide UL 752 ballistic ratings, preventing breach against 9MM, .44 Magnum, and AR-15 bullets. Used by thousands of customers throughout the U.S., BulletShield provides a transparent design that delivers unbeatable performance under attack.

5. 3M™ Anti-Graffiti Films

3M™ Anti-Graffiti Films are a form of protective window film designed to prevent scratches, gouges, abrasions, vandalism and graffiti tagging that occurs on storefronts and buildings. Unlike certain window treatments that require extensive installation, anti-graffiti films are a targeted solution that’s easy to remove and replace quickly – without the hassle of replacing your windows.

Damaged glass is often very expensive to replace. With 3M™ Anti-Graffiti Film, there’s no need to replace the entire window when instead you can leverage a cost-effective barrier that can be easily replaced. Not only does this protective window film deliver a money-saving alternative that’s a small fraction of the cost of new glass, but it also provides solar UV protection benefits. 3M™ Anti-Graffiti Films reject 99% of the UV rays that cause fading. For retail stores, this can help extend the life of display merchandise that’s otherwise subject to sun-induced fading.

Protective Window Film Installation

 Window protection film provides much needed resilience to help protect a building’s weakest link: glass windows and doors. Whether for greater resistance against mother nature, added protection against smash and grab attempts, or both, protective window film offers the best defense against a wide range of elements. Learn more about your options for window protection film, including professional installation services, and contact us at Window Film Depot or call (866) 933-3456.

Best Insulating Window Film for Winter Thermal Heat Retention

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Best Insulating Window Film for Winter Thermal Heat RetentionIf you’ve been considering options for window insulation film, then you’re probably well aware than not all products are created equal. There’s a number of different winter window film options that are designed for thermal heat retention, as well as weatherizing window film to retain cool air during the hot summer months.  

As for the former application for winter months, which window film options are best? Sure, there’s the classic solution of using plastic heat shrink films to cover windows during the colder months, but this quick fix option isn’t always applicable nor sustainable for certain projects, such as apartment buildings, condos, and offices with large windows.

When it comes to pinpointing the best winter window film for insulation and heat control, we’ve got you covered. Below are a couple of the best options we recommend for all types of applications, including the energy saving benefits customers can reap from their investment.

Insulating Window Film for Winter and Summer Months

It’s no mystery why one of the top choices for window insulation film is a product that offers the best of both worlds. That is, an insulating window film that effectively prevents heat loss during cold winter months while also shielding against heat gain during the summer months. 

This top pick is the Thinsulate™ Window Film Climate Control Series from 3M™. Available for both commercial and residential applications, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Climate Control Series provides additional comfort and energy savings during both seasonal extremes throughout the year. In fact, this low emissivity window film helps improve the insulation value of a typical single-pane window close to that of a double-pane window, and of a double-pane close to that of a triple-pane.

What makes this option better than conventional alternatives is that it maintains optimal window clarity while also blocking the sun’s harmful rays during peak times of day. This summer/winter window film hybrid delivers high visible light transmission with a neutral appearance to help maintain a building’s existing appearance.

In addition to offer insulating properties and optimal visibility through windows, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Window Film Climate Control Series significantly blocks the amount of harmful UV rays that cause fading, helping to extend the life of furnishings.

When professionally installed, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Window Film Climate Control Series provides total solar energy rejection of 47% during the summer months, and heat loss reduction of 40% during the winter months. Over the course of the season, this investment can help both residential and commercial customers realize their energy savings goals.

Window Insulation Film for Commercial Applications

Designed specifically for commercial office buildings, retail storefronts, and other business applications, 3M™ All Season Window Film is another great option to improve energy savings and occupant comfort.

Similar to the Thinsulate™ Climate Control Series, 3M™ All Season Window Film is an insulated window film helps saves energy and enhances comfort during the cold winter months as well as during the heat of summer. With case studies showing a potential payback of three years, building owners can recoup their initial investment and realize sustainable energy savings for many years to come.

What also makes 3M™ All Season Window Film one of the best window insulation films is that it offers advanced sun control properties, such as UV blocking and anti-glare capabilities. For commercial spaces that demand a high level of focus and concentration, these benefits can help improve employee productivity while keeping a space naturally lit without needing blinds, drapes, and other conventional sun blocking measures. 

This insulating window film treatment comes in two types: Low E 20 and Low E 35. The Low E 35 is slightly more advanced and provides greater solar energy rejection and visible light transmission. To learn more about this product, click here.

Final Thoughts on Winter Window Film

It seems like the cold season starts creeping in sooner than we can say goodbye to summer. For those located in northern regions, this couldn’t be more true. Instead of relying on quick fix solutions to help save on energy costs, consider a long-term investment that will pay for itself in just a matter of years. To learn more about your options, or to receive a free estimate for your project, get in touch with our team at Window Film Depot, America’s #1 3M™ window film installer.

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5 Office Productivity Hacks to Improve Organizational M..

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office productivity hacksIf there’s one essential ingredient to a thriving office environment, it’s employers taking care of their employees. Managers and task handlers are the lifeblood of an organization, and their level of output and morale will often directly influence a company’s long-term success.

This is especially true in offices that require a high level of focus, creating a healthy and inspiring working environment pays dividends. In highlighting simple ways to help facilitate such an atmosphere, below are five office productivity hacks designed to help improve organizational morale and overall output.

1. Dial-in the Office Feng Shui

Feng Shui, which is the Chinese system that focuses an environment’s spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (or “qi”), is a concept that’s been heavily adopted by western culture. While most popularly applied to the interior design of living spaces, principles of Feng Shui can also be applied to work spaces as well.

A few Feng Shui office productive hacks to consider include:

  • Desk placement: In a small office, for example, it’s best to position a desk to have a view of both the door and the window. For shared office spaces or open floor plans, avoid positioning desks so that workers are sitting back to back.
  • Artwork and imagery: In a Feng Shui office, it’s important to be surrounded by images and objects that keep you inspired, creative and productive. Consider flowers, paintings, rugs, and suitable window treatments. Hang beautiful pictures, mottos, and images that capture what you, or the company, is seeking to accomplish. 
  • Plants: Plants do the best job at bringing fresh energy from the outdoors inside. Choose plants that not only look nice, but also help to purify the air of indoor pollutants, such as snake plants, chrysanthemums, spider plants, aloe veras, broad lady palms, and Chinese evergreens.
  • Color and mood: The color of a space in itself can affect energy and how people feel. In addition to wallpaper and paint, decorative wall graphics and architectural films offer endless creative possibilities to transform the color and vibe of a space to be more uplifting.  

2. Optimize Natural Sunlight and Control Glare

Piggybacking on the aforementioned Feng Shui ideas are a few additional ways to further enhance the ambiance and energy flow of a work space. One of the most important but overlooked hacks is optimizing natural sunlight while taking control of distracting glare

While many office interiors are equipped with blinds, shutters, drapes, and other sun control measures, these solutions block sunlight almost entirely, thereby relying on lighting systems to keep a space properly lit. 

An alternative solution that offers a number of benefits is sun control window film by 3M™. Not only can the right type of window film minimize dependence on artificial lighting systems and lower energy consumption by as much as 52%, but 3M™ Daylight Redirecting Film is designed to redirect as much as 80% of sunlight deeper into the building. 

3M™ Daylight Redirecting Film is an award-winning product that uses micro replication technology to redirect sunlight onto the ceiling to better illuminate a room as deep as 40 feet from the window. In fact, buildings with abundant natural light have been shown to increase employee productivity and even boost retail sales with this window film, according to 3M™. It’s also easy to integrate into new or existing windows.  

3. Make Regular Breaks a Must

In office environments of the 1980’s and 90’s, it was common to have structured break periods when workers could step away from their desk and relax for 10-15 minutes. Today, the concept of break time is far less structured. As long as employees are getting the results expected of them, most workplaces allow workers to manage their own day-to-day schedules and when they wish to take breaks. 

Unfortunately, this level of freedom can oftentimes mean busy employees neglect taking breaks all together. While it may seem like a day without breaks would improve productivity and output, the opposite effect is actually the case. Several hours in front of the computer can be taxing, both mentally and physically. A marathon workday with no breaks will almost always have diminishing returns. 

An interesting study by the time-tracking productivity app DeskTime isolated the top 10% most productive employees and analyzed their computer-use behavior during one workday. The research found that “the most productive people work for 52 minutes, then break for 17 minutes.” 

DeskTime’s magical 52:17 ratio hinges on the idea that short periods of work produce great results because they’re essentially sprints – intensive, purposeful work sessions that come after a proper rest. Not convinced? You can learn more about the study here.

4. Create a Clear Workflow and Managerial Structure

While this might seem straightforward and obvious, setting a clear workflow and managerial structure is a productivity killer that’s actually quite prevalent. All too often, output is severely crippled simply because employees are not clear on what they’re supposed to be doing at a given time. Sure, workflows may be inconsistent and change based on unique circumstances, but higher-ups in the company should strive to codify them as much as possible.

In short, clarify the chain of command. Make sure everyone understands who they report to and avoid creating situations where employees feel like they have too many managers or people to report to throughout the day.

5. Let Employees Work However They’re Most Comfortable

Even in conventional office spaces, everyone works differently. Some prefer to operate in more collaborative and open atmospheres, while others require greater privacy to do their best work. In short, employees perform best when their environment is optimized to their individual needs. For employers and HR professionals, that often means giving workers more options.

In the modern office, this might involve: 

  • dedicating certain spaces to quiet productivity sessions as well as collaborative areas that are more interactive and social 
  • incorporating standing workstations or office furniture that supports an ergonomically-healthy environment
  • allowing employees to work remotely, even if just for parts of the day at coffee shops, libraries, etc.

The rise of email, video conferencing, and other collaborative technologies has allowed dispersed teams to work seamlessly together without issues. 

With some of these office productivity hacks, it doesn’t take much to turn a mundane environment into an inspiring space that fosters morale and output. Even low-budget investments like a tastefully-selective rugs, detoxifying plants, rearranging office furniture, and structured break periods can have a tremendous impact.

Window Film Tax Credit

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Window Film Tax Credit3M™ window films can provide significant benefits to both your home and your wallet. Not only does properly-installed window film help protect against dramatic temperature swings and interior fading, but such investments can also help put extra money in your pocket in the long-run. 

While the ROI of window film often comes in the form of reduced heating and cooling bills, the savings earned from window film tax credit isn’t talked about nearly enough. This post will go into detail about how solar window film can positively impact your tax return and help pay for themselves.

3M Window Film Tax Credit

While a lot of buyers see the energy-saving advantages of purchasing 3M window film, they don’t always take into consideration other opportunities to recoup their investment. The primary advantage of this is the tax credits available for window film installed in residential buildings. Under current legislation, you can claim 10% of the film cost up to an amount of $500.

For solar films, the tax advantages are even greater. The US Department of Energy allows you to claim up to 30% of the cost, including installation fees. While no upper limit is in place for the equipment, the maximum credit for fuel cells is $1,000 per kilowatt. Combine these 3M window film tax credits and you’re looking at significant savings that make it an even more appealing investment.

Required Documentation

To be entitled for the initial 10% credit, homeowners will need to fill out IRS Form 5695 and submit it with their property owner’s tax return. You will also need to submit a copy of the supplier’s invoice as well as the manufacturer’s certificate information. For most jobs, this 10% credit will get you very close to the $500 maximum.

Decreased Energy Bills

While everyone loves the idea of free tax credits, a decrease in your monthly bills can be even better financially. The average home wastes roughly $750 on energy each year, largely because glass is a relatively poor insulator of heat. By implementing the proper energy saving window film, you can easily reduce the energy transferred through your windows by 78%.

In turn, this reduces the need to run the air conditioner as much and will very likely lower your cooling bill. This can lead to a significantly reduced energy bill over the 20-30 year life of your window film. Especially if you’ve purchased a quality film on the front end, these savings will definitely add up.

Increased Home Resale Value

The third key area where 3M window films can really help out financially is by improving the resale value of your home. Understandably, many prospective homeowners are likely to ask a lot of questions before making their first purchase. One of the most common questions surrounds the recent utility bills, which 3M window film can significantly reduce!

An energy efficient home is much more attractive to buyers. Even if you aren’t looking to sell right now, it provides great peace of mind. While this isn’t the same as the 3M window film tax credit, the financial advantage will ultimately be significantly greater.

W Hotel Sun Control, Custom Decorative Window Film

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Perforated window vinyl offers endless creative possibilities for all types of businesses – whether it be retail storefronts, restaurants, office buildings, workspaces, hotels or condominiums.

Most businesses use perforated window decals and graphics for signage and storefront promotions. And in most cases, businesses require highly-custom (and sometimes highly-urgent) perforated window graphics – including both design and installation.

Below, we offer insight into the world of perforated window vinyl and how our team at Window Film Depot has helped various business execute both stunning and functional graphics to suit their needs.  

What is Perforated Window Vinyl?

Vinyl graphics have been around for awhile, however, their creative applications continue to evolve. Perforated window vinyl is a film applied to glass windows and doors that has a desired ratio of see-through holes and vinyl, thereby creating a transparency effect. As an example, some perforated window decals have a 70/30 ratio (70% vinyl material and 30% holes), with the transparent holes often being about 1mm in diameter.

While each installation is unique, the most common application of perforated window vinyl is turning glass doors and windows of automobiles and storefronts into advertising space. To put these applications in context, below are five actual case studies from Window Film Depot involving perforated window film and vinyl graphics.

1. Launch a Marketing Campaign Overnight

Window Film Depot’s engagement with Dick’s Sporting Goods is a classic example common among both large and small retailers alike. That is, highly time-sensitive window graphics installations to accommodate major marketing initiatives.

For this project, the reputable sporting goods store needed to transform its storefronts overnight to launch its latest Nike marketing campaign.

Window Film Depot mobilized three separate graphics installation crews to install over 7,400 square feet of custom-printed vinyl graphics before sunrise. The project involved 3M printable 50/50 perforated exterior mounted graphics, which captured the athletic image of the Nike brand.

The outcome: successful installation at three stores completed on time and under budget, and a successfully-launched marketing campaign across each store. See the Dick’s Sporting Goods case study to learn more.

2. Establish a Vibrant Office Interior That Inspires Creativity

As a global leader in the mobile communications industry, GSMA opened its Atlanta office in early 2018 to better serve its members across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

The new GSMA office space would be located in Armour Yards, formerly an old railway yard positioned between the Buckhead and Midtown Atlanta neighborhoods. Over the years, this area has been transformed into a mixed-use campus that delivers a creative environment where businesses can thrive.

In turn, the creative teams at GSMA wanted to refresh a bland office space into an exciting and engaging space. Window Film Depot custom designed, printed, and installed glass wall graphics (like that of “Photo Tex” removable media), providing an economical, yet visually-stunning brand extension for the client.
Now, a once plain office space has been brought to life through vibrant and expressive graphic murals surrounding the entire perimeter of the workplace. Read more about the GMSA project and how the use of perforated graphics have helped create a more inspiring and productive atmosphere.

3. Showcase Seasonal Promotions with Time-Sensitive Installation

Nationwide communications company, Verizon is no stranger to time-sensitive promotions require large-scale installations. When the company needed marketing uniformity for a seasonal campaign, its storefronts were the forward-facing priority in reaching patrons and passersby.   

Verizon required a professional contractor to install and later remove seasonal promotional graphics to all of its US based stores over a 10 day period. When Window Film Depot was awarded the bid, the team deployed over thirty installation technicians across the nation to remove existing materials and to install new seasonal graphics across over 1,100 retail stores.

To successfully execute the project, Window Film Depot crews were organized to visit up to 10 stores per day while reporting in real time with completion photos and individual store sign offs. All stores were handled within the stated 10-day timeline. See the Verizon case study for more information about this project.

4. Create Brand Uniformity in High-Volumes

For some retailers with hundreds – even thousands – of locations, creating brand uniformity across all stores can present a challenge. This was the case for Family Dollar, the second-largest variety store of its type with locations in 46 of the 50 states.  

After a decade of hyper-expansion throughout the U.S., Family Dollar’s existing storefronts were inconsistent in their exterior branding. The project thereby required high-level coordination with Family Dollar & Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL) Retail Renovation Group to enable Window Film Depot to service 30-50 Family Dollar sites per week. The project would unfold in conjunction with a variety of other contractors in a synchronized refresh program across multiple markets simultaneously.

Over the course of 2 years, over 2,000 Family Dollar stores were surveyed and serviced with a unique window vinyl graphics, creating uniformity across Family Dollar storefronts. Get the full story and view the Family Dollar case study for more about this project.

5. Combine Sun Control with Custom Graphics

As one of Atlanta’s luxury boutique hotels located in Midtown, the W Hotel offers contemporary, 4-star accommodations ideal for both business and leisure. The glass entrance of the W Hotel made for a highly exposed lobby area that was susceptible to the sun.   

As such, glare and solar heat gain presented a serious problem for hotel management in the lobby, bar, and guest check-in areas of this downtown Atlanta destination.

By installing over 8,000 sq feet of 3M Solar FIlm, Window Film Depot helped meet the sun control challenges of the W Hotel while also incorporating a custom printed “W” design. The project required special processing to ensure colors remain vivid even under long-term extensive sun exposure.

The outcome solved the glare and heat problem while also rendering an impressive and recognizable design element for this unique Atlanta hotel destination. To learn more about the energy savings and aesthetics of this project, view the W Hotel case study.

You can learn more about Window Film Depot’s capabilities in perforated vinyl and window graphics by calling (866) 933-3456, or by contacting us for a free estimate.

Daylighting Systems Window Tinting

Heat Reducing Window Film: Reduce Heat Gain, Glare, Hot..

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Daylighting Systems Window TintingHeat reducing window film, also known as “heat control” window film, has become one of the most financially sound investments for almost any application, and for a number of reasons. Not only does heat reducing window film help to minimize a building’s energy consumption due to sun-induced heat gain, but heat control film also helps dramatically improve occupant comfort while enhancing an interior’s ambiance.

Heat reducing film is engineered with treated micro-thin layers of film that are designed to block the sun’s ultraviolet and infrared rays. So while these sun control films effectively reduce heat gain, they also deflect UV rays that can discolor and fade interior furnishing and upholstery over time. Solar films can also exhibit daylight redirecting capabilities and can naturally luminate a room’s interior environment. For commercial office buildings, retailers and shopping centers, hospitals and healthcare centers, and everything in between, heat reducing window film can provide long-term ROI in more ways than one.

Proven ROI of Window Film to Reduce Heat and Glare

At Window Film Depot, we have helped a number of customers realize the ROI of window film to reduce heat gain and glare. Based on payback studies with sun control products from 3M, most customers can see a potential payback in less than three years. Below are several examples of the energy savings and ROI we’ve helped certain customers realize.

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  • FDA Building based in Irvine, CA – Over 40% reduction in heat coming through windows, thereby reducing interior temperature by an average of 7 degrees (ROI: < 60 months)
  • Premier Business Centers in Newport Beach, CA – After installing an exterior weatherable, high density silver window film, estimated savings for building owners exceeds $19K per year in AC related cooling costs and interior comfort levels have improved employee morale
  • Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA – Solved the sun glare problem with a solar reduction of over 40% and kept management from having to install costly motorized sun shades (ROI: < 48 months)
  • BG Place Tower in Houston, TX – Reduced heat gain by 40% coming through windows, balancing temperatures reducing annoying “hot and cold” spots throughout the building (ROI: < 24 months)
  • Downtown Hilton in Atlanta, GA – Hilton engineers report that 3M window film effectively reduced heat gain through windows while improving guest comfort and allowing for window blinds to be removed in lower open areas (ROI: < 36 months)

While heat reducing window film offers proven ROI for energy savings, such installations also have clear benefits in improving occupant comfort. For commercial applications, this can have a considerable impact on the morale and productivity of employees.

Additional Benefits of Heat Reducing Window Film

While high heat rejection and summer energy savings is one of the most highly sought benefits of heat reducing film, customers can combine other features when investing in such window treatments. From the low-lying nature of the winter sun to the long sunny days of summer, the intense brightness and UV rays from the sun can pose a problem year round. Compared to traditional solutions like blinds and screens, heat control window film with glare-reduction properties can offer a more cost-effective and easy-to-maintain solution that doesn’t obstruct the view to the outdoors.

Anti-Glare Window Film Tinting InstallationAs another common integration, 3M Daylight Redirecting Film can come equipped with heat reduction capabilities but is designed to redirect as much as 80% of sunlight from windows upward toward the ceiling. In turn, daylight redirecting film helps light up the room as deep as 40 feet from the window while maximizing comfort, productivity, and ambiance for occupants. This offers an effective form of sun control for many applications, including office buildings, retail storefronts, government buildings, schools, hospitals, and healthcare facilities.

Lastly, Low-E film, or insulation window film, is a unique treatment that’s ideally suited for moderating temperature in regions with seasonality. Considered both a window insulation film and heat block window film, Low-E films are designed to reduce solar heat gain in the summer  and keep heat in during the winter so you can save on energy costs all year round. In turn, customers can take advantage of advanced window insulation performance, similar to upgrading to a double-pane or triple-pane window to help improve window and door glass efficiency.

Interested in learning more about heat reducing window film and installation? Contact us at Window Film Depot for more information or to request a quote for your project.