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5 Reasons Why You Should Install Window Film Into Your Home

With so many different ways to enhance your home, the most difficult choice for many people is deciding which option to go with first! However, we believe (we are a little biased though!) that window film offers one of the most effective methods of improving your home without having to spend a fortune to do so. Absolutely ideal for a variety of different uses, the installation of different varieties of window film can be used to improve privacy levels, reduce glare and even offer solar control properties. Best of all, this can all be done without sacrificing light levels or changing the aesthetics of your house too dramatically. If you are still a little unsure, please check out the following 5 reasons that we believe everyone should have window film installed into their home. No. 1 – It is a great alternative to curtains or blinds Whilst the installation of curtains or blinds are still the ‘old school’ choice for many, they can result in the increased need for cleaning within your home along with making the room seem a little smaller. However, the installation of window film can help to make a huge difference to your chosen rooms often resulting in them feeling both bigger and brighter. No. 2 – It offers increased privacy without reducing the light coming in Home privacy can be an issue for many people, especially during the dark winter nights where it can be all too easy for neighbours and passers-by to see into your home when the lights are on. Thankfully the application of specialist privacy window film can significantly reduce the ability of people to see into your property whilst not reducing the amount of light being [...]

By | March 18th, 2016|Window Film|0 Comments

What Makes GGF Members Different?

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is the industry’s main trade federation. Formed almost 40 years ago, all members of the GGF have to meet the stringent standards which are stipulated by the GGF in order to be eligible for membership. Numbers have grown since the Federation’s inception and with over 1,200 retail locations UK-wide, GGF Members display the GGF logo with pride and to show they are part of the industry’s most established trade body. Promoting The Highest of Standards Being the industry authority, the Glass and Glazing Federation promotes best practice and sets the highest technical and health and safety standards for its members. The GGF is also the voice of the industry in local and national politics helping shape and influence policy and legislation. As well as offering an array of benefits to its members, the GGF is also hugely important from the customer side of any transaction as its other purpose is to guide and protect homeowners when buying glass or glazing products and services. Benefits of Using a GGF Member Any company which successfully becomes a GGF member will be expected to demonstrate to potential customers that they are committed to providing quality products and great service, whilst promoting good practice at all times. Additional benefits include: Has financial stability and has been trading for a minimum of 3 years – there are no phoenix companies in the GGF. Has been vetted and has premises, products and employees fit for purpose. Employs trained professionals to ensure your installation is to the highest technical standards as outlined by the GGF Glazing Manual written by the industry’s leading experts. Complies with the GGF Consumer Code of Good Practicewhich has strict requirements regarding the conduct of [...]

By | February 22nd, 2016|UV Light, Window Film|0 Comments

4 Factors To Choosing The Right Window Film

Recent research from the GGF (Glass and Glazing Federation) has estimated that between 23% & 24% of a home’s energy can be lost through the inefficiency of glazing within the property. Not only is this potentially costing you a significant amount of money due to extra heating costs, you may also be affected by associated issues including increased sound pollution, increased glare, solar heat issues and fading to indoor furnishings. However, with the introduction of highly effective window films to the UK market, all designed to complement your existing glazing, the ability to upgrade your property in an efficient and cost effective manner is now more readily available than ever before. With such a wide product range now available, we have drawn up a quick list of pertinent questions to help you narrow the field. Please take a moment to check out our 4 factors to consider below: No. 1 – Choosing The Right Style and Design Whilst many of the current variations of window film are barely visible once applied, some, such as privacy window film, are specifically designed to be highly visible. It is crucial that you take the time needed to carefully consider how your choice of window film may impact the appearance of your property or home. No. 2 - Choosing The Right Installer This may sound obvious but if you do not want to complete the installation yourself, please ensure that you select an expert with a good reputation to carry out the job. To ensure the best possible outcome, it is essential that you find a company with proven experience in the type of product and service you need. A great example of this would be GGF accredited companies. [...]

By | January 27th, 2016|Window Film|0 Comments

The Creative Alternative to Traditional Glass Decoration

Are you looking for something just a little different to help decorate glass space in your home or property? The 3M Fasara range is a newly launched family of premium grade translucent window films which have been designed to provide innovative new ways to manage space. Constructed using durable polyester with a decorative matte surface, the offer the ideal solution for anyone looking to increase their levels of privacy and decoration without having to create costly bespoke window graphics. Please Note - They are available in several textures at a fraction of the cost of etched glass. Decorative Glass Finishes The advantages of etched, cut, sandblasted, textured and other decorative glass designs are clear: Privacy can be customized, while light still pours from room to room, creating an open feel even in confined spaces. Yet, how to achieve these effects and still remain within budget? It’s possible, with 3M™ Fasara™ Glass Finishes. What makes 3M™ Fasara™ glass finishes better? With so many different variations of decorative window film currently available, what makes the finish offered by the Fasara™ range different? The official 3M website offers a number of reasons: Aesthetics: These decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturized glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the price. Flexible: Fasara™ Glass Finishes allow you to tailor the amount of privacy a space possesses. Use Fasara glass finishes monolithically to create serene “ricepaper wall” effects or layer the films to create exciting‚ dynamic effects. Easy application: 3M expertise in adhesives ensures you of fast, accurate, beautiful and durable application to a variety of glass substrates. Materials: Constructed from durable and flexible polyester materials. For more on this, please click here. Where [...]

By | April 21st, 2015|Window Film|0 Comments

Creating A More Comfortable Working Environment With Solar Reflective Window Films

To create a comfortable working environment means doing whatever is necessary to ensure that the temperature is convenient for you and your fellow colleagues. Heat is a significant problem in many workplaces and air conditioning systems are not reliable enough to maintain fresh air. That is why most brands have decided to use extra effort of preventing heat with the use of reflective window films. Window Films For The Workplace Window films have evolved to a level where they have become the most reliable way of preventing heat in workplaces.  No matter how hot the sun may be, this unique type of window film has the ability to absorb excessive heat that goes through the window and increases reflection on the outside. Reflective window films are coated using vaporized metal, which is used to regulate the amount of heat that transmitted through a window. Another factor that you might want to know about reflective window films is that, they are categorized according to how effective they are when it comes to transmitting light. There are those that are considered to be moderate, because they allow a large percentage of heat to go through. Wide Ranging Benefits Installing window films in workplace comes with a number of benefits such as added privacy, prevention of heat reduce cost meant for the heating system. Reflective window films can enhance the appearance of any building once they are installed. Another great advantage of using window films is that they are affordable and will not cost you a fortune investing in them. Most people also prefer using films because they are easy to maintain compared to other coverings such as blinds and curtains. Once these films have been installed, you [...]

By | February 19th, 2015|Window Film|0 Comments

Making Sure That Your Windows Are Your Friends

Windows are crucial for letting in light and offering views. However, for all of the positives offered by a property’s windows, they also let in the harmful aspects of sunlight which can lead to hot spots and severe fading of your furnishings. During adverse weather conditions and in the event of a break-in, windows are also widely acknowledged to be the most vulnerable points in a property and therefore steps need to be taken to ensure that the risks posed and reduced as much as possible. The range of 3M Window Films which are available from WF Glazing Protection have been engineered to offer a variety of benefits including solar heat rejection, fade reduction, along with adding add a valuable layer of protection to your home. Best of all, the Prestige Series films available from 3M offer all of these benefits without changing the aesthetics of your home. Below, we have identified just some of the ways that this range of films can upgrade your property. 3M™ Sun Control Window Films We know how much you love to see the sunlight streaming through your windows on a bright sunny day but as much as you cherish the views and natural light offered by your windows, you must also be aware that the sunlight generates excessive heat, causes fading in valuable furnishings, and contains harmful UV rays. The 3M™ Sun Control Window Films available from WF Glazing Protection allows you to keep letting in the welcome light but without the excess heat and risk of damage, all without changing the look of your home. Primary benefits Energy savings: reduce cooling costs by up to 30% Fade reduction: block up to 99% of harmful UV rays to [...]

By | December 19th, 2014|Window Film|0 Comments

A Winter Problem

Commonly thought of as primarily a summer issue, the glare from the sun can actually be worse during the winter in many situations. There can be no doubt that sun’s glare can cause issues throughout the year and the low lying sun during the winter months can cause visibility and comfort issues which can be difficult to overcome. However, an application of specialist glare reduction window film from WF Glazing Protection can instantly make your premises more comfortable. Issues at Work The light from the sun during the winter can make it particularly difficult to focus on TV or computer screens, which in a workplace environment can result in negative impact to the ability of your workforce to be productive. Fortunately, help is at hand and through the application of specialist anti-glare window film, we will be able to help you take significant steps towards reducing unwanted glare, whilst still allowing natural light to pass through the glass without reducing visibility. Equally important to the glare reduction qualities of this specialist window film is the fact that it offers a more cost effective method solution when compared to traditional methods such as blinds and curtains which require cleaning and also block any view. A Recent Example We were asked to help combat an example of this during a recent project - Glare Reduction Window Film at Walton High, Milton The Problem We have high level windows in the I.T classrooms. This was causing glare and reflection on the computer screens making their use uncomfortable for our students. As a result, plain paper was being taped on to the windows by teachers as a temporary solution, which made them unsightly. We didn't feel that blinds were [...]

By | November 24th, 2014|Window Film|0 Comments

The Window Film That Does it All

Many people make the assumption that window film only offers benefits for part of the year. Whilst there can be no doubting the beneficial effects of certain window films during the hot summer months, the insulating qualities of the window film that does it all are also without question. Ecolux™ from SolarGard® is an advanced Low-Emissivity film offering an effective method of decreasing both heating AND cooling costs. Innovative Window Insulating Technology By combining a low-e coating with solar control properties at high visible light transmissions, SolarGard have developed an innovative window-insulating film technology that goes beyond the capabilities of standard solar films: Rejects total solar energy by up to 53% reducing cooling costs and improving comfort Allows high visible light transmission for natural day lighting Improves the existing window's insulating properties by up to 41% Smart Sustainable Option Compared to low-e glazing replacements, Ecolux70 is a smart, sustainable option for homes and buildings with its 16 year warranty and significant energy and carbon savings. On warm days solar heat is rejected requiring less cooling and saving energy. During winter, heat is reflected back into the room requiring less heating and saving energy. Summer Benefits On warm days solar heat is rejected, requiring less cooling to maintain a comfortable environment and save energy. Winter Benefits During winter, heat is reflected back into the room, requiring less heating to maintain a comfortable environment and save energy. Outperforming Other Solar Control Film SolarGard have developed an innovative window-insulating film technology that outperforms other solar control window films*. Improved Comfort - Promotes more comfortable temperatures in every season, day and night.  Smart Savings - A sustainable upgrade that increases year-round energy savings and reduces carbon usage. Natural Day Lighting [...]

By | September 26th, 2014|Window Film|0 Comments

The Rise & Rise of the Solar Window Film Market

The solar control window film market will nearly double in size in the next four years, according to a report by Lux Research Inc. The market will jump from its current value of $479 million to $863 million by 2018, experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 10 percent. Managing solar heat gain, light transmission, and glare has become a primary concern of manufacturers, as the use of architectural glass has grown globally, regulations have become stricter.   Source: Lux Research The report says, “compared to competing technologies like switchable glazings, aerogel glazings, and daylighting skylights, after-market solar control films offer a low-cost, short-payback-period technology that can address the much larger retrofit market,” which is why the market is expected to grow. You can read more on the report by visiting the Window Film Mag website by clicking here. Why The Increase in Popularity? Rising energy bills are the scourge of commercial and domestic property owners throughout the UK. With no sign of energy companies relenting and beginning to drop their prices, people have naturally begun to search for an effective alternative. Solar control window film offers a proven method of reducing cooling costs during the summer (assuming that you currently use air-conditioning to cool your building), and heating costs in winter. Insulating Qualities During winter months, inefficient windows can add significantly to heat loss and energy costs. Typically, the U-value of single glazing is 5.88 and 2.2-2.9 for non-coated double glazing. While replacing windows with the latest energy efficient glass will dramatically improve these U-values it can be a costly and problematic exercise with very long payback periods and little return on investment. Ecolux™ window film from SolarGard is the very latest technology combining a low-e [...]

By | July 23rd, 2014|Window Film|0 Comments

Why Window Film is An Effective Alternative To Blinds

Often thought of as more suitable for commercial use, window film is rapidly becoming a more popular domestic choice for people throughout the UK who are looking for similar benefits without breaking the bank to get them. Cost Effective Solution Absolutely ideal for a variety of residential building issues such as minimising cooling costs, reducing glare and heat build-up, upgrading windows to safety standards, increasing privacy levels and improving insulation, window film offers a highly cost effective solution when compared to alternatives including blinds and curtains. If you have had blinds installed within your home or are considering it, we certainly wouldn’t wish to tell you that it is a bad idea but whilst it is one option, it is not necessarily the best one. Why Is That? Cleaning dust and flies from blinds can be a real pain, along with the fact that blinds will block your view and cut out light when closed. And, of course, when they’re pulled up, the sun still fades your furnishings. However, window film can be a very cost-effective alternative and can be visibly clear or nearly impossible to see through from the outside even when those inside can see out. Where Can it be Installed? Window film can be fitted almost anywhere that you find glass, subject to its specification and condition. This may be down to a choice of architectural aesthetics and style or be done for many of the practical reasons from safety, privacy and security, to those inherent characteristics that are common to all window film types: Features Significant UV Light Reduction Variety of Different Tints Available, inc Frosted, Clear or Tinted Increased Safety Resistance Benefits Fade protection for furnishings Energy savings and cost [...]

By | May 22nd, 2014|Window Film|0 Comments