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What’s the best way to reduce heat from windows?

The all-too-frequent problem of excessive heat gain in homes and workplaces that serves to make many interior spaces less-than-pleasant places to be, has long led many specifiers and end users alike to try out a wide range of solutions. Among the most obvious of them are curtains, shutters and blinds – but are any of those arrangements quite as effective as window films?

After all, when you wish to reduce heat from windows, there’s an extremely wide range of such films available to address all manner of specific needs – by no means restricted to heat reduction.

Regardless of your exact requirements, we have the films that do the job

If you are looking for a window film squarely with the intention of lessening the amount of heat that passes through your building’s windows into the rooms inside, you certainly have lots of choices in our own product range here at Stockfilms.

Presuming it is sheer performance that you desire from such films above all else, though, our reflective window films may be of particular appeal. As their name indicates, these films are notable for their reflective external appearance that provides a uniform look and enhances privacy by preventing outside observers from easily seeing inside.

However, the most impressive aspect of our solar reflective films is arguably the amount of heat they can repel from a building. The internally applied Grey/Silver 10 film (SO-10RGS-iSR) is a great case in point, as it only transmits 8% of solar energy, reflecting a further 54% and absorbing the remaining 38%.

But even the Silver 50 solar reflective film (SO-50RS-iSR), which allows much more light through the glass, still reflects a very useful 30% of solar energy and absorbs a further 37%, thereby permitting a mere 33% to reach the space inside.

Nor are we just about solar reflective window films

You aren’t limited to solar reflective films – whether fitted to the interior or exterior surface of the glass – when you are looking for a proven way to reduce heat from windows. Such other products as our low mirror, External Clear Heat Control (SO-70IR-eSR), tinted and coloured window films all provide varying degrees of heat control as well.

Alongside such other advantages as glare reduction and improved aesthetics, these products can help to ensure all requirements you have for your building’s glass can be met by a single window film.

Call the Stockfilms customer service team today, on 020 8441 0449, to discuss your full set of needs from window film so that we can guide you to the most suitable choice. In the process, we will also be able to present you with the best possible quote for the film you ultimately choose. 

 

 

Yes, both heat reduction and colour can be provided by one window film

If you’ve ever wondered – as a specifier or end-user – whether our selection of glare and heat reduction window film here at Stockfilms really does need to be as broad as it is, we would draw attention to the fact that our customers often have similarly wide-ranging preferences and requirements.

Indeed, you may be one of those customers, with an interest in imbuing a building’s windows with a certain colour while also providing an effective solution for repelling potential heat gain.

Sure enough, we are pleased to be able to supply proven glare and heat reduction window film in colours that also enable this product to provide a high level of decoration to the glass.

What options for coloured window film do we presently give you?

You don’t have to make undesirable compromises when you take your pick from our extensive selection of aesthetically appealing and high-performing coloured window films.

Consider the example of our Reflective – Blue/Silver 15 (SO-15BL-iSR) product; from the outside, it offers a deep blue reflective appearance, while from the perspective of the occupants inside the building, it sports a much less noticeable light reflective tint. But it also delivers genuinely formidable performance, reflecting or absorbing a high proportion of solar energy and reducing glare by 85%.

Another reflective coloured window film of ours is Gold/Silver 15 (SO-15GD-iSR), and again, it offers the best of both cosmetic and practical appeal. It can be counted on to lower glare by a whopping 82%, yet offers a gold reflective outside appearance and a light reflective tint from the inside.

Even low-mirrored coloured films are available

Of course, you might want to inject some colour into the windows of the premises for which you are responsible, while avoiding the highly mirrored look that reflective films like the above are known to provide. In that case, our low-mirror solutions could be just the right ones for you.

These products in our current range include a Blue 20 (SO-20LMBL-iSR) and Green 30 (SO-30LMGN-iSR) film, which lessen glare by 75% and 66% respectively, at the same time as transmitting less than 30% of solar energy. Naturally, all four of the films we have mentioned in this piece also filter out ultraviolet (UV) rays by as much as 99%.

Combine these qualities with the two lower-mirror films’ more subtle external look compared to their reflective counterparts, as well as a light tint from the inside, and you have what may well be the ideal glare and heat reduction window film for the needs of your project.

Call 020 8441 0449 today, and the Stockfilms team will be able to answer any of your queries in relation to window film, followed by presenting you with the very best quote.

 

Sometimes, your building’s solar control film will need to be an external one

You might think that as a specifier or end-user, you know precisely why you are purchasing a particular solar control film for a given building for which you are responsible. Surely, such window films chiefly serve the purpose of rejecting excessive heat gain and tackling the glare that can be so distracting and uncomfortable for the users of so many buildings like yours?

That may well be the case, but there’s at least one other key factor to consider when selecting this type of window film: whether it will be fitted to the interior or exterior surface of the glass.

What’s the significance of a solar control film being designed for exterior application?

You can probably guess that with such a film typically being installed on the surface of the glass that faces the outside world, it will – or at least should – be designed and manufactured to stand up to the elements.

Sure enough, an external solar control film from a trusted supplier like Stockfilms is of weather-resistant construction, incorporating the extra ultraviolet (UV) barriers needed to ensure the film does not rapidly degrade due to being continually exposed to the sunshine.

Meanwhile, the strong waterproof adhesive also used for these films in our range will help to ensure rain isn’t a worry for you, either. After all, given how difficult it can sometimes be to access the exterior surface of a building’s windows in the first place, you’ll hardly want to see your chosen window film literally slipping off the glass as a result of a few showers.

But there’s more that prospective buyers should appreciate

With reflective, low-mirror and other solar control film available from Stockfilms right now in a form that renders it ready for external application, there are certainly other things you might wish to know about this category of product before committing to a purchase.

The very fact, for instance, that these films are fitted to the exterior surface of glass can actually make them more effective for solar protection, given that this means the sun’s heat will be repelled before it even has the chance to penetrate and be absorbed by the glazing unit itself.

This, in turn, means that when you have external solar control film fitted, you don’t have to fret about absorbed heat from the sun being re-radiated inside the building.

Exterior-fitted solar protection films reduce the risk of thermal fracture, too. This can be a particular issue for laminated, Georgian-wired and heavily tinted glass, although even double and triple-glazed windows can be affected in some cases.

Plus, there is also simply the fact that access to the inside surface of glass may occasionally be difficult or impractical to achieve for one reason or another, such as the windows having been boarded up internally.

Get in touch with our friendly and helpful professionals now

Whatever the specific situation for you and your buildings, our technical team here at Stockfilms can help to assess the risks and probabilities, so that you make only the most informed choice of window film. Call 020 8441 0449 now to learn more, as well as to request a competitive quote

 

 

Turn to us for dependable emergency and temporary protection window film

Sometimes, you may not contact a window film specialist like Stockfilms with the specific intention of purchasing such a product for long-term, permanent installation. Instead, you may be in need of an emergency or temporary arrangement, and it is window films for precisely these purposes that you can purchase from our ‘glazier section’.

But what forms do these window films take, how do they work and in what specific circumstances may you have them fitted at the property for which you are responsible?

You can have faith in our emergency glazing film

Our emergency glazing film is, in many ways, exactly what it sounds like; a heavy-duty film that is only used temporarily while awaiting the removal or replacement of damaged glass.

We’ve probably all found ourselves, from time to time, walking past a shop, office, school or hospital where the glass in one or more of the windows has evidently been broken, judging by the fact that the affected windows have been boarded up. It’s hardly aesthetically appealing, so it shouldn’t be a great surprise that the window film industry has come up with this elegant alternative.

As the ‘emergency’ part of its name indicates, this type of window film is only applied to a window once the glass has been broken. It serves the purpose of keeping the glass safe and preventing it from cracking further until the glass is finally removed from the frame and replaced.

This window film is easy to use and cost-effective in public places like those cited above, and can even be fitted with no specialist training or tools – although of course, great care should always be taken in any situation where broken glass is present.

What about when you are undertaking building or restoration work?

Well, in that case, you are likely to appreciate the thin polyester and low-tac Temporary Protection film that we can supply to protect glass against dirt or scratching when such sensitive work is being undertaken. You may also use this film for the protection of glass panels during handling, transportation and installation.

This temporary protection film is clear, so it won’t hinder visibility through the glass. Purchase this product, and you can be sure of the window on which the film is installed being kept perfectly clean and unmarked throughout the building or restoration work.

Are you on the lookout for window film that will give you much-needed peace of mind during emergencies or in other circumstances where some form of temporary protection may be required for your glass? If so, we would be pleased to talk to you about your requirements, and present you with a free A4 sample of these or any of our other products, when you contact the Stockfilms team.

Our dedicated safety and security window films can be depended on in all manner of contexts

As pleased as we are here at Stockfilms to be able to supply window films across a range of categories that can be instrumental in safeguarding the people and possessions within the buildings to which they are applied, we can also provide especially impressive dedicated safety and security films. These include internal, external and combined safety window films.

There are many ways in which the right film can boost safety

Your principal motivation for seeking out specialist safety or security window film may be to minimise the likelihood of your building’s glass breaking when it is placed under considerable stress. However, these window films can also further help to keep occupants safe by holding together shards of shattered glass that could otherwise be dangerous in a breakage situation.

The internally applied safety window films that we source from the Opalux brand are renowned solutions for precisely these purposes. 100-micron, 175-micron, 200-micron and 300-micron variants are all available, offering similarly high levels of visible light transmission while also all coming with 10-year warranties.

However, we also offer safety window films that are specifically designed to be fitted to the exterior surface of glass, with these normally being used alongside internal films to better strengthen and protect glazing units from both sides. Again, there are multiple versions of the film that one can order via Stockfilms – a 100-micron and a 175-micron film – and both offer superb optical clarity.

Finally, multi-laminate combined solar, safety and security films can also be purchased through us, and are popular among both Government entities and commercial organisations that demand especially high-performance safety in addition to solar control capabilities. Silver and matt white frost variants can be obtained in accordance with the most discerning requirements.

Would you appreciate advice and guidance when purchasing window films?

What do you expect in the safety or security window films that you order from a company like ours? Are you looking for a scratch-resistant coating, perhaps, or the effective screening of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays? What about reduced vision through the glass to further improve privacy and security, or effective solar heat and glare control?

These characteristics can all be provided by window films like those that Stockfilms supplies. So, why not get in touch with our professionals now to discuss your most specific needs, as well as to receive the best-value quote?  

 

Anti-glare window films don’t cease to be important once the summer passes

The reasons why you may look to purchase window film for a building with the specific intention of better protecting its occupants from the adverse affects of glare are fairly obvious in the summer – but does that mean it isn’t so vital to have such window film in place come the autumn?

As paradoxical as it may seem, glare from the sun may actually turn out to be a greater problem for many of us during the darker and colder months than it is at the height of the summer. This is due to the sun being lower in the sky in the fall and winter period, meaning that when light hits a surface, it will also reflect such a lower angle compared to the situation in the summer.

This is not to suggest that anti-glare window films are unimportant during the warmest and sunniest months; after all, the best such window films are also frequently excellent at repelling excess heat that may otherwise easily pass through the glass. As a consequence, they can represent a superb all-round solution for making the interior of a building more comfortable, whatever the time of year.

We have an all-encompassing range of films for controlling glare                                                                                         

The widespread perception that glare from the sun is generally a summer problem can unfortunately be blamed for many specifiers or end users failing to take the need for anti-glare window films seriously when the autumn and winter months roll around.

Thankfully, here at Stockfilms, we can make it straightforward for you to select a film that perfectly suits every requirement of your organisation and building. There are almost as many different types of innovative and effective anti-glare window films in our product range, in fact, as there are circumstances in which they may need to be bought and fitted.

Reflective window films, low mirror films, tinted films and even coloured varieties can all be ordered from us, with many of these products coming in both internal and external variants, given that practical factors may dictate the film must be applied specifically to the inside or outside surface of the glass. All manner of colours and appearances are also available to suit the particular architectural or stylistic requirements that the given building may have.

Don’t neglect the need for film to protect against glare at this time of year

The summer may be coming to an end, but the requirement for effective window film certainly isn’t. Call the highly capable and knowledgeable customer service team at Stockfilms on 020 8441 0449 today, and you’ll be able to receive the highest standard of advice on the right film for your building or setting, along with a free A4 sample and competitive quote.

 

 

Why might you feel the need to buy anti-fog window film?

A need to tackle condensation on windows may not be the first reason that comes to many people’s minds for purchasing window films, but it is undoubtedly a great priority for a considerable number of our customers here at Stockfilms.

It is precisely for this reason that we offer two varieties of anti-fog window film – a 100-micron and 50-micron version – although aside from this difference, these products’ technical specifications, features and benefits are much the same.

What could these innovative films do for your intended application?

Whether you purchase our 100-micron or 50-micron anti-fog window film, you will receive a product that has repeatedly proven its effectiveness in the prevention of condensation on window glazing.

Condensation, of course, can so easily occur in a room where the humidity is high. When you install one of these specialised and highly rated window films, however, you can be confident that the anti-condensation layer incorporated into the product will spread the water across the surface of the glass, thereby helping to preserve good vision through the window.

These two window films are both clear and single-ply, in addition to incorporating an acrylic pressure adhesive. They also both transmit 87% of visible light, reflect 11% of visible light and reject 18% of total solar energy. Not only can you look forward to a high level of performance from this type of window film, however, but longevity is also assured, these trusted products coming with a two-year life expectancy.

Wide-ranging advantages for a wide range of circumstances

Notwithstanding their formidable anti-condensation properties, these anti-fog window films also bring a host of other features and benefits. These include their high optical clarity, with a clear and non-tinted appearance guaranteed, as well as their scratch-resistance that ensures they can stand up to most non-abrasive window cleaning methods. A high level of ultraviolet (UV) rejection is also incorporated into these films, which helps to prevent interior furnishings from fading prematurely.

Finally, this anti-fog window film can also be applied to most types of glass with the minimum of fuss. This helps to explain why it is such a popular product for circumstances that might otherwise necessitate the expensive and disruptive large-scale replacement of existing glazing.

Would you like to learn more about what the installation of this type of window film could do for your own intended space where condensation is a major risk? If so, simply get in touch with our proactive customer service team here at Stockfilms today, and we would be delighted to advise you, as well as to provide a free sample and present you with the best-value quote.

 

 

 

 

 

For both summer heat rejection and winter heat retention, consider our Low-E films

While the recent elevated temperatures and the associated discomfort that can result in the workplace have naturally been the chief concern for many of us over the last few weeks and months, when your organisation is in the market for solar control film, it also shouldn’t overlook the undesirability of the opposite situation. We are, of course, referring to the possibility of considerable heat being lost from your buildings through the windows during the looming colder months.

You may be thankful, then, to learn of the Low-E – standing for ‘low emissivity’ – energy control films that we are delighted to supply to both specifiers and end-users.

The term ‘Low-E’ refers to the special coating applied to these films’ interior-facing surface, and which could greatly assist in reducing how much heat escapes through your buildings’ glazed areas in the winter. As a result, not only could you help to reduce the heating expenditure required for the buildings in question, but you could also look forward to a much-enhanced carbon footprint.

Silver reflective or neutral? They’re both options with us

As those who have previously shopped for solar control film from Stockfilms will be aware, our team takes great pride in sourcing products that cater to the different aesthetic requirements of our customers. Sure enough, this ethos is also apparent in our choice of Low-E films, of which both neutral and silver reflective variants are available.

These two highly regarded energy control window films share certain benefits, including the reduction of excessive heat and glare during the summer, the better retention of heat within a room during the winter, a lower energy tax liability, quick retro-fit installation and the screening of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Those opting for the silver reflective film, however, also get to enjoy a much higher level of glare reduction of 82%, even if the neutral film’s equivalent figure of 45% can also make a very significant positive difference to the experience that a building’s occupants will have while working. In any case, the neutral film represents a more logical choice for those prioritising higher visible light transmission – 48%, as opposed to the silver reflective film’s 16%.

Trust only Stockfilms as a provider of this industry-leading solar control film

Mindful of the fact that all of our customers naturally have different needs when it comes to the sourcing of window film, the Stockfilms team is skilled and experienced in assessing those needs and recommending the best-suited product.

For an in-depth discussion with our professionals as to which solar control film or other product might be the best one for your intended application, as well as to request free A4 samples and a competitive quote, please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8441 0449.

 

Frosted window films can provide so much more than privacy

The most obvious application of a window film with a frosted effect may be to enhance privacy, but it is easy to overlook the vast range of ways in which the very best such window films make this possible – as well as what other purposes our industry-leading products in this category can serve.

This much is demonstrated by the extensive stock of frosted window films that we can offer at present from no fewer than three of the most respected brands in the window film world today: Opalux, Mactac and 3M.

We can cater to your privacy requirements, without compromise elsewhere

One of the greatest concerns that both specifiers and end-users can frequently have when they are considering investing in privacy screening films, is ensuring that privacy can be provided at the same time as allowing a good level of natural light through the window.

Thankfully, this is a priority that can be addressed by Opalux’s present translucent frosted window films such as the Fine Acid Etch Bronze, Fine Acid Etch Smoke or Fine Acid Etch White film. The latter is an especially popular choice of frost film for rooms where 24-hour total privacy is required, representing a more flexible alternative to privacy glass over a building’s lifetime.

Alternatively, you may take the greatest interest in our MACal frosted window films. These particular products deliver an exceptional performance both indoors and outdoors, and may be your choice if you wish to decorate your windows or glass decor with an etched, frosted or sandblasted effect. Two matt finishes are available for these acclaimed films: frosted and dusted.

Finally, we would also urge you not to overlook 3M’s highly respected glass films if you are interested in creating unique ‘special effects’ on your windows. Whether you opt for the dusted or frosted varieties of the 3M window films we offer in this category, you can look forward to not only superb two-way privacy, but also sustained high light levels, quick retro-fit installation and the scope to incorporate graphics into the film, as could help to perpetuate your brand’s corporate identity.

Simply give the Stockfilms team a call today for more information

Could any of these frosted window films – or the other privacy, solar control or safety-oriented products elsewhere in our range – be the right ones for your own intended application?

Whatever your priorities, by calling Stockfilms today on 020 8441 0449, you can receive the advice and guidance that you require to make the most informed choice at the first attempt, and are even welcome to request free A4 samples before committing to any purchase. Then, we will be delighted to present you with the most competitive quote for the film that ideally suits your needs.

 

 

 

Make sure you only purchase heat control films that also make perfect aesthetic sense

It doesn’t exactly surprise us here at Stockfilms that we receive so many enquiries about heat control films at this time of year, when temperatures are at their most elevated. However, it’s also vital that if you are a specifier or end-user looking to invest in such window films, you are aware of the other requirements these products must fulfil in the context of your particular application.

After all, it is during this sunny season that your buildings will be shown off to best advantage – but not so much if you fail to select window films that help to make such a great impression.

Effectiveness at reducing heat gain shouldn’t be your only requirement from window film

You may take an interest in our heat control films in the first place due to how they can help to reject the excessive heat gain that could make your buildings a less-than-pleasurable place for your occupants to be. Sure enough, we offer an extensive variety of window films that can repel a large proportion of solar energy, at the same time as significantly reducing glare and transmitting a level of visible light that suits the practical requirements you have for the given space.

There is a significant cosmetic difference, however, between our reflective window films and such options as our low mirror, tinted, coloured and specialist heat control films that cater to a variety of aesthetic priorities.

As with our reflective window films, we offer low mirror window films in both internal and external variants, with these products being an excellent choice if a more neutral tinted look is desired, at the same time as a good level of heat and glare control. We can also provide non-metallised tinted window films in a range of shades, which enables varying levels of daytime privacy to be achieved.

You might also turn to Stockfilms for coloured window films that enhance the decorative appeal of any glass while achieving optimal heat and glare rejection. Or perhaps your given application would best suit a Clear Heat Control film (SO-70IR-iSR) that very much lives up to its name, being almost invisible in appearance, but still delivering a good heat control performance?

Don’t accept anything less than industry-leading heat control films

With architectural and automotive window films available in our stock to cater to every visual and practical requirement here at Stockfilms, there’s no need for you to look further for proven, sophisticated and cost-effective heat control films.

Give our friendly and receptive customer service team a call today on 020 8441 0449, and we’ll be able to guide you in the direction of the most suitable window film for your particular requirements, followed by the best possible quote.