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Coloured vinyls from us are just the thing for injecting creativity into windows

We will always be proud here at Stockfilms of the exceedingly wide range of applications for which our window films can be used. However, some of our products are certainly better known than others, with one of our perhaps unjustly overlooked ranges surely being our selection of coloured vinyls – of which transparent, translucent and opaque versions are available.

Why would you wish to buy these distinctive window films?

Naturally, the exact settings in which one may be inclined to install window films like these may vary according to the variant that is selected.

As one might expect, our transparent coloured vinyls are a popular choice among those specifiers and end-users that are interested in creatively decorating windows without compromising the ability to see through them. We are pleased to offer MACcrystal 8400 vinyls that are transparent, coloured and glossy; no fewer than 16 different colours are available for them, and they are often used in the manufacture of illuminated signs made from opaline acrylic sheets.

As aforementioned, though, translucent coloured vinyl window films are also available, and as their name indicates, they do still allow the passage of plenty of natural light into a room; however, they also have a role in enhancing privacy. While our MACal 9700 vinyls in this category usually appear translucent when backlit, they tend to look opaque when they aren’t illuminated.

If you want to go opaque, go opaque...

Finally, opaque coloured vinyl is another speciality of ours – or more specifically, white, black and coloured variants of our MACal 9800 Pro window film. Customers can choose between a matt or gloss finish for the black or white versions of this product, whereas if one opts for the coloured film, some 99 hues are available.

All of these opaque 66-micron window films are designed for long-term interior and exterior graphic applications where high performance is expected.

Sure enough, they incorporate a specially formulated acrylic adhesive to enhance their durability, and can be expected to last for between five and seven years, whether they are used for equipment identification, fleet marking or window graphics.

It couldn’t be simpler to enquire to our professionals

Would you appreciate further advice and guidance so that you can be sure of selecting the window films from our extensive online range that will best serve your intended purposes? If so, not only are we able to help you in this regard, but we always recommend, in any case, that our customers first get in touch with our technical department before placing any order.

Simply call 020 8441 0449 today to talk through your priorities for your next window film purchase, and to request a great-value quote from one of the industry’s most trusted wholesale distributors.

 

 

Opalux’s Mani-Fest™ products can be invaluable for boosting safety

Many of us have had moments of colliding into glass due to not even realising it is there, but this isn’t merely embarrassing – it could actually be a health and safety risk, and indeed, a legal one.

That’s because there are regulations that specifically call for large uninterrupted areas of glazing to be marked. The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 state: “Every window or other transparent or translucent surface in a wall or partition... door or gate shall, where necessary for reasons of health or safety... be appropriately marked or incorporate features so as, in either case, to make it apparent”.

Whether or not you were aware of this regulation, window films exist that can address such a requirement. Here at Stockfilms, we can offer Opalux’s acclaimed Mani-Fest™ Glazing Manifestations in Opal Frost, which comply with the regulations in a neat and unobtrusive way.

What else should you know about Opalux’s glazing manifestations?

These window films come in the form of 50mm ‘dots’ or ‘squares’ with 50mm or 100mm spaces. From a company’s point of view, they just don’t provide the necessary safety marking, but also help the firm to discreetly reinforce its visual identity to anyone using the space in question.

Opalux Mani-Fest™ Glazing Manifestations are also extremely convenient, being provided on a 50-metre continuous roll that enables the installer to apply the film on as many window panels as required, while the small, compact box makes it easy to carry around. The box also incorporates a re-sealable lid, giving the user further assurance that the manifestations will remain in good condition for whenever they’re next needed.

Any contractor using these glazing manifestations should also be appreciative of the paper application tape that allows water to permeate it, thereby making these window films easier to work with when they are being applied to the glass. The lack of artwork, plotter cutting, weeding or masking needed when one purchases and applies these film products also frees up machines and operators for more rewarding work. 

Contact us today about these fuss-free window films

Why look elsewhere for easy-to-use and effective manifestation products for any of a wide range of settings? Phone the Stockfilms team today on 020 8441 0449 to discuss the window films we can supply in accordance with your business’s most demanding requirements.

We can bring you the right window film solutions for the better management of light

While there is a broad range of applications that the leading window film products can have, you may be especially conscious at this time of year of the remarkable quality of the natural light that filters into your premises – or for that matter, its undesirability in certain circumstances.

Thankfully, alongside our established selection of solar control films that we have long been pleased to offer here at Stockfilms for superior heat rejection and glare reduction, we can also bring our customers the benefit of a wide range of sophisticated light management films.

What options may appeal to you across this in-demand range?

Whether you are seeking to block out, diffuse or reduce light as an end-user or specifier, Stockfilms can supply the window film to suit.

If it is light reduction that you are interested in achieving at a given site, for example, our non-reflective and non-metallised Slate films provide an excellent solution for better controlling how much light is permitted to enter a room. They achieve this without the need for a mirrored external appearance, as is so often the result of the installation of window film.

Instead, our Slate films can be specified in a range of shades for the tinting of clear glass, with the lighter options tending to be used to match the appearance of existing tinted glass.

Renowned blockout and diffuser products are also available

As we mentioned above, Light Blockout window film can also be purchased from us for when a completely opaque appearance is desired to ensure 24-hour privacy. You may apply such window film to glass partitions, for instance, where there are shelves or other items close to the glass that you do not wish to be seen.

Options in this blockout category include 3mil Blackout and 3mil Whiteout films, which both block all vision, except that the latter allows a small percentage of natural light through the glass. Black Light Blockout and White Light Blockout films are also available for controlling light flow in internally illuminated signs.

Finally, 30% and 60% Light Diffuser Films are also present in our stock; these are mainly used for fluorescent lighting applications, and still provide for the transmission of a high level of light. These 70-micron films can be applied both internally and externally, enable better light diffusion and uniformity in illuminated signs, and provide a white uniform appearance in both reflective and transmitted light.

We’re always at the other end of the phone

Are you still struggling to decide on the light management films that would best serve your own requirements as a specifier or end-user, or would you simply appreciate some more advice?

Call the Stockfilms customer service team now on 020 8441 0449, and you will be able to receive such advice and guidance, as well as to request free A4 samples and receive a competitive quote.

What are the best ways to extend the lifespan of your window film?

There’s much more to ensuring that your fitted window film lasts for longer than simply selecting the most appropriate brand and type of window film to begin with – although these are undoubtedly crucial elements.

As it happens, there are various ways to bolster your window film’s longevity at every stage of its useful life.

Ensure your chosen window film is up to the job

While we take great pride in our exceptionally engineered window films here at Stockfilms, the fact remains that different window film options are geared towards different needs. This inevitably impacts on the amount of time for which you can expect a given installed window film to last.

Quality of design and manufacture will doubtless affect the likely operational lifespan of a particular window film, but so will the conditions to which it is subjected.

Window film that is continually exposed to the elements is especially vulnerable to rapid deterioration, which is why it is so crucial to select dedicated external window film for such settings.

We offer internal and external Silver 20 window films, for instance, which both provide excellent solar heat and glare rejection. However, the latter film is of a weather-resistant construction incorporating additional UV barriers to guard against the potentially ravaging effects of constant sunshine, and also uses a strong waterproof adhesive.

Purchasers of window film are also advised to pay close attention to the warranty attached to the given product that they are considering. Referring back to the Silver 20 films, for instance, the internal version comes with a 10-year warranty, compared to the external film’s seven years.

Are you installing and maintaining your window film appropriately?

As we have detailed in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section, we recommend that window film is only fitted by a professional installer, not least given the ease with which it can be damaged if an inexperienced amateur attempts to take on this task.

However, the right cleaning and care of your window film, as we have explained on the relevant page of our site, can also make a major difference to the product’s lifespan.

The cleaning of your film, for example, will bring the best results if you wait for 30 days after installation. Nor should brushes, coarse paper towels, pure ammonia or industrial strength cleaners be used. Instead, only a soft clean cloth should be used for both washing and drying.

Ask our technical staff any maintenance questions

If you are in any doubt about the steps that you should be taking to keep your window film in good condition – and therefore delivering the best attainable results – for longer, you are always welcome to call the Stockfilms customer service team on 020 8441 0449.

We can advise you on whether you are taking the right care of your window film – and even whether you are using the right window film on your building’s glass at all.

Can architectural window film be installed on a car?

It is understandable why many of those investigating options for automotive window films find themselves wondering: “Can architectural window film be installed on a car?”

After all, the broad purposes of automotive and architectural window films tend to be very similar. Whether you are looking to purchase window film to be applied to a building or a vehicle, you are likely to be interested in a product that can reduce distracting glare for occupants, while also preventing excessive heat gain and perhaps enhancing security and aesthetics, too.

However, the bottom line is that architectural window films are not recommended for application to the glass of an automobile window, and there are various good reasons for this.

The two popular types of window film have several vital differences

While the general benefits of automotive and architectural window film tend to be much the same, various technical differences between the two are likely to mean you will be wasting considerable time and money if you attempt to apply architectural window film to a car.

One key factor is that automotive window films are specially designed to shrink onto the curved glass that constitutes the typical vehicle’s windows. The adhesive of such film attaches itself to a vehicle’s glass in such a way that a smooth, seamless and wrinkle-free appearance can be achieved.

You cannot expect such a professional finish to be attained if you attempt to apply an architectural window film to your car window. This is largely due to the non-shrinking nature of architectural window films, which are usually applied to the flat surfaces of home or office windows.

It is also crucial to bear in mind the need for visibility through a vehicle’s window when you are looking to install a window film on a car. Some architectural window films are designed to reduce visibility through the glass to an extent that would pose a danger to drivers and other road users and pedestrians alike, if this film was applied to the window of a car.

Above all else, you should always have your film professionally installed

The question “can architectural window film be installed on a car?” is not the only one that must be answered. This is because, even if appropriate window film is selected for a given application, it must also be installed correctly in order to provide the best possible results.

It is for this reason, as well as the ease with which window films can be damaged if they are improperly handled, that we always recommend a professional installer fits any given window film – whether intended for automotive or architectural use.

Call the Stockfilms customer service team on 020 8441 0449 today, and we can advise you as to the most suitable window films for your desired application. Indeed, we can also provide free A4 samples of all of our products on request.

Can window film be used on low-E windows?

While low-emissivity glass – or low-E glass as it is commonly described – can be a highly invaluable form of glass for preventing heat from escaping through a building’s windows, you may understandably have other needs that could be served by an appropriate window film.

A low-E coating on glass, after all, may be excellent for boosting a household or business’s  energy efficiency while reducing monthly bills and minimising the building’s carbon footprint, but it doesn’t address other needs that occupants may have – for example, to reduce glare or enhance the safety of the windows.

This is where the right window film can come in, which may lead you to ask the question: “can window film be used on low-E windows?”

The short answer is yes, it can be... but there are also some other factors to bear in mind.

The type of low-E coating makes a big difference

The biggest question is not so much whether window film can be used on low-E windows, but instead whether it should be.

How you answer this question for your own building will depend on such factors as the type of low-E surface used on your glass, as well as where the low-E surface is located in the window system, and what effects you desire from your window film in terms of minimising heat gain, reducing heat loss or other potential benefits.

Two basic types of low-E window surfacing exist. One of these is a conductive coating that is applied to glass during its manufacture, while the other is a more complex arrangement of multiple layers of metals and conductive coatings. This latter type is only deposited on the glass once it has been made.

The first type of low-E glass can help slightly in reducing the amount of heat that escapes from a building, but isn’t very effective at keeping heat levels low in a building in hotter conditions. The second type, though, is renowned at reducing heat within a building in this way, while also minimising how much heat is lost from a building through its windows.

If, then, you are buying window film with the specific intention of reducing heat gain within a building, it could work very well on low-E glass of the first, less effective type.

But location is a major factor, too 

However, the wisdom of using window film on low-E glass will also be largely determined by the exact location of the low-E surface in the window system.

For example, if the low-E coating is on the room-side surface of the innermost pane of glass, using window film may make the low-E glass less effective at reducing the amount of heat lost from the building, or eliminate this benefit altogether. This might not be such a great concern, however, if your chosen window film also offers strong heat loss reduction.

It is much more common, though, for low-E window systems to consist of double pane windows in which the low-E surface faces the air space between the panes. If this is the case for your own low-E windows, you will be able to install window film without the glass’s existing heat loss reduction benefit being eliminated.

The specific form of window film that you should select for your building will hinge on factors like the above and the other purposes that you intend the window film to serve – for instance, to reduce glare or limit heat gain in the building. 

If you are yet to have low-E windows installed in the given building, however, or if you desire a low-E effect for existing windows, we are pleased to be able to offer dedicated low-E window film that offers a host of other benefits alongside the traditional greater retention of heat within a room.

So, can window film be used on low-E windows? Yes it can be, but you will need to take into account all manner of practical factors and the intended benefits when you are looking to select a window film that can be depended on to deliver worthwhile results.

Can window film reduce glare?

The need to reduce glare is one of the main reasons window films are purchased. They can certainly be a much more practical and convenient solution for reducing glare than many of the other common remedies, enabling you to continue using your building or vehicle the same way you otherwise would, without the need to deal with distracting and uncomfortable glare.

However, there are a few things that you will need to bear in mind before you purchase window films with the specific aim of tackling glare.

Is window film strictly needed for glare reduction anyway?

No one likes to be in an office attempting to work on an important assignment on their computer, only to find it impossible to view the screen properly due to the sunlight streaming in from outside. It’s a similar story for many conservatory users, who may find it difficult to have a face-to-face conversation with a friend or relative in their conservatory if glare is excessive.

However, before asking yourself “can window film reduce glare?”, you might be tempted to investigate other potential fixes for the problem.

The installation of blinds or shutters may be possible in a conservatory, for example, but you may also need to constantly fiddle with them over the course of the average day, to ensure the desired level of sunlight continues to come into the interior space.

Reroofing might be another remedy you have considered, especially for a conservatory, although this can be expensive. Other people may resort to wearing sunglasses, but again, it is a far from ideal solution.

Such problems help to show why window films have become so popular as a glare reduction method – and the great news is that you have many different types of window film to choose from.

We can supply a broad assortment of highly regarded window films 

While the answer to the question “can window film reduce glare?” is very much “yes”, it should be noted that a tint is required in whatever window film you choose if you are to prevent glare from coming through the glass.

Moreover, you will need to strike a balance between ensuring your chosen window film is sufficiently dark to reduce glare and ensuring it is still light enough to enable the desired level of daylight to pass through.

Here at Stockfilms, we can offer you a wide range of window films that are proven solutions for reducing glare, from internally and externally applied reflective window films and solar reflective films for polycarbonate windows, right through to sophisticated automotive window films such as those offered under the OPX NR Elite Duo name.

Simply call the Stockfilms team now, on 020 8441 0449, for an in-depth discussion of your requirements in relation to window film for reducing glare, as well as for the most competitive quote.

Does window tint block UV rays?

One of the most common reasons for someone to buy window film – whether for a building or vehicle – is so that a greater level of protection can be provided against the potentially damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Whether it is known as window film or window tint, this product can be a highly efficient solution for filtering out UV rays when applied to glass.

However, it is important to check the specification sheet for any given window film before purchasing and having it installed for the express purpose of blocking UV rays. After all, the exact answer to the question “does window tint block UV rays?” differs from one film to the next.

Why would you wish to block UV rays anyway?

It has long been established that high levels of exposure to UV rays, whether indoors or outdoors, can have adverse implications for human health, in particular by heightening the risk of skin cancer. Such an effect can be caused by short bursts of high exposure, or instead the accumulative effects of more moderate levels of exposure over a longer period of time.

Overexposure to UV rays has also been linked to accelerated ageing of the skin and damage to the eyes. However, it should be noted that a lack of UV exposure can also have adverse consequences, due to the risk of vitamin D deficiency and associated disease.

It is therefore not desirable or advisable for anyone purchasing window film to attempt to completely eliminate exposure to UV rays.

However, it is still understandable that you may be looking for window film that can specifically filter out a large proportion of UV rays, especially if you are concerned about the rapid deterioration of interior furnishings that elevated sun exposure can also cause.

We can supply a variety of renowned window films

Here at Stockfilms, we are experienced in sourcing a wide range of window film options for both specifiers and end users, including when there is an obvious need for UV protection.

If, for instance, you are seeking tinting solutions that can be applied to office windows to shield the occupants of a building from elevated levels of UV exposure – especially those working closest to a window – you may be interested in our various Opalux solar control films that can provide up to 99% UV rejection.

In addition, we can supply automotive window film that is equally effective at blocking UV rays, as could be invaluable for anyone who – whether for work or personal reasons – is required to spend a large amount of their time behind the wheel of a vehicle. Our OPX NR Elite Duo films, for example, all reject as much as 99% of UV light.

Call 020 8441 0449 today, and our team here at Stockfilms will be able to provide you with the most competitive quote for any of our window film or tinting options, whether for a building or vehicle.

 

How are window films installed?

While window films widely vary in terms of where they are meant to be applied, the installation process tends to follow broadly similar principles for both architectural and automotive window film.

 

What you must know before applying window film

 

Window films are very thin sheets of material that must be carefully handled by the person carrying out the installation. This can make the window film very susceptible to damage or improper application, which is why we would always recommend that it be installed by someone who has been professionally trained to handle and install such film.

 

Indeed, there is a wide range of things that even the most seasoned professional installer must be mindful of prior to applying a window film. They must ensure the window frame has been suitably prepared and pre-cleaned, for example, to minimise the scope for dust particles to get under the film, although this is difficult to avoid completely.

 

The installer must also avoid creasing or folding the film, or attempting to install it in a draughty or dusty environment.

 

It is also vital not to apply window film to a surface for which it has not been designed, and to make use of the appropriate application tools, including such items as a hard squeegee, soft window cleaning squeegee, razor scraper, knife and spray bottle.

 

The stages of a successful window film installation

 

The question of how are window films installed naturally differs slightly from one window film to the next. However, the step that must always be followed is the complete and thorough cleaning of the window, which is also the single most important step of all.

 

This will be followed by the preparation of the window film, which typically includes the removal of the film from the box, the pre-cutting of the film width at least 10mm wider than the window and the thorough soaking of the window with solution.

 

Once the cut film is being held up by an assistant or placed against the solution-soaked window with the release liner facing the installer, it will be necessary to remove the release liner, as part of the process of applying the film to the window with the help of a squeegee.

 

Finally, the window film must be suitably trimmed and the surface sprayed again with application solution, prior to the use once more of a squeegee to complete the application process. Splicing of the film will also be necessary, however, if the window to which the film is being applied cannot be covered with a single piece of film.

 

Contact Stockfilms for informed advice in relation to window films

 

Whether you require further guidance with regard to how are window films installed, or you would instead like to request samples or discuss with us the best choice of window film for your specific circumstance, you are welcome to call the Stockfilms team today on 020 8441 0449.

While window films widely vary in terms of where they are meant to be applied, the installation process tends to follow broadly similar principles for both architectural and automotive window film.

 

What you must know before applying window film

 

Window films are very thin sheets of material that must be carefully handled by the person carrying out the installation. This can make the window film very susceptible to damage or improper application, which is why we would always recommend that it be installed by someone who has been professionally trained to handle and install such film.

 

Indeed, there is a wide range of things that even the most seasoned professional installer must be mindful of prior to applying a window film. They must ensure the window frame has been suitably prepared and pre-cleaned, for example, to minimise the scope for dust particles to get under the film, although this is difficult to avoid completely.

 

The installer must also avoid creasing or folding the film, or attempting to install it in a draughty or dusty environment.

 

It is also vital not to apply window film to a surface for which it has not been designed, and to make use of the appropriate application tools, including such items as a hard squeegee, soft window cleaning squeegee, razor scraper, knife and spray bottle.

 

The stages of a successful window film installation

 

The question of how are window films installed naturally differs slightly from one window film to the next. However, the step that must always be followed is the complete and thorough cleaning of the window, which is also the single most important step of all.

 

This will be followed by the preparation of the window film, which typically includes the removal of the film from the box, the pre-cutting of the film width at least 10mm wider than the window and the thorough soaking of the window with solution.

 

Once the cut film is being held up by an assistant or placed against the solution-soaked window with the release liner facing the installer, it will be necessary to remove the release liner, as part of the process of applying the film to the window with the help of a squeegee.

 

Finally, the window film must be suitably trimmed and the surface sprayed again with application solution, prior to the use once more of a squeegee to complete the application process. Splicing of the film will also be necessary, however, if the window to which the film is being applied cannot be covered with a single piece of film.

 

Contact Stockfilms for informed advice in relation to window films

 

Whether you require further guidance with regard to how are window films installed, or you would instead like to request samples or discuss with us the best choice of window film for your specific circumstance, you are welcome to call the Stockfilms team today on 020 8441 0449.

 

What is window film used for?

Window film is a self-adhesive polyester film that is designed to be applied to glass. You may purchase window film for any of a wide range of purposes, such as:

Saving energy

There has never been a greater emphasis than there is today on reducing energy use as much as possible – not only for reasons of environmental friendliness and social responsibility, but also to save money. Solar control films can be instrumental in lowering the need for air conditioning or heating within a space.

Filtering ultraviolet (UV) rays

Window film like that offered by Stockfilms can block the passage through glass of up to 99% of UV rays. You may therefore buy window film to act as a ‘sunscreen’, protecting your skin from the harm that high levels of sun exposure can cause. UV protection film can also help to slow down the fading of furnishings.

Reducing glare

Whether you are in a building or behind the wheel of a car, glare can be extremely annoying, while also preventing you from concentrating on any task you may be trying to perform. We sell a series of glare reduction films here at Stockfilms that can cut down on glare, in much the same way as sunglasses.

Improving safety and security

Safety and security films don’t only strengthen glass against the risk of breakage in the event of attempted intrusion or vandalism, but also help to boost the safety of the glass if it does break. Such window film helps to hold together dangerous shards of glass, which greatly minimises the likelihood of injury to any occupants of the building.

Maximising privacy

We supply various window films here at Stockfilms that are intended to maximise privacy. You may request a translucent privacy screening film, for instance, that provides two-way privacy but still enables a good level of natural light to pass through the glass. One-way privacy film is also popular among customers that wish to prevent bystanders from easily looking into a property from the outside.

Enhancing appearance

The likes of reflective, tinted and coloured window films may all be used at least partially for aesthetic reasons, in conjunction with other perks such as solar control. Various shades are available to enable a specifier or end user to achieve precisely the look that they desire for the windows of a domestic or commercial building or even a vehicle.

While there are many potential answers to the question “What is window film used for?”, the above are some of the most common. Don’t hesitate to contact the Stockfilms team today, such as by calling 020 8441 0449 or completing and submitting our straightforward online form, to learn more about the window film we can supply to match your most demanding requirements.