Window of Opportunity by Micky Calcott
by Micky Calcott
February 26th, 2020

The Same, but Different…

So that’s January done and dusted. After the chaos of Christmas and New Year festivities, things are well and truly back to normal – although here at The Window Film Company, it’s always difficult to define exactly what normal is…

You see, in looking back over the array of jobs we’ve completed in the first month of 2020, it’s become clearer than ever that there isn’t such thing a “normal” day or week – and I mean that in a good way! Every day is different, every project is unique and every opportunity brings with it challenges and rewards. To give you an idea of what I mean, I thought I’d run through a few of the projects we’ve completed since returning to work in the new year.

Back in Black

The beauty of window film is that it can be used in a range of different situations to meet a number of different requirements, and two recent jobs that necessitated the use of black out provide a perfect example of this. The first involved the installation of a black out film across 150 square meters of roof lights, as a part of the complete transformation of a former carpet warehouse. The large premises were being transformed into a gym, and the film was required to significantly reduce the levels of natural light passing through the roof and into the facility.

The second example was a more intricate brief, with the client requiring a film that when applied to a series of glass partitions, would deliver the appearance of industrial, warehouse style windows, with black banding being used to give the appearance of multiple panes. Whilst the warehouse renovation required a large quantity of film and powered access equipment, this job required a little more finesse. Part of the brief was to ensure that the effect was achieved with as few visible joins as possible, so instead of using individual strips of black vinyl to create the desired look, we used our computer cutter to create a number of large panels, cut so that the vinyl went onto the glass in as few parts as possible.

A similar product, two different uses, two varying production and installation methods.

Creative with Color

The start of the New Year has also seen a number of clients transforming their glass with color. While we’re reliably informed that the Pantone color of the year for 2020 is a shade of blue, it’s been green that has been catching the eye of our customers, with a number of projects seeing us install various shades of greens to glass.

Going for Graphics

We’ve already completed a number of significant printed graphics projects in 2020, including an application of a series of bright and vibrant images to an extensive run of windows inside a large hospital. Key considerations around this project included ensuring the product chosen was long lasting and durable (the graphics were installed down a corridor – a very busy part of the hospital) and easy to clean, so for this project we printed the graphics, supplied by the client, onto a white vinyl.

The graphics served to block what was a dull and unwelcoming view through the glass, completely transforming the area to be a bright, vibrant and immediately more welcoming environment.

Seeing these projects completed, briefs met, improvements and transformations completed is a hugely rewarding experience. While these are some of the more visually arresting projects we’ve completed so far this year, they have been completed alongside a host of other jobs – external applications of solar control film, glare reduction, graphics for shopfronts, wallpaper for internal decoration and branding, cut frosted film for privacy and manifestation. No two jobs are the same, no two days are the same – in fact the only thing that is the same, is that every single project is different – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here’s to another varied, exciting and challenging year. Until next time… toodle pip! 

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