This is a quick summary of a great article published in Facility Executive Magazine entitled “5 Ways Window Film Can Improve Your Facility“. The article hits on several of the key ways that building owners and commercial property managers can retrofit commercial window films to improve commercial spaces. We wanted to summarize the main points hit on in the article below.
- Energy Conservation: Energy costs often represent a large expense associated with any facility. Keeping the space comfortable for the occupants means cooling in warmer months and heat in the cooler months. The article states, “Up to 30% of any building’s cooling and heating load is through windows. Installing window film reduces the stress on a facility’s HVAC system. Many films block up to 80 percent of the sun’s heat, helping to cut cooling costs.” Retrofitting window film to your existing glass reduces the usage and the stress on a facility’s HVAC system which saves on both utility and maintenance costs.
- Safety and Security: It is an unfortunate thing to think about, but safety and security of a facility has become something of increased importance in recent years. The article discusses this by saying “Windows and doors are the most vulnerable parts of any building. They are easy points of entry for people who may mean harm to the occupants, the building itself, or its contents. Glass is an inviting target for vandals intent on mischief or worse. Protecting the inhabitants of any facility is as important as the business practices going on inside. When professionally installed safety film is added, the glass doesn’t shatter, delaying the intruder’s entrance, and allowing local authorities to get to the scene in a timely matter. It also reduces the impact of a nearby blast or natural disaster, by holding the glass together and preventing dangerous shards of glass from flying about.“As with any safety or security measure, these films do have their limitations, but they can significantly upgrade your facility.
- Health and Comfort: It is imperative that any facility be a comfortable and healthy place to spend time. Window films can help in some ways that you may have never considered. The article mentions that “The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends solar control window film to protect healthy skin and prevent premature aging. Window film lets natural daylight in, but blocks up to 99% of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, and up to 80% of the sun’s heat protecting the building’s occupants and preventing interior furnishings from fading. Employees are also more productive and comfortable thanks to window film reducing solar glare, not only on their computer screens but throughout the entire building.“
- Green Benefits: With increasing energy costs and a greater concern to operate in an environmentally friendly way, many facilities are searching for Green Technologies to help. The article points out that, “Nearly 75% of windows are not energy efficient, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Replacing windows is often considered when revamping a facility, but it’s not always the best choice. Window film installation costs a fraction of new window replacement, and accomplishes many of the same goals, as well as going a long way in reducing a building’s carbon footprint.“
- Aesthetics: With an increasing competitive commercial real estate market, it is important that your building looks up to date and well kept. Window film can be a cost effective way to address this. The article addresses this aspect of films by noting that, “Window film can improve the aesthetics of any commercial building. By improving the look of dated windows with film, the whole building will appear as though it had a modern facelift. Many manufacturers also offer decorative films that can add style, privacy and create a unique interior design. With certain styles of decorative films, facility executives can even achieve the look of etched glass at a fraction of the cost.“
We hope you enjoyed this summary of these five ways to improve commercial spaces with window films. You can check out the entire article by clicking HERE