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Solar reflective film is even available from us for polycarbonate windows and rooflights

For conservatories and similar settings that use polycarbonate windows or rooflights instead of glass, a solution may be desired for reducing the amount of solar heat and glare transmitted and exposed to the occupants of the building. Standard reflective window film, however, tends to bubble up if applied to plastic instead of glass.

It is for this reason that you may take much interest in Opalux’s extensive solar reflective films that are specifically designed for polycarbonate windows and rooflights – but what else do you need to know about them?

The perfect solution for providing relief from the sun’s rays

As with so much of the other window film that Opalux manufactures, when one comes to choose between our solar reflective films for polycarbonate windows or rooflights, they will need to consider whether the interior or exterior version is the right choice for them.

Our internal solar reflective film in this range takes the form of a translucent metallised film – bearing the name of the widely recognised Opalux Suncool brand – that is usually applied to conservatory polycarbonate rooflights. Such film can be relied on to provide immediate shading and relief from the direct rays of the sun.

Alternatively, it may be the exterior version of this film that you prefer. It is a metallised silver solar reflective film that provides not only maximum solar heat and glare reduction, but also daytime one-way privacy. This solution is equivalent to the exterior solar reflective window film that you may have seen advertised for glass, except that it incorporates a polycarbonate-friendly adhesive enabling its application to almost any polycarbonate glazing.

You can expect such window film to produce a silver reflective outside appearance during the day, while from the inside, the visual effect is not as obvious, simply taking the form of a light tint.

We can help you to make the right choice of window film

Whichever of these window films you purchase, you can look forward to significant reductions in both glare and the harmful effects of UV rays, such as the premature fading of furniture and furnishings.

However, you will first need to ensure you choose the right film for your requirements. The Opalux technical department can assist you in selecting the film that is best suited to your intended application, whether you are a specifier or end user.

Feel free to call our team for advice today, on 0845 026 1125, or contact us via the Opalux website

Introducing the wonders of our glazing manifestation film

While the key practical reason to invest in glazing manifestation should be obvious to all of its users – namely, the legal requirement to make clear glass more noticeable so that people do not accidentally walk or run into it – it can be easy to underestimate the wealth of available options.

This is certainly apparent with one glance at our own far-reaching range of glazing manifestation window film here at Opalux – so what should you know about it as a prospective purchaser?

Our standard glazing manifestation may be the best match for your needs

If you simply require an easy-to-use, off-the-shelf 50-metre roll of glazing manifestation whether as an architect, designer, specifier or end-user, our Mani-Fest standard rolls of frosted manifestation dots or squares may be the ideal solution.

There is no simpler or more cost-effective means of complying with the requirements set out in the Building Regulations and the Workplace Health Safety & Welfare Regulations for window manifestation or glass partition manifestation.

Alternatively, bespoke solutions are available

It may be that the given application requires you to request customised glazing manifestation – in which case, you will be pleased to learn that it is possible to have our Opalux Mani-Fest 50-metre rolls produced on a bespoke basis to your own specification.

Contact the Opalux Customer Services team today to order, by negotiation, bespoke rolls incorporating a pattern of your choosing, subject to a minimum order quantity of 750 linear metres.

Such bespoke glazing manifestation window film can be produced with a distinctive repetitive mark or logo, within certain design limits. This helps to make it the ideal choice for larger-scale environments such as schools, hospitals and office blocks.

Or talk to us about freeform manifestation

The ultimate form of bespoke glazing manifestation, however, is our freeform manifestation that combines the basic safety dimension of glazing manifestation with creative graphics applied to glass.

This is the glazing manifestation to choose when you are seeking complete freedom to produce the graphics that you desire for your organisation’s glass surfaces. You can choose from an assortment of materials for this, including coloured vinyl graphics, wide format digitally printed graphics, pictures, photos and many other options.

Whether you are already sure about which form of glazing manifestation will best cater to your firm’s requirements or you are eager to explore your full breadth of options, we urge you to get in touch with our company at the specification stage, by calling +44 (0)845 026 1125 or emailing   

What level of UV protection do you require in your chosen window film?

If there is one definite menace to many a workplace’s fabrics and furnishings such as its curtains, carpets, furniture, floors and artworks, it is the ultraviolet (UV) rays produced by the sun. Unfortunately, once the damage that UV causes occurs, it cannot be reversed, but by being proactive, you can help to prevent it ahead of time.

Yes, we’re referring to our own UV control, anti-fade window film here at Opalux – but which type of such film from our acclaimed product range is likely to serve your needs best?

We offer impressive levels of standard UV protection

Even our ‘standard’ UV protection window film is far from standard, with all of our polyester window films containing UV absorbers that enable 99% of harmful UV rays to be blocked.

Strictly speaking, it is actually 99% of UV rays in the 300 to 380-nanometer solar spectrum range that are blocked by this standard UV protection film.

But formidable enhanced protection is also available

When a further level of UV protection is needed against UV rays of up to 400 nanometres or more, you may be interested in our specialist museum grade films that come in the form of an optically clear film, with additional solar control properties also able to be specified.

There may be healthcare applications for certain skincare conditions that necessitate this heightened degree of UV control, so we would always advise affected customers to get in touch with the Opalux customer services department for additional information and guidance.

Finally, why not ask us about our super-enhanced UV protection?

If you suspect that your given application will require the use of the very greatest UV protection, you may wish to enquire about our amber UV control film, which blocks out the blue part of the spectrum present in natural and artificial light.

There are various laboratory, photographic, pharmaceutical and manufacturing processes – such as the assembly of circuit boards – that are sensitive to this portion of the spectrum. The end user may even find they require multiple layers of our super-enhanced UV protection film, which is why they should examine samples first.

Always consult the Opalux technical department for assistance when you are attempting to choose the most suitable UV protection window film for your application. Call 0845 026 1125 or email our team today.





Our tinted window film makes sense for many different reasons

One of the categories of window film for which we are most renowned here at Opalux is tinted window film, and for more than a few reasons.

Such films are optically clear, transparent and non-metallised, and we present various options that can be applied to glass, including grey/black tints and art colours tints.

Why might you be interested in our grey/black tinted films?

There are various reasons why you may be interested in our grey/black deep-dyed polyester window film, not least given the wide range of grey/black densities in which it can be specified, from very light shades through intermediate to the very darkest shades.

When you are simply interested in such tinted film with the purposes of improved appearance, UV control or shading in mind, one of the lighter shades may be the best choice. However, the darker shades also provide these benefits, together with high levels of glare control to make it easier for those using computer screens to concentrate on their work.

A wish for greater daytime privacy may also motivate you to consider these window films, with different shades providing different levels of privacy while giving the external side of the glass a low mirror exterior appearance.

Such a broad range of available shades also makes this type of window film an appealing option if you are seeking to match up the appearance of replacement clear panels with that of existing surrounding tinted glass.

Alternatively, ask us about our art colours window films

Your reasons for specifying our art colours tinted window film, meanwhile, are likely to be very different. Such film is typically chosen by designers looking to enhance the atmosphere of a given setting by tinting the windows with such colours as Blue, Lilac, Green, Pink, Purple, Red or Yellow.

These window films are certainly striking and decorative, which makes them an excellent choice for such sites as classrooms, children’s wards, stage sets, exhibition displays, public buildings, gyms and restaurants. They also provide such decoration while maintaining transparency through the glass, and can be removed whenever you wish to update the look of your windows in the future.

Request our help with selecting window film

Whatever type of tinted window film may seem most suitable for your own desired application, it is recommended that you seek out the specialist knowledge of our own seasoned professionals at the specification stage, so that you can be sure of making the most informed choice.

Contact the Opalux team today about our window film, by emailing or calling +44 (0)845 026 1125.






We give you many options for anti-graffiti window film

The central purpose of our anti-graffiti window film here at Opalux is simple. Glazing in public-facing areas can be highly susceptible to graffiti, and our anti-graffiti film helps to protect glazing from the scratch marks that graffiti can cause.

It accomplishes this thanks to its optically clear transparent sacrificial coating that absorbs the graffiti. The film can then simply be removed and replaced, so that the panel is left looking as good as new.

The effectiveness of our extensive selection of anti-graffiti window film has helped to make it an especially popular choice for mass transit systems, with trains, buses and ferries having long been vulnerable to the ravages of graffiti.

What forms of anti-graffiti film do we offer?

If you are in need of a dependable standard anti-graffiti window film for interior application, our SA-100CL-iSR 100-micron film represents an excellent solution. It is quick to install, offers high optical clarity, is scratch-resistant and screens harmful UV rays, so is not ‘just’ an anti-graffiti film.

Meanwhile, those seeking a standard clear anti-graffiti window film that is suitable for outdoor settings can take advantage of our SA-100CL-eSR film. It needs to be installed to the exterior surface of the glass and correctly silicone edge-sealed, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Thicker, 175-micron versions of these strong-selling interior and exterior anti-graffiti window films are also available, in the form of the SA-175CL-iSR and SA-175CL-eSR respectively.

Alternatively, and finally, you may take an interest in the SA-200CL-iSR multi-laminate 200-micron anti-graffiti window film. This is another form of such film that is to be installed to the interior surface of the glass, with such thicker and multi-laminate films sometimes deemed necessary if the graffiti operators use heavy-duty tools.

Opalux should be your go-to source of window film

When you are looking to select the most suitable anti-graffiti window film for your intended setting, whether as an end-user or specifier, it is recommended that you get in touch with the Opalux technical department for informed guidance.

Call our team on 0845 026 1125 or complete and submit an online enquiry form today, and if appropriate, we will connect you to an Opalux approved dealer who can provide you with invaluable assistance, including visiting the site if necessary and providing costings for the film installation.



We give you plenty of options for patterned window film

There are few better-known or more trusted architectural window film brands than Opalux, so it’s only natural that so many organisations turn to us for an assortment of highly specialised options, of which patterned films are just one.

As a matter of fact, you’ve got many more options within our wider range of patterned window film, which enables you to offer a certain degree of privacy to your buildings’ users while still allowing the penetration of a high level of natural light.

These are the window films that all manner of organisations typically choose when they need the right solution for the glazed screens in their reception areas, lobbies, internal office partitions, corridors and other areas where there is a need for both privacy and a light, open atmosphere.

Select from a vast range of patterns

Whatever the current or desired aesthetic in your firm’s office, residential or commercial buildings – or for that matter, for any residential buildings in which this type of window film is to be applied – you are sure to find a suitable option in our range here at Opalux.

Such generics as Squares, Horizontal Stripes, Vertical Stripes, Fade-out, Rice Paper, Frost, Parchment, Dusted, Sandblast, Transparent Colour, Opaque Colour, Dots, Circles, Iceberg, Swirl, Acid Etch and Graduated Stripes can all be specified from us.

What else should you know about our patterned films?

Whether you are an architect, designer or specifier, our patterned window film caters to all of your most pressing practical requirements.

Such film can be removed or replaced in the future, should it be desirable to update the look of the glazed screens to which it is applied. It also provides the degree of modesty that is appropriate for reception areas and meeting rooms, where there is a need for good screening.

Our patterned window film is far from a mere luxury or optional extra, not least as it can even be instrumental in satisfying health and safety requirements for large areas of uninterrupted glazing, such as glass partitions.

Make Opalux your first choice for all manner of window film

You simply can’t expect to find a broader range of higher-quality window film than the range that we are so proud to offer here at Opalux. Nor does any other window film supplier provide such a high standard of ongoing technical support, or such competitive prices.

All that you need to do to arrange a free survey and quotation is call our team, on 0845 026 1125. 



Energy control window film that can deliver amazing savings

As the UK's premier brand of architectural window film, here at Opalux, we are proud to be able to bring your organisation options for window film that you may not have previously realised existed. For example, when your premises incorporate a high amount of glazing and require extensive air conditioning, you are likely to appreciate the considerable energy savings that our energy control films enable you to achieve.

In an age in which many firms are conscious of their need to be socially and environmentally responsible, our energy control window film can be instrumental in reducing your own company's carbon footprint. Once the film has been applied to the glass, it can be depended on to reject as much as 80% of the heat of the sun's rays to prevent their entrance into the interior of the building.

This, in turn, usually allows your organisation to lessen its use of air conditioning, whilst reducing the need to pull down the blinds, or to get to grips with complicated automatic controls. It is, instead, a passive medium that does its work from sunrise until sunset.

Which energy control film may best suit your needs?

We offer various categories of heat control films for air conditioned buildings, which is why - if you want to be sure of selecting the film that best matches your own organisation's requirements - we would encourage you to first get in touch with our technical department.

Those options include weatherable solar control films that have been specifically designed to be applied to the exterior of a building, meaning the sun's heat is rejected before it even has the chance to come into contact with the glazing system. This ensures the glazing units themselves are not unnecessarily warmed up, thereby starting to act like radiators that contribute to heat build-up in the interior space.

We are also delighted to be able to offer all-seasons energy control window film incorporating a Low-E coating. These solar control films are internally applied, with the coating being added to the film's interior-facing surface. The result is a product that rejects a high proportion of the heat and glare produced by the sun, while also enhancing worker comfort and lowering energy costs.

Talk to us today about energy control window film

Whatever type of energy control film you might think your company needs, the best idea is to contact our technical staff at the specification stage to ensure you choose the right option first time out - as you can do by calling +44 (0)845 026 1125 or emailing

Place your trust in Opalux as your chosen provider of industry-leading and effective, but also competitively priced window film. 

5 reasons for Opalux’s stellar industry reputation

When your organisation is in need of window film and you ask others for their recommended brands, one of the names that you can almost guarantee will crop up time and time again is Opalux.

But why is this the case? We look at just five reasons.

  1. We serve a vast range of clients

In almost any type of business or organisation where windows are present on site, you can find Opalux window film fitted.

We cater to schools, colleges, hotels, government departments, high-security locations and industrial plants. It is also not only end-users who directly contact us, with others including architects, designers, specifiers and main contractors, and even firms in related trades such as security companies and air-conditioning contractors.

      2. Our window films cater to almost every need

Whether you require a window film for such a purpose as heat and glare control, security, safety, privacy or even the promotion of your brand or business, we will have a solution for you here at Opalux.

Download our layman’s guide to window films to find out more about our full breadth of expertise and the various categories of sophisticated window films that we can offer.

     3. We are synonymous with innovation

We don’t simply sit back and depend on the technology that has always underpinned our window films.

Our window films are manufactured using the most technically advanced processes that you can find today. Furthermore, we are continually seeking out new ways to enhance our window film collection in line with end-users’ ever-evolving needs in a fast-changing world.

     4. We’ve been doing this for more than 40 years

Our continuous operation since 1976 means we’ve had plenty of time in which to build up industry renown.

Those 40 years have given us plenty of time to gradually refine our products and service to ensure that we cater brilliantly to our customers’ most specific and demanding requirements in the here-and-now.

     5. Our impressive dealer network

Opalux-installing dealers have often worked with the various forms of our window film for many years, and are consequently equipped with all of the product knowledge and on-site experience needed to ensure you get the best possible result from the application of your window film.

Access the Opalux Market Place of professional service providers today to discover the many highly specialised and useful services that they can provide to help you to achieve the perfect outcome from your investment in Opalux window film.

It is thanks to factors like the above that when you want to find a window film supplier in which you can place your utmost trust, there is no need to look any further than Opalux.



The right window film can greatly help your business’s finances

Given the level of investment that window film may represent for your company – especially if your entire premises are to be treated with it – it makes sense that you would ask precisely how you can expect to gain a return on that investment.

Opalux provides all manner of window film for all manner of purposes

As you peruse our complete range of window film here at Opalux, you will begin to appreciate the many ways in which our products can help your company to save or even make money over time.

You may not have been aware, for instance, of the vast range of window graphics that you can have applied to your ordered film, and which could help to promote your brand and create a more positive impression of your business in the minds of prospective customers and clients.

Anti-graffiti window film is another one of our specialities, enabling your organisation to continue presenting the cleanest and most professional image to the public and any direct users of your services. Our anti-graffiti film is especially frequently chosen for mass transit systems, including on buses, trains and ferries.

Protect your windows and everything your company values

It seems an obvious point to make that the right window film can be instrumental in protecting your windows, but it is helpful to appreciate precisely how it can achieve this.

We offer a vast selection of safety and security films, for example, that not only strengthen glass against breakage, but also help to hold in place shards of glass in the event that the affected window does break. This, in turn, makes your buildings’ interiors and any users of the given buildings safer. 

However, window film can also assist in protecting your firm’s possessions from the dangers that the outside world poses. Our solar heat and glare control films are a great example of this, filtering the UV rays that pass through glass and in the process, helping to slow down the rate of deterioration of any furniture and furnishings that are exposed to the sun.

Arrange your free site survey today

Opalux is a brand in which you can have the utmost confidence when you are in need of window film – after all, we didn’t become known as the UK’s premier window film brand by accident.

Why hesitate to take advantage of our know-how, vast range of window films and ability to provide you with a free survey and quotation? You can do so right now, by calling us on 0845 026 1125 or sending us an email outside our regular office hours of 8am to 5pm GMT. 

3 things that you might not know Opalux window film can do

The vast range of environments in which Opalux window film is installed – from high-end homes, apartments and conservatories to the likes of sports centres, hotels and colleges – should give you a clue as to the incredible variety of purposes that our products can serve.

Here are just three things that our window film can do, of which you may have never been aware.

1. Decorate glass partitions

The windows separating working areas in your office may be at risk of looking dull or even practically invisible if nothing is done to decorate them in some way.

That’s why you may take an interest in the vast assortment of patterned films that we supply, or for that matter, our window graphics encompassing such forms as plotter-cut frost films and digitally printed graphics.

2. Advertise your brand or service

Whatever the sector in which your business is involved and whatever the product or service that you would next like to promote, digitally printed window film can be produced for you that helps to spread awareness and convey the best values of your brand.

Access the Opalux Market Place today to get in touch with professional firms possessing the design, digital printing and installation skills that will enable you to get the most out of the artistic and promotional possibilities that window film presents.

3. Prevent scratches to your glass

If you are responsible for the public areas of a mass transit system – including trains, buses or ferries – where areas of glass are present, you will be all too familiar with the headache of having to replace that glass whenever it is scratched by a member of the public.

For a cost-effective means of ensuring that your glass does not so easily sustain such damage in the first place, take a look at our range of anti-graffiti films. This type of window film incorporates an optically clear transparent sacrificial coating that absorbs graffiti, meaning it is the easily replaceable film – not the comparatively expensive glass – that sustains the actual scratch damage.

Download our layman’s guide to window film today to learn more about the many ways the right film could serve the requirements of your organisation. Remember that we are also always available when you would like to talk to us about technical issues or request a free survey and quotation – simply call 0845 026 1125 now.