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Energy control window films have various positive effects

We have long passed the point at which energy efficiency was an obsession largely restricted to the biggest corporations with a particular anxiety to prove their ‘social responsibility’.

The truth is that with energy savings also meaning real financial savings, which in turn make a real impact on a company’s bottom line, such solutions as energy control window films should be carefully considered by every company.

So, what are the solutions that we can offer in this category here at Opalux?

Our energy control films lessen the pressure on your air conditioning

It’s a familiar problem for office-based businesses – oppressively hot days can make it essential that you have an air conditioning system in place to enable your employees to work as productively as possible right through the day. However, it can be prohibitively expensive to have to pay for a hard-working air conditioning system right through the day, which is where our energy control window films can prove invaluable.

Our energy control films for air conditioned buildings reject as much as 80% of the heat of the sun’s rays, which helps to keep your office comfortably cool without the need for your air conditioning to work so hard. Once you’ve applied the film, it automatically gets to work – you don’t have to worry about any complex controls or human intervention, such as pulling down the blinds.

We also have exterior applied energy control films that serve a similar purpose, again rejecting the heat of the sun. By comparison, an interior application leaves the glazing units to catch the heat from the sun and potentially start warming up as well, which could result in a ‘radiator’ effect. 

Then, there are the Low-E energy control films that are internally applied solar control films incorporating a Low-E coating on the interior facing side of the film. Such films are effective at repelling a large proportion of the sun’s heat and glare, enhancing the comfort of your building’s occupants and ensuring you don’t have to spend so much on air conditioning.

We are the only architectural window film suppliers you will ever need

Opalux is one of the most widely known and respected names in architectural window films, and certainly continues to command an unparalleled reputation for the supply of the most innovative energy control window films.

There really is no superior company from which to source even the most specialised window films, encompassing a broad range of categories.  

Why would you need to invest in our tinted window films?

While much of the discussion about window tinting revolves around the tinting of car windows rather than building windows, it is true that tinted window films are often as crucial an addition to the latter as they are to the former, for not dissimilar reasons of privacy, sun protection and style.

To give you a deeper appreciation of precisely why you may purchase tinted window films for your building, we thought we'd take you through a quick tour of the options we offer here at Opalux.

Our grey and black tinted films are about more than privacy

The grey/black window tints that are available right now from Opalux can certainly provide varying levels of daytime privacy, with the glass given a low mirror exterior appearance.

However, these films have various other potential uses, including to enhance the look of a building, control the level of harmful UV rays that are allowed to enter through the window, and provide the vital shade that the building's occupants may need.

When you choose a darker shade, meanwhile, you can look forward to exceptional glare control, which is sure to be appreciated by any computer users in your buildings.

Or discover the colourful world of our transparent art colour tinted films

As great as the visual appeal of our grey/black window tints may be for certain types of business, our art colours window films are a very different proposition. They are optically clear and transparent when applied to clear glass, but also come in an assortment of colours so that designers can tint windows in a manner befitting the vibe they wish to give to a certain space.

Such film may be used in an extremely wide range of settings, including classrooms, children's wards, exhibition displays, stage sets, public buildings, gyms and sports centres, to name just a few.

Finally, we also stock various other optically clear transparent brilliant colour window tints that are supplementary to the art colours range. Such tints as Pastel Rose and Amber are available, and again, settings ranging from gyms, public buildings and restaurants to sports centres, entrances and porticos can be cosmetically enhanced by them.

Place your trust in Opalux

As you can see, there is more than one great reason to purchase tinted window films like those that Opalux stocks! Don't hesitate to contact our team today to discuss in greater detail which solution may be best suited to your intended application.


Protect your business's image and livelihood with our anti-graffiti window films

Graffiti - whether it takes the form of spray paint, magic markers, scouring, etchings or any of the other types so favoured by vandals today - is a fact of life against which many businesses and organisations would like to protect themselves.

The reasons for this should be more than self-explanatory. Whether you run a business such as a coffee shop or high-street retailer that depends on presenting the most favourable image to those passing by your windows each day, or you are instead responsible for mass transit systems like buses, trains and ferries, you will want to make the best possible impression on everyone who uses or sees your infrastructure or buildings.

However, the cleaning and/or replacement of graffiti-damaged glazing can also unquestionably be greatly taxing on your company's time and budget, which is why you may decide to take the more pre-emptive approach of investing in our renowned anti-graffiti window films.

We can help you to select the ideal anti-graffiti film

There is no 'one size fits all' solution as far as anti-graffiti window films are concerned, so it is important that you take the time to determine the solution that best suits your practical and aesthetic requirements. Nonetheless, given that we are one of the UK's premier brands of architectural window film here at Opalux, you will be in the right hands.

Given that this optically clear film works on the basis of absorbing graffiti in order to protect the window on which it is applied from scratch marks, it is especially vital to consider the thickness of the film that you specify. 100micron thickness is the minimum for this type of film, although a thicker 175micron version and a multi-laminate 200micron solution are also available, and may be better solutions to protect against the use of especially heavy-duty tools by graffiti operators.

In addition to the above, we can provide exterior weather protected versions in 100 and 175micron thicknesses to give you further peace of mind.

The task of selecting from such an extensive range of anti-graffiti window films should be done with the assistance of a suitably informed individual. This is why we can put you in contact with an Opalux approved dealer who can advise on your requirements, even visiting your site if necessary and providing information on how much it will cost to install the film at your premises.

Ultimately, when you are in the market for anti-graffiti window films, there's no reason to place your trust in any brand other than Opalux. We are one of the most trusted suppliers of architectural window films today - and for good reason! 


Plotter-cut window graphics can bring wide-ranging benefits to your business

You may not spend a lot of time thinking about them, but you almost certainly notice them. We are, of course, talking about plotter-cut window graphics, which make frequent appearances on all manner of organisations’ premises and bring all manner of advantages.

Such appealing window graphics as plotter-cut frost films, coloured vinyl and digitally printed graphics are obviously largely chosen for their visual impact, which we can help to ensure your own organisation makes with our renowned plotter-cut window graphics here at Opalux.

The corporate logos, text or freeform bespoke graphic designs and patterns that are customarily used for window graphics can be understated in some cases, and in other instances bold. They help to draw attention to or affirm your company’s brand imaging, cultivating interest among potential customers and instilling pride in your employees.

Such window graphics are, at the very least, certainly more interesting than a plain window! However, their appeal is also in many ways practical, not merely aesthetic.

From privacy to promotion, our window graphics cater to every need

One obvious reason to invest in our plotter-cut window graphics is the extra layer of privacy they help to provide. Your business may be a bank, clinic or other type of organisation for which confidentiality and discretion are especially important, so some well-placed window graphics may be useful in warding off prying eyes.

The privacy that such window graphics can give isn’t only relevant to the above types of business. In any office business, in fact, your workers are likely to feel more comfortable and able to focus on their work if they feel that they have some privacy and can’t be spied on by those outside or even within the building.

Then, of course, there is the idea that plotter-cut window graphics can simply represent an economical method of promoting your business. Why bother to invest in an expensive outdoor billboard advertising campaign, when a few well-placed window graphics at your own premises may do a similarly good job of drumming up awareness of, and interest in your brand?

We give you lots of options for plotter-cut window graphics here at Opalux, so there’s no need to hesitate. Simply get in touch today with our knowledgeable team, and we will be able to discuss with you the type and specification of window graphics that may best suit your own requirements.



5 potential purposes of our safety film for glass

Our wide range of security and safety film for glass covers a similarly wide range of applications for all manner of organisations, businesses and premises. Here are just five of them.

           1. Holding shards of shattered glass in place

Accidents or other incidents do happen, and glass can become broken in a manner that can imperil people in close proximity if precautions have not been taken to guard against this.

Here at Opalux, we offer safety film that helps to hold in place dangerous shards of shattered glass so that they do not cause injury to users of your building when the breakage occurs.

          2. Ensuring legal compliance

Did you know that schools, hospitals, workplaces and public buildings are required to comply with Regulation 14 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 by upgrading glazing to a type that breaks safely?

In the event that your organization’s glazing fails to comply with these regulations and an accident occurs, you could be liable to prosecution and legal action leading to damages.

         3. Protecting soft furnishings and other vulnerable items

It may not seem the obvious reason to invest in glass safety film, but our own films in this category screen out 99% of UV radiation, meaning that any otherwise susceptible furnishings and fittings in your premises will not fade and deteriorate as quickly.

        4. Deterring potential burglars, vandals and intruders

While those who are most determined to rob from or cause the most damage to your business will always attempt to do so anyway, a large proportion of individuals in this category will inevitably be those who are seeking an easy opportunity.

If it is obvious to the potential miscreant that you have applied some kind of special film to your premises’ door or window – for instance, if you have invested in our combined translucent, privacy and safety films in fine acid etch frost – they are likely to look elsewhere for that opportunity.

       5. Temporarily protecting glass

There are times when intact glass needs to be protected on a temporary basis by glaziers, such as when the panels of glass are being handled, transported and installed. Construction operations can be inherently dangerous, so it makes sense to invest in a suitably temporary solution.

Opalux’s temporary protection film can be that solution, with discounts also available for bulk supplies.


Whatever your requirements with regard to any of the categories of architectural window film that we apply, including safety film for glass, don’t hesitate to enquire to the Opalux team today for your free survey and quotation, by calling 0845 026 1125. 


Opalux gives you a lot of options for window glare and heat control

There’s a strong likelihood that you have heard the term ‘Opalux’ before – we are one of the UK’s premier brands of architectural window film, and the situation is no different as far as solar reflective window films are concerned.

Why turn to us for solar reflective window films?

Opalux doesn’t just possess some four decades’ experience in serving customers ranging from schools, colleges and hospitals to offices, sports centres and shopping malls. That’s because, right now, we also possess all of the necessary specialist expertise to provide the very best solar reflective window films for your own organisation’s specific requirements.

Solar heat and glare penetrating through glass can be a massive problem at many premises, compromising the comfort, health and privacy of a building’s occupants, as well as potentially exposing sensitive fixtures and fittings to considerable sun-related damage over time.

We offer the specialised window film needed by your firm

The solar reflective window films that Opalux can supply reduce such heat and glare through windows by as much as 80%, which makes them an extremely wise investment for a variety of settings. However, the effectiveness of such film can be maximised further when the right choice is made among our most specialised options.

If, for instance, you do not desire the mirrored look associated with standard solar reflective window films, you may take an interest in our low mirror solar control films, which provide a more neutral, tinted appearance.

Alternatively, you might be concerned about achieving good levels of solar heat rejection without compromising the amount of daylight from which your building’s occupants benefit, leading you to consider our clear heat control films.

Or what about our solar reflective films for polycarbonate, which are a popular solution for those wishing to apply effective sun protection to polycarbonate windows or roof-lights?

Dual reflective films are also available from us, resembling our standard solar reflective window films from the outside of the building, but looking and feeling rather different from the inside, thanks to the dark grey tint of their inside-facing surface. This reduces the back-shine mirror effect that would otherwise be apparent when the lights are on after dark.

Enquire now to learn more about our window films

As a leading name in solar reflective window films, there’s a strong chance that here at Opalux, we will have the right solution for your needs, at the right price.

Contact our team now to discuss those requirements in greater detail and arrange a free survey and quotation.  



What are the best reasons to make Opalux your choice of window film suppliers?

The architectural window film industry is unquestionably an extremely competitive one. You may be an architect, designer, specifier, main contractor or even the owner of a high-end home, among many other possibilities. Regardless, you may find it difficult to choose window film suppliers that you feel you can trust.

This is where Opalux enters the picture. We are not only one of the UK’s longest-established providers of architectural window film, having started our business back in 1976, but we are also one of the most respected.

Our approved installers have a level of product knowledge and on-site experience that is simply unparalleled, but we also offer the widest variety of architectural window films that you could hope to see anywhere, at prices that make sense for you.

A rundown of some of the great options we can give you

Ultimately, your choice of architectural window film depends on not only such consistently important factors as price, but also what exactly you wish that window film to do.

As one of the premier window film suppliers here at Opalux, we can offer solutions to suit a wide range of priorities, including solar heat and glare control, energy control, privacy and light management, safety and security and many more.

You may therefore be interested in such a product as our solar reflective film that can reduce the amount of solar heat and glare transmitted through your glass by as much as 80%, thereby vastly improving the comfort levels of your building’s occupants.

Or perhaps, if you are responsible for an air conditioned building and wish to improve your carbon footprint, you might look towards our energy control window films that reject up to 80% of the heat of the sun’s rays before they enter the interior of your building.

We can also offer such solutions as translucent privacy films that achieve the sweet spot of providing 24-hour privacy while allowing in plenty of daylight through the windows during the day, as well as safety films conceived with the needs of schools, hospitals and other public buildings in mind.  

Request your free survey and quotation now

Why should you look for any other window film suppliers, when you have the option of the very best? Simply call our team on 0845 026 1125 or complete and submit our straightforward online form today, and we will soon get back in touch with you to arrange a free survey and quotation.