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From Start to Finish – How to Get Custom Business Signs Installed Seamlessly

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Have you ever noticed how old, ugly, and unappealing some custom business signs are? If you happened to answer “no” to this question, your response isn’t that surprising either. People these days have an overabundance of visual stimuli, which leaves many signs virtually ignored. That means that if a sign happens to be faded, worn-out, or dull, most people won’t even consciously acknowledge its existence.

What a waste of company money.

With the increased competition for visual attention, many successful companies are finding their way to stand out with eye-catching custom business signs. Even better, they’re getting those signs installed the easy way with simple, turnkey service from a company that takes care of absolutely every stage of the hassle-filled signage process.

Not Sure What It Takes to Create and Install Custom Business Signs?

If you don’t know the process of creating custom business signs yet, you’re pretty lucky. The truth is: it’s a serious headache to get a sign designed, approved, manufactured, and installed…

Or is it?

Sure, it’s a time waster to deal with signage on your own, but when you work with the right signage company, you can skip the headache by eliminating the confusion and hassle that surrounds the end-to-end signage process.

NGS, one of the nation’s largest full-service sign and graphics providers, is the right signage company, offering turnkey service that covers you and your business every step of the way, from concept to completion.

When you work with NGS, your signage will be worry-free because we take care of:

  • Design and Selection

In this stage, you figure out what you want. You’ll choose the type of signage you need, such as pylon, blade, or channel, and you’ll specify the design. Many signage companies will require that you already have a design ready for them, but NGS is happy to create an eye-catching, stand-out design for you. Not sure what type of sign you want? We can figure that out for you too.

  • Administrative Hassles

Rules, laws, and regulations play a large role in the signage process and often can slow your project to a crawl. Your landlord’s restrictions can also complicate your plans, and, after a while, it may feel that everyone in the world is trying to get in the way of your signage goals. However, when you work with NGS, you don’t have to deal with any of the hassle because NGS will handle everything for you. And we mean everything: all the phone calls, all the approvals, all the permits. . . all done. During that time, you’ll get to keep focusing on your business.

  • Manufacturing and Production

When it comes to the manufacturing and production of retail signs, there are two major factors that come into play: quality and reliability. With NGS handling manufacturing and production for you, you can trust that your sign will always be of the highest quality and made with the best materials – and you can also trust that you’ll get your sign when you need it. NGS works to meet your timeline, instead of the other way around.

  • Installation

You’re busy. You have a business to run. You don’t have the time or energy to coordinate the installation of a retail sign, and, frankly, the thought of all that project management makes you cringe. Don’t put off your custom business signage project until that mythical date when you’ll “have more time.” Instead, let NGS handle everything for you. NGS will manage the entire project for you, and NGS installers will work around your business schedule to make sure there’s as little interference as possible with your day-to-day business.

When you have true professionals working for you every step of the way, the process for custom business signs becomes remarkably easy.

Need the city to approve that pylon sign by the road? No problem.

Need special forms and permissions for a lighted or channel sign? No worries.

Need a fast turnaround for multiple stores in your national chain? You’ve got it.

Truly, no matter what your signage needs are, NGS has got you covered.

Contact NGS to find out more about how your company can benefit from an easy, seamless turnkey process for custom business signs.  

 

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Discover the Endless Possibilities of Architectural Film

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We’re going to come right out and say it: your building’s surfaces are suffering from wear and tear.

Of course, this isn’t your fault. Those exterior building surfaces deal with abuse from all the destructive elements of nature, as well as the destructive elements of crowds and traffic. The interior surfaces don’t have it much better because they’re subjected to lots of physical contact on a daily basis. In addition, all your surfaces are aging. That certainly doesn’t help.

One option you have is remodeling, but remodeling a business that is open can be costly, time-consuming, and inconvenient to customers. Architectural films such as 3M DI-NOC reduce cost and eliminate demo work, thereby reducing your timeline – which is much less intrusive to operations.

In summary, this is a win in all categories and is why 24-hour-operation properties such as hotels and hospitals are adopting architectural finishes as a way forward for refresh programs.

Architectural Film – The Better Option

Architectural film, such as 3M DI-NOCgives you the ability to create the brand-new, freshly remodeled appearance you want for your customers, clients, and staff – without the hassles of a lengthy and wasteful remodeling job. Here’s an example of a recent 3M DI-NOC architectural wrap project completed by NGS:

3M-DinocMost buildings don’t really need all of their finishes ripped out and replaced. For them, a full remodel is overkill.

Instead, the majority of businesses need basic cosmetic work for some of their interior and exterior surfaces. They need a solution that’s quick, easy, and effective. In these cases, architectural film is the right solution.

If you’ve been trying to decide whether you should remodel or resurface, you may be surprised at how much architectural film has to offer.

  • A Better Budget Solution

Intelligent business owners will want to compare their options in terms of cost because, when it comes to the final price tag of a remodeling venture, your numbers might total a lot more than you expected. Resurfacing with a high-quality, architectural film like 3M DI-NOC gives you the brand-new, professional look your building needs, at a fraction of the price.

  • The Eco Wrap Advantage

Eco Wrap” is another commonly used term for architectural film. The term came about because of the film’s incredibly eco-friendly, waste-reducing capabilities. Instead of requiring you to needlessly replace materials, Eco Wraps help you resurface problem areas. This reduces your company’s environmental impact by having a zero impact on landfills, while supplying you with all the remodeling advantages you were looking for.

  • Accelerated Results

When you want something these days, you want it as soon as possible. (In fact, some people want things so fast that they don’t even have time to say, “as soon as possible” – which is why “ASAP” is now a part of everyone’s vocabulary.) If you don’t have the time to wait for a remodel of your surfaces and you need a new look ASAP, resurfacing the interior and/or exterior of your building with DI-NOC architectural film means you get the great results of remodeling in record time. In most cases, a 3M DI-NOC project can be completed overnight with no impact to operations.

  • So Many Choices

With DI-NOC architectural finishes, you have the ability to choose from a wide variety of wood, metal, stone, and textile patterns and texture combinations. Plus, with the ability to create your own customized patterns, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Whether your building needs a new, more inviting façade, new doors, reception desks, and entrance – or just a resurfacing of the downstairs elevators, a quick, affordable, eco-friendly solution like 3M DI-NOC architectural film is a long-lasting, reliable answer. Choosing an Eco Wrap instead of remodeling means you won’t be wasting time, money, or materials when you redo your building’s look.

So, really: Isn’t it about time to update those worn-out surfaces of yours?

 

Contact NGS to learn more about architectural film and schedule the renewal you’ve been wanting for your location.  

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Reduce Expenses and Improve Sustainability with Solar Window Film

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Another summer has begun and as we slog forward through the heat, it looks as though this summer could be another record breaker. Trying to keep cool at work during these excruciating summer months can be frustrating, wasteful, and very expensive.

There is a much more affordable and sustainable way to beat the heat this summer (and every summer after), rather than cranking up the AC in your building.

If you’re tired of seeing your utility bills skyrocket in the summer, maybe it’s time to think about how you can give your chillers a break and ease the strain on your budget at the same time. Maybe it’s time to find out about all the ways that solar window film can help your business.

Solar Window Film – Like Sunscreen for Your Building, The Benefits are Proven

We’ve all been told since we were young to wear sunscreen. Even writer/director/producer Baz Luhrmann wrote a song based around its proven long-term benefits. Unfortunately, no one ever mentioned how to protect your business from the sun’s damaging effects.

The sun can inflict a negative impact on your business in many ways. It can create a solar glare that impedes workplace functionality; it can cause damage like fading and cracking to merchandise or company equipment. Solar heat gain in the workplace can also put a strain on your company’s utility bill, not to mention the effects all these have on employee productivity.

Lucky for you, NGS provides one of the largest arrays of national window tinting solutions, including multiple options for solar window films. In addition, the professionals at NGS will do an assessment to determine the options that would best benefit your unique situation.

Choosing the proper solar window film can help you:

  • Reduce cooling and heating costs
  • Minimize environmental impact
  • Lower electric lighting expenses
  • Protect assets from long-term sun damage
  • Increase productivity in the workplace

Make Decisions for Your Future

One of the most important things successful business leaders do is make decisions. The best decisions can ensure your company’s long-term sustainability and guide you into the future. In these days of record-breaking heat, finding the proper national window tinting solutions for your needs has become one of those future-minded decisions you need to make.

Solar window film provides a low-cost, easy solution to many of the efficiency problems your company currently deals with. NGS provides you with the professional knowledge and expertise you need to make the best choices for your company’s future.

 

Contact us to learn how you can beat the heat with the wide variety of solar window film available at NGS. And checkout the US Green Building Council’s video about the historic Commerce Tower in Kansas City – where NGS installed 66,000 square feet of Low E Film:

Commercial Window Film

Improve Your Bottom Line with Commercial Window Film

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The Surprising Method You Can Use to Manage Your Business Assets

You already know this, but we’re going to tell you again:

Improving your bottom line requires adequate asset management, so you can ensure that your buildings, fixtures, and equipment experience a long lifespan while losing as little value as possible.

Summer is coming on fast, so today we’ll be talking about how you can protect your merchandise and equipment from the sun while reducing the energy load on your building’s chillers.

Let’s get to it.

Your Asset Protection Options

Most managers think their only method for asset management is remodeling. A remodel project is great… except for its required construction downtime and prohibitively high costs. If possible, companies tend to avoid this expense if they have the option.

Most managers don’t realize that there is another way: Commercial Window Film.

Commercial window film is a low-cost solution that eliminates construction hassles and offers a significantly lower cost than remodeling. In fact, window film can increase the lifespan of your assets by protecting your merchandise and business from both thieves and sun damage. In addition, window film can reduce your lighting and HVAC costs too!

Here are some of the ways your business can increase the longevity of your assets at a fraction of the cost.

  • Reduce Fading, Cracking, and Peeling for Your Merchandise

Solar film is a great low-cost solution if your merchandise, equipment, or furniture needs protection from the damaging effects of the sun.

The sun is great, but depending on where you live, it can really do a number on your bottom line. Help curb sun-related depreciation of your assets with solar film that blocks up to 99% of UV rays, which fade your fabric and upholstery, peel your paint, and crack your plastic inventory.

  • Protect Your Goods from Wanna-Be Thieves and Taggers

Security and anti-graffiti film help increase your security and keep your windows looking beautiful – all at a fraction of the cost of glazing replacement and repair.

Security film offers your business protection from thieves by strengthening your glass against rocks, baseball bats, and other smash-and-grab tools. Anti-graffiti film protects your storefront from the costs of repairing graffiti and etching by providing a peel-off film that leaves your glass looking as good as new within minutes.

  • Harvest Daylight to Lower Your Lighting Costs

Reduce lighting costs the high-tech way with the surprisingly affordable prismatic film that brings beautiful sunlight deeper into your building for longer in the day.

Most building and retail managers have never heard of Daylight Redirecting Film from 3M – and that’s a shame. This innovative solution actually redirects sunlight toward the ceiling as it passes through your windows, which reduces your need for electric, artificial lighting. Studies show that better, more comfortable lighting also significantly increases employee productivity and customer satisfaction, which helps build a fast ROI along with your cost savings for years to come.

  • Optimize Your HVAC Costs in Summer and Winter

Keep heating and cooling costs manageable and predictable year-round with film that blocks heat in the summer and cold in the winter.

Thermal films are a fantastic option for businesses or building managers that want to cut down on their ongoing costs of heating and cooling. Whether your buildings have uncomfortable hot spots in the summer or you’re looking to increase your sustainability measures year-round, thermal films can help you keep your operating costs under control.

Help Ensure Your Business’s Future with Smart Asset Management

We think it was Benjamin Franklin who famously said that “A penny saved is a penny earned.” That’s never been truer than it is now. The pace of modern business is moving faster than ever before, and new disruptors hit the market all the time. The best way for you to stay ahead of the curve is to reduce your ongoing asset costs so you can save your money and reinvest it into competitive, business-building strategies.

And one of the smartest ways to do so is to control your costs by properly managing your assets.

Instead of spending your time and money on remodeling, you may find a smarter, more cost-effective solution by investigating the many benefits and options you have available with commercial window film.

Contact NGS Films and Graphics to learn more about your options for commercial window film. Call us at (866) 925-2083.

Commercial Window Film – What It Is and What It Isn’t

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We admit it: the world of commercial window film can be extremely confusing. If you’ve been searching through the Internet trying to come up with a definition for the term commercial window film, you’re probably pretty overwhelmed with the options available.

If you’re ready for some clear and simple explanations, NGS Films and Graphics has got you covered. Here’s your guide to what commercial window film is (and isn’t).

Commercial Window Film 101

In general, commercial window film refers to any type of film that you stick on the windows at your business. In comparison, residential window film refers to the film that you stick on the windows at your home. (We told you we’d make this easy!)

Residential film has a much more limited variety and is typically less technically advanced, which is why some people choose to install commercial window film in their homes.

There are three main types of commercial window film:

1. Security Film

Security window film protects your establishment from break-ins and burglaries by providing a strengthening barrier between would-be thieves and your merchandise.

Security film options include:

  • Off-the-Shelf Film

This is the window film that is readily in stock and available for immediate installation from most resellers. Note that off-the-shelf films vary in quality; some are better than others.

  • Proven Solutions

Proven, proprietary solutions have been specifically created by a security film expert to provide guaranteed, government-rated protection. TRI-SHIELD is one such solution, because it offers a triple-layered defense system that meets ASTM F1233 Level 1.0 anti-intrusion tests to resist attacks from low-powered weapons such as rocks, bricks, and hammers.

Security film is NOT a “bulletproof” solution. Security window film is attached to your existing windows, whereas Invisicade is the next step up: an invisible mounting system for clear, impact-resistant polycarbonate windows. Once mounted, polycarbonate windows provide passive protection from bombs, chemical explosions, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other dangers.

2. Graphics and Signage

Window film graphics and signage provide a critical branding and marketing opportunity for your business. Since each option provides its own advantages, it is important to know the difference between the two.

  • Graphics

Window film graphics conveniently display your brand to the public as they pass by, which helps make your location more memorable. Typically, graphics rely on custom designs and colors that are printed to fit your windows.

  • Signage

Window film also works as signage. Just like your other outdoor signs, window film signage is designed to maximize public attention and identification, which can help increase traffic to your location. Window film signage, however, is different than traditional signage – but NGS has got you covered there too, if you need it!

Film graphics and signage are NOT interior graphics. Interior graphics are images applied to any indoor surface, including your walls, ceilings, floors, and fixtures. Window film graphics and signage are designed to target the people outside your building, whereas interior graphics are designed for the folks who’ve already made it inside.

3. Energy-Efficient Film

Energy-efficient window film provides a wide range of energy-saving options that can help your building retain or block heat to reduce heating and cooling costs. It can also help you cut down on your lighting costs.

There are three main categories of window film:

  • Thermal Film / Low E

Thermal window film, also known as “Low E” film, focuses on heat retention. It’s designed to reduce your heating costs by providing a layer of insulation to all your windows, so you can keep the comfortable warm air in and harsh winter cold out.

  • Solar Film

Solar window film is designed to help you block the unwanted effects of the sun. This includes minimizing heat gain and glare, as well as protecting your merchandise or interior decorations from fading, cracking, and peeling. Solar film can block heat-causing infrared rays by up to 97% and UV rays by 99%.

  • Daylight Redirection Film

Daylight redirection film takes advantage of micro-prisms that are manufactured directly into the film to redirect the sunlight that comes through your windows. By redirecting the light toward your ceiling and further into your space, you can reduce your lighting costs and maximize your energy efficiency.

Solar film is NOT always tinted or mirrored. In fact, solar film comes in a variety of options, including crystal clear. When choosing your solar film, it’s a good idea to sample the many options you have available, so you can make sure you maintain your building’s aesthetic.

There’s a Lot More Than Meets the Eye with Commercial Window Film

As you can see, you have a lot of options when it comes to commercial window film, but we haven’t even made it past the tip of the iceberg on what there is to know. (After all, there’s also all those different brands we need to talk about…)

Honestly, the best way to understand the many, many options available to you is to contact a consultant who can guide you through your choices to help you arrive at the perfect solution.

As the #1 Commercial Window Film Company in the U.S., NGS Films and Graphics has the in-depth knowledge you need to choose your perfect solution from today’s best-of-breed, market-leading film vendors. If you’re looking for the best window film for your project, NGS has got you covered.

 

Contact NGS at (866) 925-2083 to discover more about commercial window film or to schedule your consultation.

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Resurface or Remodel? Understanding the Pros and Cons

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Everyone knows the phrase: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” When it comes to your business, that vital first impression often comes from the building and space you’re working with.

Take a second right now to envision what people see when they first walk in. Have you had upgrades, fixes, or remodeling projects you’ve put off because of cost or time constraints? How old and outdated are your interiors and exteriors? Have you considered resurfacing instead of remodeling?

Why Many Companies Choose Resurfacing

If you haven’t looked into resurfacing as an option, you might be surprised at some of the advantages this process can offer a business like yours. Here are some of the ways you might benefit from a simple resurfacing job instead of a full remodel.

  • Less Cost

One problem that everyone has with full renovation is the price tag. Remodeling even one room or area can be far costlier than you would expect. Conversely, resurfacing with architectural film gives you that brand-new appearance that comes from remodeling without all those expensive bills.

  • Less Disruption

Remodeling results in a business disruption. It’s unavoidable. Either you have to close your store for a few days or you have to stay open while workmen saw and hammer away in the background, but no matter what: when your business is disrupted, it costs you money. Architectural film like 3M DI-NOC or Belbien require minor preparation, no demolition, and minimal equipment, allowing for a quick installation process that doesn’t interrupt your daily business.

  • Less Waste

When you remodel your building, you must throw out all the old parts and replace them entirely. This creates a large amount of unnecessary waste and isn’t a very eco-friendly solution. Most surfaces are just outdated and need a makeover; they are not so structurally unsound as to need a full replacement. When you resurface with architectural film it eliminates this pointless and costly waste.

  • Less Time

Time is the ever-present obstacle in any business. One of the reasons that businesses don’t remodel is because of the downtime they’d have to face because every hour that your business is closed results in a reduction of your profits. The loss of revenues added to the high price of remodeling can make it seem like you’re paying for your upgrades twice. Architectural film gives you the great new look you desire in a fraction of the time. In fact, most architectural film resurfacing projects can be completed in just a few hours or overnight.

  • All the Appeal

A common misunderstanding people have when considering resurfacing instead of remodeling is that they worry their decorative options will be limited. With the wide array of styles, colors, and patterns available in both Belbien and 3M DI-NOC, companies that choose resurfacing have a virtually unlimited range of possibility to choose from. Films can even realistically simulate metal, stone, or wood finishes.

And the benefits aren’t limited to architectural film solutions; full-size wall murals with full-size digital images can also reinvent your space for a fraction of the cost and time of a remodel. Not only do “super graphics” provide better branding opportunities for your company, they also add a fresh, new feeling to any of your interior spaces.

Making the Choice Between Resurfacing and Remodeling

If time and cost aren’t your top concerns, you may still be having trouble deciding whether to choose a remodel or resurfacing project. To help, here’s a simple guide:

  • Choose remodeling if the areas you’re concerned with are in such bad shape that they need complete replacement.
  • Choose resurfacing if the areas that you’re concerned with are simply worn-out or outdated.

It is also wise to consider that resurfacing tends to only last about a decade, whereas remodeling can last much, much longer. If your company wishes to make near-permanent changes, remodeling may be the best solution. Of course, if you suspect you may want to update your look again in a few years, resurfacing will provide you with the flexibility to do that.

The Most Important Choice for Your Project

No matter which path you choose, you’ll want to ensure you choose the right service company to perform the work.

Finding the right company to professionally install the architectural film that will upgrade the appearance of your business is every bit as important as finding the right remodeling crew. (After all, you wouldn’t let anyone with a sledgehammer and some power tools remodel, would you?)

As one of the leading film and graphics companies in the U.S., NGS Films and Graphics can provide you with a wide range of best-of-breed products and services that will make your project a success. At NGS, we’ve got you covered.

 

Contact NGS at (866) 925-2083 to discover all the options available to help your business get the new look and upgrade it needs.

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The Anatomy of a Window Film Project – What to Expect from Start to Finish

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Ah, the New Year! Filled with new business plans and strategies, everything in this season revolves around improvement. It’s the time when you look back at the previous year and figure out how things can be even better.

One great way to improve is to save money on energy costs. Being the savvy business owner you are, you undoubtedly already know that window film can provide cost savings for your building, but you aren’t exactly sure how a window film project works.

To give you a better idea of what to expect in your company’s window film project, NGS Films and Graphics is here with a breakdown of every stage in the process. Let’s get to it.

  1. Consultation

The process starts with a conversation about what you want your project to achieve. This conversation will usually include a walkthrough of your space, and we’ll ask questions like:

  • What’s the desired effect of this project?
  • Do you want to lower your building’s heating and cooling costs?
  • Do you need better security?
  • Are you looking to improve the aesthetic appeal of your building or workspace?

If you’re not sure what you want, NGS’s window film professionals can help you find the proper solution for your building’s unique needs by giving you an accurate, real-life view of the beneficial effects of different films on different parts of your building. We do this using building modeling and energy modeling.

  • Building modeling creates a 3D image of your entire structure so you can view a “before” and “after” image.
  • Energy modeling calculates your cost savings over time for various energy-efficient upgrades, such as Low E film, daylight redirecting film, and solar film.

Since we want to ensure that your project turns out perfectly, this consultation will probably be the longest part of your window film project.

  1. Selection and Production

After the consultation, you’ll have all the information you need about the different types of film that make sense for your project, and how you’ll benefit when they’re applied to your building’s interiors or exteriors.

Since NGS Films and Graphics has access to industry-leading manufacturers and offers the best-in-class film solutions on the market, this means you’ll have a lot of options to choose from. You’ll need to narrow down your options to get your perfect solution.

If no off-the-shelf solution works for your specific needs, you can always have NGS design unique, customized film that meets your criteria, such as displaying your brand and graphics or matching the design of your building and workspaces. If you’d like, you can also choose different films for different floors or sides of your building, so you can maximize your efficiency and impact.

After this stage, NGS handles all the details for you so you can get back to focusing on your business. All you’ll need to do is look forward to your soon-to-be-finished film, graphics, or signage project.

  1. Coordination

For this part of the project, hiring the best in the business will demonstrate the critical difference between a success and a disaster. That’s because this phase relies heavily on effective project management; only a small handful of window film consultants are also effective project managers.

To enjoy a hassle-free project, you’ll need a window film company that plans and manages all aspects of your project so you don’t have to juggle multiple schedules for work crews. A well-coordinated project finishes on time and on budget – which is what you can expect from NGS.

  1. Installation

This is when the workers actually show up and begin working on your building. It’s okay if you thought this was the only stage to a window film project; many people don’t realize all the work that happens behind the scenes before film ever touches their windows.

During installation, window film is typically applied one floor at a time, starting from the bottom and working toward the top, or vice versa. The length of time needed for a given installation will vary according to many factors such as the type of film, the conditions for installation, the weather, coordination of schedules with other work crews on-site, and, of course, your personal preferences.

  1. Satisfaction

This is the best stage. It’s when you get to relax and fully enjoy the advantages of your upgrades and improvements. All that’s needed now is for you to sit back and watch your benefits take effect.

On most window film projects, your staff will be able to tell the difference almost immediately and your wallet will feel the difference within a few short months. Plus, since this stage lasts for years and years, you know you’ll have time to enjoy it.

Plan for Your Project’s Success

The most important part of the whole window film process is that you choose the right company to execute each stage without disrupting your business’s daily functions.

Sadly, not all window film consultants have the capability or interest in working around your schedule and your needs. NGS Films and Graphics does, which is just one of the many reasons we’ve been named the #1 Commercial Window Film Company in the nation.

We look forward to serving you.

 

Contact NGS at (866) 925-2083 to discover all the options available to help your business realize maximum cost savings and energy efficiency in the New Year.

5 Unexpected Recurring Benefits of Window Film

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We all know that window film reduces heat and glare, and also saves significantly on HVAC costs, but what most people don’t realize is that window film provides a wide range of benefits to businesses and their buildings.

In no particular order, here are just five of the benefits that we came up with.

  1. Lowered Inventory Replacement Costs

You’ve seen those companies that have unsightly, cracked, faded, and worn-out merchandise on display. And you don’t want to be one of them. That’s why you rotate your stock, cover your display windows, and replace inventory. Often.

Inventory replacement costs add up, especially for your stores in sunshiny states like Arizona and California, so you’ll be relieved to hear that solar window film blocks nearly 100% of UV rays from getting inside your store and harming your merchandise.

  1. Improved Health

We’ve all heard the advice from the Skin Cancer Foundation: wear sunscreen even on cloudy days, and reapply your sunscreen every few hours. But no one thinks to wear sunscreen indoors near a window, which is why the Skin Cancer Foundation also recommends using solar window film for your building.

Window film doesn’t have to be tinted to protect your—and your employees’—health. In fact, crystal clear films keep your building looking attractive and provide necessary UV protection to keep everyone safe.

  1. Increased Employee Productivity

This time of year can be very difficult for employees because the shorter days mean that they come to work in the dark, and they leave in the dark too. Studies prove that employees work better with natural light than with artificial light (and artificial light costs a lot too), so maximizing the little sunlight we have at this time of year is a good idea.

With Daylight Redirection Film, a high-tech type of window film manufactured with micro-planes like tiny prisms inside it, light will be redirected away from the floor and towards the ceiling. This extends light further into the room to keep natural light on your employees for more of their day.

  1. More Attention on Your Building

There’s nothing that says “out of date” like bronzed window film, and there’s nothing that says “low cost” like a facade filled with thousands of unsightly and crooked venetian blinds. Studies show that people really dislike ugly, boring structures, so updating your building with window film is sure to get you more positive attention.

In addition to the typical mirrored films building managers often use to modernize their windows, there are also video projection films, smart glass installations that change from frosted to clear at the tap of your smartphone screen, and anti-graffiti films that make it easy to keep all your glass beautiful at all times.

  1. Better Warmth

People often think of window films as a heat-reduction measure, but they don’t often realize that effective film can keep cold air out too!

Like a cozy, clear sweater for your windows, Low Emissivity films (called “Low E” for short) insulate your windows year round, keeping your building occupants comfortable and reducing wear and tear on your heating and cooling systems. These next generation Low E films can stop up to as much as 42% heat loss associated with the glazing.

What Does Your Building Need?

Remember, this is only a short list out of the many cost-saving improvements that window film brings to your building. Your company will probably experience even more benefits than this.

With installation from NGS Films and Graphics that works around your schedule, there’s no reason you should deny yourself the pleasure that window film can bring to your organization. This year, it’s time to give yourself the gift that keeps on giving for years to come: window film.

 

Contact NGS at (866) 925-2083 to discover the wide range of solutions and benefits available to you.

Which Is Best for You? Evaluating Films and Graphics Products and Manufacturers

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When it comes to film and graphics solutions for your building’s interiors and exteriors, you may have started to look into your options already… but you probably realized quite quickly that the vast range and variety available to you can become overwhelming. This blog will help orient you to some of the more popular solutions and manufacturers so you can continue your research with more ease.

As you read through this blog, remember that there are many, many more options and manufacturers available to you and your company. Call (866) 925-2083 to find out about the full range of your options.

But first, let’s talk about the various types of films you have available to you.

In a world of thousands of film options, the sky’s the limit for the film properties or combinations you can get, but some general options include:

  • Reflective/Traditional – keeps heat out and modernizes building aesthetic
  • Low E – reduces temperature loss to keep costs down year-round
  • Exterior – applies to the exterior of your windows
  • Ceramic – blocks heat with a warm, natural-toned look and low reflectivity
  • Neutral – offers great transparency without color tones
  • Spectrally Select – offers heat rejection while allowing maximum light transmission (with minimal, if any, change to the appearance of the glass)
  • Security – provides anti-theft, anti-graffiti, and anti-blast protection
  • Plastic Glazing – applies to impact-resistant polycarbonate glazing
  • Daylight Redirecting – uses cutting-edge tech to eliminate glare while harvesting light in your building, so you can comfortably reduce lighting costs
  • Decorative – provides privacy and visual appeal for exteriors and interiors with customizable patterns and colors

Each of the following manufacturers offers a combination of these films, leveraging their own unique spin and expertise to help you get what you need for your building’s size, energy needs, architectural and glazing features, and other factors.

3M

With a focus on scientific innovation, 3M leads the pack in solar, architectural, decorative, and security film manufacturing, offering well-known brands such as:

  • Thinsulate – one of the leaders in insulating, Low E capabilities
  • DI-NOC – highly durable architectural film that updates interiors and exteriors of any material with astonishingly realistic, natural-looking patterns such as metals, woods, leather, stone, and more
  • Fasara – polyester-based decorative films in various colors and patterns

In addition to classic tinted, reflective, or clear solutions, 3M also provides a full-range of energy-saving films proven to reduce HVAC and lighting costs as soon as they’re applied.

Along with their well-known film brands, 3M also offers print media films for printed graphics that enhance your building’s interiors and exteriors, windows, sidewalks, and floors so that, no matter where your customers or prospects look, your brand will be right in front of them.

Hanita Coatings

Hanita differentiates themselves by providing world-leading solutions for solar and security film made for glass or plastic windows. Hanita’s name brands, SolarZone, SafetyZone, and PolyZone may be less well known than 3M’s brands, but they offer the same outstanding 12-year warranty for commercial films.

A leader in print graphics as well, Hanita’s plastic substrates provide highly durable, distortion-resistant print media that offer water resistance, tear resistance, optical clarity, and other long-term benefits ideal for a variety of applications and locations.

Madico

Providing award-winning laminating and coating solutions that offer high performance for a wide range of uses, Madico’s complex, multi-layered films span brands such as Sunscape (Sun-Gard), SafetyShield, and Decolite.

Madico wasn’t only the first company to successfully commercialize transparent reflective window films in 1958, they have also maintained a stance of consistent innovation for nearly 100 years to provide outstanding solutions for many applications. Most recently, they’ve been focusing on safety films, including coverage for technical glass such as fire-rated and wire glass.

Madico’s safety solutions reduce spall from small and large missile impacts, and they have performed admirably when tested with ASTM, ANSI, and other testing standards. Madico does not manufacture print graphics.

Solar Gard

Yes, we know it can be hard to remember the difference between Madico’s “Sun Gard” and the manufacturer “Solar Gard”, but it’s worth it to know how these brands stand apart from one another.

Solar Gard’s films include brands such as Ecolux, Solar Gard, Panorama, and Armorcoat, offering everything from solar protection to energy savings to security film to anti-graffiti solutions.

Solar Gard is part of Saint Gobain, the world’s only manufacturer of both glass and window films. Saint Gobain has over 350 years of experience in glass manufacturing, which, when combined with Solar Gard’s more than 40 years of film and coating expertise, makes for a great product with proven results.

Solar Gard does not manufacture printed graphics media, but they do offer decorative films that come in custom colors, patterns, and designs to meet your precise needs.

Eastman Chemical

Founded in 1920 by George Eastman of Eastman Kodak, this company focuses on the chemical compositions that create both window films and print graphics. That’s right: not only does Eastman Chemical offer several well-known brands from their window film manufacturing plant—the largest in the world—they also invented many of the materials that compose modern window films. Their brands include:

  • LLumar – a wide variety of films: reflective clear, spectrally select, Low E, ceramic, decorative, security, and more; used in Buckingham Palace and the Vatican
  • Vista – also a wide range of window film variety, with custom colors, solar films, exterior and interior applications, or virtually any combination of LLumar and Vista offerings
  • V-KOOL – the first high-tech, clear film in the industry and one of Popular Science magazine’s Top 100 Inventions of the Millennium; uses “sputtering” for clarity and is great for storefront displays
  • SunTek – highly secure films tested to government standards for break-ins, blasts, and impacts, includes innovations such as one-way privacy mirrors, dual-reflective films, and solar/decorative combinations

Though Eastman Chemical doesn’t directly manufacture signs, graphics inks, or substrates, their leading status in the chemical industry means that there’s a high likelihood your print graphics leverage Eastman’s expertise to ensure the finished product’s quality and longevity.

Whatever You Need, NGS Films and Graphics Has Got You Covered

When you’re looking for the best solution for solar film, security film, decorative film, energy-saving film, anti-graffiti film, architectural film… or even gorgeous print graphics and substrates, NGS can help you find the perfect solution.

Other window film vendors limit themselves to partnering with only one manufacturer, which gives you a limited palette to choose from; with NGS, your palette is never limited. NGS Films and Graphics believes you deserve to know the full spectrum of your options all the time – and that includes many we haven’t mentioned here in this post.

 

Contact NGS Films and Graphics at (866) 925-2083 to learn more about your options for film and print graphics. You’ll be surprised at how much there is to see.