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The Wonderful Whimsical World of 3M™ DI-NOC™

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Pick a surface. Any surface.

Now, visualize that wall, or stairwell, or conference room, or hallway, covered in suede. Or wood grain. Or textured metal. Or sand.

You have now entered the world of 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes.

Drawing from countless inspirations in architecture, design, nature, and the elements, 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes are giving permission to decorators, interior designers, contractors, architects, landlords, and owners to create the look—or looks—they envision inside their building. And the results are just as varied as they are eye-catching.

Budget-friendly and faster to finish

As many architects and designers well know, sometimes a design finish cannot be achieved within a certain budget or time frame. It’s one thing to ensconce all the walls in velvet and inlay the floors with Italian marble. It’s quite another to source those materials and pay for them.

Let’s be clear: architectural finishes like 3M™ DI-NOC™ are not intended to be perfect substitutes for the real thing. Their brilliance lies in their close mimicry of the aesthetics of natural materials. And this close approximation to the actual look of stone, or wood grain, or leather, or stucco gets better and better with every new iteration of DI-NOC finishes.

Once you’ve honed in on the look you want to achieve on the interior of your building, another benefit of DI-NOC comes in its speed to the application. With proper planning and professional consultation, architectural finishes can be applied throughout rooms, halls, ceilings, elevators, and entire floors much more quickly than their natural counterparts. This time-saving also conserves resources and cuts costs.

A quick history of architectural finishes

The original purpose for the development of architectural finishes was for automobiles. The founding company that developed this product was formed in the 1930s and made high-quality, durable appliqués that gave metal automobile parts the aesthetic appeal of the old world. Soon, its films were replacing burl walnut instrument panels on luxury cars. A few years later, the films migrated to car exteriors. Among other applications, they replaced the wood panels on the long taxis at train and bus stations. These were called station wagons or, informally, “woodies.”

This use of the product for faux wood grain applications continued for the automotive industry into the 1960s before styles changed. During this time, Japan adopted the product for use in many applications beyond the automobile for several reasons: the country lacked natural wood resources, the lightweight of the material easily addressed earthquake design considerations, and the desire for surfacing refurbishment was high.

The manufacturing of this product was moved to Japan after the popularity of the woodies subsided in the U.S. Currently, all the major manufacturers producing this type of product are located in Japan. In the 1990s, the product was reintroduced into the U.S.

New aesthetic heights

Architectural finishes are used by designers and architects around the world as a decorative material. In the right hands, 3M™ DI-NOC™ has been used to elevate the aesthetic of luxury hotels, arenas, urban live/work environments, and entire highrises. And the fun really begins in the selection of the textures, designs, and looks you want for your space.

Metal. Wood. Stone. Sand. Gloss. Textile. Ceramic. Mortar. Carbon. The options for your finished look are countless, and that’s just for starters. Once you’ve decided on the material finish, you then get to choose from a variety of shades, textures, grains, patterns, and designs. The combinations are nearly limitless, only bound by your aesthetic imagination.

The use of architectural finishes gives you almost unlimited creative freedom in new construction, and they are easily converted and applied on-site for cost-effective refurbishment and repair options. Architectural finishes can be used in a wide array of projects on walls, fixtures, elevators, doors, and furniture, and are found in a multitude of structures from airports and hospitals to retail and cruise ships.

The nitty-gritty of architectural finishes

As the name implies, architectural finishes help “finish” a surface when applied to a substrate. Architectural finishes have a wide variety of attributes, from off-site or on-site application in a controlled environment to different types of finishes to flexibility of form.

Conformable finishes are quite pliable. They are usually delivered as sheet goods, typically in a roll, and are hand-applied. Flexible finishes, on the other hand, are capable of being bent or flexed but are susceptible to being influenced or changed. Plastic laminates are an example of a flexible finish.

Why DI-NOC?

Where do architectural finishes fit among the many other finish products today? While not intended to substitute for real materials in every situation, these finishes allow an architect or interior designer to achieve a design intent when budget and timing won’t allow for more expensive or scarcer materials, or to allow the useful life of existing finishes to be extended.

Architectural finishes like 3M™ DI-NOC™ offer designers and architects a versatile material to meet many design challenges while being both aesthetically pleasing and cost- and time-effective restoration or finish. These decorative materials can mimic the look of many natural materials, including wood and stone, at a fraction of the cost.

Does DI-NOC™ sound like the right solution for your project? Learn more about the DI-NOC installation process with NGS or contact a representative to get started on your custom quote.

 

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Elevator Restoration on a Budget

By Architectural Film, Customers, Decorative Film and Branding Graphics, Hospitality, Installation Services & Programs, Retail, Wall Wraps and Graphics No Comments

Elevator Restoration for a Fraction of the Cost

A dirty, scratched, or dated-looking elevator doesn’t exactly inspire confidence from its passengers. If anything, it’s more like a horror movie and the passengers are waiting for the elevator to drop. Since being packed into an elevator with a group of strangers is already uncomfortable enough for a lot of people, you want your elevator interior to feel like a safe, clean space that gives people a good impression of your property and makes them feel at ease. Your elevator will give its passengers an instant impression of your building and your business, so you need to make sure it’s a good one. 

If the interior of your elevator is so broken or so damaged that pieces need to be replaced, you might need a remodel. However, if the problem is normal wear-and-tear – things like graffiti, scratched surfaces, or outdated style, refinishing your elevator is just as effective and far more cost-effective than a complete remodel. Enter 3M DI-NOC and Belbien in metallic finishes. 

Why You Should Resurface Your Elevator Rather Than Remodel

Your elevator is an important touchpoint for your customers. It gives them an all-too-important first impression of your building and your business, and if your elevator is dingy, defaced, or even a little dated, it can send the wrong message. Luckily, you don’t have to break the bank to give your elevator a facelift and create an aesthetic that makes them feel like they’ve chosen the right place to do business. Here are just a few reasons why you should choose to resurface rather than remodel your elevator interior:

  • It’s Cheaper
    Not only does refinishing save you valuable time because of the ease of installation, but refinishing rather than remodeling your elevator can literally save you thousands of dollars in material costs. Gutting the inside of an elevator and replacing worn but perfectly serviceable materials is far less cost-effective than refinishing the surfaces by adding architectural film and wraps, which come in an endless variety of textures, colors, and finishes that will make your elevator look brand-new in no time. You could even give it a silk-like appearance…if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • It’s Environmentally-Friendly
    Fully remodeling an elevator typically means that there will be parts of your existing elevator that will be scrapped and thrown away entirely. This is unnecessary in many cases, as most surfaces are simply outdated and can be refinished rather than replaced. When you remodel an elevator interior, you throw away all the old parts, which need to be replaced entirely. In most cases, these surfaces are fine – if they are still structurally sound, all they need is a makeover, not a replacement. Think makeover instead of plastic surgery. Resurfacing with architectural film creates far less waste, and protects the underlying surfaces for years to come.
  • Less Time to Install and Less Disruption to Your Business
    If you choose to refresh your elevator with wraps or films, your elevator will not need to be recertified as it would if you were to perform a full remodel. Our service teams can be in and out in a fraction of the time a full remodel would take, leaving your elevator looking good as new in much less time. Architectural films like 3M DI-NOC or Belbien require very little preparation, no demolition or construction, and less equipment, which results in a faster installation process with minimal impact on your daily business. We will even come in during closed hours to reduce the impact as much as possible, a literal transformation overnight!
  • Give Your Elevator Character
    Riding in an elevator can be a terrible experience. We’ve all been there, forced into awkward silence and interactions with people we don’t know. Why not give people something pleasant to look at during that awkward silence, or better yet, provide customers with something that’s going to start a conversation? Elevators don’t need to be a simple silver metallic– they can be– but they can be so much more with the hundreds of options from 3M DI-NOC and Belbien.

Preventative Care and Restoration

Finishing your elevator interior with a wrap or film will not only elevate its appearance, but it will also protect the interior of the elevator and preserve the original materials for longer. Most elevator interiors are finished with metals such as steel or copper that scratch easily. A film such as 3M DI-NOC is scratch-resistant and available in many metallic finishes. If you have a new elevator, we also offer clear protective films that protect your walls and floor from normal wear and tear. NGS also specializes in the installation of metal and glass anti-graffiti coatings, which allow you to renew metal and glass surfaces without undergoing an expensive replacement. Mirror and metal finishes are available that allow you to install a protective surface directly over the damaged underlying material, which will renew the surface appearance and save you thousands of dollars.

Why waste time, money, and materials when you could make your elevator look brand-new in a fraction of the time? 

 

Contact NGS to discover all the options available to help your business upgrade your elevator and other interior surfaces.

 

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Mirror Design and Resurfacing

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Mirror film is one of the most versatile products that we offer. It can be used to create decorative mirrors, as decorative privacy window film, and to resurface existing mirrors to make them like new. Mirrors also have the benefit of making spaces feel larger and lighter, which can be necessary for smaller spaces… because no one likes to feel claustrophobic. 

Let’s explore the three primary ways to use mirror film: Decorative use, decorative privacy window film, and resurfacing mirrors. 

Mirror Film For Decorative Use 

Need your small space to feel bigger, or want to create a feature wall using mirrored designs? Mirror film can be the perfect solution to create decorative wall mirrors, feature walls, a full-length wall mirror, among many other decorative mirror ideas – the only limit is your imagination! 

Decorative mirrors help create interest in your space and make spaces feel larger. Traditional mirrors can shatter, creating the potential for injury. They also weigh a significant amount, requiring screws and special hanging mechanisms to bear the weight. Mirror film gives the effect of a mirror, without the weight, without the risk of injury, and can easily be made into many different shapes and sizes. 

After choosing the look you want to go for, and having the mirror film installed, you can add decorative picture frames or other features to the wall to really make it a feature of the space. Something entirely unique to your commercial building or office. 

Additionally, mirrors, especially large ones, are often very expensive. Mirror film is a fraction of the cost of mirrors, making it much more cost-effective for creating a feature wall. 

Decorative Privacy Window Film – Mirror Edition

One-way privacy film is another use for mirrored film, which allows one to see through the glass on one side of the glass and only offers a mirrored surface if looking from the other side. This application can be particularly useful for creating a decorative feel, while still offering privacy for sensitive information or meetings that need to be conducted. 

The benefit is that you also don’t have to choose one solid surface, but can create patterns as well, only blocking out sections of the glass, or the sections that would show any sensitive information. Mirrors also create an effect of space and roominess that can be particularly useful for spaces that have a lot of walls and can feel a bit claustrophobic. Often a symptom of cubicles! 

Mirror Shield to Resurface Existing Mirrors

Public restroom mirrors scratched and chipped? Wondering why you’re going to replace those mirrors…again? We get it. Replacing an entire mirror, and creating waste that goes into landfills, just for a scratch, chip, or crack is financially and environmentally unsustainable. Not to mention, the inconvenience of needing to close a restroom just to replace a mirror. 

Thankfully, anytime your mirror gets scratched, vandalized, chipped, or cracked, it’s easy enough to resurface and restore it. Mirror shield can take seemingly ruined mirrors and, with some mirror film and a professional mirror film installer, you can create a perfectly smooth, clear mirrored image in only a few minutes. 

Mirrored film is incredibly cost-effective, versatile, and can transform your office or home, making it feel airy and giving the illusion of more space. It’s also perfect for sprucing up those old mirrors to make them like new again. 

Contact NGS Films and Graphics today to get started creating your vision! 

 

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Lobby Design and Redesign on a Budget

By Architect or Engineer, Architectural Film, Commercial Property Owner, Customers, Decorative Film and Branding Graphics, Floor Graphics, Installation Services & Programs, Retail, Wall Wraps and Graphics No Comments

“Never judge a book by its cover.” It’s a common saying, one you’ve probably heard your whole life. It’s good advice, but it doesn’t change the fact that first impressions do matter, especially when it comes to your business. Your lobby is the first physical touchpoint your customers have with your building beyond its exterior, and lobby design matters. It’s the place where they make their first impression. As a business owner, you know how much that first impression matters. 

If your lobby is feeling a little dated and you’re considering an expensive remodel that will take valuable time away from your business, there are other options available to you that can make your lobby feel brand-new and nail that all-too-important first impression without completely remodeling. Wraps and window films can refresh and transform the appearance of your lobby and can be applied to walls, floors, ceilings, your receptionist’s desk, casework, doors, windows, and more. 

The Bottom Line: Architectural Wraps Save Time and Money

If you’re thinking about undergoing a full or partial lobby remodel, chances are your business’s main welcome area will be overrun by demolition, construction, and installation crews for days, weeks, or months depending on the scope of the project. Often, this is completely unnecessary and far more expensive than simply refreshing your lobby by updating its aesthetics with window film, wall graphics, and surface graphics. Spruce up the surfaces in your lobby with textures, patterns, and creative designs to create an engaging, modern space where customers feel welcome, for a fraction of the price of a full remodel. You don’t need to spend a fortune to create a “wow” factor. 

Our service teams are minimally intrusive, and take far less time than a full remodel. Keep your business functional while our expert service crews apply wraps and films to transform your space.  We will even come in during closed hours – depending on the project size, we can completely transform your lobby overnight!

  • Better for the Environment
    Architectural wraps like 3M DI-NOC and Belbien are eco-friendly. Refreshing your lobby with architectural wraps uses far fewer materials than tearing your lobby apart, throwing away the old materials, and replacing them. Plus, the next time you need a refresh, it’s as easy as putting on a new wrap!
  • Wraps and Films Improve Lifespan As Well As Appearance
    Not only are wall wraps an affordable way to refresh your lobby’s appearance and give it some character, they also protect your existing surfaces from further damage and normal wear and tear.
  • Use Architectural Film to Add Color or Texture to Make Your Lobby Stand Out
    Architectural films and wraps allow you almost unlimited options to customize your lobby’s interior. Metal, stone, and wood textures are only a small selection of our offerings and are nearly indiscernible from the real thing. Floor graphics, wall graphics, and even ceiling graphics can help you create an engaging space that will wow customers as soon as they walk in the door. Plus, these graphics can help with wayfinding if your office, hospital, or hotel could use a bit of directions.

Window Film and Window Wraps: Small Changes that Make a Big Impact

Window and film decals don’t need to be full, opaque or tinted window dressings. Sometimes, less is more. Window film allows you to add logos, patterns, or other designs to the glass surfaces in your building. For the more adventurous decorators, or those who need to make glass-walled spaces more private, smart films are available that can turn from transparent to opaque with the flip of a switch, creating a more dynamic space and eliminating the need for blinds or shades.

 

Contact NGS to discover all the options available to help you refresh your lobby without breaking the bank.

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Refresh Instead of Replace

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We all know what it’s like picking the interior or exterior for your business. Stressful. Trying to pick a “feel” that a potential customer or client will have when they enter your building is like trying to pick who will win March Madness in a couple of months and in 10 years. Why? Because people’s tastes change, and what’s in-style today surely won’t be in two years, let alone ten. 

I know what you’re thinking…

“How the heck is any business supposed to keep up with that? We don’t have an unlimited budget!”

And you’re right. It would be completely unrealistic for any business to update their interiors and exteriors so often, especially with the cost of commercial remodeling being, on average, between $50 and $150… per square foot. Now let’s say your business is only 1500 square feet– doing a little bit of math– that would make your renovation $75,000 on the low end and $225,000 on the high end. Yikes!Enough of the math and the scary numbers. We’re here to talk about an alternative to those grossly high numbers: refreshing your office, rather than replacing it. 

This is where Belbien and 3M DI-NOC come in. 

They’re what’s known as “architectural film,” which is just a fancy way of saying that the film can be applied to walls, ceilings, pillars, building exteriors, desks, facades… you get the point. It can be applied to just about anything. These films come in hundreds of styles and textures, from marble to metal, concrete, or just about any type of wood you can imagine. It makes building resurfacing possible, being both a cost-affordable and a minimally-invasive building renovation. 

The benefit?

The benefit of refreshing your surfaces with Belbien or 3M DI-NOC is that you don’t need to do any major renovation (saving you money, precious open time, and inconvenience). Plus the crew can come in at night and transform the office for the next day. Did we mention it can be 5x cheaper than a complete remodel? Yeah. That got your attention, didn’t it? 

Instead of remodeling your lobby, or offices, or common areas, give them a little refresh to bring a whole new look to your space. Plus, instead of needing to wait 10 years until it’s so out of date that it makes your eyes burn, you can afford to do it more frequently and keep your customers, clients, and employees happy with a beautiful space to work and conduct business in. 

Building resurfacing is a much more cost-effective way to keep your commercial office or building looking fresh and in-style. Belbien and 3M DI-NOC offer hundreds of options, such as wood, metal, leather, silk, and woven looks to go with any style you want to have, or whatever the style is in a few years. Refreshing can be 5X more affordable than doing a traditional commercial building remodel– to boot. 

If you’re in need of a Belbien installer or 3M DI-NOC installer, NGS Films and Graphics is here for all your building resurfacing needs. Contact us today for a quote

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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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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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DINOC & Belbien: The “eco” Architectural Solution

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DINOC & Belbien: The “eco” Architectural Solution

It’s tempting to tear down and start over, but budget and operations considerations can put a damper on demo. With LEED considerations thrown in the mix, improving the appearance of spaces large and small demand a better alternative. Enter DINOC and Belbien architectural laminate—an excellent “eco” alternative.

Architectural laminates are a textured, hefty 8 millimeters thick vinyl and come in more than 400 style variations from wood grain, fabric, and metallic to stucco, stone, and others. Thanks to their high-tech adhesion and flexibility, transforming any smooth surface is possible, even areas with complex curves.

NGS has been using this dynamic, indoor/outdoor material for several years now with great success. One of our largest projects involved refreshing ten thousand square feet within the Dallas Convention Center.

Washington DC jeweler, IGorman, also needed a fresh take on its aging facade. The company selected a wood grain that matched the original. The end results? Both the finish and the final cost were a sight to behold. Said NGS Managing Partner, James Beale, “The store was completely overhauled with a stunning new & modern look for a fraction of the cost of replacing the original facade substrate.”

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N.G.S. Continues Expansion in Architectural Finishes Space

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After 3M Dinoc

Architectural finishes for wall and hard surfaces are gaining momentum in the commercial construction space due to cost, minimal impact on operations, LEED consideration, and the dramatic overhaul in the appearance of a wall, desk or ceiling space. N.G.S. is investing in training multiple additional crews in the specific application of products like 3M Dinoc & Belbien. These products come in wood grain, metal finish and textured finish options that can conform to curved surfaces providing a natural look and feel.  N.G.S was called in to rescue the facade of an I Gorman jewelry store that had another architectural finish installed that had started to discolor and look prematurely aged only months after install. N.G.S project managers identified the appropriate 3M Dinoc wood grain material that matched closely to the original architectural finish that was decaying on the exterior.  The finished product was a rejuvenated looking facade that the client was extremely happy with. N.G.S. has already procured multiple contracts in 2014 for tens of thousands of square feet of architectural finishes on interior surfaces at private and public use spaces that will be published on the website in late spring. Architects and design professionals are encouraged to contact us at 866-925-2083 to discuss potential projects with one of our in house project managers to learn more about the potential of Dinoc & Belbien finishes for new construction, remodel or renovation projects that are looking for high design with a budget in mind.