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How to Promote School and Workplace Safety during COVID-19

By Education, Floor Graphics, Hospitality, Retail, Signs, Sneezeguards No Comments

The best way to ensure that staff, customers, visitors, and students follow COVID-safe hygiene and social distancing practices at your location is to keep safety at the top of everyone’s minds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that American businesses and schools:

  • Post signs in highly visible locations that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs (such as by properly washing hands and properly wearing a cloth face covering)
  • Install physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and partitions, particularly in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least 6 feet apart (e.g., reception desks)
  • Provide physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs on walls, to ensure that staff, customers, and children remain at least 6 feet apart in lines and at other times (e.g. guides for creating “one way routes” in hallways)

Because NGS is committed to your safety, we’ve created a new line of social distancing and safety signs, sneeze guards, floor tapes, and decals to help your school or business get back on track safely and quickly.

Introducing Safe at Work and Safe at School Packages from NGS

There’s an easy way for you to stay Safe at Work and Safe at School: rely on turnkey graphics packages and premium sneeze guards from NGS!

Graphics Packages

The Safe at Work and Safe at School packages include turnkey social distancing and safety graphics, which help to educate your staff and customers, students and visitors – and remind them of current health and hygiene practices at all times.

Like you, our goal at NGS to get your location reopened safely and quickly. To speed your reopening, NGS offers a range of tailored base packages you can choose from, including:

  • School safety educational series – with CDC-approved posters!
  • Business office / kiosk / customer-facing area safety
  • Back of house or F&B staff-only area safety
  • Elevator safety – with swab instructions!
  • Drive through, takeout, and pickup safety
  • Cafeteria or quick service restaurant (QSR) safety
  • Bathroom hygiene and safety – with step-by-step handwashing instructions!
  • Front entrance safety and notifications
  • Retail safety
  • Commercial building safety
  • Gas station safety
  • Safety walk graphics
  • Vehicle graphics – with removable, reflective social distancing graphics!

Most packages include social distancing instructions, hygiene reminders, off-limit area notifications, and clear instructions and signage that help students, parents, customers, contractors, employees, and visitors feel confident, safe, and secure at your location.

Safe at Work and Safe at School graphics packages from NGS range from single $5 a-la-carte graphics to packages ranging from $22-$150 and include:

  • Wall, glass, and countertop stick-on decals that don’t damage surfaces and can be removed easily
  • Durable floor decals and tapes that withstand scuffing from thousands of footsteps and help prevent slips and falls
  • Curated “best practice” sizes and shapes with clean and easy-to-understand messaging
  • Fast shipping and turnaround

Volume pricing is available on all graphics packages, and you are welcome to mix and match your safety and social distancing graphics with optional package add-ons that help you fit the needs of your unique space exactly. TIPS members receive an additional 10% off graphics and Sneeze Guard products.

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Sneeze Guards

Enhance classroom and workplace health and safety with Essential or Premium Sneeze Guards at your school or organization. These attractive transparent physical barriers are made of crystal-clear and durable acrylic or polycarbonate and block the transmission of airborne pathogens, including contagious COVID droplets, flu viruses, and the common cold.

Sneeze Guards are essential to safety in area where social distancing is difficult, such as:

  • Densely packed workspaces
  • Call centers
  • Conference rooms
  • Cash registers
  • Shared tables
  • Classrooms

Why Choose NGS Premium Sneeze Guards?

Great question. At NGS, protecting people is our mission – and we understand that long-lasting, permanent safety solutions must also reflect your business’s high quality standards.

To be honest, there are a lot of ugly, hard-to-use, painfully temporary sneeze guards out there. You’ve seen them, and you probably don’t like them much. Sure, they get the job done when it comes to safety… but their stark, utilitarian setup is a brutal reminder of the pandemic.

NGS Premium Sneeze Guards are designed with your student and staff comfort in mind. NGS Sneeze Guards are unobtrusive, elegant, and attractive – and easy to install with the highest stability of any sneeze guard because they’re mechanically fastened to your walls or top surfaces of your tables or counters. (We offer removable ones too!)

NGS Sneeze Guards are the finest, longest-lasting sneeze guards available, with the smallest possible footprint, and they come in multiple models, such as:

  • Full frame for walls or flat horizontal surfaces
  • Wall mount for vertical surfaces on counters, desks, and tables
  • Transaction pass-thru window design to fit paperwork, payments, or merchandise
  • Stand-alone for classroom desk setups

Frames on most Sneeze Guards are made of heavy-grade anodized aluminum, available in dark bronze or silver, and their modern, slimline design makes them the perfect solution when you need year-round protection that doesn’t get in the way.

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Interested in a setup that wasn’t in the brochure? We’ll be delighted to help you design your custom configuration that meets your precise needs. Sneeze Guards are priced at $28 – $102 each and TIPS members receive an additional 10% off Sneeze Guards. Due to potential shipping delays, sneeze guards may require a 1-4 week turnaround.

Trust NGS, the Experts in Safety

At this point, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Health and safety experts predict at least another year of required COVID-safe practices – perhaps many more months or years.

But you can’t wait that long.

At your school or workplace, the time to start promoting healthy habits, including hygienic and social distancing procedures, is right now.

For more than a decade, NGS has focused on protecting schools and businesses with security glass and window film, balancing the needs of your operations, your staff, your visitors, and your students to help you maintain smart, effective, secure solutions that promote wellbeing and safety at all times and in all areas of your building. Protecting people is our mission.

The turnkey Safe at Work and Safe at School packages from NGS deliver convenient, cost-effective safety solutions that help you reopen the right way – with the proven quality and durability you can trust to help maintain health at your school or business for as long as it takes.

 

Be Safe. Stay Healthy. Shop our Safe at Work and School Graphics, Sneeze Guards, and Packages on our online site today!

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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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The Benefits of Tinting Your Hotel’s Windows

By Hospitality, Window Film No Comments

First off, let’s start by clarifying a common misunderstanding. You see, commercial window tinting doesn’t necessarily mean “darkening” your windows anymore. In modern usage, the term “window tint” is frequently used to describe any type of window film, whether or not it “tints” your windows. This means that, even if you choose a “tinted” film for your hotel, you can still maintain your exhilarating views of the soaring Rocky Mountains or the vast, wild Pacific Ocean.

But crystal-clear views are only one of the many benefits hotels can experience when they explore the possibilities commercial window tinting solutions offer, so let’s get into the details.

How exactly does window tinting film benefit your hotel? Let us count the ways….

1. Effective Temperature Control

If there’s one thing we all know about hotels, it’s that the guests always want their room to be a different temperature than it currently is. These days, even crystal clear window “tinting” film like the 3M Prestige Series can keep sunny guest rooms cool and comfortable in hot climates. Energy-saving Low E films like 3M Thinsulate can adjust with the seasons, keeping rooms cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. Those are only two of the many options available to you.

Cut down on costs (and reduce the number of calls your Front Desk gets about rooms that are “too hot”) with outstanding temperature control from the wide range of solar control and energy-saving window tinting films on the market today.

2. Increased Privacy in All Areas

Of course, your guests expect full privacy in their rooms, even when they have the drapes wide open, and with today’s hotel window tinting advances, you can provide that privacy 24/7. But what about the rest of your hotel? Do guests feel comfortable in your pool and fitness areas, your dining areas, and your event areas?

With privacy window film options that range from mirrored one-way privacy window film to frosted privacy window film and beyond, you can ensure that guests and their visitors feel comfortable and private in every area of your facility.

3. Engaging, Unique Tint Décor

Commercial building window tinting doesn’t always have to cover every inch of your glass. Unlike solar films, energy-efficient films, or even privacy films, decorative film like 3M Fasara can be fashioned from a nearly unlimited selection of designs, patterns, and textures – and then cut and applied in any shape or form you want.

This freedom can add affordable, space-saving visual appeal to any area of your hotel, including your room dividers and in-suite bathrooms, your conference rooms and ballrooms, and even your pool changing rooms and your business areas.

Boost Your Hotel’s Opportunities with the Right Commercial Window Tinting

When traveling, everyone wants a comfortable, relaxing, private place to stay – yet it’s surprising how few modern hotels meet those basic guest needs. By providing your guests with a stable room temperature, private areas throughout your hotel, and a visually appealing environment, your hotel can pull ahead of your competition.

Once you add on the variety of your amenities and the quality service levels from your staff, your hotel can achieve the unbeatable guest-service combination that can keep you booked at capacity night after night.

 

Discover how you can transform your hotel with just a few simple, fast upgrades from NGS, the #1 Commercial Film Company in the U.S. and one of the national leaders in hotel glass film décor and energy efficiency.  

 

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How Indoor Business Signs Can Help Grow Your Business

By Government, Hospitality, Retail, Signs No Comments

As the leader of a successful business, you’re already well aware of the many benefits that good outdoor signage can bring to your company. However, you may not be aware of the advantages of utilizing indoor business signs.

It doesn’t matter what field or industry you’re in; indoor business signage can offer great returns for all types of organizations across multiple industries.

Get ideas for your indoor signage project with today’s article.

How Do Various Industries Utilize Indoor Business Signs?

Also known as “graphic signs” (because they’re typically custom printed graphics that you stick on your interior walls, floors, doors, and ceilings), indoor business signs are an innovative approach businesses can use to communicate with clients, customers, and employees.

Below are just a few examples of how indoor business signs can benefit various industries. If you don’t see your industry on the list, you may be surprised by how versatile indoor business signage can be. Contact the signage experts at NGS to learn the latest, most creative, revenue-building ways that others in your industry are using graphic signs.

  • Hospitality

Today’s hotels face ever-increasing competition from online brokerages like Airbnb, and that means your path to growth lies in showcasing the amenities you offer that could never be matched by the limitations of an Airbnb host. However, you’ll want to ensure that your outstanding amenities are intrinsically linked to your brand.

Custom indoor business signage can help because it will reinforce your brand name and signature hotel aesthetic every time your guests look around your lobbies, hallways, elevators, rooms, and entertainment areas. With this constant reinforcement, your guests’ memories (and photos!) will reflect your brand at every turn – because your indoor business signage will also be there reflecting your brand at every turn.

  • Retail

All retail business leaders understand the concept and advantage of curb appeal, but only the savviest of retail managers and facilities planners know that, these days, curb appeal must extend well beyond the curb. Indoor business signage brings that same concept indoors.

If you’re counting on foot traffic, you expect your customers to stop at a few stores before and after they stop into your location. That means you’ll need to highlight your branding and direct customers toward prime areas in your store immediately when they walk in. Clear indoor graphic signs can help with that.

Planned and installed properly, eye-catching indoor signage can draw customers deeper into your store, enticing them to fully engage and interact with your brand and products. This also helps to increase the amount of time they spend at your location, thereby increasing purchasing likelihood.

  • Government

Government buildings typically house numerous departments, offices, and officials. Wayfinding through this labyrinth of corridors and doorways can be impossible without the proper business signage. Even an open office floorplan can be challenging to navigate without indoor signs, as the General Services Administration (GSA) discovered.

By utilizing the NGS team’s comprehensive consultation services and full product line of best-of-breed solutions, including 3M indoor graphics, you can help direct your employees and visitors around your government building with professionally designed, efficient, cost-effective indoor signs.

Best of all, NGS is a GSA contract holder licensed to provide both materials and installation services, which makes NGS the fastest, easiest procurement choice for your large or small government project. (GSA contract number: GS-07F-152CA.)

Make Indoor Business Signage Work for You

Indoor business signs, like all business tools, can be immensely beneficial and can lead to great growth. However, to take advantage of the full range of signage benefits, you’ll need to consult with professionals that can design the most efficient setup for your specific building and business.

But beware!

You don’t want to trust your new indoor signage project to any old Joe Shmoe who says they can install signs. The process of crafting and installing indoor signage takes experience and know-how – which means you’ll want to work with true professionals who have a successful history of indoor sign design and installation.

 

Learn more about your options for indoor business signs from NGS and see all the ways we can help make your business grow.

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Surprising, Unexpected Benefits of Wall Wraps

By Commercial Property Owner, Government, HealthCare, Hospitality, Retail, Wall Wraps and Graphics No Comments

Wall wraps have been steadily improving throughout their multiple generations, but modern developments have made the latest generation more cutting-edge than you ever imagined. Check out these surprising wall wrap benefits that were never possible… until now.

But First, What’s a Wall Wrap?

Traditionally, a graphical wall decal, or “wall wrap,” has been used as an easily customizable solution to cover up unsightly, unattractive, or just plain ugly walls. These days, the high-tech advancements of wall wraps offer an expanded spectrum of options that cover up far more than just interior walls.

Modern wall wraps supply a wide range of possibility, including indoor/ outdoor resurfacing solutions; massive, eye-catching, full-color indoor/ outdoor graphics; and more.

Did you happen to see the brilliant marketing wall wraps used during Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta? Full-scale graphical marketing options like that simply weren’t possible a few years ago.

Experiencing the Unexpected Advantages of Wall Wraps

Even if you’re familiar with the latest advancements in custom wall wraps and these innovative solutions have been a part of your strategy for a while, you may still be unaware of the many unexpected benefits that wall wraps can offer.

Here are some of the more surprising ways that wall wraps can help the innovative companies that use them:

  • Expand Employee Engagement

In a recent study conducted by Capital One, 86% of millennials reported that “companies cannot encourage innovation unless their workplace and environment is innovative.” This study also revealed that Millennials place a high importance on artwork and creative imagery throughout the workplace, rating these specific aesthetics second only to natural light as their preferred space design element.

Studies like these have gained a lot of attention when it comes to increasing creativity and engagement in the workplace, and the lately increased options that full wall decals offer provide an obvious answer to solve the widespread problem of employee disengagement.

  • Increase Customer Interaction

Customer interaction is going to look different depending on your business and industry. A worldwide clothing retail business will require different types of interaction than a government agency. Luckily, in this area, wall wraps have an almost infinite number of possibilities.

The professionals at NGS can combine texture with customized designs and images to ensure you get the optimal levels of professionalism, interaction, and eye-catching brilliance at all your locations, so you can keep your customers excited and interested in your company and brand for years to come.

  • Set the Scene

A study conducted by the University of Texas concluded that workspaces that were gray, beige, and white induced sadness and depression in workers. Fortunately, custom wall wraps give you the ability to create the perfect setting in all situations, so you can keep your employees happy and focused on growing your company.

Here are three additional ways to set the scene:

  • Create a calming and soothing environment in an emergency room lobby or a dentist’s office with images from nature in soothing shades of blue and green.
  • Increase school spirit during playoff season by wrapping not only the gymnasium but the campus buildings and hallways as well.
  • Impress clients and partners with specialty wall wrap options for your meeting rooms using 3M DI-NOC whiteboard film and corporate branding packages.

Ensure You Benefit from Your Custom Wall Wraps

With all these benefits, plus the unexpected environmental advantages of 3M DI-NOC architectural film, you may find many situations in which wall wraps would be an excellent option for your purposes.

However, when choosing and installing your wraps, you’ll want to ensure you get all the benefits you deserve. To do this, make sure you hire a truly professional installation team that can boast a long record of success.

The professionals at NGS have a proven history of success installing wall wraps for some of the largest businesses across the country. Our experts have all the knowledge and experience you need to make your project a success – and we offer the best products on the market to help you transform absolutely any surface at your location.

 

Expect the success your company deserves. Contact NGS and see for yourself all the ways today’s advanced technology for wall wraps can enhance your business.

Corporate Asset Management

By Commercial Property Owner, Hospitality, Retail No Comments

2 Smart Ways to Turn Your Liabilities into Assets

It’s time we talked about your corporate assets. Often, when people mention this term, they’re only speaking about your company’s money – but your building and fixtures are an investment too. When you set plans in place to manage your physical assets, you’ll be able to extend their lifecycle and maximize your returns.

This process is an integral part of corporate asset management, but many companies overlook the range of strategies they can use to simplify the process. Keep reading to learn more.

A Brief Introduction to Corporate Asset Management

“Corporate asset management” sounds like a big deal, but it’s actually pure common sense. This process helps you maximize the useful lifespan of your business assets by planning remodels and upgrades for your space that keep your goods safe, your store clean and enticing, and your brand messaging positive. Properly done, corporate asset management can lower depreciation to increase your asset values over time.

Depreciation 101

Usually your accountant will handle your depreciation, so let’s stop for a quick refresher on how this process works for your fixed assets, which are the physical investments that last your company a year or more.

The details of fixed asset management are complex, but, in general, you must decrease the value of your fixed assets such as buildings, land, and equipment over the course of their usable life, until they’ve reached their salvage value, which is the amount you can scrap it for. Store fixtures often maintain salvage value, but run-of-the-mill architectural features simply become worthless junk over time, due to weathering or wear and tear.

Luckily, there’s a way to rescue junk architecture and extend the lifespan of your fixtures while retaining their salvage value. This turns depreciation into appreciation because the less you have to buy, the more you save. One way you can manage your investments and save money is to use glass and architectural film that protect and improve your assets.

How to Protect Your Building, Retail Space, Hotel, Hospital, or Office

Architectural film and glass film both extend the life of your assets to improve your long-term ROI, but they’re vastly different products.

  • Quality architectural film comes in a virtually unlimited palette of patterns and colors, many of which look remarkably like natural materials such as stone, wood, leather, and metal. Modern architectural film is carefully engineered to stick to any surface quickly and easily, and it’s guaranteed to resist wear and tear such as weather and heavy commercial use for many years.

Looking for sustainable design products that improve the appearance of your interiors and exteriors? Architectural wrap is eco-friendly because it reduces your landfill impact. Instead of throwing out old or unsightly architectural features, popular wrap brands such as 3M DI-NOC and Belbien can adhere to any surface with any shape or texture. Want to upgrade your exterior and interior trim, accent walls, fitting room doors, cash wraps, racks, or anything else in your store or on your building? NGS Films and Graphics has got you covered.

In addition, architectural wrap won’t interrupt business for properties with 24-hour operations such as hotels, airports, or hospitals. No other product category will allow you to refresh the look of your lobby, elevator, doors, or rooms without having to demo and shut down the space. Projects with LEED goals can also benefit from these products as LEED points may apply. See the before and after pictures to see how realistic architectural wrap looks. (link to before and after)

  • Commercial glass film provides protection for your inventory by blocking 99% of UV light rays and up to 97% of infrared rays. In the past, glass film merely blocked UV light, but advancements in technology by leading companies can now help your company protect from color fading; reduce nearly half of your in-building heat gain (from infrared); and prevent damage to your fabric, paint, and plastic inventory.

Like architectural film, glass film is built to last with warranties of more than a decade. It is worthy to note that today’s solar films don’t have to be tinted. Modern films offer high-heat rejection capabilities with virtually clear appearances, and some new Low E technology films will improve single-pane glass insulation to almost dual-pane capabilities – and dual-pane to nearly triple-pane performance!

In addition to protecting your goods and interior features from wear and tear, recent advances in glass film can help you protect your store from thieves; reduce uncomfortable heat and glare; and decrease your heating, cooling, and lighting costs.  One recent innovation includes 3M Daylight Redirecting Film, an entirely new cost-saving invention that eliminates glare while harvesting daylight, making your environments are more productive and inviting. See 3M Daylight Redirecting Film in action to get an idea of how much your company could save on lighting.

  • Metal & Glass Anti-Graffiti Coatings allow property owners to turn depreciation into appreciation by renewing metal surfaces without having to experience a costly replacement. These films are a perfect fit for aging elevators, changing rooms, and bathrooms that have been etched, dented, or damaged because the new coatings come in a variety of metal and mirror finishes that essentially allow an owner to install a protective surface directly over the damaged substrate. This renews and protects the surface and can save thousands of dollars.
    Metal Shield elevator refresh

    Metal Shield elevator refresh

Check out these great before and after pictures to see the how much new metal and glass coatings can change the appearance of your surfaces.

  • Signage and Branding Graphics are being leveraged in unprecedented ways with new materials, print technologies, and cool new design concepts to affordably overhaul the way a space looks and feels. A simple wayfinding graphic isn’t only beautiful and functional, but it can also enhance safety.

Many studies point to the fact that the use of art, color, and dimensional design can enhance mood and therefore productivity, as well as overall occupant experience, and a rising trend shows that savvy companies are beginning to incorporate interior signage and graphics more often. See how One national insurance company transformed their new mega center space with graphics instead of resorting to a costly remodel.

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Wall & glass graphics- Insurance Mega Center

Increase Your Investment Value Over Time

If you’re a commercial building owner, you already know that a well-maintained, attractive building can result in a higher appraisal rate and can increase your rent revenues. As a retailer, you’ve seen how much a clean, well-lighted place encourages purchasing and consumer confidence in your brand. As an office manager, you’ve experienced how much more productive your employees are when their environment is comfortable, well maintained, and glare-free.

Take advantage of these benefits and keep your investments useful longer. When you take the initiative to thoughtfully maintain your architectural features and fixtures, and to protect your inventory as well, you’ll be better positioned to turn your depreciation into appreciation and succeed with corporate asset management.

 

Learn more about extending the value of your corporate assets with architectural wraps, high-tech solar films, anti-theft security film, metal coatings, and signage or graphics, when you contact (866) 925-2083.

5 Practical Tips for Commercial Building Security

By Building Security, Commercial Property Owner, General contractor, Hospitality, Retail, Safety & Security Films 3 Comments

If you’ve looked into commercial building security on the Internet, you’ve probably noticed that most of the advice out there assumes your building is a high target area for terrorists. Their advice is a bit… scary.

We’re not here to worry you; we’re here to help. Check out this list for practical, real-world tips that show you how to mitigate common security risks in your commercial building.

  1. Stroll Around Your Neighborhood

Your first step is to put on your sneakers and walk through your neighborhood to get a clear picture of your current local security standing. As you’re walking, take notes on creepy dark alleys, empty lots, abandoned buildings, or obscured streetlamps. Also keep an eye out for nearby federal buildings that could become terrorist targets.

Expert tip: As you’re looking over your area, take a glance at your neighbors’ security measures. If they all have bars or security gates, these deterrents won’t stand out if you use them. If their buildings have streamlined, invisible security measures, you’ll want to follow suit. 

  1. Look Over Your “Standoff Perimeter”

The area between your building and nearby vehicles, the standoff perimeter, can be small, especially along streets in urban areas. Depending on nearby traffic lights and parking situations, cars could jump the curb and smash into your building.

Expert tip: High impact solutions such as extra-thick polycarbonate can create a seamless barrier that helps protect your building from accident-prone cars outside, but it may be expensive to install. A more affordable solution could be to slow traffic with bollards, heavy planters, or bolted-down benches on the sidewalk out front.

  1. Investigate Your Building Envelope

The exterior of your building, called the envelope, is your most important security protection point. Simply put: if thieves or flying debris can’t breach your building envelope, your building’s occupants and their possessions will stay secure. Fortify your glazing, your façade, and your HVAC vent systems to create a strong barrier.

Expert tip: The envelope of your building defines your building’s aesthetic and it also psychologically provides cues that improve tenant and guest comfort. It’s hard to have a sleek, modern, reassuring building if you have to bolt ugly security panels onto the exterior. Invisible security barriers, such as theft-resistant, field-proven TRI-SHIELD security window film or impact- and theft-resistant Invisicade, help your building stay appealing, attractive, and secure.

  1. Assess Your Management and Operations

Your building management procedures will determine your tenants’ safety in case of an emergency. Make sure evacuation routes are clear and well-marked with bright signage, utilize daylighting in key areas to provide light during power loss, and install blast-resistant glazing or films that limit airborne glass shards from hurricanes or tornado impact.

Expert tip: Security solutions can sometimes get in the way during an emergency situation. Invisibly installed impact barriers or security films offer a clear line of sight for surveillance systems, and they can minimize or prevent glass shatter entirely.

  1. Keep Your Budget in Mind

As you consider your security solutions, remember that physical improvements last a long time and that you don’t always need the most expensive solution. Today’s best security film and impact barrier installers offer long-term warranties of a decade or more for many of their products, but your ROI doesn’t have to stop there. Window films can also reduce your long-term energy costs and cut down on your graffiti-cleaning costs.

Expert tip: Plan for reduced security maintenance charges in the long run. If you need to replace a damaged security feature, it shouldn’t cut into your bottom line too deeply. The right security solutions will not only prevent crimes, they’ll also save you from emergency overnight glass-repair fees and security guard payments during repair time.

It’s Time to Safeguard Your Investment

Commercial building security doesn’t have any one-size-fits-all solutions. Determine your specific needs by evaluating your surroundings, assessing your likelihood of experiencing various environmental and societal risks, and then calculating the costs to mitigate each risk in a variety of ways. Your building investment is worth the work.

If you’d like some help figuring out secure glazing solutions for your commercial building, contact glazing security expert James Beale for advice

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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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NGS transforms clear glass into high-def LCD screens

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It only looks like magic: NGS transforms clear glass into high-def LCD screens.

With the click of a button — or a tap on your iPhone  — you can change a clear pane of glass into a frosted, privacy barrier. Even more impressive? Turning that clear pane of glass into an LCD screen to show a high definition video. Your audience will be amazed. And why wouldn’t they be? It’s the stuff of the future yet it’s available today thanks to National Glazing Solutions, a true innovation leader in the film and glazing industry.

This next-generation electrochromic film, can be retrofitted on existing glass and is 100% compatible with smart home automation systems. Additionally, it blocks up to 87% of Infrared and up to 98% of  UV rays. Of course you know what that means: heating and cooling bills are reduced. According to the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a building could save up to a whopping 8% of its energy if electrochromic film is used on its windows. Aiding in the cost-savings is the tiny amounts of electricity used to switch windows on and off. For example, 100 windows use approximately the same amount as one incandescent bulb. That’s a very big savings.

So just how does our electrochromic film work? A quick talk with one of our engineers will tell you electrochromic film is like building a sandwich of sorts. It’s constructed like this: On the inside surface — which points into the building — is a glaze of five super thin layers of chemicals. In the middle is a separator, which has two electrodes on each side. On top of those are electrical contacts. When a tiny charge is applied, ions travel from the separator to outer electrodes and reflect light to create the frosted appearance.

Now, if you want to know how we transform clear glass into a video display, well, that will take a lot longer than we have here. But still, it’s really cool, right?

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Why No Building Should Be Without Sunscreen

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Why No Building Should Be Without Sunscreen

If you’re unwittingly letting your building fry like a lobster, that’s your business. Slathering it up with sun protection is ours. Here’s why it matters. According to the International Window Film Association (IWFA), window film can stop more than 80% of the solar energy coming through windows, with up to a 30% reduction in cooling costs and some films up to 30% reduction in heat loss in the winter.. The IWFA notes that window film can even save seven times each dollar spent on replacement windows.

More than 250 window films have even been certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) for energy efficiency. (“Fenestration” means an opening in a building—basically, windows, doors and skylights). The NFRC is the same independent, nonprofit organization that rates glass windows. Ratings take into account factors including energy absorption, solar heat gain, air leakage and resistance to condensation.

As if energy savings weren’t a good enough reason for solar-savvy window film, this “sunscreen” also means:

  • UV protection for the people inside
  • Fewer hot spots
  • Less glare
  • Reduced fading of furniture, carpeting and artworks

According to James Beale, managing partner and vice president of sales for NGS, “Solar considerations have emerged as a major factor for our clients in weighing their window film options. Energy costs and ways to mitigate them should really be on every client’s window solution check list.”

Beale also pointed out that many clients have been taking their solar solutions to the next level with specialty solar-control window films in a variety of categories. These include traditional reflective, ceramic ultra-blocking, and spectrally select for preserving the highest degree of natural daylight.

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