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School Safety Window Film Comparison

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You’re in charge of school safety and security for your district, which is a heavy responsibility. Ensuring the safety of students, staff, and school visitors from all manner of dangers requires you to think a few steps ahead of potential threats, every day

You know how important active security measures are (that’s why you run safety drills and why each classroom has a laminated booklet that outlines lockdown and shelter-in-place procedures), but you may not know how effective passive security measures can be. 

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s report states that schools should “Design windows, framing and anchoring systems to be shatter-resistant, burglar resistant, and forced entry resistant,” and states that “Resistance for glazing may be built into the window or applied with a film,” so let’s talk about security film, as well as other passive security tactics you can use to keep your district safe.

Shatter-Resistant Security Film

Shatter-resistant security film is one of your best defenses against everything from natural disasters to bomb blasts to intruders. Some of the leading brand names for this type of film include 3M Ultra and TRI-SHIELD.

Check out the active shooter simulation/ demo video conducted with Houston ISD PD  & NGS, using with 3M Ultra & TRI-SHIELD!

3M shatter-resistant film and TRI-SHIELD deliver tear-resistant technology with up to 42 micro-layers of protection and frame anchoring systems that: 

  • Prevent glass shatter and flying glass shards or spall, post-impact
  • Strengthen glass to resist breakage when hit with a weapon
  • Maintain glass structure, even after eventual breakage, requiring intruders to break all the glass before gaining entry
  • Buy time. Slow down or potentially prevent entry during an active shooter or forced entry event

It’s important to note that shatter-resistant film is not shatterproof. There is no such thing as shatterproof security window film. Instead, many schools use extremely strong, breach resistant Riot Glass which relies on an attractively invisible rail mounting solution for virtually shatterproof polycarbonate windows.

Privacy Window Film

Decorative privacy window film and one way privacy window film create safe zones that block a potential shooter’s view into classrooms and other indoor areas – without blocking natural daylighting. 

Innovative film solutions such as 3M Fasara and 3M Mirror Film support student, staff, and visitor safety because they:

  • Obscure the view into classrooms, activity areas, and administrative zones
  • Maintain a modern, welcoming façade with solid security
  • Prevent successful sniper attacks by blocking exterior views 

For privacy on demand, today’s school safety supervisors are increasingly choosing smart film, which transforms glass from clear to opaque with the tap of a button.

Wayfinding Graphics 

In an emergency, your #1 task is to get students, staff, and visitors to safety. Wayfinding floor graphics and wayfinding signage graphics can help direct everyone to safe zones protected by shatter-resistant film and privacy window film. 

Wayfinding graphics are especially useful in district administrative or activity buildings because these areas host guests who are unfamiliar with these buildings’ security drill procedures. 

Leading wayfinding products such as 3M Envision and 3M Controltac help ensure safety because they:

  • Can be placed anywhere – walls, windows, glass, or floors
  • Adhere to outside surfaces, such as playground equipment, blacktops, and sidewalks
  • Provide clear safety directions that help to maintain order in chaotic situations

To enhance security, a graphic installation expert can apply durable overlaminates that make your graphics anti-skid, as well as reflective in low light situations.

Get the Right Window Films for School Safety

Modern security film solutions for schools are effective, affordable, durable, and come with a fast installation process. In addition, many security window films can be combined with energy-efficient film solutions that deliver cost-saving benefits.

 

Not sure which films you should choose to secure your district’s schools, activity buildings, and administrative complexes? Get more information on how you can build your school safety plan checklist with NGS, the nationwide film installation experts.

 

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Do You Have All the Facts on Privacy Window Film for Your Business?

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What do you imagine when you think of privacy window film? Perhaps a generic window tint? Unwelcoming, blacked-out, or darkened windows creating an isolated space? If so, we encourage you to imagine your workspace privacy in a whole new way and start seeing the unlimited potential of your space.

When it comes to privacy film, there’s a lot more to it than you might think. With the right unique film, businesses can take advantage of so much more than just privacy because the right film will also offer incredible opportunity.

Far Better than Simple Privacy

Different people imagine different things when thinking of privacy window film because there truly is so much room for possibility and customization. This film can be as simple and basic as a dark film for tint, or it can be as spectacular as a one-of-a-kind, colorful, decorative film mural. The only limitation is imagination.

If you have an open concept office that could use a little less openness for private meetings, or if you’re just sick and tired of looking at those ugly blinds in the conference room, a national window film tint company can help you choose the perfect solution for your specific office or workspace needs. Maybe your space needs some one way privacy window film, decorative privacy window film, or frosted privacy window film to create a more functional space– the possibilities are endless.

Here are some of the different and unique ways that privacy window film can be utilized in your business setting:

  • Decorative Film with a Privacy Purpose

Privacy film doesn’t have to be boring and monotonous. The possible patterns, designs, and effects vary from the classic frosted window to a fully customized image that flows fluidly from the walls to the windows, combining privacy with class and style.

One of the most popular types of decorative film is 3M Fasara, which features innovative designs created by leading designers from around the world, helping you tailor the look and feel of your offices to your exact needs and wishes.

  • Branding Opportunities

Everyone knows the importance of effective branding. The problem is that most businesses don’t recognize all the branding opportunities and possibilities available to them. Privacy window film can be customized for your business to create innovative interior and exterior branding options, while still providing the privacy and atmosphere you desire.

Graphic branding films from 3M range from easy-peel promotional window graphics to long-term, warrantied brand graphics that transform your windows into effective messaging that lasts for years.

  • High-Tech Solutions

The new, cutting-edge, and incredibly useful options for business privacy might be the perfect solution you never knew existed. Though they’re not quite privacy films, today’s latest high-tech offerings can double as privacy films while serving other purposes as well.

Change your windows from clear to opaque at the touch of a button with smart glass, transform your ordinary window space into video projection screens, or make highly effective use of your space by installing erasable, reusable 3M Fasara whiteboard surfaces anywhere in your office, including on glass walls.

Your options and opportunities for privacy window film are much broader than you’ve imagined. We’ve listed just some of the possibilities your business can choose from, but there are many, many more. To ensure you get the best selection of window film or smart glass options, make sure you choose glass film professionals who can provide the proper level of expertise and service you need for your project.

As the #1 Commercial Window Film Company in the United States, NGS has years of in-depth knowledge to help you find the perfect film and graphics solution for your business. No matter what your privacy window film needs or goals are, NGS has got you covered.

 

Contact NGS to discover more about your privacy window film options or to schedule your consultation.

 

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.

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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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Office space design trends that keep worker bees buzzing

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Office space design trends that keep worker bees buzzing

The right office environment matters more than ever as Millennials stream into the workforce.  Great spaces attract the best employees and keep them happy and productive.

Window films & NGS printed graphics are a cost-effective tool in providing the warm fuzzies today’s employees need to bring cold, hard cash to the bottom line.  See how window films can keep you current with these five trends.

  1. Open up

Open spaces, at work and at home, have been a trend for so long that they have really become the standard. Let in as much natural light as possible into your open spaces and consider removing any walls that block it. You can “control” the light by choosing different window films that let in more or less light depending on what you need where.

  1. Make yourself at home

Offices are starting to feel more like you’re in someone’s house. The drab rows of desks and columns of metal filing cabinets are slowly fading from view. To make your space feel more like a house, add family-style furniture like long farm tables with benches.  Keep the flow flexible, so tables and chairs can be moved around as needed.

  1. Get in touch with your feelings

(The tactile kind.) Adding texture adds warmth, dimension and personality, especially in open spaces with a homey atmosphere. Get ideas for mixing and matching textures from interior design blogs and magazines. Take a stroll over to the NGS gallery to see the hundreds of different projects utilizing custom and off the shelf decorative & printed films.

  1. Turn it inside out… and outside in

The outside is coming into the office through open spaces and natural light. But the trend doesn’t stop there. Natural stones and woods are appearing on floors, counter tops and walls. Subtle floral patterns are growing in upholstery and wallpaper. If flowers aren’t your thing, don’t worry. Modern approaches suggest woodsy surroundings without overpowering the flower-phobic. Products like 3M’s DINOC and Belbien can be installed on most any smooth surface to emulate the look of stone or, metal or wood.

  1. Don’t keep up with the Jones’s

Keeping up with office space design trends keeps you looking fresh and welcoming to both your employees and your important visitors. But don’t forget that your space should always reflect your brand, even as tastes change. With today’s specialty graphics, brand identify elements printed on film can be incorporated liberally—and tastefully—into a less “corporate” environment.

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Aaron’s Rents Makes a Bold Move—and NGS Goes with Them

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Aaron’s Rents Makes a Bold Move—and NGS Goes with Them

Aaron’s Rents is one of the largest rent-to-own retailers in the country, with more than 2,000 stores in 47 U.S. states and Canada. The furniture, electronics and appliances giant recently made the forward-looking decision to move from its headquarters of 55 years in the Atlanta Buckhead neighborhood to new headquarters in the Cobb Galleria.

Although the move is a pioneering one, Aaron’s won’t be alone. Many other companies based in Atlanta have considered re-locating from in-town neighborhoods to the Cobb Galleria due to sky-rocketing rents and worsening traffic. The Home Depot has already made the transition. These companies look to a better quality of life for employees with the development of the Braves SunTrust Park in Cobb county, which will be part of a new walkable, work-live-play community.

National Glazing Solutions was selected to provide the interiors package for Aaron’s Rents upgraded headquarters based on its strong track record of delivering outstanding solutions and services for new-fashioned HQ projects, including State Farm Insurance Co.

NGS project scopes at the new Aaron’s Rents headquarters include digitally printed wallcoverings, custom printed window films, dimensional signage, wayfinding graphics and Belbien wood-grain vinyl.

Wood-grain looks, in particular, have surged in popularity in 2016. According to managing partner and vice president of sales for NGS, “What’s old is new again. Wood-grain vinyl adds warmth and contrast to a modern office environment in a cost-effective, practical application that is both durable and easy to maintain.”

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NGS Gives New State Farm Mega Campus Major Atmosphere

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NGS Gives New State Farm Mega Campus Major Atmosphere

In a prime example of “go big or go home,” State Farm Insurance Co. is building the largest corporate office project in Atlanta’s history, located on 17 acres in the Perimeter area of Dunwoody. Currently planned for completion by the end of the year, the Park Center campus will span an impressive 2.2 million square feet, including a 26-story tower connected to the Dunwoody MARTA station. The campus will be home to up to 10,000 employees.

National Glazing Solutions was selected by State Farm’s architect & general contractor to handle the interior graphics and film for this massive undertaking. Recognized as the leader in the commercial window film industry, NGS has the chops to bring an innovative vision for large scale interior graphics to life.

According to James Beale, managing partner and vice president of sales for NGS, “Large-scale interior graphics have been a huge trend in 2016. It gives companies like State Farm the most robust opportunity to truly customize their space as an environmental reflection of their brand.”

NGS project scopes at the State Farm Park Center include digitally printed wall coverings, 3M Fasara dusted crystal window film, custom printed window films, dimensional signage and wayfinding graphics. The 3M dusted crystal window film is a decorative glass film that allows for custom levels of privacy and transforms the look of clear glass while letting in light and maintaining an open feel. Dimensional signage and wayfinding graphics that are intuitive and effective are particularly important for a seamless experience throughout an office of this scale.

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National Glazing Solutions Awarded GSA Contract

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Sometimes we do not equate the government with efficiency, but the GSA (General Services Administration) of the Federal Government has been working to change that perception. The GSA is the premier acquisition tool of the United States Government, and its recent agreement with National Glazing Solutions demonstrates its commitment to efficiency and effective budgeting.

GSA & National Glazing Team-up

The GSA and National Glazing Solutions have entered into a win-win situation. How? National Glazing is the number 1 tint/window film company in America, handling 3M window tint, solar window film, safety & security window tint, energy efficient films/tints, custom printed glass films, and numerous other safety and security-oriented products. GSA has tapped-into their quality products/services at a great rate. But, GSA also does this with respect to other industries. Everybody wins.

GSA Schedules Assist Vendors & Small Businesses/Large Businesses

The GSA not only purchases the best products and services at great prices, but they are committed to assisting vendors and businesses (large companies and especially small businesses) with succeeding amid the government marketplace.

GSA Schedules are fast, easy, and effective contracting vehicles. The agency provides long-term contracts with companies to provide millions of items to governmental agencies at discount costs ($50 billion/year/10% of all Federal Government procurement).

Vendor Participation With GSA

Vendors wanting to be successful under the GSA Schedules Program need to take the proper steps to be productive in a competitive environment. The vendor’s time and financial investment are initially high (as is GSA’s investment in firms), but the sales quantity, distribution mechanism, and prestige are well-worth the efforts.

It is a matter of careful planning, accurate analysis, and proactive implementation to be a successful GSA contract holder under the GSA Schedules Program. Like National Glazing Solutions, it may well be that your organization can do business with the General Services Administration. Keep in mind that 80% of GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contractors are small businesses (representing 36% of sales).

The GSA constantly updates its offerings. One of National Glazing Solutions core growth strategies is to increase business by selling 3M window tint, Solar Gard, Madico safety shields, Blast mitigation films, and other items by working with the administration. Government contracting officers buy direct today from NGS through GSA advantage NGS GSA contract# GS-07F-152CA

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NGS Named Dealer of The Year

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We’re very proud to announce that National Glazing Solutions, LLC has been recognized as Solar Gard’sPanorama Dealer of the Year 2014’ at the 9th Annual Panorama Dealers Meeting. The event took place last month from February 19th to 21st and was attended by James Beale, Managing Partner and Vice President of Sales, and Patrick Coyle, Managing Partner and Vice President of Operations.

Since 2009, NGS has been the national leader in solar, security and custom film applications. We were recognized as the #1 Commercial Window Film Company in the USA in the September 2013 edition of the Window Film Magazine. With these recent honors we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our board, management team, staff, business partners, and others associated with NGS who have helped us achieve these accomplishments.

The Panorama Dealer Meeting

It’s always a tremendous opportunity for firms such as ours to be invited to such an event. The event took place in Hotel Valley Ho of Scottsdale, Arizona, which drew more than 150 attendees associated with the Panorama Dealer Program. Featuring a mid-century décor that was truly a spectacle for all to see, this annual meeting is always crucial in increasing end consumer value.

The construction and development sector has been performing steadily over the past two years, mostly due to the commitment and perseverance shown by the prominent players in the industry. The event featured six guest speakers along with multiple workshops, with the crowning jewel of the night being the 350th year anniversary of Saint-Gobain. Workshops and sessions were dedicated to optimizing personal branding, reaching consumers online and offline, implementing new & upgraded selling technology, and marketing tactics to reach and sustain the end user market.

A Night Full of Stars

In addition to the speaker sessions and workshops, the meeting also focused on live academy training classes with certifications offered to dealers who are strategically positioned to market Solar Gard’s Ecolux™, a breakthrough in low emissivity energy window film technology for all season, yearlong energy conservation and comfort.

In an eccentric 1960s inspired night, the welcome cocktails started the proceedings for what was an educational, resourceful, and family friendly event. The group dinner featured family game activities where all the key players in the industry donned their 1960s attire to perfection.

As proud authorized Panorama dealers, NGS, along with other firms, was recognized for its business partnership and encouraged to offer best practices in business tools and resources. The award ceremony kicked off with David Capps of AAA Glass Tint, Inc. taking home the Outstanding Panorama Project – Commercial. Mike Shanahan of Armor Glass Tinting was presented with the Outstanding Panorama Business Growth after a strong year of sales and sustained consumer base.

As the night was about to approach its conclusion, James Beale and Patrick Coyle took the center stage to accept the “Panorama Dealer of the Year” award.. On behalf of the senior management at NGS, I would like to thank you all of the NGS team, affiliates and partners for making it possible, we look forward to continued success.

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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.