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Surprising, Unexpected Benefits of Wall Wraps

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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.

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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.  

5 Practical Tips for Commercial Building Security

By | Commercial Property Owner, General contractor, Government, Hospitality, Property or Facilities Maintenance, 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

4 Ways to Increase Brand Awareness and Visibility – Benefits of Commercial Signage

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Now announcing NGS commercial signage and interior branding projects!

Exterior and interior commercial signage not only increases your brand awareness and your overall visibility, it also builds brand equity and consumer confidence. In short: signs are really important. That’s why NGS Films and Graphics now offers full-service project management for stress-free signage and one-stop interior branding packages.

Build your brand with these four tips:

  1. Fight for Your Perfect Design

The design of your signs is extremely important. Aside from delivering brand awareness with a logo, your store’s signage also delivers subtle psychological cues to shoppers about your store’s quality, as a recent study found. Not only do your colors and lettering matter in your design, placement matters too.

Unfortunately, cities and landlords often limit key elements such as colors, lettering, and placement, so signage drawings have to be repeatedly reworked before the design is accepted. That’s a waste of time – and the process often dilutes your brand messaging.

Get your bid drawings right the first time so you can get your perfect design. NGS Films and Graphics knows the city code inside and out, and will also work as your on-site brand defender, performing an On-Site Analysis that establishes precedent against troublesome landlords who block your ideal sign project. It’s all included in our full-service, turnkey signage offering with optional interior branding packages.

  1. Make Sure Your Signs Are Visible

Design means nothing if consumers can’t find your store. A 2012 FedEx Office study determined that 75% of consumers have entered a store or referred a friend because of a sign that stood out, and another recent study found that nearly 50% of consumers will drive right by a business without finding it due to insufficient signage. Clearly, eye-catching signage makes a difference.

With NGS, you have the freedom to order a wide range of high-quality signs, including:

  • Blade signs
  • Channel and illuminated signs
  • Interior branding signage
  • Specialty signs in bronze, aluminum, and other attractive metals
  • …and more

Plus, you’ll get 3D environment modeling, which ensures maximum visibility for illuminated signs using the ideal height and stroke width for your project and location. Again, NGS is happy to take care of all those permits, city codes, and landlord approvals for you.

  1. Ensure Your Signs Are High Quality

A Sign Research Foundation study reports that 33% of shoppers have been drawn into an unfamiliar store based on sign quality, and other studies have found that, out of 100,000 surveyed North American shoppers, 34% associated sign quality with store and product quality.

Luckily, NGS makes it easy for you to ensure high quality signs, because they oversee all aspects of your signage design, manufacturing, installation, and inspections with turnkey signage service all the way from concept to final inspection. Whether you need building signage, exterior signage, glass signage, or creative interior signage, NGS will take care of it.

  1. Deliver Branding Indoors Too

The survey of 100,000 North American shoppers also found that nearly 86% of shoppers agreed that signage can convey the personality and branding of a business, which explains why modern companies are choosing interior branding. But interior branding isn’t just for retail.

A recent study from office-design expert, Haworth, suggests that expressive design elements in your space can increase employee productivity by 22%, which explains why NGS was hired to take care of interior branding throughout State Farm’s new 2.2-million-square-foot mega campus (the largest corporate office project in metro Atlanta’s history).

With full-service interior branding packages from NGS, your retail store, office location, or other commercial space will benefit from our high-quality one-stop-shop that takes care of all the details for you, including the design, production, and installation of gorgeous interior branding graphics, film, and signage so you can deliver a seamless experience throughout your locations and across the nation.

Set Up Your Commercial Signage and Interior Branding Project

Many sign projects stall out because businesses are surprised to discover that the process takes an overwhelming amount of time and effort, including code checks, permits, landlord approvals, and other frustrating steps. Many interior branding project stall because it takes a lot of vendor coordination.

Let NGS take care of everything for you, so you’ll know that your sign and interior branding will be done correctly, on time, every time. Contact Angie Huff, the NGS sign and branding expert, for more information.

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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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NGS installs 3M security film for an international developer’s marquis property in Atlanta

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NGS installs 3M security film for an international developer’s marquis property in Atlanta

So who’s the developer, and what’s the property? We’d tell you, but we’d have to kill you. As a leader in the commercial window film industry, NGS takes security seriously, and we stand behind the abilities of 3M security film.

According to the latest crime reporting available from the FBI, more than two million burglaries took place in homes and offices in 2009, costing nearly five billion dollars in lost property. Sixty percent of the burglaries in 2009 involved forcible entry. Between the year 2000 and 2009, burglaries increased more than seven percent.

According to James Beale, managing partner and vice president of sales for NGS, “Smash-and-grabs are of increasing concern among our clients across the U.S., and not just in major cities. We’re working with businesses of every size on solutions.”

The recently completed Atlanta security installation is 22,000 square feet, and the scopes include a custom integration of 3M SH14 interior security film and 3M IPA/ Impact Protection Adhesive wet glaze attachment, plus 3M 7mil exterior security film for force entry protection. Strong, micro-layered safety and security window films from 3M are designed to hold glass together in the event of a break, while allowing natural light to pass through and maintaining the appearance of an office. An added bonus is energy conservation and lower energy bills.

“Security considerations should really be a component of any commercial window film solution,” Beale said. “It’s like the insurance you’d get for your car and your home as a matter of course. A little forethought and a small investment in window ‘insurance’ can save untold expenses should there be a break-in.”

NGS is currenlty working with property managers and retailer around the US to install proven forced entry protection systems like TRI-SHIELD.

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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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