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Does the appearance of your building’s solar control film really matter?

To a certain extent, you might imagine that when it comes to window films for repelling excessive solar glare and heat gain, how the film that you purchase looks will be a deeply secondary consideration.

After all, will many observers – whether from the inside or outside of the building to which the solar control film is to be applied – even take much notice of the film’s visual characteristics, or realise you have installed window film at all?

A window film’s aesthetics and function go hand-in-hand

In reality, when you are shopping for solar control film, it is unlikely that you will be able to entirely neglect the matter of the film’s appearance – not least given how this interacts with other aspects of its day-to-day performance and practicality.

If, for instance, you are interested in our internally or externally applied reflective solar control film, its highly mirrored appearance is not merely incidental. This is because it is actually instrumental in the creation of a one-way privacy effect that prevents outsiders from easily peering into a property, with the implications this also has for safety and security.

Or perhaps it is our interior or exterior low-mirror film that you feel would best suit your intended application? This particular film offers good solar heat and glare rejection, but also sports the more understated and neutral outward appearance that helps to make it a popular choice for architecturally sensitive and listed buildings.

No matter how specialised your needs may be, we can cater to them

The above solar control film products are not the only ones in our range that show why appearance is likely to be an integral consideration for almost any specifier or end user who purchases window film from us.

Our tinted window films, for example, serve the purpose of tinting clear glass to enhance daytime privacy. Meanwhile, coloured films are also available from us to act as decoration at the same time as being genuinely useful in the rejection of elevated levels of heat and glare.

Then, of course, there is the possibility that you wish your chosen solar control film to be genuinely useful in absorbing and rejecting solar energy, while also having no discernible impact on the look of the glass. Sure enough, your building’s windows can look completely clear to the casual naked eye, when you install one of our clear heat control films.

In short, then – yes, the look of your solar control film can definitely have a profound impact on aspects going well beyond mere aesthetic preferences. That’s one more reason why it is so crucial to discuss with professionals like our own, the matter of which film may represent the most appropriate match to your building’s functional and other requirements.

Contact the Stockfilms team today by phone or email, and our skilled and knowledgeable technical staff will be able to ensure you only choose the very best-suited window film.


Bring both patterns and practicality to your building’s windows in 2020

Often in life, cosmetic considerations interact with practical ones, which is certainly something keenly appreciated by many of the purchasers of our window films here at Stockfilms.

When we say this, we could be easily referring to the highly reflective or low-mirror anti-glare window films that have also helped so many specifiers and end users to reject excessive heat gain within their buildings.

However, in this particular blog post, we’d like to draw attention to our patterned window films and coloured tints, which have their own reasons to exist, beyond the opportunity they provide to give a building’s glass a striking makeover.

Our patterned films are about more than mere prettiness

You might imagine that the most compelling reason for any architect, designer or specifier to invest in any of our Opalux-branded patterned window films, would be as a means of giving the glass in various parts of a commercial or residential building greater aesthetic appeal.

In many ways, you would be quite right to think that; there are always glass surfaces in such settings as retail stores and offices that stand to benefit from having some interesting patterned window films added to them. 

Our present selection of such patterned films, for instance, encompasses the likes of the Augusta and Georgia designs that consist of strips of frosted film separated by strips of clear film. Then, there’s such a product as the Nevada film, which comprises 1mm dots with 2mm clear gaps in between.

However, such films can also be highly effective in providing a certain desired level of privacy, while still allowing plenty of natural light to pass through the glass.

Alternatively, why not get... arty?

The coloured tints that we have already referred to in this blog post are also known as Opalux Art Colours, and it’s fair to say they live up to their promising name.

Whether you pick out such an option in this range as Art Blue, Art Green, Art Red or perhaps even Art Yellow – to suggest just some of the possibilities – it isn’t only the vibrant appearance of these decorative films, but also their performance statistics that may well catch your eye.

You might not have expected coloured tints, of all possible options in our online store, to have genuine glare reduction credentials, or to absorb a significant proportion of the solar energy that would otherwise pass through the glass to which they are applied.

But when you order Opalux Art Colours from us, this is indeed possible. It just goes to show, once again, the astounding variety of both visual and pragmatic needs that can be met by an innovative window film from an industry-leading supplier like Stockfilms.

Now’s the time to get talking to us

It couldn’t be much easier to enquire to the Stockfilms team about the window films that could offer more than just ‘surface’ effectiveness for the buildings for which you are responsible this year.

Call the Stockfilms team now on 020 8441 0449, or complete and submit our online contact form for an in-depth discussion with our customer service department. You can then be sure that you are purchasing the right product for your requirements, and request the most suitable and competitive quote accordingly.


The need to reduce glare isn’t the only great reason to purchase anti-glare window films

Are you likely to be particularly motivated to have anti-glare window films fitted at a property for which you have responsibility, if glare is only likely to be an occasional or seasonal problem for the building’s occupants?

You might have imagined not. However, the reality is that a need to lessen the amount of glare experienced in a given interior space is not the only good reason to arrange the installation of anti-glare window films from the Stockfilms range.

There’s so much more than glare control that our films can offer

If you’ve already been taking a look around our online selection of both interior-applied and external anti-glare window films, you might have noticed variances in the glare reduction percentages outlined in the specifications of these products.

Such differing levels of glare control can be largely attributed to the interaction of our products’ anti-glare capabilities with other qualities, such as their appearance.

If the effective reduction of glare is one of your prime priorities when you are in the market for window film, it is relatively unlikely, for instance, that you will be attracted to our Clear Heat Control offering, which only lessens glare by 24%. Instead, this is very much the kind of film you would specify if you were eager, above all else, to provide the given building’s windows with an almost invisible treatment, together with good solar heat rejection.

But on the other hand, we offer no shortage of window films that definitely do have strong anti-glare credentials. These include our both internal and external reflective films and low-mirror films, as well as such specialised products as our tinted, coloured and polycarbonate films.

We would always advise you, however, to carefully scrutinise the exact specifications of any particular window film in order to judge its suitability for your own intended application. When you then call us for a quote, on 020 8441 0449, we will be able to provide you with any further advice and guidance required, so that you can be sure of purchasing the right product.

Get in touch with our team to discuss your needs

Even if you are fairly confident as to which of our anti-glare window films represents the best match to your requirements, a conversation with us prior to placing your order will enable you to clarify your competing priorities for such a window film – such as privacy, safety and price – before you commit to any particular product.

As leading window film stockists and distributors since 1976, Stockfilms is the company best-placed to answer your most specialised needs, whether you are a specifier or end user.


This New Year, why not invest in the right heat control films for your property?

January may be the month in which many of us customarily head back to the office after a well-earned festive break, but it is also supposed to be a time of entirely new beginnings.

Indeed, one way in which your own New Year may turn out to be precisely that, is if you make steps to better regulate the changes of temperature at your premises that may otherwise threaten to make your workplace a less-than-hospitable one for many of your staff.

There are many potential solutions for controlling office temperatures

Anyone who has ever worked in an office or a similar workaday environment will probably be familiar with the frequent complaints among staff about the temperature at any one time.

There are, of course, potential cheap and ‘low-tech’ means of keeping temperatures in an office at an optimum level for workers.

Overly hot staffers, for instance, may consider investing in a fan to provide them with a cooling breeze at their desk, or wearing more breathable fabric such as silk or cotton. Those who feel cold, meanwhile, might be tempted to layer up or sip warm beverages.

Window films, however, can have a significant impact and versatility

The arrival of January means many things, but one thing that it certainly means for those with responsibility for office buildings – whether they are specifiers or end users – is the need to think ahead about what their building is likely to require over the months and year to come.

If you are such an individual, you may be surprised by the considerable versatility that our own heat control films offer.

With the options we present in this product category here at Stockfilms including the likes of internally and externally applied reflective window film, internally and externally applied low-mirror films, tinted and coloured films, and so many more, we can give you the solutions that cater to various aesthetic, practical and financial needs alike.

In particular, the heat control films that we offer are renowned for their effectiveness at rejecting solar glare and heat gain. This, then, could make them an invaluable purchase as temperatures around your office buildings creep up in the months ahead.

Stellar results, for a stellar price

You can learn more about the performance that can be expected from our various heat control films by perusing our relevant online product pages. If, after doing so, you find a product or two that you would like to investigate further and even perhaps request a quote for, you are welcome to do so, by calling the Stockfilms team on 020 8441 0449.

Don’t hesitate to place your order for the most appropriate heat control films for your needs at Stockfilms this month, before demand ‘heats up’ with the rising temperatures as we edge ever-closer to the spring and summer! 


Our solar heat and glare control film offers so much more than solar heat and glare control

If there's any time of year when end users and specifiers - or even just those with any level of responsibility for a building - can be at risk of underestimating the risk of excessive heat and troublesome glare, it is the winter months.

After all, you might think that during seasons when it isn't especially sunny or hot most of the time, going out of your way to improve a premises' level of solar heat and glare control would be a waste of time, money and effort.

This can be an unfortunate misconception, however. Glare, for instance, can actually be a major problem at this time of year due to the low-lying winter sun, especially for office workers in taller buildings.

And while December and January are hardly months associated with escalating temperatures, it's still important to consider what solutions need to be in place for when temperatures do begin to climb as spring and summer come ever closer.

Won't the right curtains or blinds do the job?

Well, yes, in theory, you could simply fit some blinds or curtains in your premises for the purposes of solar heat and glare control. However, these products can bring their own issues.

Blinds and curtains, after all, take up space in a building, and can contribute to an interior space looking less roomy and more cluttered than needs to be the case.

Furthermore, curtains and blinds can be notorious for the dust that often accumulates on them - and that's before you consider their tendency to fade over time, due to the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays.

The right window film from Stockfilms really could tick every box

While the window films we can supply to you here at Stockfilms certainly look good - the available varieties including the likes of reflective film, low-mirror film, tinted film and coloured film - it's important to appreciate that all of these types of film can also deliver truly stellar solar heat and glare control.

That includes up to 99% filtering of UV rays, thereby helping to prevent the premature deterioration of furnishings like your office's curtains or blinds, in the event that you do choose to have some installed.

Plus, our window films are just so versatile that they often make great sense to purchase, even if better control over solar heat and glare is merely one of your priorities.

We offer dedicated safety window film, for instance, that can resist vandalism or other deliberate attempts at damage, while still delivering impressive solar heat and glare control results, and even perhaps enhancing the privacy of the users of your buildings, too.

Get in touch today for a great-value quote

In short, even if you turn to a supplier like Stockfilms with your top priority initially being the installation of window film for controlling solar heat and glare, it doesn't need to be your only priority - and nor should it be - for the simple reason that our window films really can 'do it all'.

Simply call our team now, on 020 8441 0449, for an in-depth discussion about your own exact requirements in relation to window film, as well as to request a competitive quote.


Be ready with the right solar control film for when the temperatures begin to rise

It may seem a strange priority for anyone with responsibility for a building where excessive heat gain and glare can be problems, to specifically seek out solar control film during the winter. Surely, the conditions that would necessitate the installation of such a product at almost any building, would rarely or never arise at this time of year?

That might well be an understandable observation to make. However, there are several very good reasons to turn to a supplier like Stockfilms for solar control film right now, and not merely the fact that this type of film is very easy to obtain at the height of the winter months.

Glare and heat gain can be issues during any and every season

As climate change continues to bring serious implications for our winters and summers alike, it is becoming harder and harder to be sure that high levels of solar energy and troubling glare won’t be problems during any given season.

In any case, even if the weather during the day in the winter is never especially sunny for the occupants of your building, glare can still happen. In fact, it might turn out to be an even greater inconvenience at this time of year than in the summer, thanks to the lower-lying sun.

This all means that whether you are a specifier or end user, if you are responsible for a particular building, you might not want to take the risk of simply waiting until the spring or summer before you enquire to a company like Stockfilms about solar control film.

Remember, too, that solar control film isn’t purely about solar control

Another convincing justification for purchasing solar control film for your building without delay, is the simple fact that the other reasons for buying such film – like the need to achieve certain aesthetic effects or maximise privacy for users of the rooms within – remain pertinent and pressing all year round.

You may be especially interested in ordering our reflective solar protection films, for example, due to their highly mirrored external appearance during the day that prevents observers from peering inside. Or perhaps you are instead most drawn to our understated tinted window film or even our striking coloured films, which have their own excellent track record of repelling solar heat gain and reducing glare?

All of these intriguing solutions, and many more, can be sourced at excellent prices from Stockfilms this festive season. So, why wait any longer to request a competitive quote for any of these renowned products, when you can do so right now, and give yourself invaluable peace of mind this winter as a conscientious and responsible end user or specifier?

Frosted window film can be used for various aesthetic and privacy effects

Window film is available from such a renowned supplier as Stockfilms for a wide range of sometimes complex purposes – and it is for such purposes that frosted window film might sometimes be the best choice. But what exact films do we offer in this category, and why might you choose them?

Opalux frosted films

Opalux is one of the go-to names in window film, so it should be no surprise that it is a highly regarded brand with regard to frosted privacy film, too.

We provide Opalux translucent privacy screening films that provide two-way privacy while still allowing a good level of natural light through the glass.

Fine Acid Etch White (PA-902) is the most common choice of window film in this range where there is a need for 24-hour privacy, although alternatives like Fine Acid Etch Bronze (BR-912) and Fine Acid Etch Smoke (SM-922) are also available.

MACal frosted films

Another highly rated translucent window film range is the MACal frosted one, these films being suited to both indoor and outdoor use, and enabling an etched, frosted or sandblasted effect to be achieved.

These films come in Frosted or Dusted matt finishes, with both of them able to be counted on to deliver uniformity and stability. It’s also quick and easy to cut them using most plotters, and it is even possible to screen print onto them.

3M frosted films

When you are looking to create unique, special-effect applications with your choice of frosted privacy window film, the 3M range could be well worth perusing.

This category of window film is actually divided into dusted and frosted varieties, with the dusted variants having the uniform appearance of etched glass, as opposed to the sandblasted look of the frosted films.

With window films in this range encompassing the likes of Dusted Crystal White
(7725-314), Frosted Crystal Blue (7725-327) and Frosted Crystal Rose (7725-323), there’s plenty of scope to create precisely the look that you’re interested in.

Whether you are an end user or specifier, Stockfilms can be your go-to source of frosted, privacy and other window film that enables you to meet all manner of specialised requirements for the windows at a given site. Simply call 020 8441 0449 or send us an email today to receive a competitive quote.

There’s a wide range of ways in which window films can bolster safety and security

Such is the astounding versatility of the leading window films, that you may not have even fully appreciated – whether as a specifier or end user – just how many functions these products can serve.

Our broad selection of safety and security-oriented window films is an excellent case in point – so, what products do we offer in these category, and for what purposes?

Clear Safety films can provide invaluable protection

A logical place to start in our exploration of the window films in our range that are geared around safety and security, is our complement of Clear Safety films. Variants of these films are available that are specifically designed to be installed on internal and external surfaces of a building’s glass.

If it is the internally applied version of this window film that most interests you, it may be such a product as our 100-micron clear product that you select. This film is a sound choice as a minimum specification for a safety film, and offers such benefits as high optical clarity, a scratch-resistant coating, and protection against interior furnishings fading prematurely.

Such internally applied Clear Safety film can also be sourced in 175-micron, 200-micron and 300-micron guises, with the latter routinely specified for ground-floor windows and other high-security areas of a building considered to be at particular risk.

As aforementioned, though, externally applied versions of these Clear Safety films are available, too. In fact, they can be combined with interior films to maximise the level of protection given to a building, including by guarding against vandalism of the glass through graffiti.

Or consider Combined Safety film for resolving multiple problems at once

However, it isn’t even just safety and security that our window films in this category can help to provide. You may have reason to look at our multi-laminate Combined Safety films, for example, the ‘combined’ element a reference to the usefulness that these products can have as solar protection films.

This functionality, in turn, translates into such advantages as superb heat and glare control, the filtering of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, and improved privacy due to the reduced vision possible through the glass.

Allow us to guide you towards the most suitable window film

With all of the above products collectively representing just one of our many categories of window films, it’s fair to say that you may appreciate some help when on the lookout for the most appropriate product for your own setting.

Call the Stockfilms customer service team on 020 8441 0449 today, and we will provide you with the tailored information, advice and competitive quote that you would expect from one of the most renowned and trusted distributors of window films since our establishment in 1976.


Our internal low-mirror films make as much sense in the winter as they do in the summer

It would probably not be overly bold a statement to suggest that heat control films are largely associated with the task of repelling excessive solar glare and heat gain at the height of the summer months, rather than necessarily reducing heat loss from a building during colder periods.

It is important, however, to acknowledge that such window films can be genuinely invaluable right through the year.

Furthermore, when you are a specifier or end user on the lookout for heat control films that do make sense during every season, you could hardly hope to make a finer choice than our internal low-mirror window films here at Stockfilms.

Balanced year-round performance from these renowned heat control films

Our present range of highly rated, internally-applied low-mirror window films encompasses such options as Bronze 20, Bronze 35, Neutral Grey 20, Neutral Grey 35 and Neutral Grey 50. While these films each slightly vary in terms of their advantages, they can be depended on to deliver formidable, balanced performance all year round.

After all, when you are seeking out heat control films that lend themselves to winter conditions as well as they do to warmer ones, you will probably wish to achieve a certain level of heat and glare rejection, while also not overly reducing how much heat and light are allowed to pass through the window.

Sure enough, in the case of the Neutral Grey 50 film, some 48% of visible light is allowed to be transmitted through the glass, while 39% of solar energy is transmitted and glare can be reduced by 45%. If, however, higher levels of solar energy rejection and glare reduction are desired, such alternatives exist in the same range as the Neutral Grey 50 product, which transmits just 14% of solar energy and 18% of visible light.

Bear in mind that amid the ongoing unpredictability of the seasons, effective heat and glare reduction are both likely to be appreciated at times by users of the buildings where these heat control films are installed. Low-lying winter sun, for instance, can be a highly unwelcome source of glare that could compromise the comfort and productivity of a building’s occupants.

Enquire now about your next window film

One benefit of our low-mirror window films that we haven’t touched on yet in this piece is, of course, the characteristic that defines them; their much more muted and neutral appearance compared to the reflective solar films you might have otherwise considered.

The aesthetic advantages that such heat control films bring to a relatively architecturally sensitive setting is a further all-year-round reason to make them your choice.

As for if you would like to discuss that choice in more detail, including the specific low-mirror window film that may best suit the application you have in mind, it couldn’t be more straightforward to give the Stockfilms team a call today, on 020 8441 0449.


Heat and glare control and a reduced carbon footprint can all be achieved with just one window film

During this era when the news is constantly alight with troubling headlines about the consequences that our day-to-day activities could be having for the environment, you may understandably feel a certain urgency to adopt the measures that will help to make your organisation part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. Could something as simple as heat and glare reduction window film play a part in making this possible for your firm?

The short answer is: yes, especially when you choose to have low-emissivity window film installed at your company’s buildings. We offer this type of window film for internal application, incorporating a Low-E coating that will help to keep heat within your buildings during colder times of year. However, this film is also capable of rejecting excessive heat from entering your rooms once the sun returns.

So many more benefits than just greater social responsibility

Yes, the fitting of some of our low emissivity window film at your own organisation’s premises could be invaluable for demonstrating to staff, clients, customers and other stakeholders that your firm cares about ‘doing the right thing’. However, such film can also bring a wealth of benefits that are not simply about better protecting the only planet we have.

Purchase our Low-E Neutral 50 film (SO-50LEN-iSR), for instance, and you will be assured of a solution that allows for the transmission of 48% of visible light through your building’s glass, while also reducing glare by 45% and rejecting 57% of solar energy. Such qualities, in turn, will help to make your firm’s buildings much pleasanter places for occupants.

Alternatively, if you would prefer a product that is even more effective as heat and glare reduction window film, we can also offer you a Low-E Reflective Silver 20 film (SO-20LERS-iSR) that delivers a remarkable 82% glare reduction and rejects 78% of solar energy. This particular film transmits 16% of visible light.

Finally, another product that we are delighted to be able to offer is Penjerex Energy-Saving Film (PX7060S). This film is clear in appearance but still provides a degree of heat and glare reduction, in the process giving you considerable savings on your heating and air conditioning bills.

Ask us now for a competitive quote  

There may be a wide range of reasons why you initially consider our Low-E products when you are in the market for heat and glare reduction window film as an end-user or specifier. However, there’s only one company that you should consistently turn to for such window film: Stockfilms.

Call our team now on 020 8441 0449 or email sales@stockfilms.co.uk, and our professional and friendly customer service team will be able to discuss your specific needs with you, followed by a quote that answers all of your requirements for your next window film.