For a fraction of the cost of designer glass – window film can customize your surroundings
You move into your new home and realize you have to do something about the sidelight next to the front door – or the bathroom window that directly faces your neighbors windows… these are areas that are not ideal for window treatments or shades. Privacy may be essential and decorative film can be the perfect solution.
For a fraction of the cost of designer glass, decorative window film can easily give your windows the look of frosted, etched, textured or stained glass – and you can even take it a step further and go with an elegant design in the film. From a residential perspective the concern is primarily exterior privacy. From a corporate perspective, decorative window film can provide exterior and interior privacy for offices, conference room, waiting rooms, reception areas, labs, cubicles, fitness rooms, bathrooms, and the list goes on! With so many patterns and options to choose from – there is basically a window film that can suit a variety of design styles and functional needs.
Window film can provide privacy or camouflage areas of an office while still allowing excellent light transmission. Gradient films are a popular choice to achieve the best of both worlds – a slow or deliberate fade from an opaque patterned background that fades to clear.
Whether it is an all over solid translucent film, a gradient fade, or an over-all decorative pattern – window film can customize your surroundings, add style and privacy while giving your windows new life.
A professional and versatile way to identify office space
GVSU recently identified some windows in the Design Thinking Program on campus that needed a more professional way to provide privacy for their room – and also identify the space. Recognizing the work we have produced in the past (with printed frost), for other departments on campus – they contacted us to see what we could do for this space.
Mini – blinds typically don’t look, from a design perspective, very professional or attractive. While they may serve their purpose for privacy, they often don’t look very streamlined and symmetrical, especially from the outside looking in. A great solution for privacy, in this case, was in fact a frosted window film. Because there was also a need for room identification, we chose a printable vinyl privacy film that is somewhat translucent for ample ambient light transmission. Ice Look Etch Glass Frosted Film is ideal for printing and has a silver etched glass effect. Metallic pigments give this decorative film the special finishing and high quality optic when being applied on glass. We printed the Design Academy Logo on this film and installed it on the three windows of the GVSU AuSable rooms 1112 and 1114. The result – fantastic!
Professional results – streamlining the need for privacy and space identification – all with the addition of custom printed window film.
A decorative film that offers total control over your privacy in any glass setting
Typically, the go-to film in an office space that lacks privacy is a frosted decorative film. With its clean and semi-opaque look, it offers a way to eliminate surrounding distractions. Now however, I am here to say that we can offer you privacy-on-demand! The ability to keep the open-airy architecture that glass walls provide – and still maintain the privacy that is occasionally a must. With unique liquid crystal technology called PDLCD (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal Display), privacy can be controlled better than with any window shade, curtain or blind. This privacy window film can be controlled in any space where this film is adhered. First things first though, let’s start at the beginning.
Even though this amazing film has been around for the past 5 years, and we’ve been installing it, it’s just now getting recognized by architects, interior designers, trade magazines, etc. Why is this? I’m not sure why it has taken so long – but we are definitely not complaining either!
This semi-opaque film works with molecules, polymers, transmittance…. and okay, I lost you now. Science wasn’t my strong suit in school, so let’s keep this simple and stick to the facts.
PDLCD technology all comes down to applied power to the film through a small wire that is cleverly hidden of course. When the power is on, the microscopic liquid crystal droplets in the film begin to align themselves. In doing this, the film now allows transmittance of light through the film. In short, one would simply say the window is clear, see through and unobstructed. Now in the off-state, when no power is applied, this film is opaque. Remember those small liquid crystal droplets we mentioned? Those droplets are now suspended in the film, or as scientists would say the polymer matrix, to detect light and make your surrounding space that much more confidential (the science of this remarkable window film is referenced from the site: https://dglassp.com/news )
With control through a wireless remote or a light switch on the wall, you now have the best of both worlds. The ability to switch from a modern spacious atmosphere to the private area that you want; all with the click of a button.
A translucent decorative film choice that can add design & flair to any glass in an office space
When you think of “privacy film “, frosted film is usually the go-to film in an office space. Whether it is a full panel or just a band-of-film strategically placed to obscure the view, it is a very valuable asset to any space if privacy or distraction is an issue. A decorative layer of film can make a huge difference in an office where there is a great deal of glass, and you’ll notice that glass is something that is incorporated everywhere in architecture today.
Decorative window film can also add a consistent theme and add visual interest throughout a building or office space. Some of the most popular areas that we install decorative, privacy, or distraction privacy film is in businesses that have conference rooms with glass walls, office space with glass doors and sidelites, reception areas, waiting rooms, glass partitions, and the list goes on! You will see window film in many Medical buildings – they use decorative film for safety concerns (so that their clients and patients actually see the glass barriers before them) as well as for decorative purposes, full privacy and distraction privacy. Linen Window Film is a popular choice at Spectrum Health as a decorative element throughout their buildings.
Gradient, Frosted, Etched, Colored, Elegant Textured – the variety and types of Decorative Window Films is enormous.
Frost film and decorative film can be mixed in application for a unique effect! It can also give patients a sense of privacy in a room with lots of activity.
Sometimes a band or panel of Frost Window Film is too dense and opaque for the look and feel of the office space. Below is a great example of subtle distraction privacy. Gradient Window Film comes in many patterns and opacities. Its a detail that most clients do not recognize right away – but appreciate none-the-less.
Detraction Privacy definitely is “a thing” when it comes to the function and atmosphere in the workplace. We are finding a growing trend in our business that adding window film it is becoming a forethought and necessity when a building is under construction – rather than an afterthought. The beauty of window film is however, that it is very versatile. It can be installed at any time, inside or outside, and on most glass substrates. It can also be stripped and changed-out over the years if decorative remodeling or other window film properties and requirements are needed.
Springtime is a great time to think about controlling heat, glare & UV fading with Window Tint
Whether it is your home or business – comfort and energy costs can be taken care of with the cost effective and valuable addition of Solar Control Window Film. Window tinting is a popular addition to automobiles nationwide because it controls the heat, glare, fading and the comfort level inside your car. The same can be said by installing window film in your home or business – however there is another huge advantage! You save energy and money! Five Star Window Coatings has a variety of window films available for commercial and residential tinting purposes as well as decorative films that can provide solar control, privacy or to simply break up the monotony of stark glass walls or a bank of windows. Check out the commercial we had produced by WZZM 13:
For all of your window filming needs – give us a call for a free home or business assessment! 616-363-0000
S.A.F.E. is an initiative to raise national awareness of the causes and effects of school shootings.
For some insight into the police force mindset in dealing with the impact on the communities in which they serve – Guest Kyle Rehatchek discusses how school shootings have affected the local police force. At 3:04 minutes he talks about how window film “gives time…invisible protection.” To view – Click on the picture below:
Five Star Window Coatings offers a free safety and security assessment homes, businesses and most importantly schools. If you are concerned about the security & safety of your school or business please contact us! Security Window Film with a properly installed attachment system is barrier of invisible protection which in turn can provide precious TIME.
Problem: Work-Space Privacy – Solution: Window Film
The look of today’s corporate architecture typically includes modern glass wall spaces. Privacy as well as “distraction privacy” can be an issue for personal offices as well as conference room space. Many of our customers seek a window film solution that will provide a privacy shield but still allow light to filter in – keeping that open “airy” feeling in the workplace. Frosted or decorative bands of window film are a popular choice:
Here is an example of a custom designed and in-house printed mural band-of-film we produced and installed for the conference rooms at Amway Headquarters in Ada, Michigan.
If you can imagine it – we can make it happen! Distraction privacy solutions can help corporate productivity and enhance the overall appearance of those stark glass office walls.
Letter from State Representative Afendoulis
Five Star Window Coatings received the 2017 3M Marketing Leadership Award – and the news reached our Michigan State Representative Chris Afendoulis! We received a letter recognizing and congratulating us on our professional success.
Our goal is to always put our customers first – and we strive for excellence! We look forward to another year of “Saving the World’s Energy…One Window at a Time!’
3M Prestige Dealer Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona
3M Window Films Territory Manager Midwest Dan Borowski had some awesome words to say as 5 Star just picked up the Marketing Leadership Award at the 3M Prestige Dealer Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona: “All cylinders firing! Committed to excellence in every aspect of their business from Office Administration to Installation Crews, led by Owner Randy Hutson who leads by example, sets his company standards and goals internally and externally, and stands by his words and does what he says he will do – ALWAYS, his word being truth!!”