Architectural Finishes FAQ's
What are the benefits of using architectural finishes for my office?
The main benefits are cost, time, design and application.
Cost wise it's cheaper to cover something that you already have then have something new made. This is also good for the environment as you are repurposing items and not adding to the growing waste issue we are currently facing.
The films are easy to apply and therefore time is saved. This is key for businesses such as hotels, bars and restaurants where a quick turn around allows them to be trading quickly with less impact on customers and revenue.
With over 1000 designs available looks that would other wise be unachievable due to cost and sourcing can now be created for a fraction of the price.
Application only requires a few tools and requires less people. This means less mess and less noise. Something your staff and customers will appreciate.
Am I able to wrap the walls as well as office furniture?
Yes. We can apply the films to most walls, but it is all dependent on the quality and finish of the wall surface (substrate). We require it to be as smooth and as clean as possible to offer the best finish. Furniture such as office tables, doors, bookcases and desks, can all be wrapped to give them a new lease of life – this type of upcycling is also good for the environment.
How durable is the material?
The film has been designed and tested to withstand daily impacts and abrasions. We understand that offices are high traffic areas and this material is fit for purpose.
What types of finishes are available?
There are over 1000 designs in the 3M Di-Noc range alone. These consist of matte, gloss and naturally textured films in wood, stone, leather, metallic and solid colours.
Are there also designs for glass and windows?
Films for internal and external windows are also available. Privacy glass from the FASARA range is perfect for internal meeting rooms and doors. External window options such as Daylight Redirecting Film, are the perfect way to redirect light away from workers close to windows and up towards the ceiling meaning rooms are lit more evenly.
Is the film fire retardant?
The films are classed as non-fire accelerants, meaning that they have been tested rigorously and won’t increase the spread of a fire. They have also been tested for smoke spread. Further details of the fire properties for each film range can be requested to support building requirements and regulations.
How expensive is the architectural film?
This is all dependent on design you would like to use and the amount of material you require. We will be happy to arrange a site visit to offer you an estimate to get a rough idea of the cost for wrapping the areas and furniture.
What’s the difference between using film and painting?
The cost of painting might be cheaper in the short term, but looking long-term, paint fades and is not as resistant to dirt and wear and tear as architectural film – meaning it’s highly likely that you will have to paint again in a year or so. Other considerations include the two coats that may have to be applied - resulting in the closure of areas and disruption for staff and customers. There is also the matter of fumes and mess to consider. Architectural film is easy to apply, requires less equipment and has less disruption for your customers and your staff.
What are the main benefits of using architectural films in my home?
Architectural films offer a wide range of designs, allowing you to create your own unique look and feel with a range of matte, gloss and natural textured finishes that are hard to distinguish from the real thing. They are quick to apply, meaning less disruption for you and our family. Upcycling your furniture and doors also means reducing your carbon footprint as there is no need to dispose or manufacture new equipment – better for the environment and better for your budget.
Can you use it on the floor?
No, the films we use are designed to be applied to walls, kitchens, furniture or glass only.
Can you apply the architectural film to any surface?
Most surfaces yes. The substrate must be smooth and clean to ensure that the materials adheres properly. Our installers will always carry out an assessment and inspect each surface ensuring that it is suitable.
Are the films easy to clean?
The films have been designed with hygiene in mind and can be wiped down quickly and simply with a light cleaning solution. You should also read the vinyl care instructions to ensure you look after your film wrap properly.
Can the material be repaired if damaged?
In the event the film is badly damaged, our installers are potentially able to repair most dents and scratches on-site. This however will all depend on the severity of the damage. In some cases the substate underneath will have to be repaired first.
Can anyone apply the architectural film?
Due to their training and experience we would only advise that a 3M authorised installer apply the film. 3M offers a warranty on all materials that covers any fault with the films, this however is void if the film is applied by an unauthorised installer as it may be the surface which is at fault and needs to be checked by an qualified installer.