The main benefits of architectural film?
What Are the Main Benefits of Architectural Wrapping Film?
- Cost reduction and effectiveness
- It’s more eco-friendly
- Less of a mess
- It’s fire-resistant
- Limitless design options
- It’s very durable
- It’s easy to clean
- Installation time is quicker
- There are many potential applications
Cost Reduction and Effectiveness
Using architectural wrapping film costs considerably less money than buying new furniture, replacing doors, performing an intensive renovation, etc. The associated cost of transporting interior film is considerably less than transporting, say, huge slabs of wood.
Because the installation time for architectural wrapping film is so fast when compared to more traditional or conventional coating methods, the cost of labour is also reduced. In the event that an architectural wrapping film needs to be replaced, it’s quite easy to remove when needed, but will stay put when applied. This can reduce costs associated with renovations.
Just as well, actual architectural wrapping film products are surprisingly inexpensive and are typically sold by the foot or yard.
It Is More Eco-Friendly
Refurbishing a space, rather than replacing items and performing intensive renovations, is much better on the environment. You can also reduce your carbon footprint by not transporting large new items to the construction or renovation site, which saves carbon emissions.
Just as well, using architectural wrapping film instead of gutting a space’s appliances and cabinetry reduces the volume of items that would typically be going to a landfill. You will find that using architectural wrapping film ticks the ‘eco-friendly’ box for many of your clients’ green agendas. This is especially the case as more businesses are becoming aware of their eco-friendliness and the consumer desire for materials that are better for the environment.
The manufacturing process of architectural wrapping film is also something worth noting. Much less CO2 emissions are released during the manufacturing process of architectural wrapping film. Many manufacturers of architectural wrapping film are prioritising the reduction of greenhouse gasses. They do so by conserving energy during the manufacturing process, investing in renewable energy sources, and by applying efficient recycling processes.
Think about the materials that are traditionally used in home or commercial renovation. So much wood and other natural resources are used. By opting for architectural wrapping film, you’re helping to conserve these natural resources and help recycle products.
Architectural wrapping film does not contain heavy metals, phthalate, formaldehyde, and other potentially hazardous chemicals.
Less of a Mess
There is minimal preparation involved in installing architectural wrapping film. In fact, the amount of noise and mess typically associated with renovation are almost completely non-existent. That means there is less disruption to the business being renovated, which can be a huge point of interest for B2B renovators or commercial construction companies who want to offer a unique service to their clientele.
All architectural wrapping films are fire tested and compliant with most local regulations. This is why architectural wrapping film is the perfect alternative to wallpaper. Far too many types of wallpaper, especially older applications, are not resistant to flame. This could cause a very dangerous situation in the event of a fire.
By using architectural wrapping film instead of wallpaper, you can really reap the benefits of the architectural wrapping film. To start, it looks much cleaner and more professional than wallpaper does. It is also a lot easier to install– no need to deal with wallpaper glue, botched applications, and all the headaches that come with wallpaper. There are also a ton of different types of patterns and colours that you may not be able to find in wallpaper. And, of course, the flame-resistant material of interior film makes it the superior material to use.
Most architectural wrapping films are certified fireproof materials classified under fire class EN13501-1, B-S1, D0. Most architectural wrapping films are also certified for very demanding use, such as the marine industry. This material does not emit smoke or release harmful gases or chemicals if exposed to fire. Medical offices, laboratories, and other spaces that may occasionally involve open flames could benefit from the application of architectural wrapping film.
According to a study from American Society for Microbiology, wallpaper could also potentially breed toxins.
“We demonstrated that mycotoxins could be transferred from a mouldy material to air, under conditions that may be encountered in buildings,” the study reads, “Thus, mycotoxins can be inhaled and should be investigated as parameters of indoor air quality, especially in homes with visible fungal contamination. Most of the airborne toxins are likely to be located on fungal spores, but we also demonstrated that part of the toxic load was found on very small particles — dust or tiny fragments of wallpaper, that could be easily inhaled. The presence of mycotoxins in indoors should be taken into consideration as an important parameter of air quality.”
To put it simply, architectural wrapping film is much more suitable material to use in place of wallpaper.
Limitless Design Options
At Lustalux, we offer over 900 patterns, designs, and colour palettes to choose from for our line of durable architectural wrapping film. That means you will have virtually endless opportunities to design your space the way you want.
Also, architectural wrapping film can also be used to recreate the look of natural materials such as wood, stone, marble, etc. This creates the opportunity to avoid the cost and labour associated with, say, installing marble counters.
Whether you’re renovating a hotel, bar or sports centre, architectural wrapping film can provide endless opportunities to cost-effectively transform your space, giving it a completely different look without the associated costs of completely replacing the existing materials.
It’s Very Durable
Architectural wrapping film is hefty and will withstand daily wear and tear without peeling, scratching, or staining. Most architectural wrapping film products are suitable for resurfacing structures that already exist. Due to the materials and unique composition of architectural wrapping film, it is resistant to shock and abrasion as well and will maintain its shape and overall structure in virtually all climates. You will really get the long-term benefits of architectural wrapping film in terms of durability and stability. Wallpaper could never!
It’s Easy to Clean
While architectural wrapping film can come in a variety of different textures, the majority of products out there are extremely easy to clean. A simple wipe with some water and cleaner on a damp rag is really all it takes to keep surfaces treated with architectural wrapping film as clean as possible. No nooks and crannies, no risk of warping, etc.
Architectural wrapping film is also quite safe for children. The surface of architectural wrapping film is completely non-toxic and safe, making it ideal for applications in schools, daycares, nurseries, etc.
In addition to being more eco-friendly, there is a chance that architectural wrapping film will become a more popular material in a post-pandemic world due to its naturally clean properties. One article from Residence Style noted that the use of antimicrobial interior films could become a new trend, specifically because they are so much easier to clean that many traditional materials.
“Eco-Friendly construction material will reduce the probabilities of pandemics or another architectural interior film that will prevent the attack by bacteria, fungi, or other microorganisms in our homes, hospitals, and workplaces,” the writeup notes, “Germs need dampness to multiply. Antimicrobial architectural wrapping film is water-resistant and forms a fence against humidity. During washing processes, as well as in the presence of moisture, different germ-killing agents are unconstrained from the upper layer of the film. These killing agents come into interaction with the bacteria, spoiling their metabolism and interposing their production mechanism, causing their damage.”
The antibacterial and antifungal properties of architectural wrapping film are also a huge plus in the ‘cleanliness’ department. In the many certificates and reports of interior film brands, you will find that antibacterial tests are often quite impressive across the board. architectural wrapping film simply has excellent antibacterial properties that reduce the chance of bacterial biofilm to form on the surface of the product.
Just as well, architectural wrapping film is made from materials that do not absorb moisture the way that real wood or stone would. That means there is no chance of mold growing on your architectural wrapping film and it’s much easier to create a cleaner and safer space to live and work.
Installation Time is Quicker
Installing new countertops, cabinets, and walls can be a messy, long-winded, expensive, and difficult process. Why bother when you can enjoy the quick installation time associated with architectural wrapping film?
Architectural wrapping film is much quicker to install than traditional materials and reduces downtime for businesses that are being renovated. Just as well, businesses will get the results they want in less time, so fit-out or construction companies can enjoy more profit while clients don’t have to shut down their businesses for too long.
There are Many Potential Applications
Really, the applications are endless! Typically, architectural wrapping film will commonly come in the following patterns
- Matte monochromatic colours
- Weaved fabric
- Natural stone
- Abstract patterns
And, of course, there are many more patterns and textures you’ll find out there. All these types of interior films can really stand out in a variety of applications. You can even use architectural wrapping film to breathe life into old furniture, such as desks, chairs, and tables.
A few other applications and use cases for architectural wrapping film include:
- Kitchen cabinets
- Bathroom vanity units
- Reception desks
- “Hard” furniture such as tables and countertops
- Fire doors
- Partition doors
- Commercial buildings and businesses
- Healthcare facilities such as doctor’s practices or hospitals
- Educational institutions such as schools, colleges and universities
- Care homes
- Retail stores
- Bars & Pubs
- Train stations
- Shopping centers
- Virtually any surface that needs to be upgraded without replacing the entire surface or fixture
If the strong adhesive backing of interior film will adhere to a surface, then it is very much usable.
3M Endorsed Architectural Installers
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cost 7 times more
Fire tested, moisture
and heat resistant
Will withstand daily
wear and tear
A sustainable solution,
less landﬁll waste
compared to full re-fits
No building work,
no mess, no noise
Its versatile 3D form can fit virtually any surface
Thousands of realistic
textures and patterns
The Lustalux installation team are all manufacturer trained and approved giving our clients confidence in the knowledge that both materials and workmanship are fully guaranteed.
Our experienced and knowledgeable team can wrap existing fixtures, fittings, and furniture within a variety of commercial environments such as bars, hotels, restaurants, retail, and offices.
Wrap a variety of surfaces and transform your interiors and exteriors with a wide range of self-adhesive films. Through us, you have access to hundreds of realistic textured and patterned surface options for your refurbishment projects.
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