We have 9 large windows (plus two windows in our entry doors) across the front of our store and they are a blessing and a curse.
It’s wonderful to have a lot of light coming in during the cold and dark winter months, but they amplify the sun in the summer to make our facility hot, hot, hot!
We love that we can see out, but it isn’t always advantageous for a customer to be able to see in because of the unattractive equipment that in positioned in front of the windows.
We knew we wanted to clean up the look of our storefront, add some messaging to our windows, and manage the light/heat that comes in without completely blocking it.
We chose a perforated adhesive vinyl product on which to print the messaging we wanted to display on our windows because it would yield a beautiful image and control light (and heat) without completely blocking it.
Our perforated adhesive vinyl is a 50/50 variety, meaning that half of the surface vinyl has been punched out to allow light through. As you can see in the close up it is basically Swiss cheese vinyl. We also have a non-perforated adhesive vinyl product, but it would block nearly 100% of the light which is not what we were going for.
PRODUCTION & INSTALLATION
We started the project by printing our graphics on our 60″ wide-format plotter and then covered the them with an over laminate (plastic film) to protect the surface. At this point we basically had giant stickers that we could (carefully) apply to the windows.
The adhesive is incredibly strong, but can be removed completely without damaging the glass or leaving any significant residue behind.
The installation began by dressing our front doors in this material and using the space to post our logo, hours, and web site address for folks who may need to send us an order after hours. (see image at the top of this post)
The most difficult part of this installation was the detail trimming around the curved edges at the top and bottom of each window, and navigating air bubbles between the media and the glass.
You might also notice we included a cutout in our left door so that we could post special hours or other messages from the inside.
Below is a picture of how the doors look from the inside looking out. You’ll notice things on the outside look blurry, but light still passes through.
THE LOBBY WINDOWS
These help to cut down on a particularly bothersome situation in which the afternoon sun ends up blasting straight into our eyes as we assist customers at our counter.
I will post more pictures as the project continues. Next we will tackle the 6 large windows on the production side of our building.