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3M™ Graphic & Architectural Solutions

Design meets function with decorative graphic films for windows and surfaces

3M™ has the graphic and architectural solutions to achieve your goals.

Whether you need to enhance privacy for glass partitions, cover up unsightly construction, or leverage wall space for advertising, we offer a solution! Explore the possible applications for our graphic and vinyl films for surfaces from smooth glass and floors to textured brick and concrete. 

Advantages of working with 3M window films and our team of experts

Privacy - 3M™ Sandblast Films

Most office and property managers have seen the dramatic increase in the use of glass walls and partitions in offices, conference rooms and common areas.  While this creates more open and friendly space for employees or tenants, it also results in a lack of privacy in many instances.

The most effective solution to address privacy concerns is to apply a translucent window film on the full glass surface or on the glass in the ‘line of sight’. 

The most common film is one that produces a ‘sandblasted’ or frosted look on the glass. This allows a large amount of light to pass through, and at the same time solves the issue of privacy. Stripes or other intricate patterns can also be used to create a semi-private effect while enhancing the design aesthetics of the office. The amount of clear space in the design will determine the level of privacy.

Large Format Signage and Murals

You can easily transform unused wall space  into something attractive and meaningful with a high-impact digitally printed mural.

Large-format signage undeniably grabs and maintains people’s attention by virtue of its sheer size. Although large-format building advertisements are often temporary, they can deliver your message in a dramatic and high-impact format. Most organizations often have hundreds of square feet of unused display space that can be utilized to showcase their brand and communicate their message and powerfully.

Decorative and Graphic Films

Decorative and graphic films offer the perfect accent to offices, lobbies, retail spaces, conference rooms and glass partitions. They are also a cost-effective way to further enhance room décor and complement other architectural elements, as well as providing privacy and other benefits.

There are hundreds of 3M coloured and decorative graphic films which can be precisely custom cut to any size or geometric pattern to incorporate your design, logo or corporate branding. With such a large range of possibilities to choose from, it’s easy to  incorporate decorative and sophisticated graphic design elements.

Corporate Brand Image

Glass is an ideal medium for creative expression, and many companies have incorporated custom decorative window film designs to enhance their brand image, communicate a marketing message, or create dynamic visual effects.

Graphic film designs can include plain or full colour company logos, or simply an attractive custom graphic or brand image. We make the selection process easy by sending you samples to evaluate and aid your decision, and we’ll help you choose the right film for your project or application. 

Glass Cover-Up

During periods when office or retail space is being refurbished, whether it be under construction or unoccupied, the standard practice has been to cover the display windows with paper to block the view of passersby. This does not communicate an appropriate message or convey the right image to tenants and customers.

Property managers now often opt for high-impact graphic film applied to glass or plywood. These decorative window films offer an ideal communications medium where custom designs can announce what’s Opening Soon, Closed for Renovations, or New Location Opening, while maintaining the high-quality perception of image and cachet associated with the building.

Construction Cover-Up

Exterior  construction cover-up (also known as hoarding) usually consists of vertical sheets of plywood or metal fencing erected around construction sites to prevent pedestrians from being injured and also to prevent site entry by unauthorized personnel. In many cases a pedestrian ‘tunnel’ is also constructed to protect pedestrians from falling debris. Left untreated, these ‘barriers’ can be unsightly and are often quickly covered in posters and graffiti.

We help building owners and managers upgrade this space with artistic images and panels utilizing large format graphics. These surfaces provide an ideal medium to communicate a specific message about the site, advertise  a product or service, or enhance your corporate image and identity. At the same time they enhance the appearance of the construction site and maintain the quality perception of the building for tenants and visitors while construction is taking place. 

Textured Surface Graphic Films

Even concrete, brick, stucco and other textures can benefit from 3M decorative graphic films.

You may know that graphic vinyl and window films can enhance the architecture of your property, inside and out, and allow you to use available wall spaces for advertising and promotion. Now, thanks to 3M Textured Surface Films, previously overlooked surfaces such as concrete and brick walls, structural pillars, stuccoed surfaces, and tiles can now serve as a canvas for those ‘in the know’. 3M Textured Surface films are conformable and can be moulded to surfaces to create crisp, photographic quality images as large as you require. They can be used in interior and exterior applications.

This unique product preserves the look and feel of the existing surface while providing a better than painted appearance. Parking garages, retaining walls, walkways, and other areas not typically considered inviting can be transformed into areas of beautification. With a textured surface film solution from 3M, you will quickly see that patrons cannot help but stop and admire (and want to touch) this exciting award-winning technology.

Glass Safety

With increased focus on safety and liability, many property managers recognize that there is a risk associated with clear glass doors, windows and partitions. These architectural elements are not inherently visible, so people may be at risk of colliding with them.

In order to reduce glass-related accidents and accidental collisions, an economical solution is to install ‘vision strips’ on the glass. These can take the form of a simple strip or line or repeating graphics or logos spaced at the appropriate distance across the glass. Vision strips are easily applied and add a unique design element to the glass while remaining unobtrusive.

Ontario Building Code Compliance

Under the Building Code Act, the local municipality is the authority having jurisdiction for enforcing the Act and its Regulations, and you should contact the appropriate building official with respect to any specific proposal.

For further reference please consult the Ontario Building Code located on the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Website.

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