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Where can you apply Architectural Film?

Recently we wrote a blog all around the emergence of Architectural Finishes. A concept of refurbishing that has transcended the architectural marketplace, and is changing the way we look at both interior and exterior design.

Well today we are taking that next step. We’ve told you what Architectural Film is and where it came from, now we’re going to tell you where you can use the products (and where you cannot) and also why we are seeing film used in certain sectors over traditional methods of refurbishing.

What surfaces can you use Architectural Film on?

When asking yourself; where can Architectural Film be applied? You want to actual start thinking about where the product can’t be applied, there you will find yourself a more difficult question to answer.

The beauty of Architectural Film is that it’s a conformable product, meaning that it can apply and adhere to a number of different substrates in the interior and exterior environment. In short, as long as the surface is smooth and proper, it will adhere.

From walls, to tables, to counters, to reception desk, cabinet, cupboards, to facades and much, much more, these products really are the dream product for designers, architects and the like.

However. As illuded to in the introduction of this piece, there are some areas where Architectural Film won’t adhere to, and you really do need to be aware of these. These areas included:

> Floors
> Brass, copper and other corrosion-suspectable metals
> Non-sealed concrete and stone
> Non-sealed drywall, including skim-coat
> Fabrics
> Other porous substrates

What Sectors do you see Architectural Film in?

As established, the conformability of the product allows for this product to be used on a whole host of substrates, which in turn means the films can be used in a whole host of different environments and sectors too.

If the truth be told, we could go on all day about the different sectors and environments we see Architectural Film utilised in but unfortunately, we don’t have all day! So, lets take a look at some of the key ones and also why film is popular in such sectors.


Showrooms? Is what you might be thinking when you see this is the first sector we are talking about in terms of the utilisation of Architectural Film.

But yes, you better believe it, in fact using Architectural Film in the showroom environment is fast becoming our go-to when it comes to projects with these products.

The opportunities in this environment are truly endless, from reception areas, washrooms, meeting rooms and lobbies from an interior perspective then, facades, cladding and window frames from an exterior point of view.

Wrapping is giving a facilities manager the dream one-stop solution for their next refurbishment!

Showroom applications >


Next up is the hotel environment. Trust me when I say, Architectural Film is literally made for this sector. And that’s not even considering the application possibilities.

Hotel refurbishments cost hotels so much money and I’m not just talking about the refurbishment itself. Refurbishment means time wasted, closure and ultimately a lot of money going out when there is no money coming in.

Architectural wrapping can take this stress away.

No mess. No Noise. No closure. Just think about some of the cost savings there. ‘But what about the longevity of the products?’. Architectural film can tick this box too. The products are highly engineered, meaning they are long term (warranty of 12 years) and durable, more than capable to stand up to the rigorous demand of a hotel environment.

Hotel applications >

Bar and Restaurant

The Bar & Restaurant industry is one that has been absolutely decimated over the last two years.

With refurb budget purse strings obviously being tightened over recent times, Architectural Film provides owners with the perfect solution to transform their environment, on a budget! This method of refurbishment can also minimise disruption due to its simplistic application, so likewise to the hotel sector, the bar or restaurant can remain open during the refurbishment period.

Let’s not forget. Architectural Film can bring the same high end finish a traditional method of refurbishing would bring. It really is a no brainer.

Bar Applications >


Retail is another application that is increasing in terms of the environments being overhauled with Architectural Film opposed to more traditional methods. And when you think about it, it’s quite easy to see why.

Similarly, to the hotel and bar environments, the lack of disruption in this method of refurbishment would be a HUGE win for retailers!

The flexibility the product has too is a great asset in the retail setting. The conformability the film has allows for an application to a whole host of different substrates, from counters, to shop fronts, to feature walls and much, much more.

Design potential is also a big need in this environment as retailers like to create imaginative designs to ‘wow’ their customers. Well, with architectural film you can tick this box too. With 1000’s of patterns at your disposal, you really can do anything with this product. Whatever the design requirement, we can match it.

Retail applications >

That rounds off our ‘where can you apply Architectural Film?’ blog. Keep your eyes peeled for the next blog in our series!

Want to see what other applications are possible with Architectural Film? Visit our inspiration page here: https://hgsurface.com/inspiration/retail-wrapping/

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