Interior Film: A Popular Choice with Architects

Posted on 27 June 2020

Interior film is starting to become a popular choice with architects. Its many features and benefits are making it the preferred alternative to more traditional materials in both new build and refurbishment projects.

So, what are the features that are making interior film the go to product for architects?

Interior Film looks more expensive than it is

Interior film offers a realistic and natural appearance, whether that be to simulate traditional surfaces such as wood, stone and leather or to create a modern feel with metals and more decorative designs. The advantage is that interior film does this without the heavy cost usually associated with these materials. As well as being less expensive to apply, it is also easily and cost effectively repaired or removed when necessary, so ongoing costs are reduced too.

A more sustainable and eco friendly alternative

Sustainability and eco friendliness are becoming increasingly important features for architects and the clients they work for. Interior film is free of heavy metals and uses completely phthalate free plasticizers. It also allows existing materials to be easily refurbished and transformed, thereby substantially decreasing waste and hugely reducing the impact on the environment. The Pixel Building is an excellent example of this – take a look at the case study to see how interior film brought old surfaces to life again.

It is also a very durable option, with high resistance to impact, abrasion and scratching, as well as remaining stable in humidity as well as hot and cold temperatures. This means that it will last a long time even in challenging or high traffic environments, again reducing waste.

Incredibly versatile

Interior film can be applied to almost any surface, including untreated, electro-galvanised painted and stainless steel, as well as woods, aluminium, laminates, plastics, limestone, mortar and gypsum or calcium silicate board. This means it is suitable for walls, ceilings, skirtings, furniture or just about any surface you can imagine.

It also comes in a huge range of design options, including stones, woods, leathers, metals and metallics, decorative designs and solid colours, giving architects the freedom to create the appearance of almost any surface anywhere, regardless of weight or load bearing restrictions. It can even wrap around curved areas and complicated surface shapes.

Interior Film is easy to apply

Another reason interior film is such a popular choice is that it is quick to apply, with no air bubbles. It wraps easily around complex shapes and has an intelligent self-adhesive treatment to make application even easier. This gives architects the freedom to create interesting layouts and surface designs without worrying about whether it will be practical to implement them at the building and finishing stage. They can give areas of a building the appearance of surfaces that would be completely impractical or even impossible to apply normally, due to weight, cost or inflexibility.

It’s hardly surprising then that architects are increasingly choosing interior film over more traditional coverings and materials. With all these benefits, it is the obvious choice.