For many Americans working or residing in metropolitan areas, new buildings are constantly popping up around us. With the unceasing construction of buildings and the evolution of architecture, it can be difficult to stay ahead of trends and ensure that the appearance of your building remains unique. Many architects turn to distinctive features such as fritted or dichroic glass to create a beautiful, creative exterior in hopes of setting their space apart from the rest. In particular, dichroic glass is a futuristic, multicolored option that isn’t easily replicated by other materials. Therefore, it can be used to design a space that is truly one-of-a-kind.
What is Dichroic Glass?
Dichroic glass is a multi-colored glass that has reflective properties, creating a kaleidoscope reflection of colors when it is hit with light and viewed from different angles. This specially crafted material is produced by stacking layers of glass with microlayers of quartz crystal and metal oxides to create a beautiful decorative product.
While dichroic glass is a dazzling option when it comes to enhancing the look of a building’s exterior, it is often available in limited sizes and is rather expensive. A cost-effective, high-performance alternative? 3M Dichroic Glass Finishes.
3M Dichroic Glass Finishes: Stand Out, Without Limitations
3M Dichroic Glass Finishes can help you achieve the uniquely crafted architectural features of traditional dichroic glass at a fraction of the cost, without compromising quality of materials. When viewed from different angles, it appears to change colors, creating an effect that no other decorative film can achieve. 3M glass finishes are constructed from durable and flexible polyester materials with a scratch-resistant, hard-coated surface layer designed to stand the test of time. To stay on top of trends while remaining within budget and time constraints, 3M Dichroic Glass Finishes are the preferred choice compared to traditional dichroic glass.
Break Budget Barriers
As an architect, you understand that there are often limitations placed on your design visions due to budget constraints. In fact, whether your project is new construction or updating an existing building, many of the options you have for decorative glass can be unreasonably pricey. With 3M Dichroic Glass Finishes, you can achieve a look comparable to that of dichroic glass without compromising your budget.
Endless Options for Creativity
Don’t settle for average when it comes to the appearance of your building. With 3M Dichroic Glass Finishes, you can achieve unparalleled creativity inside and outside of your space. Dichroic film is available in two color finishes. The Chill product shift offers cool tones of blue, magenta, and yellow in transmission, while reflecting gold, green, and blue color regions. On the other hand, the Blaze product shift offers warmer tones of cyan, blue, and magenta in transmission, while reflecting shades of red and gold. Not only are there different color options, but the application opportunities are endless. Whether you want to elevate the look of your exterior windows, glass partitions, lobbies, and more, 3M Dichroic Glass Finishes can get the job done.
Minimal Downtime of Operations
Budget isn’t the only factor that limits your creativity. Time constraints can also impact your project, at times even dictating the materials you may choose. Although dichroic glass gives your space a beautiful, rare look, it can be disruptive to install. Because the glass itself is specially designed, it not only takes time to make but it also requires a longer installation process. With 3M Dichroic Glass Finishes, you can achieve a look similar to dichroic glass without the disruption to regular activity within your building. Dichroic film can be applied to existing glass, allowing for a seamless installation compared to that of traditional dichroic glass.
Whether your client’s space is in need of a refresh or you are looking to add a unique architectural element to your current project, 3M Dichroic Glass Finishes can help you achieve your vision in a cost-effective way. Keep your project on track, remain within budget, and elevate the appearance of your designs with this eye-catching solution.
Energy Products Distribution (EPD) offers a tremendous breadth of 3M window film products and architectural finishes to address a variety of challenges encountered by architects and designers. From heat mitigation or enhanced energy efficiency to improved protection or elevated aesthetics, EPD provides a product to meet your needs and delight your clients. Contact us at 410-844-7993 to learn more about how window film and architectural finishes can add value to your projects.