Commercial Window Graphics: Increase Visibility, Get New Customers

Commercial window graphics are thin pieces of self-adhesive vinyl that are attached to internal or external windows to help promote your business or service. Custom window decals are durable yet easy to install and remove, making them the ideal choice for both short-term and long-term promotional campaigns, as well as for storefront lettering.

It’s easy to spot bold, vinyl window graphics on storefront windows as you walk down any high street. They often include the name, logo, contact details, and key messaging for a business. With the help of professional design services, window graphics attract attention and leave a lasting impression on passers-by. Your entranceway is usually a customer’s first touchpoint with your business, make sure it’s a memorable and lasting one that reflects the ethos and professionalism of your business.

If you’re thinking of installing business window graphics, speak to the experts at Tinting Chicago and get your free quote today at 773-455-0467 or 312-212-0493

Benefits of commercial window graphics

  • Fast, mess-free installation
  • Custom designed
  • Increase foot traffic
  • Highlight sales and promotions
  • Create privacy
  • Durable
  • Quickly and easily removed

Best brands of custom window decals

At Tinting Chicago, we’ve been installing window wraps for more than a decade. In that time, we’ve tried and tested every brand on the market but now choose to only work with two brands –  3M and Avery Dennison. We believe these two vinyl film brands offer our customers the best value for money.

Interior window graphics

Outward-facing storefront window graphics aren’t the only commercial use for window graphics these days. Many commercial spaces contain floor-to-ceiling glass doors and partitions which are great for allowing natural sunlight to flood in but not so effective when it comes to providing privacy. Partial or full custom decals on glass doors, windows, or partitions elevate office branding while providing much-needed privacy from prying eyes.

Cost of custom window graphics

Business window graphics are a significant upfront investment, however, high-quality vinyl material lasts for between 5 and 7 years meaning your return on investment is realized for many years to come. The exact cost of custom window graphics is determined by the following variables:

  • Amount of vinyl film used
  • Vinyl brand used
  • Intricacy of design
  • Skill of installer

When to use opaque window graphics

Opaque window decals are sometimes referred to as blackout decals because you can’t see through them. They’re often printed with double-sided graphics meaning they are as attractive and impactful from whichever side of the glass you view them. Opaque window decals are ideal for internal glass offices that require full privacy or for windows adjacent to public alleyways or thoroughfares to prevent nosy passers-by peering in. 

Perforated window graphics explained

Perforated window graphics are designed with hundreds or thousands of tiny holes that produce full graphics on the outside of a window but allow those on the other side of the window to see out. Perforated window vinyl is commonly used on the rear windshield of cars to allow drivers vision through their rearview mirror as well as for storefront graphics to enable one-way visibility.

Perforated decals offer the bonus of allowing a certain amount of natural light to stream through the glass and into the interior of the building concerned. This kind of window graphics is super popular in the retail industry: you can see a lot of storefronts decorated with perforated window graphics. We noticed that mattress shops in Chicago really love this solution!

How are window wraps installed?

Window wraps can be installed on both sides of a window. When applied outside, it adds a protective level from the harsh outdoor weather elements. They can be installed either on an entire window or on just one section of a window, depending on the intricacy of the design. The smaller the size of the window wrap, the easier it is to install. 

It’s essential to ensure the window is spotlessly clean and completely dust-free before unpeeling the backing paper on a window graphic and adhering it to glass. Failure to do so will result in bubbling and peeling of the graphic over time. 

Window decals versus static cling

Unlike window and wall decals, static clings adhere to windows without the use of adhesive.  For this reason, they are mess-free and easily removable, but its so easy to peel off!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are static cling as durable as window wraps?

Static cling film usually lasts for around 6 months before they lose their static quality and start falling off a window. Vinyl window wraps on the other hand last for 5 to 7 years making them much more durable than window clings.

Are custom window graphics worth the investment?

Many comprehensive studies prove that the more attractive storefront graphics, the more likely a customer is to enter your store or office. Although custom window decals require a significant upfront investment, they're extremely durable meaning you'll reap a return on your investment for up to 7 years.

Do custom window decals adhere to any glass surface?

Yes, custom window decals adhere to any glass surface, both inside and outside a commercial building. So long as the glass is smooth and thoroughly cleaned before application, custom window decals will last for up to 7 years on any glass surface.


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