Commercial Building Facade Restoration With Campbell

By August 7, 2020 February 17th, 2023 Blog, Commercial

Commercial Building Facade Restoration With Exterior Window Film


Whether your commercial facility is undergoing a complete building renovation or you just want a facade restoration, there’s one shortcut to a totally new look you may not have considered: exterior window film. For commercial buildings made mainly of glass or that have many exterior windows, it can be prohibitively expensive to replace all the glass to revitalize the building. However, you can use exterior window film and a process we’ve developed called facade re-imaging to achieve many of the same results as window replacement with even more benefits.

What is Building Facade Re-Imaging?

No matter how modern the inner workings of your business are, it’s inevitable that an older building’s exterior glass and other aspects of the facade age, causing the building to look dated and uninviting to prospective tenants and clients. Facade re-imaging, sometimes referred to as a building wrap, is a way to transform the entire exterior appearance of a commercial facility without performing any lengthy, disruptive, and expensive construction. The end-goal of a re-imaging facade restoration is to increase a building’s curb appeal to attract new occupants and business, ultimately improving the property’s net operating income (NOI).

This process typically includes a combination of applying window film to glass windows and doors, resurfacing the spandrel (the glass panels between floors), and repainting mullions (the vertical bars between glass panes), among other things. Using these techniques, we can change the color of a building and its exterior glass to just about anything the building owner has in mind, giving it a more modern look. We can achieve all this very quickly with little to no disruption to the building’s occupants.

before and after commercial building facade restoration

Benefits of Building Facade Restoration With Exterior Window Film:

  • Costs 7-15 times less than new glass and substrates
  • Restores the mullions to like-new
  • Covers failing exterior glass between floors (spandrel)
  • Creates Title 24 (California’s 2016 energy standards for window updates) compliance
  • Allows higher rent rates
  • Attracts more attention, traffic, and building occupancy
  • Lowers energy costs
  • Increases NOI (net operating income)

How Window Film Can Increase Energy Efficiency

Besides rejuvenating building facades, we can help you drastically cut down on the cost of your monthly utility bill through the application of exterior solar window film. All our window films are compliant with the State of California’s building energy efficiency standards. This means that they help to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures year-round to reduce your facility’s reliance on heating and cooling systems.

In fact, the savings that commercial facilities can receive simply by applying energy-efficient window film are so high that the investment often ends up paying for itself within a few years. The reduction in energy use translates to lower operating costs and higher profits, which increases a commercial building’s overall value by raising its NOI. It will also make the facility more appealing to potential occupants and current tenants, further adding to the net operating income.

Additional Benefits of Exterior Window Film:

  • Blocks out 99.9% of harmful UV rays (the ones that damage skin and cause fading)
  • Reduces glare (which can increase employee productivity)
  • Adds privacy (wide variety of tinted, colored, and mirrored films available)
  • Can increase safety and security (we offer 3M security window films)
  • Can be changed every 5-7 years to keep current
  • Much faster and less disruptive than glass replacement

Exterior Window Film and Facade Restoration / Re-Imaging: FAQs


How much does commercial facade re-imaging cost?

The final cost depends on the size of the building and the complexity of the job. However, we can tell you that it is up to 15 times less expensive than re-cladding a building with a new exoskeleton or re-glazing it with new glass. Re-cladding and re-glazing can cost millions of dollars, so they’re just not practical to change the appearance of a large office building or any other commercial facility.

How long does window film last?

Today’s high-end window films will easily last 2-3 decades because of fast advancements in the technology in recent years. Though most commercial window films have warranties for 10-15 years, we regularly see films much older than this that still look and perform great. Usually, a building owner will decide to change the film to keep a building’s appearance current long before the existing film wears out.

What other materials do you use?

We’ve integrated the most technologically advanced exterior coatings into our re-imaging process. These include aerospace spandrel coating, theme-park-grade exterior paint, and the best sealants. We also have an almost endless array of paint and spandrel colors for you to choose from, so we can guarantee that we’ll be able to give your building the brand new look you envision for it.

What is the installation process like?

We handle all the coordination and access equipment, and every project is turn-key. This means that though we typically install multiple technologies simultaneously, you can be confident knowing that Campbell Corporation is in charge of the entire process. We always strive to complete commercial projects in the agreed-upon timeframe and without any disruption or downtime for building occupants.

What if I want to change something down the road?

Our re-imaging process is designed to be very flexible. We make it very easy and affordable to change minor accents, which you may decide to do seasonally or to celebrate a special event like a product launch. Because it’s so affordable, you may want to do more major updates every 5-7 years to keep your building looking relevant, attract business, and keep that NOI high.

How do I get started with a re-imaging project?

The first step is to speak with one of our re-imaging specialists to discuss your needs, goals, and budget. Our in-house design team members are experts in material options, limitations, and project complexities. They will work closely with you to find the right combination of materials and techniques to achieve the results you want without breaking the bank.

Contact Campbell Corporation today for more information or to get your commercial building’s facade re-imaging underway.