Blind date

November 14, 2018

Seeing is believing the old adage goes. And seeing as we are not strangers to the problems of excessive sunlight we thought we’d give you a few pointers on how to manage glare. Even during the colder months of the year – particularly due to the low angle of the sun – conditions in your…

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More Horror Stories

October 30, 2018

Well – it is Halloween. (when did Halloween get so huge? As a kid it was always Guy Fawkes/Fireworks night/Nov5th…) So we thought some scary stories of our own – with a positive message of course – would be a good idea.   Witch window film? Getting the right film for your windows is important….

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Get a health check…

October 29, 2018

We all know that we should get a health check every now and then. Particularly if we’re feeling a bit out-of-sorts or notice any problems. Well – it’s exactly the same with window film… The health of your window film is very important. To be effective and fit for purpose it needs to be performing…

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The Art of Filming …

October 12, 2018

Most jobs are pretty straight forward. We’re sticking film on windows – how hard can it be? Well – there’s a world of difference between slapping any-old-film on some glass – and professionally installing just the right technical product for a very specific set requirements. Take this recent job in Cambridge for example. A beautiful…

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Help!

October 5, 2018

Helping Hands Care homes just asked us to sort out their solar glare issue at their spanking new HQ in Warwickshire. They moved in recently, and immediately noticed severe issues with the suns glare through windows in the new premises. Time for Durable to help the helpers…   It’s amazing the lengths some people will go to…

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Look through any window…

September 29, 2018

That was the title of the1966 hit by Manchester band the Hollies. Apparently none of them ever faced voyeurism charges – so all good there. But – it’s not always possible to look through any windows. When the sun is shining brightly – particularly at this time of year when its at a lower angle…

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Windows 10.0

September 24, 2018

Actually – no. Not the Microsoft Operating system. Thank heavens for that! We’re talking the ‘made-of-glass-look-through’ kind. As we are Europe’s oldest window film company we’ve spent an unhealthy amount of time with windows of all shapes and sizes over the years. Helping to manage things like solar control (when things get to hot and…

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Celebrating our century…

September 14, 2018

Apart from being film stars – what do these people have in common? Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, Olivia De Havilland, Gloria Stuart, George Burns… Well they all lived to be over 100 years old. Pretty Impressive. Particularly in an industry known for its excesses.   How old? “Durable are never 100!” we hear you cry….

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Film Stars

September 7, 2018

Everyone’s a celebrity in today’s big-brother-house, YouTube, selfie culture. But there was a time when there were proper film stars.   Not wannabe’s, reality TV rejects or talent show hopefuls. Real classic actors – with genuine style, personality and talent. Don’t you sometimes see the preview for the latest ‘Celebrity…whatever’ TV show and sit there…

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True Colours

August 31, 2018

True colours – shining through And that’s why we love TrueVue. 80’s songstress Cyndi Lauper probably knew nothing about window film when she wrote the song. But we like to think she’d be impressed by our range of solar control film.   Obviously her (and her girl friends) quite clearly just want to have fun…

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Silver lining…

August 23, 2018

Every cloud has one. Apparently. But what about when there ARE no clouds? When the sky is clear and blue and the sun is beating down relentlessly – simply add your own silver lining. Confused? Let us explain… Mirror finish is very useful when it comes to solar control window film. The inherent reflective properties…

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Glazed and confused

August 15, 2018

Are you suffering in the heat? Do your windows mean your office is more like a greenhouse? Are those acres of glass making your building unbearable? Are your staff melting? Record breaking It’s a common problem – particularly at this time of year, and especially during a spell of persistent hot weather. We’ve been lucky…

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Heatwave

August 10, 2018

Hot summer – hot pants – hot nights. Funk band Heatwave’s ‘Boogie Nights’ was a beltin’ tune that was on repeat in every disco in 1976. That was the last time we had a ‘heatwave’ like this. Lynn’s not had her hot pants on this year (yet). Unfortunately Don has been wearing his. Let’s just…

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4 big problems caused by Summer sun in the workplace

August 2, 2018

We’re having a great summer – if you like it hot…  But, at work it’s not so much fun. Here are some big problems affecting the workplace environment during the height of summer… 1) Big drop in productivity Research shows that productivity drops by 40% when temperatures reach 75ºF. Heat and glare through windows causes…

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One barn every minute

July 25, 2018

Well not quite every minute. But we do seem to work on a lot of barn conversions. The beautiful marriage between exposed wooden beams, rough stone interior walls and extensive glazed windows makes for a stunning place to live. Some of these places are just amazing. I mean – some have like 3 or 4…

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Time for a hot Bath…?

July 17, 2018

Me time. There is nothing quite as relaxing as a hot bath. But the owners of this lovely house found nothing relaxing about being in Bath. (that’s the place in Somerset – not the tub – yeah, we know – play-on-words init?).     The problem was the intense heat and glare streaming through their…

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Not fade away…

July 10, 2018

The beautiful Devon Countryside – who wouldn’t want to gaze out at that over breakfast! Idyllic setting, gorgeous weather and a stunning house – what else could you wish for? Well – although this dining room does have a great view out of a lovely big window – but excessive sunlight was causing concern. The…

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Tales of the unexpected

July 5, 2018

We all like surprises. Mostly. Unless you get out of the shower to find there’s no towel. Or worse – make it to the WC in time, only to discover – too late – there is no toilet paper! And sometimes, unwanted surprises can cost more than a little temporary embarrassment. Spontaneous The same goes for spontaneity….

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Sun x Heat + Glare = Discomfort

June 28, 2018

Did you enjoy your time at school? Nah, neither did we, not much anyway. Rugby, and that girl in art class – and maybe the odd game of kiss chase. (Peter loved that one. Weird really – he went to an all boys school…) Imagine how much worse the whole experience would be if you…

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A sensation on the slopes…

June 21, 2018

Mirrors. Pretty useful things. Especially when you’re shaving etc. We liked the mirrors we had when we were kids. We looked better in those… Whether it’s Lynn checking her make-up or Mark doing his hair, mirrors are definitely handy to have about. And mirror finish is also very useful when it comes to solar control…

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Add a touch of class to your glass

June 14, 2018

… and keep cool in the conservatory too! Enjoying the beautiful weather in your awesome conservatory or garden room is one of life’s little pleasures. There’s nothing nicer than sitting reading, having supper or just relaxing in sumptuous luxury and letting that summer sun wash over you.   Of course – there can be too…

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We’ve got the power!

June 4, 2018

Window film is not all about solar control. It also has the power to provide excellent privacy – ideal if your property is overlooked. Nobody likes their life on show – well the Kardashian’s obviously, and anyone in TOWIE or Geordie Shore – but basically most of us would rather not have the world and…

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Ultra protection

May 31, 2018

The word ‘ultra’ is usually associated with potentially good stuff. Like – ‘Ultra-busy’ or ‘Ultra-rich’ even ‘Ultra-powerful’. (we’ll skip Ultravox for now – sorry Midge…) BUT the word Ultra followed by ‘violet’ can mean bad stuff too. On the one hand ultraviolet light is essential for us humans to get our vitamin D (strengthening our…

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Making light work

May 21, 2018

You may have noticed – there is this big orange ball in the sky that can belt out light at this time of year. Its a powerful source of energy – we like to call it ‘The Sun’. In an attempt to emulate its amazing power to quite literally light up our lives, man has…

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Room with a vue

May 14, 2018

Typical! The weather is all over the place and as soon as the sun comes out for more than 5 minutes it’s roasting indoors. The owner of this home in Berkshire belongs to a young mum-to-be – who loves her garden room but didn’t like the idea of excess heat and glare causing discomfort to…

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Let there be light!

May 8, 2018

3M’s amazing new daylight redirecting film brings the natural light of the sun into your workplace. A completely new, technical break-through which provides a simple, effective way to bring natural daylight deeper into buildings – 3M® Daylight Redirecting film is a game-changer. Simple and effective 3M® Daylight redirecting film simply does what it says –…

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Decorating can be a pane…

May 1, 2018

Don’t despair! Transform your glass – with 3M Fasara Decorative Glass Film Most workplaces have a lot of glass. Apart from the windows – there are usually loads of internal glazed doors, partitions and walls – which is great for letting natural light penetrate far inside a building. All this surface area provides brilliant opportunity…

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4 ways to keep cool at work

April 24, 2018

Spring – everyone rolls into work inappropriately dressed and wishing they were on the beach But it’s usually not long before the sun’s glorious rays heat up the workplace to unbearable levels. And even the most beach-friendly attire is not going to keep you cool. Sitting at your desk – by the impressive floor to…

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Introducing the revolutionary new Daylight Redirecting Film from 3M®

April 20, 2018

An amazing new way to optimise natural light in buildings. AND reduce glare too! 3M® Daylight redirecting film is a game-changer. A completely new, technical break-through which provides a simple, effective way to bring natural daylight deeper into buildings. Instead of the sunshine making your workplace unbearable, shining in your eyes and making computer screens…

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5 ways to reduce glare

April 13, 2018

Relaxing in your conservatory or garden room, reading the Sunday papers in the sunshine, or watching TV over breakfast. Enjoying as much of the lovely weather as you can. But, can you really enjoy it? Reading the paper is hard work with the sun glaring down on you. You can hardly see the cricket on…

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Are you ready for a heatwave…?

April 13, 2018

Check out this story from Sky [Read original article here] Britain to sizzle in mini heatwave next week as hot air arrives from Europe Temperatures in the south could reach the mid-20s, but Britons are warned to make the most of it as it will not last. After a cool, grey, drizzly spell, temperatures are…

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Avoid those prying eyes…

April 4, 2018

Residential privacy Oxford Resident Yana Xue and her husband purchased a lovely ground floor flat last summer in the Old Oxford brewery. Almost perfect – except the premises were over-looked by neighbours and visitors parking their cars or just casual passers-by. No one likes living in a goldfish bowl – but keeping natural daylight and…

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Bright eyes… burning like fire…

March 29, 2018

Spring is threatening to happen soon. Probably. And with the better weather comes the usual problem. Glare. The low angle of the sun at this time of year means it can come streaming in through your windows making your life hell. Offices and workplaces can be rendered almost impractical due to the incessant glare on…

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Is your School’s glass fit for class?

March 17, 2018

Most schools and colleges have a lot of windows and glazed areas. It helps to let as much natural daylight in – making for an up-beat positive atmosphere and creating an environment conducive to learning. But kids and glass are a recipe for potential trouble. Glass is inherently dangerous, and when cracked, broken or smashed…

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Here comes the sun…

March 6, 2018

Amazing isn’t it? Just 5 minutes ago we were freezing and snowed-in – now it’s spring and I’ve got my shorts on (Mark’s not had much more than his pants on throughout tbh – but you get used to that in an open-plan office. Takes all sorts…) George Harrison and the Beatles had a song…

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Snow joke

March 1, 2018

Signs that temperatures are a bit on the low side… A late snap of cold weather and as usual Britain grinds to a complete standstill. Which is good, as it means everyone has more time to take pictures of snow to post on social media. Everything from patio furniture with dandruff to roof-of-car-just-visible-through-snowdrift cascade onto…

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The future’s so bright…

February 20, 2018

… I gotta wear shades Or at least get my windows tinted. Throughout history people have had a problem with the sun. It was an all-powerful god to be worshipped or ignored at your peril. Those ancient civilizations weren’t entirely wrong. It is after all an enormous ball of fire 864,000 miles across, over 100…

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Trouble brewing

February 13, 2018

At Durable we like to think we are good at organising. Even in a brewery. And when it comes to piquing our interest and ensuring you have our full attention – anything to do with brewing, ale, pubs, etc is bound to work. Sitting on the fifth floor roof of a listed old brewery building…

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Keeping the Kitchen cooler

February 5, 2018

Too hot in your kitchen? Durable can help.   The Falzone’s moved into their new home in July 2016 and soon realised they just could not live in their kitchen diner. Daytime temperatures were reaching in excess of 35°, not to mention the glare. After some extensive research they decided to call Durable, who suggested that…

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Tight fit

January 30, 2018

Do you remember them in the 80’s? “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”? Yeah – well it’s nothing to do with them. But if something’s too tight a fit then things get stuck. Lionel Ritchie and Elvis sang ‘Stuck on you’. Whilst Stealer’s Wheel were “stuck in the middle’. That’s a lot of ‘sticking’. And of course…

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Changing Rooms

January 24, 2018

No. Not the naff interior make-over TV show. Actual ‘changing rooms’ Rooms to get changed in… Quite apart from having the added benefit of obscuring our installers questionable yoga technique – privacy film was installed to these office changing rooms to allow for the roller blinds to be removed – allowing more light in, whilst…

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Up on the roof

January 15, 2018

Beautiful building – but ugly ceiling? No problem for us. The roof of this prestigious bar and restaurant was fitted with glossy white plastic panels – fit for purpose but not very attractive and which stuck out like a sore thumb in this listed building. A real shame. Enter Durable. We installed a film to…

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Mind the Gap…

January 8, 2018

You’ve heard it a million times on the tube. But it’s just as important for window film installation.   Border patrol Window films need to be installed with a small gap between the edge of the film and the edge of the window – so that the film will seal properly. But by the look…

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Shining example

January 3, 2018

How to keep your cool in the office… The prospect of moving in 30% more staff into their vast open plan office – and needing to make sure those working close to the glass wall on this south west facing façade were shaded from the intense heat of the afternoon sun – was a little…

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Back to the future

December 30, 2017

What does 2018 have in store for you? Have you made any New Year resolutions? We have. We’re going to help even more people with their glass-related problems.   And by glass we don’t mean we will pop round and fill them up with more celebratory Prosecco or party punch (although if you fancy a…

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Protect yourself this winter

December 27, 2017

It’s Christmas! Tis the season to be jolly. The family all gathering round an open fire. Comedy Xmas jumpers. Snow falling outside (you hope – unless you’re a Bookie…) But there’s a reason for all that – it can be properly cold ! AND the winter freeze seeping through your windows can really take the…

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It’s a Wonderful Life

December 15, 2017

It’s true. We wonder how Black Friday becomes Cyber Monday – then, bang! It’s Xmas… We wonder why the John Lewis Xmas Advert is such a big deal. We wonder how President Trump hasn’t been impeached yet. We wonder if we left the gas on….   So much to wonder about. But – if you’re…

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It’s a miracle!

December 7, 2017

Christmas is a time for miracles. Like cooking a 30lb turkey properly in time. Actually – how do you get it in the oven? Or managing to get home from work via the shopping mall having bought all your pressies last minute without having a nervous breakdown. Or how the media companies manage to get…

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Unexplained glass breakage

November 27, 2017

Q: Why did my glass just explode? A: Could be Spontaneous Glass Breakage Toughened glass can spontaneously shatter (‘spontaneous glass breakage’). The shear weight of toughened glass makes this particularly dangerous in overhead glass such as atria. And it usually happens without any warning. Often a glass breakage like this is misdiagnosed, it’s assumed that…

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Old Masters

November 20, 2017

In the 12th Century, Sir Seymour Clearly invented a glass-based version of the older leaded-light windows – which used flattened animal horn. It wasn’t until the 17th Century that another Englishman, Professor Ivor Pane, developed what we would recognise today as glass windows.   But it was much, much later – in 1966 in fact…

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Sharing the love…

November 16, 2017

We love our customers. Where would we be without them? And it seems that they really love us too!   Everybody likes to think they do a good honest professional job for a decent price, delivered on time – but it’s another thing to get the praise, feedback and loyalty that going that extra mile…

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Action Station

November 8, 2017

Here’s the problem: You want to let all the daylight in and see out of your windows BUT You don’t want passers-by to be able to look in because you have sensitive information on view.   Claustrophobic So – our client had already installed blinds in their Ambulance Station control centre, but they stopped the…

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TV Trouble

November 6, 2017

You’re relaxing at home. It’s a lovely day and you just thought you’d have a cuppa and watch a ‘catch-up’ of Corry. Nice. But it’s nigh-on impossible! Roy’s come a cropper. You don’t know Ken Barlow from Adam. It’s the worst picture Eva!   The sun is belting through all your windows and completely obliterating…

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Reading University sees the light

October 27, 2017

Like a lot of modern buildings, Reading University has a lot of glass! It looks great. But it does have it’s problems. Reading University’s Enterprise Building had it’s tenants complaining for ages about the excessive heat and glare passing through their floor-to-ceiling glass windows – making the working environment very uncomfortable and difficult to function…

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From Pancho to Poldark

October 17, 2017

So what do Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa and ladies favourite Ross Poldark have in common? They were both recently seen in Cornwall at Peter’s birthday party! Actually, several Panchos Villas and quite a few Emiliano Zapatas (and the odd Zorro) alongside a multitude of Demelzas and Ross’s etc, popped down to the farm to participate…

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Blindingly obvious

October 12, 2017

Imagine how you’d feel pitching up for a meeting and being instantly blinded. AND the receptionist can’t help you because not only is her computer screen nothing but a haze of reflected sunshine – but she too is blind, having had the awesome power of the sun’s rays directly in her face all day, every…

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Light Work

October 5, 2017

This is a proper 3M job. No. Really. 3M film used on the window of a retired 3M executive’s home. (that sounds like a nursing home just for ex-3M people. It’s not. It’s just the guy’s house)   Kitchen nightmares He had a beautiful Lantern Light fitted into the roof of his kitchen. He wanted…

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Problems with Penthouse

September 28, 2017

No – not the magazine of the same name… To be honest if you’ve got problems with that (pages stuck together or something) we probably can’t help much. But we can help when it comes to penthouse apartments. Cambridge blues… The top floor of a residence in Cambridge was experiencing big problems with heat and…

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School Safety: Get your glass checked!

September 22, 2017

Kids and glass don’t mix. Fact. Are you sure the glass in your school is safe? You can’t afford to be in the dark. Durable’s Glass Audit service gives you peace of mind. The danger is very real.  Check out this article from the Eastern Daily Press http://tinyurl.com/jv42m7u Norfolk headteachers have been told to check the…

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Blinded by the light…

September 18, 2017

Is the sun shining through your windows a problem?   At this time of the year the last throws of the summer sun can be quite strong – and as it is lower in the sky, it can be shining directly into your workplace – rendering computer screens hard to see and making life uncomfortable…

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What a Team!

September 8, 2017

We’re Solar Gard’s Featured Partner! The Durable team assembled for the news … After winning the coveted ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ we have now been announced Solar Gard’s Featured Partner. We have a long-standing relationship with Solar Gard and an unequalled commitment to window film. They wanted our unique team to tell our story – our…

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10 ways to stay super-cool in your office

August 31, 2017

Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street. Well that may be so – but we remember the video for Mick and David’s version of that song and to be honest we’re not sure it’s the best idea. Certainly not in those trousers anyway… However – when the sun beats down…

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Hot – but not bothered…

August 25, 2017

How do you cope with summer sun belting in through your office window? Well – You can turn up carrying a paddling pool under your arm, wearing your cozzy, flip-flops and shades. But if you really want to beat the heat – and work in comfort – Window film is the answer. There’s a mountain…

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Turning 50 – but no signs of slowing down

August 21, 2017

Ok, so we’re nearly 50. Well – our blog posts are anyway. But there’s no sign of us slowing down, having a ‘mid-life’ crisis or going grey. No – our blogs are just as fresh, informative and current as ever. We’ve had a sneaky look back over the last year just to remind ourselves what…

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Can’t stand the heat

August 15, 2017

Eddie Cochran famously lamented that there “Ain’t no cure for the summertime blues”… …But was he right? Is there a cure?     We think so. Window film. Simple. Effective. Economical. The perfect solution to solar heat and glare issues in your workplace. Hot in the office When you’re way too hot and uncomfortable at…

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Hot in the City

August 3, 2017

Billy Idol was singing about that in 1982. And it was. Hot. And not just in the City – but in the office, factory, warehouse, conservatory, school room, college, recording studio, Jacuzzi-in-the-back-of-a-Limo – pretty much everywhere!     That same year Calypso star Arrow released ‘Feeling Hot Hot Hot’. There’s obviously a theme here… Singing…

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Don’t sweat it…

July 28, 2017

Beach weather – but you’re melting like ice cream in your workplace. Window film is the answer. It’s your mid-morning break, but the tea is not the only thing steaming. Office temperatures are soaring. Your air-con (if you have any) is struggling to cope and employees and customers are feeling the heat. You were hoping…

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Is your glass safe?

July 24, 2017

The dangers of overhead glass… Read this article from the Evening Standard: Builders ordered to pay £15m after shards of glass fell 18 floors and shattered onto City workers. Builders responsible for an accident in which shards of glass rained down on the street from a City office block have been ordered to pay almost…

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Too hot in your office?

July 24, 2017

Summer temperatures can make office work a tall order. Particularly in buildings with many windows, large areas of glass or high rise. As Britain swelters – with thermometers creeping up towards 30C plus in the last few weeks, – anyone with south facing windows or large areas of glass frontage in their workplace or office…

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Durable help Man City keep Etihad safe

July 24, 2017

Take a look at the recent article in the Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/manchester-city-install-anti-shatter-9838178 Manchester City ‘to install anti-shatter glass’ at the Etihad in bid to make ground bombproof. Completed on time and on budget Durable recently installed safety window film to premier league football club Manchester City’s Etihad stadium. As the oldest window film company in Europe…

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Glass safety checklist

July 18, 2017

How can you be sure all the glass in your building is safe? There are many potential problems with glass windows and doors – what are they, and what’s the best way to deal with them? Durable’s Glass Audit is the answer. And to help, we’ve put together a handy checklist. [Download the PDF here]…

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How safe is the glass in your school?

July 4, 2017

Hey, Teacher – don’t leave those kids alone. Hands up if you know how safe and compliant your glass is… Are you sure the glass in your school is safe? With children and colleagues at risk – you can’t afford to be in the dark. Durable’s Glass Audit service gives you peace of mind. Comfortably…

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Effects of summer sun in an educational environment

June 23, 2017

Glaringly obvious: The overlooked cause of some bad grades that may be staring you in the face… When it comes to controlling heat and glare through your windows, solar control window film really is the most complete solution.  No Question. Lessons in efficiency Science It’s not just ‘sticky plastic film’! Window film’s hi-tech composition make…

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Too hot at school?

June 15, 2017

 Hot desking – no fun in the sun. Don’t sweat it! Window film keeps you cool in the classroom. Students of all ages can really struggle this time of year, trying to concentrate in rooms where the windows turn the environment into little more than a greenhouse. It’s not very conducive to learning, it’s unhealthy,…

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Are you melting in the conservatory?

June 9, 2017

  The perils of heat & glare through your windows A quick look at the best defences against the negative effects of the sun If you have a conservatory, large picture windows, patio doors, a south-facing aspect or are just lucky enough to live somewhere that gets more than its fair share of the sunshine…

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Window Film. It’s not rocket science…

June 7, 2017

At Durable we know a lot about history. We should – we’ve been around for most of it. In 1969 when the Apollo 11 space mission was putting Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon the window film industry was in it’s infancy. Woodstock happened the same year. But we were far too busy…

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Cost Comparison: Window Film vs Blinds, Air-Conditioning and more…

May 24, 2017

Summer’s here. Sun is belting down. Time to make the most of your conservatory. But it’s too hot, and the glare in your eyes is unbearable – basically it’s too uncomfortable to relax and make the most of the weather.     So – what do you do? There are several approaches you can take…

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Top 3 ways to prevent sun damage

May 15, 2017

Protect your fine fabrics, furniture and artwork from harmful UV rays.     Crazy – but as the weather starts to get better and it looks like being a really good hot summer – its also time to start thinking about the destructive power of the sun. We all know that strong sunlight can harm…

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4 Ways To Reduce Glare

May 4, 2017

Relaxing in your conservatory or garden room, reading the Sunday papers in the sunshine, or watching TV over breakfast. Enjoying as much of the lovely weather as you can. But, can you really enjoy it? Reading the paper is hard work with the sun glaring down on you. You can hardly see the cricket on…

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4 Alternatives To Air Conditioning

April 27, 2017

Alternatives to Air Conditioning Spring – the ideal time to make the most of your conservatory. Breakfast, lunch or evening meal – it’s great to be able to relax and enjoy the warming sensation of the sunshine. But, this scenario can very quickly change as soon as the temperature rises a little too much. It…

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A cut above

April 5, 2017

You pop in for a demi-wave – and get a heatwave. Want a perm – but get a tan. Need to cut your hair – but can’t for the glare… Barnstaple College has a lovely hair salon on campus – ideal for getting student-discount-rated barnet reworkings. BUT…   The budding Sorbies, Clarkes, Friedas and Sassoons had…

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Blast off!

March 7, 2017

With heightened security a hot topic – particularly at airports – it’s not surprising that Durable have been busy at several London airports recently installing bomb blast protection window film.   For passengers, staff and public the constant possibility of some kind of terrorist threat is an unpleasant but unavoidable fact. So the desire for…

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Blow Up

March 1, 2017

Classic film. An art classic from 1966 ‘Blow Up’ was Michelangelo Antonioni‘s portrayal of a fashion photographer (played by David Hemmings).     Loosely based on several themes – including the life of ’60s celebrity photographer  David Bailey and with a great score by Herbie Hancock – it is still a cult classic.     It’s all a bit ‘Swinging…

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Awards Season…

February 21, 2017

It’s that time of year again. Awards. BAFTA’s, OSCARs, – there’s loads of ’em. Celebrating the great and the good in the film world. Well – We’ve won one! Yes. Durable have won a prestigious award. And it’s a biggie. We have had the honour bestowed on us of The Solar Gard ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’….

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So true

February 13, 2017

True Was the title of the classic 1983 Single by Spandau Ballet from the album with the same name. It was number one in the UK and the band’s only major hit in the US. It was also a hit in 20 other countries.   Not bad.     But Truevue – a window film…

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Dedicated followers…

February 6, 2017

… of fashion. …was a song by the kinks. https://youtu.be/tqXrAHuLksU BUT – in the 2001 film ‘Zoolander’ (and it’s sequel out last year) the art of remaining fashionable at all times was elevated to new levels. Fashion. Turn to the left. Lyrics from David Bowie’s (rip) 1980 single. David was in the original Zoolander too…

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Putting others in the shade…

February 1, 2017

50 shades of tint With the film ‘50 shades darker’ following on from the success of the original – we thought we’d revisit the concept ourselves. No doubt about it – whether its designer sunglasses or the windows of top notch cars – shades look classy. Vehicle tinting has always played a part in the…

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Shattered…

January 17, 2017

In 1978 the Rolling Stones brought out the album ‘Some Girls’. It featured many classics, including ‘Miss You’ and ‘Respectable’ – but the track ‘Shattered’ has a special place in our hearts. They were obviously referring to Spontaneous Glass Breakage – and we thank them for that. Spontaneous glass breakage can be expensive and dangerous…

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Die Hard – a lesson in safety & security glass

December 22, 2016

Our favourite Christmas film. It’s got everything. Including a lot of broken glass!   Dead bodies get thrown through glass, John McClane shoots loads of it, The Baddies shoot even more of it, and then FBI Helicopters shoot even more. It gets everywhere. John’s poor feet get ripped to ribbons. He even swings into a window…

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High plains drifter

December 20, 2016

The 1973 film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. It is set in a remote town high up in the hills with nothing much to do but go to the saloon. “I don’t suppose any of you boys are needin’ any window film round these parts?” It’s a classic. A drifter rides in and turns everything…

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Smokin’ !

December 12, 2016

Privacy, security and jaw-dropping looks! We’ve all done it. Accidentally put on a cursed African mask and been transformed into a green lunatic. No? OK, probably not – but we have all experienced situations where you don’t want to be overlooked, where you’d like a little privacy, to stay away from prying eyes, unwanted attention,…

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Cold as ice…

December 5, 2016

The band Foreigner sang it 40 yrs ago. It’s still true today. Winter weather – it’s as cold as ice. And we are willing to sacrifice our love of our cozy warm office to come out and survey your windows, and install some spanking new 3M Thinsulate climate control film. Don’t sit there freezing, numb…

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Ice, Ice baby…

December 1, 2016

It’s freezing out there at the moment! 1st of December and – WHAM – sub-zero cold and winter has properly arrived. Its like being in the Arctic. It can be so cold its like being trapped under the ice underwater or something. …and your windows could be making things even colder! Your home or workplace have…

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Warmer Winter views…

November 18, 2016

3M Thinsulate Climate Control Window Film Insulate your windows at a fraction of the cost of replacing them. Insulation for windows Increase Efficiency Insulate your windows at a fraction of the cost of replacing them. Upgrade your existing windows – even double-glazed – to be more energy efficient by improving their insulation value. 3M Thinsulate…

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Glaringly obvious…

October 11, 2016

Sunshine. We love it. Don’t we…? Not when it’s right in our eyes or bouncing off our PC screen we don’t! This time of year the sun can still be pretty strong, and because it’s lower in the sky – it can make glare an even bigger problem than it was in the summer.  …

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Are your windows a horror story?

September 27, 2016

Unprotected glazing can leave you exposed to break-ins, unscrupulous or opportunist thieves, unwanted prying eyes and a host of potential problems that you could just do without… Whilst we don’t want to be scaremongers and worry you unduly – windows, doors and other glazed areas are weak spots in any building. Business or at home. Even…

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The Shining …!!!

August 31, 2016

Is glare through your windows a horror story? So hot you feel like breaking out? Meet Jack…   He’s not going to let a little thing like extreme heat and glare ruin his day. It doesn’t bother him at all. Why? Because he’s got anti-glare window film fitted by Durable. There was a time that Jack’s…

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Pane of glass falls 200ft from city centre apartment block

August 24, 2016

Check out this article from today’s Manchester Evening News Probe launched after pane of glass falls 200ft from city centre apartment block http://tinyurl.com/h6dcavz Residents say it is just a ‘matter of time’ before it happens again An investigation has been launched after a pane of glass tumbled more than 200ft from a busy city centre apartment…

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Crazy!!!!

August 3, 2016

Check out this article from the Mirror Crackpot safety testers smash 984ft-high glass bridge with hammers – then drive car over it http://tinyurl.com/hgnewcy Volunteers lined up at the side of the walkway ready to smash the panels with sledgehammers to test the strength of the bridge. Brave volunteers and staff took a crack at a glass bottom bridge in…

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Hey, Angela – you need window film!

July 21, 2016

Check out this article from the Guardian http://tinyurl.com/zym7mol Angela Eagle’s constituency office vandalised after leadership bid launch Brick thrown through window of MP’s office following launch of campaign to unseat Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn The constituency office of the Labour MP Angela Eagle has been vandalised following the launch of her campaign to unseat Jeremy Corbyn as…

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Schools told to check glazing after Norwich girl badly injured by glass panel

July 20, 2016

Check out this article from the Eastern Daily Press http://tinyurl.com/jv42m7u Norfolk headteachers have been told to check the safety of glazing in their schools after a girl was hurt when her hand went through a glass panel that did not have a protective film. The accident at Valley Primary School, in west Norwich, happened on April…

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Staff should be sent home if workplace gets hotter than 30C, says MP

July 19, 2016

Check out this article from today’s Telegraph News [Click here for original article] Labour MP Linda Riordan is pushing for a law which would require bosses to send home staff if the temperature in a workplace exceeds 30C, or 27C for those doing strenuous work. As Britain swelters in a heatwave expected to see thermometers…

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Too hot? Stay cool…

July 19, 2016

It’s like the Sahara out there at the moment! And if you don’t have solar control window film – it could be even hotter inside! Durable have a simple, elegant and cost effective answer. BEER. Ok – so probably not really what you need. Although we can get you one if you like. When it’s…

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The sun’ll come out tomorrow

June 24, 2016

But even if it doesn’t – window film can help.   Sunny and hot? You need window film from Durable. (it can reflect the sun’s rays and keep you cool) Dull and cold? You need window film from Durable. (it can prevent heat from escaping through your glass) Air con or heating bills too high? You…

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Are you swooning in the heat?

June 23, 2016

Summer temperatures can make office work a tall order. Particularly in buildings with many windows, south facing or high rise. It’s a bit of a horror story… No need to fear the height of summer – window film can resolve your problem. Take a look at the facts: That’s an amazing reduction and simple and…

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High Noon

June 14, 2016

12 o’clock. Midday. The sun is at its highest. It’s packing heat and it’s a showdown between you and your office windows… Could be you’d rather face the vicious Miller Gang in a gun-fight than deal with the energy-sapping, over-bearing temperature and incessant glare from the summer sun directly through your windows? Or maybe not. Let…

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Beware of cowboys…

June 9, 2016

It’s obvious – whenever you get any work to your building done – you have to beware of the cowboys. They make out they know it all and are proper professionals who’ll do a great job for a great price. But when it comes to window film, if they don’t really know their stuff, it might…

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School Break Time…

June 7, 2016

Being spontaneous is usually looked on as a good thing. Exciting even. But not when it involves children and glass! The phenomenon known as ‘spontaneous glass breakage’ was to blame when the toughened glass balustrade at a new school building decided to break for no apparent reason. Durable were called in and soon indentified the…

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Mad dogs and Englishmen: Life’s a beach…

June 1, 2016

According to Noel Coward only mad dogs and englishmen go out in the midday sun. Peter’s dogs are fairly mad but with the sun glaring down the beach definitely seems like  the best place to be. But if you’re stuck in your office (or conservatory for that matter…) you can be trapped in a hot-house and melting. That’s…

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The heat is on…

May 26, 2016

Getting so hot in your office you feel like running around shooting things? Maybe if Al Pacino had some of our window film installed he’d be less likely to lose his cool. When the sun is shining it’s lovely outside – but inside your workplace can become unbearable. Productivity takes a dive (when temperatures reach 24º…

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Towering inferno…?

May 11, 2016

It can get really REALLY hot in your office, workplace or conservatory when the sun’s out. Particularly if you have a lot of south facing windows. It can be almost unbearable. It can feel like it might burst into flames… Don’t call Steve McQueen – we have a simple and effective solution (anyway – he’s…

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Some like it hot!

May 3, 2016

The Weather is getting better. It’s feeling more like Spring! But does that mean the heat in your office becoming unbearable? Is it becoming too HOT for comfort? There’s no need to remove all your clothing like Marilyn (although some workplaces do have a pretty liberal ‘dress-down friday’ or whatever…!). If the glare of the sun’s rays is…

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Plane to see…

April 25, 2016

  Making glass apparent. It’ll make you see spots before your eyes. We installed just short of 5 kilometres of manifestation dots at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. The combination of two separate light absorbing products in two contrasting colours mean that at night when the dots would normally be harder to see, they illuminate slightly to help…

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Its a dogs life

April 20, 2016

Peter’s dogs being taken for a ‘walk’.   Down on the farm there’s not much need for window tinting on our vehicles. Mostly because they don’t have any windows.   But – if your car or van could do with a facelift, protection or privacy from a quality application of window film – contact us!…

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Have you seen our doors…?

April 7, 2016

  We can do all sorts of doors – great for privacy or manifestation issues. Take these… Centre installed bi-fold doors enabling the room to become part of the large open-plan space when large groups are visiting. However it quickly became apparent that the clear door panels meant the room was no use for private…

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Wuthering the Heights

March 25, 2016

Health and Safety. It’s a right pain. Red tape, additional work, and nonsense. Meetings are announced, questionnaires are requested, and Risk Assessments are rejected because we have – apparently – failed to specify a seemingly inconsequential item we would normally take for granted. But – at Durable we are proud of the awards we have…

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Great with curves…

March 14, 2016

So Your Roof Is Plastic It Curves And You Bake When The Sun Shines Well Durable have a solution that ticks all the boxes Normal solar films that are designed to be applied to glass cannot be used on plastic roves as the film and its adhesive react with the roof material. Until recently the…

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A Film for All Seasons: NEW Thinsulate™ from 3M™

February 16, 2016

Brilliant new technology from 3M – 3M™ Thinsulate™ Climate Control 75 Window Film. A virtually clear window film which cuts out over 50% of heat from the sun during the summer and reduces heat loss in the winter months dramatically. It’s just like having triple glazing! (or double glazing if you have single glazed windows:)…

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Our First Post

February 11, 2016

Welcome to our new website! We’ll be blogging very soon keep checking back for more.

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