Mind the doors…

Posted on - April 1, 2021

Where would you be without doors?

You couldn’t get in – or out.

Of course, they do prevent unwanted entry and exit too.

Basically, they are an essential part of everyday life that we all pretty much take for granted.

Protection

Doors are not only a portal but can also be a barrier – which can be a very good thing.

In 2012 we installed safety film to the main entrance of a site to provide protection for staff and visitors – in the unfortunate event the glass be broken – by explosion or accidental impact.

The site accommodates 4500 people – which adds up to a hell of a lot of comings and goings over the intervening period.

If you assume the staff go in and out just once each day – that means these doors have seen over 10 million entries/exits over the past eight and a half years!

And what’s more the film was structurally still in perfect condition.

True – it was starting to appear a little scratched around the handles – but in fairness if you’d been manhandled 10 million times, you’d probably show a bit of wear and tear too.

Not to mention having a very good case for sexual harassment I’d imagine… 

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As you can see from the picture – the doors are back looking as good as new.

Over the years the film has protected the glass from these scratches and other damage – all of which would have been far more costly to repair if the film hadn’t been there.

It’s amazing how something as simple as window film can have such a profound and long-lasting effect on things we just take for granted. 

The added protection and durability in this case providing peace-of-mind, safety and security for years.

More doors

The Doors were an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1965, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore.

They were among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison’s lyrics and voice, along with his erratic stage persona.

Classic tracks include ‘Riders on the Storm’, ‘Light My Fire’, and ‘The End’ – which was famously used as the intro music to Francis Ford Coppola’ film ‘Apocalypse Now’.

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Jim and the boys secure the pinnacle of window film accounts – Kew Gardens. 15,000 panes of glass. It got them Durable’s Sales team of the Year trophy, A Lifetime Achievement Award from the GGF, VIP entry to Nue Valbonne, Caversham, and a box of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk… each.

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Coppola and Duvall discuss team tactics for Durable AFC’s Sunday league game against Reading Horticultural Society – big local derby. Tricky because Nick was out with a hamstring and they had to play Lynn in goal. Lost 8-0.

The film starred Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall and Martin Sheen.

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“I love the smell of window film in the morning…”

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The production took over a year and was plagued with problems including expensive sets being destroyed by severe weather, Brando showing up on set overweight and completely unprepared, and Sheen having a breakdown and suffering a near-fatal heart attack while on location.

Very much like an average year for the Durable team to be honest.

This all reminds me of when we were back in ‘nam.

Woking-nam.

Durable

Good with glass