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Leisure Centres - Solar Heat & Glare Reduction

Monday, April 20, 2015

A leisure centre in the south of England contacted Sun-X to solve their glare problem for the swimming pools, and overheating problem for children’s play areas and reception, caused by large expanses of glazing. They had previously tried installing internal blinds, but a blind material does not normally have the power to reflect sufficient heat back through the glass, and merely absorbs the solar energy. The material did this to such an extent that it caused the laminate glass to crack, the large panes of which were extremely expensive to replace.

The only solution was to apply an external solar film, with both high solar reflection, and minimal solar absorption, to ensure the maximum amount of heat could be kept out, with a minimal risk of further thermal cracking. Looking for a long-term solution, the centre accepted the recommendation of an external dark silver reflective solar film, with an impressive 10-year warranty.

A powered access boom was required in order to safely access the windows, which Sun-X operatives are qualified to operate.

The film offers 81% solar energy rejection, 80% glare reduction, and one-way privacy in daylight hours, whilst still allowing a clear view to the outside. The coating has a revolutionary self-healing property - when lightly scratched, molecular layers of the film’s outer skin are shed thereby removing these scratches. The longevity is further enhanced by a special ‘Kynar’ polymer coating which is very resistant to weathering, and also by UV absorbers within the film construction and adhesive.

Sun-X has continued to help solve similar problems for various other buildings for the leisure group to which this particular centre belongs.