How to Refresh Your Spaces Using Architectural Finishes

March 27, 2023

In the ever-changing world of architecture, sustainable design has become a top-of-mind goal. As commercial building owners, developers, and homeowners become more aware of their impact on the environment, it is more important than ever that manufacturers and installation contractors offer solutions that support the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The most desirable building materials on today’s market are visually appealing, durable, and eco-friendly.

CoolVu® provides thermoformable vinyl Architectural Finishes and film solutions that transform the look of material surfaces, from walls and doors to cabinetry and furniture, making them look new again. They are easy to apply and can be used for both commercial and residential projects, offering a cost-effective solution for renovating and refreshing any space.

These durable surface solutions can mimic wood grain, stone, leather, metal, and so much more.

Design Solutions that Support Sustainability

First and foremost, Architectural Finishes support sustainable design. Because the surface films can be applied directly onto existing material surfaces, worn and outdated building materials can be reused or repurposed in lieu of demolition and disposal to a landfill. Vinyl and film manufacturers continue to implement more eco-friendly production and packaging processes as well as creating sizes for optimal yield to minimize waste.

By refreshing old surfaces and eliminating the need for demolition, removal, and replacement, surface vinyl and film provide sustainable design solutions that breathe new life into exterior and interior spaces.

Additional Benefits of Architectural Finishes

Architectural Finishes Make Renovations Affordable

Fully renovating a space can be expensive and time-consuming. There is a cost associated with the demolition and removal of existing materials that can cost almost as much as the installation of the new materials. By electing to revitalize or repurpose existing surfaces with Architectural Finishes, the process is quick, easy, and less costly. There is little to no downtime for a business, and installation can be scheduled around traditional business hours.

Architectural Finishes are Durable

Architectural Finishes are not just a sustainable and affordable solution, but also a durable and low-maintenance one. These surface materials are designed to withstand heavy use and high-traffic applications, and their UV protection factor prevents fading or discoloration over time. This makes the films perfect for exterior applications as well as indoor ones, where they can help create a long-lasting and visually-striking outdoor design.

Not only can Architectural Finishes seamlessly imitate the look of organic materials like wood and stone, but they also eliminate the maintenance requirements that come with the real thing. With no special maintenance required, the films are easy to clean with ordinary household cleaning agents.

Architectural Finishes Provide Design Flexibility

Architectural Finishes can be applied to almost any existing material surface. Design collections are available to explore, and range from solid colors to a plethora of finishes that mimic natural materials. This versatility offers a wide range of design possibilities, allowing designers and homeowners to create customized spaces that reflect their unique style. The films can also be easily removed or replaced, making them a flexible solution for clients such as building developers and property management firms who expect to change the decor based on the desires of the next tenant.

 Finish options include:

  • Solid colors
  • Custom designs
  • Metallic finishes
  • Matte or high-gloss finishes
  • Brushed metal
  • Textures
  • Clear protective films

Architectural Finishes Minimize Downtime

Another advantage of using Architectural Finishes is the reduction in downtime and disruptions that are often associated with traditional renovations. Trained installation professionals make installing surface films a quick and easy process that requires minimal preparation or disruption. Because of this, businesses can continue operating while their facelift is taking place without interrupting their services or temporarily closing down. Utilizing surface films also reduces the cost and inconvenience associated with traditional renovation methods.


CoolVu Glass and Surface Solutions include a vast portfolio of Architectural Finishes and Energy Efficient Window Films designed to support sustainable, versatile, and cost-effective outcomes for renovating and refreshing any space. These design solutions are durable, economical, and come in a wide range of options. By reducing waste and encouraging the reuse and repurposing of existing building materials and furnishings, CoolVu is helping lead the way in sustainable design solutions for the modern environment.

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