Welcome to part 2 of our blog series on Anti-glare solutions. We know, especially at this time of year, that glare coming into buildings can really impact on the space that you have and how you use it. Whether you decide that anti-glare film is a good solution for your workplace, see our first blog for more details, or want to install blinds that can also tackle this problem, we’re here to help.
Excess sunlight often shines through windows facing west or east, subjecting the rooms to the intense heat and glare. Anti-glare solutions ensure that such rooms are protected so that you can carry on activities such as using your personal computer or reading a book. In our previous blog post, we discussed the anti-glare film, so we’ll now focus on blinds as a solution.
Window blinds were first used in the 17th century by monarchs, but they’re also the most common type of covering for windows in the 21st century. Technological advancements have brought about notable changes in the world of blinds, and many traditional styles are being replaced by roller blinds with automated features that allow adjustments using a remote control. Some blinds can even be wirelessly connected to a laptop, allowing you to control them via the personal computer.
Why you might need an anti-glare solution
Window blinds are beneficial for various types of environments, such as offices, educational institutions, healthcare institutions, and apartments. There are many reasons why you might need anti-glare solutions, especially at this time of the year as the sun is lower in the sky. We understand that blinds are a great way to decorate your space, but there are numerous legitimate reasons to get this type of anti-glare solution; they may enhance daily life and productivity at work.
Blinds offer an effective anti-glare solution by helping you in the following ways:
1. Control the amount of light entering the room
You can easily control the amount of light entering the room with window blinds. Whether you need to cover the window partially or wholly, blinds offer the best solution. They also allow you to create a customised feel for your business or office since you can manipulate the light by choosing a variety of colours and fabricated features.
2. Energy efficiency
Window blinds are similar to other window treatments with regards to energy efficiency; they provide insulation by trapping air against the windows. This makes it easier to control the temperature in the room through cooling or heating. Statistics reveal that windows are among the main areas in a building that lead to loss of energy, so the right window blinds will save you money and time.
Blinds allow heat from direct sunlight when it’s needed, but blocks it completely when it becomes excessive. They reduce 45% of the heat in a room, thereby making it energy efficient.
3. Easy to maintain
Unlike traditional curtains, blinds are easier to maintain since you do not need to remove them for washing or cleaning as is the case with curtains. Instead, a soft or damp cloth will effectively wipe off dust. Also, they are strong and durable meaning that you’ll only change blinds when you want to switch your style, but not due to repairs.
4. Maintains privacy
The blinds do not disappoint when you need privacy as they allow light to enter the room without compromising on confidentiality. This is particularly true for companies dealing with confidential tasks that require utmost privacy, for example, psychiatrists. Also, blinds provide an added sense of security because no one will be able to watch you from outside once you lower the blinds. You will enjoy privacy from the prying eyes of any intruders.
Blinds offer a cost-effective way to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your office space. They are available in a wide range of colours at affordable prices, so everyone can choose the shades they prefer according to their budgetary limits. Besides, they’re easy to set up as the installation process only takes a matter of a few minutes. Window blinds effortlessly provide your rooms with an elegant finish at affordable costs.
6. Highly versatile
Blinds are highly versatile because they are fabricated in a wide array of patterns, colours, styles and materials, allowing you to select the perfect choice for your needs. For example, if your interior decor consists of wooden furniture, you can get wooden window blinds for a rustic theme.
Materials commonly used to make window blinds include fibreglass, vinyl, faux wood, plastic, bamboo and metals such as aluminium.
7. Safety precautions
In places with children and pets, such as hospitals and homes, traditional window curtains can be dangerous. This is because of slats and chords that can tangle kids and pets, which can lead to injury or even death. However, window blinds are designed to protect loved ones from any such harm.
Cordless and motorised blinds are becoming increasingly popular since they are easy to install and can be remotely controlled to lower and rise when required.
Different types of window blinds
There are a wide variety of blinds used for total blackout or letting in natural light but filtering out glare. Although the blinds are readily available and are easy to install, the task of selecting the best option for your needs can be complex.
The fabric used is crucial because it determines the durability of the blind and the environment where it is suitable for use. There are four main fabrics used:
1. Dart fabric swatch – It’s strong, durable and easy to maintain because it’s made of fibreglass with a plastic coating. The fabric is designed with a special formula to inhibit the spread of infections, thus making it suitable for the healthcare industry.
2. Eden-daylight fabric swatch – This fabric is mostly used in commercial buildings, such as offices and universities, where there are computers because it prevents glare by allowing you to control the amount of light passing through the windows.
3. Roach fabric swatch – This flame resistant fabric is suitable for use in commercial environments, such as laboratories, where fire hazards are most likely to occur. It also offers protection from the sun’s UV rays.
4. Roe fabric swatch – This is a high-performance fabric designed to control light in office spaces while achieving a classic look. The fabric has a solid texture and has been pre-treated with repellent finishes to prevent stains.
Also, consider the characteristics of the blinds to acquire insight on which type will be apt for your needs. Here are some common types of window blinds available in the market:
This is a practical and classic blind designed for office spaces and educational institutions. The roman blind is fabric-based and horizontally pleated with individual dowel insertions for separating the blind into sections. The cording is threaded through rings attached to the sections allowing you to pull the window blinds up or down with ease.
Depending on choice in pattern or colour, the blinds can add intriguing detail and qualities to a room when drawn completely. It can create a practical yet elegant look. Roman blinds offer more control of light balance when you need other areas in the room to be a bit darker.
These types of blinds are equally popular due to durability and practicality. Roller blinds are perfect additions for rooms with smaller windows. They are connected to the main pole installed within the window space; the fabric is fitted around the pole with the right cording so that you can adjust the blinds downwards or upwards as needed.
Roller blinds with a stiff back lining are designed to filter excess light through the room, thus allowing you better control over the amount of light required.
These are horizontally designed blinds readily available in wood, metal or plastic. The Venetian blinds are comprised of individual slats accurately threaded together with cording that enables them to fit evenly within any type of window space. The blinds can be adjusted in angle and height according to your requirements.
This type of blind is suitable for offices because it creates an executive modern look, but it can also be used in modern apartments and sitting rooms.
The vertical blinds contain attached clips, stringed beading and individual weights. First, the blind panels are individually attached to a fitting on the window. The weights are then inserted for the blinds to hang correctly and the beading is fastened securely in place so that everything is in sync and moves correctly when the blinds are adjusted.
The blinds can be drawn from an angle to provide the required amount of light to brighten up any space or ensure privacy. Vertical blinds are suitable for any type of room.
The fabric-based blinds allow easy adjustments into neat individual folds that move downwards and upwards in the place. Pleated blinds are efficient in toning down the amount of light entering the room, and they come with a lining for blocking excess light in summer.
For enhanced insulation, there are a variety of cell sizes; the more the number of cells in the blinds, the greater the energy efficiency. Pleated blinds require regular cleaning because small insects tend to crawl up the hollow chambers and end up dying there.
Smart blinds are now ushering in a new era of window blinds that adjust automatically according to light, temperature or time of day. The blind has a small device for controlling the tilt mechanism and it can be operated by a computer program or smartphone app. The device is charged by solar energy through a small panel mounted directly on the window.
A final word
Window blinds continue to push on into the future, and they have become the most sought after alternative to curtains. Blinds make it easier for companies to influence their prospective clients and partners by setting the tone of the office and eliminating glare from the sun. When choosing window blinds, consider the environment and other factors such as theme colour, weather season and budget. This anti-glare solution provides additional benefits such as energy efficiency, privacy and easy maintenance.