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To Shade or Not to Shade?




How often do you think about the amount of sunlight in your space? We often do not think about how much window treatments can affect our daily life; when they are nonexistent, we can be unaware of the positive effects window treatments can have on our environment.

It’s ironic that the architectural feature which typically takes up the most real-estate on exterior walls is the design feature most overlooked. Windows are often forgotten about when design decisions are being made, but windows and window treatments ultimately affect how the workers and guests experience a space. Windows with little to no treatments can make a space feel very open to nature and allow a plethora of natural light. Although natural views improve one’s health, sleep, productivity, and energy, not being able to control it can cause more harm than good. While trying to concentrate harsh light can be distracting, hot, and uncomfortable. It can also provide an agitating glare. Window treatments are the best method of controlling the amount of light needed in a space and give one the opportunity to adjust throughout the day. Comfortable employees and guests are ultimately happier and more efficient.

Controlling natural light not only enhances the design but also makes the space more energy efficient. By taking advantage of solar heat in cold months, and using effective window treatments for warmer months, we can reduce the strain on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. This provides a positive impact on a building’s carbon footprint and utility bill.

There are many different types of window treatments and deciding which can be right for your space can be tough. Allow us to help:

Shades can minimize solar glare and heat while preserving outside views. Solar shades control light by diffusing it with specially woven fabric ranging in opacity. Cellular shades add insulation to the mix, boosting energy efficiency and dampening the sound in a room. While customizable to fit the desired amount of privacy and light control, pleated shades also help control sound.. All shades can be motorized, automated, or controlled manually and provide an ideal solution for curtain walls or angular windows.

Horizontal Blinds provide durable privacy and light control to a space. They deflect light with horizontally structured aluminum, vinyl, or wood panels. Blinds can provide quality light control on a price-conscious project, and aluminum blinds are also fire resistant. Wood, or faux wood, blinds provide structural stability for a more classic look.

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