When you choose blinds for your commercial space, you have several different options. There are the tried and true older types of blinds, vertical blinds, fauxwood, cordless models and automated blinds also. Comparing the differences and similarities can help you to choose the best of the best for your commercial space.
Uncovered windows appear stark and cold in any setting. For a finished appearance, you need some sort of window treatment in each window. Not only do window blinds have a neat appearance, but they save you money on your air conditioning and heating bills all year round by trapping the air next to the window and not allowing it into your space. Commercial blinds are an investment that pays for themselves in energy efficiency over a relatively short period of time.
Blinds vs. Soft Window Treatments
Soft window treatments are made of some fabric. They include drapery panels, soft valances, and several types of shades. While this may be a popular choice for homeowners, it’s not the best choice for a business. Soft window treatments require more upkeep to keep them looking great. They should be deep cleaned every so often and will need replacing when the sunlight coming in your windows causes them to fade to a dingy color that’s not attractive in the least. Blinds of any type are much sturdier than soft window treatments, and they only need a quick wipe with a duster occasionally to keep them looking like new. Blinds also have protective coatings on them to keep them from fading or changing colors in the hot sunlight.
Mini Blinds or Venetian Blinds
The original blind was named mini blinds, although many people call them Venetian blinds too. Mini blinds are constructed with a headrail at the top to hang them inside your window casing. They also have a bottom rail and slats that are attached from top to bottom with strings. You can open them partially to any height you wish, close them entirely, or open them completely. You can adjust the slats to let as much or as little light in each room as you want to. You have the choice of 1 inch or 2-inch slats in a variety of neutral colors as well as designer colors to suit your taste. The smaller slats look better in modern decor and work best for smaller windows and doors. If your windows are larger, as they usually are in commercial spaces, you will want to choose the wider slats because there are fewer total slats, so they don’t look too busy. This is generally the least expensive of the commercial blinds.
The Beauty of Fauxwood Blinds
Fauxwood blinds are actually an updated version of hard wood blinds. They appear exactly the same with the appearance of beautiful wood grain that is accented by either painting them any color you wish or staining them to match other decorative trim in your office. Fauxwood blinds will withstand heat and humidity to maintain their beauty for many years to come. They won’t chip, crack or warp with the sealant applied to them and they are actually lighter in weight than hard wood blinds. The lighter weight puts less stress on the lifting mechanism, so it won’t break easily. Custom made fauxwood blinds include a fauxwood valance at the top for a finished appearance and the cord is braided for extra strength. The cord lock is constructed with heavy metal and a metal rivet, both of which make this choice very sturdy and long-lasting.
Durable and Dependable Vertical Blinds
Your best choice for large window blinds is vertical blinds. Horizontal blinds will fit any window when they are custom made; however, in larger windows, the mechanism for lifting and lowering them will wear out very quickly from the stress and weight of the blinds. Vertical blinds are manufactured, especially for larger windows, as a durable and dependable option. The attractive 3 1/2 inch slats are heavy duty and are fabricated with no lead additives and they are fire rated for your safety in your commercial space. You can choose from several options in neutral colors, or choose a decorator color of your choice. The stems and self-aligning carriers are unbreakable for a super long-lasting product that you may never need to replace. You also get to decide where the stack will be when you open vertical blinds. The stack is the area where the blinds stack together when you open them. You can have the stack on one side of a large window, both sides of a window or in the center of the window. This gives you complete control over the appearance and how your light control is formed in a room.
Automated Blinds: Innovation for Your Windows
All businesses have some sort of alarm system for their protection. Some of the best systems are a smart alarm system that can be programmed easily. You can add automation to any of your blinds and they will sync with your system already in place. If you don’t have a smart alarm system, you can open and close your blinds individually or in banks or all of them with only a touch of a wall button, remote control or any smart device you have. This makes the best choice for energy efficiency when you have the blinds automatically close to keep the hot sun or cold winter winds out of your office.
This comparison of commercial blinds can help you to make a decision on which of the kinds of blinds will work the best for your particular situation. When you order commercial custom window treatments, you can be sure that they will operate correctly, the fitment is correct, and they are even installed for you. Custom treatments give you all of the control over every aspect of your windows.