When you are a property manager or owner and you are searching for the best window treatments for several units, they have a tall order to fill. No matter if it is a new building and you need a multitude of window coverings or if you are replacing several older window treatments at a time–you will want to choose an item that works best for you.
Why You Should Use Custom Cordless Blinds for Apartment Complexes?
There’s a multitude of reasons as to why custom cordless blinds work best for all apartment complexes. Customization means that no matter what size or shape your windows are–they will fit perfectly. Cordless options are the only options for apartments as they are a safe product that will not harm small children or pets. Newer types of blinds are available in many colors as well as different materials to give you a lot more choices than in the past.
ANSI Safety Standards Must Be Followed
As of January 12, 2018, The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) announced the approval of a window covering safety standard that is made by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) that requires window coverings both in the United States and Canada to have be cordless or have short or inaccessible cords. This is a safety standard so that young children and pets can’t be entangled in dangling cords and have injuries as a direct result of it from a strangulation hazard. The compliance date is December 15, 2018.
There are some exceptions such as having shorter cords for the elderly or persons who are short or window treatments in hard to reach places. Although each of these situations can be rectified by the use of motorized blinds to comply with safety standards.
It’s in the best interest of all apartment complexes to have cordless window coverings in order to avoid any type of lawsuit that could arise from injuries to a person or a pet. Personal injury lawsuits can be very expensive indeed and you should avoid them at all costs.
The Challenges of Apartment Complexes
Apartment complexes do have their own distinct challenges when it comes to choosing window treatments. It’s best to have custom window treatments because there are no “standard” sized windows. Custom window treatments are made to order to your exact specifications so they fit the windows perfectly without having extra material at the bottom in a big bunch on the windowsill when the blinds are closed entirely. Blinds that are the correct length will also last longer as the slats are less likely to become tangled and then become hard to raise on a level basis.
Most apartment complexes are multi-family living spaces with people of all ages including children. Window coverings should be on every window in an apartment including a sliding glass door that often leads to a small private patio for each apartment. The great thing about cordless blinds is that you can use the horizontal blinds for any size or shape windows that you may have. When you order custom made blinds, they will even fit specialty shaped windows perfectly. On the larger expanses of glass, such as a large picture window or a sliding glass door, you will benefit from choosing cordless vertical blinds. These are made specifically to take the stress and weight off the raising and lowering mechanism, sot they will last for many years to come before needing to be replaced. Using a horizontal blind on a large window or door places the entire weight of the blind on the lifting mechanism, causing it to malfunction prematurely with the need to replace it sooner. You can easily avoid this extra expense with vertical blinds.
What are Custom Cordless Blinds?
Custom cordless blinds are custom made to the exact measurements to properly fit all of the windows in your apartment complex. They are the perfect height and width so that they fit snugly inside the window frames to give full coverage with very little light seepage around the edges. When closed entirely, blinds will block all views from the outside to the inside for privacy and for security, so that people outside can’t see the belongings inside the apartment.
The cordless functions very easily for all apartment tenants. To raise and lower horizontal blinds, you merely grasp the center of the bottom rail and raise them up or lower them down to any position you wish. A tilting wand is attached on one side to turn so you can tilt the vanes at any angle to get some light inside without full light and heat gain in the summer. This allows you to have light directed up at the ceiling to have some light while still not allowing passersby outside to see any of the tenant’s electronics or other valuable items inside the apartment.
What are The Different Types of Custom Cordless Blinds?
Custom cordless blinds are available in a few different types: Venetian blinds, mini blinds and vertical blinds are the most common used blinds for apartment complexes and office buildings of all types.
Venetian blinds are the most common. They have horizontal slats that are wider than one inch wide and the slats are connected by a rope cord or tapes, which are cloth strips. They have slats that stack together at the top of the window when they are fully raised.
Mini blinds are constructed in the same manner as Venetian blinds and they look pretty much the same except that the slats are narrower and are usually one inch or less wide. They also function in the same exact manner as Venetian blinds.
Vertical blinds have vertical slats from the top of the window down to the bottom. They operate by sliding along a track that is mounted above the window or sliding door that they cover. You simply push the slats to one side or another to open or close them to the level you want.
What Types of Materials are Custom Cordless Blinds Made From?
Cordless custom blinds can be made of three common materials that are used to fabricate the slats: plastic, metal and wood.
Plastic blinds are the most common because they are less expensive and very easy to replace if need be. Plastic blinds are available in many different colors, but they are less durable and sturdy than metal and wood blinds. It is pretty easy for young children or pets to bend, snap or make the blinds fall down and they will require replacements more often over time than their counterparts.
Metal blinds are resistant to moisture and are more durable than plastic blinds. The smaller slats are actually thicker than the larger ones to make them a more durable choice for apartments. They come in many different finishes and can be used in any space.
Wood blinds give you a refined and uniquely polished appearance. They are heavier in weight but also available in faux wood, which is much lighter and more durable. Faux wood blinds won’t warp, break, fade or peel even if they are down and have full sunlight on them for most of the day. Faux wood blinds are moisture resistant too, making them a great choice for laundry rooms, kitchens and bathrooms that may have moisture due to hot water usage. Faux wood blinds are often used in more upscale and larger apartment complexes.
Benefits of Custom Cordless Blinds for Apartment Complexes
When you are selecting window treatments for an apartment complex, it is easiest to select a style and design that will never be outdated. Cordless blinds are timeless and durable to last for many years.
Many apartment dwellers are younger in age and have small children. Renting an apartment is necessary until they can gather enough resources and gain good credit scores to enable them to buy a house. In the past, older types of horizontal blinds had cords on them that hang down and children could strangle themselves with the cords. That’s the beauty of cordless blinds–they are childproof to protect the little ones in an apartment. Many younger couples are more diligent than ever when it comes to protecting their children. Anyone with a small child would much rather rent an apartment with cordless blinds, as they see this as a big upgrade to traditional corded blinds and in some cases it could rank high enough to make your apartments their number one choice when it comes to rentals. It also helps to spread good news about your apartment complex to other young couples with children who are safety conscious. After all, word of mouth is the best advertising you can get.
An Affordable Window Treatment
When purchasing window treatments for an apartment complex that is new, or updating window treatments in an apartment complex, it will be for a considerable amount of windows, at the very least, one per apartment. This can run into quite a bit of cost. The custom cordless horizontal blinds are a very affordable option for you in all cases.
Super Durability in Window Treatments
Without the need to replace cords, there are fewer mishaps with cordless blinds. The cord is not only a safety risk, but also it was continuously being tangled, then when someone would try to open or shut the blinds they wouldn’t travel upward or downward levelly. This can lead to more tugging on the cord and possibly damages to them. The cordless version is much more durable, as it uses a tilt control wand that is made to handle heavy usage. The cordless blinds head rail is made of designer steel for durability and sleekness on aluminum blinds. The bottom rail is made of roll formed metal to be durable as well.
Versatile Window Treatments
Custom cordless blinds are popular in apartments due to their versatility. A renter can add other window treatments on top of the blinds to fit their interior design style easily. They may add just a fabric valance at the top or they can choose fabric window treatments that cover the entire window if they wish. All renters enjoy knowing that they can close the horizontal blinds for privacy purposes and to shut out the sunshine, thereby reducing their heating and cooling costs.
Ease of Operation of Cordless Blinds
Modern cordless blinds are super easy to operate at any age. To close the blinds, you simply grasp the center of the bottom rail and slowly pull it down. To open the blinds, you lift the rail upwards and you can lift it up to partially open them or open them entirely without any effort. The twist wand on the cordless blinds twists left and right to open and close the slats at any desired angle to let filtered light, full light or no light inside.
Custom Fit Window Treatments
When it comes to commercial window treatments, one size does not fit all. Apartments have different sized windows in both width and length from each other and many times have different sizes within one apartment. It all depends on how they were constructed. Cordless blinds are custom window treatments that are cut to the specific size needed, so they are guaranteed to fit any windows you have in an apartment complex.
A Noise Dampening Feature
When the blinds are closed in an apartment, it dampens the sounds from outdoors on the inside and inside noise to the outside while giving renters a sense of security. Apartments all have some units that have windows facing the parking lots. Renters enjoy the ability to close the blinds and keep the noises from cars out as well as the headlights at night. In turn, apartments with children tend to be a bit louder and closing the blinds can keep some of the sound inside so it doesn’t bother other tenants.
Advantages for Apartment Complexes
In the middle of the dog days of summer, renters will close their blinds to use less energy so their bill will be lower. This is also true when old man winter is around. Horizontal blinds are energy efficient in that they hold the hot or cold air next to the window when closed to decrease on heating and cooling costs. This in turn helps the entire complex because the air conditioning and heating units will not be used as much and in turn, each will last many more years without the need for repairs or replacements. This can save an apartment building a considerable amount of money per year that they won’t need to spend on these items.
When tenants have their blinds closed when they are away at work, it prevents anyone from seeing inside their apartment and may lessen the likelihood of theft. This can save your apartment complex money and time by not having to replace windows that are broken.
Closing the blinds to block out the light helps to lengthen the life of your textiles in your apartments. Bright sunlight shining constantly on the carpet will first start to fade the color and then begin to break down the texture. At this point, the carpet is easy to tear because it becomes thin. Blinds can make the carpeting last much longer in all of your apartments.
Custom cordless blinds for apartment complexes have the most versatility, durability and affordability that you can find in any commercial window treatments. They are child safe and have many benefits for both the tenants and the apartment complex.