In April 2019, the New York City Council passed a new emissions regulation that limits the carbon emissions for buildings.
Most of New York City’s building emissions come from heating and air units because the air escapes through leaky windows. So, building owners need to replace drafty windows.
When you replace windows, you need to replace commercial blinds, too. Besides window replacements, there are several reasons why businesses need to replace their commercial blinds over time.
The Role Commercial Blinds Play
Your business space is more than where you work. Whether you run an office or maintain a showroom, the environment has everything to do with productivity or sales.
Light plays a significant role, as do the visual aesthetics of window treatments. The proper blinds allow you to filter light coming through the windows.
This also allows you to control some of the heat transfer coming in and out, thus boosting the efficiency of your commercial space in New York City.
Let’s look at these and other signs it’s time to replace your commercial blinds.
As we mentioned, new windows often prompt the need for new blinds or window shades. The new windows may be a different size. From there, you can decide on the type of commercial blinds or roller shades you want.
For example, you can go with vertical blinds over horizontal, or roller shades. Windows are the first things your customers see when they enter your office or showroom.
Enhancing the appearance by complementing the new windows with new window treatments goes a long way toward keeping your storefront looking sharp.
Regardless of the material, white blinds yellow with age and exposure to sunlight. They also show stains and dirt. If your commercial blinds are showing their age, it’s time to replace them.
Also, you’ll want to update your blinds or window shades if they have faded over the years. You can go with a darker shade if the style of your space permits. Darker colors don’t yellow and also hide stains better than white.
Bent or Broken Blades
Any window covering is susceptible to damage. Mini blinds are more likely to break or bend. If you have noticeable damage to your commercial blinds, it detracts from the overall look of your business space.
Your commercial space will look more appealing with a new set of commercial window blinds.
If your budget allows, upgrade to blinds made of a more durable material like high-quality basswood, especially in any areas that are near people or equipment.
Blinds Become Hard to Lift
Over time, the pull mechanisms inside your blinds break. Other times, the cords themselves fray and give out. Pulling the cords becomes difficult or doesn’t lift the blinds at all.
Not only does this mean that the blinds no longer work, but it becomes a hazard, that could result in injury.
If this is the case, you’ll need to replace the blinds completely. If you know that you will be opening and closing the blinds frequently, you can select a style that’s a bit less susceptible to snags.
Examples are cellular blinds and those made with faux wood materials. Both of those are lightweight yet easy to maneuver. There are also cordless blinds, which eliminates any future problems with cords.
Old window treatments and basic blinds can make the interior of your business appear outdated. They detract from the visual displays and showcases you have set up. If you have offices, dull blinds can make your space seem drab.
Updating your commercial blinds with a style that matches the decor will enhance more than just the window treatments. You’d be giving your commercial space an up-to-date look.
Are Your Blinds Kid-Safe?
As of December 2018, most of the window coverings sold in New York and nationwide will be cordless or have cords too short to be accessible to children. Why? Corded blinds pose a strangulation hazard to children.
In fact, the US Consumer Product Safety list cords as one of the “top five hidden hazards in American homes.”
Even commercial buildings should replace their outdated blinds with cordless or short-corded commercial window blinds. Your business may not cater to children, though it’s always wise to keep safety in mind.
Correct Bad Lighting
The atmosphere in your office, showroom, or other workspace impacts productivity. Business owners often install particular color schemes and layouts to create a comfortable atmosphere for employees and customers alike.
Most of the time, natural light is preferred. The more sunlight is streaming in from the windows, the better. Other times, too much sunlight heats a space, creating an uncomfortable climate.
Also, consider this situation; your work may demand darkness at times. For example, your people may be working with graphic design programs or photography.
Or, they may have a temporary need to darken a room to watch a video presentation. In short, you’ll need to adjust your blinds to either invite natural light or block it.
A solution would be any adjustable blind. For added convenience, you could choose motorized blinds. They allow you to open and close blinds throughout the day as needed.
It’s Time for an Aesthetic Change
We have listed all the practical reasons for replacing your commercial blinds. Though, sometimes you just need an aesthetic change.
Perhaps the business is under new management. Or maybe your company has recently completed a rebranding process.
New window blinds are a subtle way to change your interior design. You may want an aesthetic change to go along with the latest marketing campaign.
A change to your window treatments can make a difference. And, it won’t overpower your company-specific decor or posted marketing materials.
Window Treatment Services
Window coverings specialists are available to assess your commercial space. They can recommend the best options for window treatments, including commercial blinds.
They take into consideration, style, function, privacy needs, and energy-efficiency as part of their services.
Give Your Commercial Blinds a Makeover
Something as unnoticeable as commercial blinds goes a long way toward improving the aesthetic look of your business. It can also aid in improving energy efficiency.
If you think it’s time for new commercial window blinds for your New-York based business, please contact us.