What’s the best way to reduce glare through your windows?Posted on - March 25, 2019
Everyone loves sitting by a big window — looking out at the world basking in all that natural daylight.
In a work environment it can make the drudgery of the everyday grind that much more bearable.
And when the sun is shining bright it’s the next best thing to actually being out in that lovely weather.
But, can you really enjoy it?
Reading that report is hard work with the sun glaring down on you. You can hardly see your emails with the sun’s glare bouncing off your computer screen. Don’t even think about trying to use projector or TV — squint as much as you like — sunlight streaming through your windows makes it impossible.
It’s an unpleasant fact that at the very time of year the weather improves — glare from the sun renders many workplaces virtually unusable.
The glare at this time of year can be unpleasant, unbearable and unwanted.
It can even adversely affect productivity.
So – what can you do?
You can use blinds of course. They tend to ruin the effect of the glazed environment. You have all those lovely windows and maybe even a great view — but have to keep the blinds pulled right down in order to bear being there at all. It’s not ideal. And can be very costly.
Constantly messing with the blinds so they prevent the glare — but not blocking out all the natural daylight – is a pain. And if they do need to be pulled all the way down, the entire office becomes like a mortuary and it totally the whole concept!
What you’re doing with blinds then is effectively creating an indoor tent, blocking out the view and turning up the heat. But hey, at least you can get some work done now, right…?
Blinds also create a gap between themselves and the glass. Throughout the day the air in this gap will heat up — creating further discomfort and turning the place into a sauna.
Don’t laugh. This is a perfectly reasonable solution to issues of glare. Not only are sunglasses very economical and easy to install, they are stylish, allow for individuals own taste, portable (so can be used in more than one trouble-spot) and are easy to use.
High Tech developments even allow you to use lenses that react to the light — so controlling the glare is automatic.
Simple and effective.
3) WINDOW FILM
Now you’re talking. With this solution you can not only reduce the glare — but also cut out the heat by up to 70%. It’s simple, elegant and cost effective — and doesn’t impact visually or practically on the work space.
Hi-Tech Window Film, professionally installed, prevents the transference of heat through your glass so stops the room heating up in the first place. You don’t need to cool it down — it’s pleasant enough already J
No need to pull the blinds, or splash out on designer sunglasses.
And its not just the spring and summer months that benefit. Window film can help in the winter too — the sun is lower in the sky but can still be very bright and shine directly in to your eyes or line of vision.
4) 3M DAYLIGHT REDIRECTING FILM
A completely new concept from 3M that can be a game-changer.
Window film – with a difference!
This innovative brand-new product allows all the daylight in – but redirects it to where you want it.
Obviously this is a great fix for any glare issues. Instead of the sun blazing into your face or TV screen, it’s simply redirected to, say, the ceiling – or wherever you need it!
But where it really comes into its own is the light it brings into your home or workplace.
Many offices are open plan and quite big spaces. Even with modern buildings where there are lots of big windows (which can cause the glare problems of course) you’ll often find they have the lights on 24/7. It’s just too dark in some areas, particularly far away from the window. There are stark contrasts of shadows too, which can also be troublesome.
3M Daylight Redirecting Film can literally light up your workplace using only the power of the sun. In some areas this can mean you no longer need the normal internal lights on at all!
A brilliant more natural way to light your space, more eco-friendly, and with potential savings on energy bills too.
For more info and 3M Daylight Redirecting Film, call us, email or check our website.
So — to recap:
Don’t be blinded by blinds
Keep the shades for the beach
Basically when it comes to reducing glare in your workplace, window film is head and shoulders above the competition.
Want to know more?
Durable are the oldest window film company in Europe, and are the experts on all glazing issues. Anything you need to know about your glass — ask us.
Window film is relatively quick to install, has minimal impact to surrounding infrastructure and the work can be carried out with minimal downtime.
We can provide a full glass audit too — to make sure all your glass is safe, compliant and fit for purpose.
Durable — good with glass
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