Commercial window treatments play an essential role in your business. They beautify any commercial setting, help control indoor climate, and reduce energy consumption. With so many options to choose from, selecting the right style and materials can be complex.
General contractors, interior designers, decorators, and consumers alike find the selection process much simpler after learning the basic features and benefits of popular commercial window treatments. Below, we have chosen the six best commercial window treatments and provided an overview of common uses and benefits of each.
Read on to learn more about solar screens, blinds, shades, shutters, curtains, and drapes for both office and commercial use.
Best Commercial Window Treatments
Solar Window Screens
Window screens help deflect the sun’s rays before they pass through the window to the indoor environment. Window screens also provide additional privacy since people outside cannot see indoors due to the light differential, but you can still see out.
Special note about window tint or film: You may be wondering why we haven’t included window tint or film in this listing. Window tint and film are popular window treatments due to their affordability and heat-reduction capabilities. However, installing window tint or film can void the manufacturer’s warranty on insulated or dual-pane glass. For that reason, typically, we do not recommend this option to customers, especially for commercial window treatments.
Custom, well-designed window blinds add new life and eye-appeal to commercial projects. They come in various options and nearly every price range. Choosing a specific type depends on many factors, including room size, décor, and budget.
Horizontal blinds have horizontal slats. They are available in various materials (vinyl, metal, faux wood, and natural wood, among others) and a wide selection of sizes, colors, and finishes.
Vertical blinds are especially suited to expansive windows and patio doors. They have vertical slats and let you control the amount of light that comes in. The illusion of height they add to a room can also make ceilings look taller.
Aluminum blinds, also called “Venetian blinds,” are classic and affordable. They block light and are highly durable. Aluminum blinds can be customized to suit your style, taste, needs, and budget and are an excellent choice for odd-sized or unusually shaped windows.
Vinyl blinds are ideal for high-traffic areas, high-moisture areas, and rooms where precise light control and privacy are needed. Made of durable polyvinyl chloride (PVC), they come in various colors and textures.
Wood and Faux-Wood Blinds
Wood blinds are very durable and can be custom-fabricated to meet your specifications. Wood and faux-wood blinds give a high-end, elegant look and offer numerous stain and paint color options. Faux-wood blinds, which feature realistic colors and grain patterns, offer much the same look as wood blinds but at a lower price point.
Sheer blinds combine the functionality of window blinds and window shades. With horizontal slats that appear to float between two soft, translucent fabric layers, they let in natural light while providing some privacy and solar heat reduction.
S-Curve blinds are vertical blinds with a gentle S-curve shape. When closed, the S-curve body creates a ripple effect that mimics the look of drapery folds.
The terms window shades and blinds are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Window blinds are constructed of solid, non-translucent materials. Window shades, on the other hand, combine fabric vanes with sheer fabric facings.
Window shades are an excellent choice when you need light control flexibility and want privacy without sacrificing the ability to see through to the other side. Window shades come in various fabric styles and are especially suited to arches, circular and trapezoid-shaped windows, sliding glass doors, and French doors.
Cordless window shades have a modern, clean look and avoid the dangers of dangling strings.
Motorized window shades offer automatic opening and closing along an installed track. Highly convenient, they help create a high-tech, high-style ambience in the room.
Insulating window shades do just as their name implies: they help keep heat out in hot weather months and cold out in cooler months. Some are translucent, with honeycomb-like cells that create insulating air pockets. Others are of the blackout variety, with a layer of aluminum foil inside to reflect radiant heat.
Window shutters add an elegant look and can be customized with just about any finish, paint color, or shade of stain. They are available in many styles.
Wooden window shutters are often made of basswood, a renewable hardwood that is strong, lightweight, and warp-resistant. Other popular wood choices include oak, maple, cedar, alder, and pine.
PolyCORE window shutters are practically indestructible and essentially maintenance-free. They resemble wooden shutters but cost less.
Vinyl window shutters are also very durable and low-maintenance. One style option includes hollow cores to help slow energy transfer, thus lowering your heating and cooling bills.
Window Curtains and Drapery
Curtains and drapery add a classic, timeless look to any room. Both consist of hanging fabric fixtures usually sold in pairs, but the similarities mainly stop there.
Curtains come in a wide variety of standard sizes or can be custom-made to fit all types of commercial projects. Linen, cotton, and silk are popular fabrics for commercial use. Curtains can reach the ground or stop at a higher level, such as above furniture, counters, or kitchen areas and bathrooms.
Drapery is also available in standard sizes but is typically custom-made for a specific installation. Usually heavier than curtains, drapery is lined with additional fabric to increase the light it blocks.
More formal than curtains, traditional drapery styles include side panels or full window coverage. Finishing touches include cornices and valances. For most installations, draperies should reach the ground.