Controlling light and glare at large windows is a major concern for homeowners in sunny climates, but it is even more important in commercial buildings. Effectively minimizing heat gain and loss is also an important consideration. Managing the light in classrooms and educational surroundings is especially important in order to maximize the effectiveness of the learning environment.
As important as “daylighting” is to maintain a connection with the outside world, “nature” is sometimes a distracting influence. Not only classrooms, but cafeteria spaces, libraries, gymnasiums and auditoriums may need to control the amount and quality of light. Teachers may need to lower opaque window shades in order to “engage” students effectively. Use blackout window shades to make the use of electronic teaching aids or video presentations easier.
Tailor the Treatment to the Need
In our area of southern California, no firm is better equipped than Arjay’s Window Fashions to help both residential and commercial customers find the right solutions. As a leader in the field of specialty and custom window coverings since 1975, we possess the knowledge born of experience, and our knowledgeable staff will help guide your choices.
Block Harmful Rays
Solar film blocks harmful UV light and is virtually a necessity in modern schools and universities, not only to protect vision, reduce glare and add comfort to the surroundings, but also to prevent damage to furnishings and fixtures. Artwork, musical instruments, lab equipment and technical material can be damaged easily; and extremely bright light is not necessarily conducive to a relaxed learning environment.
Filtering light by use of a solar screen window treatment is an attractive and cost-effective way to deal with light control in an individual classroom. The instructor can easily make manual adjustments, with options to leave windows totally uncovered, to partially control the outside view or to darken the room totally if necessary. Depending upon the choice of material, a shade or roller installation may be purely functional, or it can add an attractive design element in a multi-purpose room.
Think about Ease and Safety
In large spaces or multi-purpose rooms, such as a cafeteria that is also used as presentation or performance space, motorized installation is a practical solution. High windows, skylights or oddly-shaped fenestration almost always require motorized controls. Change the look of the interior environment depending on time of day, season or functional need with s simple touch of a button. In addition, motorized controls also make it easy to close the room or the building at night, adding a level of security to the space.
Safety is a vital consideration for any sort of school window covering. Fire-resistant and non-toxic materials are minimum requirements; also consider control mechanisms such as chains or cords that might pose hazards, and ensure that installations are secure enough to withstand repeated use without failing.