the UK the summer seems to be relatively short and unpredictable
in terms of how many truly sunny days there’s
likely to be. The generally changeable weather means that
there are many days throughout the year where the prevailing
temperature may even be low but the levels of glare from the
sun are high. This can cause uncomfortable conditions at home
or in the workplace, but in either it’s not always easy
or practical to completely block out the glare. There are
a variety of different options to consider.
Curtains can offer somewhat of
a ‘blanket’ solution to the problem although
traditionally in many UK homes there are 2 layers to curtains
– the net curtains and the outer curtains. Net curtains
vary widely in design, thickness, how much visibility through
them they allow, and how much necessary light they allow
in to the room. Even relatively thick and patterned net
curtains can allow some glare and the associated heat into
the room. The outer, thicker curtains often need to be pulled
partially across to block out the glare, but this can decrease
light and visibility in other parts of the room and isn’t
really a practical or safe way of dealing with glare.
Where roller blinds (and Roman
Blinds) are concerned, dealing with glare could involve
pulling the blind down a long way. This may be a case of
throwing the baby out with the bath water in terms of reducing
glare as the whole room can be darkened as a result.
Horizontal blinds can be angled
to deal with glare although closing the slats almost completely
can seriously reduce the ability to see out.
Modern wooden window shutters have
moveable slats built into them and these can be angled to
reduce glare and heat. Shutters however can be one of the
more expensive options in window coverings.
blinds provide an effective all round solution. The
long wide vertical
blind slats sit back away from the window thus allowing
a gap where the heat can be contained behind the slats
when the sun is strong. The vertical
blind slats can be angled to the perfect position for
the conditions to allow plenty of light into the whole room
and yet to cut out any excessive glare and heat. The width
of the slats
ands the fact that they are set back from the glass mans
that you can see out and maintain a high level of privacy.
can be surprisingly economical and fast solution to the
problem of glare from direct sunlight.
In summary, you can see there are a lot of choices and may
be a few more than you had thought of.