With the Sun Higher in the Sky, the Shine of That Commercial Floor Surface Could Become a Bit of a Liability (and There Is Something You Can Do About It)

Cords, Tripping Hazards, and Paying Attention at 24-Hour FacilitiesAs a commercial facility supervisor, you have invested quite a bit of time, money, and energy into making sure everything looks great. The commercial floor surfaces shine. Your maintenance personnel are doing a great job. Now, though, as we head out of winter and into spring, you’re noticing an issue.

Maybe you don’t have complaints yet, but they might be coming soon.

Those complaints might involve visibility issues inside the building. That’s right, if the sun is shining through and the floors are polished extremely well, that can cause reflection on that floor surface, just like a mirror.

Imagine people stepping inside on a bright, sunny morning, and having to shield their eyes because of the way the sunlight is bouncing off the floor and hitting them directly. Most people have a tendency to be looking down while stepping into a building from outside, and that means they are being hit directly by that reflected sun.

What can you do?

You certainly want those floor surfaces to shine, and you don’t have to basically give up everything you’ve invested to keeping the commercial facility looking it’s best. What may be most appropriate is one of two options: to install a window glaze that will cut down on the direct sunlight pouring in or installing shades that can be lowered or raised, depending on the time of day.

If the latter option is chosen, personnel who are responsible for the commercial facility will need to make sure those shades are in the appropriate position throughout the day. For example, if the sun is shining through in the morning at one position, those shades need to be drawn either before clients begin showing up or at the end of the previous day.

They will also need to be raised as the sun gets higher in the sky. The same situation will need to be addressed if the sun also makes its presence known in the afternoon and early evening hours.

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