You may not realize it, but the windows you choose have a big impact on whether or not your drapes, furniture and rugs will fade. Over time, due to UV rays from the sun, interior furnishings and carpeting can fade. But with the right level of UV protection on your new windows, you can reduce the chances of this happening, or at the very least slow it down.
Here’s how quality windows with UV protection can preserve your interior’s beauty.
Damaging Effects of the Sun
Constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays will inevitably cause discoloration, fading, and damage to materials such as leather, wood, and textiles over time. But did you know that UV rays are just as powerful on rainy or overcast days? That means the sun doesn’t even have to be out to cause damage. From hardwood floors and walls to photographs and couches, UV rays have a powerful fading capability indeed.
With the right windows, you can:
- Get UV Protection: Harmful UV rays will fade furniture, flooring, and artwork with time. Windows that feature built-in UV protection (low-E glass) will help to safeguard your valuable belongings while preserving their beauty for longer periods of time.
- Reduce Sun Glare: New windows with low-E (low-emissivity) coatings can greatly reduce sun glare yet still encourage natural light to flood the home. This means you can watch TV or eat breakfast without squinting from the effects of glare.
- Increase Energy Efficiency: New windows improve energy efficiency by reducing heat transfer and preventing air leakage, translating to lower energy bills and higher comfort.
- Reduce Noise: Window replacement minimizes outside noise for a quieter indoor environment.
- Enhance Security: New windows have advanced security features such as shatter-resistant glass and multiple locks for peace of mind.
While addressing fading and glare may be your primary motivation for replacing your windows, the above additional benefits make this a worthy investment as well.
Elements to Look For
When choosing new windows, be aware of the following:
- Low-E Glass: This protects your home from damaging UV rays, which not only fade interiors and detract from their beauty, but they also cause skin cancer. Low-E glass basically allows the good light to enter your home while blocking the bad.
- Triple Pane Windows: These are designed to keep 97 percent of the heat inside your home, plus they enhance UV protection which thus reduces the fading and cracking of home furnishings.
- Window Film: You can also install window film on your windows to add further protection from UV rays, with most products being effective against 98 percent of UV rays. This film is not visible from the outside, yet it can preserve the color of hardwood floors, fine art, and carpets.
Contact Amazing Exteriors for Energy Efficient Replacement Windows
For more information about UV protection and window replacement, contact us or fill out our online form for a free quote. You can preserve the vibrancy of your interiors with our Marvin and Infinity windows.