Window Film: How to Reduce Sun Damage (Fading) to Flooring, Furnishings, Fabrics, and Fine Art
From the time the sun rises in the morning and goes down in the evening, interior design elements (flooring, kitchen cabinetry, furniture, upholstery, and fine art) exposed to direct and indirect sunlight are likely to fade or shift colors more rapidly than interior design elements in areas without exposure to the sun. With daily exposure to the sun, fade damage and discoloration may become more apparent to the naked eye and reach the point where objects and design elements may need to repaired, restored, reupholstered, or even replaced.
Most new homes are built with windows that include Low-E coatings built into the window unit. Low-E (low emissivity) windows are an excellent option for homeowners looking for greater insulating value during cooler months because they retain high amounts of man-made winter heat. However, they may offer very little protection against solar heat gain and Ultraviolet (UV) light infiltration. Some new window options do offer Low-E coatings and high performance against solar heat, but still leave home interiors exposed to UV light and the harmful effects of the sun’s visible light. It is imperative to consider the performance of your existing windows and desired aesthetic when selecting the proper window film to maximize protection against fading.
A Few Household Items that Can Fade over Time
Paper-based materials and objects – artwork, book collections, photographs
Furniture and accent pieces made of leather or fabric
Draperies and window treatments without linings
Rugs, upholsteries, and other furnishings that include dyes and artificial colorants
The Irreversible Effects of Fade Damage
Natural daylight entering your home through windows, doors, and skylights contains damaging Ultraviolet, Visible, and Infrared Light. In the event that it is not convenient to rotate your photographs, artwork, and furniture, Solar Control Window Film and UV Fade Protection Window Film are your best option to filter certain levels of visible and infrared light while rejecting greater than 99% of the damaging UV radiation. Choosing the right window film is one-time investment to permanently upgrade the overall performance of the windows in your home or apartment. Protecting your valuables, sacred objects, and priceless interior design elements from perpetual damage of the sun can be achieved by partnering with Guardian Bastille and selecting from our wide range of residential window film solutions.
Guardian Bastille is a certified partner of Saint-Gobain Solar Gard Window Film and Huper Optik Window Film in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.
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