According to the National Fenestration Rating Council®, damaging UV rays and radiation enter homes through windows, fading the home’s furnishings. So even though most people associate UV rays with protecting their skin, it actually means also protecting home furnishings with window coverings.
UV damage occurs more than just during the summer months. In the winter, when the sun is lower on the horizon, the harsh glare and the lack of leaves allows the sun to enter farther into the room. If your home has windows that are not covered properly, your belongings will likely experience UV damage. So you should do all you can to protect against UV rays, regardless of the season.
How to Tell if You Have UV Damage
Three distinct parts make up the sun’s energy:
- Ultraviolet (UV) radiationVisible
- Infrared radiation (IR)
Of the three, UV radiation is responsible for approximately 40 to 60 percent of fading.
The damage done is permanent and is not limited to fading artwork, fabrics, walls, hardwood floors, carpets, and draperies. It can cause fading anywhere the sunlight touches. Pull back the corner of your throw rug, move the painting on the wall, or turn your couch cushion over to see if fading has occurred. If so, it’s time to make a change.
Stylish Solutions From Hunter Douglas
The leader of custom window treatments, Hunter Douglas believes that protecting your valuables from UV rays is highly important. So nearly all Hunter Douglas window treatments filter out at least 75 percent of the sun’s damaging UV rays if they are installed over double-glazed glass windows. What’s more, when the window treatment is fully lowered with the vanes, slats, or louvers closed, protection can be as high as 99 percent. The rating of good to excellent to superior depends on the following:
- Which fabrics and product features it has
- Whether the window covering is lowered, raised, open, or closed
Don’t go thinking you’ll have to totally block your view when you control UV rays. Many products can serve dual purposes. For example, the sheer fabrics of Silhouette® Shadings gently filter out UV rays, glare, and brightness—protecting your furnishings and spreading the severe exterior light evenly throughout the room.
Your home is your biggest investment. Protect your furnishings from harmful UV rays, and keep them looking beautiful for years to come.
Learn More About UV Protection in Brooklyn, NY
Window Treats, Inc. is service-oriented business specializing in custom shades, blinds and draperies. We serve residential & commercial customers throughout New Jersey & New York, including Allenhurst, Brooklyn, Cherry Hill, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Elberon, Englewood, Fair Haven, Freehold, Holmdel, Little Silver, Locust, Long Branch, Manalapan, Manhattan, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Monroe, New Brunswick, Oakhurst, Ocean Township, Rumson, Spring Lake, Teaneck. Contact us for a consultation!