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Furnishing a home can be expensive. Protect your investment against sun damaged floors, furniture and furnishings with home window film.

Sun Damaged Floors & Furnishings – Great Fade Protection

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Added Protection Against Sun Damaged Floors and Furniture 2Many people have been making investments in their homes in these past several years as they are planning to stay put with interest rates soaring. With the investment in home improvement, it only makes sense that you would want to protect against sun damaged floors and furniture. This article is designed to explain the true causes of sun damage and why window films retrofitted to your existing windows can be a good solution.

If you don’t want your new floors or furniture to end up looking like the floor above or to the right, check out the information below.

What Causes Sun Damaged Floors and Furniture

First, let’s discuss what causes this type of fading and sun damage. A common misconception is that the sun’s UV rays are what cause sun damaged floors, furniture and furnishings. While UV rays are certainly the largest component that causes fading, as the chart below illustrates, they actually only account for 40% of the total.

Solar heat, or the heat you feel passing through your windows and the visible light streaming through are also major contributors. These factors account for an additional 25% each of the causes of fading. The last factor accounts for the remaining 10% and is listed as “other”.  It is comprised of a variety of things that are harder to control like interior lighting, humidity, etc.

One thing this chart might help you realize is that you cannot “stop” fading completely. The facts are that unless the items you want to protect are placed in a dark, climate controlled room, they will typically fade over time. However, most of us plan to have the flooring and furniture in a place that will be exposed to UV, heat and light. This being the case, the most you can do is attack these major contributors of fading.

By significantly attacking these contributors, you can slow down this fading process and extend the life of floors and furnishings. With that in mind, one of the best ways to attack these primary causes of sun damage and fading is with window films.

Why Are Window Films a Good Solution to Fading?

As mentioned above, you cannot completely stop fading and most people do not want to “close-up” their home in an effort to stop the damage from occurring. So, assuming windows will not be covered, you need to attack these fading factors before they enter the home. Window films are a great option because they attack all 3 major contributors of fading before they pass through the glass and enter your home.

Most professionally installed window films will block 99%+ of the UV rays, so that is nearly 40% of the factors removed. In addition, many window films can significantly reduce heat coming through the window, so that eliminates part of that 25% piece. Finally, it is possible to block up to 60% of the visible light coming through a window without noticeably darkening the window.

When you combine the overall reduction in these 3 fade factors, you can take a significant portion of the fading pie shown above. The best part is that this protection can be accomplished while continuing to retain the open feel of your home through the use of window film.

We hope this article has served to shed some light the factors of sun damaged floors, furniture and furnishings and how utilizing window film can be one of your best options to address this issue. If you would like more information, click HERE and contact Custom Shade today by calling (417) 823-8715 or fill out a form HERE. We can provide you with a free, no obligation assessment and estimate on the work you are considering. We are based in Springfield, Missouri and proudly service the surrounding area.

Stay Cool & Save Energy! The Benefits of House Window Films

Stay Cool & Save Energy! The Benefits of House Window Films

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Higher Temperatures Expected – How House Window Films Can Help Save Energy

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, a publication known for its long-range weather forecasts, has predicted a hotter than normal Summer for much of the United States in 2024. While their methods haven’t been scientifically validated, the Almanac boasts an 80% accuracy rate on their yearly forecasts.

In addition, consumers should brace for continued high energy costs throughout 2024. While some sources predict a slight decrease in average electricity prices nationally, these may not be reflected in all regions. Coupled with the potential for a hotter-than-average summer, which could increase demand for electricity, many individuals could face higher energy bills in the coming year. It’s crucial to consider energy-saving measures to navigate this period of potentially elevated costs.

Stay Cool & Save Energy! The Benefits of House Window Films - Home Window Tinting ServicesWe recently came across an article in USA Today that detailed 5 ways to cool your home without central air. The article discussed things like using dehumidifiers, fans and other portable AC units, but they also discussed how house window films retrofitted to your existing windows can help.

We wanted to take a moment to summarize what they said about these innovative films and expand on how they can help you have a comfortable home this Summer.

The article mentions that according to the U.S. Department Of Energy, over one third of all sunlight that enters the home is transferred into heat. Therefore, any strategy to help keep your home cooler in the Summer needs to include a way to block this heat. This is where home window films retrofitted to your existing glass come in.

As the USA Today article explains, “A discreet window tint defends you from the sun by absorbing light shining in. Here at Reviewed, we tested window tints in our lab, and we were surprised by how much direct sunlight they block out. As a plus, the tinted film works as another layer of insulation come wintertime.

Gone are the days when energy-efficient window films meant sacrificing aesthetics for functionality. Modern innovation has brought exciting advancements to the market, allowing homeowners to enjoy the benefits of heat rejection without compromising the look of their windows.

Now, homeowners can embrace a new generation of window films that effectively block a significant amount of heat while maintaining a clear, near-invisible appearance. So, you can achieve substantial heat rejection without the need for dark, tinted windows that might not match your home’s style.

Furthermore, these innovative house window films offer an incredibly cost-effective solution compared to replacing your existing windows. They can be easily applied directly onto your current windows, instantly improving their performance and energy efficiency. This translates to significant savings on your energy bills, especially during the hot summer months.

For targeted heat control, you can strategically place the film on specific windows throughout your home. This allows you to address the rooms most impacted by the sun’s rays, creating a more comfortable and energy-efficient living environment. Whether you’re looking for a cost-effective way to improve comfort or simply want to keep your home cool and stylish, window film offers a compelling solution in 2024.

We hope that this article gave you some ideas on how house window films might be able to improve the comfort of your home this Summer. If you would like more information, contact us by calling (417) 823-8715 or fill out a form HERE. We would be happy to discuss this with you and provide you with a free, no obligation quote of implementing a window film product into your Springfield, Missouri area home.