There’s a host of commonly known benefits to installing replacement windows. You can cut costs on heating and cooling, improve the comfort of your home, increase the available light, and even earn yourself a tax credit. What many homeowners don’t consider is that replacing their windows can also help protect their home’s furnishings. We take pride, place importance, and invest money in items such as our furniture, flooring, and even artwork. It’s crucial to protect these items against fading and damage from the sun’s UV rays. Investing in a quality replacement window will do just that.
Materials such as wood, fabric, leather, paint, and carpet can all fade upon exposure to sunlight. UV rays are the most harmful radiation in sunlight and while factors such as heat, humidity, and visible light do play a part, UV radiation is responsible for at least 50% of fading and degradation. It’s important to keep in mind that regardless of the climate, UV rays are ever present and causing damage whether it’s hot and sunny or cold and cloudy. These harmful rays enter a home through its windows.
If your home has clear, single pane windows, only about 25% of the sun’s damaging UV rays are being reflected. By upgrading to a replacement window with low-e coated glass you will be able to block upwards of 70% of these rays and prolong the life of your homes furnishings. There’s also window film and laminated glass options that block up to 99% of the sun’s UV rays! Window film is a transparent plastic that is adhered to the glass. Laminated glass has a layer of film that is adhered between two panes. Both provide a nearly invisible barrier that filters the sun’s light, blocking the harmful radiation while also allowing a desirable amount of visible light to pass through. Installing a replacement window that utilizes one, or a combination, of these coatings and films will provide a superior amount of protection versus a window with clear, uncoated glass.
One of the biggest factors in deciding to purchase replacement windows is to save money on utility costs. In this day and age, a dollar needs to go as far as it can. UV rays can, and will, cause damage and degradation to your home’s furnishings. By protecting flooring, furniture, and other items in your home you can ensure that you get as much life from them as possible. Invest in quality replacement windows and cut energy costs, improve the comfort of your home and protect your valuables from the sun’s harmful radiation.