Window film doesn’t prevent fading entirely because only 90% of fading is caused by the sun. Breaking that down further, 40% of fading is caused by the sun’s UV light, 25% is attributed to solar heat, and 25% is caused by the sun’s visible light. Other factors including humidity and general wear and tear make up the other 10%. So, while window film cannot prevent fading altogether, it does significantly reduce fading and will increase the lifespan of your furniture, paintings, rugs, artwork, and other valuables.
Why UV Rays Are the Primary Cause of Fading
The sun’s ultraviolet, or UV, rays break down chemical bonds in fabrics and other materials, causing discoloration. Visible light and solar heat from the sun also accelerate fading. Certain objects are more susceptible to bleaching, while others reflect light better so they won’t fade as quickly.
How Window Film Reduces Fading
Window films reduce fading by blocking up to 99.9% of UV rays and reflecting up to 78% of solar heat as well as visible light. By restricting the amount of UV rays, solar heat, and visible light that is transferred through the window, the pace of fading is greatly reduced, so your furnishings continue looking like new for years to come.
The Dangers of UV Rays
UV rays aren’t only damaging to your belongings. They’re also hazardous to your health. They cause premature aging and increase your risk for skin cancer. That’s why the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends window film for residential and commercial buildings as well as automotive tint for your vehicle.
Window film is a great way to add an extra layer of protection to your home or business. With a UV protection film, you won’t have to worry about your furniture or valuables being ruined by the sun. The best part is, you’ll still have lots of natural light coming through the window without all the negative side effects.
If you’re interested in UV protection, contact our specialists at Solar Film for more information.