Why Consider Installing Impact Windows with UV Protection?
The sunlight in South Florida is fantastic when sunbathing on the beach or bike riding through the Keys. But it’s not so great when it’s beaming through your home or office windows, and onto your new furniture and artwork. That’s why UV protection for windows is so important.
As the experts in window UV protection, Signature Impact Windows & Doors in Miami also knows how to keep harmful sun rays from ruining and aging your hardwood flooring. Sun protection for windows can also help reduce costs of cooling your home by reversing infrared radiation away from your home’s interior.
What is Windows UV Protection?
UV protection for windows at home is a necessity, not a luxury. When considering all of the adverse effects of UV exposure, it’s no wonder why homeowners are flocking to install glass windows with UV protection. UV exposure is measured by the UV Index developed by the US National Weather Service and the Environmental Protection Agency.
On a scale from 1 to 11+, your risk of UV exposure and sun damage is evaluated, and included in weather forecasts around the country. The higher your risk, the greater the chance you have of contracting skin cancer (and other sun-related issues). In addition, protection from too much sunlight entering a home or building will help to reduce color fading on furniture and floors. And it will also help to protect expensive equipment.
There are several factors that impact UV exposure you may not be aware of:
- The time of day has a major impact on the strength of UV rays. In fact, in the middle of the day (between 10 am and 4 pm) is when these rays are the strongest, and most dangerous.
- Seasons. Another influential factor is the season. Naturally, UV rays are strongest during the summer months, unless you are near the equator. Your distance from the equator will either intensify or lesson UV ray strength.
- Elevation. If you’ve ever hiked up a hill in the middle of the day, you probably noticed that the sun is more intense the higher you climb. That’s because UV rays increase in intensity with elevation because they reach the ground more quickly.
Also, don’t be fooled by cloud cover. Even on a cloudy day, strong UV rays can easily make their way through; causing sunburns and other skin damage. Lastly, UV ray reflections can be just as intense as direct sunlight. When reflected off of snow, water, pavement, and glass, UV rays can still be damaging.
What’s the Solution to Reducing UV Exposure?
There are several solutions for reducing UV exposure from the sun to your person that you are already very familiar with. Using hats, sunscreen, umbrellas, special clothing, and avoiding sun lamps are all great ways to protect yourself from harmful UV exposure. However, the inside of your home or commercial building is a different story.
Again, the South Florida sun shining into your home or building will not only increase your energy bills, it will also quickly destroy furniture and other items. Unless you plan to completely cover these items (or routinely replace them), glass windows with UV protection are the best solution.
Impact-resistant glass is specially made to protect from UV rays while maintaining natural sunlight. It’s made up of two panes of glass sealed together with a uniquely designed interlayer providing extra strength protection.
There are other options that include installing a UV protecting film to your windows. Although this low-cost solution may work, you may lose a significant amount of natural light. And you won’t have a warranty. Hurricane resistant windows not only allow natural light to pass through while protecting you from harmful UV rays, but provide a warranty. These windows also increase a home or building’s value. Additionally, windows with UV protection will be installed by seasoned local window experts committed to superior customer service.
Find out More About Installing Windows with UV Protection
If cost is an issue, worry no more. With 100% financing options, impact window installation is much easier. And you can rest assured that you will have maximum protection from harmful elements all year round. Find out more about installing impact windows with UV protection. Request a quote online or give Signature Impact Windows & Doors in Miami a call today at 305-912-7493. We’ll be able to answer all of your questions and get you started right away.