Winter is often thought of as a break from the damaging summer sun, but in reality that isn’t at all the case. While we certainly don’t feel the rays as much, the lower angle of the sun in the sky allows easier access through your windows and glass doors. Winter sun actually causes greater damage to walls, artwork, rugs and furniture – especially since folks are more inclined to open up their shades and let the light in. Fortunately, residential window film can protect your valuables from UV rays while still allowing natural light to illuminate your home.
With the beautiful snow this time of year (much more appealing than March snow) no one would admonish the desire to let that glow light up your home. But that “snow glow” can have the same type of damaging effect as that of water reflection at a lake house – walls, moldings, and even ceilings are vulnerable to reflected UV corruption. Since our Panorama films offer top of the line UV protection with high visible light transmission, UV protection doesn’t have to mean closing your blinds and turning on the lamp, or feeling like you live in a pair of sunglasses.
It may seem that you have already missed out on “residential tint season”, but that isn’t the case – most residential film products can be applied in winter weather. But while it could theoretically work out just fine on those freezing days, we prefer to install when the temperature is above 30 degrees. This isn’t just for the comfort of our installers (they are rather resilient) but because the film takes longer to cure in colder weather.
Window film also does it’s part in helping to keep out the cold on those blustery days. One of the Panorama films in the Solar Gard line offers serious insulation value to your window glass as well as highly effective UV protection, helping you save in more ways than one. This can be a extra benefit to areas like western New York where we tend to run our heat all winter and our air conditioner all summer, with only a brief hiatus from the energy bills.
If you have any questions about how residential window film can help protect your home, call our shop any time – we would be glad to help you figure out which film best suits your needs.