Sun Faded Floors and Furnishings Protected With Window Film

How to Protect Against Sun Faded Floors & Furnishings - Window Film Information

Concerned About Sun Faded Floors and Furnishings?

Furnishing a home can be expensive. From flooring to furnishings, the costs can add up quick. With so much invested, doesn’t it make sense to take steps to protect that investment from sun fading? While we all love open and airy homes with lots of windows, the biggest threat to your floors and furnishings can be right outside those same windows, the Sun. The sun is the primary cause of sun faded floors and furnishings. Most people do not want to sacrifice their views and the open feeling of their home to protect their floors and furniture from the sun, so what can be done?

One of the best ways to attack the primary causes of sun damage and fading is with window film. This article will examine exactly what causes the fading and damage to occur and how window film is a great solution to consider.

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What Causes Sun Faded Floors and Sun Damage on Furnishings?

A common misconception is that UV rays are what cause faded floors and sun damage to furnishings. While they are certainly the largest component, as this chart illustrates, they only account for 40%. Solar heat and visible light are also major contributors, accounting for 25% of the problem. The last factor is comprised of a variety of this we simply put under the heading “Other”. These are things like interior lighting, humidity, etc. This article from Build Direct explains this from the angle of a flooring supplier.

The first thing this chart demonstrates is that you cannot “stop” fading completely unless the item you want to protect in a dark, climate controlled room. In real life, the most you can do is attack the major contributors of fading in a significant enough way to slow down the process. By slowing the process, you extend the life of your floors or furnishings.

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Why Is Window Film a Good Solution?

As mentioned above, most people do not want to “close-up” their home in an effort to stop the damage from occurring. So, assuming the windows will not be covered, you need to attack the factors before they enter the home. Window film is a great option because it attacks all three major contributors of fading. Most professionally installed window films will block 99%+ of the UV rays.

In addition, many window films can significantly reduce the heat coming through the window. 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 these three factors, you can take a large slice out of the pie shown above. This protection can be accomplished while retaining the open feel of your home by using window film.

Now You Have the Tools To Combat Sun Faded Floors and Furnishings

Fortunately, as you’ve learned throughout this article, there are a number of creative and complementary ways to mitigate sun damage and protect your furniture and floors. Window treatments offer a variety of solutions. Blinds and shades allow you to control the intensity and direction of sunlight. You can tilt the slats to block harsh afternoon rays while still letting in diffused light for a bright and airy feel. UV-blocking curtains provide the most comprehensive sun protection, and come in a wide range of styles and fabrics to complement your décor. Beyond window treatments, strategically placed furniture can also play a significant role.

You can also consider rearranging your living space so that sofas and armchairs are positioned away from direct sunlight. For larger pieces that can’t be easily moved, area rugs can provide an extra layer of protection for vulnerable areas of your flooring. By implementing a combination of these simple steps, you can safeguard your investment in your home’s furnishings and flooring, and keep your haven looking its best for years to come.

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