One of the things many people look for when buying a home is how much natural light the rooms receive. There is something nice about a bright, sunny room, it’s true. A lot of natural light can be a great thing. When it comes to a lot of direct sunlight, though, that’s another story. Direct sunlight can end up doing a lot of damage to your home, and that damage can cost you a lot of money. It’s one of the reasons that many people are turning to residential window tinting as a solution. They know that the investment in window tinting can end up saving them a lot of money (and a lot of heartache!) later on. If you are struggling with the damage being done to your home by the sun, it’s time to explore your window tinting options.
What the Sun is Doing To Your Home Furnishings
You know that the sun can be damaging to your skin. That’s why you smear on layer after layer of sunscreen when you go outside. The sunscreen helps to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, which contain UV radiation that can cause sunburns and even cancer. That’s the same stuff that’s damaging your home furnishings. UV rays, as well as infrared rays, can enter your home through your windows and end up fading items and ruin their appearance. The items that are in the most danger include your upholstered furniture, your rugs, your hardwood floors and your artwork.
If the sun is allowed to hit the fabric of your sofas, chairs, or cushions, they can end up dramatically fading anywhere the sun touches. Fading patterns are rarely even, as pillows, throws and other objects that remain stationary on the couch protect it from the sun damage. When those items are moved, though, the damage because apparent.
Fixing the damage: One of the only ways you can end up fixing the damage done by the sun to your furniture is having it reupholstered or redyed, neither of which is going to be a cheap project. There are professional furniture restoration experts who can help mitigate some of the damage, but it’s unlikely that your furniture is going to be able to avoid repairs of some kind.
Rugs are one of the items most commonly damaged by the sun’s rays. That’s because they are on the floor in areas where sunlight is most likely to reach, in front of windows and doors. Sadly, it’s the more expensive rugs that are more at risk because of their natural fibers and dyes. That means you could end up investment in a gorgeous rug only to have it ruined by sunlight coming into your home.
Fixing the damage: When it comes to rugs, you have limited options to repair the damage done by the sun. In some cases, you may be able to have the rug redyed to give it a more even appearance. In most cases, though, it’s going to be a matter of rotating the rug and allowing the sun to fade it evenly.
There is a reason you don’t see a lot of windows in your local art museum. Art historians and restoration experts know that UV rays can fade and damage precious artwork and cause irreparable damage. That’s why museums rely on electronic lighting to illuminate the artwork.
Fixing the damage: If you simply cannot do without your favorite piece of art in a sunny location, try to hang it out of direct sunlight. You may be able to protect it from damage by using special glass to frame it, as well. But once the damage has been done, there will be little that can be done to erase it.
Your beautiful hardwood floors aren’t exempt from sun damage, either. Many homeowners choose hardwood flooring for its beauty and convenience, choosing to pay a little extra for their flooring so they get the look they want for their home. That’s why when they discover the sun has faded their flooring it can be devastating.
Fixing the damage: Thankfully, one of the great benefits of hardwood flooring is the fact that it can be sanded down and refinished. This will help erase the appearance of sun fading and restore the original color. However, it’s not a quick or cheap process and you’ll likely have to pay a professional for help.
The Best Protection Against Sun Damage
So what’s the best way to protect your home furnishings from sun damage? To prevent it from happening in the first place. This is where residential window tinting can help. Window tinting can provide a number of sun-damage-reducing benefits, including:
- Blocking UV rays. Most window tinting materials offer protection against the sun’s harmful rays, including the UV rays that are responsible for fading your furnishings. Some tints can block as much as 99% of UV rays! Traditional glass windows without tinting do nothing to block those rays, so you have no protection. Once the window tinting film is applied, though, you’ll have the protection that you need.
- Reducing heat. Not all damage comes from UV rays. Infrared rays and heat will do their share of damage as well. Thankfully, though, window tinting helps here, too. The tint will help reduce the amount of heat that’s entering your home, working like a shade to keep your home cool. It’s great for lowering your energy bills as well as protecting your belongings from sun damage.
Tips for Residential Window Tinting
- You don’t have to tint every window in your home. Focus on doing the windows that get the most direct sunlight and pose the most risk to your furnishings. These are typically windows that are on the south side of your home.
- Have the work done by a professional. You might be tempted to do the window tinting yourself, but you could end up costing yourself more money. A professional will ensure you are getting the right protection from the tinting and that the final results are flawless.
- Tinting doesn’t necessarily mean dark. Some tinting options will barely darken the view while still providing your home with protection against sun damage, meaning you’ll still enjoy the benefits of a sunny window without the harmful rays.
- Talk to your professional installation team about your goals. They’ll be able to match you with the right tinting option. There are lots of options available, whether you want the maximum UV protection, just want to reduce the heat coming into your space, or are suffering from glare on your windows.
How Much Does Window Tinting Cost?
It’s tough to give an estimate because it’s going to depend on a number of factors. First, how many windows you want to be done and how big those windows are. Second, which kind of tinting you want to be done; various tinting options come at different costs. And finally, how much work it’s going to take to install the tint. Some windows are just easier than others, and windows that are higher up are going to take a little more work. The best way to determine how much window tinting is going to cost is to contact a professional and ask for a quote. Most teams are happy to provide you with a quote for free. This is a good opportunity to learn more about their tinting options as well as ask for examples of previous work that they’ve done for homes in the area to ensure you like the quality of their work.
A Small Investment That Goes a Long Way
One of the best things about window tinting is the big return that you’ll get in exchange for the small investment. Window tinting is affordable, especially when compared to the money you could be spending on restoring your furniture, flooring, artwork, and rugs. When you do the cost comparison, you’ll see that window tinting is a great investment in your home!
Are you ready to make that investment? Our residential window tinting team in Denver is ready to get to work. The First Class team offers a number of window tinting options so we can help you achieve the right look and protection all within your budget. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how window tinting can benefit your home. Give us a call or contact us through our website to get a free estimate on our services today.