Can you prevent fading, or is fading something you have to live with and just accept? If this is a question that you’ve ever pondered, we have some good news. A great deal of the fading that occurs on furniture, fabrics, carpets, and wood flooring is preventable. Even if fading has never crossed your mind, it’s worth considering ways to protect expensive home furnishings so they look better and last longer. With less fading, you will replace these items less often and save money in the long run.
What Causes Fading?
Several different factors cause fading, but the top source of fading is ultraviolet or UV radiation from sunlight. The sun’s UV rays can cause fading, discoloration, and even deterioration of home furnishings when exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time. Hardwood flooring, for example, is very vulnerable to sun damage. Some wood will turn dark when damaged by the sun, while other types will fade and turn lighter. Only the areas of the floor exposed to the sun will discolor, causing the floor to look patchy and unevenly colored.
Other factors that cause fading include visible sunlight, solar heat, humidity, artificial light, and sometimes harsh cleaning methods. Some of these secondary factors you can control by adjusting the humidity level in your home, using low-heat generating LED lighting, and using the recommended cleaning methods to clean furniture, flooring, and other items.
How Window Film Helps Prevent Fading
Fortunately, window film very efficiently addresses the top source of fading — UV radiation — in addition to two other main sources of fading: visible sunlight and solar heat. This means that fading isn’t something that you have to accept and live with at all. It is very preventable with the correct sunlight-filtering technologies in place.
3M™ window film blocks 99.9% of the sun’s harmful UV rays while also reducing visible sunlight and solar heat. Additionally, the film still permits plenty of natural light to keep spaces bright.
Besides furnishings, window film with UV protection also helps preserve artwork, photos, and other mementos. In fact, it’s so effective that museums and historic homes around the globe rely on it to protect valuable artifacts and collections. They choose window film over other alternatives because it works without changing the look of their windows. That’s right; window film works discreetly without drastically changing the appearance of your home from the interior or exterior. UV rays also cause skin damage and can lead to skin cancer. As a result, window film can also help to protect your skin when indoors near windows, skylights, or glass doors.
By protecting the interior of your space from sun damage, you’ll save money by not having to reupholster, refinish, or replace your furnishings and floorings as often. The window tinting experts at Carolina Solar Security can help you find the best film for your space. Invest in the longevity of your floorings, furnishings, artwork, and more with window film today!
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