Summertime means fun in the sun. The airwaves are full of commercials warning about UV damage to your skin and how to protect yourself when you’re catching some rays. But did you know that your home can suffer from UV damage, both inside and out, any time of the year?
Inside your home, the sun pours through your windows, carrying with it harmful ultraviolet rays. Over time, the UV rays can fade most things it reaches. Hardwood floors, upholstery, carpet, walls, photographs, and artwork will all suffer damage and fading from the sun.
To combat this problem, there are a number of ways to protect the contents of your home. The most comprehensive way is to invest in replacement windows with UV resistant glass that blocks UV rays. Many ENERGY STAR® –certified windows use this type of glass. You could also have a UV-blocking window film applied to the glass surface, or utilize curtains or blinds to block the sun.
Outside, UV rays can damage your home’s exterior as well. This is seen most often with wood siding. Besides the damage caused over time from moisture, insects, and weather, wood siding will fade and discolor from UV exposure. Siding made from older vinyl also shows UV damage when the sun breaks down the resins in the dye used to color the siding. This results in a chalky residue on the vinyl’s surface and fading of the color.
Today’s new vinyl siding is manufactured using different materials and technology compared to older siding. Most contain titanium dioxide – that’s right, the same stuff we use on our skin to protect ourselves from UV rays. The titanium dioxide in replacement siding works the same way, reflecting harmful UV radiation away from the siding’s surface so it’s unable to penetrate.
Protection from the sun is important, both for yourself as well as your home. Take steps to shield your belongings from damaging UV rays and prolong the life of your home’s interior and exterior.