The Truth About Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation And Fading

The Truth About Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation And Fading

Most people know to wear sunscreen when outdoors to prevent sun damage to their screen. By using sunscreen it can help keep your skin young and radiant looking. Sunscreen also reduces your long-term risk of skin cancer. By using sunscreen and reducing your daily sun exposure, sunscreen allows time for your skin to heal and lets your immune system kick-in and repair some of the existing sun damage.

So what about your valuable furnishings in your home? No doubt most homeowners have meticulously designed the inside of their homes to their liking and investment in nice furnishings. Since most homes are designed to appreciate some kind of view or bring light from the outside inside, your furnishings are exposed to sunlight.

Sun control window films reduce the harmful effects of the sun in three ways.

1.) Window films block 99.9% of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV has three wavelength ranges, UVA , UVB and UVC. UVA and UVB are the most damaging and can directly damage DNA cells and even though they are a small portion of the sun’s rays they are the main cause for sun damage.

2.) Window films reduce the amount amount of solar energy or heat that is passed through your windows to the surface of any object in its path.

3.) Window film controls the amount of visible light allowed to enter a room, a small reduction in visible light while hardly noticable can make a huge difference in prolonging the life of your valuables.

Take a look at the diagram below and you can see all the factors that cause fading and sun damage.


The area represented by miscellaneous (10%) of what causes fading is directly related to the quality of furniture or item, such as the dye used in a fabric or carpet.

Its important to note, no solar control window film product is guaranteed to completely stop fading or eliminate sun damage entirely. However professional quality window films can significantly reduce fading caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation, visible light and solar energy. The degree of protection you obtain is closely tied to the type of film you select.