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UV Light Filtering Windows for Florida Homes

Most people are aware that too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can be harmful, but why exactly? And do windows filter UV light?

UV light is a type of electromagnetic radiation that is emitted by the sun. This radiation is invisible to the naked eye, but it can cause a number of damaging effects on the skin. For example, UV radiation can cause sunburn, accelerate aging, and even increase the risk of developing skin cancer. 

Though the cover of the home’s interior can provide plenty of shielding from the sun’s rays, UV light can still enter through standard glass windows. Beyond the negative effects the radiation can have on human skin, it can also fade fabrics, dull painted surfaces, and harm houseplants in high concentrations.  

The best way to protect yourself from these harmful effects is to limit your exposure to UV light. Fortunately for humans, we have the ability to protect ourselves with the use of products like sunscreen. 

What about the surfaces of our homes? Is there some type of way to reduce the amount of UV light that enters? 

That’s where hurricane impact windows come in. 

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How Do Windows Filter UV Light? 

Standard single-pane glass windows do not provide adequate filtration. Instead, higher amounts of UV radiation are able to enter the home. In places like South Florida that experience generous amounts of sunlight throughout the year, this results in a much higher rate of exposure than in other regions of the United States. 

The glass used in constructing impact windows is specially treated to block out a significant amount of UV light. This coating helps to reflect UV rays away from the window, providing an effective barrier against harmful radiation. 

Additionally, hurricane impact windows can also be tinted. This can further assist in reducing the amount of UV rays that enter the home.  

Maintenance-Free UV Light Blocking 

Impact windows are designed for constant protection throughout the year; not only during hurricane season. When you are not preparing for the arrival of severe weather, you can enjoy a more relaxing home environment with reduced exposure to UV radiation. 

These windows are sized to the existing openings in your home with an aesthetic of your choosing. You can retain the existing aesthetic of your home and easily maintain HOA compliance if necessary. 

Once your windows are installed, they do not require any additional maintenance or upkeep. You can clean them with a gentle cleansing solution if desired, but it is not necessary. 

Benefits of UV-Filtering Windows 

More Vibrant Fabrics 

From clothing to blankets and furniture upholstery, UV light can cause these materials to fade over time. This can result in uneven coloring and may limit where you can arrange certain pieces of furniture within a room once damaged. 

By reducing UV light, your fabrics can retain more of their original coloring for far longer. This can also help extend the lifespan of your furniture and reduce the need to replace it over time.  

Protect the Paint on Your Walls

As with fabrics, UV light can also dull the paint on parts of your walls that are frequently exposed to daylight. For the homeowner passionate about their interiors, this can result in having to repaint portions of the wall or entire surfaces more often. 

Hurricane impact windows will limit the damage potential of UV rays on immovable surfaces. Your paint will retain a more vibrant, even color that helps complement the rest of your home’s interior design.  

More Complete Home Protection 

Lastly, but certainly not least important, hurricane impact windows provide a more complete level of protection for your home. Beyond resisting UV radiation and creating a stronger defense against wind, water, and debris, they can assist with: 

  • Minimal air leakage
  • Superior thermal control
  • Improved energy efficiency 
  • Outside noise reduction 
  • Resistance to break-in attempts by burglars 

Coast-to-Coast Window Installation in South Florida 

With locations on both of Florida’s coasts, our team at Paradise Exteriors are the proud exclusive installers of Paradise Platinum Series windows for all counties across South Florida. With multiple Energy Star Awards and the only endorsement for the National Crime Prevention Council within the industry, our windows provide a superior level of protection for your home, including UV light filtering. 

To get started on upgrading your home’s UV radiation defenses with impact windows, contact us today to schedule your free estimate. 

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