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How to Protect Your Home from the Sun

A girl struggling to fight the sun at her window.

Keeping the direct sunlight from getting inside your home is a very important thing you need to do. While it is very inviting with its warmth and light, sunlight can have some unforeseen negative effects on the inside of your home. It can generate a lot of excess heat and can damage your interior and furniture.

Home damage comes from when the sun penetrates the window glass.  As the natural light penetrates the glass, it is amplified, increasing the heat it brings as well as the damaging effects of the sun from UV rays.

So how do you protect your home from sun damage? Well with window treatments of course! Treatments such as privacy shades, blinds, and drapes. They all provide UV protection, light control abilities, and privacy. So what are some of the best window coverings? Well read on and we will share with you some of our favorites. 

Light Filtering While Leaving a View

Roller solar shades are among the favorites of people who want to reduce glare from the sun while still maintaining a view of the outside for themselves. These shades offer materials that are weaved to maintain the view towards the side where there is more light. So during daylight hours, you will be able to stay indoors and look outside.

Solar shades come in different levels of tightness for their fabric weaves. The levels are often expressed in percentage numbers, with the lower percentages having tighter weaves. The lower the percentage, the more sunlight you will block, but you will also have a lesser view. 

Solar rolls are also combinable with blackout roller shades in what is called a dual shade. With the dual shades, you ensure you maximize your privacy, as solar shades are see-through from the outside at night. The dual shades have two sets of rolls on the headrail, allowing you to raise and lower them together or alternately per your needs.

Solar shades protecting an interior.

Combating Solar Heat Gain

Glass has a two fold effect on the internal temperature of your house. First, it is a very poor insulator and allows a lot of unwanted hot or cold air in during really hot summer days or blistering cold winter nights. Secondly, it amplifies the heat of the sunlight. To combat this, we highly recommend cellular shades.

Cellular shades, also known as honeycomb shades, are made of hexagonal pockets stacked one on top of another. The pockets trap air, creating an insulating layer between the glass window and your rooms. Cellular shades provide your home with extra energy efficiency as well because you will not have to rely on your heating and cooling systems too much with these shades in place.

Blocking UV rays and solar heat gain is done with the fabrics of these shades. They can come in room darkening and even blackout fabrics, which can block most or all incoming light. Like a magnifying glass, the heat is amplified by your glass windows, so placing the cellular shades to block it will help stop the excess heat from coming in.

Faux Wood Blinds to Protect your Interior

If your home is furnished with a lot of wooden furniture and you have hardwood floors, then you know how damaging direct sunlight can be to crafted wood. So to protect wood, we would like to suggest protecting it with faux wood blinds. They capture the look and appeal of wooden blinds without its weakness to heat and humidity.

Wooden designs create a stunning look that you may want to adorn your house with. It creates a timeless feel and really brings nature home. Faux wood can capture this illustrious look as well as wooden blinds, and are known to be a lot more durable. You do not have to worry about warping or paint peeling due to sunlight exposure with faux wood blinds.

They are also useful in places like bathrooms and kitchens. Those rooms often build up with heat and moisture due to the use of water. Unlike wood, faux wood is able to withstand moisture due to its composition of PVC. So if you find that sunlight is unbearable in these rooms and need a window covering for it, faux wood blinds might be the solution you need.

Final Thoughts

Your home is where your children and pets and other loved ones spend most of their days. Protecting it and them is only a natural want and need. Getting the requisite window coverings is an easy way to fulfill this want and need. Luckily for you, there are many options at your disposal and we have outlined a few that we think will do the job and provide your home with a beautiful new design.

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