For many people, sunlight streaming through their window is something to be enjoyed. However, for some businesses, unfiltered sunlight can actually be costly, damaging and something that needs addressing quickly.
Fading caused by the sun can be an expensive problem for a huge variety of businesses. With UV rays, heat and light from the sun all contributing towards fading, stock, furniture and fabric can all fall victim to the damaging effects of unfiltered sunlight.
Sun/Solar Control Window Film
There are a number of different types of window film available to help protect your stock against the threat of sun damage, all without negatively impacting the view or aesthetics of your window.
The installation of specialist sun control window film will allow you to:
- Maximise your window display without the fear of the sun
- Save yourself the time and hassle of constantly changing the display
- Our protective films significantly reduce fading by rejecting up to 99.9% of harmful UV rays and 97% of infra-red heat.
- Films that reject less than 99% of UV will not offer adequate levels of protection!!!
Our range of sun control window film has been handpicked to ensure that it offers only the best possible attributes without compromising the aesthetics of your property in any way.
What Causes Fabrics To Fade?
It is all about the chemical makeup of an object. The technical term for colour fading is photo degradation. There are light absorbing colour bodies called chromophores that are present in dyes. The colour(s) we see are based upon these chemical bonds and the amount of light that is absorbed in a particular wavelength.
Ultraviolet rays from the sun have the ability to break down the chemical bonds and thus fade the colour(s) in an object – it is a bleaching effect. Some objects may be more prone to fading, such as dyed textiles and watercolours. Other objects may reflect the light more, which makes them less prone to fade.
For more on this – https://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/colors.html
As you can see from the pie chart above, the causes of fading can be varied. Approximately 40% of fabric fading can be attributed to the UV lights from the sun.
Heat and light contribute approximately 25% each with the remaining 10% caused by other factors including poor ventilation, poor quality dyes and the effects of artificial light.
Allaying Common Concerns
One of the most common questions we receive relates to concerns about the exterior of your property being negatively impacted either in regards to how it looks or restrictions placed on the amount of light that can come through the window, however there is no need to worry about these concerns when dealing with WF Glazing Protection.