If you're planning to upgrade your home soon and windows are on the list, there are a lot of decisions you'll need to make. From size to style, it's important to ensure that the windows you choose are right for you and your home. One thing you should keep in mind is the type of glass or polycarbonate material that makes up the windows themselves. Here's why you should choose a UV-resistant material for yours.
Physical Damage Risk
UV radiation is a danger to your skin and eyes indoors just like it is outdoors. While many people think that being shadowed inside or being behind glass will be enough to protect them, that's not actually the case.
UV radiation can penetrate through standard glass fairly easily. In essence, if you can see the light coming from the windows in your home, chances are there's a risk for it to injure you. Long-term exposure to UV radiation can not only increase your risk of developing skin damage or skin cancers, but it can also harm your vision. Simply adding UV-resistant glass to your windows will help to protect your health.
Another problem UV radiation spells for you and your home is the risk of damage to your home itself.
UV radiation is primarily what's responsible for things becoming damaged with long-term exposure to the sun. For example, photos in your home may have lost some of their color due to long-term exposure to UV radiation. By filtering out this UV light, you can reduce the risk of more damage being done to your paint, photos, and furniture.
For pet owners, it's charming to see one of your fuzzy friends basking in the sunlight inside your home. While it might seem like a harmless way for them to pass the time, it could put them at risk if you don't have UV protection.
Dogs and cats are just as susceptible to skin damage and eye damage from excessive exposure to UV radiation as humans are. This risk increases if your pet has light-colored fur or eyes, as they have less melanin to soak up the UV radiation before it can harm their body. However, like everything else on this list, it only takes one simple change to protect them: switching your traditional glass windows to a UV-resistant material.
If you're in the process of getting custom windows or are thinking about doing so, talk to your contractor about the material that makes up your windows themselves. Request one that filters out the majority of UV radiation to protect yourself, your home, and your pets.