Don’t tell the guys on “This Old House” I said it, but plenty of people aren’t enamored with old homes complete with “rustic” features and old fashioned styled windows.
Most often, timeworn windows have too many issues and few are fixable. They leak out heated air near the glass panes, let air and heat pass right through them, allow moisture in the house, build up ice and mildew, rattle annoyingly, prevent enough natural light, from getting in, don’t block noise or glare, need to be maintained and repaired, and are kind of unattractive really to most people. And the painted sill and frames often had lead paint that had to be sanded and repainted.
If that’s not bad enough, there’s one more undesirable feature – they don’t block UV rays.
Modern Glass – Beautiful and Functional
Modern glass is an amazing, modern, and very functional building material. It compares favourably to most other building materials such as wood, drywall, steel, paper, aluminum etc. It’s strong, durable, and it doesn’t block our view of our world. It has a timeless elegance and sophistication that makes it a featured element in everything from yachts to ½ mile high skyscrapers. People love glass and it’s a much different product today.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that the amount of energy lost annually through windows in the US is $35 billion. In cold Canada, the losses might equate to $5 Billion per year.
They Did the Best They Could Back Then
In older model homes, people tend to avoid the window areas and generally draw the curtains to keep light and heat out on summer days. And sitting in the direct sun near the window doesn’t feel too comfortable either. The light ruins carpets and furniture. Those windows represented the best manufacturing techniques of the day. And little was known about UV rays or how to reflect or block them.
You’re probably thinking tinting, but windows don’t need to be tinted to block UV rays. You can see right through them like you can with suntan lotion on your skin.
Use UV Coatings to Block out the Sun’s UV Rays
The Sun’s ultraviolet rays are believed to be harmful to our skin and our eyes, not to mention our home interiors. You probably get enough sunlight when you’re outdoors so you don’t really need any more do you? And I’ll bet that on hot summer days, the sun becomes your mortal enemy.
Windows coated with UV blocking materials including solar film help to provide sufficient light into your rooms, yet block the most harmful rays. Rooms with UV protective windows feel cooler and are much more comfortable. With some window protective coatings, you can have the sun beating directly on the back of your big screen TV and not have to worry about it.
So if the sun is a concern in buying new large windows or building a sunroom or solarium, you shouldn’t worry. These protective coatings ensure your eyes and children’s eyes and skin are protected. You use solar film and even have the coating sprayed on.
The whole point of modern windows is to increase your enjoyment of your most significant investment. And if you can keep your heating and air-conditioning bills low to boot, then why would you deny yourself the pleasure of beautiful new glass in your home.
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Check out the advantages of sunrooms, solariums, and skylights, as well as why casement windows are so popular. Find out how to make your home more roomy and why making your home more energy efficient is wise.
Don’t squash your glass dreams when we can make them a big asset to your lifestyle. Learn more about solar film.