We all know that our skin is prone to sun damage if we are exposed to it for too long. This same damage can happen to anything in your home that is next to your windows, as well.
As the sun enters your home it is amplified by the glass in your window and causes anything it shines on to fade and look much older than it really is. This fading is called “sun bleaching” and can happen to your furniture, your carpet, your window treatments, and anything else that happens to be in the direct sunlight that comes in a window.
Can You Reverse Sun Damage?
No, sun damage cannot be reversed. Unlike our skin that can regenerate itself, once the materials that make up our furniture, carpets, and window treatments is damaged by the sun it is permanent.
The only two options you have with items that are sun damaged is to fix them or replace them.
The items you can fix include anything that can be repainted or re-stained. Materials that are sun bleached such as cloth or plastic have to be replaced as they cannot be fixed.
How Do You Protect From Sun Damage?
The only way you can protect the inside of your home from sun damage is to prevent the sun’s rays from getting in. This prevention can be done in two ways.
First, you could completely block out the sun’s rays with heavy curtains. These curtains will help keep the sun’s rays out of your home completely, so there is no sun bleaching done. They also make your room darker and cooler, both of which can help during the hot Louisville summer.
When purchasing your curtains, make sure you get ones that have a white panel on the back instead ones that are colored. The white panel does a better job at reflecting the sun’s rays, and it also isn’t subject to the same sun bleaching that colored curtains would be.
Second, install energy-efficient windows with tinting. Energy-efficient windows are designed to prevent most of the sun’s heat from getting through the window which decreases the amount of damage the rays are able to do anything near your windows. The tinting on the windows increases the amount of sun’s rays that are blocked, giving you even more protection.
This second option makes more sense for people that still want to enjoy the view outside of their home.
For more information contact us today and one of our representatives will be more than happy to help you find the right options to protect the inside of your home from sun damage.