When we think of adding window tinting to our homes, we normally think of blocking the sun’s rays and keeping out solar radiation. But what exactly does this mean and do different film tints handle solar radiation in different ways? Are some films better at blocking solar rays than others?
First, it is important to understand that for residential window tinting there are basically two types of solar radiation to be concerned about. We’re all aware of UV rays as well as infrared radiation. But, did you know that there are actually three types of UV rays to be concerned about: UVA, UVB, and UVC types. Each type is different and could have a bearing on the window tinting films you select.
- UVC: This type of ultraviolet radiation is the simplest to understand. This is very harmful solar radiation in the ultraviolet light spectrum emitted by the sun. Fortunately, this type of radiation is completely stopped by the Earth’s ozone layer and is not a factor in our everyday lives or in selecting a particular residential window tinting film.
- UVB: UVB is a different wavelength of ultraviolet light and is the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburns that we all experience. This type of ultraviolet radiation is thought to be the chief cause of skin cancers and contributes to tanning and skin aging. Thankfully, UVB type rays are almost entirely stopped by ordinary window glass, so these rays just do not enter your home. You are, however, exposed to UVB rays when you’re outside. When exposed, certain skin protective precautions should be taken.
- UVA: UVA rays account for about 95% of all ultraviolet radiation exposures hitting the earth. These types of rays contribute to tanning, penetrate the skin more deeply than UVB rays, and contribute significantly to skin aging and wrinkling. Also, recent studies are beginning to show a link between UVA exposure and skin cancer. It’s important to note that UVA rays are not stopped by glass. Also, UVA rays are a chief cause of the breakdown of dies and colors in fabrics and carpeting. Because of skin exposure and color fading, blocking the UVA rays is important when selecting window tinting films. Residential window tinting is designed to manage this type of solar rays.
Most window tinting films today are designed to block UVA rays as well as infrared rays. Sun Masters Glass Tinting carries a full line of residential window tinting films designed to stop the worst of the UV rays yet allow sufficient light transmission. Various tint levels provide various shades of darkness and contribute to your home’s energy efficiency and privacy. Speak to one of our knowledgeable professionals and discuss the benefits of various types of window tinting films. We carry a range of films that will block harmful rays, improve your home’s appearance, increase efficiency, and provide additional security. Discuss our many options with a Sun Master customer service professional. Call us today at 281-351-4363.