UV window film provides a barrier between a building’s occupants/interior furnishings and harmful ultraviolet radiation. Ultraviolet A rays (UVA) in particular are responsible for causing extensive damage – including initiating skin cancer development and causing fading of furniture and flooring. While ordinary glass offers little to no protection from the sun, UV window films do, and at a fraction of the cost of other UV-blocking alternatives.
The Solar Gard™ brand of UV window film provides the highest level of UVA and UVB rejection by blocking up to 99.9% of harmful UV rays. Vista UV window film’s protective shield helps defend against the dangers of UV induced skin diseases and photosensitivity. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are also the leading cause of fading in interiors such as furniture, floorings, wall coverings, artwork and photographs. Retail stores are especially prone to damage from UVA rays as merchandise in windows is more susceptible to damage and fading.
UV Window Film vs. Alternatives
Compared to other lower cost investments that reduce UV exposure such as curtains, blinds and awnings, our UV films do not create a dark environment or block the view of the outside world. The window film is available in a variety of shades and reflectivity, allowing building occupants to enjoy natural light without unwanted UV, heat and glare. Many architects specify UV window film to reduce the negative side effects of daylighting, the practice of placing windows or other openings and reflective surfaces so that during the day natural light provides effective internal lighting.
Some replacement windows have special coatings for UV protection, but total replacement for a commercial building is often cost prohibitive. Vista films are approximately 80-90% less expensive to install than replacement windows and the installation process is less intrusive.