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10
Mar
2016

Do I really need windows with UV protection?


Not too long ago, windows were considered nothing more than a fixture of the home. Today, they are so much more, and they offer even more protection than ever before. The question that some still have is whether UV protection is really necessary when purchasing new windows. Surely the glass itself is enough to do the trick, right? Well, not exactly.

 

The glass, be it double or triple pane, will help maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home, but it will do nothing to detour those harmful UV rays. With special UV protection, you and your personal items will enjoy the benefits. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can be harmful to the skin as well as your furniture and other precious belongings. As they penetrate the glass, their damaging impact begins. You can’t help but notice how such things as your furniture, curtains, rugs, and even wooden floors begin to fade as a result. In fact, while some areas of a single sofa are doused with sunlight regularly, other parts may never see the light. This causes uneven colour tones across a single item of furniture and can be quite unpleasing to the eye.

 

The sun can also cause materials to become brittle over time. Consider leaving your leather furniture out in the sun all day for weeks. Just imagine the punishment it would take from those damaging hot rays and the way they make the material expand while the cool evenings allow them to contract. It won’t take long for cracks to form and its once elegant appearance will become an eyesore.

 

With the proper protection applied to your windows, you can reflect UV rays away from your home instead of allowing the window to absorb them. Think of it as a kind of mirror effect and the way the light bounces off the mirror as soon as it makes contact. Not only does this protect your furniture but it also helps keep energy bills as low as possible.

 

Since the sun cannot pierce the window, it cannot heat the air between the window panels. It also won’t be able to heat the various objects in your home. If you have ever been so unfortunate as to take a seat on a sofa that has been exposed to the sun for hours, you will know just how hot and uncomfortable it can be. When the sofa and other furniture heat up, it also causes the air around them to warm up, and this increases the overall temperature of the room. Preventing this means that your home will be as comfortably cool as possible and, if you use an air conditioner or other cooling system, it won’t need to work nearly as hard to keep everyone happy!

 

For more information on windows with UV protection and for all your window replacement needs, contact NorthShield Windows and Doors. We are always happy to offer advice as well as a free estimate in the comfort of your home!  

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Sanjay Tamang
a month ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a week ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
2 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
4 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
Lois
3 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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