Do Impact Windows Provide Ultraviolet (UV) Protection?

Everyone knows that ultraviolet (UV) rays can be quite damaging to the skin. After all, we hear time and time again how important it is to wear sunblock when spending time outside. What most people fail to realize, however, is that most windows do very little to protect you from these harmful UV rays when you’re inside your own home. Take a close look at your belongings around your window and where you see sunlight shining in your home, such as your carpet and rugs, artwork, books, and so on. Do they look discolored or faded in comparison to your belongings in other areas of the room? That’s a telltale sign of UV damage. If you’re seeing this in your home, then you can be certain that your current windows are not doing very much in terms of protecting you from UV rays.

Now you may have started searching for new replacement windows for your home and are interested in all of the benefits you can possibly reap from new replacement impact windows. However, being an informed consumer, you know of the damaging effects to your health and your belongings when you have windows that do not adequately protect you from UV rays. So before jumping into a new replacement window project, you need to know: do impact windows provide ultraviolet (UV) protection? After all, if you’re going to invest in new replacement windows, you want to get your money’s worth. You want windows that will protect you from everything, whether that’s intruders, natural disasters (such as hurricanes), and UV rays.

The short answer is yes, our impact windows do provide you with superior UV protection. In fact, our impact windows are capable of blocking out 99% of all ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB, and UVC), whereas regular non-impact windows are capable of blocking at most 60% of some UV rays, but not all. The best part is, our impact windows can block out all of these harmful UV rays without darkening your home in any way, thereby still allowing ample natural light to come into your home. This is because we use a special laminated glass for our windows. This laminated glass is comprised of two layers of glass bonded by a protective interlayer of either polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). This PVB or EVA layer helps to further filter out UV rays that the glass alone would not be able to filter. If you’re concerned about the damaging effects of ultraviolet rays on your prized possessions and your health, there is no better replacement window than impact windows to filter out these harmful rays.

If you’re interested in replacing the current windows in your home with superior, new impact windows, just call the experts at ARMORVUE Window & Door. We can schedule a completely free, in-home consultation where one of our window experts will go out to your house; discuss with you your wants, needs, and budget; and help you make the right choice for you and your home. Don’t wait, call us today!


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