Everyone loves the natural light in their homes, but being blinded by the sun in the middle of morning coffee is not enjoyable. So, what are some quick fixes to reduce window glare and UV damage? Windows can have a UV blocking film installed, have window shades or blinds added, or have draperies or other window treatments installed.
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Installing window film on windows facing in the south and west will help block ultraviolet rays and control the excessive heat generated in the spring and summer months. Films allow quite a bit of natural sunlight in. Most think of window film as a piece of see-through, tinted vinyl coating, but there is the option of Decorative Window Films that come in a variety of colors, styles, and designs, some even looking like etched glass. They are washable and can be removed to allow new ones to be installed at any time.
Exterior window treatments that help cut glare include both awnings and shutters. Installing an awning on the exterior of a window will permanently block direct sunlight and eliminate glare, while shutters can be installed on either the outside or inside of your home. Inside shutters can be opened or closed to let the sunlight in.
Draperies and shades are probably the most versatile options because they come in many styles and fabrics, allowing a person to add a touch of style to a room while still cutting down on the glare. There are many types of window coverings. They open and are stored out of the way leaving the window accessible.
How you paint and decorate your walls can affect the amount of window glare. Since glare comes from a reflection of the sun, having a dark room will only intensify the brightness that is outside. Instead, paint walls with a non-glossy, lighter color, like tan, grey, or beige. Make the window seem less bright and tone down the glare by matching the color scheme to the brightness of the light outside. Also, be sure to choose all wall hangings in the room with soft, non-reflective surfaces that will help cut down on the glare.
Well-thought-out landscaping is an option to limit window glare. When planting any type of tree for the purpose of cutting the sun’s glare, be sure to plant in the east and west. Planting a 6-8 foot deciduous tree (leaves shed in the fall) will provide some shading for windows in the first year. Shrubs will help shade windows when they are tall enough. A lattice with climbing vines and planter boxes will begin to grow relatively quickly as well. The homeowner may also wish to plant evergreens as a border. But, these will take longer to block sun glare at the home’s windows, so plan on using several landscaping options to shade the home.
Whether a homeowner chooses to use window film, window treatments, decor color, landscaping, or a combination of all four, cutting down on the glare of the sun enables one to reduce glare at windows while enjoying the views and light. Window film is a good solution for people who want to leave windows unencumbered for unbroken views of attractive landscapes. The other choices of window treatments have advantages in addition to cutting window glare.