Window tinting to protect your wood
The mention of fading furniture often calls to mind upholstered pieces like your couch, sectional, or favorite chair in the living room. However, prolonged exposure to UV light can greatly damage your beautiful wood furniture, too. Oil-based or water-based products that penetrate the wood fibers can maintain their look. But you might want to consider UV inhibitors on your windows as well.
There is nothing better than a beautiful sunny day, with sunlight that streams through the windows. Sadly, natural, direct sunlight is the most harmful form of light for natural wood surfaces. Ultraviolet rays have a bleaching effect that will cause the natural color of your wood grain to fade.
In addition, UV light damages the stain, paint, and other wood finishing efforts on your “naked” furniture. Dark colors lighten in direct sunlight, and white paint turns yellow over time. Shiny finishes dull under UV influence, and you may notice a maze of hairline cracks, creating an alligator-esque appearance. Chances are, this is not the kind of look you’re going for.
In fact, such changes may prove disturbing to you and your overall décor. UV light that is soaking into the wood is never something you intentionally plan on happening. But as time progresses, it will ruin the exterior finish of your high-gloss furniture if you don’t take steps to prevent it.
How Heat Affects Bare Wood
In addition to UV rays, sunlight contains heat, which can dry wood furniture, adhesives, and finishes, resulting in shrinkage. Shrinkage, in turn, can cause gaps in furniture joints, splits along the grain, and structural warping. Veneers and inlays may detach, and wood will appear aged.
While aged wood makes for aesthetic issues in your home décor, its effects on your business furniture can be even more destructive. If first impressions are vital, it is essential that any wood furniture you feature in your office showcases quality, cleanliness, and professionalism.
Aged and warped wood could give customers a negative first impression. If they notice dilapidated furniture around your business, they may correlate this to the quality of services offered. Clients trust clean, updated spaces, and could take notice of wood furniture that is damaged and faded.
This is a particular disappointment if you have spent large amounts of money on your pieces. So, it is important to make a good first impression in as many ways as possible. Consider what a UV guard window film can do for you to block UV light and preserve your furniture as long as possible.
How can window tinting prevent these issues?
Natural sunlight helps people bolster their vitamin D levels and helps with mental acuity and happiness. Unfortunately, it does not have the same positive effects on your home or office furniture! But without window tinting, you could be risking damage to your belongings that you have worked hard to purchase.
By selecting a high-quality window film with UV absorbers or blockers, you instantly have UV resistance that helps eliminate harmful sun exposure. In addition, because window film comes in a variety of shades and colors, you can protect your beautiful furniture while enjoying a sunny day in the Northwest. Your home or office doesn’t need to avoid the light completely!
Window tinting can help save you time and money in the long run, too. There are high-quality marine varnishes made explicitly for wood that spend a lot of time in the sun. But you’ll need to continually maintain that wood year after year. Window film can stay in place for as long as you want with little to no maintenance.
Work with window tint experts
Upholstered furniture and rugs are not the only indoor accent victims of UV light. Wood furniture suffers greatly from prolonged UV exposure. For this reason, installing a UV-blocking window film in your home or office is an excellent step toward protecting the value and beauty of your décor.
When it’s installed correctly. You may have seen a few “DIY” window tinting jobs on cars while you’re driving around town. Wrinkles, bubbles, and even peeling tint take away from the overall look of the car, don’t they? Now imagine how it would look on your front windows or in your office.
Pacific Window Tinting has been playing residential and commercial window tinting for decades. None of the work is outsourced and we don’t use sub-contractors. That way we can monitor the installation process every step of the way. So if you’re considering an extra layer of protection for your furniture, flooring, and other belongings, contact Pacific Window Tinting today!