Window treatments take center stage

Window treatments take center stage

Window treatments take center stage

When decorating a room, designers spend a great deal of time choosing colors, materials and textures. While they don’t overlook the windows, they are paying closer attention to window treatments. As it turns out, what you put on a window can have a big impact on the comfort and energy efficiency of the space. In an effort to reduce energy consumption without compromising on comfort, designers are turning to window treatments for more than just their looks.

Wide variety of window treatments

Window treatments have traditionally played two major roles: creating privacy and blocking out light. These functions are still of the utmost importance, but window treatments can also improve the energy efficiency of a space by blocking UV radiation and baffling air leaks – a common occurrence around windows.

Sunlight is full-spectrum light, meaning that it contains the entire visible light spectrum, as well as the invisible infrared and ultraviolet light frequencies. Infrared and ultraviolet light generate heat, so controlling how much of the full light spectrum enters into a space is critical for controlling temperature.

Light passes through glass cleanly. By itself, glass isn’t very good at rejecting either desirable or undesirable lightwaves. Ultraviolet light plays a big role in the generation and retention of heat. Ultraviolet light is responsible for heating up the rugs, floors, furniture, walls and other objects in a room. These heated objects in turn radiate heat out into the room, setting up a sustained cycle of heating and heat retention.

During the winter, the angle of the Sun changes, and significant heat accumulation is less likely. Heat loss during the winter, however, is a bigger challenge. Using UV-protective films or coatings can help manage the transfer of UV radiation into a space.

Glassprimer™ glass paint is UV-resistant, which means it will block UV radiation while still allowing visible light transmission. Because it’s UV resistant, it will also resist chipping, fading and peeling, even in direct sunlight. Glassprimer™ glass paint is specially engineered for adhesion to glass and other non-porous surfaces. Unlike regular paint, Glassprimer™ glass paint makes a permanent bond with the glass. Once cured the paint cannot be removed, and is guaranteed to perform for 10 years.

If you’re looking for a UV resistant glass coating or a colored coating for glass, please consider Glassprimer™ glass paint. If you’d like to purchase Glassprimer™ glass paint, please visit our online store .

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