Can Double Glazing Help Prevent Curtain Fading?

Faded curtains and furniture cause by UV in sunlight.

Bad fading of curtains caused by the UV radiation in sunlight.

What Is Fading?

So, what do we mean by “fading”? Fading can be a loss of colour, or it can be a reduction in colour saturation, due to bleaching.

Our interest here in fading, is the effect of sunlight coming through your windows,  on fabrics and objects inside your home. It may show up in curtain fading, or fading in carpets, fabrics or your furniture. The same components of sunlight that cause fading, can cause even more grief. In more extreme cases, they can cause brittleness in some materials like wood, plastic, vinyl etc., or even cracking.

What Causes Fading?

The causes of fading can be many. Some materials, just through chemical change, fade over time. Light, even artificial light within the home, can have an effect on some materials. The ‘biggie’, however, is sunlight. The sunlight that streams in through your windows. If you have older, single pane glass windows, you’re pretty much defenceless against the fading effect of sunlight.



Which Parts Of Sunlight Cause The Fading?

Firstly, we really need to understand that fading can be caused by the whole of the solar spectrum- infrared (heat), visible light, and, of course, ultraviolet, or UV.

Of these, the worst culprit is UV. To quote a major glass manufacturer,

Although visible light, electric lighting, heating, humidity, age of fabrics and fabric dyes all play a part in the process, UV radiation is attributed to 40% of the damage.  Protecting against UV is not just important in hot, sunny climates.  Even in cold, cloudy climates, UV radiation can damage furnishings.


So UV In Sunlight Is The Problem. How Can Double Glazing Help?

By designing combinations of the glass elements of the double glazing unit to reduce transmission of UV radiation, fading of your furniture, furnishings and carpets will be dramatically reduced


We Can Help Your Curtain Fading Problems Fade Away

Give us a call today, or fill in the Quote Form, and we’ll arrange a home visit to explore your needs, make helpful suggestions, and provide a quote. Ring us now on 1300 733 429.

 Posted on : October 21, 2015