Offering different types of window coverings on your home or office can give you added protection from the sun’s harsh elements.
Curtains, shutters and blinds are an essential source of elegance for every home or office setting. What they offer in aesthetics and privacy, they also offer in blocking UV rays, excessive heat and glare. However, relying solely on window treatments can make it difficult to have a home filled with natural light when you want it.
Luckily, with 3M window films, your family can enjoy day-round comfort and safety without losing sunshine. Our window films offer premier UV, infrared and glare protection that’s compatible with any new or existing window treatment. And with innovative 3M™ nanotechnology, films can be crystal-clear, so dark tints are not required.
Let’s explore how pairing different types of window coverings – including both window treatments and window films – can enhance your office or home’s comfort, safety and aesthetics.
Types of Window Coverings That Protect Against Ultraviolet Rays
Different types of window coverings offer protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
According to the American Cancer Society, UV rays also are the leading cause of skin cancer. UV radiation also is the No. 1 cause of fading furniture and flooring. And while nothing can completely stop fading from occurring, both window film and window treatments are recommended to help slow fading.
Window films, such as 3M Sun Control Window Film Prestige Series, are constructed using 3M’s patented nanotechnology. Thinner than a Post-it® Note, these films have proven to reject 99.9 percent of UV rays. The films are constructed using two hundred layers of film, each designed to deflect unwanted rays from the sun away from your home or office.
Meanwhile, all window treatments provide protection against the sun’s UV rays in some way or another. Hunter Douglas’ Silhouette® Window Shadings are sheer shadings that incorporate pieces of fabric, called vanes, on one or both sides of the blinds. These vanes can open and close to allow you to determine the amount of light you’d like to let in. These Silhouette® Window Shades have proven to filter up to 88 percent of the sun’s harmful rays.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for something stronger, Hunter Douglas’ Designer Screen Shades offer protection against damage by curbing up to 99 percent of UV rays.
The beauty of both window film and window treatments – two different types of window coverings – is that the film actually helps also protect the window treatment from fading. So, your window treatments last longer.
Types of Window Coverings That Offer Heat Protection
Both window treatments and window film, two different types of window coverings, work together to lower heat inside your home or office. They also can lower your electric bill related to cooling your home or business.
3M Window Film, Prestige Series has proven to reduce up to 97 percent of heat-producing infrared rays that enter your home or office through windows. The film deflects light waves as they pass through or reflect off the multiple layers of film. Compared to other films, the Prestige Series increases its performance at a faster rate as the sun’s angle increases.
Hunter Douglas’ Duette Honeycomb Shades help your home or office stay cool when it’s hot. The shades offer an insulating, cellular design. The air pockets inside the honeycomb cross-sections of the shades act as an insulator, reducing conduction of heat through a window. According to the Department of Energy, in cooling seasons, cellular shades can reduce unwanted solar heat through windows by up to 60 percent.
Imagine the heat difference if you paired both Prestige Series window tinting and Hunter Douglas’ cellular shades together? These two types of window coverings will work together to lower heat pockets near your windows – making your rooms a more steady temperature. Your HVAC system will not have to work so hard to keep your home or office cool and your energy bill will be lower.
Types of Window Coverings for Glare Reduction
As two different types of window coverings, window tint and window treatments work together to limit the glare within your home or business. This is so that you can easily see screens – whether they are TV screens, computer monitors or cell phone screens – without the uncomfortable reflection of the sun glaring into your eyes.
3M™ Sun Control Window Film Prestige Series offers non-metalized, multilayer optical films that significantly reduce glare while permitting up to 70% of natural light to stream into your home or office. Depending on the tint level you choose, 3M’s Prestige Series can reduce glare between 76 percent (darkest tint) to 22 percent (clear tint).
Meanwhile, Hunter Douglas’ window treatments allow you to reduce glare through automation. Hunter Douglas provides a series of options that make it easy to control the amount of light that filters in the room – often with just a press of a button.
Fight glare on two fronts with window film and automated window treatments. JAG Window Tinting and Treatments has staff who are trained in both window coverings and can work individually with you to determine the best solution for your home or business.
One Dealer Offers Both Types of Window Coverings
At JAG Window Tinting and Treatments, we offer both industry leading solar control window film solutions and top-of-the-line window treatment products.
As a 3M™ Premier Dealer, JAG Window Tinting and Treatments is authorized to offer a full set of 3M window films, the best-of-the-best products in the window film industry. JAG’s staff is 3M Certified, which means they have completed additional training and certification to demonstrate their competency in product knowledge and installation expertise.
In addition, JAG Window Tinting and Treatments is a Priority Dealer for Hunter Douglas, a premier manufacturer of window treatments for home and commercial clients. Hunter Douglas offers a wide selection of window treatments for your home or office.