Does Glass Protect From UV Rays?

When it comes to selecting the right windows for your home or office, one important consideration is the level of protection they offer against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV rays can sneak their way into your property and cause damage to various materials and possessions. Prolonged exposure can even have adverse effects on your skin. In this blog post, we will delve into the topic of UV protection provided by glass, focusing on the industry standards in the UK and the range of products offered to keep damage from UV rays at bay! 

The Impact of UV Rays on Materials

UV rays pose a significant threat to the longevity and appearance of materials found in homes and offices. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to the fading and discolouration of carpets, furniture, and fabrics. The vibrant hues that once brightened your space can gradually fade away, leaving behind a dull and worn-out appearance. Delicate pictures and artwork are also at risk of deterioration when exposed to UV rays, as the colours can fade, and the overall quality can diminish over time. 

Protecting your possessions from UV damage is essential to maintain the aesthetic appeal and value of your interior spaces.

The Impact of UV Rays on Skin

UV radiation also poses risks to our skin. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays can cause sunburn, premature ageing, and an increased risk of skin cancer. Even brief periods of unprotected sun exposure can lead to sunburn, resulting in painful, red, and inflamed skin. Over time, repeated exposure to UV radiation can contribute to the development of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots, making your skin appear older. Furthermore, unprotected exposure to UV rays can significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Prioritising UV protection for your skin is crucial for maintaining its health and youthfulness, and reducing the risk of potentially life-threatening conditions.

Does Glass Protect From UV?

Glass, to some extent, does provide protection against UV rays. However, not all glass is created equal in terms of its UV-blocking capabilities. The standard glass used in windows typically allows some amount of UV radiation to pass through. This means that while glass can provide some level of protection, it is not entirely effective in blocking UV rays on its own.

When choosing windows for your home or office, considering the level of UV protection they offer is crucial. Invest in quality products and enjoy the benefits of natural light without compromising your well-being or belongings.

What are the Industry Standards for UV Protection in UK Windows?

In the UK, industry standards are in place to ensure a certain level of UV protection for windows. The British Standards Institution (BSI) has established guidelines for window manufacturers to meet specific UV transmittance requirements. The current standard, BS EN 410:2011, sets limits on the percentage of UV radiation that can pass through a window. Windows that meet these standards provide a level of protection against UV rays, minimising the damage caused to materials and reducing the risk to human health. For peace of mind, all our windows meet or exceed industry standards. 

Laminated Glass for Enhanced Protection

We are pleased to provide laminated glass for enhanced UV protection throughout our product range. Laminated glass consists of multiple layers with an interlayer that offers superior UV defence by blocking a significant portion of harmful rays. This helps to preserve the integrity and colour of carpets, furniture, fabrics, and artwork within your space. Furthermore, laminated glass also enhances the safety and security of your windows by making them more resistant to impact.

Blinds by Morley Glass

In addition to offering high-quality windows with UV protection, we have partnered with Morley Glass to provide blinds that further enhance the light control and privacy in your home or office. These blinds are designed to fit seamlessly with the windows and offer a stylish solution to regulate the amount of sunlight entering your space.

Skypod Lantern Roof with Glare Coating Options

We also offer the Skypod lantern roof, a stunning architectural feature that allows an abundance of natural light to enter your space. To ensure maximum comfort, we provide various coating options to help diffuse sunlight, minimise the intensity of light and reduce glare-related issues. With the Skypod lantern roof, you can enjoy the benefits of natural light without compromising on comfort or aesthetics.

Conservatory Roofs: Enhanced Comfort and Protection

Our conservatory roofs are designed to offer not only enhanced comfort but also increased protection against UV radiation. These roofs are engineered with advanced materials and coatings that help to reduce heat transfer, making the interior space more comfortable even during hot summer days. Additionally, the UV protection offered by these roofs helps to reduce fading of furniture, fabrics, and other items inside the conservatory.

How We Can Help

At CR Windows, we understand the importance of UV protection. That’s why we go the extra mile to offer products that keep your interiors safe. Our range includes laminated glass, Skypod lantern roofs with glare coating options, and conservatory roofs designed for enhanced comfort and protection against harmful UV rays. With CR Windows, you can trust that your interiors are well-protected from the damaging effects of UV rays.

Our team of experts is committed to understanding your individual needs and offering personalised advice. We will guide you through every step of the process, from the initial consultation to the installation of your chosen products. Contact our friendly team today.

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