Retrofit : Volume 7 Issue 1 2018
30 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 7 NUMBER 1 | 2018 | Retrofitting UV protection Most people are oblivious to the fact that, even inside, their skin and eyes are at risk of harmful UV contact. This false sense of security makes us vulnerable to UV damage while at home or in the office. Tinting the windows of your workplace, home or vehicle is an elegant and efficient way to combat UV light, without compromising the bright and airy feel of your indoor space. UV rays can also cause irreversible damage to flooring, homewares and furniture, which means that modern window-tinting technology isn’t just good news for your body; applying tinting film to windows can stop up to 99 per cent of dangerous UV rays from pervading glass, saving both you and your precious belongings from the wear and tear caused by UV. Temperature regulation Innovative tinting technologies can dynamically regulate indoor temperatures all year round. In hot summer months, their tint films can absorb up to 81 per cent of heat on windows, keeping indoor temperatures comfortably cool, even on hot, sunny days. In winter, window tints act as insulation that keeps warmth inside buildings. Sustainability Tinted windows are so effective at maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures that you will notice a significant dip in your reliance on air-conditioning systems. Thanks to their climate-control function, tinted windows represent a shrewd investment for anyone looking to save money in the long term on energy expenses, with the added peace of mind of reducing energy consumption and wastage. Glare Glare can be a frustrating problem that gradually increases strain on your eyes – especially in glass-heavy office spaces with many screens in use. Modern window tints employ glare-resistant technology to minimise interference from light reflections and sun glare through windows. Article continued on page 32 Seven reasons to retrofit your windows with double glazing Designed for optimal insulation and easy to retrofit to any building, double-glazed windows possess many other benefits for the astute investor. 1. Climate control Double-glazed windows are an efficient way to insulate the inside of your home or commercial property, with up to 70 per cent of inner heat lost through single-glazed windows. Double-glazed windows also reflect sunshine in summer, so that your indoor space is always at a comfortable temperature. 2. Energy efficiency Better climate control inside your building means lower energy consumption – a bonus for both the environment and your power bills. 3. Less condensation Condensation is the natural foe of windows lined with timber and can cause chronic mould and rotting, especially in older homes. Double glazing minimises excess moisture on windowpanes, so condensation isn’t a problem. 4. Peace and quiet Double glazing can block outside noise by as much as 60 per cent, maintaining the indoor serenity of any building – even those along busy thoroughfares or under flight paths. 5. Investment Double glazing can significantly up your property’s resale price. Especially in older residential and commercial facilities, double glazing can put potential buyers’ minds at ease with the knowledge that the establishment is efficiently insulated. 6. UV protection UV rays can enter through single-glazed windows and irreversibly fade and damage beloved furniture. Double-glazed windows form a barrier that stops UV seeping in, keeping your belongings bright and intact. 7. Security Double-glazed windows can deter would-be intruders, because they are much more difficult to break than their single-glazed counterparts.
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