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How to Protect Your Home from the Sun

Brent Lunde - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

If you’re a long time inhabitant of the Pacific Northwest, you’re well accustomed to the perils that an entire winter of rain can cause to your home and property. I’m sure you’ve taken all sorts of precautions, and now that the summer season is upon us, you’re probably breathing a sigh of relief with good reason. Summers in this region are beautiful.


But recent summers have brought new conditions that many of us aren’t used to. How many days last summer topped 100 on the thermometer? More than we’d care to think about. And what does the changing climate mean for homeowners in the region? These days it’s no longer just winter that we have to worry about. So today let’s talk about what you can do to protect your home from summer heat.


Protecting Your Home’s Exterior


The first thing to be aware of is UV light. When selecting a paint for the exterior of your house, you’ll want to consider one that provides protection from the sun. In particular, sunny climates are a challenge for alkyd paint, as UV light causes it to break down more quickly than normal.

Not all the surfaces on the outside of your home may be painted. For example, wood siding is especially vulnerable to fading or discoloration caused by UV exposure. Newer vinyl siding should come with titanium dioxide, which reflects the harmful radiation away from your home’s surface. If your home doesn’t already have titanium dioxide protection, you might want to consider upgrading soon.


Protecting Your Home’s Interior


You also need to think about what the sun might be doing to the inside of your home. Daylight can wreak havoc on furniture, books, carpets, and other belongings and fixtures. But nobody wants to keep the shades drawn all summer, so what can you do? You might want to replace your windows with new ones that feature UV-resistant glass. This way you can enjoy the sunlight without having to worry about the damage it might be doing.

If upgrading your windows isn’t an option (whether it’s outside of your budget or you don’t own your home) there are other things you can do to protect your house’s interior, including a number of choices for protecting your furniture. You can use fade-resistant fabric on sofas and chairs. And for wood furniture, it’s possible to apply a UV-resistant clear-coat finish, even to surfaces that have already been finished.

Finally, one of the best ways to protect your belongings from the sun is to keep them out of it. Creative arrangements can be very important in rooms that feature large windows. For example, when placing your bookshelves, make sure they are located somewhere that won’t be hit by direct sunlight.

Hopefully we won’t have such extreme temperatures again this summer, but it’s always best to prepared to save time and money in the future. If you’d like to consult with a team of professionals on how to protect your home from the elements, contact Pro Paint NW today.

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