We love having windows that let in plenty of natural light, but window-filled rooms can also be prone to unwelcome glare on sunny days. This tends to be especially true for east and west-facing windows that receive direct sunlight in the morning and afternoon. The good news is, there are a few ways to reduce this window glare so you can continue to read and watch TV comfortably on sunny spring days.
Apply Window Film
If single-pane windows are causing the glare, you can apply a heat-control window film to them that will block ultraviolet rays from the sun while allowing visible light to pass through. It’s generally not a good idea to use this film on double-pane windows, however, as the extra absorbed heat can cause the seal between the panes to fail.
Plant a Tree
A little landscaping can go a long way. Consider planting trees on the sides of your home that receive direct sunlight. Their leaves and branches will help to diffuse the sunlight and reduce the glare through your windows. They can also provide extra shade to keep your home cool on hot days.
Install Solar Shades
Solar shades are a more permanent alternative to window film that can be used on both single and double-pane windows. They also offer extra flexibility because they can be raised and lowered to in response to changing weather conditions. These days, you can even find motorized solar shades that can be programmed to automatically lower themselves during peak sunlight hours.
At Affordable Glass & Mirror, we can also install new window glass that features a Low-E coating to block UV rays and reduce window glare. To learn more, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!