The number one reason many homeowners want 3M Scotchtint window film: to reduce fading of fabrics, carpets, furniture, and upholstery. While window films provide an excellent way to help reduce fading, the important thing to remember is that window film does not stop fading, they help reduce fading.
Causes of Fading
Fading is caused by three main sources: UV Light, Visible Light, and Solar Heat. While UV light is the largest contributor, visible light and solar heat are also significant causes of fading.
ULTRAVIOLET (UV) LIGHT: This is generally considered to be the most harmful portion of sunlight. The Ultraviolet rays contribute to approximately 40% of the fading process.
VISIBLE LIGHT: Intense visible light is a considerable source of fading contributing to approximately 25% of the fading process.
SOLAR HEAT: Furniture and fabrics that are hot to the touch are being damaged by solar heat, which is responsible for 25% of the fading problem. The more heat absorbed by the fabric the greater the damage.
OTHER: An additional 10% can be attributed to miscellaneous effects, such as: indoor artificial lighting, humidity, heat, and poor dye anchorage.
Each type of 3M Scotchtint window film varies In UV, visible light, and solar heat reduction, and therefore, the level of fade reduction. The most subtle types include Night Vision- 45, Prestige 70, RE70NEARLand RES0NEARL.
Pittsburgh Window Film remains the most trusted name in window film in the Pittsburgh, PA, area since 1975. Our company was started by 3M to provide products from their Energy Control Products division. Over 40 years later, Pittsburgh Window Film is now an independent corporation and one of the longest-standing 3M Premier Elite Window Film Dealers. Our window films address a variety of concerns, including temperature control, fading, glare, privacy, security, and decorative aesthetics. Contact us for a free quote.