Sunlight is the leading source of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Aside from a harmful effect on your skin, exposure to UV rays presents the unavoidable risk of damage to your floors, furniture, draperies, upholstery, and artwork over time. Therefore, it is important that you are educated about the window covering options that offer the most protection against UV rays so that your possessions may remain in prime condition for… well, ever!
There are numerous types of window coverings that provide UV protection and essentially add to the lifespan of interiors. In fact, most of our products are able to block at least 70% of harmful UV rays, including sheer shades, cellular honeycomb shades, roman shades, roller and solar shades, woven woods, shutters, vertical blinds, wood and faux wood blinds, aluminum blinds, and pleated shades. To get a glimpse of the unique designs of these window coverings, please visit our Window Coverings Gallery.
If UV protection is going to be the main driver of your window covering selection, you should note that horizontal and vertical sheer shades are the most effective in this regard. They can block up to 99% of UV radiation when completely shut and the vanes fully closed. Equally as impressive, approximately 88% is blocked with the vanes in the opened position due to the effective qualities of the sheer fabric that is bonded to the vanes.