by Angie Kendel
Renovations are expensive. The right renos can add tens of thousands of dollars to your home’s value. It is important to protect this investment. We tend to go with the best products and selections that we can afford during our renovation.
Take the next step to ensure you protect your investment. Direct sunlight can damage anything from furniture to cabinetry to flooring. Damage from sunlight can occur in as little as a few months. Consider adding window coverings to your reno budget to ensure you protect your reno investment for years to come.
Windows with direct afternoon and evening sun are affected the most. Early morning sun is not as strong so there may be less damage and take longer to become noticeable.
Many new builds feature large windows with great views. Look around your home mid afternoon into the evening. Where is direct sunlight coming into your home? Is it on flooring? Furniture? We have staged many new builds over the years and countless resale homes. We have seen homes only a few years old with significant sun damage where we could clearly see where they had furniture placed as the flooring was that discoloured.
Consumers’ main concerns when selecting flooring are durability and water resistance. Sun damage can occur to many different flooring surfaces. Carpeting and vinyl show damage from the sun. Hardwood flooring is susceptible to sun damage. Laminate flooring is resistant to sun damage. However, laminate flooring is susceptible to water damage and moisture in high traffic areas causing swelling at the seams. Luxury vinyl plank and luxury vinyl tile can be water resistant, but they are susceptible to sun damage. Consumers are left with different options when making informed choices. However, we find many consumers do not factor in the cost of window coverings to protect their renovation investment!
Good quality window coverings, like Hunter Douglas, allow for a UV protection while still allowing consumers to enjoy the view. Window coverings do not have to be closed to offer UV protection. In fact, we installed new hardwood flooring a number of years ago and enjoy a beautiful view into our backyard through our pirouette shades! The shades offer a fabulous view into our garden and pool area while still protecting our furniture and flooring from sun damage. Hunter Douglas is the leader in the window coverings industry. They now have an option with their popular silhouette window covering that offer UV protection through a “clearview” sheer. It is the best of both worlds! You are able to enjoy your fabulous views while protecting your home from UV damage. Then when you want privacy, a simple touch closes the blinds.
If you would rather not worry about being home to adjust window coverings, you have the smart powerview option which allows you to pre-program the settings for all window coverings in your home. You set it up once and your window coverings can open, close or go into see through UV protection mode at specific times of the day.
As the sun tracks its way around your home, there truly is no better way to ensure the investment in your home is protected from those damaging UV rays!.Imagine, each window in your home pre-programmed to open and close based on the sun’s position. You have peace of mind knowing your investment is safe and you don’t even have to be home to adjust the blinds. It can be pre-programmed or adjusted from your smartphone.
You spend enough time and money on planning your new build or renovation. Ensure you also protect your reno investment for years to come with smart, see through window coverings that allow you to enjoy the view while protecting your home from sun damage! Check out our website for a sample of Hunter Douglas window coverings at www.maximumimpactplus.com