When homeowners purchase antiques, they are often provided care instructions and encouraged to keep items, especially wood furniture and rugs, out of direct sunlight. The same precautions must be taken by businesses that sell items or museums that display them if they wish to assure their preservation. While blinds can often discourage some UV damage, commercial window tinting in Birmingham, AL adds an extra layer of protection that can benefit the artifacts of yesteryear. Here are five ways adding solar film will add years more to antiques:
- Protects finishes: The antique industry is very clear on changing furniture finishing: do not do it. This can be very challenging in a room full of sunlight, as early finishes were much more vulnerable to the effects. In order to stay true to that cardinal rule and preserve furniture, control UV rays with window tinting, as blinds and curtains will not always filter it all out.
- Preserves fabrics: Wood finish is not the only element susceptible to UV rays. Older fabrics can also develop fade spots in time, and rugs with older dyes need particular precautions for light protection. Even period clothing can prove vulnerable to sunlight when it’s hanging in the same place being constantly exposed. Adding window film is often recommended in the textile preservation industry for this reason. It can help your museum or shop, as well.
- Reduce layout challenges: If you own a shop, you want your best pieces where the customers can see them. For small museums or other public displays, a good layout will enhance education. However, with essentially everything vulnerable to the sunlight and temperatures, these plans become challenging—especially when you have to consider heating and air conditioning vents, too. By adding window film and controlling UV rays, there are more options, because you control at least one destructive element. That means you may now put that 19th century nightstand near the door, or the Civil War uniform in a corner that occasionally attracts a few sun rays.
- Temperature control: Older items are also vulnerable to extreme temperatures. Unless your heating or air conditioning breaks down, your indoor venue is unlikely to experience these issues. But a little extra temperature control is not a bad idea, as some of the most elite museums in the world use a combination of light, temperature and humidity control to preserve their wares. Window film plays a role in this attribute, as well, as the control of sunlight also means reducing heat elements, which helps contribute to steady temperatures. That way, if some HVAC disaster occurs, at least you have a backup that keeps your items safe.
- Security: There are still unethical people out there who will consider stealing your inventory or display for the black market. You can make it more difficult to case your location by adding window film. While some retail outlets prefer a clearer option for their display windows, you may still want to consider limiting the line of sight from your windows and place valuable items further back. Museums may also want this protection for priceless artifacts and to encourage people to come inside rather than gawk at windows. Security is frequently important to this sector, and window film can help.
Solar Control Specialists offers commercial window tinting in Birmingham, AL for temperature and light control so your antique inventory or display gains an additional shield. Call us today to arrange for installation.