When you think about protecting yourself from skin cancer, you likely think about sunscreen and sun hats; but you should consider Grand Rapids window tinting solutions from West Michigan Glass Coatings as well.
While most of us know that soaking up the rays outside might damage skin, those dangerous ultraviolet A (UVA) rays can also harm your skin when you’re indoors. There are two types of a radiation from the sun that harm the skin and could cause skin cancer: ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA).
If you are the type of person who loves sitting in the sunshine by a window, soaking in the warmth like a cat, you’ll be happy to learn that most of the UVB rays are blocked by the glass panes of your window. However, plain glass will only block roughly 50 percent of these dangerous UVA rays. This means that as careful as you are outdoors, if you’re in your home (or your vehicle!) and in direct sunlight, you are exposing your skin to 50 percent of UVA rays.
How real is this risk? According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, exposure to UV radiation is linked to 85 to 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers.
While hearing this might make you want to cover your windows with heavy blinds, shades or curtains, consider the wonderful paradox that bright sunshine elevates the mood. And isn’t it nice to look at the view outside?!
Here’s the good news: The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends not only using sunscreen and covering up from the sun to block harmful rays, but also using window films. Not just any window films. You want to find those that have the Seal of Recommendation so you know they truly offer adequate protection. (We are one of the select authorized Grand Rapids window tinting dealers of 3M Window Films and are on their list!).
When you have Grand Rapids window tinting solutions from West Michigan Glass Coatings installed, you can enjoy that warm glow of a sunny day knowing that 99.9 percent of all the dangerous UVB and UVA rays are blocked.
That’s not all! Not only can you enjoy the view from your home, but there are many benefits to having window tinting installed. Our residential and commercial window films are available in styles that offer more privacy, enhanced security, and even decorative elements – all without obscuring your visibility from indoors.
Forget the curtains! We have a more attractive option: protect yourself and those you love from harmful UV radiation with affordable and quickly-installed Grand Rapids window tinting solutions. Contact our team at West Michigan Glass Coatings for information on our window film products and service that is backed by our ISO 9002 quality certification.