Myth Buster – Can You Get A Tan Through Your Windows?

By on 13th June in Home Inspiration

I have investigated this rather random question, as I wasn’t sure of the answer and although we don’t live in the warmest of climates, we as a country enjoy sitting in our cosy conservatories that are bathed in sunlight.

To put it simply the answer is no – it is possible, however, it would take a very long time before you started to tan through windows.

Did you know –

The ozone layer blocks approximately 97% of mid-range UV, which would cause extensive damage to the earth and its organisms.

A double glazed window acts like the ozone layer or sunscreen, blocking out the majority of harmful UV rays. Some still get through, but they are the least harmful type of UV ray and you would only become tanned or burned after an excessive period of exposure.

So, if you are sat in your conservatory for a few hours, although it may be boiling hot outside, the chances of you burning through your windows are minimal.

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UV energy is not only harmful to us, but it also damages furniture and upholstery. It is commonly known as UV degradation, which fades, discolours, cracks, warps and sometimes, if left for a long period of exposure, it can lead to complete disintegration.

Did you know –

A tan does not mean you have healthy skin that will protect you from sunburn. A tan is the result of the body defending itself against harmful UV rays, releasing melanin to counter the DNA damaging effect UV has. Melanin breaks down the UV energy, reducing the damage done, but it does not mean it prevents burning.

Now, a lot of us will have furniture such as sofas, book cases and books, table cloths and upholstery in our conservatory, all of which are items that would all be affected by the suns UV rays if left for a long period. With this in mind, we need to think about how we can protect the furniture in our conservatory.

The Solaroof is a special type of conservatory roofing that greatly reduces the UV ray penetration, the solar heat and the glare from the Sun. The Solaroof can achieve up to 98% UV rejection, and rejects 75% of solar heat, meaning you will have a cooler conservatory, even during the hottest of summer days.

68% of the Sun’s energy is directly concentrated onto the roof of your conservatory so the Solaroof is designed to combat this and give you a more comfortable room to enjoy. This should give you peace of mind that your furniture will be protected, so your royal red sofa will not be a shade of pink come next summer.

Conservatory solaroof So, next time the Sun makes an appearance and you are sat in your conservatory or by a window, have no fear of sunburn, but we highly recommend using sunscreen when you are out in the Sun. It is never worth taking unnecessary risks with your health.

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  • Jade

    Be very careful. The long range UV rays called UVA go through window glasses. They are the ones who go through the skin much deeper than the medium range UVB. They cause skin ageing and are the second cause of skin cancer.
    Louie is writing about UVA which do not go through window glass (97%) also that varies with the type of window and age of the glass/color. He has clearly done very little investigation.

  • Jade

    “Louis is writting about UVB” I meant to write. Sorry for my spelling mistake.
    Jade