The Danger of Harmful UV Rays

From the first moment you set eyes upon your child, you vow that you will protect them from everything, always. So when you go to the beach, you slather them with sunscreen and equip them with sunglasses and hats. When they’re playing in the living room, though, are they just as protected?

The large, beautiful windows that you love so much allow UV rays to enter your home. To keep your household safe, you have to understand what it can do and how you can counter it.

How can you protect your children’s eyes from being damaged by the sun at home? Keep reading to find out!

How does sunlight damage your eyes?

There are lots of great things about sunlight. It gives you warmth, light, and stimulates vitamin D production in your body. All these great things do not come without risks. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can increase your risk of skin cancer and other skin-related diseases as well as damage your eyes.

Excessive UVA light harms your macula and retina. It could even ultimately result in loss of eyesight. UVB light harms your cornea or lens. Your skin isn’t the only part of your body that can get sunburned – your cornea can too. Corneal sunburn can result in temporary loss of vision.

Too much exposure to UV light can also result in growths on your conjunctiva or covering your cornea. Both of these conditions will affect your eyesight.

Are my kids more vulnerable than I am?

The majority of children are more susceptible to UV damage compared to adults. While an adult’s ocular lens is able to filter out some UV rays, a child’s ocular lens is not yet fully developed and won’t be as effective. Therefore, more dangerous UV radiation will be reaching your child’s retina.

Of course, you can lower the risks of eye problems by equipping your kids with proper eyewear and making sure they don’t stare at the sun or spend too long outside, but the fact of the matter is that kids spend more time outside than adults do. Even if they play indoors, it is better to make sure they don’t play near open windows where bright, direct sunlight enters for long periods of time.

How can I protect my children’s eyes?

When the kids play outdoors, make sure that they are equipped with sunglasses and hats. Encourage them to play in the shaded areas so that they aren’t as vulnerable to dangerous UV rays.

When indoors, your kids are still vulnerable. Sure, you could close the curtains, but that would make for a very dark room. This is where window film is incredibly helpful. You and your kids can enjoy the sunlight indoors without being left unguarded against UV rays.

Such a flimsy piece of film may seem ineffective, but you’d be surprised. High-quality solar film can prevent up 99% of UVA rays from penetrating your home. To get the most out of it, have a professional window film installer apply the film to your windows. That way, you can ensure that they are applied properly and will last for years to come.

At Cooltone, we specialise in window tinting residential properties – get in touch today to see how we can help.

Residential Renovation Boom

 

Australia is on the verge of a major residential renovation boom, with home owners around the country getting set to invest heavily in the renovations of their ageing homes. Nationally spending is expected spend to exceed 8bn this financial year which is well above the trends of the past few years.

Queensland is setting the pace with an estimated contribution to the total exceeding $1.5bn as recently published by news.com QLD Renovation Boom. News covered the coveted 2018 National House Awards, and Queensland have done exceptionally well.

 

These record levels in Queensland are attributed to upgrades, revamps and extensions to predominantly, workers cottages and Queenslanders. To add to QLD taking out top state in the recent figures a small Red Hill based practice  Zuzana and Nichols, was named the country’s best emerging architecture firm.

QLD also took out the award for the best house alteration or addition under 200 sqm, which was a workers cottage, Terrarium House in Highgate hill, designed by John Ellway, which was transformed into an amazing luscious plated oasis.

With Queensland setting the pace with the renovation market and the average spend on renovations and upgrades sitting in the $100 to $150K mark, people are looking at a variety of options to improve their home values.

At Cooltone we have worked with homeowners for many years working on renovation aspects to improve their value, ascetic look and also in-home comfort.

 

Frosting Glass and Graphic Film  

 

Cooltone supply and install high quality glass frosting films many newly renovated bathrooms, as well as high quality custom designed formats for graphics and unique designs.

You can view our Fasara Catalogue on our website

 

 

Window Tinting

Our experienced team of installers have the skill and resources to set up high quality window tints on residential homes, as the renovation market picks up so have our requests for homes to have a new window tint, to improve the aesthetic and also the in home comfort.

 

Di-Noc

Di-Noc is one of the more versatile retro fit products available on the market, it is available  in thousands of options ranging from wood grain, stucco to steel, with its close to real finish, quick installation and affordable costs, Di-Noc has become a favourite with renovators in the QLD market.

You can view our Di-Noc Catalogue on our website

 

If you are interested in speaking with our team to arrange an obligation free quote, contact us today on 1300 302 212. Or contact us.

Some of the Many Benefits of Residential Window Tinting

Residential window tinting is one of those investments that will pay for itself. Besides cost savings, you will also get improved aesthetics and protection. Read on to learn more about this amazing thin film that you can apply to your windows.

There are quite a few types of window film, including window film, security film, and decorative film. Each of them have different functions, but all of them have some degree of the following benefits:

Energy Efficient

You are sure to save a significant amount of money on electricity after you’ve installed film on your windows. These films will make your home heating or cooling system more efficient, so it will not have to work as hard.

Temperature Regulation

With window film, your home will have a consistent climate. You won’t have hot spots, as the tint prevents strong light from shining into your home. The temperature inside will be a lot more stable.

Less Glare

One of the biggest reasons that people decide to tint the windows of their homes is the glare that is often experienced on TV and laptop screens. Why strain your eyes when you could watch your shows in peace with tinted windows?

Reduce Skin Damage

UV rays are still able to penetrate glass and damage your skin. With window film, however, almost all of these harmful rays will be prevented from entering your home. You will have a decreased risk of health issues, including skin cancer and skin ageing.

More safety

Window tints have proved to increase the safety of your home by some degree. First of all, it is more difficult to see inside, so prospective burglars are not sure what valuables are indoors. Second of all, it is more difficult to break, and can even be shatterproof.

If you live in a storm-prone area, you may also benefit from safety film as the glass is more likely to hold together during bad weather.

Easy Maintenance

Cleaning tinted windows isn’t any harder than normal windows. The film is usually scratch-proof and resistant to water, so all you need to do is wipe it with window cleaner.

Increased Privacy

Window film makes it harder to see inside, while still keeping your home looking classy on the outside. That way, you’ll still be able to enjoy your privacy without alienating your neighbours. A lot of the time, your house value even rises because if the improved look.

At Cooltone, we specialise in window tinting residential properties – get in touch today to see how we can help.

The Benefits of Lining Your Windows With Sun Protective Film  

Clearly, sunlight is a crucial part of life. It gives off a lovely warmth and light that we need to flourish. Windows are a way to enjoy sunlight, even indoors. That being said, it does not come without its downsides – at times, we have to deal with terrible heat, damaged possessions, and even physical […]

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre – 3M Prestige

At Cooltone we really enjoy taking on challenging jobs and Pacific Fair at the Gold Coast was no exception.

We recently were tasked with fitting 3M Prestige 40 to their glass sky-lighting throughout the centre.

The Challenge

We were tasked with fitting 3M Prestige 40 to the sky lights through out Pacific Fair shopping centre. The problem was that fitting window film you need to make full contact with the glass surface in its entirety however this is quite dangerous with sky-lighting you need to ensure you are not applying too much weight to the glass surface in case it breaks.

We designed a custom made rig to allow our installers to sit about the glass surface without having to make contact to the glass and allowing us to adequately install the window film safely.

To ensure there was absolutely no risk to the public we completed the job outside or regular hours of the Pacific Fair.

 

About the Product – 3M Prestige 40

3M Prestige 40 is a premium range window film from 3M it is only available to exclusive installers and suppliers.

There are a multitude of films available in market designed to reject heat, however many of these films are tinted dark, highly reflective and contain metallic particles to block out the sun.  3M Prestige uses a non-metallised multilayer optical film that is designed to maximise heat reduction, with minimal reflection and interference.

Because 3M Prestige is Non-Metallised there is little to no reflectivity, there is no interference with electronic device wireless signals and are not susceptible to corrosion.

3M Prestige are the leading films in Sun Control, reducing up to 40% of the harmful UV rays from the Sun, 3M invest in highly regarded independent scientific testing to determine the maximum potential of their products.

All 3M Products are backed with a lifetime warranty and the 3M promise.

 

Want to know more?

Cooltone Sun Control specialise in complex and difficult window film installations, and have worked on some of Queensland and Brisbane’s most iconic and well known buildings.

Leave us an email info@cooltone.com.au

Or feel free to contact or team on 1300 302 212