Blinding sunlight can be a source of distraction and frustration for people whose work requires them to look at a computer screen for long hours. As the day gets warmer and the sun gets brighter, offices can turn into ovens – literally.
Aside from extreme discomfort, property damage and fire are a real risk when there is nothing preventing sunlight from streaming through a regular business or office window.
Many businesses and office buildings are turning to window tint to protect their employees and their property.
In 2012, a display of vodka bottles caused a fire in a closed Minnesota liquor store, giving a whole new meaning to the term “firewater.” Surveillance cameras captured the slow-starting fire, which started with a plume of smoke coming from a display of vodka bottles. The bottles actually acted like a magnifying glass, turning the sunlight into a beam that set the cardboard display on fire, whose flames were fanned by a ceiling fan above. While the flames shot up to 12 feet in the air, the store mostly suffered smoke damage and a small amount of water damage from the sprinklers. Red Lion Liquors had to close for two weeks for repairs, but they made sure they tinted their windows to prevent the same thing happening in the future.
However, this isn’t a unique story. Many businesses have had to deal with property damage caused by direct sunlight. Computers, cars, furniture, electronics, – almost everything is vulnerable to the sun’s harsh, unfiltered rays.
Uncomfortable Working Conditions
The majority of businesses want to create a safe, pleasant and healthy work environment for their employees. However, sunlight streaming through untreated windows can cause eyestrain and irritation. It also increases the indoor temperature significantly, which can make it difficult to focus. This is especially true for office environments that require formal business attire. Window tint will reduce glare and help keep everyone focused on business goals rather than their discomfort.
The comfort of your workers isn’t the only consideration for tinting your windows. Uncomfortable, disgruntled and sun-addled employees can hurt your productivity. An inability to focus on their work means that less work is getting done and the work that is getting done isn’t as high quality as it would be otherwise. Window tint is not just an investment in your employees, it’s also an investment in your company.
Most importantly, unfiltered sunlight can pose a health risk for you and your employees. Constant eyestrain and irritation can cause a temporary, yet unpleasant condition known as photokeratitis, which can lead to cataracts and other eye-related forms of cancer. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can also lead to skin cancer.
Window tint blocks both UVB and UVA rays. UVB rays are what causes sunburn and are typically blocked by normal window glass. However, cancer-causing UVA rays can penetrate window glass. A report published in Clinical Interventions in Aging, stated that eight women and two men had significantly more damage (wrinkles, brown spots and sagging skin) on one side of their face. The side that had the damage was the side that regularly faced a window at work. This is called asymmetrical facial damage and is believed to be caused by UVA rays.
Window tint blocks almost 100% of UVB and UVA rays, significantly decreasing the heath risks associated with long-term exposure to direct sunlight.
Tint Your Windows
The Nevada sun can be especially harsh, so if you’re in the area and are interested in tinting your building’s windows, contact Team Acme today! We can discuss your needs in detail and provide you with a quote. Just give us a call at (702) 566-8326.