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Is Clear UV Film Enough to Prevent Fading?

As a homeowner, protecting your home’s interiors from the damaging effects of sunlight is a crucial consideration. At Concord Window Film, we understand the importance of preserving the beauty and integrity of your home furnishings, flooring, and artwork. One of the most common questions we encounter is: “Is clear UV film enough to prevent fading?” In this blog post, we’ll delve into the science behind fading and how clear UV window films can be a game-changer in protecting your home.

Understanding the Fading Process

In order to determine is clear UV film enough to prevent fading, we need to understand what causes fading

According to the Florida Solar Energy Center, fading is not just caused by UV light. Fading is primarily caused by three factors:

  • Ultraviolet (UV) light
  • Visible light
  • Heat

UV light is a major culprit, responsible for approximately 40% of the fading process. It’s invisible but highly damaging to fabrics, dyes, and various materials. Visible light, contributing about 25%, can also cause fading, especially in brightly lit rooms. A further 25% of fading is due to heat sources. The remaining 10% of fading is caused by artificial lighting, humidity, pollution, and other factors.

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Read more about what causes fading here.

Clear UV Window Film

Our Clear UV window film is specifically designed to address the UV light portion of the fading equation. When installed, this film blocks up to 99% of UV rays in the 300-380nm spectrum (industry standard measure).

The beauty of clear UV films lies in their subtlety – they are invisible, meaning they won’t alter the appearance of your windows or the natural light quality in your home. This makes them an ideal choice for maintaining the aesthetics while offering full UV protection for your skin health as well as some fade reduction.

What’s more, our Clear UV film will provide protection to you and your loved ones should a window accidentally break. The 2Mil thick film will hold the broken pieces of glass together so that dangerous shards don’t enter your home.

Is Clear UV Film Enough to Prevent Fading?

While clear UV window films are highly effective in blocking UV rays, they do not address the entire spectrum of causes behind fading. Since visible light and heat also play roles in the fading process, complete protection requires a more comprehensive approach.

Using a solar control window film, which can reduce heat and visible light, provides a more robust defense against fading. Since solar control films, like our ComforTech™ Ceramic Series and our Silver 15 Reflective film, both block UV rays, plus visible light and heat, you will get better fade protection from these films.

The choice really comes down to how dark are you willing to go with the film to achieve your results. This is always very personal to the homeowner and includes considerations like what part of the country they live in, the direction their windows face, and their own personal preferences for brightness.

We always recommend testing out the film in your home before purchasing. Concord Window Film offers a window film sample kit that includes seven sample pieces of 5” x7” film – each of our ComforTeCh™ Ceramic Series shades, a piece of our Silver 15 Reflective film, and a piece of our Matte White Privacy film. The kit costs $5 but includes a coupon code for $5 off your future film purchase.


Clear UV window film is a powerful tool in the fight against fading, particularly against UV-induced damage. But is clear UV film enough to prevent fading? The answer is no, not completely.

For comprehensive protection, it’s advisable to consider solar control window film options that address heat and visible light. At Concord Window Film, we offer a range of window film products, including solar control, privacy, and safety films, that cater to various needs and preferences.

Protecting your home doesn’t mean compromising on style or comfort. With the right window film solutions, you can enjoy natural light, maintain your view, and protect your valuable interiors all at once. Visit us at to explore our range of professional-grade DIY window film products and find the perfect match for your home.

Contact us today at [email protected], 1-888-206-1413, or through the chat bubble on our site, to discuss your unique situation – we love to talk film!

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