Saturday, June 2, 2018

Healthy Habits: Window Films and Skin Cancer

One person dies every hour from skin cancer and according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, it is one of the most preventable types of cancer. Solar Gard, the global leader in patented protective film technologies for solar control and surface protection, is answering that call with technology that delivers more than 285 SPF. Its window films offer the ultimate form of protection.
  • With Skin Cancer Awareness Month in full swing and daily sun exposure on the rise, the threat of UV damage increases for people who are both directly and indirectly exposed to the sun’s extreme rays. While applying sunscreen every day is a step in the right direction, sun damage doesn’t just happen at the beach – it can attack while sitting in traffic, at your desk or simply enjoying time at home.
  • Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation, Solar Gard’s dynamic line of protective films deliver more than 99 percent protection against UVA and UVB rays.
“Skin cancer is one of the most common and preventable cancers, yet people continue to put themselves and their loved ones at risk during everyday activities. While avoiding direct sun exposure reduces an individual’s risk, day-to-day activities like relaxing inside your home, working by a large window or sitting behind the wheel in rush hour, pose some of the most prominent threats,” said Kendall Combs, General Manager, Thin Films for Solar Gard. “Normal window glass does not properly protect loved ones from this harmful exposure. Solar Gard’s window films deliver the ultimate form of protection and peace of mind for families and businesses everywhere.”  
  • Solar Gard’s window films have been trusted to protect some of the nation’s most prominent government buildings and landmarks from solar, bomb and intrusion threats. From the U.S. Capitol, J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building, and U.S. Institute of Peace, to millions of vehicles on American freeways and school districts across the country, Solar Gard technology has been a quiet, critical factor in reducing the risks of UV exposure and increased chances of developing skin cancer.
  • The film can be installed on all types of windows for maximum UVA and UVB protection without altering a vehicle or building’s appearance and is engineered for scratch resistance, bomb blast mitigation and intrusion protection. Aside from skin protection, the film also provides protection for electronics and reduces fading and discoloration of a vehicle’s upholstery and interior components.
I had a chance to interview Kendall Combs, General Manager, Thin Films at Solar Gard to learn more.

How does Solar Gard window film help shield from the dangerous effects of the sun?
While much attention is given to vehicle safety ratings, proper car seat installation and weight guidelines, parents should also be aware of the unseen risks present while their children are safely buckled in.

Factory-tinted glass is commonly perceived as offering protection against the sun’s damaging UV rays, but that is not the case. Bearing the prestigious Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation, Solar Gard window film technology rejects 99% of both UVA and UVB rays – keeping family passengers protected on both the daily commute and long summer or holiday roadtrips.

Solar Gard film is professionally installed to the interior side of a window, by a nationwide network of authorized dealers.

Most people know about putting sunscreen on when they'll be outside, but its overlooked when in a car or home. Why is it so important for you to spread awareness about the protection Solar Gard provides?
With U.S. skin cancer diagnoses each year totaling more than all other cancers combined (see source below), we are grateful to be able to offer consumers a solution that starts working the minute it’s installed. Natural light is a wonderful thing – with benefits ranging from greater happiness to increased productivity – but it can also pose serious health hazards if dangerous UV rays are not blocked by Solar Gard window film.

What advantages does Solar Gard have over other window film options?
Solar Gard boasts a four-decade history of being proudly made in the USA, and is the only window film manufacturer to have achieved an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) on 46 of its solar control films. It was also recently highlighted by the Washington Post for being one of three window film companies that are meets two important criteria: “Their products must be tested according to standards from the National Fenestration Rating Council, the same industry group that ensures uniform comparisons of the energy issues related to windows. And the manufacturers must warranty their products for at least 10 years. “

About Solar Gard:
Solar Gard is a global leader in patent-protected film technologies for solar control and surface protection across the automotive, residential and commercial industries. As the Specialty Films Division of the global glass and building technology icon Saint-Gobain – a company whose 350-year legacy originated with the Hall of Mirrors in Paris’ Palace of Versailles – Solar Gard builds upon decades of work to offer proprietary solar control and safety film solutions. The company’s product portfolio delivers unmatched results in enhancing and protecting vehicles, homes and buildings, and most importantly, the passengers, residents and tenants inside. Follow Solar Gard on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. #SolarGard

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