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Do vinyl windows block UV rays?

Clear vinyl windows offer a wonderful alternative to both acrylic and glass panels. These panels are constructed from a flexible, thick, and durable clear vinyl material. The lightweight panels are an excellent choice for sunroom windows, three-season porches or decks, or any other backyard retreat you may have constructed. Our favorite type of vinyl window panels is the EzVue memory vinyl windows.  They can easily give you up to 75 percent ventilation in your sunroom. With safe heating, you can enjoy your EZVue™ multi-season room in cooler months. These are lighter in weight, more affordable than glass, and easy to use, remove, and clean.

And yes, our vinyl windows block UV rays; up to 98% of the sun’s damaging rays.

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Characteristics of vinyl windows

Vinyl windows are made from polyvinyl chloride, referred to commonly as uPVC. PVC is a form of synthetic plastic polymer and arguably one of the most desired forms of polymers today. One most commonly finds PVC being used in industrial applications – construction and plumbing – and has niche usage in window design.

PVC has versatile structural integrity. It can be either rigid or flexible. The rigid form is called RPVC. The material used to make windows is uPVC which stands for unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride. Conventional PVC cannot be used for doors and windows due to its chemical composition. uPVC is the preferred material as it does not consist of phthalates or BPA, rendering it environmentally safe.

Advantages of memory vinyl

There are many advantages of Porch Life’s memory vinyl windows and doors. The very first of them is that our products are custom-built to your specifications from Porch Conversions in North Carolina or Ohio. Porch Life products are made in the United States with love.

  • Other benefits of vinyl windows are important to consider when doing a remodel or new design on your home’s porch or outdoor living spaces. Amongst these benefits is the fact that the material does not fade. This might be one of the most important benefits! This quality is owed to its chemical composition. All you would have to do is wipe the window with a clean cloth and dust it once in a while and it will look as good as new.
  • Memory vinyl windows block UV rays. That’s right, our Porch Life vinyl windows and doors block 98% of the sun’s damaging rays. This is a major consideration when weighing out the benefits of vinyl vs. plastic or glass windows.
  • Vinyl windows also have the inherent ability to be heat resistant. Additionally, they don’t let the heat escape from within homes as well. This makes vinyl windows a good option for homes in places with extreme weather conditions and can be used all year round.
  • Due to the last point about being heat resistant, vinyl windows help you save money all year by being energy-efficient installations in your home.
  • Vinyl window products last long and are durable enough to stand up to winter weather conditions. Vinyl windows do not crack, warp or peel when subjected to harsh sunlight. They are also mold/fungi resistant.
  • Vinyl windows can also be great insulators of noise. With the curtains or blinds drawn in a year-round porch or outdoor living space, the private affairs inside the space can generally stay inside and vice-versa.

How do vinyl windows block UV rays?

A misconception about vinyl windows is that they do not block UV rays. This is because vinyl windows are often associated with ‘plastic’ which usually melts or peels off due to exposure to UV rays. The sun is extremely powerful and has the ability to burn our skin, cause cancer, and cause sickness despite its ability to fade fabrics, rot furniture and destroy finishes. UV-A, UV-B, and UV-C are some of the harmful types of UV rays, UV-C being the most threatening of all.

However, the notion that Vinyl windows are not UV resistant is simply incorrect. uPVC windows usually have a special coating that gives them protection from UV rays. this coating not only protects the occupants from exposure to sunlight but also gives the windows that fresh and unstained look. The coating is part of the manufacturing process.

How to use vinyl windows & doors

There are a variety of ways our memory vinyl windows open which will allow you to enjoy your three-season porch or outdoor living space for spring, summer, and fall, regardless of where you live.

  • Opening from the bottom will provide a really nice breeze. 
  • Opening from the top will help keep the rain out while allowing air movement. 
  • Opening from top and bottom to allow air movement without feeling a breeze.

Frame colors

We offer five-frame colors to ensure a custom match to your home. The color choices are white, tan, clay, bronze, and black.

Vinyl FlexiGlaze colors

We offer a range of FlexiGlaze shades from clear to bronze to fit your unique needs. Glaze colors help control the amount of light that enters the room.

Contact Porch Life

So, it is possible to transform your deck, patio, porch, or screen room into a three-season room with working memory vinyl windows. With a variety of screen, vinyl, and color options, these windows and doors will help create the perfect environment for your three-season room or outdoor living space. You can now enjoy being closer to nature throughout much of the year while your new vinyl windows block UV rays, rain, snow, and wind for a comforting outdoor living experience.

Contact us today or shop online for DIY porch windows.

Juanita Golson
Juanita Golson
2023-11-25
We love the windows we purchased from Porch Life. We upgraded our deck to a sun room and the windows help the room look so open and inviting. When they arrived, they were well protected and no damage. The windows were made to the precise measurements sent to them and fit perfectly in the openings we had prepared. Great value for these windows. Their customer service is fantastic, too.
Frank G
Frank G
2023-10-21
Transformed our back porch into a great three season room. Just wish we did it years ago. Andrea was great throughout the whole process. Can’t wait to see how long we can use it with the north east winter coming. Installation was easier than expected; took two of us about half a day. Thanks for everything.
Michael Los
Michael Los
2023-08-17
Andrea was great to work with. She did all she could to ensure I had a positive experience from start to finish. After I discovered several pieces were damaged during shipping, Andrea helped me work through the claim process to obtain replacements. I am pleased with the construction and material of the 4-track windows. The installation steps are straightforward. The openings on my porch required 4 twin units. For wthat it's worth, if I were to do again, I would leave 1/4" per joined unit (or min. 1/2 total) rather than 1/4" per rough opening. In short, I'm happy with the product and very happy with the service I received from Andrea and Porch Life Direct.
Peter Oday
Peter Oday
2023-07-03
Andrea was outstanding working with me on the project all the way through! Materials arrived on schedule, well packaged with no damage. Measurements were exactly what I requested. Quality of windows and doors is exceptional. We are extremely satisfied with the products!
Glen Barbeln
Glen Barbeln
2023-06-23
The windows are perfect for our new porch at our cabin. The whole experience went well from the order to the delivery. I would recommend them to anyone! Glen
Scott Nelson
Scott Nelson
2023-04-04
Andrea has been very responsive to my needs and I love the product. We have gone from two seasons on the patio to three. Very happy 😊
Gittelson Jewelers
Gittelson Jewelers
2023-03-15
We ordered the 4 track windows for our back porch to enclose it. We needed help measuring and Andrea was super helpful with that and answered all of questions so we felt really good about tackling a DIY project with these windows. Everything came as described and we simply followed her videos to get them installed. I definitely give Porch Life a thumbs up for making our outdoor living space project super easy. Thankyou!
Buz Booker
Buz Booker
2023-02-28
1-30-2023 Andrea @ Porch Conversions- We have really enjoyed our “new porch windows”. We can sit out there when sun warms it up. The temperature outside might be mid-forties and with the sun it can be mid-fifties on the porch; and the space heater kicks in some extra comfort. We hope for the best weather when our kids ( and kiddos) come in February from NYC and the Netherlands . Our two man team got the windows installed in less than a half day; and they look GREAT! We’ve told a bunch of friends how easy it was dealing with you and your company - the best - quick and the price was right! Also, we were most pleased to get the replacement screens for two windows and our contractor got them installed in about 40 minutes. Overall you get a very high mark for service, friendliness, sense of humor and being so easy to work with - many, many smiles! Come see us in the mountains of southwest Virginia and see the handiwork. All the best Buz Booker Pulaski, Va
Greg Jones
Greg Jones
2022-05-03
We love our new windows. We were originally going to go with just a screened in porch. After seeing some examples and talking to Porch Life Direct it was an easy choice to go this route. We turned a porch from something we would use in the summer to something we use throughout most of the year. They are extremely easy to install, easy to maintain and even easier to use. We couldn't be happier with our decision!