When you finally sign the closing papers on that beachfront house you've had your eye on, it's time to start looking at the realistic factors about living on the ocean. For example, if you live in an area that's known for sea turtle nesting, you need to make sure your new home's windows are safe and won't disturb the hatchlings. Here's a look at what you need to know about your home's windows and their effect on sea turtle hatching.
Why Do Your Windows Matter?
When sea turtles hatch, the new hatchlings have a natural instinct to make their way to the water by following the moon's reflection on the horizon. Because this is instinctual, the newly hatched turtles cannot tell the difference between the moon's reflection and the glow of your windows. This could interfere with the turtle hatchlings reaching the ocean.
How Do You Avoid Light Reflection From Your Windows?
As a homeowner, there are a few different ways to keep the light passing through the window. The easiest method is to work with a window glass installation shop to replace all of your oceanfront glass with sea turtle glass. These glass panels are tinted so that they reduce the transfer of visible light significantly. This prevents the light from the inside of your house from reaching the beach.
As an alternative, if you don't have the budget to replace all of your windows, you may want to ask about applying window tint instead. You can install a window tint product designed to minimize the light transfer without interfering with your ability to see clearly.
How Do You Tint The Windows?
In order to tint the windows, you need to cut the film so that the pieces are properly sized. Measure the length and width of the glass, noting both measurements so that you can cut film that's properly sized.
Apply the film in the evening or early morning, because it ensures that the glass is a little bit cooler. These times of day have less direct sunlight, so the glass won't be as warm. This is important, because the hot glass can interfere with the adhesion of the film.
Make sure that the glass is clean and dry before you apply the film. Then, work slowly and carefully to apply the film on the window surface. Use a squeegee or something similar to work the bubbles out.
Whether you opt for brand new glass installation or the addition of tint film, it's important to minimize light transfer to the beach in sea turtle hatching areas. With these tips and the help of Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling, Inc. or another window glass professional, you can do just that.