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My siding is melting

sunscreem | Posted in Green Products and Materials on

My siding is melting from my neighbor’s powerful windows. I heard that there is a solar screen that he can put up to block the UV ray that is coming from his window. Can someone who heard of this horrible, horrible effect on homeowners tell me what is the best ones to buy?
I need all the information before talking to him: cost etc.



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  1. davidmeiland | | #1

    Your windows could be equally powerful!

  2. iLikeDirt | | #2

    Something good to note for those considering vinyl siding to be "green."

  3. sunscreem | | #3

    Hi David,
    It is not my windows, please research 'melting siding'

  4. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #4

    Here is a link to an article that you may be interested in reading: Window Reflections Can Melt Vinyl Siding.

    Ordinary insect screens on your neighbor's windows will solve the problem. Approach your neighbor gently -- perhaps with a freshly baked apple pie -- because this solution will only work if you have a good relationship with your neighbor.

  5. davidmeiland | | #5

    Gerri, I am quite familiar with the issue. I probably should not have been so flip in my response above, but the likelihood is that you have the same type of glass in your windows. Martin is right that covering the windows with a screen will work, but whether or not the owner wants to do that remains to be seen. I don't know if there is any legal precedent taking shape on this issue. Is it the window that causes the problem, or the siding? What about the fact that energy code might require windows that have low-e coating? What if you replaced your siding with wood or aluminum?

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