Buying that beachfront house can give you a great sense of satisfaction, especially when you get to enjoy that first cup of coffee on the deck as you watch the tide roll in under the sunrise. If you're living in a sea turtle nesting area, though, you'll need to remember that living on the beach comes with some responsibility. Before nesting season, you'll want to have all of the glass in your house evaluated to be sure that it is safe for sea turtle hatchlings.
Why Your Windows Matter to Sea Turtles
The natural process of sea turtle hatching relies on a turtle's natural instinct of following the moon's reflected light on the horizon to get to the water. Since this is entirely instinct and the turtles have no way to differentiate moon light from artificial light, any lighting that shines from your home's windows can interfere with their migration to the water. This could be life-threatening to the newly-hatched turtles.
What You Can Do About Your Windows
There are several different options available to you for preventing the transfer of light from your home's windows. Consider having a window glass professional install new windows made from sea turtle glass along all of the beach-facing walls of your home. If you're not familiar with sea turtle glass, it's a tinted glass product that blocks nearly half of the visible light from your home so that it doesn't reach the beach.
Replacing all of the windows can be an expensive investment. Instead, talk with your window glass technician about applying a tinting film on your windows to keep the light at bay while you replace the glass in stages.
How You Apply Window Tint
Measure the width and length of the windows so that you know exactly how much tint you'll need to cover them. Then, make sure you buy extra to account for waste from trimming and measurement errors.
Opt for either early morning or late evening installation so that the window glass is cooler. Glass will absorb heat during the peak hours of the day, and that heat can make it hard for the film to adhere. Clean the windows thoroughly, then allow them to dry.
Cut a piece of film for the window that includes a small amount of overlap on each side. Anywhere between a half-inch to an inch should be more than enough, depending on what you're comfortable with. The overlap is important, because it makes it easier for you to get the film all the way to the window edges.
Wet both your hands and the window with a spray bottle of water. That will help ensure you don't leave fingerprints on the film. Then, peel a small piece of the protective backing off the film. Spray the front of the film, then line up the top edge along the edge of the window. Gradually work with a squeegee to push out air bubbles as you slowly expose more film and adhere it to the glass. Once the whole film sheet is applied securely, trim any excess from the edges of the window with a sharp razor.
For more information about installing or replacing windows, make sure to talk with someone at a business like Five Star Windows Inc.