What’s the best way to stop my siding from melting?
The window is the problem, specifically the way the sun is reflecting off the Low-E coating.
Replacing the window may seem like the most obvious solution, but it’s not necessary.
Getting a window replaced is costly, and most Low-E glass windows are relatively new, energy efficient and are otherwise in good working order.
As long as you can block the sunlight from hitting the window in the first place, you can stop the heat beam from forming.
Do not install a product between the vinyl siding and the window as a means of protecting the house.
Anything that is in the path of the heat beam will get damaged, so installing something like a fence or umbrella would just mean constantly replacing something else instead of siding.
The key is to keep direct sunlight off the Low-E window.
Some people have put awnings over their windows as a way to block the sun from hitting them.
This solution can work because it blocks the sun from directly hitting the glass, but it does have some drawbacks.
It’s one of the more expensive options, and awnings require a lot of maintenance.
They can easily get damaged by wind if they are left extended, so they can really only be used so long as you are home.
Retracting your awning every time you leave the house may mean that the sun can still hit your Low-E window and form hot spots.
So even with an awning you could still run into the same melted siding problems.
Planting some strategic trees as a means of shade would work, but again it’s not a practical solution.
It’s expensive and not everyone has the available space to be able to plant a large shade tree or trees.
Replacing melted siding with a heat resistant type of siding is an option, but it’s by far the most costly as it would mean having to replace the siding for the entire house.
The easiest and cheapest solution is to cover the window that’s causing the damage.
Painting over the outside of the window is cheap and easy and provides an immediate fix to the problem.
However, the entire point to having a window in the first place is to get natural light into your space.
Installing EZ Snap shade mesh over the Low-E window is the best way to fix a window while still keeping natural light.
EZ Snap works by blocking 90 percent of the sun’s heat and light from ever reaching the glass.
What does reflect off the glass gets filtered a second time on it’s way back out, ensuring that no hot spots can form from any Low-E glass reflections.
To see how well the shade mesh works in action, here’s a review a customer sent in who had a Low-E window that was melting siding. The video shows both the before and after of how EZ Snap stopped the hot spots from forming.