My house keeps trying to light my car on fire.
May 8, 2013 1:21 PM Subscribe
The previous owners of our house converted the original one-car attached garage into a semi-finished room, including removing the garage door and replacing it with a standard wall. In the replacement wall, they installed a row of horizontal windows, about five feet wide and a foot high, about six feet off the ground. These windows overlook the driveway in which I park my car, a first-generation Scion xB
. The house faces west, so the windows receive a lot of strong afternoon sun.
We love the additional interior square footage. We don't love the fact that the strong afternoon sun reflecting off the windows is melting my car.
posted by jesourie to Home & Garden (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
From time spent parked in the driveway head-in, there are melted areas along the front grill and, most worryingly, along the rubber above the wipers in which the windshield is seated. From time spent parked in the driveway backed-in, there is a melted area of plastic in the wayback. One memorable afternoon, I was sitting in the car with the door open and watched a small area of the door's fabric upholstery catch fire.
Google is helpful at locating a great many anti-glare products that keep light from entering a room, but not products to keep light from reflecting back off the windows and incinerating my car. Googling things like "how to keep windows from melting my car" is, not surprisingly, useless.
I guess I could simply not park in the driveway and use the (ample, free) parking on my street instead, but I'd really like to be able to use the hunk of concrete in my front yard for the purpose for which it exists. I'm kind of afraid to put anything else there, anyway, for fear that I'll come home and find it in cinders.
Is there a way to prevent the windows from reflecting all that sun back onto the driveway? I'm open to any and all suggestions that don't involve nailing up plywood.