Fading of hardwood floors as a result of sunlight is a problem that is unavoidable to a degree. The sun’s strong ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) rays fade everything over time. You may not even realize that over time, the sun is changing the color of your wood or even fading the artwork on your walls. There are some preventative measures you can take to reduce sun damage on your floors:
Choosing a finish
Certain finishes have UV-ray inhibitors in them that can deflect some, but not all, of the sun’s UV rays. It’s almost like a sunscreen for your wood floors. They can help slow the process of fading, but they won’t stop it in the long run. Still, some UV protection is better than none.
Close the blinds
It’s nice to let in some sunlight during the day to light up your home, but you should keep them covered most of the time, especially if you’re not home. Closing the blinds keeps the culprit that fades your hardwood floor, UV and IR rays, out. This also keeps your house cooler in the summer, as an added benefit. Close the blinds when you leave the house in the morning and open them back up when you return. If you want more natural light in the room, try translucent curtains that block UV and IR rays but still allow for natural light in the room.
Move Furniture Around
Moving furniture around is another way to reduce fading of your floor. By regularly rotating furniture and area rugs, you can block the sun’s rays from hitting the floor and more evenly distribute the amount of fading over time.
If you believe sun damage is affecting your floors, or want more information, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors. You can call us at 410.415.0755 or click here today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!