Reducing Sunlight Damage on Hardwood Floors

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. Wood floors are no exception. Wood floors with oil based finishes fade more severely than those with water based finished, but one thing’s for sure, there is no such thing as a fade-proof floor. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the amount of fading on your hardwood floors.

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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

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.

If you can, installing Low-E windows works wonders because these windows reduce the amount of UV and IR rays that enter your home, and also bring with them many other energy efficient benefits. If new windows aren’t an option, window films work on a similar principle and can be installed on existing windows.

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.

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