Homeowners frequently take the time to learn the basics of caring for their hardwood floors when they first get them installed. Among the cautions, care and maintenance, ensuring you immediately cleanup any spills, avoid mopping and oversaturation of water and liquids, clean the surface free of dirt and debris, and avoiding wearing heels and cleats while walking on the floor, as well as not using abrasive cleaning tools or harsh chemicals. Unfortunately, few are warned about the potential threat sunlight has on wood flooring. In most cases, over exposure to direct sunlight will discolor the floor, typically lightening them, but some will darken depending in the wood type. Where the UV rays touch down on the wood floor is the location of the discoloring. Today, we at Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to share a few tips and suggestions on how you can avoid UV damage from direct sunlight exposure to your hardwood floors in order to assist you in avoiding this damage and other probable harm. Hardwood floors suffer irreversible damaging effects from direct sunlight in conjunction with warm temperatures and high humidity levels. You can implement several solutions to prevent these problems all year long.
Wood Floor Sealants
The effect of sunlight on floors will vary, based on the specific wood and color tone as touched on previously. Where some wood species lighten to the sunlight exposures, others will darken. Moving the furniture around in the room can help balance the effect of sunlight exposure. You can minimize the effects by using a sun-resistant sealant. Other alternatives are to utilize area rugs and runners to act as a shield from the sun’s rays.
Window Treatment UV Protection for Wood Floors
The window UV film that blocks out 99% of harmful rays is one of the most effective measure is against the sun. By simply installing quality window films, it will prevent fading and discoloration. Most prefer the window film to having to keep the curtains closed drawn since it is a permanent solution. Window films prevent keeps the harmful rays from penetrating through the glass while still allowing enough visual light transfer to flood your home with natural light. Blinds, curtains, and drapes have to be closed to prevent the sunlight from coming through during the peak hours when the direct sunlight shines through in order for them to be effective. As a result, homes are kept relatively dark as it preserves the health and color of your hardwood floors.
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To better protect your wood floor from the sun you can use these solutions singularly or in harmony with others. It is important that you take the necessary precautions when you first get them installed to ensure your hardwood floors do not take discolor damage from the sunlight. When comparing it to areas where the sun’s light penetrates through the window as opposed to the areas protected under furniture for example, it does not take too long before you notice the discoloration of the hardwood floor. Contact Mike’s Custom Flooring and let our specialists make certain your hardwood floors are cared for correctly to deliver beautiful flooring for your home or business when you are in need of installation, refinishing and repairs.