Getting hardwood floors installed is an exciting upgrade for most homeowners. The luxury and beauty they offer is a timeless enhancement to any room’s style. Generally, the installer will offer basic maintenance, and many people take the time to research the care and maintenance involved before committing to wood floors. In a nutshell, wood floors are fairly easy to care for and maintain. Simply remove the surface dirt and debris on daily basis, or as often as possible; cleanup any spills immediately; avoid mopping and over saturation of water and liquids; keep heals and cleats off floors; never use abrasive cleaning tools or harsh chemicals; and other such care. When it comes to hardwood floors, however, few realize the impact direct sunlight has. In most cases, floors will lighten as over exposure to direct sunlight will discolor the floor, but in few instances, it will darken, depending on the type of wood. Where the UV rays touch down on the wood floor, the wood floors typically only become discolored, but there are other effects as well. To avoid UV damage from direct sunlight exposure to your hardwood floors, we at Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to share a few tips and suggestions in an effort to help you prevent this damage and other potential harm. Hardwood floors can suffer irreversible damaging effects from direct sunlight in conjunction with warm temperatures and high humidity levels. With the help of the solutions listed below implemented into the care and protection of the wood floors, you can avoid the costly repairs or premature replacements the sun can cause.
Window Treatments Help Protect Hardwood Floors from Sun Damage
Window UV film that blocks out 99% of harmful rays are the most effective preventative measure. Where some do not like the look of curtains and prefer natural lighting, window tinting is a permanent solution that prevents fading and discoloration. Though the harmful rays are kept from penetrating through the glass, the window films allow enough visual light transfer to flood your home with natural light. An alternative method is using blinds, drapes, and curtains. However, they have to be closed to prevent the sunlight from coming through during the peak hours when the direct sunlight shines through in order to be effective. Some people do not like the relative darkness it produces to maintain the health and color of your hardwood floors.
UV Resistant Clear Coating Protection for Hardwood Floors
The effect of sunlight on floors will vary, based on the specific wood and color tone, as mentioned. Where others will lighten, some types of wood will darken with sunlight exposure. Move the furniture around in the room to balance the effect of sunlight exposure in addition to using a sun-resistant sealant to minimize harmful effects. To protect and shield the hardwood floors from the sun, another option is to use area rugs and runners.
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Effective singularly or in harmony with others, these solutions are ideal for protecting your hardwood floors. It is important that you take the necessary precautions when you first get them installed to make certain 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 exam, it will not take too long before you notice the discoloration of the hardwood. Call Mike’s Custom Flooring and let our specialists handle your installation, repairs, and maintenance services to ensure your hardwood floors are serviced correctly to deliver beautiful flooring for your home or business.