Your Guide to Fading Hardwood Floors

As you might know, exposure to UV rays can have a number of damaging effects on your home and its materials, including fading. The sunlight streaming in through your windows might be cheerful, but it will fade your curtains, your furniture, your rugs, or even your art. One of the greatest risks for fading is your hardwood flooring, which isn’t something you can repair or replace as you might a pair of drapes. Your floors are a part of your home itself, and represent a considerable investment. Here are a few things to be aware of it you have hardwood:

Damage is More than Skin-deep

When you think about what happens to human skin after many years of sun exposure, you know that it doesn’t just change color. The skin cells break down faster, creating wrinkles and reducing the elasticity of the skin. A wood floor reacts similarly—wood is made from organic particles and cell structures, just like your skin, and UV rays can weaken the floorboards and cause warping or sagging over time.

Difficult to Repair

To repair flooring, you usually need to either stain the boards or sand and refinish the boards. It can be very difficult to match the shade correctly, and will most likely require professional help. One of the best things about hardwood floors is that they’re the only floor covering materials that actually gets more beautiful with age. When hardwood ages, the color will naturally change and develop what’s known as patina. This can be especially difficult to mimic when you’re restoring a portion of the faded floor.

Harsh Lines

The worst kind of fading happens around the edge of a rug or a piece of furniture, where something has been sitting on the floor for a long time without moving. When you finally pull the rug or the bookshelf back, you might see a harsh, distinct line of color difference between what’s faded and what hasn’t. This is the hardest kind of fading to repair, and basically impossible to blend in by moving your furniture around. Regularly check under your furniture for these kinds of lines, and make sure you do it after sunset, when you’ll be best able to detect a difference.

Prevention is the Best Cure

The number one best thing homeowners can do to fight fading is install window film, which will block 99 percent of the UV rays, protecting your floor from bleaching. Most homeowners are sick of choosing between faded floors and dark ugly drapes, but window film will allow light into your home while blocking the UV’s that cause fading.

If you have hardwood flooring in your home, you probably want to protect your investment—call us at Brower Tinting and Graphics if you’re concerned about fading!

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