Protect your Hardwood Floors from Sun Damage.
Your hardwood floors are a big investment, but a wise investment that can pay you back by providing years of beauty. Like any other home investment, they require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. Part of that maintenance includes protecting them from sun damage. The sun gives off UV rays and solar heat that can be harmful to your skin, but people often forget the damage it can do to their homes.
Wood flooring that is damaged by UV rays and solar heat can fade and discolor, and even cause warping in more severe cases. You can see if your floors have been affected by checking under the rug or large piece of furniture. Look for a difference in color from the rest of the floor. Fortunately, there are some simple and effective steps you can take to prevent sun damage from occurring in the first place.
Window Treatments: One of the easiest ways to protect your floors is to close blinds, shades or draperies during the daytime. If you don’t currently have window coverings, make this relatively inexpensive investment as soon as possible — your floors will thank you!
Coat Windows: UV films can be used along with window treatment. Applying UV-blocking films to some or all of your windows will reduce the amount of damaging light that reaches your floors. If you’re installing new windows, look seriously as this option. You can also have UV tinting applied to existing windows.
Shades and Awnings: Well placed awnings and sunshades allow you to enjoy the natural light of the sun inside your home with less damage to your floors. Adding awnings especially on the western and southern side of your home will greatly reduce the heat that your air conditioning is constantly fighting.
Landscaping for Shade: By planting trees, shrubs and even climbing vines you can help block prevent damage caused by the sun. Shading and evapotranspiration (the process by which a plant actively moves and releases water vapor) from trees can reduce surrounding air temperatures as much as 6 degrees. Your home’s curb appeal will be improved as the sun’s rays are diffused.
Rotate Pieces: Rotating pieces into and out of sunny areas in your home is an easy way to protect your floor. Doing this won’t completely stop sun damage, but it will help slow down the fading of furniture by balancing out the amount of time different areas are exposed to sun. Turning or swapping out area rugs will also help.
Have questions about the damage to your floors and ways to rejuvenate them? Let us know. We are here to help you.