You may believe that hardwood floors will always appear the same after you do the hardwood floor installation in your house. Considering that many older houses still have the same wood flooring they had a century ago, properly fitted hardwood floors are the most resilient and long-lasting floor covering. Yet, since they are formed of organic material, hardwood floors may fade or discolor if not properly maintained. While studying how hardwood flooring matures and how to care for it may help keep your floors looking wonderful for years, sometimes hardwood floor refinishing is the only option.
Heat, moisture, and UV radiation all cause hardwood floor discoloration. This is how you may anticipate your hardwood flooring to alter over time since nothing will ever be perfect.
What Effect Does Sunshine Have on My Hardwood Floors?
Hardwood flooring is still made of wood and has many of the same characteristics as wood, such as photosensitivity. Depending on the kind of wood floor, sunshine, and UV rays may cause it to bleach, fade, or darken. The fading of indoor wood floors is caused by UV radiation in around 40% of cases.
The rate at which the finish on your hardwood flooring ages might also be a factor. Like sunscreen does on a person’s skin, some finishes may inhibit the penetration of UV radiation into the wood. Your hardwood floors will sustain greater sun damage as the finish ages and deteriorate.
When putting your hardwood flooring, take into account the direction and quantity of natural light your area receives since certain kinds of wood are inherently more photosensitive than others. For instance, lighter woods, such as maple or birch, will change color more quickly than darker woods, like mahogany or walnut.
What Can I Do To Avoid The Fading Of My Hardwood Flooring?
There is no assurance that fading will be avoided; it is an inevitable feature of hardwood floor aging. You can keep the room’s tone consistent while reducing the amount that your flooring degrades. The greatest approach to lessen sun damage to your hardwood floors is using curtains, particularly light-blocking ones. To lessen the harm that direct sunlight has on wood, draw your curtains during the time of day when the sun is at its strongest.
Consider covering the floor where the sunlight is hitting with a rug if one area of the room is more exposed to direct sunlight than the other areas. Rearranging your room’s furnishings might also keep the flooring stable.
Refinishing your floor can be a better choice if curtains, rugs, and moving your furniture don’t work, or if you see areas of the floor that are noticeably discolored. Your floors may be sanded at Solid Flooring to remove the old finish before being refinished in the color you desire.
Do You Need to Replace or Refinish Your Hardwood Floors?
We can assist if you find that your floors are fading more quickly than they should be or if you don’t like the way your floors are finished. When replacing hardwood floors professionally, solid flooring is the first option. Contact us right away if you want professional hardwood floor repair or refinishing or if you want to do a new laminate floor installation in your house.