Image of a refinished hardwood floor among massive windows

Hardwood floors can create a stunning foundation for your house that adds a level of class and elegance. They can create a lively look that is noticeable from the moment a guest enters the home.

The problem is that once hardwood floors fade or become damaged, your house looks old, rustic, and like something out of a horror movie as opposed to the elegance it first displayed. One of these antagonizers for fading is the Sun.

What Is Sun Damage?

Sun damage occurs when the UV rays emitted from the Sun penetrate the hardwood flooring for extended amounts of time, changing and exposing the hardwood into a state that gets discolored, faded, and unnatural looking.

Causes of Hardwood Floor Sun Damage

Hardwood floor sun damage can occur from prolonged exposure to the UV rays from the sun. This mostly happens in areas of the house that are very bright and often full of windows. This can make the sun damage mimic the shape of where light is fully coming through, day in and day out. The heat that builds up inside the house from the rays can also cause discoloration when the wood is routinely exposed to that level of heat. While hardwood naturally oxidizes over time, prolonged exposure to UV rays, heat, and radiation can rapidly speed up this process.

Prevention Methods

Preventing sun damage to hardwood floors can vary dependent on location, exposure type, and floor material. Here are some ways to help minimize and prevent damage before restoration is needed.

  • Curtains or Blinds

    • For homes with areas that have a routine area that gets exceptional exposure, including sunrise-facing windows, curtains and blinds can be the simple fix. This will help limit exposure while also adding additional decorations to the home!
  • Recoat/Screening

    • The hardwood itself is not the only thing that oxidizes and changes colors, the finishing over the top can too. Implementing a new finish over the top with UV blocking additives can at least make the hardwood floors look fresh and unaffected by oxidation.
  • UV Blocking Window Film

    • Windows are generally the reason UV light damages hardwood flooring, so they can also be the solution too. Implementing these films onto the windows near hardwood floors can not only prevent oxidation but can also provide additional benefits unrelated to the flooring, such as reduced glare and lower energy costs.
  • Moving and Adjusting Furniture and Rugs

    • Oftentimes, the UV rays are consistently hitting the same areas of hardwood flooring, creating patterns of discoloration that aren’t noticed until it is too late. One way to help mitigate that is to occasionally rearrange and move furniture and rugs that cover the area in question. When you do this, you help relieve certain areas of the floor that are repeatedly affected by the Sun. As an added bonus, rearranging your furniture occasionally can provide inspiration, new feng shui, and even a workout!

When All Else Fails, Call The Experts

If you have tried one or more of these options, but haven’t found a way to minimize or reverse the sun damage that has taken hold of your hardwood flooring, the only option might be to refinish or redo your hardwood flooring. The team at JRK Flooring provides expert and professional services to refinish or replace your hardwood flooring. Contact us today to see how we can help you get the flooring you need and deserve. We hope to help you soon!