Hardwood flooring tends to fade over time from exposure to sunlight, and even the finish can be damaged by too much UV exposure, leading to that yellow tinge that can be unpleasant to look at. This doesn’t have to happen to your beautiful new floors, though! The experts at Floor Coverings International KC South share a few things that you can do to combat this process:
UV Inhibiting Finishes
UV inhibitors in flooring finishes are still a developing technology. There are a lot of great finishes out there that will slow down the fading process, but none that will stop it dead in its tracks. You can also use a pigment based stain, which fades slower than a dye stain. Our trained design associates can talk with you to see if a UV inhibiting finish is the right choice for your flooring!
Window Coverings and Films
A tinted window can go a long way towards hardwood color longevity. You can also use heavier curtains to ensure that no sunlight gets in during the bright afternoons, but sacrificing natural light entire seems like an extreme step, so placing awnings over your windows can block direct sunlight without turning your home into a cave.
Some fading is going to happen no matter what, but you can ensure that the floor fades evenly by rearranging the room now and then. When a rug or a chair blocks the same spot for too long, that spot remains very dark while the flooring around it fades, leading to a patchy, unappealing appearance. Switch it up now and then to keep this from happening.
As a general rule, tropical woods like Brazilian Cherry and Tigerwood tend to fade much more quickly than domestic woods like Red Oak or Hickory. You can also use lighter woods like Bamboo, which already have a pale, blonde appearance so that the fading process won’t ruin the look.
Sanding and Refinishing
If your floor has already suffered substantial fading, all that can really be done at that point is to sand the flooring down and apply a new coat of finish. If the fade goes too deeply, you can stain the floor before applying the new finish in order to restore the flooring to its original rich tone. Solid hardwood, made from a single piece of wood, tends to hold up to more refinishes than engineered hardwood, which will typically have a thinner layer of wood on top.
A little bit of a fade only provides a home with that comfortable, cozy “lived-in” look, so there’s no need to worry about minor fading. But, a little maintenance and prevention will help to keep that fade from bleaching your floor’s color completely. If you’re ready to get to work on your new hardwood flooring project, give the experts at Floor Coverings International KC South a call to schedule your free in-home consultation. We proudly serve the greater Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood areas.
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