PREVENTING SUN-RELATED DAMAGE TO HARDWOOD FLOORS
Hardwood floors are susceptible to discoloration with continued exposure to sunlight. There are several ways to reduce this exposure—such as installing solar window films—and keep your hardwood floors colorful. In addition to a solar window film installation in your Winter Park home, you can also apply special hardwood finishes to protect your floors. Let’s take a closer look at how to prevent sun-related damage to your hardwood floors.
Install Solar Window Film
Solar window films are a simple solution to reduce the amount of sun damage to all of your floors. These window films are typically made of several thin layers that are designed to cut down on ultraviolet and infrared light. However, solar window films are also designed to allow in ample amounts of visible light, so your home will retain its brightness without the sun damage.
If you leave area rugs and furniture in the same spot throughout the year, then there will be a noticeable difference in color and appearance on your hardwood floors. Reduce this difference by moving these items every few months. This will even out the sun exposure to your floors and furniture, which will minimize any noticeable changes in color. Use UV-Rated Finishes
Your hardwood floors may require refinishing to maintain their beauty and integrity. When you need to apply a new finish to your floors, choose a finish with an ultraviolet inhibitor. These finishes will not stop the spread of sun-related damage, but they will significantly slow down damage to your hardwood floors. If you choose to stain your floors, then look for a pigment-based stain over a dye stain. Pigment stains will hold their color, with the help of the right finish, to keep your floors beautiful and colorful for a long time.
Install Exterior Shade
You can also reduce sun-related damage to your floors by installing exterior shade around your windows. Awnings can significantly reduce sunlight entering through your windows, which will reduce sun-related damage and cut down on energy usage. Consider planting large shade trees outside of your windows as well, to reduce entering sunlight.