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Don’t Let the Sun Damage Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are durable, timeless, and strong. However, hardwood floors may meet their match when exposed to the sun. To learn more about sun damage and hardwood floors, keep reading.

Letting in the sunlight on a beautiful, warm day can create a wonderful environment in your home. However, over time, sunbeams can actually damage your hardwood flooring. This is because wood is a photosensitive material. Depending on the type of wood your hardwood flooring is made of, sunlight can cause discoloration to the surface. Some wood darkens, while other wood fades when exposed to the sun for extended periods of time. The results of sun damage aren’t always visible overnight. Typically this damage is visible over the course of several months or years.

UV rays cause up to 60% of sunlight damage. Not only can sunlight damage your hardwood flooring, but you can also notice damage to your artwork, furniture, and rugs after extended exposure to the sun.

Sun shining on hardwood floor in bedroom

If you want to protect your hardwood flooring from sun damage, consider investing in windows that block out UV rays. A regular window blocks approximately 25% of the sun’s UV rays, but Low-E coated glass can filter as much as 99% of harmful UV rays.

If Low-E coated glass is out of your budget, you can opt for curtains or blinds. Not only are these options much more affordable, but they can also add more style to your home. While room darkening window treatments are the most effective, sheer curtains can reduce harm, while still letting the light in.

Another way you can protect your floors from harmful sunbeams is by using sun-resistant sealant. Apply a varnish, lacquer, polyurethane, shellac, wax, or oil finish to your floors to protect them from the sun and extend their quality.

Now that you know how to protect your hardwood flooring from the sun, you’re ready to invest in high-quality planks for your space. No matter the type of wood you’re seeking for your home, has what you’re looking for. Check out our inventory online and contact us by phone at 800-689-9006 or by email at with any questions. We look forward to supplying you with quality hardwood for your home.

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