You probably know that you should protect your skin from the sun by wearing sunscreen, staying in the shade, and putting on a hat. If you’re like most people in the Clearwater area, you’ve experienced the agony of a sunburn at least once. However, you may not realize that those UV rays that are responsible for causing painful sunburns can do just as much damage to your hardwood floors. If you love the look of sunlight streaming onto your hardwood floors, you should learn how you can protect your floors from sun damage.
The main type of sun damage that Clearwater homeowners should worry about is fading. With some hardwoods, like American cherry, a deepening of the wood color in the years after installation is expected and even desired. Unfortunately, the sun has the opposite effect on most hardwoods, making them appear dull and faded after years of intense sun exposure. The good news is that diligent Clearwater homeowners can reduce the chance that their floors will fade with a few quick and easy fixes.
If you want to keep your floors safe from the sun, the best thing you can do is prevent damage before it occurs. Using curtains and blinds to limit your hardwood’s exposure to harmful rays is a great place to start. You should also consider rearranging your furniture and rugs from time to time, so that new areas of your floor are exposed to the sun. By moving your furniture around and regularly drawing the blinds during peak sunlight hours, you can make sure that your floors have a more consistent exposure to sunlight, so that they undergo a uniform aging process.
Although drawing the blinds and rearranging your furniture routinely can be a good first step, regular floor maintenance is also a big part of preventing sun damage. The flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Seminole recommend getting your hardwood floors refinished every five to seven years to preserve your floors and keep them looking their best. If your home is especially sunny, you may want to refinish your floors with a UV-blocking sealant for extra protection.
Hardwood floors add value and style to your Clearwater home, but only if you maintain them properly! Here at Floor Coverings International Seminole, our team of experts can help you with any and all hardwood flooring questions you may have. We proudly serve the greater Clearwater, Seminole & Largo. Call to schedule your free in-home consultation today!
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