Natural color changes and fading of wood floors
One of the things many people find appealing about hardwood floors is that they do experience some slight color change as they age. This change in color, known as patina, is a natural occurrence for all wood species and adds some extra beauty and character to the floor. The amount and rate of this color change varies depending on the species of wood. Many of the most common flooring species such as oak only show minimal changes. However, many exotic woods experience extreme color changes and some can become quite dark. The patina on wood floors occurs because of exposure to light and oxygen. Protecting your floor from sun exposure and a careful choice of finisher can help minimize this change in color.
Over time, intense direct sunlight can also cause fading of the color on a natural wood floor. To keep the fading to a minimum, make sure to periodically rearrange rugs and furniture to limit the exposure of a particular area. This limited exposure will make any fading that does occur more even.
Windows and coverings that help keep your wood floor from fading
If your project involves new construction or is a big remodel that includes new windows, you might want to consider windows with low-e glass. These windows have a coating that reduces ultraviolet and infrared rays, which are the most damaging elements of sunlight. If you aren’t replacing windows, there is film that can be applied to the inside of existing windows that will do the same thing. However, this film isn’t quite as effective as the coatings applied during manufacture.
Drapes, shutters, and blinds can all be used to limit the sunlight coming in through the windows. Keeping windows covered during the sunniest part of the day can limit fading. Motorized shades and blinds are also available that can be programmed to close and open at certain times.
Floor stains and finishes can also be used to prevent wood floors from fading
The stain and protective finish you choose for your wood floor can be helpful in preventing fading as well. Pigment based products allow the color to adhere to the wood better and resist fading better than dyes. Some finishes are prone to yellowing over time. However, water-based protective finishes stay clear and have UV inhibitors that help slow fading substantially.
Gowdy Flooring can help with all the flooring needs for your home or business. If you have questions about our products and services, you can call us at (806) 353-6226. You can also connect with us via e-mail by clicking on Contact Us. We welcome your visit to our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.