Does hardwood and bamboo flooring fade from sunlight exposure?

Sunlight is a wonderfully warm and invigorating gift from nature that has many health benefits for human beings.  Despite it’s health benefits, sunlight can also cause damage not only to our skin, but to building materials.  Constant and direct sunlight (especially on southerly facing windows in the U.S.) is an undeniable force – it will fade almost every product in your home, including furniture, carpets, paint, electronics, plastics, and hardwood and bamboo floors.  Even if you’re purchasing a bamboo floor with a high quality finish that contains UV-protection, you still need to take steps to protect your beautiful new floor.

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How To Prevent Fading From Sunlight On Hardwood and Bamboo Flooring

  • Purchase UV film protection to add onto your windows. These are transparent pieces of film that you stick to the window. They won’t affect your view of the outside but will help to block the sun’s UV rays – similar to the effects that you might get from wearing a pair of sunglasses. You can choose from a range of film protection on Amazon. If you aren’t comfortable with the idea of fitting the UV film yourself, you could hire a local home improvement company to do it for you.
  • If you are remodeling your house and decide to install new windows, choose laminated or low-e coated glass. Manufacturers claim that this style of window can filter out as much as 99 percent of UV radiation. Laminated windows help to insulate your house which could in turn save you money on your heating bills.
  • Use drapes, shades or curtains to limit the amount of direct sunlight that shines on your floors. Draw your curtains if you are going out during the day to stop the UV light hitting your floors. This has the added bonus of keeping your home cooler.   Monitor the sun’s position during the day and semi-close curtains to block out key sunspot areas.
  • Occasionally move or rotate furniture and rugs/carpets so that they don’t create sun spots on your flooring.

Why and How Does Sunlight Cause Changes in Wood Floors?

Direct sunlight can slightly fade or darken your floors over time due to the UV radiation in the sun’s rays.

The extent of damage that will appear depends on several factors. One of those is the amount of sunlight that hits the floor. In sunnier states, particularly in summer, the effects will be stronger than during the winter of cooler states.

Another factor is the type of wood that your floors are made of. Oak and cherry woods will tend to get darker with aging as the UV light burns the wood. Other woods will lighten after extensive sunlight exposure. UV rays can also have a yellowing effect on hardwood and any protective film or finish that’s been added to it.

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More About UV/Sunlight Protection

Let’s face it; no matter how much you love your bamboo floors, you aren’t going to sit inside with the curtains shut all summer. However, not to worry – there are lots of different options available to help diffuse the UV rays without blocking your daylight out.

UV protection film

UV blocking film comes in large rolls that you cut to size and adhere to your windows. If installed properly you can hardly tell it’s there, but it does a great job at blocking the harmful sun radiation. If you don’t like the sound of clear film, you can get patterned, semi-opaque and even colored products.

You don’t need fancy tools or skills to add protective film to your windows – just the material, some squeegees, window cleaning spray, a tape measure and scissors. There are many different online tutorials that show how to install UV protection film on your windows. Here’s a great example of all the steps you should take for optimum results:

Tulle window netting

Tulle window lace netting or drapes are semi-transparent pieces of material that you hang over the window. This gives you privacy in your home as outsiders cannot easily see in but you can still see out. This lace-style material is usually fairly low cost and it comes in a range of different patterns and colors.

You can be very creative with your tulle window decorations – check out Pinterest for some awesome inspiration.

Adding curtain tiebacks to the netting allows you to pull it back to let the full daylight in. You can then just release it during peak sun exposure times and allow it to cover the window to help protect your floors.

Do you carry out any special measures to help protect your bamboo floors? Have you invested in any of the protective products listed above? Share your top tips for protecting flooring from sunlight exposure in the comments box below.



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