How to Protect Hardwood Floors and Furniture From Sun Damage This Summer

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Summer is here and while most of us welcome the sun, we don’t always appreciate the damage it can bring. The extra daylight hours combined with the intense heat and UV rays can cause significant sun damage to hardwood floors and furniture in your home. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to fading, discoloration, and even warping of your beautiful hardwood floors, diminishing their appearance and value.

Sun damage occurs primarily due to the harmful UV rays that penetrate through windows and skylights. These rays can break down the chemical bonds in the wood, causing it to lose its original color and luster. Additionally, the heat from the sun can cause the wood to expand and contract, leading to cracks and warping over time. Understanding these causes is crucial in finding the best ways to protect your hardwood floors.

In this article, we will delve into the true causes of sun damage and provide you with effective strategies on how to protect hardwood floors from sun damage. By understanding the underlying factors and implementing preventative measures, you can preserve the beauty and longevity of your floors and furniture, avoiding the costly and time-consuming process of repairs and replacements.

What Causes Sun Damage to Hardwood Floors?

First, let’s discuss what exactly causes this type of sun damage. A common misconception is that the sun’s UV rays are what cause sun damaged floors, furniture and furnishings. While these UV rays are certainly the largest component that causes fading, as the chart below illustrates, they only account for 40% of the total. Solar heat, or the heat you feel passing through your windows and the visible light streaming in are also major contributors. These account for an additional 25% each of the causes of fading. The last factor is listed as “other” as it comprises a variety of things that are harder to control and are not major overall contributors. These are things like interior lighting, humidity, etc.

One of the first things you might realize from this chart is that you cannot “stop” fading completely. The fact is that unless the item you want to protect in a dark, climate controlled room, it will typically fade over time. However, if you plan to have the flooring and furniture in a place that will be exposed to these elements, the most you can do is attack the major contributors of fading. By significantly attacking these contributors, you can slow down this fading process and extend the life of your floors or furnishings. For these reasons, one of the best ways to attack the primary causes of sun damage and fading is with window film.

Why Is Window Film a Good Solution?

As mentioned above, most people do not want to “close up” their home in an effort to stop sun damage from occurring. Therefore, assuming the windows will remain uncovered, it’s essential to address the contributing factors before they enter your home. Window film is an excellent solution because it effectively targets all three major contributors to fading before they penetrate your living space.

  • Comprehensive UV Protection – Most professionally installed window films block over 99% of harmful UV rays, which are the primary cause of fading in hardwood floors, furniture, and furnishings. This significant reduction in UV exposure helps maintain the color and integrity of your interiors.
  • Reduction of Solar Heat – In addition to UV protection, many window films are designed to significantly reduce the heat that passes through your windows. By cutting down on solar heat, these films help maintain a stable indoor temperature, preventing the warping and discoloration of hardwood floors that can result from prolonged exposure to high temperatures.
  • Control of Visible Light – Window film can also block up to 60% of the visible light entering through a window without noticeably darkening the interior. This reduction in visible light minimizes glare and further protects your floors and furnishings from fading. Importantly, this level of protection can be achieved while still allowing natural light to brighten your home, preserving an open and inviting atmosphere.

By combining these three protective measures—blocking UV rays, reducing solar heat, and controlling visible light—window film significantly mitigates the primary causes of fading. When you combine the overall reduction in these three factors of fading, you can take a large slice out of the pie chart shown above.  Which will effectively preserve the beauty and longevity of your hardwood floors and other interior elements.

The best part is that window film accomplishes this protection while retaining the open feel of your home. You won’t need to sacrifice natural light or the aesthetic appeal of your windows to protect your investment in your floors and furnishings.

We hope this post has shed some light on the factors contributing to sun damage in hardwood floors, furniture, and furnishings, and how utilizing window film is one of the best solutions to address this issue. If you are interested in learning more about how window film can protect your home, please get in touch with one of our experts!

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