While all that Vitamin D might be wonderful for you and your family, the prolonged sunlight doesn’t spell happiness for your hardwood flooring.

Learn a couple quick tips from the pros on how to protect hardwood floors from sun damage.

Hardwood Floors Are Photosensitive

This means any direct exposure to sunlight can have an impact – causing either a fading or darkening of the floors.

Some species of wood are more likely to react to sunlight than others, such as Brazilian Cherry, American Walnut or Tigerwood.

The sun’s UV light can also react with the finish used to seal the floor.

So what can you do to protect your flooring from sun exposure?

1. Limit Exposure

To help delay the impact, the first step is to limit the amount of sunlight reaching your floors. Shut blinds and curtains during the day. If you have blinds with horizontal slats, try angling them upward so that sunlight is directed to the walls and not the floors.

2. Keep Moving

Try to rearrange furniture and move carpets so different parts of the floor will be exposed to the sunlight and the floor won’t fade or darken too much in any one spot.

3. Add Window Film

Quality window film can block up to 99% of the sun’s UV rays while still letting in plenty of natural light.

Sun Damage

The good news is that if the floors do become severely damaged, they don’t necessarily have to be replaced, they can be refinished most of the time. Interested in learning more about your hardwood flooring options? Visit one of our 6 area flooring stores.