The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The air feels warmer. Life is good! Unfortunately, while Spring’s arrival might be wonderful for you and your family, the prolonged sunlight doesn’t spell happiness for your hardwood flooring.

While hardwood floors add warmth, beauty and value to your home, they are also 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 does this mean for homeowners? What can you do to protect your flooring from sun 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. In addition, 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. Some people use special window films or tints to also help block the sun’s damaging rays.

The good news is that if the floors do become severely damaged, they can be refinished.

Interested in more flooring tips our the pros or want to learn more about your hardwood flooring options? Check out the one of our six convenient Baltimore flooring stores.