How to Prevent Your Floors from Fading

We all want our floors to age well. In fact, one of the main questions associated with purchasing new flooring for a home is how durable will it be? When making a significant purchase like new flooring, we as consumers want something attractive, budget-friendly, and, most importantly, that we won’t have to replace anytime soon. But many challenges exist when it comes to keeping our flooring looking great – children, pets, furniture all serve as potential deterrents. Today we will focus on one of the less talked about flooring challenges, ultraviolet rays that cause fading. 

For homeowners planning on installing new flooring within their homes, fading can be a serious concern. While all flooring will naturally fade over time, some steps can be taken to mitigate the damage and help guarantee your floors look great for an extended period. This blog post will discuss some of the most effective ways to prevent fading of your floors. 

Find the right window coverings

While perhaps obvious, drapes, curtains, shades, blinds, or any window covering will help to limit the amount of light your floors receive and thus limit the fading. More than just a way to provide privacy, window coverings can help protect your floors from fading while also adding a pleasant visual touch to your home. Using your coverings to eliminate fading does not mean that you have to have your windows shielded. But by utilizing them in the brightest, hottest part of the day and closing them while you’re at work, you can help prolong the lifespan of your floors while eliminating fading. 

Move furniture and rugs

Moving the furniture and area rugs can help eliminate sun exposure in select spots of your flooring by helping to prevent certain parts of your flooring from receiving too much light. This rearrangement of furniture and rugs will help give your room a fresh look while also ensuring that UV rays do not damage your floors. Get in the habit of doing this every couple of months to limit fading and breathe new life into your home.

Install window film or tint 

Window films are transparent layers that adhere to the insides of your windows that prominently feature UV and infrared ray blocking properties. Per, window film can block up to 99.9 percent of the UV rays that penetrate windows. Also worth mentioning, window film can help regulate the temperature inside your home, saving you money on your utility bills. 

Like window film, tint is a protective that helps to reduce the number of UV rays passing through. While similar to film, tints are not transparent and will change the overall appearance of your windows. Some homeowners prefer tinting to window film, as the former makes it more difficult for passersby to see within your home. Whether opting for window film or tint, be mindful that the lower the cost of the product you purchase, the less effective it will be. 

By following this guide, you can help guarantee that your flooring does not fade over time, thus protecting your investment. For more information on fade-resistant flooring or to browse our impressive selection of flooring, contact the team at Flooring 101 today.