Why Hardwood Floors Fade and What Landlords Can Do About It

Hardwood flooring is a beautiful feature and can increase the price you can charge for your rental units. However, there is an unfortunate frustration that comes with owning hardwood flooring: fading. Because hardwood is highly sensitive to UV rays, sunlight inevitably causes flooring to fade over time. There are steps landlords can take to preserve their hardwood flooring for their tenants, from using the right protective covering to installing commercial window treatments for apartments in San Jose. hardwood - floors

How does hardwood flooring fade?

Hardwood flooring is impacted by UV light, visible light, and infrared light. UV lighting is responsible for the most fading, because of the photosensitivity of wood. Red oak, maple, and hickory flooring are most likely to fade dramatically in the sunlight. Some species of wood, including Brazilian cherry, actually get darker when exposed to UV light. All three kinds of light also react with the finish used on the floor. Depending on the finish, the floor may darken or it may turn a yellowish color.

How can I reduce fading?

For landlords, some of the normal strategies for reducing fading won’t work, because you can’t insist that tenants rearrange their furniture periodically to allow sunlight to fade flooring evenly. Fortunately, there are still things you can do. Start with installing commercial window treatments that reduce UV exposure. These commercial roller shades, blinds, and plantation shutters can protect the flooring when in use by your residents. Finish your hardwood floors with a UV-resistant product. Generally, water-based products are the best. If you choose to have your floors stained, have them done with a pigment-based stain, as these are more colorfast.

Try adding a window film to all of your apartment windows. These films help to filter UV and infrared flight without preventing visible light from entering. When used in conjunction with your commercial window blinds and shutters, window films can make a considerable difference in your flooring.

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