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Protecting Your Flooring From UV Damage

Protecting Your Flooring From UV Damage

​Timber flooring often bears the brunt of UV damage, known as ‘aging’ or ‘weathering’. Here are four ways to reduce UV damage on your timber floors.

Words by Timber Floor Specialists

New Zealand has a reputation for having harsh UV rays. ​A Houzz article mentioned: ​"The combination of low ozone, distance from the sun, lack of pollution and high surface reflections (all that water!) means that our peak UV rays are some 40 per cent greater than comparable latitudes in the northern hemisphere.” – 13 Smart Ways to Minimise Sun Damage In your Interiors.

​Timber flooring often bears the brunt of this damage which is known as ‘aging’ or ‘weathering’. Prolonged and direct UV exposure can often result in the tone of your floor softening or accelerating the darkening of wood colours.

The combination of low ozone, distance from the sun, lack of pollution and high surface reflections (all that water!) means that our peak UV rays are some 40 per cent greater than comparable latitudes in the northern hemisphere.” – 13 Smart Ways to Minimise Sun Damage In your Interiors

Here are some ways you can reduce the effects of sun damage. Filtering sunlight through curtains, blinds, outdoor awnings or UV treated windows/doors are ways to slow down any colour changes and help to control the gap widths between boards.

Use Curtains + Blinds 

Sheer curtains fabrics can soften the sun light that reaches your flooring and adds some extra protection especially in north facing rooms that are exposed to more sunlight. The bonus; added privacy during the day, without completely blocking out the sunlight. Keeping blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day will make sure that sun exposure will not change your floor colour prematurely.  

Consider UV Films

Some window films can substantially reduce the amount of UV rays that enter your home, without hindering your views. Make sure to check which companies promise solar protection and not just a tinted window.  

Open up Your Living Space

Installing outdoor awnings opens up living areas and can block damaging rays that might have been hitting your flooring though windows or doorways.

Change the Furniture Layout

Regular rotation of your furniture and rugs is not only a quick and inexpensive option to protect your floors. It also allows the floor to age more uniformly than developing patches of differing colours. This can be as simple as moving a rug or moving a sofa to the other side of the room.

You may have purchased a home with existing timber flooring or maybe you’re installing new flooring. While it is possible to minimise UV damage and prolong the colour of your floor through the above suggestions, it is expected that all timber floors will fade over time.

Resources:
https://www.houzz.co.nz/ideabooks/70702251/list/13-smart-ways-to-minimise-sun-damage-in-your-interiors
https://polycure.com.au/can-minimise-effects-sunlight-damage-timber-floors/

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Protecting Your Flooring From UV Damage

Protecting Your Flooring From UV Damage

​Timber flooring often bears the brunt of UV damage, known as ‘aging’ or ‘weathering’. Here are four ways to reduce UV damage on your timber floors.

Words by Timber Floor Specialists

New Zealand has a reputation for having harsh UV rays. ​A Houzz article mentioned: ​"The combination of low ozone, distance from the sun, lack of pollution and high surface reflections (all that water!) means that our peak UV rays are some 40 per cent greater than comparable latitudes in the northern hemisphere.” – 13 Smart Ways to Minimise Sun Damage In your Interiors.

​Timber flooring often bears the brunt of this damage which is known as ‘aging’ or ‘weathering’. Prolonged and direct UV exposure can often result in the tone of your floor softening or accelerating the darkening of wood colours.

The combination of low ozone, distance from the sun, lack of pollution and high surface reflections (all that water!) means that our peak UV rays are some 40 per cent greater than comparable latitudes in the northern hemisphere.” – 13 Smart Ways to Minimise Sun Damage In your Interiors

Here are some ways you can reduce the effects of sun damage. Filtering sunlight through curtains, blinds, outdoor awnings or UV treated windows/doors are ways to slow down any colour changes and help to control the gap widths between boards.

Use Curtains + Blinds 

Sheer curtains fabrics can soften the sun light that reaches your flooring and adds some extra protection especially in north facing rooms that are exposed to more sunlight. The bonus; added privacy during the day, without completely blocking out the sunlight. Keeping blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day will make sure that sun exposure will not change your floor colour prematurely.  

Consider UV Films

Some window films can substantially reduce the amount of UV rays that enter your home, without hindering your views. Make sure to check which companies promise solar protection and not just a tinted window.  

Open up Your Living Space

Installing outdoor awnings opens up living areas and can block damaging rays that might have been hitting your flooring though windows or doorways.

Change the Furniture Layout

Regular rotation of your furniture and rugs is not only a quick and inexpensive option to protect your floors. It also allows the floor to age more uniformly than developing patches of differing colours. This can be as simple as moving a rug or moving a sofa to the other side of the room.

You may have purchased a home with existing timber flooring or maybe you’re installing new flooring. While it is possible to minimise UV damage and prolong the colour of your floor through the above suggestions, it is expected that all timber floors will fade over time.

Resources:
https://www.houzz.co.nz/ideabooks/70702251/list/13-smart-ways-to-minimise-sun-damage-in-your-interiors
https://polycure.com.au/can-minimise-effects-sunlight-damage-timber-floors/

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Protecting Your Flooring From UV Damage

Protecting Your Flooring From UV Damage

​Timber flooring often bears the brunt of UV damage, known as ‘aging’ or ‘weathering’. Here are four ways to reduce UV damage on your timber floors.

Words by Timber Floor Specialists

New Zealand has a reputation for having harsh UV rays. ​A Houzz article mentioned: ​"The combination of low ozone, distance from the sun, lack of pollution and high surface reflections (all that water!) means that our peak UV rays are some 40 per cent greater than comparable latitudes in the northern hemisphere.” – 13 Smart Ways to Minimise Sun Damage In your Interiors.

​Timber flooring often bears the brunt of this damage which is known as ‘aging’ or ‘weathering’. Prolonged and direct UV exposure can often result in the tone of your floor softening or accelerating the darkening of wood colours.

The combination of low ozone, distance from the sun, lack of pollution and high surface reflections (all that water!) means that our peak UV rays are some 40 per cent greater than comparable latitudes in the northern hemisphere.” – 13 Smart Ways to Minimise Sun Damage In your Interiors

Here are some ways you can reduce the effects of sun damage. Filtering sunlight through curtains, blinds, outdoor awnings or UV treated windows/doors are ways to slow down any colour changes and help to control the gap widths between boards.

Use Curtains + Blinds 

Sheer curtains fabrics can soften the sun light that reaches your flooring and adds some extra protection especially in north facing rooms that are exposed to more sunlight. The bonus; added privacy during the day, without completely blocking out the sunlight. Keeping blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day will make sure that sun exposure will not change your floor colour prematurely.  

Consider UV Films

Some window films can substantially reduce the amount of UV rays that enter your home, without hindering your views. Make sure to check which companies promise solar protection and not just a tinted window.  

Open up Your Living Space

Installing outdoor awnings opens up living areas and can block damaging rays that might have been hitting your flooring though windows or doorways.

Change the Furniture Layout

Regular rotation of your furniture and rugs is not only a quick and inexpensive option to protect your floors. It also allows the floor to age more uniformly than developing patches of differing colours. This can be as simple as moving a rug or moving a sofa to the other side of the room.

You may have purchased a home with existing timber flooring or maybe you’re installing new flooring. While it is possible to minimise UV damage and prolong the colour of your floor through the above suggestions, it is expected that all timber floors will fade over time.

Resources:
https://www.houzz.co.nz/ideabooks/70702251/list/13-smart-ways-to-minimise-sun-damage-in-your-interiors
https://polycure.com.au/can-minimise-effects-sunlight-damage-timber-floors/

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