How to stop the sun light discolouring a wooden floor

By: john fanthorpe


Wood floors are extremely sensitive to the surrounding environment. Seasonal gaps are a general occurrence. The causes humidity and dryness. Wood floors expand in humid conditions and contract when the air becomes dry, commonly due to heating. Using a humidifier or dehumidifier in conjunction with a heating/cooling system is recommended to keep a steady 30% to 50% humidity level. This will minimize shrinkage and cracking. Most cracks show up in dry months or cold season when heating is required and close up throughout humid periods when the heat is not used. This movement is considered standard. Cracks may be the width of a dimension. Wider boards (wider than 150mm) will demonstrate wider cracks because the same contraction is dispersed to fewer joints creating larger cracks.
Many people are shocked when an area rug is moved and there is an outline of the rug on the floor. Luckily, there is no need to panic. If you take away the rug completely, the colour will intermingle ultimately, but it may take a while. So, be patient! This happens because the sunlight hits on the open floor and does not reach the floor under the rug. This discolouration can be avoided by moving the rugs frequently or by using a finish with a UV block when it is time to refinish.

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