Avoid Floor Discoloration with Blinds and Window Treatments
We’re right in the midst of the last remaining summer weeks. The kids are either preparing for their first day back in school or they already have settled into the school-homework-play routine. For those rare moments when you have a quiet house and time to think, we invite you to focus on your Window Treatments (Blinds & Shades).
The sun is shining especially bright this year, and casts light all over the kitchen, living room, and office. But if you have Hardwood or Laminate floors, that sun can cause unforeseen issues. If you want to help prevent color fading in your flooring, it’s time to consider Window Treatments as an important ally in your efforts to maintain that fresh wood look for longer. Here are a few awesome Window Treatment suggestions when you’re ready to add an extra layer of protection from UV rays to your interiors.
Simple yet sophisticated, roller shades have made quite a comeback in recent years due to the wide variety of designer fabrics available and easy coordination with nearly any room’s décor. Their versatile look provides plenty of privacy, light control, and help prevent UV rays when rolled down.
Modern rooms and high-rises alike can enjoy great benefits from Solar Shades. They help keep temperatures controlled and UV rays to a minimum. What makes Solar Shades unique is their openness, or translucent quality that help maintain beautiful views even when the shades are down. For rooms that require more privacy or room darkening at night, you may want to consider a different Window Treatment style.
Pleated shades are highly versatile and offer a great deal of design customization in addition to light control and privacy. Pleated Shades help keep UV rays off your beautiful floors. Want to take floor protection to the next level? Motorized Pleated Shades can be programmed to raise and lower automatically throughout the day.
Honeycomb Cellular Shades
Noticing a theme here? You can’t really go wrong with Shades to help your floors avoid “sunburn.” One of the most popular products for UV protection, honeycomb cellular shades look elegant and are practical in nearly any room with windows. Whether you’re seeking light filtering to black out darkness, a wide variety of color tones and designs make it easy to coordinate with surrounding décor while offering an extra layer of UV defense.
Vertical or Mini Blinds
Large expanses of glass, such as wall to wall porch doors, can make a room feel very open and allows for a great deal of natural light to spill in. Unfortunately, this lets harmful UV rays spill in as well. A nice set of vertical or mini blinds can help block harmful rays. Both PVC Vinyl and fabric options are available for vertical blinds. And vertical blinds don’t need to look bland. There is a wide array of solid colors, rich textures, and woven options that offer UV protection.
Furniture for Your Windows, Defense for Your Floor
No matter what you end up choosing, most Window Treatments will offer some degree of UV protection. Here are a few more general pointers for keeping color fading to a minimum in your wood floors.
- Keep your curtains closed on the sunniest side of your house during the sunniest part of the day. By doing this you can drastically cut down on any UV and infrared light reaching the floor.
- If you have horizontal slats, you can adjust the slats so they angle upwards allowing the sunlight to be directed towards the walls and ceiling instead of your floors—you can still enjoy natural light without it shining directly on your floor.
- Moving furniture and floor mats periodically can help defend against UV fading, but your best defense is almost always going to be the Window Treatments you choose. Window Treatments are also relatively easy to maintain, making them a wise investment all around.
Install Window Treatments such as roller or solar shades, vertical blinds, mini blinds, honeycomb cellular shades, or custom pleated shades to avoid floor “sunburn.”