UV Light and Your Flooring
What are the best flooring choices for sunny areas of the home?
When looking at flooring options for sunny areas of the home, there are a few considerations.
To ensure you make the right choice for the specific space, you’ll want to think about the ambience you want, what other ways you can deal with sunlight and man-made lighting in the area, how much foot traffic the room gets, and how long you want your flooring to last.
What does light do to flooring?
Ultra-violet rays from sunlight and some artificial lighting can cause flooring to fade and change colour. Continuous UV light can even cause it to become brittle and break down.
Often, the impact of light on flooring only becomes obvious when furniture is moved and different tones appear.
Nowadays, there are many flooring options designed to minimise the issues light can cause.
UV protection increases the lifespan of your flooring as it’s not weakened by light as quickly or as significantly, saving you money.
Carpet creates warmth and a snug atmosphere, ideal for those ‘rest and relaxation’ rooms.
It, however, can be more at risk of irreversible damage and colour loss from extended periods of light, even though most carpets are treated to reduce this.
It’s possible, though, to take extra steps to minimise the impact of light on your carpet.
Heavier window coverings – like blockout or double roller blinds, indoor shutters, retractable awnings, or UV resistant curtains or drapes – will help protect your flooring (and furniture) from fading, thanks to the reduced light exposure.
As better quality carpets often withstand the harsh WA sun better, go for the best you can afford.
Ideal for those with less to spend, vinyl looks incredible and there’s a wide range of styles.
Manufactured with PVC and synthetic compounds, it’s durable, and easy to clean and install.
Vinyl flooring does not generally feature UV protection.
However, vinyl planks and luxury vinyl planks are UV resistant because they’re made differently and include a UV coating, meaning they will not fade fast. Ideal!
Hybrid flooring mixes laminate and vinyl to deliver a waterproof, hardwearing option.
On top of repelling water and stains (therefore offering greater protection from mould), it’s UV resistant, so is a fantastic choice for sun-drenched spaces, where fast-fading laminate and timber are less than ideal.
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