Hardwood Flooring and Photosensitivity

Hardwood flooring

While all hardwood flooring is photosensitive, certain types are more sensitive to light than others.

Hardwood floors add a distinctive element to homes and bring warmth and beauty to a room with their unique colors and natural feel. However, over time, you may notice that your hardwood floors begin to change color. This is because of photosensitivity, as something that is photosensitive will either lighten or darken when exposed to natural and artificial light. While all hardwoods are photosensitive, certain types are more sensitive to light than others.

Most Photosensitive Wood

When walnut is first cut, it can range from light pale brown to a dark chocolate brown color. When walnut is exposed to light, it fades to a golden brown over time. Tulipwood, or Poplar, is also a wood that is more prone to photosensitivity. When first cut, the wood has a range of interesting colors from a green tone to a pink/purple hue. Over time, it transforms into a warm light brown color. Cherry wood is actually the most photosensitive hardwood, and it changes from a pink tone to a deeper red-brown tone.

What To Consider Before Installing

Before installing photosensitive wood in your home, you’ll want to know what the wood will look like at every stage. Most wood samples are labeled with how photosensitive they are, or you can ask our professionals. If you aren’t happy with the level of photosensitivity or how the wood looks after it’s changed color from sunlight, it’s best to choose a different wood now, rather than realize you don’t like the color change after it’s installed.

You should also consider how much sunlight the floors will actually see. If they are being installed in a living room with big open windows, you should definitely expect some color change over time. However, you can help your floors by investing in window treatments, to protect the wood from some of the sunlight.

If you do decide to install photosensitive flooring and notice some areas of the floor are changing to a different color with other parts are not, you’ll want to rearrange your furniture every once in a while to ensure the floor is even.

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