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Wood Floors: Natural Beauty that Changes Over Time
Wood floors are one of the few flooring options that become more beautiful with age. Their color is dynamic and may experience subtle changes.
June 27, 2013
Wood floors are one of the few flooring options that become more beautiful with age. Like all natural products, wood floors will experience subtle color changes as they age. This is a natural process called patina that will add to the beauty and character of the floor.
Different species of wood flooring will change at different rates. In general, more common species such as oak and hickory will undergo minimal color change over time, while less-common species, like American cherry and Brazilian cherry will show more. These changes are natural, but can be minimized with a little prevention.
Two factors influence color changes in wood floors: sun exposure and the finish that is applied to the floor. Over time, prolonged sun exposure will cause wood floors to change color. Think about how skin reacts when exposed to sunlight. Wood reacts in much the same way, and homeowners can minimize this effect by periodically moving rugs and furniture to limit that exposure.
The second factor that can cause wood floors to change color over time is the finish used. Oil-modified finishes will amber over time, giving the floor a slightly yellow appearance. In contrast, water-based finishes generally will remain clear over time, minimizing long-term color changes. Learn more about various types of finish.Check out the maintenance section to learn how to properly care for your wood floors.