Hardwood Floors and Sunlight

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX EXECUTIVE REALTY 254679

Recently, while on a listing appointment I visited a home that had just added additional hardwood floors to their home.  They had most of their main floor in hardwoods, but had not done the Great Room. They decided to add hardwoods to the Great Room after about 8 years of living in the home.

The installer of the hardwoods said that he could match the flooring.  He did not!  These floors adjoined the Great Room in the Hall and the Kitchen.  This proved to be disasterous.  What happened? Had he not matched the colors.  Afterall, they were the same names, manufactuer and color as what was installed.  The culprit--------SUNLIGHT!

Well, sunlight had really done a number on these floors and had faded them.  The client had an octagonal rug under their kitchen table.  Now they have a fabulous faded floor in the shape of an octogon.  They had this problem with several other areas in the home as well.

If you have hardwood floors be cautions about putting down area rugs.  You may want to invest in some window tinting to preserve the integrity of the flooring. This is especially hard on lighter hardwood floors.

In addition, make sure you work with a qualified contractor who will match your floors or tell you he can't before he starts the job.  You don't want to have mis-matched flooring up against each other.

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Sarah Moore, CRS, CDPE, SFS, e-Pro, Broker/REALTOR ®

RE/MAX EXECUTIVE REALTY  ~  7752 Gateway Lane, Suite 204  ~  Concord, NC   ~  28027




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David Monsour
Coldwell Banker Select Professionals - Gettysburg, PA
ABR - www.realty-insights.com

yeah this is a tough situation to deal with.  People love sunlight but rarely consider its effect on the flooring.  I see this a lot.  I suppose the only solution and to sand and refinish or just deal with the difference in color....or get a bigger rug ;-).

Feb 01, 2010 10:09 PM #1
David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Newtown Square, PA
Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA

Good warning. My family had to strip the entire room to match a floor repair. You need a good contractor that can recognize these issues upfront.

Feb 01, 2010 10:12 PM #2
June Piper-Brandon
Century 21 New Millenium - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

This really is a tough situation, sunlight can really do a number on rugs, carpets, paintings, draperies and much more.  Good luck with the sale.

Feb 01, 2010 10:14 PM #3
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