How to protect Recork floors from sun damage | Recork

How to protect Recork floors from sun damage

Natural products are affected by light, particularly strong sunlight, ultraviolet (UV) rays and infrared (IR) rays. These factors impact the colour of cork and timber because they are photosensitive materials; they react to sunlight, causing them to darken or fade. Fading or gradual mellowing of the product’s original colouring is a naturally occurring reaction of cork in response to sunlight and UV exposure, in fact this weathering process is part of wood’s intrinsic beauty. It is not considered a product fault and it is prudent for customers to take action, should they wish to avoid disproportionate discolouration.

Consider the following measures as an investment for the long-term, as they will help protect your Recork floor, as well as your furniture and other décor.

Maintain Surface Finish Integrity

Ensure your cork floor is has been properly overcoated with our HFX-2C Extra Matt PUR, and that the wear layer is well maintained, using our recommended cleaning products. HFX is a highly technical polyurethane lacquer that helps provide protection against discolouration caused by sunlight and UV. 

For residential applications we advise a minimum of one coat be applied, but consider 2 coats to provide enhanced protection.

Block Out Ultraviolet and Infrared Light  

Blocking out ultraviolet and infrared rays as they pass through your windows and doors is a particularly effective way to protect Recork floors from disproportionate fading. There are a number of ways to achieve this.

The simplest solution is to shield the floor from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight and UV rays using curtains, blinds, shutters or awnings.

Rugs and certain pieces of furniture naturally block out light, so to avoid inconsistencies in your floor occasionally move or rearrange them to allow light to reach previously covered areas.

Installing sun control window films can block up to 99.9% of damaging UV rays and 97% of the sun’s infrared light, helping to minimise fading and energy costs.

For new-builds or major refurbishments consider specifying  low-emissivity glass (or low-e glass), a type of energy-efficient glass designed to prevent heat loss through your windows. Most low e-glass units incorporate efficient sun control features that block the sun’s UV and IR rays. They are also very energy-efficient and kinder to the planet.

Your Recork floor is a beautiful, naturally sustainable flooring, and an investment in a low carbon future. If you are considering a Recork floor, please take time to review our sunlight reduction recommendations.