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If you've lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro of Minnesota, you've probably seen one of our hardwood flooring trucks traveling down the road, en route to one of our many customers.

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Why Wood Flooring Changes Color

Q: Why is the wood flooring under an area rug a different color from the rest of the floor?

A: This is a very common question asked in the hardwood flooring industry,largely due to the increased use and awareness of alternative species such as hard maple, jatoba (Brazilian cherry) or even American cherry, where such color differences are more prominent. For the same reasons we love the natural beauty of real-wood floors, we must embrace the individual species characteristics that create the problem we hear from our clients regarding color change.

There are two factors at work when a hardwood floor changes in color. First of all, every wood species—in fact all organic matter—will be affected by exposure to light rays; just think of your skin when exposed to the sun! Likewise, each wood species has unique characteristics and will react accordingly with exposure to light.

The change in color in hardwood flooring is often described in terms of color fastness; this is the expected change in color over time as the species ages, either from exposure to light or as it naturally oxidizes over time. Certain species such as oak and maple show very little color change over time,while American cherry and most exotic imported wood species have an extreme degree of color change.

Additionally, with natural products such as real wood flooring, individual pieces of the same species change color differently. The sapwood and heartwood of most wood species age at different rates. Also, within each wood species there is a range of color. As an example, hard maple has a wide range of color variability, from the creamy white sapwood to the dark black or brown tones in the heartwood.

The second factor at work is the change in color of the finish applied to the wood flooring (or furniture, moldings, cabinetry or other mill work). Some prefinished flooring products contain "UV blockers," but these do not eliminate color variability; they merely limit the degree of color change.

For the same reason that oil-modified finishes generally amber over time and water-based finishes generally remain clear, the finishes applied on factory-finished floors appear differently based on the chemicals and formulations used. The gloss of the finish also affects color variability. Flat or satin finishes appear darker than gloss or semigloss coatings. In addition, almost everyone sees color differently, and as we get older, color perceptions change. The color of a finished piece of flooring is affected by the gloss, the light in which it is viewed and the person's own perception.

Since some amount of color change is inevitable,it becomes imperative that everyone involved in the selling process understands the differences between what can be controlled and what will naturally occur, as well as how to teach their clients about these issues. Here are some factors to keep in mind:

As usual, the bottom line is about education,communication and expectations. As our industry strives to educate customers about the incredible array of hardwood flooring choices available to them, it is equally important to communicate the features and benefits of these products in order to meet customers' expectations.

The color changes experienced by some clients' hardwood flooring is a good example of an issue that is best dealt with by educating yourself and the people in your organization.

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