Why Are my Hardwood Floors Changing Colors?

Have you looked at your wood floors and noticed that some areas are darker or lighter than others? No matter what you do, the color continues to change. We do not want you to wonder ‘why are my hardwood floors changing colors?’ Instead, check out this guide to learn more.

Sun Fading

A common sign of your hardwood floors changing colors is sun fading. You may notice that your wood floors seem duller or lighter in the areas that get sunlight. Over time, the sun’s rays change the color of the floor. Light-colored woods will get darker from UV exposure while most dark words lighten. Some dark wood floors like cherry or mahogany will darken due to UV rays. If you do not refinish, layout rugs or install blinds, the fading will continue until eventually, the color dissipates. For more tips on how to prevent sun damage on your floors, check out our latest guide here.


Even though rugs can help prevent sun damage, they can still cause your hardwood floors to change colors. Since rugs or mats block UV rays, you may notice discoloration in the areas exposed to the sun. For example, you may pick up a rug and notice that everything outside of the rug’s border is a different color than everything under the rug. To avoid this from happening, you need to move your rugs and mats around to make sure the fading is even.


Some finishes can change from their initial color. Clear finishes vary in color depending on the color of the wood, but over time will eventually darken. Water-based finishes do not have an initial color and do not yellow with age. Oils and varnishes are vibrant when first applied but yellow as they age. The dyes used in finishes are more susceptible to sun fading compared to the finish itself. All dyes fade under the sun. If you have no protection (blinds, window screens, rugs, etc.), the dye will change colors within six months to a year.


Damages on your floor can also cause the color to change. Scratches, scuffs and stains can leave dark marks on the area. Whether your pet urinated or your child spilled juice on the floor, you need to clean the mess right away. Letting the spill sit will settle into your floors and leave a stain. Scratches and scuffs also leave dark marks on your floor. To solve these issues, you need to sand and refinish your floors.

All these discoloration issues can be resolved through hardwood floor refinishing. Are your floors ready to be refinished? If you need more help deciding to restain your floors, then check out our latest guide on the 10 reasons why people might refinish their floors. Once you are ready to make an appointment, contact Valor Home Services today.