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Why does hardwood change color? Is there any way to stop this from happening?


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Ken's Quick Answer:

"No wood is safe. If you want to reduce the amount of color change, staining the wood will help. However, color change in wood is a fact of life, so plan accordingly."

Ken's In-Depth Answer:

"I'm here to tell you something that you may not know about hardwood: Almost all hardwood changes color.
This happens because of the way wood reacts to light and to the atmosphere. When we install a hardwood floor for you and you put your furniture down, you may find that when you move the furniture years down the road that you now have two shades of hardwood.
This is just what wood does. Even stained wood changes color. It won't be as much as natural wood, but I'm here to tell you, it will change color.
No wood is safe. Realize that color change in hardwood is a fact of life, and plan accordingly.
View our online product catalog of hardwood products. If you're especially worried about the look of your hardwood including potential color changes, you may want to check out LVT products, as well.

Either way, if you want help selecting the perfect floor for your home, give us a call at 401-214-0285 or visit our showroom. We serve customers throughout Rhode Island and southeastern New England, including Newport, Middletown, Jamestown, Portsmouth, Bristol and more.

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About Ken: Ken Fain is the co-owner of Island Carpet in Middletown, RI and a floorcovering veteran of more than 40 years. His popular 'Ask Ken' video series answers common flooring questions on a variety of topics. It has reached more than 100,000 viewers on both YouTube and Facebook.


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