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Old October 15, 2009, 02:00 PM   #1
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We have a BR-111 hardwood floor that was installed 4 1/2 years ago. It is 3/4 solid prefinished and we were told it would darken around the furniture and area rugs and we would have to move things around. Ours did the opposite near the windows and it bleached out. We have been told by everyone that this is not normal and it should darken, not lighten. We have only used the recommended products and our windows are low-e and dual pain.

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Old October 15, 2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Who ever told you this does not understand UV fading from the sun. Look at your floor where the sun does not shine on it, and you will see the petunia is darker.

The Ultraviolet rays from the sun are very strong and will bleach out most everything that is not solution dyed (same color through and through).

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Old October 15, 2009, 03:23 PM   #3
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"you will see the petunia is darker."
Must be a Oakie thing. Do you mean patina?

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Old October 15, 2009, 03:35 PM   #4
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it even states on BR-111's website that the exotic woods are photo sensitive and will darken and get rich patina over time, I was told the more sunlight they get the faster they will darken, even the experts that came to look at it said they have never seen it fade like that...ever! Isn't that the point of the UV protectant and the aluminum oxide finish?

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Old October 15, 2009, 03:51 PM   #5
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What Uv protectant are you discussing?

I have a white paper from Cardinal Glass the maker of virtually all Uv glass used in the country (Marvin, Pella & Anderson among others buy from Cardinal). There is no test protocol for the effectiveness of this type of glass! Literally a smoke and mirrors marketing ploy.

Aluminum oxide has nothing to do with Uv. It is for wear properties. The urethane finishes used in factory finished wood flooring are Uv cured, but again this has nothing to do with resistance to fading or color fastness.

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Old October 16, 2009, 01:21 PM   #6
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Sorry, but I've never seen a Braz Cherry fade. Could it be some clouding of the finish? What type of cleaners have been used on it?

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Old October 22, 2009, 06:34 PM   #7
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I currently have BR-111 Brazilian Cherry in my bedroom installed about 5 years ago and it has darkened considerably...

I then installed the same wood in my family room and was stunned at how much lighter it was (initially), in fact I thought at first they had given me the wrong wood...and it has since darkened as well almost to the color of my bedroom...

both rooms receive ample sunlight...

I know this answer may not be helpful to you...but perhaps the experience of another helps with perspective...

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We have a BR-111 hardwood floor that was installed 4 1/2 years ago. It is 3/4 solid prefinished and we were told it would darken around the furniture and area rugs and we would have to move things around. Ours did the opposite near the windows and it bleached out. We have been told by everyone that this is not normal and it should darken, not lighten. We have only used the recommended products and our windows are low-e and dual pain.



I have seen it happen before. I think it was BR-111, but not BC/Jatoba
I think it was BW/Ipe. It was a few years ago and everything blends together now.

I posted pictures of it here in the somewhere.

Wood is wood and does what wood does. It is a natural product. It cannot be defective because you assumed or were told it would darken and it did the opposite.

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I have seen it happen before. I think it was BR-111, but not BC/Jatoba
I think it was BW/Ipe. It was a few years ago and everything blends together now.

I posted pictures of it here in the somewhere.

Wood is wood and does what wood does. It is a natural product. It cannot be defective because you assumed or were told it would darken and it did the opposite.
Great advice Perry. It amazes me to this day that so many do not get that wood is wood, and a natural product.. I have seen two pieces of Native Cherry, side by side in a glue up, in the same light darken at different time, one taking longer than another.

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