Choosing a Finish for your Hardwood Floors
After the decision has been made as to which hardwood flooring option is the best for you, your family and your home, the next thing to think about is the hardwood finish, of which there are two kinds: surface finishes and penetrating finishes.
While being the most popular of the finishes, surface finishes require a stain to achieve the color you are desiring in your flooring. Add on top of this a coat of polyurethane or varnish for protection and you have a beautiful floor that is not only durable but easy to maintain.
FOUR TYPES OF SURFACE FINISHES
- Oil Based Urethane is the most common and is applied in two or three coats. Only downside is it takes up to 8 hours of drying time for each coat, and you will need sufficient ventilation. A point to keep in mind is this particular finish does tend to yellow with age.
- Water Based Urethane dries quickly. It has less of an odor than the oil based and doesn't yellow with age.
- Moisture Cured Urethane and Conversion Varnish are both durable but have extremely strong odors and fumes. These two types should only be applied by professionals.
One other thing to take into consideration is the sheen of your finish. You can choose from a high gloss which is very shiny or a low gloss or satin finish. While a high gloss finish looks very professional, it does tend to show scratches more easily so remember it take this into consideration as you think about your lifestyle.
This type of finish penetrates the wood much deeper than the surface finishes. It soaks into the wood itself, and instead of a urethane or varnish being applied, a wax, for a low-gloss luster, is applied. Because of the use of wax, it does need to be reapplied periodically. You also need to watch what cleaners you use with this particular finish.
The wood flooring you choose, along with its finish and sheen all work together to create a statement in your home. With today's options you can create a floor that has lasting beauty and requires very minimal care. At Dave's Floor Sanding, our hardwood flooring installers have the knowledge and experience to help you decide what works best to suit your needs and style. Our specialists have installed hardwood floors in thousands of homes and commercial facilities in the Minneapolis, St. Paul Metro and surrounding areas so we are more than qualified to provide you with solutions to any flooring need you may have. Our goal is to not only give you a quality installation but to make the entire process worry-free for you.