There is no doubt about it, hardwood flooring in your home adds beauty that can’t be compared. Whether you are getting ready to refinish your hardwood floor or having new hardwood flooring installed in your home, there are several finishes that are available to you. Since all hardwood floors require finishing for protection, it is something you need to understand so that you can make the best choice for your home. Mike’s Custom Flooring is here to explain the difference between some of the finishes you have to choose from.
Polyurethane & Other Hardwood Floor Finishes
If you choose surface finishes, this type of finish will sit on the top of your hardwood flooring to offer it protection. There are several types to choose from including:
– Water Based: Normally clear and durable, dries the quickest
– Oil Based: An amber color and also durable
– Moisture Cured: The most water resistant finish that can be either amber color or clear in color
– Conversion Varnish: Usually clear or slightly amber colored and durable
– Wood Floor Wax: Hardens on the hardwood floor and is amber colored with a low luster appearance
– UV Cured: A water based finish hat cures instantly with the help of a UV light
Penetrating Oil & Wax Hardwood Floor Finishes
When you choose penetrating finishes they are usually oil or wax based finishes that actually penetrate the wood and harden. These are a very durable choice that will offer your hardwood flooring years of protection from things that could cause damage.
Prefinished VS Unfinished Hardwood Flooring
When you choose flooring that has been finished at the factory, this means that the color and finish has already been applied and the flooring is ready to go after it is installed in your home. When you choose to have the flooring site finished, you have the opportunity to customize the way that your floors look as the finish and color will be applied after the wood is laid down in your home.
Matte, Satin or Gloss Hardwood Floor Sheen Options
The sheen you choose for your hardwood flooring is a personal preference. The glossier you choose your finish, the more light will be reflected off the surface. It is important that the less glossy the finish on your hardwood flooring, the less people will notice small dings and scratches on the surface. If you have small children or pets in your home, you may want to consider a matte finish rather than semi-gloss or high gloss.
Wood Floor Stain Colors
Just like painting, the stains that are available to finish your hardwood flooring is endless. The beauty of the wood grain can be highlighted and colored slightly according to the color that you choose for your flooring. The natural colors of the wood can be boosted up or toned down depending on your personal preference that the style of your home.