Types of hardwood flooring finish
In choosing the right type of finish for your hardwood floors, you will need to consider your lifestyle and your maintenance preferences. All types of wood floors will require routine maintenance to keep them looking their best, but different finishes will make a big difference on long-term care for your floors, and how your floor will hold up in the future. The two major finishes that are used on residential projects are surface finishes and wax finishes.
Surface finishes are a popular choice because they are very durable, require little maintenance, and are water resistant. These finishes are usually referred to as urethanes or polyurethanes. They sit on the surface of the wood to form a protective coating. Two of the most common types of surface finishes are waterborne finishes and oil-based finishes.
There are many advantages to using Waterborne finishes. They appear clear and are not likely to yellow over time. They dry within hours. Over the last decade waterborne finishes have dramatically improved. The toughest finishes are now waterborne finishes. They are made with a new technology that uses ceramic particles suspended with polyurethane molecules to create a tough, durable surface. At Day Flooring we prefer working with waterborne finishes for all types of floors. Many of the other types of finishes contain petroleum-based products that release high levels of VOC or Volatile Organic Compounds. Since we promote environmentally safe finishes, waterborne finishes are what we usually recommend for our clients. They dry quickly, there is virtually no odor, and the VOCs are under the federal standards.
There are also wax finishes which absorb into the wood and harden to form a protective seal. They have a low luster and give the wood an amber color. Wax finishes are durable, but will show water spots. They give off a mild odor when applied.
We are looking forward to consulting with you about choosing the very best hardwood flooring finish for your needs.