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All About Wood Floor Finishes

Posted on November 28th, 2014 by

Whether you’re having a new wood floor installed or refinishing an existing one, you’ll need to choose the best finish for it. Having the right finish will help keep your wood floor looking shiny and new, even after years of use. The Carrollton flooring experts break down the different types of wood floor finishes to help you select the one that’s right for you.

Surface Finishes
These are synthetic finishes that are also called polyurethanes. They provide wood floors with a protective coating that is water-resistant and highly durable, and they don’t require a lot of maintenance. Surface finishes are available as water-based finishes, oil-based finishes, acid-cured finishes and moisture-cured finishes. Water-based finishes hold up well over time and will not yellow with age. Oil-based finishes have an amber tone and handle regular wear and tear well. Moisture-cured finishes have a clear or amber tone and provide improved moisture resistance. Acid-cured finishes are even more durable than the others and have a lighter amber tone compared to the oil-based finish.

Wax Finishes
These finishes provide wood floors with a protective barrier after soaking into the wood’s porous surface. They typically have an amber tone and are durable, but they are not as resistant to water and stains as surface finishes. Wax finishes can be used with polyurethane finishes to provide better protection.

Oil Finishes
These finishes are made from a combination of natural oils, such as linseed or tung, and additives that penetrate wood floors and become hard, forming a protective barrier. Most cannot be used with polyurethane finishes, but they do work with wax finishes. Typically, wood floors with an oil finish have a coating of wax applied over it, resulting in a higher level of protection.

Before deciding on a finish, do a little research to decide which one best suits your aesthetic tastes, but also offers the right level of durability and protection. To learn more about wood floor finishes, contact a knowledgeable flooring specialist at CMA Flooring who can discuss finish options for your classic or exotic wood floors. Call (972) 418-6606 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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