The task of refinishing or repairing damaged floors starts with you selecting the appropriate coat. There are many species of hardwood fit for making floors with different looks and beauty, and despite this, they all share a common thing that they should be fitted with a protective coat to give them a better look. The type of hardwood floor you will choose will have different durability and glossiness compared to other finishes.
Therefore, you should make an easy decision by going through this article and have the basics about popular types of hardwood floor finishes.
- Water-Based Polyurethane
This finish best works when you need a clear floor the dries fast and resistant to yellowing as time goes. The finish is so durable and moisture resistant. Caring for this finish is simple. It would be best if you had a broom and a wet mop, and never should you wax the floors with this finish, or you will make the finish dull. The disadvantage of this finish is that when a scratch or scrape occurs on the finish, it magnifies.
- Oil-Based Polyurethane
The finish best suits high traffic areas because of its strength and durability. With this finish, you will not have to refinish the floor as often compared to the use of other options. The finish has a bit yellow tint, which can yellow even more with time, thus adding warmer amber color to your floor. It is not an expensive product, and it resists moisture making it easy to maintain. The pros are that the product takes time to dry, is highly flammable, and releases many VOCs.
- Acid-Cured Finish
Also referred to as the Swedish finish, the finish is more durable when compared to the polyurethanes. The product has an alcohol base. With the use of the acids involved in the curing process, it creates a shiny finish that is extremely durable and resistant to most chemical damages, scuffs, and scratches. The finish clearly shows the color and grain of the wood, thus showing out the natural beauty.
Assuming that you decide to refinish your hardwood floor yourself or hiring a contractor, you should do it if you have foot traffic or pets. The process may take time, but it is worth it because your floor beauty is protected and restored.