Hardwood Flooring

When you buy hardwood flooring you can get them with a variety of finishes, including water-based finishes and oil-based finishes. An oil-based finish is usually more scuff and stain resistant. If the finish is acid-based urethane they are very durable but unfortunately they emit a very powerful fume. If you get hardwood flooring that is considered environmentally friendly and natural this base is generally mineral and plant but some could be wax based too. Another option that does not require additional treatment is pre-finished flooring.

Finishes for your hardwood flooring can be bought at most home improvement stores. One common oil-modified finished for your hardwood floor is polyurethane. When applying it to your hardwood floor it can take ten to fourteen hours to dry completely. A polyurethane finish is long lasting, tough, and recommended for areas that have high-traffic. It is also resistant to stains so if you have pets and children this type of finish may be a good choice. One finish that usually dries fast is an acid-curing finish. This type of flooring finish is appropriate for many different hardwood floors. Using an acid-based finish will add depth of color and sheen without giving the floor an unnatural yellow tint. You can get this finish in a semi-gloss, matte, or high-gloss. A high-gloss will add the most shine and luster while you will have just a slight gloss coating with a semi-gloss.

With the water-based finish for flooring, the water in the finish will evaporate as the finish dries. For the best results with water-based finishes it is recommended that you apply three or more coats for the best results. The one thing that homeowners like about water-based finishes is that will not change the natural wood color. They also give off no harsh fumes and the finish dries fast. The finishes that are considered environmentally friendly are also called green products. They will protect your floors and are non-toxic. One example of an environmentally friendly finish for hardwood flooring is a soy-based satin type finish. Another one is made using natural tung oil, which is also non-toxic and safe.

There are also some finishes for your hardwood flooring that comes in an application for touch-up work. They are usually available as a spray. When there is a spot that looks dull, or different from the rest of the floor you can use the spray touch-up application. They are recommended for helping to maintain the quality of your hardwood flooring finish. Most of the time, these finishes are used to change the color or the finish of your flooring or as a finish for new construction homes.

This article is penned by Lora Davis for FloorGem Services, Inc. If would like to have hardwood floor refinishing or want new floor installation then I recommend using the services of this company as they are undoubtedly among the best flooring companies in the Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia areas.