Hardwood Floor Installation and Sanding Services

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Oil based finish or water based finish, which is better for hardwood floor?

It’s been long debated between floor pros and home owners as to either apply oild based or water based finish over hardwood floor. Each side has it’s own fans. In general as long as you use finishes made by trustable manufacturers both types will do a very good job of protecting your wood floors. There are some main key distinction between two.
Water based finishes dry faster. You can usually apply 2 coats of water based finish in one day. In most cases customer can lightly walk on the floor after 3-4 hours. Oil finishes will take longer to dry, minimum 18 hours. Drying time of course will be also affected by humidity and temperature. So with water based finishes you’ll have faster turn over of job and return to normal living! Another main difference is the amount of smell. Waterbased finishes have less odor. This may be especially important for people with sensitive sense of smell. Oil based finishes have more strong smell more in line with oil based painting. The odor will dicipate in few days though. Oil based finishes will become yellower when they age, this happens after 4-5 years. The water based ones won’t do that.

Glossy hardwood floor or not glossy?

Choosing the gloss level or sheen of your hardwood floors is mainly depends on your personal taste. There are usually 4 levels of sheen when we talk about hardwood floors. Hi Gloss or gloss will produce the most shine and light reflection. In comparison semi-gloss will have moderate shine and reflection of light. Satin finishes will give very low amount of shine and light reflection. The other end of gloss level would be matte finish. It would have the lowest amount of shine on hardwood floors. It would almost look like there are no finishes on the stain. A general rule is the less the shine the less you will notice light scuffs, scratches, and imperfections on hardwood floors. If you have light amount of traffic, and no pets you can choose glossy floors if you like them.

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