Wooden flooring is a standard choice for new flooring in most North American remodeling projects. This type of flooring material is durable, easy to procure and exceptionally appealing. To further increase durability and aesthetics, finishes are needed to make hardwood flooring last longer and look better. What are the things you should consider when choosing a wood floor finish?
By far the best overall hardwood floor finish, acid-cured hardwood floors are top of the line. This finish involves using alcohol and acid as a varnish, and once applied, dries up quickly and stays intact, leaving you with a beautiful finish that is resilient and draws out the features of the hardwood species you use. As this finish is high-quality as it is, it can conform to most types of residential use. With proper care and maintenance, acid-cure finishes can last up to a decade and more!
The most durable among hardwood floor finishes, aluminum oxide is the best choice for homeowners who want to get flooring that is resilient and durable, and don’t need to perform much maintenance or care on it. Though due to its durability, it usually can’t be refinished as refinishing involves the use of sanders, and aluminum oxide makes the surface of the flooring so hard and durable you might end up damaging the material with a sander. Typically installed on prefinished hardwood flooring that is meant for areas with high foot traffic, this finish is rated to last up to 25 years in a single application and is highly resistant to fading and scratches.
The cheapest among most modern finishes, oil-based polyurethane finishes offer moderate durability compared to other hardwood finishes. Though it only provides moderate protection to the flooring, it is highly affordable and provides a warm glow to popular wood flooring options like oak and maple. It requires multiple coats, and the coats need several hours in-between to let them harden, but once finished, provides an appealing yet cheap wood flooring finish.
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