Posted on: 16 February 2016
When you move into a home with wood floors, what you may not know is that you will likely one day be faced with the prospect of refinishing those wood floors. This especially true if you purchase an older home that still has the original floors in place. And when the time comes to refinish those floors, you may be surprised at all of the different wood floor finishing options that are available to you. Get to know some of these different wood floor finishing options and the benefits that they can have to you so that you can make the right decisions for you and your floors.
Wax floor finishing is one of the most commonly used wood floor finishing products around. It is inexpensive and easy to apply for homeowners and flooring experts alike. This type of floor finishing also penetrates into the wood so that it provides extra protection.
Wax floor finishing is a low sheen (low shine) finish to wood floors. This helps to keep the wood floors looking authentic and even rustic without leaving raw wood exposed to foot traffic and the elements. It also has only a mild odor when applied and is low in VOCs that could be considered toxic to breathe in.
However, if you ever decide to change your floor finish later, you will have to make sure that the wax is completely removed before applying a different finish. The process of removing the wax finish completely can be long and arduous.
Oil-based polyurethane is another wood floor finishing option that is available to you. For a polyurethane finish it is relatively inexpensive (the water-based version being more expensive). This is one of the toughest wood floor finishes around, meaning that it will keep your floors protected and in pristine condition in spite of heavy foot traffic and use.
It is also is easy to apply. The oil-based polyurethane does have a long drying time between coats and will need multiple coats to be effective. This can mean that you will need to wait an entire day between coats (drying time can be around 10 hours) which makes the refinishing process longer. It also has a much stronger odor than wax and is high in VOCs. As such, if you choose oil-based polyurethane, be sure to have a professional refinish your floors.
Now that you know more about a few of your wood floor finishing options, you can begin to make the choice that is best for you and your home.Share