Varying Types And Sheens Of Hardwood Floor Finishes
After a quarter of a century in the wood floor industry, we have seen a lot of unusual floors. As is always the case with all things interior design, trends come and go. Some trends are easier to change than others. And varying types and sheens of hardwood floor finishes are stunning, convenient, and won’t cost as much as some of the other trends we’ve seen.
There are many different types and brands of finish a Certified Professional can apply, which include but are not limited to water based finishes, wax finishes, oil based finishes, and natural oils. But the fundamental differences are whether the finish forms a film (oil based polyurethane finish, water based polyurethane) or penetrates the wood (linseed oil, tung oil, penetrating oils).
Both types of finishes have advantages/disadvantages and different drying times. Some hardwood floor finishes also have safety concerns with their application that need to be fully explained to the client, such a swedish finishes and moisture cure. This is where the concept of varying them over one floor comes into play.
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Ask your National Wood Flooring Association Certified Professional for dry and cure times for both finish applications. You can access your wood floors once they’re dry. But in order to prevent damage, we highly recommend not placing rugs and furniture on the floors and keeping pets away until the finish is fully hardened or cured. The good news is that most modern finishes cure within 24-48 hours. Before you commit to hire a wood floor professional, be sure you know the extent of the dry and cure time so you’re not surprised at the end of the project!