Finishes can be used to achieve the desired sheen and add much needed protection to our beloved floors. Here at Antique Hardwood Flooring we want to make this process simpler for you, by providing top quality finishes that have been tested and used by our own Installers. We also have a wide range of sheens for Prefinished, Vinyl, Laminate and Cork options.
There are many types of finishes that can be used on your hardwood floors, here are some simple explanations of the different finish types, and why you may want to use them:
Oil-Based Polyurethane (aka. Polyurethane)- Made from synthetic resins and plasticizers diluted in oil. Very durable when cured, although produces a large amount of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and produces an amber (yellowing) effect to the floor, which is sometimes desired for the “classic” look. Repairs are done by Buff & Coat, and Refinishing (if possible). Comes in: high-gloss, semi-gloss and satin sheens.
Water-Based Polyurethane (aka. Water-Based)- Made from syntenic resins and plasticizers diluted in water. Very durable and resistant to moister better than oil-based, also produces a low levels of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). No yellowing effect, very common choice in “modern” homes. Repairs are done by Buff & Coat, and Refinishing (if possible). Comes in: high-gloss, semi-gloss, satin and matt sheens.
Penetrating Oil (aka. Gym Finish)- Made from natural waxes, resins and oils, the most common being Tung Oil. Not as durable as some polyurethane finishes, although, easier to fix without the need of Refinishing. Natural product that is easy to apply, but can require a recoat every few years (much easier to do than other finish options). Creates a low sheen and brings the natural highlights of the floors grain out.
Aluminum Oxide (N/A)- Made from Aluminum Oxide which is a natural mineral, but can only be found on prefinished products. This finish is very durable, and less prone to scratches than other finish options. This process unfortunately cannot be reproduced on a job site, making touch ups on this floor nearly impossible for this floor. Repairs are done by replacing the individual pieces (if possible), and/or Refinishing (if possible). Comes in: high-gloss, semi-gloss, satin and matt sheens.
Note: Aluminum Oxide is not an option for Finished Onsite. It is only found on Prefinished products (factory manufactured), and is included here for educational purposes.
To get help picking what type of Finish or sheen best suits your home, it is recommended to visit our showroom, or book and appointment for an estimate to have one of our professionals assist you!