We get many questions about the sheen finish (or shine) on wood floors. Sheen finish is a matter of preference, but there are a few things to think about that might be helpful. You can choose from high gloss (very shiny), semi-gloss or satin finish.

Though high-gloss finishes look professional, they show scratches, dust, dirt, and animal hair more easily. High gloss is predominately used on sports court finishes, where reflective light is necessary. Semi-gloss or satin finishes are typically used in residential hardwood floor installations, with semi-gloss being the most popular choice. Low gloss hides the most scratches, as well as dust and dirt, but shines very little. Keep in mind that if you go with pre-finished flooring, you will need to make the finishing decisions when you order the product.