St. Louis Residential Hardwood Floor Finishes
Unlike the hardwood flooring of yesteryear, todays hardwood flooring is tough and durable and last for quite a long time with minimal care. That is mostly to the credit of the various hardwood floor surface finishes available to St. Louis homeowners these days.
Typically these finishes are made of urethane and is very easily applied to the hardwood floor and provides a protective coat on top of the wood. These have become very popular in recent years because of their strength and durability, their resistance to water, and the minimal amount of maintenance required for upkeep. Furthermore, they come in various degrees with a number of options such as gloss levels that make them even more appealing to homeowners.
Types of Hardwood Floor Surface Finishes
- Water Based Urethane – A popular hardwood floor stain, this finish is clear and does not yellow. It has a fairly mild odor and will dry in approximately 2-3 hours after being applied.
- Moisture Cured Urethane – This solvent based polyurethane is extremely durable and is much more moisture resistant than most other hardwood floor surface finishes. Generally this finish comes in either satin or gloss. Furthermore, is comes in a non-yellowing or amber color. This type of finish is very difficult to apply and is not recommended for non-professionals. Schedule a visit with Professional Floors of St. Louis to purchase a moisture cured urethane hardwood floor surface finish.
- Penetrating Stain and Wax – This type of finish is soaked up by the wood and hardens to form a protective penetrating seal. The wax will give your hardwood floor a very low-gloss sheen. This type of finish is usually maintained with solvent-based and never water based waxes, cleaning liquids or buffing pastes. If using cleaning liquids it is important to only use products made for wax finished hardwood floors and even then another thin application of wax is typically necessary.
- Oil Modified Urethane – Oil Modified Urethane hardwood floor finishes are easy to apply. They are a solvent based polyurethane that ambers as it finishes and they typically take about 8 hours to dry.
- Conversion Varnish – This type of finish is fairly durable and ambers slightly. The odor of these finishes is strong and it is noted that this finish should be applied by a professional hardwood floor technician. Schedule an appointment with a Professional Floors of St. Louis technician today.
As you can see there are a number of hardwood floor surface finish options to choose from, each with there own upside and drawbacks. Call or email Professional Floors of St. Louis to find out what hardwood floor surface finishes are available for your St. Louis home and which one is right for you.