Choosing a Finish for Your Hardwood Floors Floor Coverings International St. PetersburgIf you are a St. Petersburg homeowner looking to preserve your hardwood flooring, then you may want to consider the various types of finishes available to you. Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg has selected three of the most popular hardwood finishes for you to compare.

Water-Based Polyurethane

Water-based polyurethane is a durable, water-resistant finish that goes on clear and doesn’t yellow. This makes it a great choice for homeowners with white, gray, or other light wood flooring that wish to preserve the look of their unfinished wood. This type of water-based finish is also available in a variety of different sheens, lending a greater level of flexibility for decorating purposes. Another benefit of this particular finish is that it dries faster than others. It is important to note though, that this finish is more susceptible to scratching. You should make sure to vacuum frequently to prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris that can damage the surface of your hardwood floors.

Choosing a Finish for Your Hardwood Floors Floor Coverings International St. PetersburgOil-Based Polyurethane

As opposed to water-based polyurethane, oil-based finishes will tend to amber or yellow with age. This type of finish can complement darker woods, such as Brazilian cherry, and can make yellow woods, like birch, appear even yellower. Similar to water-based polyurethane, an oil-based finish improves the durability of hardwood flooring and helps it become more moisture-resistant. It is also available in a number of sheen levels. This type of finish does have a stronger odor than water-based finishes, but is easier to tolerate than moisture-cured urethane.

Moisture-Cured Urethane

As stated above, moisture-cured urethane has one of the strongest odors amongst hardwood finishes. This finish is best applied before moving into a new home when the odor can be allowed to dissipate over the course of several weeks. Like water-based polyurethane, a moisture-cured finish is non-yellowing and won’t amber your hardwood floors. It is the most durable and water-resistant of these three described finishes and is available in satin and gloss versions.

Get In Touch

There are a number of other finishes available for hardwood floors, and we would love to help you decide which is the right fit for you. With national buying power and a dedication to providing outstanding customer service, we can provide you with a superior product and flooring experience. Give us a call today to set up your free, in-home design consultation! Our experts here at Floor Coverings International of St. Petersburg are looking forward to hearing from you!

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