Choosing the right finish for your hardwood floor

Getting a new floor for your home? Whether you are designing a new home or just want to bring back your floor back to life, choosing the right finish can do wonders to the overall appearance of your home’s interior. Hardwood floor are a beauty in its own right, adding the right finish can make it look more stunning!

The right finish for your floor

Is it your first time to choose a floor finish? Chances are you may not know what type of finish you are after. Generally, you’ll try to choose the one that looks attractive to you or perhaps, cost less? Before you choose, you need to know about the basics of choosing the right finish for your flooring.

Did you know that floor finish has two types? Penetrating or surface.

Penetrating finish

Penetrating finish includes oils which permeate the wood grain. From the word itself, you have an idea what it does – it penetrates into your wood floor. They are easily renewed but do require special care in waxing or polishing. Oils are good because they bring out the grain and texture of the natural wood.

Surface finish

Surface finishes on the other hand, includes varnished and polyurethane. They form a hard surface over the wood and can give your floor a strong protection against scratches and stains. They are easy to clean too which means them a popular choice. Think about the floor in your favourite fitness gym centre – plastic looking but super durable. Surfaces finishes can be removed but it may take so much time.

When choosing between these two types, consider your current situation and your circumstances. If you get a lot of foot traffic, choose surface finishes but for light use, consider oils. Also your choice will depend on the type of home you have and look you are trying to achieve.

If your floor needs a finish application, a replacement perhaps, or you need a new floor, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer floor installation of different kinds such as cork, parquetry and hardwood floors. We also offer a floor repair service. Ring us now for free onsite inspection and quote. Ring D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your flooring needs.