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Floor Finishes: Water or Oil-Based?

Marri hardwood flooring

Marri hardwood flooring

Thinking about installing a new hardwood floor or refinishing your current floor? Whatever it is, you’re about to make a big decision. Do you choose a water or oil-based floor finish? They’re both durable and good looking, but they have differences. It can be a bit confusing, but once you understand the differences between the two, it will be a breeze for you!

How to know what finish your current floor has?

If you are refinishing your current floor, you will want to know which finish to choose. Well, you can recoat a water-based finish with an oil-based finish,so long as the old finish has been removed properly before applying a new coat. If you want to apply the same finishing to revive your floor – here’s what you should do:

Look at your floor. If it appears yellowish or looks like it has a build up, it is likely to be an oil-based finish. Also, you can tell by how old the finish is. Water-based finishes were popular about 10 years ago. If your floor is older than that, then it is most probably oil-based.

Now, let’s talk about each finish, starting off witha water-based finish.

Water-based finish

A water-based finish is almost odourless. It provides a clear finish and is easy to apply. It is recommended that an application of 4 coats, be completed in a day. Each coat requires only 2 hours to dry before it can be applied again. However, a water-based finish will cost more than an oil-based finish and won’t give your floor that rich glow colour.

Oil based finish

It gives your floor a rich, amber glow. It has a strong odour that will go away over time. It requires fewer coats but needs a lot more time. Each coat requires 5 hours to dry and the final coat recommends at least 12 hours of drying.

Floor Finishes: Water or Oil-Based?

Both finishes are great and offer good protection – so it all comes down to your preference. For a natural look, go for a water-based finish but if you want that amber glow, choose the oil-based finish.

Do you need to install new flooring? For a professional flooring contractor in Bunbury, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer flooring installation services and repair – ring us today for a free quote.

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.